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FARGO—The food truck season will soon be in full swing in the Fargo area, where some mobile vendors say a consistent customer base and good spots to operate out of can be elusive. "It's a fickle food culture downtown," said Octavio Gomez, who runs the Taco Brothers food truck. Taco Bros, as it's known, has a semi-permanent gig at 428 Roberts Street N., in Fargo, where Gomez has set up a telephone pole to provide power to his trailer.
FARGO—Everest Cafe, which opened in the Black Building in downtown Fargo last fall, has closed. The business, which opened in October in the lower level of the Black Building, 118 Broadway N., was an offshoot of Everest Tikka House, which opened in 2015 in the Moorhead Center Mall and remains open. Everest Cafe had offered a limited menu of Nepalese dishes and sides, with momos, a kind of steamed dumpling, being a signature offering. It did not have a full kitchen but instead focused on serving meals from a small counter.
FARGO—After approximately nine years in business, The Crystal Corset is going out of business. Owner Heather Swenson said in a Facebook post May 17 that the store at 114 N. Broadway will hold a closeout sale June 4-8. Swenson said in the post she wants to dedicate more time to family. She started the business, which specializes in bras and bra fittings, in 2010 as a part-time operation doing fittings out of her home and at customers' homes.
FARGO—Grocery shopping is about to get more convenient. Instacart, a nationwide retail delivery service that started in San Francisco in 2012, started service in the Fargo-Moorhead area Thursday, May 24, meaning more than 78,000 households can now order from their favorite grocery store and have their order delivered in as little as one hour. Retail stores participating include Hornbacher's; Costco; Family Fare; Natural Grocers; and CVS Pharmacy. Delivery service will be extended to Petco on June 7.
MOORHEAD—When Melany Thomas goes to sell her beef cattle, potential buyers will sometimes direct their questions to her husband, who quickly sets them straight, according to Thomas. "She's the one that's raising them, I'm just her farmhand," Thomas said, quoting her husband, Evan, who helps her with the family's grass-fed livestock operation near Fertile, Minn. Women who run farm operations still encounter people surprised to see them in such a role, but that is changing as women increasingly take on more responsibility on farms across the country.
Dayna Del Val, president and CEO of The Arts Partnership in Fargo, is the recipient of the North Dakota Association of Nonprofit Organizations' Emerging Leader Award. She will be presented with the award at the organization's annual awards luncheon June 7 in Bismarck during the closing event of the North Dakota Nonprofit Leadership Conference. The Emerging Leader Award recognizes an individual who has made a significant impact in strengthening the North Dakota nonprofit sector in a short amount of time.
MOORHEAD—The McDonald's restaurant on Highway 10 in Moorhead has closed for a facelift and plans to open again in late June. That's according to Gregg Matejka, director of operations for area McDonald's restaurants. The work at the Moorhead McDonald's at 3009 Highway 10 E. began April 23. It includes a refreshed exterior, a new dining room, and new restrooms. Also, the restaurant is getting table service and an updated kitchen area, according to Matejka. The restaurant will remain closed until the work is completed, which is expected to be by June 22.
FARGO—Warner Investment Corporation, parent company of locally owned and operated Warner and Company Insurance, has announced that President and CEO Brian Hayer has purchased all shares of the company and assumed sole ownership effective May 14. Hayer is the fourth president in the company's 107-year history, having served as president, CEO and part owner of the company since 2007.
FARGO—A South Dakota transplant to the Fargo business scene has taken well to its new home. That's according to Michelle Pulling, owner of Silver Lining Creamery, which opened Thursday, May 10, at 123 Broadway. Since then, the ice cream parlor has been hopping, according to Pulling, who added that Sunday was particularly busy. "We had crazy lines the whole day. It was so fun to see," said Pulling, who owns the business with sons, Ian, who she described as the marketing expert of the operation, and Jeremy, who she said is more of a silent partner.
FARGO—Fargo Mayor Tim Mahoney wants a major review of Fargo's special assessment structure. In a written statement, Mahoney said the subject of special assessments has come to dominate the discourse leading up to the June Fargo City Commission election and he said he intends to initiate a "robust review and debate" of the issue when the new City Commission is seated in July. Mahoney, who is running unopposed for re-election, said in addition to options already presented publicly, there are other proposals and ideas likely to come to the fore.