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Commerce Dept. releases holiday gift guide featuring North Dakota businesses

The Commerce Department recently released a holiday gift guide highlighting North Dakota small businesses.

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The North Dakota Department of Commerce is urging shoppers to buy products homemade or homegrown in North Dakota this holiday season. Stabo Scandinavian Imports in Fargo was included on the department's holiday gift guide. David Samson / Forum News Service
Forum Communications Co.

BISMARCK - The North Dakota Department of Commerce is encouraging shoppers to buy what is homegrown or homemade in North Dakota this holiday season. To help shoppers do so, the department recently released the below holiday gift guide:

Northwest Region

Beginning in Watford City, Barrett Pharmacy and Variety will welcome you with candy, gift items, and home décor before you shop the racks of trendy women’s clothing and accessories at Rhianna’s Boutique . Door 204 Coffee is a must stop for coffee, local art, and regional gifts.

Make your way to Williston for antiques, collectibles, crafts, and more at Crocus N Flair . Pour Some Sugar Custom Cakes can satisfy any sweet tooth with holiday food orders or custom cakes and cupcakes. At Hansen’s Unlimited , browse original artwork and handcrafted pieces from local artists and crafters – they also offer classes if your giftee enjoys a little DIY-ing.

North Central Region


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Start your shopping day in Minot with a morning brew from With Room Coffee and browse around to see if there is a plant available for the plant parent on your list. At Main Street Books you will find popular toys and activities while shopping for your avid reader’s next haul. Fans of modern farmhouse, rustic and vintage inspired styles will enjoy the home décor pieces from The Market on 4th .

Devils Lake is well known for their four-season fishing. Get your angler ready for the ice and take advantage of the outdoors this winter with a trip to Ed’s Bait Shop and Gerrells Sports Center . Lone Tree Designs offers custom and personalized metal décor and ornaments. Complete life at the lake with a custom frame and décor from LaMotte’s Paint & Glass .

Northeast Region

No trip to the northeast would be complete without a visit to Widman’s Candy Co . in Grand Forks. Stuff the stockings or wrap a package full of gourmet chocolates and their classic “chippers.” Stop in to the Badman Design showroom to watch David and his crew craft jewelry, home décor elements, and limited-edition holiday ornaments.

Nearby, the city of Langdon is known as the western gateway to North Dakota’s Rendezvous Region. Langdon Floral can set you up with a beautifully crafted arrangement to enjoy well after the last present has been unwrapped. Visit Sew On & Sew North for fabrics, kits, patterns, and books for any quilting fanatic to enjoy for years to come.

Southeast Region

Downtown Fargo specializes in funky flare with shops like Vinyl Giant Records , Zandbroz , Unglued and Stabo Scandinavian Imports where you can find unique treasures in the form of records, books, crafts, and gift items imported from Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and Finland. Mint + Basil specializes in modern and whimsical home items while PrimRose Boutique and Kindred People may provide some fun clothing options.

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Erica Sponsler, left, and Aaron Swinkels co-own downtown Fargo's Game Giant and Vinyl Giant stores. The store was included in a holiday gift guide recently put out by the North Dakota Department of Commerce. Helmut Schmidt / The Forum

Don’t forget about the hometowns of Wahpeton, Valley City, and Oakes. In Wahpeton you will find small-town boutiques like Indigo Life + Style and The Golden Rule carrying apparel and gifts for the whole family. Step into Alley Beans in Valley City for an espresso or specialty drink and pastry. Then venture downtown to shop the array of styles at Urban Couture , Blush Boutique, Bong’s Bootery and more. Oakes’ must stop includes books, ice cream, and homemade fudge from Sweets n’ Stories.

South Central Region

Begin touring this region in Bismarck at the North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum gift shop which houses an extensive assortment of North Dakota related products including apparel, books, children’s items and souvenirs. Browse the collection of carefully curated home goods from Stella’s Décor, and world class gear for cyclists, swimmers, runners, and all-around adventure seekers from 701 Cycle & Sport .

Enjoy Jamestown as you shop used books and everything North Dakota made at AAUW Used Bookstore and Dakota Store or enjoy all things bison at the National Buffalo Museum gift shop. For a one-stop shop, check out the specialty goods from Blessings by Carla , Comfort, Ladies View Boutique , Wildflowers Inc. and the Photo Frame Gallery all within Warehouse West. Carrington’s small-town feel has handmade goods from the Garden Gate, Designer Fabrics Quilt Shop, and Rose Garden Floral and Greenhouse.

Southwest Region

Take advantage of the Coffee Cruise throughout this region as you visit from shop to shop. After a cup o’ joe in Dickinson, visit The Wurst Shop for some savory meats and cheeses. Enjoy a selection of North Dakota grown wine, beer, and a variety of alcohols from Fluffy Fields Vineyard & Winery. The Sweet Melange offers craft supplies, home décor, and machine embroidery items and apparel.

While the Medora Musical showtimes are reserved for the summer season, you can still enjoy the stars of the show in December with tickets to A Magical Medora Christmas. Find a city near you to take in the traveling show or purchase a season pass for the next summer. Continue west to Beach, a quaint town with a lot of character in shops like Golden Salon and Boutique, Wild Vines Market, and Prairie Fire Pottery.

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Wherever you plan to do your shopping, the Commerce Department encourages shoppers to stop at the local visitor center to learn more about current offers and deals in each community. Many of the local businesses and visitor centers offer selections of Pride of Dakota products. To see a complete list at https://www.ndtourism.com/listings/visitor-services . To find more information on shopping and listings, go to ndtourism.com .

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