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FARGO—Vivie's Boutique, a store featuring women's clothing and lingerie, shoes, purses and more, has relocated to Main Avenue in Fargo. The store first opened in the summer of 2015 in the upstairs of a Victorian home along Eighth Street in Moorhead.
FARGO—Instead of retirement, Rick Schue, an established nurse practitioner specializing in cosmetic dermatology, has opened a new practice, Altaire Medical Spa, and constructed a large building at 5257 27th St. S. to house it and several other businesses. Schue has neither the energy level nor the appearance of a man ready to retire. He greets his patients enthusiastically, eager to discuss how he can help them feel better about themselves. For Schue, his work isn't about altering someone's appearance. It's about "enhancing natural beauty."
FARGO—Sen. John Hoeven thinks drone technology will be North Dakota's "next big thing." He shared his belief at the DroneFocus 2016 conference in Fargo this summer and reiterated it in a commercial he recently shot for his re-election campaign. The commercial features Flight Pros, a drone business launched in March by Davenport, N.D., native Joey Schmit.
MOORHEAD — The Moorhead Bottle Barn, 1314 1st Ave. N., has new owners and a new name. Kevin and Mark Kragnes purchased the business July 1 and renamed it The Bottle Shoppe. The brothers both have outside careers. Kevin Kragnes said they purchased the liquor store as a way to diversify their investments.
FARGO — In recognition of Adopt a Dog Month, dogIDs has launched Sponsor.Dog, a new program that allows its customers to send products to shelter animals in need. DogIDs is an e-commerce business based in Fargo that provides personalized products for dogs. Customers can select a dog and a product and have that product sent directly to the shelter.
FARGO—Peoples Organic Cafe, the area's first entirely organic restaurant, has closed. Owners Nikki and Charles Anderson plan to open Perla's Fresh Mexican in its place at 2653 45th St. S. sometime later this month. Nikki Anderson said as franchisees of Peoples Organic they had little say in terms of the menu, decor and overall operations, so she's looking forward to creating their own concept.
FARGO—The average Verizon, Sprint and AT&T customer spends over $140 a month on cell service, according to a survey of U.S.-based mobile customers conducted by Cowen and Company in 2014. Many who are tired of the high monthly cost are switching to budget brands such as Cricket Wireless, MetroPCS and Boost Mobile. Storefronts for these sort of discount providers have been popping up around the Fargo metro in recent months.
FARGO—Jan-Pro, a global commercial cleaning company, is hoping to develop in North Dakota. A combination of proprietary processes like the EnviroShield process, the same cleaning process used to sanitize hospital operating rooms, an extensive cleaning regimen, and ongoing training are touted as selling points of the company.
FARGO—CoSchedule, an all-in-one marketing calendar software provider with offices here and in Bismarck, was named one of the top five startups in Tech. Co's 2016 Startup of the Year Competition.
FARGO—After an 10-month absence, a clothing store with a 136-year history of doing business in North Dakota will re-open in Fargo. Straus for Men, formerly known as Straus Clothing, is slated to open mid-November in a strip mall anchored by a new Crown Jewels store at 4487 Calico Drive. The business is owned by Chad Herring and his wife, Dorene. Herring is the stepson of John Stern and will be the fifth generation of the family to own the store.