What’s New In Town?

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Highlighting 24 New Businesses and Business Expansions

Over the past year, plenty of new, exciting businesses and business expansions have made their debut, each bringing its own unique flavor and flair to the Bismarck-Mandan area. From entertainment hubs to cozy cafes, we turned the spotlight to 24 new ventures that are bringing fresh life and opportunities into our local economy.

In the following pages, we’ll introduce you to the driven entrepreneurs who are enriching our community with their bold visions and passion. Whether you’re a regular local shopper, a devoted community member, a potential investor, or just passing through the area, you’ll find plenty of fresh developments to catch your interest right here in Bismarck-Mandan.

Mighty Misssouri Coffee Co.

Launched: Mighty Missouri Coffee Co. – September 2012
Expanded: September 2025 to Kirkwood Mall location

With two coffee shops, Mighty Missouri Coffee Co. offers high-quality, expertly-roasted, ready-to-drink beverages, and quick-grab lunches. They began as a coffee roasting company in 2012 and opened their first coffee bar in 2016, before transitioning to their Bismarck YMCA location in 2017. In the fall of 2023, they opened a new kiosk inside the Kirkwood Mall, which expanded their team and reach.

While the venture may have begun with only Brian, they now have over 20 employees. “I’m passionate about what I’m doing and don’t want to do it anywhere but here. I love everything about it here. The idea of moving our company further into the community is too hard to pass up,” Brian said.

Five “Highs”

  1. We began a podcast, “Another Day, Another Adventure,” featuring the successes of people living a good adventure in the area.
  2. We added a new location at the Kirkwood Mall.
  3. We added our first-ever full-time salesman, Austin Link. He and his family were formerly in missions, so building relationships—the important stuff—comes naturally to him.
  4. We were featured by Google Small Business and invited to Washington, D.C. to participate in Google’s Small Business Week, which was a career highlight.
  5. We marked over 10 years in business.

Five “Lows”

  1. Growing our team is as much an accomplishment as it is a challenge—especially for a business that’s first and foremost about people. I look to good leaders (there are many!) in town who have navigated that well.
  2. We have a lot of moving parts since we began as a one-man coffee roaster. That means delegating things (“letting go”). By putting the right people in the right places, we’re on track.
  3. Managing a growing company takes a lot of bandwidth. We began working with a consultant to go from growing a business intuitively to growing a business based on industry standards to help manage some of that growth effectively.
  4. We had to learn how to lead with culture first, something that doesn’t come naturally to any organization. As a result, we redid our employee handbooks to reflect our company values and guide our staff.
  5. We changed many of our company’s mechanics— payment systems, and a brand new way for subscribers to get their fresh roasted coffee on a schedule and directly to their doors. Change is always an opportunity!

In what ways does your business engage with the local Bis-Man community?

We host the BISMAN Triathlon, which is taking place on Saturday, June 22 at McDowell Dam (bismantri.com).

"We're roasting the coffee here in Bismarck, which separates us as a coffee shop. Coffee is a huge piece of what we do, but our main focus is people and relationships. We might be the only coffee company in the country with 'life-affirming customer experiences' in its mission statement."

Advice for First-Timers

  • Starting a business is easy. Growing a business is an enormous effort. That said, year ten won’t look anything like day one, so don’t wait for everything to be perfect to begin. Learn as much as you can, and do as much research as you can, but start.
  • Maintain a journal as you work on your startup. It’s crazy how many details come together and people rally by your side. When the going gets tough, those are helpful to look back on.
  • There are many, many incredible business owners in Bismarck, and while it might feel like you’re alone, there are plenty of people who have done it well. So don’t be afraid to ask for help.
  • Don’t take yourself too seriously. Businesses are risky and they often fail. But don’t let the success or failure of your business become your identity. And then, when you remember that the success or failure of your business is not who you are, make decisions out of that headspace.

Check Them Out!

mightymissouri.com
Mighty Missouri Coffee Co. @ YMCA:
1608 N Washington St, Bismarck, ND 58501
Mighty Missouri Coffee Co. @ Kirkwood:
706 Kirkwood Mall, Bismarck, ND 58504

Sazon Bismarck

Launched: April 6, 2023

The restaurant was created to share the unique dining experiences that the owner and his family cherished in Paso Robles, California. Inside Sazón’s kitchen is Chef Rudy, whose culinary expertise was a significant draw for the family during their time in California. Motivated by the exceptional food, family-friendly atmosphere, and stellar service they had, they decided to recreate this experience in Bismarck.

Opening its doors on April 6, 2023, Sazón emphasizes high-quality ingredients, excellent customer service, and a commitment to cleanliness, setting a high standard for dining in the community. The restaurant prides itself on its team of 16 professionals who ensure that every aspect of Sazón lives up to their expectations. Sazón distinguishes itself through personalized service, one-of-a-kind dishes, and a unique restaurant.

Five “Highs”

  1. The love of our customers, many of whom are now not only people who eat at our restaurant but true friends of the entire Sazón team.
  2. The great acceptance of the community for Chef Rudy’s creations.
  3. Maintaining the base of the work team since we opened until today, where 10 of our 16 workers have been on this project since April 6, 2023.
  4. Receiving compliments from our customers for the service, the food, the atmosphere, the cleanliness, and even our bull sculpture at the entrance.
  5. Celebrating our first anniversary and having a Saturday full of customers who regularly attend our restaurant and who thanked us for opening this place was great.

Biggest Struggle to Date

“Developing a new food niche in Bismarck. Getting people to try different dishes than what they are used to. Get over that first moment when they discover that we are not a Mexican food restaurant, but not a burger joint either. We have a small, but varied, menu where you can order a walleye filet, green beans tempura, or chipotle pasta with shrimp. This has been a challenge, but after a year we believe that our clients and friends today know that they can come here and find something for every taste.”

What has been the response from your customers since opening/expanding?

We have had a great response from all our clients, some advice that is hard to recognize but that helps us grow, and praise and congratulations for our excellent service, the delicious food, and the cleanliness with which we always operate. Generally, we find out the details that need to be improved through conversations that managers have with clients, and reviews on Google, Facebook, and Instagram.

Future Plans

Short-Term: To continue offering exceptional service and the highest quality food with the best ingredients available.

Long-Term: To expand our menu with more special dishes and delicious drinks, use new ways of cooking, and create incredible experiences in our restaurant. Continue with tequila and mezcal tastings, introduce special nights, live music, and perhaps special summer and winter events.

Check Them Out!

sazonbismarck.com
4510 Skyline Crossings,
Bismarck, ND 58503

Nail Boss

Launched: February 2024

Nail Boss has quickly become a standout business in Bismarck for its top-quality nail services. Nail Boss’ commitment to providing a luxurious and pampering experience where clients can relax and rejuvenate sets them apart from other places to relax in the area. The salon offers a variety of services, including manicures, pedicures, dipping nails, gel nails, acrylic nails, kids’ menus, eyelash extensions, and waxing, catering to a diverse clientele looking for both quality and care on a pamper day.

The dedication of the skilled staff at Nail Boss ensures each client receives personalized and detailed attention, turning a simple nail care appointment into a transformative experience. They put client satisfaction first, alongside upholding industry standards to ensure safety and comfort. Come visit Nail Boss for a self-care day, a group trip out, prep for an event, or any other reason to treat yourself!

Nail Boss’ Services

Nail Boss offers services such as Nail Enhancement, Pedicure, Manicure, Waxing and more!

Check Them Out!

nailbossbismarck.com
4228 Boulder Ridge Rd Ste 2,
Bismarck, ND 58503

Central Station

Launched: June 2023

Activities at Central Station Mandan

Central Station has much to offer customers including NFL Football on 24 Ultra HD Screens, Golf Simulators with Iconic Courses, Live NBA, NHL, MLB Broadcasts, Gaming Room with Black Jack and Slot Machines.

Host Your Next Event at Central Station

“Central Station offers an unmatched venue rental experience for those looking to host an event. Whether you’re planning a wedding reception, a large conference, or a lively celebration, Central Station provides a versatile, well-equipped space that can be customized to suit your needs. We pride ourselves on our comprehensive amenities, professional staff, and commitment to making your event a success.”

Join Central Station’s Winter Golf League

“We are excited to be launching a Winter Simulator Golf League that will consist of 2-person teams, scrambling amongst other 2-person teams, over 12 weeks. Open to both Men, Women, and Seniors (55+). The first four weeks are qualifying, next six weeks are round-robin play within your respective flights.”

Check Them Out!

centralstationmandan.com
111 Collins Ave,
Mandan, ND 58554

Tilt Studio Kirkwood

Launched: October 19, 2023

Tilt Studio has made a big splash in Bismarck. This massive entertainment center spans up to 100,000 square feet, packed with everything from virtual reality to black light mini-golf and a laser frenzy, providing endless fun for people of all ages.

Tilt Studio’s versatility for all ages makes it stand out in Bismarck. It’s not just a place for kids and families to have a good time; businesses and groups find it an excellent spot for events and team-building exercises. They’re decking out the place with Route 66 mini bowling lanes, an array of arcade games, and more that make every visit exciting. Their team goes the extra mile to ensure that each event is a blast, with well-planned activities and top-notch hospitality.

Tilt Studio is located inside the Kirkwood Mall, making it super convenient for a day out shopping with a side of fun. They also have specially designed rooms and flexible spaces that are perfect for hosting everything from a lively birthday bash to a more formal corporate meeting.

Activities at Tilt Studio Kirkwood

Tilt Studio Kirkwood has so many fun things to do including an Arcade, Black Light Mini Golf, Route 66 Mini Bowling Lanes, Thundervolt Electric GoKarts, Black Light Laser Tag, and Laser Frenzy!

Tilt Studio’s VIP Program

Admission to Tilt Studio is FREE! To play games or go on rides, you will need to purchase a Tilt Studio Play Card that can be used at all attractions and video games. The price of each game or attraction will be automatically deducted from your Play Card every time it is swiped. You may put as much or as little money on your Play Card as you would like to spend. You may also reload your Play Card as often as you would like. Once you have accumulated 1200 points on your registered card, you can upgrade your card to a VIP card and enjoy 10% off all games and attractions!

Check Them Out!

tiltstudio.com/bismarck
641 Kirkwood Mall,
Bismarck, ND 58504
Facebook /TiltStudioKirkwood

Old 10 Bar & Grill

Launched: August 2019
Expanded: April 2023

Old 10 Bar & Grill recently expanded to North Bismarck. The Bismarck location offers the same great food and service that have made the Mandan location a local favorite, including their renowned burgers, wings, and unique dishes like Mac & Poutine.

The decor of the Bismarck branch mirrors the original Mandan location, which was revamped from an HVAC repair shop in 2019, retaining only the original walls which add a rustic charm to the setting. The restaurant’s success is buoyed by its commitment to quality and a slogan that promises, “No matter the day, we’ll make it a 10,” ensuring every visit is memorable.

Old 10 Bar & Grill’s ability to create a family-friendly environment alongside a 21-plus bar area allows it to cater to a wide age range, making it a perfect spot for everything from family dinners to night outs with friends. The new location in Bismarck continues to uphold these values, promising a consistent and enjoyable experience for all its guests.

Unique Offerings

Known for a menu that features classics like the Old 10 Burger, Fuddy Duddy, and an extensive selection of wings with multiple sauces and rubs, the bar also offers a variety of craft beers and cocktails.

Check Them Out!

old10.com
4100 N Washington St,
Bismarck, ND 58503

Rye & Rust

Launched: August 2023

Over the past year, Rye and Rust has carved a unique niche in Mandan by merging contemporary fashion with local flair. Having a storefront in Williston prior to Bismarck, the experienced boutique offers a diverse range of products from stylish apparel to custom-made accessories, and unique home decor. Their ability to personalize items to tailor them to customers appeals particularly to those who value individuality and local pride; something the R&R team pride themselves in.

Conveniently located in downtown Mandan, Rye and Rust not only caters to the style-conscious individual but also actively engages with the community through various local events, making it a hotspot for both shopping and socializing. Their approach to integrating fashion with custom personalization services has made them a standout addition to the local business landscape.

Products at Rye and Rust

Clothing: An eclectic mix from casual tees to formal wear.
Accessories: Belts, hats, and unique jewelry pieces.
Home: Rustic and modern decor items for every room.
Events: Local events showcasing custom designs and community involvement.

Unique Features of Rye and Rust

Custom Graphics Tees: Create personalized designs that cater to local tastes.
Trucker Hat Bar: A DIY space for customizing hats with patches and pins.

Check Them Out!

ryeandrust.com
1710 E Main St,
Mandan, ND 58504
Facebook | /RyeAndRust

X-Golf

Launched: June 2023

X-Golf Bismarck has quickly made its mark as a premier indoor golf destination since its arrival in Bismarck. The facility offers cutting-edge golf simulators that provide a realistic golfing experience. X-Golf also offers professional lessons by PGA-certified experts, which are supported by their advanced training technology.

Additionally, the facility is equipped to host a range of events—from casual get-togethers to corporate meetings—with its full-service bar and restaurant that serves a variety of drinks and shareable plates, creating a perfect blend of sports and leisure. In essence, X-Golf Bismarck offers a comprehensive golfing experience that caters to both the social and sportive aspects of golf, making it a unique addition to the local business and recreational sides of Bismarck.

X-Golf Offers

State-of-the-art indoor golf simulators, a variety of courses are available, professional practice facilities, lessons with PGA-certified experts, club rental available, events, and parties!

More To Know

X-Golf offers much more than just golf. Other things to check out while visiting include a full bar and restaurant with various dining options, facilities for corporate events, birthdays, and more. All ages are welcome.

Check Them Out!

playxgolf.com/locations/bismarck
1441 E LaSalle Dr,
Bismarck, ND 58503

The Jousting Lemur

Launched: June 15, 2023

The Jousting Lemur, a unique wine bar in Bismarck, was created by a couple inspired by their travels across the country. Opening its doors in June of 2023, this establishment distinguishes itself by offering self-serve wine stations and a full dinner menu, catering to the Bismarck-Mandan area’s unmet need for a dedicated wine venue. Growing from 7 employees to 15, what sets The Jousting Lemur apart is its weekly rotation of wines, allowing patrons to continuously explore a variety of tastes. Additionally, the co-owners expertise as a level 3 core sommelier enhances the bar’s offerings with expertly curated wine and food pairing events, making it a standout community locale.

Four “Highs”

  1. People come in and enjoy different wines.
  2. The atmosphere we created for the customers.
  3. Wine & food pairing events.
  4. Introducing a dinner menu & live music.

Four “Lows”

  1. Getting the name out there.
  2. Hours of operation.
  3. Proper staff numbers.
  4. Hosting events more effectively.

Future Plans

Short-Term: Continue to grow a customer base.
Long-Term: One day, to build a new place with outdoor patio seating.

Advice for Others in Bismarck-Mandan

  • It’s a tough market so make sure you plan everything out as somehow things are missed.
  • Find a good location.
  • Expect the unexpected.
  • Leave room for expansion in your business.

In what ways does the Jousting Lemur engage with the local Bis-Man community?

“We like to support local fundraising events. We recently partnered with Dakota Stage to offer Wine & Beer for their shows and recently hosted a meet & greet for the cast of a play at our business.”

What has been the response from your customers since opening/expanding?

“New ideas for hosting events. My wife and I talked about some feedback and see how and if we can try and make it happen. Coming up is a new summer menu and live acoustic music festival featuring all local artists and bringing up a winemaker from a vinery to host a wine & food pairing event. We’re very grateful for all the support we have received since opening in the downtown area from the Bis-Man area community.”

Check Them Out!

thejoustinglemur.com
514 E Main Ave,
Bismarck, ND 58501

Bed N Biscuit Ranch 2

Launched: November 2018
Expanded: January 1, 2024

Bed N Biscuit Ranch, originally established north of town in November 2018, expanded its operations by opening a second location, Bed N Biscuit 2, on January 1, 2024, in the Bismarck-Mandan area. Motivated by significant waitlists and an opportunity to acquire Lunn’s Kennel Club that they couldn’t pass by, the expansion aimed to bring their operations into town. The business now employs 21 individuals across both locations, providing dog and cat boarding, daycare, go-home baths, and an exclusive underwater treadmill for pets with mobility needs or post-surgery recovery.

What’s unique to Bed N Biscuit Ranch 2?

Our underwater treadmill for dogs! We’ve seen amazing results; we’re so excited when we hear about dogs that couldn’t jump up on the furniture that are now playing and jumping into their owner’s lap at night.

Biggest Challenges and Solutions

  • Ensuring appropriate staffing and that everyone was trained. We hired the majority of our staff the month before opening and trained them at the north location so that the transition would be as painless as possible and they did an amazing job.
  • Installing the underwater treadmill for dogs. It required some significant remodeling right away but has been well worth the effort. Seeing the mobility improvements in the dogs that have used the treadmill along with the weight loss has been incredible. We knew it would be a useful training tool for dogs but even we are astounded by the improvements of the pups that have used it.

We’ve only had the new location open since January but we continue to grow each month. We have a great staff that loves the animals and is diligent in their care. We couldn’t be prouder to be offering the cleanest, safest, and most engaging boarding experience for the pups in our local community.

What local resources have been most helpful to your business?

We were selected by the Small Business Administration and Google to be featured as successful local businesses.

We were in the Google Economic Impact Report for 2023 and we are expecting a piece to come out on us with the Small Business Administration at the end of April. We used the Veteran’s Business Outreach Center’s Boots to Business to help us develop and start our north location, Bed N Biscuit Ranch, and we used the knowledge gained from that business to set up Bed N Biscuit 2.

How do you gather and utilize feedback from the Bis-Man community?

We use Facebook, Instagram, and Google Analytics to see what is being said about us, how many people are searching for us and then connecting to our services, and how often we are recommended in different forums. It is always a great feeling to see your company being highly recommended when new people to the community ask where to board their furry family members.

Advice for others in Bismarck-Mandan

  1. Make sure there is a need.
  2. Be the best at what you do and let everyone know that you are the best.
  3. Be prepared to fund the whole thing from the get-go. Money is hard to secure until you have proof of concept and it is even harder to get more once you are up and running.
  4. Have a plan for finding downtime.
  5. If at all possible, find a business partner who doesn’t think like you but is open to discussing/arguing about business decisions and is comfortable coming to a compromise.

Check Them Out!

bednbiscuit2.com
1522 Continental Ave,
Bismarck, ND 58504

Rose James & Company

Launched Storefront: December 2023

Rose James & Company has quickly made a name for itself in Mandan. Founded by a creative entrepreneur, the business stands out with its personalized service, including in-house designed graphic tees and a variety of customizable products such as glass cups and candles. What sets Rose James & Company apart is its commitment to community and local artisans, offering products made by women and Indigenous creators, which resonates with the customers’ values. The shop’s focus on high-quality, unique items and community involvement has led to its growing popularity among locals.

Initially an online venture, Rose James & Co. expanded to a physical storefront in Mandan, becoming a hub for local and Indigenous artisans. The store prides itself on a selection that supports women and locally owned businesses, offering a variety of unique, hand-crafted products. Besides retail, the shop hosts events that engage the community and foster connections among residents.

Rose James & Company Offers

Rose James & Company offers products such as Custom Apparel, Home Goods, Graphic Tees, Customizable Glass Cups, Candles & Wax Melts, and Unique Gift Items.

Check Them Out!

rosejamesco.com
108 1st Ave NW,
Mandan, ND 58554

SIPS

Launched: November 1, 2023

In March 2023, Sips proudly opened its doors for the first time in the busy Dakota Square Mall parking lot in Minot, launching a 160 sq. ft. shed that doubled as the start of her journey with Sips.

Just six months after opening their first location, the team opened their second Sips location in Bismarck. When deciding which business to grow, it was tough to choose. Although the location in Minot was dear to their hearts, its overhead costs limited expansion opportunities. With a firm decision, they closed and focused on taking Sips to greater heights in Bismarck.

The doors to the Bismarck Sips swung open on November 1, 2023. They secured a prime spot for the new Sips in the Family Fare parking lot on Turnpike Ave, right in the heart of Bismarck’s west side. This location is strategically close to landmarks like Bismarck State College, Texas Roadhouse, and the YMCA.

The team is fully committed to the success of Sips in Bismarck, ready to go the extra mile to make a lasting impact in Bismarck!

Check Them Out!

sweetsandsipsnd.com
1190 W Turnpike Ave,
Bismarck, ND 58501

Gental Paws Critter Care

Launched: April 8, 2024

Gentle Paws Critter Care is a pet-sitting and dog-walking service that was initially launched on April 8, 2024. The founder, Mariah Konchan’s, journey into the pet care industry began through a mobile app for side gigs such as dog-walking, initially as a means to earn some extra income. Over time, Konchan realized a deep passion for pet care, stating that she equally loved the work and the pets, as it felt fulfilling to her.

“I started out taking care of pets and walking dogs through a gig app,” Konchan said. “I loved the work, I loved the pets, it felt fulfilling, and my clients and I felt that I did a good job. I realized that the gig app was holding me back in terms of who I could provide service to, because it only advertised services for cats and dogs, although I have plenty of experience caring for rodents, and some experience caring for reptiles and birds, even.”

The business stands out by offering specialized care for all of these unique animals, including rodents, reptiles, and birds. Services include pet-sitting, dog walking, and limited house sitting, with a commitment to flexibility to meet client needs, a positive shift made after community feedback.

How do you gather feedback?

I intend to implement a “reviews” function on my website, which will allow people who have used my pet sitting or dog walking services to leave a review about how I did and allow other potential customers to consider these reviews and decide if they would also like to use my services.

Three ” Highs”

  1. Deciding to become independent and start the business was a very happy moment. I knew that this was something I’d want to do long-term.
  2. Even before I started my business, I decided to start doing pet sitting as my sole source of income. Before that, I thought I should be doing pet care around another job, or around being a student. The day that I realized I could do pet care only was very relieving.
  3. What is a bigger success than becoming friends with dozens of pets?

Three “Lows”

  1. In building my website, which is still a work in progress, I was having trouble with how I would integrate a Client Relations Management method. I knew that whatever I did would have limited functionality compared to what the gig app had. Then, I stumbled across CRM software for independent pet sitters—who knew that was a thing? It was perfect!
  2. One of the biggest lows was the 20% cut that the gig app took out of the rates I set. I could have set my rates higher to counteract that, but that would have been a disservice to my clients. Becoming independent and ceasing the use of the gig app was the best way to increase my earnings without increasing the price to my clients.
  3. I’ve struggled with knowing what I wanted to do with my life ever since expecting that I needed to go to college to do anything worthwhile. Even at the beginning of my pet-sitting career, I didn’t think it would be anything permanent. However, just sticking to it and realizing how much I loved it was enough to push me in the direction of making this a long-term career.

Check Them Out!

gentlepawscc.com
719-649-2470

Apricot Lane

Launched (with new location and ownership): March 2024

Apricot Lane Boutique in Bismarck has quickly become a local favorite within the past year, standing out as a unique destination for trendy and affordable women’s fashion. As a franchise of a well-known boutique brand, Apricot Lane brings exclusive styles that are frequently updated to keep up with the latest of today’s trends.

Apricot Lane supports the community by providing unique fashion choices and employees ready to help you with your shopping experience. From chic dresses and accessories to essential casual wear, Apricot Lane Bismarck offers a diverse range of products that cater to various styles and occasions, making it a one-stop shopping spot for many in Bismarck!

Apricot Lane Offers

Women’s Fashion, Jewelry, Handbags, Footwear, and Gift Items.

Apricot Lane’s Appeal

Apricot Lane prides itself on their trendy and affordable apparel while being locally owned.

Check Them Out!

apricotlaneboutique.com/store/bismarck
4228 Boulder Ridge Rd Ste 4,
Bismarck, ND 58503

Amplified Athletics

Launched: January 2024

Amplified Athletics burst onto the scene in January 2024, founded by three mutual friends (and now co-owners) who shared a deep passion for health and fitness. “We came together with an idea and wanted to make it a reality away from the generic cooperate fitness world,” they said. “We recognized the need to help the community in all aspects of fitness and proper nutrition and wanted to help our community have the health and fitness connections to reach their athletic and/or personal goals.”

Amplified Athletics offers a variety of services including personal training, small/large group and team training, nutrition counseling, meal planning and prepping, and 1st Phorm nutrition supplements. “We offer the most well-rounded fitness and nutrition services for athletes and the general population,” they said.

A Q&A with Amplified Athletics

Q: Have you made any operation adjustments after opening that were influenced by “trial and error”?

A: Payment processing and marketing. We recommend trying out a few different options to find what works best for your operations.

Q: How do you gather and utilize feedback from the Bis-Man community?

 A: Polls on social media—polls help us determine future services and events in the community. 

Q: Do you plan any upcoming expansions or introductions of new products/services?

A: We’re in the process of developing new programs, such as the ‘Cancer Survivorship Program’ and Health Coaching, along with adding additional sports-specific camps.

Q: Are there local organizations or events you partner with or participate in?

 A: Yes, a few include 701 Run Club, Dakota Children’s Advocacy Center, and Fit4Victory.

Five “Highs”

  1. Opening a physical location.
  2. Grand opening.
  3. Great clients.
  4. Great business partners.
  5. Great community support and networks.

Five “Lows”

  1. Finding a space that works for what we wanted to do.
  2. Equipment setbacks/backorders.
  3. Limited parking.
  4. The slow start of business.
  5. Having to work a secondary job along with starting a new business.

Advice for others in Bismarck-Mandan

Four pieces of advice you would give to someone looking to start a business in our community.

  1. Stay consistent with your goals.
  2. Have a passion for what you want to do.
  3. Don’t get discouraged.
  4. Be ready to get out of your comfort zone and continue learning new things within the industry.

Check Them Out!

Facebook | /AmplifiedAthleticsND
3950 21st SE, Ste 713,
Mandan, ND 58554

Aviators Bar

Launched: April 12, 2024

Aviators Bar in Mandan has quickly become a destination spot since its recent opening in the middle of April, drawing attention with its unique aviation-themed decor and ambiance. The sports bar offers an impressive selection of 20 tap beers, including a variety of microbrews and food.

The choice of an aviation theme hits home with both locals and visitors, providing a distinct, immersive experience. This theme is carried throughout the bar with decor that emphasizes aviation, making it a venue to experience. The bar’s commitment to creating a thematic experience extends to the details, making it a talking point in town.

These elements combine to make Aviators Bar a successful new addition to Mandan’s social scene, proving that a well-executed theme and thoughtful beverage selections can quickly make a new establishment a must-visit location in Mandan.

Did You Know?

Aviators Bar offers “monthly flight plans” similar to daily specials! This month (May), they’re “Flying” to Minnesota, so their special beers are Minnesota-brewed.

Check Them Out!

701- 751-0536
202 W Main St,
Mandan, ND 58554

Twisted Minds Oddities Curiosities and More LLC

Launched: December 31, 2023

A Q&A with Twisted Minds

Q: What motivated you to start in Bismarck?

A: We were motivated to offer something different to the Bismarck-Mandan area for a change. We’ve always been interested in unique and one-of-a-kind items, as well as the hunt for those. We went to a few of these in other states and thought it would be good in this community. This is a small family-owned business that is run currently by myself, my wife, and my daughters.

Q: Have you made any adjustments that were influenced by “trial and error”?

A: We started offering a bigger selection of vintage clothing but it hasn’t been received that well as of yet, so we have started to narrow our vintage clothing inventory down.

Q: How do you gather and utilize feedback from the Bis-Man community?

A: Facebook, and communicating with every customer that comes to our store what they like about it, and if they would like to see anything specific in our store, please let us know!

Five “Highs”

  1. How the community has welcomed our store.
  2. Finding those extreme one-of-a-kind items.
  3. Having the news at our grand opening.
  4. Had a great turnout at our grand opening.
  5. Finding more people in our community who want to participate in bringing merchandise in.

Five “Lows”

  1. Keeping up with inventory.
  2. Finding that wow factor/ found more wholesale companies.
  3. Slow month(s).
  4. Finding time to create inventory.
  5. Figuring out hours of business.

Community “Asks”

Please spread the word around that we’re in need of more local inventory, and that we’re here!

Advice for others in Bismarck-Mandan

  • Do your research, learn the market, and ask around.
  • Some months will not always go as planned.
  • Expect the best but prepare for the worst.

Fun Facts

Twisted Minds Oddities, Curiosities, and More is the only stand-alone oddities and curiosities store in North Dakota, at the time of writing.

Twisted Minds Oddities, Curiosities, and More provides Tarot readings every weekend.

Twisted Minds Oddities, Curiosities, and More currently partners with various local artists in the Bismarck-Mandan community who assist in the creation and providing some of their merchandise.

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Facebook | Search ‘Twisted Minds Oddities, Curiosities, and More’
1519 E Broadway Ave, Ste A,
Bismarck, ND, 58501

Sapphire Gallery & Custom Framing

Launched In Bismarck: March 1, 2024

Sapphire Gallery & Custom Framing, owned by Jill Edinger, opened in March upon relocation from Bismarck. The gallery began as a venue to spotlight local artists, and over time, has expanded to include custom framing services, driven by Jill’s commitment to growth.

“I opened Sapphire Gallery in Jamestown as a small fine art gallery to showcase North Dakota artists,” Jill said. “The opportunity arose to add custom framing services and I took advantage and have grown a faithful customer base that has followed me as my business has moved.”

Today, Sapphire Gallery offers a range of services including custom framing, glass and mat cutting, passport photos, and the sale of artwork. Additionally, Jill assists her customers in creating personalized canvases, acrylic, and metal prints, among other items.

As the sole operator, Jill continues to embrace the art of custom framing. “Although the former owner of the frame shop trained me in the art of custom framing during my first year in business, I am still learning and growing,” Edinger said.

About the Owner

Jill Edinger first launched Sapphire Gallery & Custom Framing in Jamestown in the spring of 2020. A move to Bismarck brought Edinger to the Capitol City in March 2024. In her spare time, Edinger enjoys photography, selling her photos at Pride of Dakota shows, the Bismarck Street Fair, and more. Furthermore, she’s a supporting member of the Bismarck Downtown Artist Cooperative.

A Q&A with Jill Edinger

Q: In what ways does your business engage with the local Bis-Man community?

A: I have had the opportunity to meet with business reps to help create decor for their office spaces. Having lived in Bismarck for a few short months, I look forward to getting connected with members of the community and other small business owners!

Q: Have you made any adjustments after opening that were influenced by community feedback?

A: Adding customer framing was a good decision that helped diversify my business.

Q: What are your plans for Sapphire Gallery & Custom Framing in the future?

A: I would like to move into a storefront location and expand to again promote North Dakota artists, as well as have space for classes.

Advice for others in Bismarck-Mandan

  • Create a business plan with as much detail and information as you can, and use it as you build your business!
  • Consult with as many people as you can who are in the business you want to be in. Learn from them.
  • Don’t reinvent the wheel that has already been invented.

"While there have been many challenges, I have reminded myself of my 'Why' and can keep moving forward, one step at a time. Despite these challenges, I didn't let go of my 'Why' and spent time looking for a space to rent and move into. While it may not be a traditional storefront, it's sufficient and allows me the space for my equipment."

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sapphirecustomframing.com
813 S 18th St,
Bismarck, ND 58504

Atomic Sealing

Launched: April 17, 2024

Atomic Sealing, a business launched in April 2024 by experienced tradesperson Adam Hewson, specializes in fluid-applied foundation waterproofing and elastomeric or siliconized roof coatings. The founder’s journey into entrepreneurship began while working for an insulation company between 2013 and 2019, where he first encountered waterproofing applications.

This experience sparked a recurring thought about independent operations, especially for mobile home roof sealing—a market with significant demand in the Bismarck-Mandan area, known for its high concentration of such homes. “Through asking around, I realized that I could potentially help a lot of people,” Hewson said. “I’m an independent owner and operator, and for now, I’m just excited to see how things go if there is potential for growth and expansion in the future I’d be more than happy.”

Three “Lows”

  1. Going through all the application processes and acquiring proper insurance.
  2. Advertising with no budget.
  3. Learning as I go, how to do estimates and other business-related aspects of my new position as a company owner. I am just staying positive and handling obstacles one at a time as they arise.

Three “Highs”

  1. Making the decision to form a company.
  2. Deciding and acquiring a trade name.
  3. Completing all the steps required and receiving my new spray equipment.

A Q&A with Atomic Sealing

Q: What local resources have been most helpful to you?

A: Facebook has been somewhat helpful in advertising. Several gas stations have also been kind enough to let me leave small stacks of business cards on their counters. I believe some word-of-mouth advertising has already been taking as well and I’ve received a decent amount of positive feedback from people in general.

Q: What are your future plans?

A: My short-term plan is to get the word out that my services are available and do my best to provide them at the highest quality I can. My long-term plan is to continue to do so for as long as I can and hopefully be able to expand into a larger company and take on bigger projects.

Advice for others in Bismarck-Mandan

  • Decide what type of service you want to provide and get established, find your clients, and do your best to serve them well.
  • I’ve learned that I have more support than I expected, taking scary steps is very rewarding, and it’s not as hard as I assumed to begin this journey.

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Facebook | Search ‘Atomic Sealing
701-989-9948

Cafe Noko

Launched: May 15, 2023

Cafe Noko, located within St. Alexius Hospital but welcoming to the public, was launched on May 15, 2023, by owner Brian Steckler. Starting with a team of 6, Cafe Noko has already grown to employ 13 dedicated staff members.

The café offers a hearty range of meals throughout the day, starting with breakfast favorites like the “Gochu Bagel,” homemade quiches, and caramel rolls, acclaimed as some of their best. Lunch and dinner features an assortment of sandwiches, fresh salads with in-house dressings, and flatbread pizzas, along with daily specials and homemade soups.

Unique to Cafe Noko are its gourmet coffees and signature drinks, crafted from a local roaster’s blend that was chosen through a blind taste test. “The blend we use won by a landslide and you can taste the difference in every cup,” Brian said.

A Q&A with Cafe Noko

Q: What has been Cafe Noko’s greatest challenge since opening?

A: The biggest challenge that we faced this year was staffing. This seems to be a shared challenge for most of the restaurant industry. We had the challenges of opening a new business; learning all of the nuances of the ebb and flow of customer traffic, getting used to an entirely new menu, and getting trained as a barista took some time. Now that we’ve been at this for nearly a year, we are fully staffed and we are hitting our stride. The team is consistent, competent, and reliable day in and day out.

Q: In what ways does your business engage with the local Bis-Man community?

A: We have been a part of some fundraisers and donation events. We contributed to the ‘Night with the Stars’ event last year and plan to do the same this year. We also contributed to the upcoming “Brave the Shave” event and will be even more involved in local events this year.

Q: What has been the response from your customers since opening/expanding? How do you gather and utilize feedback from the Bis-Man community?

A: The response from the customers has been tremendous and we feel the support every day. The Point-of-Sale system that we use allows our customers to write a review based on their experience. We make it a point to read every review and respond to our customers when appropriate. The reviews have been excellent. We also check our Google reviews frequently to ensure that we are providing the best quality and experience possible.

Q: What have you learned since opening that you wish you knew before you began?

A: I wish I had known more about time commitment. I’ve heard stories about being “married to the business” and spending all of your time there. I certainly underestimated those stories, or at least at first, I did. Managing the café at the airport was certainly time-consuming, but owning a business is completely different. I was no stranger to 20+ hour days when we first opened, so I was extremely tired and worn out. Balancing work and family life was incredibly difficult. Now that we are settled in and have seemingly hit our stride, the work days have shrunk to about 13 hours. A vast improvement from the first few months. Who knows, maybe there will be some “days off” soon!

Advice for others in Bismarck-Mandan

  • Lean on your community resources. Contact the Secretary of State’s Office if you have any questions during the formation of your business. They are quite helpful. If it seems like you are stretching yourself thin and need help with your bookkeeping, hire a professional accountant to keep the business organized and compliant.
  • Empower your employees. Allow your employees to take a hands-on approach and think creatively on their own. Once you have them trained, trust them to take the reins. One person can’t do it all; you’ll wear yourself out if you try.

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Facebook | Search ‘Cafe Noko’
310 N 10th St,
Bismarck, ND 58503

Carranza Immigration Law, LLC

Launched: May 15, 2023

Carranza Immigration Law, PLLC is a high-quality law firm dedicated to United States immigration and nationality law. Located in Bismarck and founded by attorney Megan Carranza, Carranza Immigration Law can handle United States immigration and nationality matters for people located in any part of the country or world through either in-person or video conference consultations.

After starting her career as a paralegal in 2005, Carranza launched her firm in 2023 to provide top-notch immigration services in central North Dakota. Megan’s background, which includes extensive studies abroad and a deep educational focus on Spanish and Latino/Latin American Studies, develops her practice and allows her to connect with a diverse client base.

The firm handles a wide array of immigration-related legal matters, including naturalization, family petitions, student visas, and adjustments of status, among others. In need of any of these services? Reach out to Megan Carranza to learn more.

Carranza Immigration Law, PLLC Services

Carranza Immigration Law, PLLC exclusively practices United States immigration and nationality law. “We provide high-quality legal services while helping clients understand each step toward achieving their goals.” – Megan Carranza

  • Adjustment of Status (Green Card)
  • Appeals
  • Change of Status
  • Citizenship
  • Consular Processing
  • Cuban Adjustment Act
  • Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
  • Employment Authorization
  • Document (Work Card)
  • Family Petitions for Spouses, Children, Parents, & Siblings
  • Fiancé Visas
  • Humanitarian Parole and Reparole
  • I-9 ICE Audits and E-Verify 
  • NACARA
  • Naturalization
  • Notices of Intent to Deny or Revoke
  • Refugee and Asylee Adjustment of Status
  • Refugee Petitions
  • Removal of Conditions on Permanent Residency
  • Requests for Evidence
  • Special Immigrant Juvenile Status
  • Student Visas
  • Temporary Protected Status (TPS)
  • TN Visas
  • U Visas and T Visas for Victims of Trafficking & Serious Crimes
  • Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)
  • Waivers

Kids in Motion Pediatric Therapy & Wellness

Launched: July 1, 2019
Expanded: April 1, 2024

Celebrating its recent opening, Kids In Motion Pediatric Therapy & Wellness has quickly distinguished itself in our community through its all-in approach to pediatric wellness, incorporating both traditional and innovative therapies to meet our youth’s needs.

At Kids In Motion, each child’s therapy plan is tailored to them, integrating elements such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy, alongside newer methodologies like sensory integration and neurodevelopmental treatments wherever needed. This multi-disciplinary approach addresses the children’s immediate developmental challenges and develops a holistic growth environment to nurture their long-term well-being.

What sets Kids In Motion apart is its commitment to family-centered care. The facility ensures that family members are actively involved in the therapy process, providing them with the resources and support needed to reinforce therapeutic activities at home. Kids In Motion promotes a brighter future for all its young residents through these methods and many more.

Therapy Services

Kids In Motion offers therapy services in the form of Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Speech Language Therapy.

Programs & Speciality Services

Kids In Motion also offers programs & specialty services such as a Free Screening Program, Total Motion Release (TMR), Cage Therapy (Universal Exercise Unit), Augmentative & Alternative Communication, Bowel & Bladder Program, Certified Lactation Consulting, Sensory Feed Approach (SOS), Therapeutic Listening, Reflex Integration, Aquatic Therapy, Respiratory Function Program, and Vibration Plate Therapy.

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mandankids.com
1810 E Main St,
Mandan, ND 58554

La Michoacana Mexican Snack

Launched: October 2023

La Michoacana Mexican Snack brings a refreshing take on authentic Mexican treats to Bismarck, like paletas (frozen fruit pops), bolis (ice sticks), and a variety of specialty ice creams. La Michoacana prides itself on using natural ingredients, with a menu that includes a range of flavors from traditional Arroz con Leche to inventive creations like Mangonada cups, which blend both sweet and spicy. This focus on genuine Mexican flavors aims to deliver a slice of Mexico right in North Bismarck, appealing to both those familiar with the cuisine and curious newcomers.

Each item is crafted to offer a taste experience that resonates with family traditions and the warmth of community-wide enjoyment, under the slogan “Pasar La Paleta” — sharing the experience of enjoying a paleta.

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Facebook | Search ‘La Michoacana Mexican Snack’
820 43rd Ave NE, Ste 100,
Bismarck, ND 58503

Fringe Hair & Co

Dana Miller, the passionate owner and stylist behind Fringe Hair & Co, brings an educational background from The Salon Professional Academy in Onalaska, WI. Since 2009, Dana has pursued mastering the art of hair extensions, with her expertise now being brought to Bismarck. From 2016 to 2023, Miller operated a brick-and-mortar location in Tulsa, OK, where Fringe Hair & Co. quickly made a name for itself among beauty enthusiasts.

Despite having sold her brick-and-mortar location in Tulsa, Miller continues to travel to Wisconsin and Oklahoma for ongoing work. Now officially settled in Bismarck, Miller is currently booth renting in the community as she stabilizes herself in the new community and searches for a storefront in the coming months.

With a focus on the latest hair extension techniques, Miller uniquely specializes in heatless and glue-less installation methods, which ensure less damage and more glamour for your hair. Additionally, she provides other modern hair services like vegan color treatments and blowout styling, all tailored to the guest. Through Miller’s Fringe Hair & Co., you can explore a variety of semi-permanent extensions such as I-tips and Beaded Wefts, along with ready-to-wear options like Halos, Clip-ins, and Toppers. This range ensures that everyone can find the perfect fit for their hair and lifestyle needs.

Dana’s personal touch and commitment to quality have built a loyal client base and given her a solid footing in Bismarck’s beauty industry. She doesn’t just focus on making you look good; she ensures you feel great too, making Fringe Hair & Co. a standout addition to Bismarck.

Fringe Hair & Co’s Services

Fringe Hair & Co offer several services ranging from hair extensions, conscious coloring, and blowouts.

Hair Extension Shadow Days

Are you interested in becoming a hair extension specialist? Fringe Hair & Co. not only has a passion to continuously educate themselves but also to teach others. They are now offering one-on-one hands-on shadow days, including I-tip and Beaded Weft Shadow Days! Head to their website to learn more.

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fringehairandco.com
Facebook | /fringehairandco

These 24 businesses, ranging from family-owned cafes to expansive entertainment centers, are not just new storefronts—they’re seeds that help Bismarck-Mandan blossom year after year. I extend my heartfelt thanks to the entrepreneurs and teams behind each venture for their commitment and vision.

To our readers, I encourage you to explore these new establishments, support local ventures, and continue to partake in the vibrant community life that makes Bismarck-Mandan such a great place to live, work, and play together!

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