The white bicycle in the window is the first sign that ACO isn`t your
typical retail store. Instead of showing off clothing or accessories,
this store, otherwise known as A Creative Outlet, shows off ideas. Owner
Stephanie Smith says she did not want to open a traditional retail
store, but rather a different kind of marketplace.
"When you come downtown to shop you`re looking for that unique
experience, something that you can`t find anywhere else and that`s one
of the things that we wanted to focus on is that unique shopping
Think of ACO as a blank canvas that will showcase the work of different artists on the days they`re open.
"We`re looking to host different artists as well as uniquely made items
from myself as well as other people in the area," Smith said.
Smith`s business associate and fellow architect-in-training, Blake
Preszler, is operating a somewhat more traditional retail outlet in the
same space, but with a different twist. Some items you can find in stock
and purchase are these t-shirts and hats with a simple word, but a
deeper message, embroidered on them.
"A lot of our stuff that you see is kind of invoking the sense of the
prairie and trying to get younger people in North Dakota to start
thinking about what is North Dakota to us and really trying to advertise
it`s good to stay here and think big," Preszler said.
When Preszler first started PLOW, he and his partners weren`t sure what
it would turn into. But it`s taken off, and new prairie-inspired
products are constantly being developed. Smith and Preszler hope to use
their new downtown store space to showcase locally produced artwork and
market it to a younger audience.
"Steph and I collaborated on this space and we`re kind of using it as a
venue to experiment and actually have a physical venue. The tangibility
of online, you can`t compete with this," Preszler said.
The two creative minds hope this small space will bring big ideas for
people. Whether they`re looking to buy something unique, market a
product, or just come away with a few ideas about something, they too
can stand out from the crowd.
The first event at ACO will be May 2, 3 and 4. They`ll be open just
three days a month, but will offer completely new products every time.
Sunday, March 9 2014 8:57 AM EDT2014-03-09 12:57:59 GMT
The Class B Boys season wrapped up the state tournament tonight in Grand Forks. Fargo Oak Groves defeated Rugby 68 to 58 in overtime fashion. North Star defeated the Lions from Linton-HMB 60 to 49 in the
The Class B Boys season wrapped up the state tournament tonight in Grand Forks.
Sunday, March 9 2014 8:54 AM EDT2014-03-09 12:54:06 GMT
The Century Patriots took home 1st place overall in the Swim and Dive State event finishing with 349 points. Followed by Minot with 323 points. North Fargo took home 3rd place overall at 297 points. West
The Century Patriots took home 1st place overall in the Swim and Dive State event finishing with 349 points.
Sunday, March 9 2014 8:50 AM EDT2014-03-09 12:50:18 GMT
The West Region Class A boys and girls basketball season concluded play today, and the state qualifiers are set. On the girls side Bismarck High won the tournament with a 64 to 61 win over Century. Both
The West Region Class A boys and girls basketball season concluded play today, and the state qualifiers are set.
Sunday, March 9 2014 8:48 AM EDT2014-03-09 12:48:30 GMT
Chair-lifts were packed and tube runs were full, as hundreds of families enjoyed a day at the Bottineau Winter Park. But Saturday was no ordinary day in the Turtle Mountains. It's was the grand opening
Saturday was no ordinary day in the Turtle Mountains. It's was the grand opening of Annie's House, a new ski-lodge and adaptive center.