12 Grand new Forks finds

Think you’ve experienced all our community has to offer? Well, we’ve got some grand news to report! Below are a dozen local businesses that have recently opened, moved and/or updated.

We invite everyone to come join us for a cool little getaway packed with Forksful of flavor, finds and fun!

Board Room

4571 South Washington Street, Grand Forks // Facebook

Formerly known as The Other Half Coffee & Tap House, owner Sandi Luck has transformed the space into one deemed quainter and cozier. While still serving a variety of coffee drinks, hot chocolate, beer, wine and mimosas, they will now offer an even larger selection of scrumptious charcuterie boards.

The Ski & Bike Shop

3610 South Washington Street, Grand Forks //SkiandBikeShop.net

Ski & Bike has been in their new location since May. The expansive space allows them to offer an even wider selection of bicycles including road/gravel, mountain, electric, hybrid and kids/BMX. They also sell cycling apparel and accessories, cross-country and downhill skis and snowboards. Ski & Bike’s expert staff can do equipment fittings and repairs, as well.

Pretty b:

615 1st Avenue North, Grand Forks // Facebook

Previously located in a Southside strip mall, this trendy boutique recently moved to a prime spot in the heart of Downtown. Pretty b continues to offer shoppers an abundance of fabulous women’s fashions and accessories.

El Gordito

3000 32nd Avenue South, Grand Forks // Facebook

If you’re looking for muy delicioso Mexican and Salvadoran dishes, El Gordito is just the restaurante! Patrons who would visit them in the Columbia Mall Food Court, will now just have to cross the street and pull right up to their new space beside House of Punjab and Key Bliss Boutique.

Nautical Bowls

3251 32nd Avenue South, Grand Forks // NauticalBowls.com

This newly opened eatery features a variety of healthy, fresh superfood bowls that are made with all natural ingredients. They are gluten, soy and dairy free. One of my favorites is the Anchor Bowl: açaí, granola, banana, coconut flakes and cashew cacao butter.

The Lighting Gallery

3622 South Washington Street, Grand Forks // ShoptheLightingGallery.com

Now located further south on Washington Street, The Lighting Gallery has been selling top quality, tailor-made lighting and ceiling fans since it first opened in 2000. Owner Sonia Roberton is excited about their bigger, brighter space which allows for an even larger inventory that includes home decor. 

Tropical Smoothie Café

4010 South Washington Street, Grand Forks // TropicalSmoothieCafe.com

With a menu that includes flatbreads, wraps, quesadillas and sandwiches, in addition to their vast selection of smoothies, this café has quickly become a hot spot for healthy and delicious “upscale fast food”. My go-to is the Baja Chicken Wrap packed with grilled chicken, rice, black beans, smashed avocado, romaine, pickled red onions, cheddar and roasted tomato salsa. Both the Mango Magic and Pomegranate Plunge Smoothies make a perfect chaser.

Plato’s Closet

2500 South Columbia Road, Grand Forks // Facebook

Still in its same location but with some impressive new renovations, this gently used clothing store offers customers of every age and size affordable fashions and accessories.

Skies 322

322 DeMers Avenue, Grand Forks // Skies322.com

Though the name, menu and interior may be slightly tweaked, Skies continues to serve gourmet fare beyond compare. Located on the second floor, this five-star restaurant and lounge features a first-class view of our beautiful Downtown. Just some of the top menu items include Smoked Salmon Lavosh, Steak Diane, Walleye Beurre Blanc, Blackened Game Hen Confit and Prosciutto Aglio E Olio. They also offer a stellar Sunday Brunch from 10 AM to 2 PM. Reservations recommended.

Northern Air Action Park

1600 32nd Avenue South, Grand Forks // NorthernAirActionPark.com

The whole gang will jump for joy in Northern Air’s 10,000 sq. ft. trampoline park complete with two dodgeball courts, foam pit and dunk station. This action park also has a 30+ game arcade, laser tag, Hologate Virtual Reality, axe throwing and…a newly added indoor go kart track!

North Dakota Coffee Roastery & School

1401 Dyke Avenue, Grand Forks // NDCoffeeRoastery.com

The brainchild of Bully Brew Coffee owner Sandi Luck, this institute of higher java education teaches students how to roast the grandest beans in our state. With 13 years of experience in the coffee world, they offer a comprehensive program focusing on business planning, management and how to lead a successful local coffee house.

Half Brothers Brewing Company

17 North 3rd Street, Grand Forks // HalfBrothersBrewing.com

Forks’ favorite brewery has made a few fantastic updates to the already awesome taproom including some new custom-made booths by another local business, CoPilot Designs. Stop in for a slice of their famously delicious pizza plus a tasty brew or two and check it out!

For more information on these and all the hot spots to shop, dine and unwind, please go to VisitGrandForks.com. We also invite you to follow Visit Greater Grand Forks on Facebook and Instagram.