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FARGO—Josie Danz has been asked since she was a little girl if she planned to one day run Zandbroz Variety, the store her parents, Greg and Renee Danz, and uncle, Jeff Danz, opened along Broadway here 25 years ago. Until recently, her answer was always "No." "Now I would say, without a doubt, that I will because I can't imagine not having it in my life," Danz said. That's just what Greg Danz wants to hear.
FARGO—Park Co. Realtors, the F-M area's longest-standing real estate company, is wrapping up its 60th year of business this month, and it's been a good one. Park Co. will achieve over $360 million in sales this month, said Dawn Lahlum, president and co-owner. She expects the firm to capture the area's largest market share as it has done for the past 25 years. Next year, Park Co. will likely get an additional boost from commercial sales. The firm launched Park Commercial Services in 2015 and Lahlum said agents are now "nurturing" over 50 leads.
WEST FARGO—Kirsten Jensen, digital strategist and founder of Next Digital Action, said most people consider LinkedIn the least exciting form of social media. "Facebook is way more fun. Twitter is way more fun," she said. "Instagram is way more fun, but I've always been fascinated with the idea that you can maintain connections with people you've crossed paths with professionally in a way that wasn't possible at the beginning of my career."
MOORHEAD—Burger King is making it a double with two large construction projects taking place in the metro area. The restaurant at 2412 8th St. S., Moorhead, is closed for a month-long remodeling project. At the same time, construction is wrapping up on a new restaurant south of Costco on Veterans Boulevard in West Fargo. Both should open by the end of the month. David Harper, president of Meridian Restaurants Unlimited, said the locations will feature Burger King's latest design.
FARGO—Janitors and custodians are often the unsung heroes of the workplace. They primarily work evenings and overnights, so it's easy for people to take for granted that the floors are clean, waste baskets empty and the paper towels restocked when they arrive at work or school each morning. Their work is a little more difficult this time of year as they maneuver around the office Christmas tree and haul out remnants of the holiday potluck. It doesn't bother Jeff Mitchell, who has cleaned office buildings for Dow Services of Fargo for over eight years.
FARGO—A downtown landmark has changed hands. The Radisson Hotel, 201 5th St. N., has been sold to 201 Hospitality, a local investment group. Sandi Adams, doing business as BDH Hotel Ventures, sold the property on Friday, Dec. 2. Further details of the sale were not disclosed. Adams was a partner in AKA Hotel Ventures when it bought the hotel in 2003. She became general manager in 2005 and assumed full ownership in 2015. In 2007, she began a $6 million remodel of the hotel that was built in 1985.
FARGO—A new yoga studio in south Fargo is turning up the heat just in time for winter. Haute Yogis, 5257 27th St. S., is typically heated to 103 degrees with 40 percent humidity, but the temp reaches as high as 105 degrees for the popular Bikram Yoga class. Brady Sprague and Krystle Kvidt own Haute Yogis and the accompanying juice bar, Aloha Fresh. Sprague said the heat in the studio is meant to "be your friend."
MOORHEAD—Regular customers of Usher's House will soon have to put off their craving for bangers and mash until dinnertime. Starting next week, Usher's will no longer offer lunch in order to better focus on the evening meal and its catering business. People have asked if the change is due to a workforce shortage or recent construction, said Anna Weisenburger, Usher's general manager and events coordinator.
WEST FARGO—A new Jimmy John's has opened at 749 23rd Ave. E. near Costco in West Fargo. This is the sixth Jimmy John's restaurant to open in the metro area, according to the company website. The franchise operates more than 2,500 stores in 43 states. The West Fargo location is owned by Eric Olson, a multiunit franchisee. Jimmy John's is known for its "Freaky Fast! Freaky Fresh" sandwiches served in the store or by delivery.
FARGO—F-M News, a store that has sold new and used books and magazines here since 1967, will close its doors at the end of the month. Owner Del Fischer said the strip mall adjacent to Kmart on South University that has served as home for the business since 1968 will soon be demolished. Fischer said he received a letter from the mall's owner in late October giving him 60 days to vacate the premises. A Grubbs & Ellis sign advertising space for lease continues to stand nearby. Calls made to to the listed agent, Marc C. Johnson, were not returned.