November 7 Downtown Bismarck News

Final Downtown Draft Plan

Public Hearing Set for Nov. 20

Sub-Area Study Set for Final Review

Almost a year of work, dozens of meetings, public hearings & input, online comments, and news stories, the final draft of the Downtown Sub-Area Study or Master Plan is headed for approval.  Consultants will present their final draft to the Planning Commission Nov. 20 at a public hearing.  We encourage our members and Downtown supporters in the community to attend the meeting.  Projects in the plan include Downtown: housing and commercial building, transit and parking options, road and infrastructure improvements, social and public spaces, and connections between Downtown and Kirkwood Mall/Civic Center/Captiol/Missouri River.

Meeting Info:
Planning Commission
Downtown Plan Final Draft
November 20
City Building 221 N 5th St


Shop Local!

Small Business Saturday

November 30 in Downtown Bismarck

Join us Downtown for National Small Business Saturday November 30.  The day after Black Friday, stores Downtown will be offering some great deals for your holiday shopping.  Remember that buying local has a greater impact on our community economy, with more the profits staying right here.  FREE PROMOTIONAL MATERIALS—  If you’re a business that would like to participate, American Express (founding member of Small Business Saturday) is giving away free marketing materials, rugs, shopping bags, and social media graphics to help you promote the shop small effort on Small Business Saturday.  Visit their website to order yours:
The Downtowners will also have a link on our website with all the Small Business Saturday sales, deals, and specials so you can plan your shopping trip Downtown.  Visit for more information!


Downtown Bismarck

News & Updates

Moe Moe’s Garden, Baby Boutique and more, will be opening at 109 N 4th Street in the former Shooters Billiards space.  Owner Jayme Heick and her husband are making renovations to the space and hope to be open around November 15.  Moe Moe’s Garden operates it’s first retail location in Downtown Dickinson, this will be the second store for the couple.  In addition to brands new to the area, Moe Moe’s Garden will also have a number of baby classes.  Visit for more information.
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 gained approval from the Bismarck Renaissance Zone Authority and City Commission for a building expansion on a portion of their patio space to the south.  They hope to add a full liquor license and bar, as well as additional seating.  The expansion plans show a two-story addition.  Lucky Ducks Deli & Catering opening one year ago in October. The Renaissance Zone Application will now to the state for approval.
FireFlour Pizza is expanding into an adjacent store front space.  The pizzeria will be doubling it’s size from 900 to 1840 square feet when it encompasses Sandra Lee’s former space directly south of it’s existing location. FireFlour Pizza opened about 11 months ago on 5th St.  Their application now goes on to the state for approval.
-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!
510 E Main Ave

Plain View
Norma Building

You can find all our members information at

Member One Source Lighting is hosting their Wine & Shine Mixer Thursday November 21 from 5-7pm.  Stop by at 221 N Mandan St in West Downtown.
-It was a busy fall in Downtown Bismarck this time last year.  We have a number of members that have hit the One Year Anniversary.  Members Accelerate Health Chiropractic, Lucky Ducks Deli & Catering, Kittson, FireFlour Pizza, Midwest Gold, Laughing Sun Brewing, Action Jackson Comics, and JL Beers!  Happy 1st Anniversary in Downtown Bismarck!

-Send all member news and events to 


What’s Shakin’ Downtown?

Events Downtown

November 7
1st Thursday Alive After 5
Downtown Bismarck

November 7
Girl’s Night Out & Runway Fashion Show
1603 Main Events. $25- Benefits Carey’s Kids. 5-8pm

November 8-30
Bismarck Downtown Artist’s Co-op
“Munny for Kids” Exhibit

November 9
Rob Zombie & Korn
Bismarck Civic Center

Thru November 23
BAGA Exhibit
Sam Coleman

November 14
Holiday Food & Wine Experience
5-9pm, $20 tickets in advance @ Cashwise- $25 door
Bismarck Civic Center

November 22-23
Bismarck-Mandan Symphony Orchestra
“Home for the Holidays” @ Belle

November 24
Symphony League Holiday Home Walk
11am-4pm- $12 in advance, $15 door

November 30
Small Business Saturday
Downtown Bismarck