Evsie opens Friday at West Acres, CJ's Kitchen owners publish cookbook and other business news

Dakota Business Lending has launched the Entrepreneur District, a shared work space meant to promote collaboration, on the second floor of their Fargo headquarters.

Evsie, as seen on Nov. 8, is a new clothing store catering to girls ages 7 to 14. The store will open Friday, Nov. 11, at West Acres.
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FARGO — Evsie, a store selling clothing and accessories for girls ages 7 to 14, will open Friday, Nov. 11, at the West Acres Shopping Center.

Evsie is a concept launched by the Duluth, Minn.-based Maurices chain.

West Acres Chief Operating Officer Alissa Adams called Evsie a "fantastic addition to the overall mix at West Acres" in a statement to The Forum.

"Their merchandise selection, catered towards tween girls, includes basics, trend-forward pieces, athleisure, accessories and more. The store is bright and inviting and features a wide-variety of easy-to-shop options and comfortable dressing rooms," she continued. "They are the perfect fit for a category that we’ve been light in for some time."

The newly remodeled Victoria’s Secret will re-open with PINK inside of their footprint on the 11th as well, according to Adams.


CJ's Kitchen owners publish cookbook

Owners of a popular south Fargo diner that closed in October 2022 have published a cookbook of the restaurant's favorite dishes.

Jan Ness told The Forum last month that she and her husband, Curt Ness, were closing CJ's Kitchen because they lost their lease at 1601 S. University Drive. She said they looked for other commercial listings, but that there wasn't anything available they could afford.

According to the book's description on , "'CJ's Kitchen Kitchen Favorites' is a compilation of recipes of the menu items that we made and sold every day at our restaurant. You'll find out how to make things like the Yummy Egg Bake or the Wonderful Tokyo Turkey Sandwich. Everything from how to make an Over Easy Egg to how to make the Sloppy Joe's you loved at CJ's Kitchen. I even included all the treats you loved. Like the recipes for the Rolo Cheesecake Bars and the Molasses Cookie. It's all in here - even My Grandmother's Knoephla Soup."

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"CJ's Kitchen Kitchen Favorites" is a compilation of recipes of the menu items that made at the Fargo restaurant. The book is currently available at
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Dakota Business Lending launches Entrepreneur District

Dakota Business Lending announced this week it has lauched the Entrepreneur District, a transformative space located on the second floor of their headquarter office, 5630 36th Ave. S., Fargo.

According to a press release, the Entrepreneur District will bring together 10 entrepreneurs from various industries and give them access to both the office space they need and the collaboration they crave to create, work, and grow…all in one physical space.

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Those who wish to hold their office at the Entrepreneur District must have one of two goals: the desire and potential to grow and scale their business (hire employees, own/rent their own space, expand to other cities, go from part-time to full-time business owners, increase revenue, etc.) or the desire to sustain their business at its current level by creating a more robust, well-rounded business (product development, service streamlining, etc.).


Dakota Business Lending will provide entrepreneurs with the office space, mentorship, education, collaboration and partnerships, and capital needed to continue to advance not only their business, but themselves as entrepreneurs.

Residency at the Entrepreneur District is free for business owners who meet the following qualifications:

  • Must be a business in operation and in good standing
  • Must be in need of physical office space
  • Must have an eagerness to collaborate and a desire to be transformed

Applications will open Jan. 5. More information can be found at . For questions, email or call 701-412-2928 .

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