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Three new shops in Greater Grand Forks


Today’s blog comes from Shel Zolkewich, a travel writer, blogger and friend to Greater Grand Forks.   The name is perfect. Curious—a newish shop on 32nd Avenue South, near Menard’s—is in fact, a sweet spot that makes you smile as soon as you walk through the doors. The soaring walls are perfect for displaying the work of featured artists. They provide inspiration for the eclectic collection of gifts, housewares and art pieces that fill the space.   The store includes little spaces for bath and body, travel, kids and kitchens—among others. It makes it easy to find the right gift whether there’s a coffee drinker or a spa lover on your list. Foodies will love, love, love the section dedicated to gourmet treats, gadgets and dishware. After an hour in the store, I still wasn’t done exploring. These items are truly unique and you’ll rarely find them elsewhere. From the outside, Kittsona looks posh. The cream-coloured downtown building features big windows with stylish pieces tempting shoppers to come inside. And you should go inside. Because it is in fact a posh shop, but one with prices that will come as a pleasant surprise.   On a Saturday afternoon, Kittsona is …

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Vintage Grand Forks


Today’s blog comes from Shel Zolkewich, a travel writer, blogger and friend to Greater Grand Forks.   If you’ve been visiting Grand Forks for a couple of decades or more, these destinations will be familiar. They’re tried and true places that have stood the test of time and garnered a loyal customer base. They’re all about quality, variety and deliciousness.   If you want to hang with locals, head to Speedway Grill & Bar. Tucked away on N 42nd Street, the spacious room is almost always packed with folks enjoying the blooming onion appetizer, prime rib special or two-for-one burger night.   The walleye dinner is a steal at $15. It comes with two sides (like all dinners), so be sure to include the baked beans which are a standout here. Dinners also come with a small loaf of warm bread—a nice touch. Get there before 6 pm and order a 25-ounce beer for $2.95. For me, a bowl of their outstanding chicken tortilla soup, a loaf of that warm bread and a big beer do the trick. But I seldom stop there because the ribs are just too good to pass up.   Occupying a corner of the Grand …

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Shopping and Dining in Grand Forks


Today’s blog comes from Grand Forks friend, Michelle Arnaud (@accordingtomio). Michelle is a Manitoba blogger we hosted for a simply grand weekend. She shares her opinions of shopping and dining here…   Dining   Ask anybody in Grand Forks where the best places to eat are and someone will give you a long list of where to go. There is a plethora of restaurants and diners, more than you can shake a stick at, and sometimes it is difficult to pick just one place. Have no fear because I have you covered – if you want something good to eat and experience unique dining, then these two places are your best bet.   The Toasted Frog – If you are looking for a place to hang out with your friends or spend an evening away from the kids, The Toasted Frog is that place. Located at 124 North 3rd Street, this establishment offers a small menu filled with tasty dishes with rotating specials and daily veggies. Each dish is carefully prepared by the talented chefs in the kitchen and each bite is so scrumptious that you want to savor it forever. Serving staff are knowledgeable and ready to help you …

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Valentine plans yet?


Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, and if you are like me, you might not be completely ready for this holiday that celebrates love, but there are plenty of ways you can treat you Valentine to something special in Grand Forks.  Check out these ideas: Flowers – Yes, flowers might be expected, but your Valentine will be blown away by the beautiful selection from All Season’s Garden Center. Dinner – Grand Forks boasts a variety of exceptional restaurants with some newly opened venues that would please any special Valentine including Drunken Noodle, Fuji Japanese Steakhouse and the newly renovated Whitey’s. Events – Does your Valentine like sports, performing arts, wine?  Whatever his/her preference, Grand Forks offers Wine Club at l’Bistro, UND Women’s Basketball at Valentine Violins at Hughes Fine Arts Center.  Details for each of these events can be found online. Gifts – Is your Valentine and outdoorsman?  Or a girly-girl?  There are plenty of stores ready to help you out finding that special something like Cabela’s and Downtown’s newest women’s apparel and accessories addition, Kittson & 3rd. Chocolate – Again, chocolates are standard on Valentine’s Day, but no one can argue the scrumptious chocolate found at Widman’s.  George and his team …

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