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Grand Girls’ Getaway

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Today’s post is written by Michaela Schell, local blogger, business woman and Grand Girls’ Getaway organizer.   It’s a shop ’till you drop weekend with a little extra! Mothers and daughters, best friends, any gals looking for a fun weekend in Grand Forks can find it at the Grand Girls’ Getaway, December 13-14. Not only is the weekend filled with holiday shopping, it gives you a little well-deserved pampering too.   The pampering starts Friday, December 13, at 7 p.m., at the Staybridge Suites. Enjoy wine and cheese (sponsored by the Greater Grand Forks Convention & Visitors Bureau) as you are treated to facials from Rodan + Fields consultant Michaela Schell and styled with the latest trends in clothing and accessories from Mode. You will also take away free product samples and special discounts!   Your Saturday morning begins with a moderate workout and healthy living consult to jump start your day. Get energized with Beachbody coach Amanda Bentow and sample Shakeology protein shakes to keep you going all day.   After breakfast you can hit the shops. Staybridge Suites is just minutes away from fantastic shopping. Nearby stores include Columbia Mall Shopping Center, Kohl’s, Target, Lowe’s, Hobby Lobby, Gordman’s, …

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Upcoming showcases offer great holiday gift ideas

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Today’s post comes from Michaela Schell, local blogger and business woman.   The holidays are just around the corner, and November brings so many local showcases that offer a wide array of holiday gift ideas. Here are some of the showcases going on in upcoming weeks for you to find that one-of-a-kind gift for the people on your list.   Pride of Dakota Holiday Showcase On November 9 and 10, the Alerus Center will be packed with products all made in North Dakota. More than 500 member companies, ranging in size from large companies with more than 100 employees to “mom-and-pop” operations, participate in the statewide Pride of Dakota program. Many of these companies will be at the showcase in Grand Forks with their products and services for you to check out and purchase. In 2012, more than 34,000 shoppers came out and supported North Dakota companies in these showcases held in Grand Forks, Fargo, Minot and Bismarck. Come support these local companies and get some gifts that can only be found in North Dakota!   Event Details: Saturday, November 9, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, November 10, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Alerus Center $2/person at the door Holiday Bazaar In tandem …

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Exploring holiday shopping in Greater Grand Forks

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Today’s post comes from Manitoba travel writer and blogger, Shel Zolkewich.   Listen closely. Can you hear them? Yes, those are Christmas carols wafting from the loud speaker in your favorite store and that means the season is upon us! Join us as we explore Grand Forks, North Dakota during the happiest of holiday seasons.   Where to Shop The store is big, bright and apparently a crowd favorite. The recently opening Hobby Lobby has no shortage of customers. That’s because it has something for everyone. Crafters will love it no matter what their passion: scrapbooking, doll making, woodworking, candle making or sewing – just to name a few. The selection of fabric along is a store in itself. The home decor side of things is just as impressive. Whether you want to fashion your own Christmas wreath or pick up something ready to go, the choices are endless. There are also dishes, trees, lights, fabric and likely the most extensive and unique collection of tree ornaments in town.   It’s likely not the first place you think of when it comes to Christmas, but you’d be missing out if you didn’t pop into this Menards. This favorite hardware store …

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