March 28 Downtowners E-Newsletter


Two New Stores Open Today

Annex 208 & Right On Broadway

Retail Growing Strong in Downtown Bismarck

Every great Downtown has a recipe.  And if you’re missing enough of one or two ingredients, the dish will need some tweaks.  Downtown Bismarck has been cooking lately with the addition of some great retail businesses.  Today, two more Downtown retailers will open their doors in our city center.  Men’s store Annex 208 and shoe and accessory store Right on Broadway, have been feverishly working to open at the end of March at 208 E Broadway.  Michelle Kaufman, owner of Right on Broadway and Hey Ocean, split the former Urban Girl boutique space into two store fronts to accommodate her new venture, as well as Annex 208.
Annex 208 will offer something that Downtown Bismarck has identified as a needed ingredient, men’s retail.  They’ll offer everything from casual clothes to seasonal apparel as well as accessories like men’s sunglasses.  The laid back vibe of the store fits in great with our Downtown shops.  You can find more information by visiting Annex 208 on Facebook.
Right on Broadway is also adding a sprinkle of flavor that Downtown shoppers have been craving more of, shoes.  They’ll carry both men and women’s shoes, as well as handbags, accessories, and jewelry. You can also find more information about Right on Broadway on Facebook.  These two new retailers add to the fast growing Downtown local business climate of young entrepreneurs in our community. Annex 208 and Right on Broadway are also continuing to building momentum to west Downtown Bismarck as they are located west of 3rd Street, stretching the growing Downtown boundaries.  Be sure to stop Downtown and check out these new additions by making a day of it!  Walk from shop to shop, stop in for a bite somewhere, and explore all Downtown has to offer.


Downtowners Member Survey

We Want Your Feedback

Rate Downtown Bismarck

Amenities, Services, & Infrastructure

As our Downtown Master Plan continues to progress, shaping the future of Downtown Bismarck development, we’d like to know how you our members rate Downtown Bismarck.  The link below is a short 10 question survey designed to gauge members thoughts on Downtown Bismarck as it is NOW and what you feel will be important for the city center in the FUTURE.  This survey is open to any of our membership, whether you are the business owner, or work at a member organization.  We’d love a lot of feedback, so forward this newsletter on to employees in your organization.  Any member who completes the survey will be entered into a drawing to win a Toasted Frog Gift Certificate!  Visit this link to start the survey now:


Downtown Bismarck

News & Updates

–The Bismarck Planning and Zoning Commission approved a special use permit for a proposed 6th and Thayer Parking Ramp at the March 27th meeting.
— Two new retailers open today in Downtown Bismarck.  Annex 208 and Right on Broadway, both located at 208 E Broadway Ave.
— Former Dog Day Studio space on Main Ave has a new tenant, A Creative Outlet has signage on the door and “Coming soon…” in the window..  Look for something to take shape there.  Dog Day Studio owner retired in 2012.
–The Downtown Master Plan is underway.  The 1st public input meeting was held March 13 at the Bismarck Civic Center.  If you’d like to sign up for reminders and updates regarding the plan,
–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 and Signage Grant, 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 all the new 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

-Member Life Expressions Family Chiropractic is having a Food Drive.  Bring a bag of food on either Monday April 8th or Tuesday April 9th, you’ll get some great perks from their office. Call or email for more details! Donation needs as follows: Cereal, macaroni and cheese, canned fruits and veggies, Ramen noodles, pudding cups, canned soups, instant oatmeal packets, peanut butter, toothbrushes and toothpaste, kids’ socks.  Give what you can.  You are welcome to bring donations at any time this month, but are encouraged to take part in their two day event! All contributions go directly to the organization providing food to the kids at Saxvik Elementary school.

-Member Impact Gallery & Gifts celebrated 19 years in Downtown Bismarck this month!  Happy birthday Wayne and Lynn.

-Send all member news and events to

Downtown Events

What’s Shakin’ Downtown?

Events Downtown

March 31
Easter Sunday

April 4
1st Thursdays Alive After 5
Downtown Bismarck

April 5
Bismarck Art & Galleries Assoc
Artist Opening Reception 5-7pm

April 5
Dakota Digital Film Festival
Belle Mehus Auditorium

April 5
Bismarck Downtown Artist Co-op
Opening Exhibit Reception 5:30-8:30pm
222 N 4th St

April 5-6
Stand Up Comedy
Dakota Stage Theater

April 12
Belle Mehus Auditorium

April 20
Bismarck-Mandan Symphony Presents:Three’s Company
Belle Mehus Auditorium