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Pride of Dakota Products in Mandan

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March is Pride of Dakota Month.
The program is now the home to more than 500 members.
And one Mandan business is the home location to many of these homemade products.

"Dots pretzels they are always the best. They are one of my best sellers."
Sue Hoffman has a passion for local products. 
(Kelly Wald / ND Ag Department) "Pride of Dakota has just grown expedentially in the past few  years and one thing that we have really seen is a lot of retailer growth. A lot of stores are interested in carrying different locally made products because it attracts a lot of individuals into their store and even grocery stores are carrying a lot of products made right here in North Dakota."
Susie Q's Craft Emporium in Mandan is one of those retail outlets.
Local has been a focus Since they opened their doors.
"This is butternut wood, made by a gentleman here in town."
What started as a craft and antique store has grown into a Pride of Dakota outlet.
(Sue Hoffman / Owner) "We just need a little outlet here. Something where people can come in, have a cup of coffee, browse around and pick out some things." 
At first 15 vendors' items were on display.
That number has grown to more than 50, now showcasing hundreds of different items.
(Sue Hoffman / Owner) "I have one coming in again today and one on Wednesday. I am anxious to see what they are bringing us. This weekend we got new funky jams in. We had a taste testing on Saturday. Bunch of us sat around the table and said, yep this one is good. this one is good." 
Well this room is filled with a variety of products, Hoffman says food is still a favorite.
(Sue Hoffman / Owner) "Mostly our food products, people like to ship it to different places. At Christmas we shipped so many Pride of Dakota baskets off, it was great. Went to Louisiana, Florida, Alas aka, out to Maryland. It was wonderful."
A wonderful way to share the creativity that's brewing in North Dakota.

For a complete listing of North Dakota Pride of Dakota vendors visit prideofdakota dot nd dot gov.


 

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