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I like to think of myself as a small-town kind of gal, but in all reality, living just outside of LA for five years and Seattle for almost two, really changed that. I still love small towns, but I’ve come to realize that I also really like having options. So I admit, I was pretty devastated as I packed up my little apartment and left behind my Seattle bubble that included Whole Foods, Trader Joes, Anthropologie, REI, Madewell and Lululemon. Did I mention all of these shops were within a 10 minute drive from my place? And now, well, they’re all over 250 miles away...but I guess it could be worse, right?
Anyway, when I first moved to Fargo, I was at a total loss as to where I’d 1) buy my groceries 2) buy my clothes and 3) buy that random Nalgene water bottle that I just had to have. So in true optimist fashion, I set out to make the most of my new town. And well, I was pleasantly surprised. So, it only seemed like the “North Dakota nice” thing to do would be to share my findings with y’all.
Natural Grocers: Think Whole Foods meets Trader Joe's meets Sprouts. This is my go-to spot for those ingredients that I just know Hornbacher’s or Target isn’t going to have. Plus, they’re always stocked on my favorite almond milk and have the cheapest free-range eggs in all of Fargo. Did I mention their amazing selection of vitamins, supplements and natural beauty products? Yeah, you can usually find me here at least once a week. https://www.naturalgrocers.com/store-location/fargo/
Mint + Basil: If Anthropologie Home and Williams Sonoma had a baby, it would be Mint + Basil. From the big, bright windows to the cozy interior (complete with a velvet couch!) this spot is my little haven. They carry a wide variety of home decor, kitchen goodies, and some of the most amazing candles you’ll ever smell. And did we mention the pink Le Creuset? http://shopmintandbasil.com/
White House Co.: Antique malls stress me out big time. Thank goodness, this is not that. Instead, when you walk into this sweet, little space, you’ll find a curated selection of antiques and vintage treasures. And an added bonus? The florist shop on the other side of the wall and they’re right next to one of our favorite coffee shops, 20 Below. http://www.thewhitehouseco.com/
Fowlers Heritage Company: With a small selection of curated goods; ranging from classic pieces to trendy accessories, Fowler’s is a must-see for anyone looking for something that’s far from run-of-the-mill. And we can’t forget to mention the oil, vinegar and cheese store on the other side of their store...YUM. https://www.facebook.com/FowlersHeritage/
Outermost Layer: When I find myself desperately missing my beloved REI, this is the local spot you’ll find me. Sure, it might be a tad bit smaller than your average outdoor store, but they still have a fantastic selection of items ranging from Patagonia to North Face to Marmot and beyond. And we can't forget about the running store that shares a wall with these folks. http://www.outermostlayer.com/
Proper & Prim: A little bit Anthropologie, a little bit Urban Outfitters; this adorable little spot has something for just about any occasion. Whether it’s your best friends wedding, a girls night out, or date night with your significant other, they’ve got you covered.http://www.properprim.com/
Others: If Whole Foods had a clothing store, this would be it. With 100% of their profits being donated and all of their products being fair trade, this unique, little shop is a pretty special part of Fargo. From hand-sewn clothing that benefits women in different countries to sweet, little onesies for your babe, Others is a must see for sure. http://www.othersshop.com/
So, what are you waiting for?! It's a beautiful day to get out there & check out what this little town has to offer! Let us know your favorite Fargo shops in the comments below!
Posted: March 31, 2017|
Since moving to North Dakota, my eyes have been opened to a whole new world of German and Scandinavian inspired Midwestern dishes. Gone are my days of Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s and regular visits to the local farmers market. You might’ve heard, but it’s a little cold up here….meaning that our produce selection mid-winter can look pretty bleak. But, where there is a shortage of fresh fruit and veggies, there is definitely no shortage of a thing called hotdish, a fish pickled in lye (is that safe?) and a few other things that seem a bit wacky to this former west-coaster. So out of staters, this if for you….let’s dig into what food makes North Dakota, well, North Dakota.
Hotdish: A classic midwestern dish, this North Dakotan version of a casserole is loaded up with the good stuff. Whether it’s tater tots and bacon, ground beef and macaroni or a magical combination of other comfort foods, this is the perfect meal for those chilly winter nights or those backyard summer BBQ’s.
Bison: Blame it on the North Dakota State University Bison, but just about every burger joint in town has bison on their menu. For something a bit different, try bison brats on your next camping trip or at your neighborhood cookout.
Lutefisk: Upon moving to North Dakota, I was immediately told that if anyone ever offered me lutefisk, they probably didn’t like me. Needless to say, this is one thing that I’ve (luckily) not been offered yet. But this aged stockfish is well loved by many North Dakotans. With a gelatin-like texture, we’re thinking we might just stick with Jell-O…
Kuchen: Basically the German word for cake, afternoon kuchen and coffee is a popular German tradition that lives on in North Dakota. With both sweet and savory options and several different varieties, there’s a kuchen for everyone. Now we like that sound of that…
Fleischkuekle: Similar to what I’d call a pot-pie, fleischkuekle is a doughy, meat pie that is seen mostly in the Dakotas. Add ketchup and cheese and this is one meal that’ll be sure to keep you full all winter long.
Knoephla Soup: This thick and creamy soup is often made out of chicken and potatoes with a generous serving of dumplings (or knoephla as they’re typically called!) This German dish can be found throughout the Dakotas as well as Minnesota.
Lefse: When I told my coworkers I’d never tried lefse (nor did I know what it even was) they were shocked. This traditional Norwegian flatbread is made from potatoes, flour, butter, and milk or cream. Best served fresh with butter, sugar, and jam. I think this is something I can get on board with.
Krumkake: Not to be confused with crumb cake, these sweet, waffle-like cookies are made of flour, sugar, butter, eggs and cream and then cooked on a special griddle before being rolled into small cones and then filled with a number of delicious fillings.
Well, are you hungry yet? I know I am…. Now tell us, what’s your favorite midwestern food? Let us know in the comments below! And, for your viewing pleasure....here's a bunch of Texans trying to pronounce North Dakota food names....
Posted: March 24, 2017|
Ahhhh spring has sprung….trees are blooming, flowers are growing, birds are chirping. Oh wait, sorry guys, that’s in the south. Up north, we’re still chipping ice off of our windshields some mornings and heading to work wearing multiple layers. It’s a weird season out here in Fargo, one day it can be 60 degrees and sunny, but in the blink of an eye the wind picks up, the mercury dips and we find ourselves back in our long johns and snowboots. Oh the pain of it all! As a North Dakota newbie, I’m learning to embrace this season of in-between and while I’m counting down the days until things start blooming well, I definitely won’t be packing away my Sorel’s just yet.
As I mentioned, I’m a total North Dakota newb so this whole “winter-lasts-six-months-or-longer” thing is kind of foreign to me. But in order to keep the all too common winter blues from hijacking my spring, I made a spring bucket list for this in-between season in the upper midwest. So, without further ado, enter into this challenge at your own risk...and be sure to bring your parka and maybe some sandals, too. Ya never know what you’re gonna get out here in North Dakota, do ya?!
Get to spring cleaning. Open those windows, breathe in the probably freezing air and get to scrubbin’. Kick off the season with a clean slate, literally. Plus, how nice does it feel to stop breathing recycled air for a change?!
Pack away your winter coat....maybe. Yikes. What? Yeah we know, it’s still kind of cold. But the second we decided to pack away our parkas and winter boots, we felt lighter...literally. That stuff weighs like 10 pounds (at least.)
Buy fresh flowers. Nothing says spring quite like something blooming. So grab some blooms at the grocery store and wait for the instant mood boost.
Eat your lunch outside. Sure, you might need to pack a blanket….but soak in that Vitamin D and venture outside on your lunch break. Wash your car. Guys. it’s time to remember what color your car really is.
Head to opening day. What’s better than a day at the diamond? Grab your baseball hat and snag a seat at Target Field. (Psssst….Opening Day is April 3rd!)
Rearrange your house. The changing of seasons is the perfect time redecorate. Need some inspiration? Head to the Eco Chic Design Conference and you’re sure to find that creative spark you were looking for.
We're only just getting started with our spring to-do list...have an idea we should add? Send it our way! Want to join us in checking off our list? Let us know in the comments below!
Last week on the blog, we shared our favorite coffee shops around Fargo. And if there is one thing we love around here as much as we love coffee...it’s beer. Luckily, the Fargo / Moorhead area has some absolutely incredible breweries. So of course...we had to share.
Drekker Brewing Company: Located just a short walk from our downtown office, you better believe that we find ourselves here at least once a week. With a live music on weekends and a bags league on Mondays and Tuesdays, there’s sure to always be something going on at Drekker. Don’t forget to try their Grilled Cheese....it’s the best we’ve ever had!! http://drekkerbrewing.com/
(Photo via drekkerbrewing.com)
Fargo Brewing Company: The original pioneer of Fargo breweries, Fargo Brewing Company has a lot to offer. With a taproom located just north of downtown and a newly opened ale house in West Fargo, they’ve really got something for everyone. Whether you’re looking to grab a beer and play some games, hit the yoga mat with your gal pals, snack on apps while you play trivia with your work buddies or head out on a low-key date with your spouse, Fargo Brewing does not disappoint. http://fargobrewing.com/
(Photo via fargomonthly.com)
Junkyard Brewing Company: Right across the Red River, you’ll find a well-known, local spot that’s busting at the seams on a nice summer day. Considered a “nano-brewery”, Junkyard offers 10 different taps that rotate on a weekly basis. With live music every night and the occasional food truck hanging out around the corner, this is the summer spot. https://www.junkyardbeer.com/
(Photo via https://www.facebook.com/JunkyardBrewery)
Kilstone Brewing: The ever expanding beer scene in Fargo / Moorhead welcomed this north Fargo brewing company to the scene two years ago this month. With live music, a weekly game night and happy hour, Kilstone is the perfect post-work spot to toss one back. Get ready for summer with their signature Watermelon Wheat, YUM! https://www.facebook.com/KilstoneBrewing/
(Photo via http://hpr1.com/)
Flatland Brewery: Trivia, beer, live music...oh my! The newest of the bunch, Flatland Brewery popped up in the Red River Valley last July after four friends decided it was time to take a longtime hobby to the next level. With a focus on variety and creative seasonals, Flatland is anything but, well, flat. http://flatlandbrewery.com/
(Photo via fargomonthly.com)
Prairie Bros Brewing: Though not open to the public yet, this is sure to be a hot spot this summer. With some super cute kiddos that we’re deeming the Prairie Bros mascots and some tasty sounding beers in the works, this is one spot we can’t wait to try! http://www.prairiebrothersbrewing.com/
Drumconrath Brewing Company: Just a short drive west on 94 will land you in the small town of Mapleton where Drumconrath Brewing Company is working hard to get their doors open to the public. Slated to have a ‘rural Irish pub’ feel, we’re tapping our toes excitedly as we wait for their grand opening. http://www.drumconrathbrewing.com/index2.html
"From the start, we've used beer to bond with friends and make up with enemies, toast our accomplishments and drown our sorrows, honor our gods and forget our troubles. Beer has been high class and low brow, sacred and profane, rustic sustenance and a rare treat. Beer tells us how far we've come and how little we've changed. Stories about ritual and transformation, about place and identity, about politics and religion. Stories, above all, about community--about how beer, varied as it is, has nonetheless always brought us together." -William Bostwick
We’ve been rounding up some of our favorite snacks and goodies from around North Dakota and Minnesota and we just couldn’t wait to share!! Introducing Fargo Flavors; the best way to shop your favorite NoDak goods, right from the comfort of your couch. It is our hope that this will serve as an opportunity to share some of the amazing goods that come out of this area. We’ll be partnering with some local brands that we really love and hoping to share these brands with our friends near and far.
Three Bears Honey Co. // For over 35 years, this family owned company has provided some of the best pure, unfiltered honey the Red River Valley has to offer. We’re beyond thrilled to be offering this sweet treat at Fargo Stuff! https://threebearshoney.com/
Dot’s Pretzels // What started as a homemade family snack is known a pantry staple in most North Dakota homes and a fan favorite around our office. This is one snack that’s sure to fly off our shelves. http://www.dotspretzels.com/
Twenty Below Coffee Co. // We think everyone around Fargo knows we kind of have a crush on coffee. While we try not to pick favorites, we’ve gotta say that this may be some of the best coffee we’ve ever tasted. We are so pleased to soon offer locally brewed Twenty Below Coffee right here at Fargo Stuff! https://20below.coffee/
We are so excited to share some of our favorite North Dakota goods with the Fargo Stuff community! Our new products will be going live next week, so keep your eyes out on social media for the announcement! Have an idea for something we should feature in our shop? Let us know below!
If you know us even a little bit, you know how much we love coffee. You could say it’s a pretty serious relationship. Having so many different coffee mugs and travelers on our shelves gives us a great excuse to drink more coffee…..right?
Anyway, we want you to know just how seriously we take our coffee around here. As a native Seattle-ite, I had high expectations for my coffee when I first moved out here, and what I’ve found are coffee shops that rival some of the best coffee shops I’ve ever sipped my morning joe from. The atmosphere of many of the coffee shops around Fargo is warm and cozy with a friendly dose of “North Dakota nice” ...something that Seattle really just can’t boast of. I really can’t pick a favorite, but if I had to, I’d have to say Babb’s Coffee House is really onto something with their Seattle-esque decor. It makes this new midwesterner feel a little closer to home on those days where the mountains feel extra far away.
But to be fair, every coffee shop I’ve been in so far really has something unique to offer...so I figured it only made sense that we would introduce you to our favorite coffee shops around town...that is, if you haven’t already met them.
Twenty Below: Ahhh where to begin, this little slice of heaven is a local favorite and for a very good reason. With a warm, almost candlelight glow setting the mood, you instantly feel a little more relaxed every time you walk into Twenty Below. Not to mention the friendly baristas who somehow always manage to remember your name. With long picnic style tables, cozy couches, bar top seating and additional tables scattered around, this is the perfect spot for just about anyone; be it the businessman preparing for a meeting, the casual coffee date, the studious student or the coffee connoisseur, we think Twenty Below really has it all. And don’t even get us started on their toast….
Youngblood: Right around the corner from Twenty Below, you’ll find Youngblood Coffee Co. Run by one of the sweetest couples you’ll ever meet, the all white walls and decor are perfect for those winter days when it feels like you might never see the sun again. We love the simplicity of this setting and find this to be the perfect spot for creatives seeking a quiet refuge. PS -- their mocha is to die for!!
Babb’s Coffee House: Oh sweet Babb’s. You had me as soon as I walked through your doors and was greeted by a Seattle scene on just about every single wall. With a cozy environment, plenty of seating and a wide array of drinks and meals to choose from, this is the perfect place to spend a Sunday morning. And if you wait for a rainy day, you can really experience the PNW vibe this little spot has to offer. Also, Trader Joe’s lovers rejoice...they have cookie butter coffee syrup. Yum.
Red Raven Espresso Parlor: Two words: back patio. If you haven’t been to Red Raven, it’s a total must-see. On a warm day, their patio is everyone’s favorite spot and for a very good reason; it gives a cool, city vibe that is sometimes hard to find in the Midwest. On cooler days, head inside for live music, art shows and the occasional home cooked meal. Need we say more?
Bean’s Coffee Bar: Who doesn’t love a cute little (fresh) donut on the lid of their coffee? That’s one thing we’ll never turn down. Not to mention their delicious roast of coffee, convenient locations and drive through...for those days when it’s 30 below and getting out of your car is just not an option.
Red River Coffee Co: Shoutout to my wayyyy south Fargoans, this one’s for you. This neat little spot is the perfect after-school hangout, post workout pick me up or after dinner game zone. With a whole case full of yummy goodies made in house, seating galore, a drive thru and a huge selection of games to choose from this spot is sure to please everyone in the family.
Nichole’s Fine Pastry: If I had a dollar for every time I heard a story about the history of Nichole’s, I might be able to actually finally afford one of their fancy chocolates. This sweet little spot (no pun intended, we promise) is nestled right on the edge of an up and coming part of town and boasts a ton of cute shops right down the sidewalk. We could go on and on about their delicious handmade pastries, their gourmet breakfast and lunch selections and their artfully crafted lattes...but we don’t want to make you start drooling.
Sandy’s Donuts: Here at the Fargo Stuff office, we get Sandy’s Donuts every other Friday. Yeah, we’re spoiled. Though we haven’t tried their coffee….the donuts alone could make Folgers taste like a million bucks.
So there you have it folks! Our roundup of coffee shops in Fargo….we admit, we have a bit of a soft spot for caffeine. Did we miss one? Well, pardon our manners...but I’m still new around here, drop me a line in the comments below with your favorite coffee shop! Stay caffeinated, Fargo.
Posted: February 22, 2017|
We were recently faced with a bit of a dilemma here at Fargo Stuff. While we fully intended to remain a solely e-commerce based company, our local customer base had other plans. With regular walk-ins wanting to see what kind of products we carried, we would humbly lead them back to our messy shelves in our break room and allow them to take a peek. It was well, less than impressive. This lead us to the realization that we needed some kind of different solution. This is where a dream turned into a vision that turned into a plan….with a little help from Target and Ikea.
It all started with a Pinterest board and a tiny budget, but we must say, we’re quite pleased with what it has turned into. This being said, we figured we’d walk you through the making of this showroom; how we started the process, what it looks like, and our heart behind it.
Dream a bit. Get that Pinterest board made and go to town people. As a highly visual person, this was my first step and it made all the difference. Having the opportunity to see what I wanted to create really helped me refine my vision behind this project. It also helped keep me on brand and realize where maybe too much of my story was getting in the way of telling the story of the brand.
Set a budget. This is a vital step in the process. I think having it be the second step is of utmost importance. Putting it first leaves too much room for your creativity to be squashed by a number. Better to dream big first and then come to grips with your budget and find a way to make it work.
Make a plan. Once you have your budget in place, you can start to really nail down the logistics. Find your space, pick your completion date and start checking things off that to-do list!
Purchase what you need….but leave room for those forgotten items. Your budget has been solidified, you have a plan and you’re ready to rumble! So get to buying stuff -- just don't forget to leave some room in your budget for those last minute costs that might sneak up. (Think tape, hanging hardware, anything that could have been easily overlooked in the planning process.)
Setup your beautiful showroom. Once you have all of your items purchased, you’re ready to set it all up! Just remember, be flexible. What you thought would work in your space might not...so save those receipts and be willing to see things in a different light if needed. It’s all about telling the best possible story for your brand.
Take it all in. You’re all set-up, ready to announce to the public that your space is open and things are about to get crazy! Be sure to take a moment, step back and admire your hard work.
Promote. Spread the word! Your showroom is open and ready to be seen. Utilize social media, word of mouth and any other applicable channels you see fit for your brand to tell the world that your showroom is open and ready!
Party. The hard work is over, the showroom is complete and it’s time to welcome people in with open arms.
Our heart behind the creation of this space is to create an atmosphere that makes people feel at home. It is our desire to see people truly live, love and thrive in this place that we call home. We hope that by opening our doors, more people will be able to experience what Fargo Stuff has to offer and then ultimately share that with friends and family, near and far. So what are you waiting for?! Come say hi at 310 NP Ave. N!
I’ve been hearing about Giving Hearts Day for months. But it wasn’t until I met Mr. Matchy Matchy last week that I realized how big of a deal this charity event really is. Each year, the Giving Hearts Day campaign raises millions (yes, you read that right) of dollars for North Dakota nonprofits. By giving the community a call to action, Giving Hearts Day has become a wildly successful one-day event.
Last week, we launched our very own Giving Hearts Day campaign with custom made Fargo hearts. We asked customers to simply purchase a $15 handmade, laser engraved heart and then select a charity where they’d like to see that money go. In the last week, we’ve been able to sell 97 hearts (and counting!) and raise a total of $1,455 which will be matched to the sum of $2,910. We’re blown away by the success of something as simple as a little, wooden heart.
Needless to say, we love giving back in ways like this. We love that we have a community of people that rally together for the greater good. Want to get involved? Check out FargoStuff.com and purchase your very own Fargo heart, select your favorite charity from the dropdown menu and 100% of the proceeds will be donated to that charity AND matched. So what are you waiting for?!
Posted: January 27, 2017|
It should come as no surprise to you that we absolutely adore Fargo. We love this little town, the tight-knit community it continues to grow into and the creativity that continues to be spurred on amongst the residents of Fargo. We try not to play favorites over here, but if we’re honest, we do have a bit of a soft spot for the community of artists that make up Fargo/Moorhead. Maybe it’s because we are our own breed of makers and doers, but we are just drawn to the creativity that lies within this place we get to call home.
Here at Fargo Stuff, we feel incredibly lucky to have the opportunity to take this support one step further as we collect a variety of pieces from local artists. We have the pleasure to offer original copies, digital prints, photos and more from some of the area's top artists. So what does this look like? Well, let us show you.
On our website, we feature eight unique artists and showcase a collection of their work. This work ranges from original paintings to photographs to jewelry from local makers. With the original artwork and handmade jewelry, you can purchase those specific items outright and with our photographers, you can choose from a selection of their work and have it printed on your choice of substrate.
Silver Poly-metal: Our thinnest material of choice, poly-metal adds a clean, modern touch to any piece. With pointed corners and a shiny finish, poly-metal is great for any one with a more modern taste.
Foam Core: We love foam core for its ability to maintain a certain depth and richness of the colors represented in a photograph. Foam core is also our lightest material available.
Birch Wood: Our thickest and heaviest material available, birch wood is a great choice for keepsake items and gifts. It maintains a more natural look as the wood grain is visible through the printed photo.
Interested in showcasing and selling a collection on Fargo Stuff? We’d be honored to have you. Apply here.
We’re over a week deep into 2017 and we’re finally catching our breathe after the hustle of the holiday season. But now what? January and February are some of the toughest months of winter. The days are short, the nights long, the air is cold and we’re all a little prone to just hibernate and wait for the thaw. Well...maybe that’s just me, but this is my first winter in North Dakota. So being a foreigner to the ways of a true Norski, I asked around to find out some of the best ways to beat the winter blues and avoid cabin fever. One thing’s for sure, I’ll definitely be checking off as many of these as possible this winter.
1. Bundle up and get outside! Yes, it will be cold, yes your face will probably hurt...but there’s nothing more refreshing than a brisk walk in the snow. And plus, mom was right, we all need to make sure we get that Vitamin D.
2. Find your go to coffee shop, lunch spot or happy hour bar. Hunker down and enjoy. Bonus points if it has a fireplace. Repeat weekly.
3. Get to the mountains. I’ve learned that North Dakotans define the word, mountain, a bit different than I would...but hey that’s ok. We’ve got one of these “mountains” less than an hour away and it’s got it all; skiing, snowboarding, sledding, fat biking and an adorable lodge for those days when it’s just a little too cold.
4. Get your butt off the couch and get to the gym. Seriously, get your blood pumping, take a class, learn how to rock-climb, swim some laps...whatever it is, it’s sure to help.
5. Rent some skates and do some twirls. What’s more fun than throwing on some skates and pretending to be Tara Lipinski?! Nothing I tell you, nothing.
6. Host a game night, a dinner party or a movie night. Winter can be tough, but being around people that make us laugh makes it a whole lot easier.
7. Pick up a new hobby, take a class, learn a new language, try a new recipe. There’s something about learning that renews us. Trying something foreign to us awakens a part of our brains that would otherwise often slip into monotony. So that thing you wanted to try? Give it a go!
8. Read a book. Get lost in the world of fiction or dive into knowledge through non-fiction. Books are so enriching, the perfect thing to do on those days when the wind-chill reaches record levels.
9. Head to the Hector Airport and jet off to somewhere warmer. If all else fails, just get the heck out of here and take some time to thaw out. Just be sure to check out the Fargo Stuff merchandise at the gift shop before you go.
10. Remember that spring is coming! No matter how endless winter can feel, we all know that it ends. Maybe a little later than the rest of the country….but it’ll show up soon enough.