July 12 Downtown E-News

Construction Projects Bring New Businesses

Restaurants, Service and Office

New Construction Adds A Place for Local Businesses

With growth comes construction, with construction comes new space, and with new space come new businesses.  Two large construction projects working Downtown for the last two years are filling up with new businesses.

The Gulch Block, at 510 E Main, has a number of new lessees eager to open as the project nears completion.  A new restaurant, Humpback Sally’s, will occupy street front space on one side of the building, with Luft Bar rounding out the rooftop terrace.  Montana Furniture, with locations in Montana and Minnesota, will occupy the retail front on other half of the building.  Second floor tenant Bombshell Salon will occupy street front second floor space for their new operation.  Local owners Chad and Amanda Faass will be operating Downtown Bismarck’s newest salon.  The back portion of the project is four stories and contains more space for office and service tenants.  A skywalk on the second and third floors over the alleyway to the north will connect the building to the Parkade Ramp for easy access to parking.

Broadway Centre is also starting to take its final shape as it nears completion of the restaurant portion this fall, while working on finishes and build out in the main structure through this fall and end of year. The restaurant located on the property, Broadway Grill and Tavern, will also be a new local business with Carla Pine at the helm. She is looking to be open sometime this fall.  The restaurant will have patio seating and tie the west end of Downtown into the core.  A number of offices will be relocating into the main Broadway Centre building and condos will encompass the entire third floor.  17 spacious condos ranging from 2,094sqft to 3,759sqft will have access to underground parking, community room, heated patios, and a number of other amenities.

Although it’s still in the early throws of rehabilitation, the Cowan Building on 4th and Broadway is moving along quickly.  Some spaces have already been leased even before the final sprucing up of the building has occurred.  The main floor street windows are suited for restaurant and retail and the project has attracted a number of inquiries, although no official word on who the lucky business will be.  New elevator, windows (and there are many), along with signage and street-scaping will give the 100 year old building a new purpose in the city center.

You can find more information or leasing information on our website www.downtownbismarck.com.


Art & Wine Walk

2nd Annual Event August 8

Over 20 Location Participating

Enjoy Beautiful Downtown Bismarck while you sample twenty unique wines, enjoy appetizers, and take in all forms of art that our community has to offer at each of our many great locations.  Get your Art & Wine Walk Passport stamped at each location for a chance to win prizes! Walk the historic streets and patronize our artistic community and Downtown Businesses.  Tickets for the event are $40/person in advance, you must be 21 to participate. Proceeds from the Downtowners Art & Wine Walk will go to the Downtowners non-profit to promote betterment and revitalization efforts of our historic Downtown for the entire community to enjoy.

How it works:  The day of the event, you will check in at the Downtowners Office (204 N 4th St) and get a passport with all the business locations and artist’s information.  Stroll the beautiful streets of our historic Downtown with your friends as you walk from location to location.  At each location there will be a unique wine, light appetizers, and an artist or musician.  Feel free to interact with the artist and business owner and peruse their offerings.  As you make your way from your last location, return to the check-in point and register for the Grand Prize and get a participation prize as well!  Vote for “Best in Show” business/artist pairing and Best Wine Varietal!

Tickets are available online this year as well!  Visit for more information: http://downtownbismarck.com/downtowners-art-wine-walk


Downtown Bismarck

News & Update

– Construction has begun on the Sixth and Thayer Parking Ramp. Bids were approved by the Bismarck City Commission May 28.  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.
–The Downtown Master Plan continues in Downtown Bismarck.  To review the newest concepts and voice your opinion, visit: www.downtownbismarckstudy.com.
–The Cowan Bldg development continues on the corner of 4th and Broadway. The sidewalk in front of the building will be closed during construction (south side of the block).  The sidewalk could be open by June.
–Quiet Rail Zones are moving forward at 3rd, 5th and 12th Streets in Downtown Bismarck.  At the Feb 26 City Commission meeting, the engineering firm SRF entered into their contract with the city to install the extra safety measures and work with the Federal Railway Administration.
–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

You can find all our members information at www.downtownbismarck.com

-Member Gate City Bank is celebrating it’s 90th Anniversary!  Visit them at any Gate City Bank location on Friday, July 12 for cake, cookies, and more!

-The Downtowners’ Association is a proud member of the Go! Bismarck Mandan group, supporting a vibrant and healthy community.  GO! in cooperation with other community partners is hosting BisMarket – A Community Farmers Market.  June through mid-August, every Tuesday from 4-7 pm, and every Saturday from 9am-1pm, stop by Sertoma Park, near shelter 5, for family fun and a GREAT selection of farm fresh foods, fresh cut flowers, local eats & area music.  FMI visit: www.bismarket.com or find them on Facebook

-Send all member news and events to Kate@downtownbismarck.com.


What’s Shakin’ Downtown?

Events Downtown

July 17
Brown Bag Lunch Downtown
Courthouse Lawn

July 18
Bismarck Urban Harvest
10am in Downtown Bismarck

July 21
Theo Arts School
Garden Walk

July 23
Kids Music Day
Custer Park

August 8
Downtowners Art & Wine Walk
20 Locations Downtown