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Shop Downtown for a unique, boutique experience


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 or quick coffee. Urban Stampede has been a coffee staple in the Downtown community and also boasts the “World’s Smallest Art Gallery”. Dakota Harvest, along with coffee, offers fresh baked goods daily as well as handcrafted sandwiches, soups and the best baked oatmeal you can get anywhere! And, make sure to make a stop at Widman’s Candy Shop for their signature chocolate-covered potato chips, Chippers.


There are also many other unique shops and galleries to visit, Velkommen Nordic Art Gallery and Gifts offers all things Scandinavian, and River Cities Jewelers creates one-of-a-kind, hand made gold, silver and diamond jewelry. Other galleries include Badman Design, Third Street Gallery and You Are Here Gallery that feature some of Grand Forks’ designers and artists.


When you cross the river, the food and fun continue with one of the biggest oudtoor retailers in our area, Cabela’s. More small shops line the streets along with the Grand Cities biggest movie theater River Cinema, and a restaurant row that includes local favorites The Blue Moose, Whitey’s, Boardwalk Bar & Grill, Little Bangkok and Mike’s Pizza.


When you make a stop in Downtown Greater Grand Forks, you are sure to find something unique and you are supporting small business. For a complete list of Downtown shops, galleries, restaraurants and more, visit our website.


To get Downtown from Interstate 29, take Exit 140 on DeMers Avenue and travel east.


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