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Food, drink, retail vendors announced for Fargo's Brewhalla Market; expansion still on track for fall opening

Ashley Morken, owner of Unglued, is moving her popular gift shop from the center of downtown to Brewhalla Market to expand her offerings and events.

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Work continues on the Brewhalla expansion for Drekker Brewing Company at 1666 1st Ave. N. in Fargo.
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FARGO — A “food and entertainment wonderland” group of businesses will make up Drekker Brewing Company’s Brewhalla Market.

The food, drink and retail shops announced Wednesday, April 13, include some of the Fargo-Moorhead area’s most popular and well-known outlets, among them Nicole’s Fine Pastry & Cafe, Blackbird Woodfire Pizza, Thunder Coffee and Unglued.

“We’ve dreamt about this for years. We’ve planned it for years. It’s fun seeing it come to life,” said Mark Bjornstad, president of Brewhalla and Drekker Brewing Company.

“Now the community can start to see a little bit more about what we’re dreaming up” with the Brewhalla expansion, which should be exciting news for the neighborhood and the greater community as a whole, Bjornstad said.

Food providers include Blackbird Woodfire ; Luna Market, Mangata Wine and Raw Bar and Unicorn Park Fine Foodery (all owned by local restaurateurs Nikki Berglund and Chef Ryan Nitschke); and Cows & Co. Creamery .

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Sweets, treats and drink providers: Nicole’s Fine Pastry, Duchessa Gelato, Drekker Brewing, Thunder Coffee. Shops: Unglued, Red River Refillery , The Plant Supply, Living the Dream Pottery, and Bark & Biscuit .

“We’re committed to this whole neighborhood growing, changing and fully developing into this gateway into downtown,” Bjornstad said.

The aim is to incorporate the feel and vibe of downtown and integrate those businesses into the area like “a traditional neighborhood, not a downtown metro area,” he said.

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An undated architect's rendering of the completed Brewhalla expansion to Drekker Brewing Company at 1666 1st Ave. N., Fargo
Contributed: Drekker Brewing Company

Completion of the Brewhalla addition to Drekker Brewing's original building at 1666 1st Ave. N. remains on track for opening this fall, Bjornstad said.

“It’s going great. They are starting interior work now. Skylights are going on this week. It’s really fun to see it moving along. We were lucky enough to have the major components of the building bid out and contracted in late 2020. A lot of those elements didn’t get caught up in the recent supply chain and pricing issues,” he said.

The plan is to have the market open with all of the businesses ready at the same time.

For several of the businesses, this will be their first brick and mortar location, some will be moving their operations there, while others are adding another location.

Ashley Morken, owner of Unglued , is moving her popular gift shop from the center of downtown to Brewhalla Market to expand her offerings and events.

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“This was a dream opportunity to expand our gift shop, grow our crafty events with local makers, and collaborate with other businesses who are all seeking to create more amazing experiences for our community,” Morken said in a Brewhalla Market news release.

Jackie Maas of The Plant Supply is looking forward to her first brick and mortar shop.

“We’ve spent the last few years selling at pop-up events without a permanent shop and people are always asking if we have our own store,” Maahs said. “We’re excited we can finally say ‘Yes!’”

Thunder Coffee, meanwhile, is expanding beyond its West Fargo shop and roastery. The coffee shop will also have a drive-through option for patrons.

“We couldn’t be more excited about being a part of this project. Nearly every small business involved is someone we know, have served or partnered with along our way,” said Skyler Dutton, one of the owners of Thunder Coffee. “To us, this feels like a neighborhood within a building.”

Bjornstad said Brewhalla will still have food trucks and pop-up vendors for special events, but the Brewhalla Market will be the primary space providing food and drink for visitors.

Dining and lounge spaces surround the market, all under a giant skylight that should shower the four-story market atrium with natural light, Bjornstad said.

In the meantime, Brewhalla has begun booking weddings and corporate events for their event center and the hotel will start taking reservations for later this year.

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“We are excited to get this group of local businesses together. These are some of Fargo’s best, most creative, most fun shops and restaurants” and “we think it’s going to really become special for the community to come and enjoy this gathering and entertainment space,” Bjornstad said.

Helmut Schmidt is a reporter for The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead's business news team. Readers can reach him by email at hschmidt@forumcomm.com, or by calling (701) 241-5583.
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