Business Buzz: Salt Hill Gallery to open in Fargo's RDO Tower, MBA to sponsor annual fireworks show, and more

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Salt Hill Gallery, a new business slated to open in the R.D.O. Tower this summer, will sell high-end contemporary art jewelry, handcrafted by established and emerging artists and made from fine materials
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FARGO — A new high-end jewelry store will open later this summer in the RDO Building in downtown Fargo.

Owner Taylor Mertz tells The Forum the business will exhibit and sell high-end, contemporary art jewelry. Featured pieces will be handcrafted by established and emerging artists and made from fine materials.

She writes, "Think of this as art you can wear! Included among our collection is a selection of unique engagement/union rings and original art. Additionally, we will offer a collection of fine gifts such as hand-crafted apothecary items, small-batch perfumes, and pieces for personal adornment."

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Salt Hill Gallery will open in the RDO Building later this summer. The business will carry high-end jewelry handcrafted by established and emerging artists, according to owner Taylor Mertz.
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For more information, follow SaltHillGallery at

Moorhead Business Association to sponsor annual fireworks display

The Moorhead Business Association is carrying on its tradition of organizing a free Fourth of July fireworks display for Moorhead residents and surrounding communities.


Fireworks will blast off from Horizon Park, 3801 24th Ave. S., at dusk (around 10:30 p.m., weather permitting), lasting approximately 25 minutes.

The park will be closed starting at 3:30 p.m. for safety reasons (as the entirety of that area will be within the "blast zone”), but fireworks can be viewed from almost anywhere in Moorhead.

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The Moorhead Business Association will continue its tradition of sponsoring a Fourth of July fireworks display this year.
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Parking will be blocked off along 40th Street or 24th Ave. Watchers are free to park and walk up closer; however, volunteers will be monitoring distance. Please follow their instructions.

Watchers may also head over to the VIP parking lots at Horizon Middle School or The Career Academy to enjoy their planned festivities beforehand and take advantage of the great view. Parking is $10 per vehicle and lots open at 7:30 p.m.

For more information, follow the Moorhead Business Association’s Facebook page or contact Sheri Larson at

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Entrepreneurs invited to sign up for free, virtual Lean Startup Program

Entrepreneurs and soon-to-be-entrepreneurs in the West Central Minnesota and Fargo region are invited to participate in a free, virtual Lean Startup Program led by ILT Academy, a St. Cloud-based ed tech startup focused on critical thinking, design innovation and startup entrepreneurship.

Those interested in participating in the 10-week program, which runs every Thursday evening between July 28 and Sept. 29, must register by July 13 at . There are a limited number of openings available.


Nick Tietz, founder and CEO of ILT Studios, which created its ILT Academy in 2020, said participants do not need startup experience or a fully-formed idea for a startup — just ambition, motivation and grit. The Lean Startup Innovation Program will build startup skills as participants work on their business ideas.

“A lean startup is a methodology for developing business and products that aim to shorten the product development cycle and discover if a business model is viable,” said Tietz via news release. “Our platform enables entrepreneurs to have unique opportunities to connect, collaborate and experience success faster by getting better customer feedback and iterating through their proposed business model.”

Tietz added that while working on their business ideas, participants will learn and practice the skills needed to refine, explore, innovate and develop a plan for their business ideas. Participants will also connect with fellow entrepreneurs, coaches and mentors to be a part of the community of startup entrepreneurs.

Each Thursday session will run from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The final evening, Sept. 29, will include a Founder’s Showcase, where teams will have the opportunity to present their ideas to the regional startup community, business leaders and potential investors.

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