Ellen Huber: Base hits win business development game
My 13-year-old son has been playing Babe Ruth baseball this summer, reminding me that base hits win games. And so it goes with business development. Residents clamor and would certainly stand up and cheer for the home run of a big box store, but meanwhile Mandan is scoring some base hits with new and expanding retail and service sector businesses. There are also relocations to report, and unfortunately some closings as well.
Following is a summary of the latest business happenings:
• Grube Retina Clinic is opening in August at 107 Third Avenue N.W. Dr. Tom Grube has been investing in leasehold improvements to the building as part of an approved Renaissance Zone project. He anticipates attracting 40 to 60 patients daily from throughout the regions for treatment and care of eye problems related to diabetes, macular degeneration, and injuries.
• Tech24 is a new computer sales and repair business opening Aug. 2 at 102 First Avenue N.W. Partners Josh Smith, Kirk Eslinger and Chad Kay specialize in new and used computers and accessories, Boost Mobile cell phone service and accessories, and computer repair and consulting. Repair experts provide in-store repairs or in-home service. For more information, call 751-2009.
• Advanced Indoor Solutions plans to be open by Sept. 1 at 104 Second Avenue N.W. The business moved from Bismarck and will offer vacuums, air purifiers, rug shampooers as well as power chairs and scooters. The owners are Mark Wanner and Kori Roth. They can be reached at 255-2606.
• A Box of Chocolates Dance is opening soon at 320 West Main Street. Cedric Tillman will be offering a variety of classes including pointe, ballet, jazz, modern, lyrical, tap, African, acro, contemporary, choreography, ballroom, stretch and zoomba. For more info, call 425-5706.
• Kandace Kemmet has opened Calming Tranquility Massage in the Styler Den beauty salon at 204 Third Avenue N.W. Call 663-7610 for more info.
• Sacred Heart Tattoo and Piercing will be open in August at 103 Fourth Avenue N.W., phone 471-0304.
• HUB Insurance has moved from 500 West Main Street to Library Square II at 200 First Avenue N.W., Suite 50, phone 663-7585.
• Horace Mann Insurance, agent Kirby Johnson moved from 104 Third Avenue N.W. to 301 First Street N.E. For more info, call 663-6271.
• Lauinger Accounting will be moving from 608 E. Main Street to 718 West Main Street. The new location is in a property rehabilitated as a Renaissance Zone and Storefront Improvement project. The move was prompted by the sale of the Lauinger building. The new location allows the business to add an additional employee.
Please help welcome and congratulate these folks.
At the same time, Mandan has bid farewell to a few businesses. We thank them for taking entrepreneurial risk.
• The legendary Lindy Sue’s Candies and Soda Fountain closed store doors July 10, but will continue the candy-making and wholesale side of the business. The ground floor of the building at 316 West Main Street is available for lease.
• La Boutique and Fancy Klancy’s Jewelry had each operated for about a year in respective spaces at 102 First Avenue N.W. and 406 West Main Street. The La Boutique space is now occupied by Tech24, while the other space remains available for lease.
To help residents keep track of Mandan businesses and alert visitors to the products and services available in the community, an online and interactive business directory will be added as part of a new city website set to debut in August. For more information on business opportunities in Mandan, call the Business Development Office at 667-3485.