Around Town -- April 26, 2013 - - Bismarck/Minot/Williston/Dickinson-KXNEWS,ND

Around Town -- April 26, 2013

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Custom designs come to Bismarck, and a new building -- delivering familiar services -- is nearly complete in Mandan.

Everybody needs a plow -- according to Blake Preszler.  The Co-Founder of specialty retailer, PLOW, says they're intentionally ambiguous about the brand.  "Really what it comes down to is, it's more of gesture to kind of think big -- really thinking about what it is to live in North Dakota and the Great Plains," says Preszler.

In terms of thinking big, they'd like you to plow their Facebook page.  "We have 2,000 people and we'd like to add to that, maybe the whole State of North Dakota.  We'd like to beat out Jack Dalrymple in terms of Facebook likes, so if you can help contribute to that."

When you stop by PLOW, you'll also be visiting A Creative Outlet, or ACO, because the two actually operate as a shop within a shop.  Owner and designer, Steph Smith, says ACO features unique and clever locally-made items.  "That's why I kind of call it an idea shop.  It's sharing of ideas, and maybe they have an idea that they would like to custom make a piece.  That's one of the things that I'm going to really focus on," says Steph Smith, Owner/Designer, ACO.

For now, ACO and PLOW will be open once a month to coincide with First Thursdays.  You can find both PLOW and ACO on Facebook.

  You've watched this building go up, but you may not know what's inside.  HIT started by providing services for the brain-injured, and now also serves those with developmental or economic disabilities.  "We've actually almost quadrupled in size in the last four years.  The Board of Directors took the leap of faith and said, 'let's build something just for us,'" says Mike Remboldt, CEO, HIT.

With 37 private restrooms, there's a guarantee of no lines for their clientele.  Another feature is state-of-the-art meeting rooms available to the community.  

Eventually, HIT anticipates oil affecting their services, just as it has other industries.  "As other families in the oil-impacted areas are just moving out to get away from the hustle and bustle, we think that will impact us, as well," says Remboldt.

If you'd like to see more, HIT is planning a ribbon cutting and open house this Summer.


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