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  1. Pay it Far|Ward

    If you have ever read Marc de Celle’s Close Encounters of the Fargo Kind, you know of the incredible acts of kindness that he’s written about within Fargo. The title of the book says it all. The Fargo kind is simply that: The Fargo Kind. The people that make up this town, this state, and pretty much this tri-state area are few and far between. Now, I won’t turn this blog into a book review because I don’t want to strip you of the opportunity to read a truly heartwarming book. But rather, I’d like to add my own story about paying it forward: Fargo Edition.

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    Because this site reaches a vast majority, I like to give a little background about Fargo and North Dakota to those who may not understand the culture. For those who haven’t experienced them, Fargo winters can be brutal. Today, there is 30% visibility on the roads. It is currently -5° as a high, and tonight it will get as low as 22° below. The -5° temperature is actually quite welcomed here. However, there are a few factors I haven’t mentioned. The 30 mile per hour wind makes that balmy -5° temperature feel like -30°. And tonight, it will feel like -50°.  

    There is a point to all this meteorologist talk – stay with me.  

    Because these winter conditions are normal for our area, we know how to prepare. Nine out of 10 vehicles you see driving down the interstate more than likely have a winter survival tote tucked away in the trunk. This tote consists of the following:

    • Warm winter boots - and I’m not talking stylish boots. “These boots are made for walking [through snow drifts]”
    • Extra gloves and hat. Shamless plug: we have a new hat available for all your frozen endeavors (pictured below)
    • Wool socks and a face mask
    • A parka for the passenger who just decided to wear a brisk wind breaker.
    • Shovel – THIS IS NOT A DRILL
    • Blanket
    • Portable air compressor – these things are a blessing
    • Windshield scraper and brush
    • Cell phone charger
    • Flashlight, water, snack food, matches, OH MY!
    • Sand – yes, sand. No, not because you plan for a make-shift beach. It provides traction when you’re stuck in a rut.
    • Emergency reflectors and jumper cables to name a few.


    However, there is still that one vehicle that comes less than prepared. Maybe that vehicle has California plates? Regardless, there is still a point to all this.

    Last week while making my drive home from work, the lane to merge onto interstate was at a complete stop. The weather had warmed up to a point where it was above freezing earlier that weekend, but that day it was subzero temperature with conditions similar to the weather today, as described earlier. What happens to the roads when it goes from above freezing to below freezing? Slick, black ice makes its grand appearance. Vehicles without 4-wheel drive cringe at these conditions.

    As curiosity would have it, I looked around to see what the cause of the halt was. While squinting through the blizzard arising, I looked to my left and saw the source. There was a three-car accident with each vehicle facing a different direction and car parts scattered around the street. Thankfully, no one was hurt. As emergency management would have it, the firefighters, ambulance, and police were there within minutes to help.

    You may have caught on to what was mentioned, however. The accident that happened was to my left, not ahead of me. The vehicles in my lane could very well have continued on their route and let the firefighters, ambulance, and police aid the accident.  My lane didn’t stop to stare while they helped, however – they stopped to help, too.

    I know this isn’t a new occurrence – people help. But the people around me truly astonished me at their acts of kindness. They were quite literally giving these people the coats off of their backs! In front of me, people were getting out of their cars and into their winter survival tote to give coats, hats, gloves, blankets, even snacks to the people involved in this accident.

    As I watched, I couldn’t help but feel proud to be a part of this community. Some of the people involved in that accident were not clothed well for that frigid winter day, and I can imagine how grateful they were to those who offered their belongings to help them. Eventually, my lane started to inch forward and everyone seemed to drive with just a bit more caution than they otherwise might have. The whole way home, I thought about the power of paying it forward and how Fargo has truly set a standard in random acts of kindness.

    Marc de Celle tells the stories of the Fargo Kind best in his book, Close Encounters of the Fargo Kind. And as luck would have it, we have it available right on this very site. If you feel as though you need your faith in humanity restored, give this book a read. Try not to tear up and smudge the pages. For those reading this blog who aren’t familiar with Fargo, you may way to take a visit after reading his book.

    I’m closing this blog with a simple favor: pay it forward. Or, as a Fargoan would have it, Pay it Far|ward. One thing I personally remind myself of daily is to look for opportunity. This is applicable to any situation – work, class, investments, or even helping others. If you are willing and able and you’re encountered with an opportunity to help someone, take that opportunity. Then… well, I think you’re picking up on things.

    Thank you for reading this blog and we hope we were able to share a little Fargo culture with you! As always, we love hearing from our customers and we always welcome feedback, questions, and concerns. Stay warm out there and bulk up your winter survival tote – it’s a brisk one today, folks. Cheers!

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  2. Winter is Here

    Ah, Fargo. We love you, but you’re cold. Every year a lot of us seem to forget that winter actually continues after the holiday season. Come January 2nd we’re out with the snow and ready for sunshine and blue skies. Not to snow on your parade, but that’s exactly what will happen until about mid-April.  You may come to find yourself spending the next month locked away in your home watching Netflix and drinking soup like it’s going out of style.

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    If this is you currently, don’t be ashamed. Perhaps you haven’t heard of The Fargo Beat yet. The Fargo Beat has been sending weekly emails since 2008 to subscribers informing them of what’s going on around the community. In reference to their helpful winter tips, we’re going to get you through this cold month (and winter) ahead. We've got the clothing to keep you warm. Get out of your slippers and into your snow boots – we’re going on a sleigh ride. Here are a few suggestions to have a little fun while you’re waiting on spring.


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    Holiday Outing

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    (Photo via www.fmsertoma.com/holiday-lights)

    Holiday lights at Lindenwood Park

    For the past 19 years, Lindenwood Park has provided the city of Fargo with a beautiful light display that the whole family can enjoy. The park is open December 1st through the 31st from 5:30 PM to 10:00 PM. Admissions are $6.00 per car or van, or $5.00 with canned goods for the local food pantries. Buses and limousines are welcome with a $10.00 admission, too!

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    (Photo via www.detroitzooblog.org)

    Zoo Year’s Eve

    Zoo Year’s Eve, located at the Red River Zoo will be taking place December 31st from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM. This is a free event including carousel rides, animal encounters, Zoo Year’s resolutions, and a countdown to the New Year each hour. This is a great outing for a family celebration!


    Fargo Theatre Entertainment

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    Stop in at Fargo’s iconic theatre downtown Fargo and enjoy The Disaster Artist and The Darkest Hour, showing December 29th through January 4th! Showtimes will vary, so check out their website to see what works best for you. Don’t schedule around your Netflix show either – the Fargo Theatre is a better setting.


    Local Sports

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    Living in the Fargo Moorhead area means there are multiple sporting events to attend. Between the tri-college universities and local Fargo teams (Invaders, Force, Redhawks, FM Derby Girls, etc.), it’s pretty hard to say “there’s nothing to do in this town.” Get your pom-poms and your foam finger out – we’re getting our sports on.

    Friday December 29th

    1. NDSU Women's Basketball vs Dakota State
    1. Fargo Force vs Sioux Falls - With every reserved seat ticket sold, $1 will be donated back to benefit Adopt-A-Pet Fargo/Moorhead!

    Saturday, December 30th 

    1. Concordia Men's Basketball vs St. Scholastica
    1. NDSU Men's Basketball vs Jamestown
    1. Fargo Force vs Omaha – Cowbells will be given to the first 500 fans through the doors!

    Tuesday, January 2nd

    1. NDSU Women's basketball vs South Dakota

    Wednesday, January 3rd

    1. Concordia Men's Basketball vs St. John's
    1. NDSU Men's Basketball vs South Dakota State
    1. Concordia Women's Basketball vs Saint Benedict

    Saturday, January 6th

    1. NDSU Men’s Football vs JMU – Frisco, TX

    Join In On The Happenings

    If you'd rather play sports than watch them, we have a few suggestions for you, too. Get out of your snow boots and into some (warm) running shoes! 

    • Candlelight Yoga 

    For ages 15 and older, candlelight yoga is “practiced in the gentle glow of candle light, this all-levels class is designed to help you relax, melt away tension, decrease feelings of stress, and increase a sense of peacefulness,” according to The Beat. As for admissions, YMCA Members have the option to a free will donation. For all non-members, it’s a $5 admission. The best part? All proceeds benefit LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA.

    Stop in January 12th, February 9th, or March 9th from 6:45-8:00 PM at Fercho YMCA. There is limited space available!  Only a small amount of mats will be provided, so bring a water bottle and a mat! Get flexible, people!

    • The 8th annual B-B-BRRR Winter Classic

    On Sunday, January 28th at 1:30pm, get cruising and stay warm at the B-B-BRRR Winter Classic 10K!

    “The course begins in Wildflower Grove Park, just south of Oak Grove Park, and takes riders of all abilities through a variety of terrain; pedaling across bike paths, prairie tundra and the frozen Red River of the North. The route for this race is dependent on weather conditions, but regardless of the weather, the race will go on!” To register, visit www.greatridesfargo.org. There’s an early bird of $30 before January 25th, so get movin’ and start training!

    • Maple River Winery Community Appreciation Weekend 

    Enjoy some wine and spirit samplings and sales on Pride of Dakota products! From December 29th to the 31st , take a quick stroll over to historic downtown Casselton, North Dakota to find the Maple River Wine for you.

    No, wine sampling is not qualified as exercise. We just wanted to see if you were paying attention. 

    • Arthur’s Barn

      • Sadly, the go-to barn for some swing dancing and country music located North of Arthur, ND burned down in October of this year. Formerly known as Johnson’s Barn, this place was a staple to the Arthur community, serving as a dance hall for 60 plus years. To keep the dancing alive, there has been a GoFundMe page created to rebuild this legacy! 


    Are You Not Entertained?

    But wait, there’s more! The Fargodome and the Sanctuary Events Center will be hosting a few entertainments throughout the month of January. Check them out and see if one catches your eye!

    - Kevin Hart - January 19th, Fargodome


    - Wizard of Oz - January 23rd, Fargodome


    - An Afternoon With Koo Koo Kanga Roo - January, 27th, Sanctuary Events Center


    - Chad Daniels - January 27th, Sanctuary Events Center


    Thanks to weekly emails from places like The Fargo Beat, there are plenty of ways to keep up with what’s going on in the community. Don’t sulk into the winter blues, curled up with your cat on a perfectly nice 15 degree day. Those days are rare happenings around here, so take advantage if you can! To find out more about what’s going on outside your frosted window, subscribe to The Fargo Beat and like their page on Facebook. Maybe you have a suggestion to add to their weekly newsletter? Send it over!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Regardless, we love Fargo and we love letting you in on what's going on around this community. Thank you to The Fargo Beat for keeping us in the loop. Subscribe and stay tuned for what else is in store! In the meantime, enjoy what Fargo has to offer during this cold month. Before you know, your frosted window will be clear with this view.

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  3. A Year of Growth

    FargoStuff is one year old!

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    Well, a year and some change if we’re being honest. And since we’re getting technical, FargoStuff is only one year (and some change) to us at Office Sign – the sister company! We thought we’d take this time to share a little history, celebrate a year of growth, and piece together some of our favorite insights from Fargo.


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    In the beginning of what we now know as FargoStuff, artist and photographer John Borge produced a photo of 4 iconic cities – Moscow, London, Paris, and Fargo. That photo was a hit in our neck of the woods. After that photo gained attention, other local artists produced products of the same greatness – products like pottery, blown glass, paintings, sculpture, music, and more.

    These products launched the start of FargoStuff, and has since grown with the help of local and regional artists.


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    In 2010, new owners Jill and Pete Christopher took FargoStuff under their wing and widened the market outreach even further. FargoStuff was starting to get a name for itself. It also helped to have a unique name, right?

    In October of 2016, Office Sign Company took over FargoStuff from Jill and Pete, and has worked to maintain the high standards they set for this Fargo-based company we know and love.  Since FargoStuff has become Office Sign’s sister company, we’ve had the opportunity to introduce new local artwork and local artists. We've added to the vast lineup of our inventory, and we've even stocked some of our product in local shops. In case you missed that blog, you can find FargoStuff merchandise at Aquablue, the Airport Gift Shop, Plains Art Museum, Unglued, Fargo Visitors Center, Fowlers Heritage Company, and The Red Silo.


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    If you're a new reader to this blog, or new to Fargo in general, allow us to leave you with a few Fargo insights. We hope to help you gather what kind of community Fargo is, and teach you how to be a Fargoan.

    -          Not like the movie

    -          You betcha we say "uff da" and "oh, fer cute"

    -          No, it doesn’t snow year round

    -          It's pop, not soda

    -          Not boring

    -          We cook more than hotdish, but we do love it

    -          Everyday I’m shovelin’

    -          Not just a giant piece of farmland

    Oh, did we mention we have that printed on apparel? You betcha. FargoStuff has been a blast for us to grow, especially in a town as proud as Fargo. As always, we love feedback about our products, or suggestions for new merchandise! Lots to come from FargoStuff, and we appreciate you for helping this year of growth. 


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  4. Subscribe Surprise


    Sometimes the smallest gift can mean the most. And, it can last you longer than expected. Take something as small as an ornament. As a child, you might not have appreciated the annual ornament you received in your stocking. Now, when you go to the storage room to retrieve that green and red tote filled with all things Christmas, you have a bit of memorabilia to brighten your season. The ornament you have in mind may have a photo, a handprint, or maybe a scribbled, backwards signature from your Kindergarten days. See? Sometimes it’s the little things.


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    Ornament stocking-stuffers are underrated at first. But that ornament will take center stage on your Christmas tree every year. The ornaments offered here will not only make a great stocking stuffer, but they make thoughtful gifts for so many occasions. Continue the ornament tradition starting on baby’s first Christmas, or celebrate a new home with the perfect, customized house-warming present. Do you know of some newlyweds in your life? You’re picking up on the trend.


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    Seeing as how you’ve made it to the end of this blog, we have a fun surprise for you. We’re going to be sending you on a scavenger hunt. It’s nothing labor intensive, but it does have an exculsive surprise at the end.

    1.)    Click on our “FargoStuff” logo on the top left corner of your screen, bringing you to our home page.

    2.)    Once you’ve completed step 1, scroll down to the very bottom.

    3.)    Click on the envelop icon that says “Subscribe.” (It’ll be free, don’t worry)

    4.)    Don’t ignore step three. Remember the prize at the end.

    5.)    Enter in your email address and contact information.

    6.)    Stay tuned for our newsletter with the promo code to receive our deal!


    If you bypassed the scavenger hunter, click here to make life easier. We just wanted to get you thinking on this fine day. For subscribers only, we will be offering a “buy two, get one free” Custom State Ornament promotion from now until December 31st. The reason it’s for subscribers only is because the promo code can only be found in our weekly newsletter. Once you’ve completed the six steps above, however, all you have to do is wait for an email from FargoStuff regarding this ornament deal. This promotion does not include the “Fargo Theatre” ornament found in the ornament category.


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    There’s a reason we described the significance of ornaments, and we want you to be able to share them this holiday season. Stay tuned for that email, and gift on!

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  5. Where Around Town You Can Find Fargo Stuff

    When looking to grow the Fargo Stuff brand in this community, we had a blast getting to meet with some of the current retailers of Fargo Stuff, as well as getting to gameplan the next wave of retail shops we wanted to approach about stocking some of our products. Understanding that our NP Ave location isn’t the most ideal commute for everyone in the F-M area, we wanted to scatter ourselves around town in hopes that we’d be able to retail product in enough locations that it would be easy for our current and future customers to find our shirts, gift items, and more.

    Though we drive a lot of traffic through our online store, we understand that sometimes you need to engage with a product before purchase! Listed below are the locations around town that currently stock Fargo Stuff inventory:

    The Fargo Stuff Showroom

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    Location: 310 NP Ave N, Fargo, ND 58102 (same building as Office Sign Company)

    Open from 8:00 am – 5:30 pm (Monday-Friday)

    Nestled in the northwest corner of the Office Sign Company downtown headquarters is the Fargo Stuff Showroom – a small nook that displays and retails some of Fargo Stuff’s most prized gift items and apparel pieces. When Office Sign Company LLC purchased Fargo Stuff in 2016, the plan was to exclusively have FargoStuff.com be an e-commerce company. Well, to our surprise, we got a lot of walk-in traffic that warranted equipping our frontend space with some products for visitors to engage with. In this showroom you’ll find everything from Dot’s Pretzels to Fargo Nodak Bomber Hat tees. If you don’t see what you’re looking for, the helpful customer service staff will gladly go into our back inventory section to find your item.

    Aquablue

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    Location: 3140 Bluestem Drive, West Fargo, ND 58078

    Open from 11:00 am – 7:00 pm (Monday – Thursday), 11:00 am – 6:00 pm (Friday – Saturday), and 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm (Sundays)

    One of the original retailers of Fargo Stuff (predating Office Sign Company’s time owning the brand), Aquablue offers everything from aqua massages to gift items such as mugs, oils, and books. Leann and the team at Aquablue are extremely welcoming and hospitable, and we’re certain that you’ll love your experience shopping in their unique boutique. Located right off Veterans Boulevard and 31st Avenue (right next to Pub West) we’d welcome any Fargo-Moorhead visitor to give this shop a try – you may even find a nice Fargo Stuff t-shirt.

     

    Airport Gift Shop

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    Location: 2801 32nd Ave N, Fargo, ND 58102 (2nd floor of the Hector International Airport)

    Opens at 5 a.m. daily

    Another pioneer of the Fargo Stuff brand, we were excited to continue the relationship with Kevin and the team at the Airport Gift Shop. A prime spot for first-time visitors of Fargo to pick up some memorabilia to commemorate their time in town, this shop is host to a variety of great Fargo gifts including t-shirts, post cards, magnets, and more. The Airport Gift Shop boasts its collection of locally made products, including embroidered towels from Minot, beef jerky from Leeds, and (of course) some Fargo Stuff gift items (such as magnets, note cards, I live in Fargo tees, and more).

     

    Plains Art Museum

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    Location: 704 1st Ave N, Fargo, ND 58102

    Closed on Sundays and Mondays, Open from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm (Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays), Open from 11:00 am – 9:00 pm (Thursdays), and Open from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm (Saturdays)

    On the main level of the Plains Art Museum, on the south end of the building, you’ll find the Plains Art Museum’s Gift Shop. Visitors of Fargo-Moorhead, especially those who also enjoy getting to know the art & culture of a place they visit are very inclined to check out the Plains Art Museum in downtown Fargo. Those same visitors have the opportunity to purchase a variety of great Fargo gift items in the Plains’ gift shop, including some Fargo Stuff t-shirts, note cards, and magnets. We’re grateful for our relationship with the Plains Art Museum!

     

    Unglued

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    Location: 408 Broadway N, Fargo, ND 58102

    Open from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm (Monday – Wednesday, Friday – Saturday), Open from 10:00 am – 8:00 pm (Thursdays), and Open from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm (Sundays)

    If you’ve visited downtown Fargo, but you haven’t been to Unglued, have you really visited downtown Fargo? Unglued is a modern craft & handmade market with an amazing inventory of local gifts and goodies. Just walking through their shop, one becomes instantly inspired and impressed by the talent that resides in the Fargo-Moorhead area. We’re happy to have a few of our Moscow London Paris Fargo shirts in stock at Unglued, and would encourage you to give them a visit when you have a chance. In their downtown shop, they even have a new candy corner (Yeobo Sweets Shop), which is well-worth it.

     

    Fargo Visitors Center

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    Location: 2001 44th St S, Fargo, ND 58103

    Open from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm (Monday – Friday), and Open from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm (Saturday – Sunday).

    Unmissable from I-94, the tall white building with a green roof and green lights running across the contours of the facility is a staple to the Fargo-Moorhead area, serving as a tourist information center and a frequent stop for those who are planning a trip to the F-M region. After taking a selfie with the infamous Woodchipper, we would recommend that you check out their gift shop – where you can find a variety of great Fargo-related products. Fargo Stuff is proud to have a handful of different options in this store, including slate coasters, reclaimed wood signs, and more. Whether you’re new to the area, vacationing here, or simply wanting to get some more Fargo gear, give them a visit!

     

    Fowlers Heritage Company

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    Location: 210 Broadway N #101, Fargo, ND 58102

    Open from 10:30 am – 6:00 pm (Monday – Friday), 10:30 am – 5:00 pm (Saturdays), and Closed on Sundays.

    Fowlers Heritage Company is easily one of our favorite downtown clothing stores. With a unique blend of vintage and modern clothing for men and women, they retail all kinds of apparel and accessory options. Fargo Stuff is grateful to have a few of their Drink Local, Fargo ND t-shirts in the Fowlers shop. If you’re visiting downtown Fargo, and are on Broadway, we’d definitely recommend swinging in and perusing their collection of apparel pieces.

     

    The Red Silo

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    Location: 12 Broadway N, Fargo, ND 58102

    Open from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm (Monday – Friday), 10:00 am – 4:00 pm (Saturday), and Closed on Sundays.

    Todd and Bobbi Jo Cody, owners of The Red Silo, are some of the most creative & friendly people you’ll meet in the downtown community! The newest shop for you to find Fargo Stuff merchandise in, we sell a variety of NDSU products, mugs, t-shirts, glassware, and more from their shop. Visible from Main Avenue, this Broadway shop offers an extremely original blend of artwork, gifts, tasty treats, and more. If you’re looking for a truly unique gift from the F-M area, we’d highly recommend giving their shop a visit.

     

    Who’s Next?

    It could be you! We’re always looking for new organizations to partner with. If you would like to sell Fargo Stuff from your retail shop, please click here to send us your store’s information. We will reply with a wholesale list, and a phone call.

    Thanks for reading this post, and please feel free to give a visit to any of the above mentioned Fargo Shops!


    Written by: Fargo Stuff Marketing Team

    Contact at: service@fargostuff.com

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  6. High Definition, Low Price: The Inspiration Behind Our Fargo Artist Collection

    Downtown Fargo Metal Art Print

    Growing up as an art enthusiast, I've always been inspired by photography - particularly that which casts a unique perspective on familiar landmarks. In my bedroom growing up, I had my parents install a full-wall mural of the Brooklyn Bridge. For five years, my cover photo on Facebook had been the Minneapolis skyline. And now, I'm working with a collection of Fargo artists to offer prints of some of our favorite Fargo and North Dakota scenes. As fellow art enthusiasts can attest, one of the toughest realities is being an art collector on a budget. Looking to both retail some spectacular Fargo-related pieces, while still making them affordable additions to home interiors and offices, the team at Fargo Stuff worked diligently to create products that could be in high in quality and low in price. Thus enters the new era of our Fargo Artist Collection.

    The Artists

    Through community connections, referrals from other artists, and some new faces applying to sell their artwork on Fargo Stuff, we’ve been fortunate enough to build a list of ten local artists who currently have their prints/artwork for sale on Fargo Stuff. Not only are these some of the most talented photographers and designers in our area, but they also are equally committed towards our mission to making art more accessible and affordable for interested consumers. Not only would purchasing one of these artists’ work beautify your home or office, but 40% of the order total gets donated right back to that artist, to help keep the arts community of Fargo-Moorhead thriving and, as our friend Dayna Del Val puts it, allows for you to #supportlocalart. Let’s introduce our starting cast…

    • John Borge: the pioneer behind the original Fargo Stuff, it was a no-brainer getting John’s artwork up for sale on our new site. With an array of landscape photos, unique poster layouts, and imagery from his travels available on our site, we believe the John Borge Collection is truly unique and has been a great addition to our offerings.  
    • Be More Colorful: Katie and Matt Chaussee, the co-founders of BMC, offer incredible, 360 degree, virtual reality photos of some regional staples: including the Enchanted Highway, the Hjmekomst Center, and (coming soon) NDSU’s Scheels Center. Taken from a 360 degree perspective, we’re confident in stating that there are no pieces of art like this available for sale anywhere outside of the Be More Colorful Collection on Fargo Stuff.
    • Dan Francis: as one of the most widely-recognized photographers and photo illustrators in the area, we’re certain that you will fall in love with Francis’ style of prints. With photo illustrations that include renderings of downtown Fargo, landscape shots of the North Dakota plains, and more, there’s a little something for everyone in the Dan Francis Collection.
    • Ryan Fritz: The first non-photographer in our artist collection, Ryan Fritz is also the CEO of Office Sign Company and the current President of Fargo Stuff. Unbeknownst to most, this area entrepreneur is also a highly talented painter, with a few unique abstract works that are available for purchase in the Ryan Fritz Collection.
    • Caroline Klinkmueller: a recent transplant to the Fargo-Moorhead area, Caroline has taken no time to get acclimated with the beauty of this city. With photos that commemorate some of her incredible travels, we’ve fallen in love with her eye and photographic style. Our recommendation? Take a look at some of the incredible Theodore Roosevelt National Park photos that she’s prepared in the Caroline Klinkmueller Collection.
    • Dennis Krull: you may be familiar with his studio “5 Foot 20,” or perhaps have seen him documenting local events, including those for the Chamber of Commerce and the Arts Partnership. Wherever you know him from, you’ll absolutely adore his designs and photos that he has been kind enough to share with us in the Dennis Krull Collection.
    • Bri Lee: as a former employee of Fargo Stuff, and the creative eye behind a lot of our branding, Bri’s real passion is in her photography – and you can see why! We’re lucky to have a variety of downtown Fargo shots and some incredible travel photos from her adventures available for sale as part of the Bri Lee Collection.
    • Rebecca Raber: a longtime Fargo resident, who now makes her home in Bismarck, North Dakota, we have thoroughly enjoyed being able to offer Rebecca’s photos on our site. With a mix of photos that include shots from Fargo, and a few landscape pieces, we’re certain that you’ll find your ideal décor piece in our Rebecca Raber Collection.
    • Michelle Sailer: as the makers of Michelle’s CELLebrate buttons, we’re proud to now be a retailer of these incredible art pieces, too. Michelle creates “cell art” to help raise awareness for cancer (with colors corresponding to the awareness hues of various diseases), and we have some of her CELLebrate necklaces available for purchase in the Michelle Sailer Collection.
    • Scott Seiler: rounding up our current Fargo Artists is a good friend of Office Sign Company / Fargo Stuff – Scott Seiler. Scott’s interest for landscape photography derived from his childhood in rugged, western North Dakota. With a few landscape shots, a few Fargo Theatre shots, and some pretty amazing other pieces, we have no doubt that you’ll love the Scott Seiler Collection.

    In addition to these ten current artists, we continue to add more Fargo Artists every month! Our goal is to become a centralized location for area artists, and art enthusiasts, to meet and share their work. If you’d like to become one yourself, we’d encourage you to follow this link and submit an application to have your artwork considered.

    Fargo Stuff Prints on Metal - Be More Colorful

    The Prints

    So, we’ve convinced you how great our artists are. Awesome! Now, it’s time to discuss a little bit more about our method of printing. For those who don’t yet know, Fargo Stuff is an extension brand of Office Sign Company. Through the same high-grade equipment we use to fabricate signage, we’ve been able to produce some high definition prints on a variety of materials. The print method that we use is called “UV Printing.” This, essentially, is a direct-to-substrate style of printing that allows us to produce fine art quality prints on any piece of material within 48” x 96” x 2” thick. Seriously – we’ve printed on everything from glass sheets to ipad covers. We are certain that customers and artists alike will be pleased with the quality of printing our Artist Collection has to offer.

    With a wide range of work from a variety of different artists, we found it necessary to keep some consistency in the mediums on which our Fargo Artists’ prints are offered. With virtually every artists’ work (excluding paintings, necklaces, and a few posters), we offer the following mediums for which you can purchase prints:

    • Foam Core: the least expensive option, which still leaves a stunning picture quality, is our foam core printing. On 3/16” thick, white ultra-mount foam core material, these prints are sold with knife-cut edges and high definition imaging. Typical mounting for these prints is 3M Command Strips, which can also be procured through our storefront.
    • Wood: if you “wood” rather go with this substrate, we’re sure you’ll still be pleased with the quality of the 3/4” thick birch veneer-coated plywood material. Unlike the smooth, white finish of foam core, our wood option will reveal the birch grain through any negative spaces in the imaging, which makes for a very unique home décor piece. Typical mounting for this is sawtooth picture hangers which are welded onto the backside of the wood.
    • Metal: the most popular (and most expensive) option that we have for our material is metal. Showing brushed metal strokes through your image, you cannot find a rawer way to print your photos than this. The material is an 1/8” thick polymetal (aluminum) substrate, with sawtooth hangers being used for mounting on the backside.

    It is important to note that we’re always open to suggestions for other materials to add to our collection! If you’d like to see your image on an acrylic panel, glass, canvas, poster, fabric, or anything else, please let us know! We’re open to new suggestions on how we can best display some of this fantastic Fargo art. To make your suggestion, contact service@fargostuff.com and ask for Jack. 


    Fargo John Borge Urban Texture Art Poster

    The Price

    Yeah, I get it. I keep talking affordability, but how affordable are these, really?! We like to think that by offering the photo prints on a variety of substrates, and at multiple size offerings, we’re able to meet just about any budget that exists. Whether you’re looking for a 4’ high by 4’ wide metal print to go on your office wall, or something as petite as an 8” high by 10” wide foam core print for your bookshelf, we’ve got you covered.

    Our most affordable item in the artist collection is a $5.00 poster, with our least expensive foam core print being just over $43.00.

    Looking to spend a bit more? Why not? I mean, you are helping a local artist. Well, we do have metal prints that go as high as $400 if you’re looking to make a statement with your wall art.

    As a safe range, we tell customers that they can find something anywhere between $40 and $400 in our Artist Collection, with the place in that range depending mainly upon the print’s size and the print’s material.

    With 40% of your order total going back to the artist who created the print, you can feel confident that you’ll be spending your money in the right place.

    Looking for something in particular, and hoping to stay within a certain price threshold? Trust our knowledgeable customer service staff to provide some insight by calling (701)-566-2913 today.

    Start shopping for your new favorite piece of Fargo Art today!


    Written by: Fargo Stuff Marketing Team

    Contact at: service@fargostuff.com

    www.fargostuff.com


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  7. A Gift for All Occasions, Meet the New Lineup of Fargo Stuff Gift Baskets

    We’ve all been there. Scrambling to find a last minute….birthday present, housewarming gift, wedding present, care package, you name it, most of us have done the chaotic scramble. Which usually ends in some cheaply packaged, overpriced gift that has us wishing we could just write “from: anonymous”.

    But what if we told you there was a better way? A way to make that friend feel so special on their birthday, or something to make that couple feel loved on their big day, or a way to make your kids at college feel a little closer to home? Ask and you shall receive.

    Over the last few months, the Fargo Stuff team has slowly been putting together a series of gift baskets for moments just like those mentioned above. We’ve designed a thoughtfully curated box of local goodies that are the perfect solution to those last minute gift-giving woes.

    With items like 20 Below Coffee, Dots Pretzels, Three Bears Honey, Fargo hats, tees and glassware, we’re pretty confident there’s a basket out there for everyone. So, without further ado, we wanted to take a minute to introduce you to our five Fargo gift baskets….plus a new one!

    The Fargo Sweet Tooth: Get a taste of our favorite go-to treats in this Fargo Sweet Tooth basket featuring a variety of locally made and sold treats including gummies, honey, seasoned home-style pretzels, and coffee. Enjoy the coffee in a green I Love Fargo Mug and sport a comfy "Drink Local" Fargo tee while out on the town!

    The Fargo Cold: This Fargo Cold Gift Basket contains five wonderful locally made items that will not disappoint. Snacks, coffee, drink ware and a comfy Fargo Sweater tee - what more could you need?

    The Places You’ll Farg-Go: Of all of the places you will go, Fargo is sure to leave an impression! Our Places You'll FAR-Go Gift Basket has an array of favorite local treats along with a white Moscow London Paris Fargo tee and a black GO FAR yeti-style travel mug.


    The Stereotypical Fargoan: This Stereotypical Fargoan Basket is loaded with classic favorites the Fargo locals enjoy—delicious snacks and coffee manufactured in North Dakota, a humorous tee filled with Fargo stereotypes, and a pint glass proclaiming our love for beer here in Fargo, ND.


    The Infamous Fargo Theatre: The infamous Fargo Theatre Basket is a glimpse into the life of a local. It includes a variety of North Dakota made snacks, coffee, and a Fargo theatre themed tee and coffee mug. The true Fargo experience!


    And last but not least, we’re so excited to introduce to you our newest basket on the block, the build-your-own basket! Sure, we think we’re pretty smart and all, but we get it….we don’t know everything. So this is your chance to create the gift basket of your dreams if you’re just not quite seein’ what you want with our pre-assembled gift baskets. Find out how to build your own basket here


    So what are you waiting for? It’s never too early to start stockpiling Christmas presents….right?! Use the code BASKET10 and get 10% off your gift basket purchase today through the end of August.


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  8. How to Live Like a Fargo Local

    Fargo. Not really a place that comes to mind when you think of a tourist town, but wow what a place to live and thrive in as a local. With a calendar full of events (year-round) and countless ways to get involved, life as a local in Fargo can only be described as something out of a Hallmark movie at times. The baristas know your name, you wave to friendly faces on the street, parades roll through town at all times of the year and there is regularly a line down the block for the local Dairy Queen.

    A while back, we shared some of our favorite ways to explore Fargo like a tourist, but today, we wanted to share with you how to live like a local. So friends, get ready to immerse yourself in the culture that makes this such a sweet place to call home. 

    Head to the Red River Market

    Whether you’re looking for some fresh veggies, hot coffee, hand-picked flowers, delicious baked goods or just to meet some new friends….this is the place to find out what local living is all about.

    Shake some hands at One Million Cups

    One of our favorite ways to get involved is to head to the Stage at Island Park once a week and hear from some of the region’s best and brightest as they offer an in depth look at a business they’ve started or an idea they’re dreaming of. With ample amount 20 Below Coffee and inspiration to go around, this might just be our favorite way to start the day.

    Take a lunchbreak stroll down Broadway

    Some days, it’s hard to walk down Broadway without seeing a handful of familiar faces doing the same lunchbreak stroll. We love the chance to see a friendly face as we stretch our legs mid-day and it doesn’t hurt that Broadway offers all sorts of delicious treats and snacks in just a few short blocks.

    Grab your afternoon pick me up at the coffee shop that knows you by name

    We admit, our 3pm routine used to be hopping in the car to jet to Starbucks for an afternoon treat, but lately we’ve traded that in for a quick stop at one of our many local coffee shops to grab an iced coffee while catching up with the barista….who more than likely remembers us by name. Now that is way better than Starbucks.

    Pick some produce at the public garden

    Yep, you read that right. Need some fresh tomatoes for tonight’s salad? If you can find ‘em, you can pick ‘em! The little corner by the fire station on Roberts has a garden maintaned by various groups around town and the produce? Completely yours for the taking. Enjoy!

    Grab a post-work treat at the Moorhead Dairy Queen

    Sure, we love a good happy hour, but we’ve gotta admit we just get such a better buzz from a big ‘ol blizzard from our friends over at Dairy Queen. This one of a kind DQ has roots that go waaaay back plus some of the cheeriest workers we’ve ever met. So on Fridays...you know where to find us.

    Rep your city with a tee that says it all

    Of course we couldn’t help but mention this one….with over 30 unique designs to choose from, we’ve got something for everyone. But we must admit that our personal favorite has to be the Fargo Stereotypes tee, talk about a good laugh!!

    Well, that’s it for now. These are just a few of the ways we like to “live like a local” here in Fargo! Now get out there and enjoy this beautiful place we call home!

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  9. Staying Cool in the Heat of Summer

    A few months ago, I think we all had a moment where we wondered if it would ever get warm again...or maybe that was just us? Now, in the thick of a hot and sticky summer, we’d do just about anything for an ice cream cone and a cool lake to jump into. Seriously though, Midwest summer is no joke. Today, we’re rounding up our favorite ways to savor summer while still keeping our cool.

    Hit the lakes

    This one is a pretty obvious choice for anyone who has spent any time in the area. With over 10,000 lakes to choose from, we love packing our bags up for a weekend at the lake in Minnesota. Find your lake today: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/lakefind/index.html


    Head to Buffalo River State Park

    On days when the lakes just seem too far away, we love to pack a picnic and head over to Buffalo State Park. Only a 25 minute drive from downtown, this park boasts miles of trails to be explored, a campground just waiting for your tent and a filtered, sandy pool ready for the kids...or adults, to splash around in. See all the the park has to offer: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/buffalo_river/index.html


    Grab a cone at the iconic Moorhead Dairy Queen

    Is there anything more quintessential in the summer than an ice cream cone from DQ? We think not. And with the newly coined title of “Small Business of the Year” by the Chamber, this is one sweets habit we can absolutely feel good about. Read the story behind a Red River Valley favorite here: http://moorheaddairyqueen.com/


    Throw on your trunks & head to the pool

    With nearly ten public pools and splash pads to choose from within a 20 minute drive, there’s really no excuse not to pack a lunch and hit the pool for the day. Check out your options here: https://www.google.com/search?q=public+pools+in+cass+clay+country&oq=public+pools+in+cass+clay+country&aqs=chrome..69i57.9375j0j4&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8#tbm=lcl&q=public+pools+near+me


    Retreat to the A/C & explore The Plains Art Museum

    Some days are just too hot. We really never thought we’d say that, but it’s true, some summer days are just better spent indoors. Plains Art Museum is the perfect place to spend an afternoon. Find out hours, admission fees and class schedules here: http://plainsart.org/

    Brave the heat & hit the streets

    This week, you can find us on Broadway slinging t-shirts, mugs and all things Fargo. We’re so excited to share that Fargo Stuff will have a booth at the street fair for the first time, ever. Stop by and say hi! We’ll be located at the corner of Broadway & 6th, so come find us! Get all your need to know info here: https://www.facebook.com/events/437536749920823/


    Get all your local ingredients at the Red River Market

    After a long, hot day we love cooling off with a delicious cocktail made with fresh herbs paired with our favorite veggies from the farmers market. Get the latest info on the market here: https://www.redriver.market/

    Photo via Red River Market

    Pack up your hammock & join the fun on Sway Day

    After seeing huge success last year, Sway Day returns to Fargo once again. Grab your buds and head to Island Park for what’s sure to be the most Instagrammable event of your entire summer. Get all the details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1797196733928275/


    Feel Like a Kid Again at the Red River Valley Fair

    Corn dogs, funnel cake, and country music. Now this is summer. There’s just something so nostalgic about the county fair. It brings back all those memories of sticky fingers from too much cotton candy and dirty feet from running around the dusty fairgrounds. See what it's all about here: https://redrivervalleyfair.com/

    Well folks, there ya have it. Our favorite ways to enjoy the summer around the Red River Valley. Tell us in the comments below what your favorite summer activity is!

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  10. The Best Places to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Fargo

    Here at Fargo Stuff, we’re gearing up for one of our favorite holidays, because, well….TACOS. But in all seriousness, for as far north as the Red River Valley is, this area sure does know how to make some good tacos and some strong margaritas. Today, we’re breaking down the best places in town to celebrate your love for chips and salsa, margaritas and tacos...or all the above. Check out our favorite places to sip on an ice cold marg and consume our weight in tortilla chips.

    Vinyl Taco: It seems like this hot-spot is never not busy. And rightfully so! They make some pretty amazing tacos and have no shortage of blended margaritas to go around.

    Tacos Bros: Fact: Mexican food tastes better out of a truck. But really! Taco Bros has quickly become known for their authentic, Mexican street food and is truly a local favorite by all standards. Our personal favorite? The veggie tostada. YUM.

    Mangos: This casual spot is family owned and has been deemed some of the most authentic Mexican around. Their long tables and shareable plates make this the perfect place for a post-work margarita with coworkers.

    Romo’s Tacos: If you don’t know where this little spot is, you might miss it. But this hidden gem is so worth the hunt. The best part? It’s centrally located downtown, making it a great spot for some quick tacos during your lunch break.

    Sweeto Burrito: You’ve never really had a burrito ‘till you’ve had one from Sweeto Burrito. This place is literally what burrito dreams are made of. Just make sure you wear your stretchy pants...

    Mexican Village: We must admit, we get a little bit too excited when the chips are brought out at Mexican Village….crunchy, fresh and delicious. This classic Mexican restaurant is a hit among locals for a good reason!

    Paradiso: With festive decor and great service, this is the perfect spot for a family outing.  We’ve heard their sangria and guacamole are a must try!

    Acupulco: Hot chips and even hotter salsa?! What’s not to love? This family-owned eatery is bright and colorful inside and has some of the cheesiest enchiladas we’ve ever tried.

    Feeling less adventurous? In a hurry? Grab something special from Chipotle, Qdoba or Taco John’s and still celebrate!

    Happy weekend and Happy Cinco de Mayo from all of us at Fargo Stuff! May your weekend be full of tacos, lots of tacos.


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