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Christmas is right around the corner and our two towns are a source for the most SimplyGrand holiday gifts around!
Yes, good buys can be found at local malls and big box stores but it’s our locally owned shops and boutiques which offer those uniquely ND (MN too) gems especially fun to discover. In addition to supplying great seasonal bargains, these businesses will be sparkling with beautiful decorations. You’re sure to find something for everyone on your list…even that “hard to buy for” relative you only see once a year!
Talented local artist and metalsmith, David Badman, creates a variety of regionally inspired gifts including UND jewelry and a beautiful Empire Arts Center Christmas ornament. Stop by his 5,500 square foot design studio/store downtown and check out all the amazing creations including tables, lamps, crosses, mirrors, wine racks and much more.
Key Bliss – 3000 32nd Ave S, Grand Forks
Featuring trendy but not spendy women’s clothing, Key Bliss also has a North Dakota Collection with several cute t-shirts, sweatshirts and accessories.
With two downtown shops, Kittsona offers up an amazing selection of stylish North Dakota and Minnesota clothing, jewelry and home décor. Just some of the items include decorative wooden signs, mugs, hockey pucks, sweatshirts, t-shirts, stocking caps, necklaces and much more.
When perusing the NDMOA Gift Shop, you’ll find a variety of cute and kitschy items including holiday ornaments from Peru and Zimbabwe, mugs, pottery, note cards and of course, art work representing past and present artist exhibits.
Located in the front lobby of the awesome Ralph Engelstad Arena, this pro shop stocks a large supply of University of North Dakota athletics apparel, including most sports in old and new logos.
Situated near the River Cinema entrance in Riverwalk Centre, this quaint gallery/shop sells ornaments, cards, paintings, pottery and an especially large selection of jewelry all handmade by regional artists.
In addition to carrying travel information for Greater Grand Forks, North Dakota and Minnesota, the Convention & Visitors Bureau gift shop offers a variety of Dakota Pride/regionally made items including hickory smoked bison sticks, wild rice soup mix, rhubarb strawberry jam, pancake mix and chokecherry syrup. You’ll also find Grand Forks mugs, wine glasses, note cards and t-shirts. Free coffee and cookies will be served now through Christmas Eve.
This iconic downtown store, which has been family owned and operated for decades, produces some of the most delicious candy in the country. Known primarily for their Chippers (chocolate hand-dipped potato chips) Widman’s also covers everything from sunflower seeds and soy nuts to cranberries and banana chips in a homemade chocolate that’s recipe dates back to the 1930s.