Business Buzz: A Rocket Dogs update, Daily Thread opening, a sure sale for Girl Scouts, and more

Check out what the business team is following this week.

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FARGO — Julie Saatoff is not ready to give up on her Rocket Dogs K9 Aquatics & Wellness Center yet.

The owner of the south Fargo K9 aquatics center has been doggedly searching for a new location to rent since announcing that she lost her lease in January .

She’s now considering storing her equipment and taking a leap of faith to buy her own property, building a doggie dock jumping nirvana if she must.

Julie Saatoff stands on the observation deck Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019, in Rocket Dogs K-9 Aquatics and Wellness Center in Fargo, where she offers swimming and dock jumping for dogs. Saatoff announced on Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022, that her last day of business will be in mid-March.
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She has to be out of her current location by April 1. Her last day of business is March 19, which will include a “Jumping Paws” dock jumping competition.

“It won’t be a smooth transition from here to there,” Saatoff said. “No matter where I go, it will have to be remodeled.”


She has local Realtors sniffing around for the right spot.

“If I rebuild, I’d like to rebuild with yard space,” she said Friday, March 4.

That will give her the opportunity to offer doggie daycare and increase her nice weather revenues, “because daycares are full,” she said.

Saatoff said she’ll take her time looking for the right spot this spring and summer, with the goal of reopening this fall.

As of March 9, a GoFundMe campaign has raised $5,725 of a $25,000 request.

Saatoff said she’ll use that money to store her equipment and jumpstart the venture anew.

New women’s clothing store to fill former Christopher & Banks space

A new women’s clothing store, whose tagline is “Affordable clothing, every day,” is slated to open this spring at West Acres Shopping Center.

On April 13, The Daily Thread will open its doors in the space previously occupied by Christopher & Banks in the shopping center’s JC Penney wing.


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On April 13, The Daily Thread will open its doors in the space previously occupied by Christopher & Banks at the West Acres mall.
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The Daily Thread is the brick-and-mortar division of NYC Alliance, which makes multiple brands for other companies.

As a direct offshoot of NYC Alliance, The Daily Thread is able to eliminate the middleman and pass the savings onto the customer.

That means a price range of $15 to $45, including $25 denim.

The store serves a broad range of ages, sizes and lifestyles, from age 25 to senior citizen and from at-home casualwear to careerwear.

Sizes run the gamut from petites up to 3X.

The store is still looking to fill some part-time positions. Learn more at

A sure sale for Girl Scouts

Once again this year, Matt's Automotive is pledging to buy two boxes cookies to any Girl Scout who visits any one of their five Fargo-Moorhead locations.

Yvee Graffeo talks about selling Girl Scout cookies and meeting her sales goals.
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In a statement, owner Matt Lachowitzer said he was excited to offer Girl Scouts the opportunity to share what they're learning.


"We like to give them a chance to practice skills with our team and to support them as they learn important lessons in goal setting, planning and leadership."

For a list of locations, visit

Apex Physical Therapy to open new location

Apex Physical Therapy & Wellness will soon open its fifth location location at 4803 38th St. S. in Fargo.

Co-owner Kameron Ihry Hodem said the new location will further broaden the reach of the business.

"We are beyond excited to open another Apex location in the Metro area. This additional location will bring accessibility of our services to more people in the community, and being able to deliver high-quality care and a great health care experience to more people is what our entire staff strives for every day," he said.

One feature of the location is their new user-specific E-Gym. Participants of E-Gym will have access to calibrated settings set to work best with their body deciphered through body composition analysis while tracking their work on a fitness tracking app. E-Gym is a revolutionary way to stay fit while gamifying your workout.

Apex’s fifth location also promises new high-tech diagnostic equipment for pelvic health patients measuring muscle groups precisely for accurate and effective therapy planning.

"Our new South Fargo location is going to be a beautiful, modern expansion of our same great Apex services. We are packing it with the latest PT technology, cool gym equipment, a few of our most beloved therapists, and the same warm, welcoming atmosphere our patients love," added Co-Owner Brooke Erstad. "It's going to be a destination for improving your physical health and we're so proud to be expanding our services to South Fargo!"

Angie Wieck is the business editor for The Forum. Email her at
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