North Dakota is one of the best places to start a business. That’s according to personal finance website WalletHub. And as Shelby Rose found out, many seem to agree.
Starting Tuesday, downtown Mandan will have a new store-front: the Curvy Flamingo. It’s a plus-sized clothing store carrying extra large to 3X.
“Really, the selection for plus-sized women in this town is kind of lacking, so I started about 2 years ago just trying to find some different options for me and friends,” said owner Becky Freidt.
Curvy Flamingo was an online store from 2016 up until now. Freidt attended vendor and trade shows, but the demand was so high the best option was to go brick and mortar.
She said, “It just kind of continued to grow and grow and grow. It’s like okay, just got bigger than I expected faster.”
She’s not alone. North Dakota leads the nation in industry variety, start-ups per capita, and most accessible financing. And of all the different sectors of business, the one that’s seeing the most growth in Bismarck-Mandan is retail.
“Office and industrial are probably the softest they’ve ever been in history. And retail is probably the steadiest sector, especially downtown retail,” said commercial realtor with Daniel Companies, Taylor Daniel
That’s not entirely unusual for the area. The community push to shop local has always been a priority throughout the state.
Daniel added, “You know, whenever there’s something cool like a new opportunity coming to town that we haven’t had before, people really get behind it and support it, which is always super cool to see.”
“A big part of why a lot of these boutiques are more successful is because they’re catering to what their customers want and not what nationwide, some retail buyer is thinking that they want,” said Freidt.
And although big retail corporations seem to be on the decline in North Dakota, small businesses continue to thrive.
Curvy Flamingo on 500 West main in Mandan will have it’s opening day tomorrow starting at 10 a.m.