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Stroll, Sip and Savor the Flavor of Downtown

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Much like a good Beaujolais, the Greater Grand Forks Art & Wine Walk keeps getting better with age.  The first glass of wine was poured back in 2006, when the Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) and North Valley Arts Council (NoVAC) partnered up to host one of the most popular annual events our cities have ever known.  This past year, the CVB handed over its duties to the newly formed Downtown Development Association but the Walk remains virtually unchanged.       Held every June through October, on the third Saturday of each month, Art & Wine Walk offers regional artists a chance to display their talents and wares at several downtown Grand Forks and East Grand Forks venues.  A sample of wine will be available, at specified sites, for those 21 years of age and older.  Some locations may also choose to serve nonalcoholic beverages and snacks, along with featuring live music.    On the day of the event, a map listing participating businesses can be purchased for $15 at either the Red Roof TownHouse Inn or Blue Moose Grill & Bar.  A partial list of participants includes: Kittson Boutique; Brick & Barley; RH Standard; River City Jewelers; Hey Ocean and …

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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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A day for the girls at the Grand Forks Women’s Show

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Today’s blog is written by local business woman and blogger, Michaela Schell.   Every so often, we ladies get a girls night out, but it is not very often we get an entire day out! Saturday, October 26th is that day. The Grand Forks Women’s Show returns for its 6th year and brings everything a woman could want. The GFWS packs the Alerus Center Arena with fashion and beauty, hobbies and careers, food and wine, and everything in between.   The GFWS Main Stage is full this year. The day starts with a yoga calss and demonstration from Choice Health & Fitness and the Altru YMCA. Guests are encouraged to jump in and participate. Marilyn Hagerty takes the stage at 11 a.m. for an interview on her new book. She will also share her various experiences on the Anderson Cooper Show, the Today Show and her trips to New York, At noon 401 E Engery of Grand Forks will give us 10 tips on keeping your home energy efficient and save money followed by a Zumba demonstrative from Choice Health & Fitness.   The final Main Stage event is one of the most popular. At 2:30 p.m. the GFWS Fasion …

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It is an Art & Wine Walk Week!

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There are only two Art & Wine Walks (hosted by Greater Grand Forks Convention & Visitors Bureau and North Valley Arts Council) left in 2011, and one of them is tomorrow, Saturday, September 17! Everything kicks off at 1 p.m. at either the Blue Moose Bar & Grill in East Ground Forks or the GuestHouse Inn in Grand Forks. You can purchase a map for $15 (must be 21), which will include wine samples at all participating locations as well as a commemorative wine glass. At 5 p.m. the event wraps up with a champagne reception at the Empire Arts Center. There will be food, champagne and lots of great prizes (must be present to win)! Art & Wine Walk is a great way to get together with friends (and meet new ones) as well as view unique artworks from regional artists, shop at Greater Grand Forks businesses and experience a variety of wines. There are a number of businesses participating on both sides of the river including Bonzer’s, River Cities Jewelers, Dakota Harvest Bakers, Badman Design, Third Street Gallery, Mike’s Pizza, Amazing Grains, Lillian’s, Mamma Maria’s, O’Really’s and Level 10. There is also an array of artists ready to …

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My simply grand week…

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ND Museum of Art Concerts in the Garden

This is going to be a great week in the Grand Cities!  I am looking forward to enjoying all that the town has to offer in the summer.  This is just a sample of my plans for the week… Tonight I have a meeting, but it won’t be without fun and great food, as it is taking place at the new restaurant, Jake’s.  Since I have only been there once, I am really excited to check out some of their food especially the Red Pepper Lavosh. On Tuesday I will grab the family and head over to the ND Museum of Art for the third installment of the 2011 Concerts in the Garden music series.  The Boston-based band and critically acclaimed, David Wax Museum, will headline while local artist, Xavier Pastrano, will open the show at 6 p.m.  Tickets are $5 in advance or $8 at the door, and there is great food including burgers and brats available in the museum’s garden.  With a weather prediction of mostly sunny and 75 degrees what more could we need? Since there is another good weather prediction for Wednesday, my husband and I plan to meet friends on the rooftop of Rhombus for …

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Stroll, sip and savor

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Season 4 of the Art & Wine Walk, co-produced by the CVB and the North Valley Arts Council, will kick of this Saturday!  This hugely popular series runs June-October, the third Saturday of each month.  From 1 to 5 p.m., participants will be able to sample fine wines and hors d’oeuvres while viewing great works of art at a variety of participating downtown businesses. To begin the event, simply go to either the Blue Moose Bar & Grill in East Grand Forks or the GuestHouse International Inn in Grand Forks and purchase your map of locations for just $15, which includes a commemorative wine glass. The afternoon caps off with a champagne reception, sponsored by the CVB, at the Empire Arts Center. If you are unable to make the June event, additional Art & Wine Walks are scheduled for July 16, August 20, September 17 and October 15.  More details may be found online.

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