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Shop Downtown for a unique, boutique experience

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Today’s blog is from Michaela Schell, local business person and blogger.   Most are familiar with Greater Grand Forks’ amazing shopping corridor along 32nd Avenue South. It’s hard to miss the big stores and great deals. But one area that is not as visible but equally amazing is Downtown Grand Forks and East Grand Forks. The streets are filled with small shops, boutiques, galleries, eateries and more, all locally owned and operated and unique to the Grand Cities.   Downtown you can easily walk from store to store and even take a quick walk over the Sorlie Bridge, check out the scenic Red River, and take a stroll along one of the beautiful paths along the Greenway.   First up, clothing. If you are looking for boutique style clothing, Downtown has a variety of new, on trend clothing stores for every style. Kittson and RH Standard offer trend setting clothing for fanshionistas. At Adley Anne’s you can find the cutest clothes for babies and toddlers along with materinity styles for moms-to-be. True Colors, a self-described “trendy, chic resale boutique” offers brand name clothes at reduced prices.   Between shopping stops, Downtown has a plethora of places to grab a bite …

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Greater Grand Forks Holiday Food

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Today’s blog is written Shel Zolkewich, Manitoba blogger and friend to Greater Grand Forks.   There is no better way to kick off a weekend in Greater Grand Forks than with a visit to Rhombus Guys, a pizza joint in the classic style. Chances are things will be hopping, so saddle up at the bar and order a pitcher of Blue Moon for the gang while you wait. The menu will have your mouth watering. Meat lovers can do no better than the T-Rex, a ‘za loaded with bacon, beer, sausage and Canadian bacon. A long-time favorite is Louisiana Saturday Night featuring Cajun marinara, shrimp, sausage, red pepper and more. And a new fave is Wild Mushroom loaded with Parmesan, caramelized onion, mozza and of course, ‘shroom! The pizza is truly outstanding, the atmosphere is fun and friendly and it’s the kind of place you wish you had right in your own neighborhood. Kid friendly too!   The holidays call for that special night on the town with a premium dining experience. Without doubt, your destination is Sanders 1907. Those gleaming hardwood floors, cozy banquettes and eclectic collection of artwork make you want to stay a while, linger, soak it …

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ENDRacing’s Iceman Triathlon is coming our way

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Today’s post comes from guest blogger, Andy Magness, with Extreme North Dakota Racing and Ground UP Adventures…   Extreme North Dakota Racing, or ENDracing for short is now in its fifth year of putting on crazy, fun, and sometimes really really hard athletic events right here in this great state of ours.  2013 will involve a dozen events including family friendly adventure races, a marathon swim, a 24 hour adventure race (the hardest race in North Dakota), and halloween themed mountain bike/trail running.  But ENDracing doesn’t wait until the snow melts to give you a reason to train – we’re starting things off right in the middle of deep winter with the BeMobile Iceman Triathlon, coming your way on Feb. 23rd.   Co-organized by ENDracing and the Greater Grand Forks Young Professionals, the race is a standard winter triathlon – classic cross country skiing, biking, and running – with a couple of fun and adventurous twists.  To begin with some portion of each leg will take racers ‘off the beaten track’.  And to end with?  Well, we’ve added a final fourth leg – sledding – to make sure that no matter how tired participants might be approaching the finish, they’ll …

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Appreciating our visitors during National Tourism Week

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Grand Forks is set to kick off National Travel & Tourism Week by celebrating the importance of natural, cultural and historic wonders and how they draw visitors to cities and towns across the nation.  During May 5-13, tourism related industries will join together to highlight the valuable role tourism plays in contributing to vibrant communities as great places to visit and live.   In an effort to show our appreciation to visitors and local residents and emphasize the importance of the tourism industry, the Greater Grand Forks Convention & Visitors Bureau is giving away a prize each day during the week.  These prizes will help us illustrate the many wonderful offerings available in our Grand Cities.  All you need to do to register for the simply grand giveaways (listed below), is click on this link and complete the short form.   May 5 – One 2lb. box of Chipper’s from Grand Forks’ own Widman’s Candy Store May 6 – Greater Grand Forks gift basket May 7 – Two World of Outlaw passes sponsored by River Cities Speedway May 8 – Two North Dakota Museum of Art Summer Concerts in the Garden season passes (sponsored by ND Museum of Art) May …

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It is an Art & Wine Walk Week!

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There are only two Art & Wine Walks (hosted by Greater Grand Forks Convention & Visitors Bureau and North Valley Arts Council) left in 2011, and one of them is tomorrow, Saturday, September 17! Everything kicks off at 1 p.m. at either the Blue Moose Bar & Grill in East Ground Forks or the GuestHouse Inn in Grand Forks. You can purchase a map for $15 (must be 21), which will include wine samples at all participating locations as well as a commemorative wine glass. At 5 p.m. the event wraps up with a champagne reception at the Empire Arts Center. There will be food, champagne and lots of great prizes (must be present to win)! Art & Wine Walk is a great way to get together with friends (and meet new ones) as well as view unique artworks from regional artists, shop at Greater Grand Forks businesses and experience a variety of wines. There are a number of businesses participating on both sides of the river including Bonzer’s, River Cities Jewelers, Dakota Harvest Bakers, Badman Design, Third Street Gallery, Mike’s Pizza, Amazing Grains, Lillian’s, Mamma Maria’s, O’Really’s and Level 10. There is also an array of artists ready to …

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