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There was a goal of being open here at Sonic on 16th Street SW in Minot in time for the fair...and after a busy last few weeks, that goal will be met. Sonic is set to open its doors on Saturday morning. This location is the first in the state for the fast food company that is found more in the southern part of the US. It is a drive-in...you'll order from your car and car-hops will skate on out with your order. Of course, January and skates don't really jive...so there is an indoor portion at Sonic here. Reza Sakaki says there seems to be interest in the opening...and that helped in a hiring process that is competitive in the region.

(Reza Sakaki - RZA Ventures LLC) You know the excitement there is for this concept in the market helped us a lot in hiring people. That initially would have been a challenge however we got 85 people hired in a matter of two weeks.

Sonic is famous for selection...and with flavors galore...you'll find something you'd like...

(Reza Sakaki - RZA Ventures LLC) "We have about 400 thousand combinations of ice cream and specialty drinks that can be made to your liking.

They open Saturday...with an official grand opening planned for a few weeks from now.

In Rugby, The Brown Lantern is moving into year two on Highway Two on the west edge of town. The sign says it all...a unique shopping experience can be found here. Melissa Kraft says she's a bit surprised at the amount of traffic that they have seen over the first year. Good location, and a good selection of home decor items and so much more has helped that. Kraft owns the store with her mother...

(Missy Kraft - The Brown Lantern) My mom used to have a craft fair at her house in the fall and everyone used to say we should open a store. My dad owned the building so we decided to open the store.

With Business Beat, I'm Perry Olson.

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