May 19 Downtown E-News

The Downtowners’

City Center Newsletter

May 19, 2011

What You Will Find…

□ Summer Projects Downtown

□ Downtown Updates

□ Upcoming Events

□ DBA Association News

New Business & New Projects

Growth is Picking up in Downtown Bismarck

The news coming from Downtown Bismarck is “we’re growing.” Ongoing projects and new businesses are encouraging continued interest in the downtown area.  Here is some of the excitement that you’ll see downtown this summer.

American Bank Center- Downtown Campus

Last Tuesday, American Bank Center President Greg Vetter announced that the bank is constructing an additional building to create a downtown Bismarck campus.  The Bank has acquired the property that once was the Dakota Twin Theater (4th and Rosser).  Developer Loran Galpin started the project with a few tenant spaces in mind.  Vetter and his board recognized the growth the bank was having and decided to take the whole building and create a downtown campus. Project completion is estimated for Summer 2012.

Lot 2029- Boutique

A new ‘fashion forward clothing and home boutique’ location is moving in on 4th St west of the Wells Fargo building.  After a major interior and exterior renovation, the boutique is finishing the final touches and hopes to be open within a month or less.

Broadway Centre- Mixed Use

Many of us have seen the demolition at the old Wilhelm Car Lot in west downtown  (Broadway & Mandan).  According to plans submitted by owner Steve Pine, the building will be both residential and commercial.  Pine purchased the entire city block for the project.  The initial plans are to have spacious condos on the third floor and commercial/retail on the main level including a restaurant.  This is one of the biggest projects in downtown Bismarck, with an estimated price tag of $23-27 million. Pine is looking at Spring 2013 for completion.

Hey Ocean- West Coast Lifestyle Store

Owner Michelle Kaufman is a Bismarck native with West Coast history.  Kaufman lived in Washington for some years before moving back to her hometown with plans to open her own store.  She will carry clothing, home décor, accessories, and will also be able to custom print clothing for teams, businesses, and others.  Look for Hey Ocean to open on Broadway Ave next to White Lace Bridal.

Other Expansions and New Looks

Heartview has remodeled their building, moving the main entrance and foyer to the south side of the building.  Steel has gone up on the new

UND Family Medicine building between the two hospitals on Rosser Ave.

The Blarney Stone Irish Pub has begun remodeling their new expansion space.  They are looking to finishit late summer or early fall.

Downtown updates

B&B, Real Estate, etc….

-A Bed & Breakfast looking to open up across from the Library has received Renaissance Zone approval for their project. The recommendation goes to the City Commission for consideration, then to the State.

-Anyone interested in spaces for purchase or lease downtown can check out our website’s Real Estate Section.

-With the continued growth downtown, we’d like to remind everyone how to use the 3 public Parking Ramps. Visit for the how-to’s, rates, and usage.

Upcoming events

What’s Shakin?

May 18-22

Dakota Stage Presents:

“Forever Plaid”

Season Finale


May 20-21

Northern Plains Dance

“Snow White”

Belle Mehus Auditorium


May 22

Knit In

cedesigns & Yarn Shoppe


May 24

1st Annual Dakota Stage

Awards Gala

Dakota Stage Theater


May 27

Comedian Jeffery Ross

Belle Mehus Auditorium


June 2

1st Thursdays Alive After 5

Downtown Bismarck


June 11

Ribfest Road Races

10K Run, 5K Run, 5K Walk


June 16-18

Downtowners Rip Roarin

Ribfest 2011

Bismarck Civic Center Lot D

Downtowners’ Association News

Organization and member news …

Congrats to Downtowners Peacock Alley and Mr. Delicious for being recognized by GO! Bismarck Mandan for having healthy options on their menus.

The Downtown Walking Maps have been finished; we will be making our way around to all the businesses that participated and delivering the new maps!  Special thanks to Luke Graner for his beautiful work. You can also view it on our website.

Street Fair Applications are still being accepted.  Visit the Street Fair page of our website to download your application! The 38th Annual Downtowners Street Fair is Sept 16-17.

Please contact the Downtowners’ if you haven’t received your renewal notice or if you have run out of spaces on your membership plaque for your 2011 tag.

Please send all member business news and events to:  Check the Downtown Business Association’s websites for updated news and events or

Please forward this on to people interested in Downtown news!


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