Ryan Johnson has been a Forum reporter since 2012 and previously wrote for the Grand Forks Herald.
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FARGO—A new specialty store and eatery is now open in south Fargo after a months-long process to get a liquor license. Reese & Riley's Olive Oil & Bistro Bar, 2653 45th St. S., opened for business Nov. 7, according to posts on its Facebook page. The bistro offers salads, shareable plates, flatbreads, paninis, risotto, homemade pasta, beer and wine, while its retail store sells olive oil, balsamic vinegar and fresh bakery items.
FARGO—A line of 40 or so people waiting for the doors to be unlocked said it all—locals were eager to check out North Dakota's first lululemon store when it opened Friday, Nov. 17, in West Acres Shopping Center. The lifestyle clothing and athletic gear brand that was founded in Vancouver in 1998 is inspired by yoga, and that remains the foundation of the company that had more than 400 stores around the world by the start of 2017.
FARGO - A rundown old horse stable is almost ready to reopen as Fargo's first cidery, adding another taproom to a bustling downtown.
MOORHEAD—Some of the newest products at local grocery stores combine the expected, like produce and meat, into unexpectedly convenient meal kits. Cash Wise stores in the metro, including its Moorhead supermarket at 3300 U.S. Highway 10 East, started stocking the "To the Table" line about a week ago. The idea, said Store Director Dave Walls, has been well-received so far by customers looking for a convenient way to make a meal in about 15 minutes without picking out individual ingredients or assembling a shopping list.
FARGO—One of the original tenants of West Acres Shopping Center will close just shy of its 100th anniversary in business. Owner John Green announced Friday, Nov. 10, that SHU by R&G, which formerly operated as R&G Shoes, will close after one final sale that begins at 9 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, and continues until remaining inventory is sold. He said the store will be closed Saturday, Nov. 11, through Wednesday, Nov. 15, to prepare for the sale.
FARGO—Kjersten Nelson never thought she'd be a victim of theft until she hired a contractor and was left with almost nothing but a gutted kitchen after spending $60,000. Nelson and her husband, Ryan Nagle, first contacted Studs to Rugs in May after saving up to redo the kitchen in the south Fargo home they bought in 2009. She said Studs to Rugs had a good reputation as a longtime business and prolific advertiser. The contractor previously did a job at a neighbor's house, and Nelson said she saw crews coming every day and meeting deadlines for that project.
DILWORTH—The wait was finally over Wednesday, Nov. 1, when locals got a sneak peek of the first ALDI store in the community, about a year after the low-price grocery chain announced its plans to open here. But it won't be the only one for long, with the company planning to open other stores in Fargo or West Fargo by the end of 2018 and in south Fargo in 2019.
FARGO—A longtime restaurateur in the community is now serving up new flavors from south of the border here in south Fargo. Mi Familia Taco Co., 4474 23rd Ave. S., opened Oct. 16, serving up burritos, salads, juices, quesadillas and, of course, tacos out of a restaurant space that most recently housed a Taco Shop location. The new eatery offers up a family of flavors straight out of Mexico, according to Manager Juan Mondragon, who developed the concept of the restaurant that's owned by a silent partner.
FARGO—Cash Wise will build its fourth grocery store in the community at the site of a proposed new outlet mall in south Fargo. Coborn's Inc., the parent company of Cash Wise, filed plans with the city Oct. 20 to start building the foundation of a 51,763-square-foot new store at 4907 Timber Parkway S., which is just north of 52nd Avenue South and east of Interstate 29. That permit, which is for the foundation only, had a value of $1 million, according to city documents.
FARGO—Even before news broke Monday, Oct. 23, about the demise of Studs to Rugs, three radio stations went to court alleging they hadn't been paid by the Fargo contractor for thousands of dollars of advertisements. Three separate small claims were filed Friday, Oct. 20, in Cass County by stations owned by Radio FM Media seeking past-due reimbursement for ads.