December 5 Downtown E-News

Holiday Open House

Members Are Invited!

Montana Furniture Friday @ 5pm

Join us for a Downtowners member Holiday Open House, hosted in conjunction with member Montana Furniture’s Grand Opening!  December 6, the Downtowners will join our members at the Holiday Open House with drinks and light appetizers as well as door prizes.  5pm until the last go home!  Please join us and let all your staff know.  We’d appreciate an RSVP if you can!  Click the picture above or this link to RVSP, we’d love to see you! 

Downtown Holiday Retail

Numbers, Traffic & Promotion

Participation Way Up!

Thank you to all our members that participated in Small Business Saturday November 30.  It was great to see so many community members take part in the Shop Local movement as part of their holiday shopping.  Participation grew by over 19 businesses, totaling 36 participating this year, up from 17 just last year in 2012.  Partly due to more retail businesses opening in 2013, and more taking part in the Small Business Saturday event started by American Express in 2010.
If your business participated, please take a few minutes to complete this survey and let us know how you did over the Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend (this includes retail, restaurant, service, and entertainment businesses).  We aren’t looking for specific numbers, but comparisons to last year or your projections.  This will help us gauge promotion and see the general trends in holiday retail numbers Downtown.  It’s just 10 questions and should only take a moment. We really appreciate your help with this– Thanks and Great Job Everyone!
Survey link:

Downtown Bismarck

News & Updates

–Bismarck Downtown Snow Removal Schedule.  Any cars parked on these downtown streets during snow removal will be towed. Businesses along these signed street cleaning areas should have their sidewalks cleaned before midnight on their designated day.
Beginning at 12:01 a.m., Friday, December 6th The City of Bismarck Street Department will be removing snow from the downtown. North – South streets in the signed areas (Street Cleaning/No Parking).
Beginning at 12:01 a.m., Saturday, December 7th The City of Bismarck Street Department will be removing snow from the downtown East – West streets in the signed areas (Street Cleaning/No Parking).

-FireFlour Pizza new addition is now open.  The pizzeria doubled in size taking over Sandra Lee’s former space directly south of it’s existing location.  The also added new menu items like pour-over coffee, freshly baked scones and cookies, and some vegan cookies. FireFlour Pizza opened about one year ago on 5th St.
-The Downtown Master Plan received a positive recommendation from the Bismarck Planning Commission Nov 20.  Their recommendation now goes to the Bismarck City Commission for possible approval/adoption on Dec 17.  The Downtowners, along with groups GO! Bismarck Mandan and Bismarck Urban Harvest, spoke in favor of adopting the new master plan.  Attorney for Erling Haugland, who’s in an ongoing lawsuit with the city, spoke against portions of the plan.  Please visit to see the Final Draft in its entirety.
-The Norma Apartments that were badly damaged by fire earlier this year, are looking to renovate.  Goldmark Properties has applied for the state Renaissance Zone program to repair and restore the nearly one hundred year old property.  Goldmark will update the units and common areas with modern functionality.  The proposed investment is just over $700,000 with the current building value at over $400,000.  This is considered an historically contributing building in the Downtown on 3rd Street and is comprised of 18 apartments.
Lucky Ducks Deli on 3rd Street is expanding.  Owners Russ and Heather Kadlec have started dirt work just south of their current location to break ground for the addition.
-Construction continues on the Sixth and Thayer Parking Ramp.  Portions of off-street parking adjacent to the project along 6th Street and Thayer Ave have been closed.  Please consider using the parking ramps if off street parking is full.
–If you are considering a downtown development or renovation of a Downtown building, the CORE Incentive Programs are once again available through the City of Bismarck.  The CORE Programs currently active are Façade Improvements, Housing Incentive Grant, Technical Assistance Bank, and Sidewalk Subsurface Infill.  The programs are designed to encourage reinvestment, rehabilitation, and new development in the Downtown area.  For more information contact the Downtowners or Jason Tomanek at the City of Bismarck at 701-355-1849.
– The Bismarck Parking Authority is offering free evening parking in the 3rd and Main Ramp from 4pm to 2am daily.  With continued activity and nightlife in Downtown Bismarck, the ramps allow the public to enjoy the city center and not have to search for street parking. *How the After Hour Complementary Parking Works: Use the entrance to the 3rd & Main Ramp on 3rd Street.  Pull into the ramp and pull a time stamped ticket.  The arm will raise and allow the car through to park.  When exiting the ramp, simply use the hourly lane and deposit your ticket in the slot, the arm will already be raised to allow the cars to exit. There is no leeway on timing.  If you enter at 3:59pm or exit at 2:01am, the customer will be charged the normal hourly rate.

Downtowners’ Association

Member News

Welcome to our newest Members!

Montana Furniture and Mercantile
508 E Main Ave

A Creative Outlet
303 E Main Ave

Branded Envy
716 E Bowen Ave

Eco Chic Boutique
2100 E Broadway Ave
You can find all our members information at

Member Life Expressions Family Chiropractic Mandy Dietz needs your help!  Mandy’s daughter Hailey has a serious health condition and a benefit will be hosted for the family.  December 8 from 3-6pm there will be a silent auction, food, beverages, and kids activities at 924 N 11th St in Bismarck.  Please attend. Call Heidi for more information at 701-595-1263.

Member BAGA is hosting their Home for the Holidays with A Capella group Six Appeal Dec 20-22.  Visit for more information.

Member Holiday Open Houses-
December 5:

106 Antiques
106 Mandan St

Gallery 522
106 Mandan St

116 E Main Ave

December 6:
Montana Furniture Grand Opening & Downtowners Open House
508 E Main Ave
Starting @ 5pm

December 7:
Eco Chic Grand Opening and Holiday Open House
2100 E Broadway Ave

-Send all member news and events to

What’s Shakin’ Downtown?

Events Downtown

Dec 5-15
Dakota Stage
The Long Christmas Dinner

Dec. 5
1st Thursdays Alive After 5
Downtown Bismarck

Dec 5
Anonymous Phenomenon Present:
The Bizzo Experiment

Dec 6-8
Pride of Dakota “Holiday Showcase”
Bismarck Civic Center

Dec. 6
BDAC “Foot In The Door” Exhibit

Dec. 10
Bis-Man Chamber Holiday Mixer
Bismarck Civic Center

Dec 13-15
The Nutcracker by Northern Plains Dance
Belle Mehus

Dec. 14
BAGA Cookie Walk
10a – 3p

Dec. 15
Bismarck Mandan Symphony Orchestra
Organ Recital with Dr. Beverly Everett
Trinity Lutheran Church

Dec 20
Flashback Films: “Gremlins” @ 8pm
Dakota Stage Ltd.


Dakota Community Bank & Trust

Volunteers Help Hang Winter Decor

Thank You!

Big Thank You to Dakota Community Bank and Trust for once again helping the Downtowners hang all the winter decorations Downtown. Thanks DCBT!