Mandan News

Ellen Huber: More news about business start-ups and expansion

A few more small businesses have opened their doors, or are in the process of doing so, in downtown Mandan.

The coffee is on in the new and expanded location for Mocha and More at 306 W. Main St. And so are the cappuccinos and many other delightful beverages, both hot and cold! The business moved from 111 Sixth Ave. N.W. to make more room for the many antiques for sale, gleaned from owner Nancy Phelps’ other business, D’Clutter. Signs posted at the building in recent weeks apologized for the delay, referencing the hard work associated with sealing the hardwood floors. The interior now has a warm, rustic feel. Plaster has been chipped away on a portion of one wall to expose the brick behind it and other walls look revived with a fresh coat of sea foam green paint. For more information, call 751-2275.

Financial representatives Susan Saul and Dan Clancy have opened an office of Modern Woodmen, a fraternal financial agency, at 102 First Ave. N.W. They previously operated the agency from their Mandan home. Modern Woodmen offers life insurance, annuity, investment and banking products, along with fraternal member benefits for families and their communities. Call 204-5237 for more information.

Trip’s Tattoo World has opened in the lower level of the Golden Comb building at 118 E. Main Street. Artist David “Trip” Tipton has 25 years of experience. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday and by request. Call 751-8282 for more info.

Mandan Nails is in the process of remodeling space for a salon at 403 First St. N.W.

The Harvest Restaurant continues to make plans to renovate 308 W. Main St. Get your taste buds watering by checking out their menu at

In related news, the High Plains Cooperative had hoped to open in this same building a Pride of Dakota products store and fulfillment center. The steering committee was not able to secure the 65 common stockholders needed to launch the business by the Jan. 31, deadline set forth in its stock offering. The cooperative has been dissolved and the holding bank was instructed to return all investments to common and preferred stockholders. Some members of the steering committee are hopeful that a new entity can be formed with a similar vision and mission.

More good projects are in the pipeline.

If you are interested in a business start-up or expansion in Mandan, please contact the City’s Business Development Office for information on programs and available locations. Phone 667-3485 or send and e-mail to