A home for Abode: West Fargo woman opens home décor, gift shop on Fargo’s south corridor
Fargo - As a sales representative for 30 home décor and gift manufacturers over five years, Bobbi Bricker visited fun and cool shops all across the region.
“I always felt Fargo was missing something like this,” she said.
Bricker, of West Fargo, had previously worked on the floor and as a manager at Sears, and most recently as a merchandise planner for a chain.
With the birth of her second child in October, she needed a job with more flexibility. It seemed like the right time to open the store she’d been envisioning.
Abode Décor and Gifts opened recently in the TJ Maxx Plaza on 13th Avenue South in Fargo.
Bricker’s goal is to stock it with unique yet affordable gifts and home goods such as artwork and lamps. She wants people to find a special gift for $10 to $20, or a piece of art for $100 or less.She strives for an eclectic inventory in the store, with rustic, whimsical, urban and wine- and religious-themed items. A small section of the store is dedicated to local artists. She said she staggers her ordering to keep inventory ever changing.Locally owned shops often cluster downtown. Bricker wanted to bring that local flavor to Fargo’s south side.“There are so many cool shops in lakes country,” Bricker said, “and downtown has become this bed for fantastic shops.“When you get further out, there isn’t that feel.”She imagines creating a map to guide shoppers to other such stores on the south end, such as Mode, Pout Baby Boutique and Eco Chic Boutique.“I think sometimes when people come to Fargo they see chain after chain after chain because they don’t venture downtown,” Bricker said. “We have such a fun mix.”Sharon Haaland of Sisseton, S.D., stopped by the store on a recent day trip to Fargo with a friend. She’d seen Abode mentioned on Facebook. It was one of their first stops.“I had to check it out,” she said, “lots of fun things in the store.”Readers can reach Forum Business EditorSherri Richards at (701) 241-5556
By Sherri Richards