Stylish Silo: Red Silo Studio opens doors on Broadway
Fargo - Todd and Bobbi Jo Cody were ready to put down roots.
Now they’ve opened Red Silo Studio downtown at 12 Broadway, a home décor and gift shop where they sell not only their handiwork, but that of other Pride of Dakota members.
“We are ready to take that leap,” said Bobbi Jo. “We enjoy being inside and being available more often than the art shows.”
They officially opened their doors Tuesday. At least 90 percent of what’s carried in the store is made in the area, they said.
It’s an eclectic inventory that includes upcycled furniture, artwork, jewelry, scarves, fresh-roasted coffee and food items.
“Most things are one of a kind, so you won’t see them in other people’s homes,” Bobbi Jo said. “There’s so many talented people in the area. It’s fun to bring everyone together and have one spot to showcase what they do.”
Three of Todd’s most popular photos, called the “lake trio,” adorn one wall of the store. He trains his lens on a variety of subjects – landscape, architecture, wildlife – with a local, rural flair.
Todd’s mom, Jane Cody of Fargo, creates the jewelry through Js Custom Designs.
Other products carried at Red Silo Studio include Mable’s Taste of Home syrups and mixes, Deb Jenkins’ chips and Crooked Halo Designs.
Through the studio, the couple also offer family and senior portraits, shot outdoors in downtown Fargo.
The Codys said it was important for them to be located on Broadway. The shop shares an outer entrance with Uncorked, a fellow Pride of Dakota member.
Kelly Wald, Pride of Dakota marketing specialist in Bismarck, said she’s seeing more members like Todd and Bobbi Jo grow their business and then open a storefront, in return carrying Pride of Dakota products.
Being a retailer in addition to a member means the owner can receive additional resources, including a grant program and promotional materials, Wald said.
“Our state is just in a good position right now. People are really able to get their own small businesses started and really grow them,” Wald said. “A lot of that has to do with the economics of our state.”