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MOORHEAD—New owners of the Speak Easy don't plan to make any big changes to the restaurant and bar that has been in business at 1001 30th Ave. S. since 1974. "The name is staying. The menu is basically staying the same," said Larry Hauger, manager and co-owner. He is in the process of tweaking the menu a bit with longtime chef Kent Larson, but he wants diners to know favorites like the seafood fettuccine and the lasagna Italiano aren't going anywhere. It's homemade dishes like those that make the Speak Easy special, Larson said.
FARGO—When March Madness rolls around, tournament brackets circulate the office. When the Powerball jackpot is running high, hopeful workers pitch in for tickets. And for some employees in the Fargo-Moorhead area, Christmas brings another kind of office pool: Co-workers collect donations to support causes such as the Rape and Abuse Crisis Center and the YWCA. Others give of their time by ringing the bell for the Salvation Army.
FARGO—The first glimpse of Kilbourne Group's plans for the Black Building and Scan Design building was offered earlier this month in an application to the city of Fargo for Renaissance Zone exemptions. The City Commission approved the application, which will save the company an estimated $206,000 in property and $5,000 in income taxes over a five-year period. City Planner Derrick LaPoint said the exemptions will begin in a year or two once Kilbourne has met the minimum threshold of investment.
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."