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Today’s blog comes for Grand Forks friend, Shel Zolkewich, Winnipeg travel writer and blogger.
Every visit to Grand Forks brings the rush of excitement to see what’s new in town. And there’s always something new, from changing shops inside Columbia Mall and additions to the downtown scene to brand new businesses along the major thoroughfares and quaint boutiques tucked into historic buildings. We’ll always have our favourites of course, but it’s worth checking out a few new options. Maybe you can add some new favourites to your list!
The former Lakeview Inn & Suites on 32nd Avenue has a new name and a new look. It’s now the Best Western Harvest Inn & Suites. The common spaces and rooms have been completely renovated, offering a fresh and modern look. There’s free Wi-Fi, pillowtop beds, a 24-hour Market Pantry with snacks, beverages and last minute travel essentials along with a fitness center, spacious swimming pool, hot tub and free, full hot breakfast. The two-bedroom suite (one room with a king sized bed and one with two double beds) is perfect for families and includes a spacious living room.
If you haven’t visited Rhombus Guys Brewing Company yet, add it to the list for your next visit. While Rhombus Guys Pizza on Kittson Avenue continues to dish up some of the best pizzas in the land, the brewery at 116 South 3rd Street offers a slightly more upscale—but still comfortable and fun—experience. The brewery is housed on one side of the historical space with the dining room on the other. There’s always eight fresh beers on tap including Doc’s Orders (an American wheat and my favourite) as well as Into the Darkness, a smooth and mysterious porter. The menu features fresh pretzels, deviled eggs, hearty sandwiches and mains (no pizza!). Start with the Brewer’s Plate that includes charcuterie meats, cheeses and breads then move on to traditional Bangers and Mash. You might want to share.
Natural Grocers is new to Grand Forks, located at 1901 32ndAvenue South near Happy Harry’s. The stand-alone organic and health food store stocks groceries along with body care essentials, bulk foods, dietary supplements and household products. It’s a great place to stock up on fair trade chocolates, cold-brewed coffees and earth friendly cleaning supplies. While most stores don’t open until noon on Sundays, this one unlocks the doors at 8:30 am.