• Allison Grippe

Let's Shop Fargo!

Updated: Nov 30, 2020

Let’s Shop Fargo! It’s no secret that the COVID-19 related closures and restrictions have impacted Fargo’s small businesses. With the holiday season now in full swing, it’s more important than ever to keep our small businesses top of mind when tackling our shopping-lists. Buying local is more than just a hippie mantra or a 2020 fad on social media, it’s a movement that will keep our communities' character alive.

I recently asked a handful of local women where they were shopping and why. Using their suggestions and positive testimonials, I put together a powerful list of small businesses that you can support this year.

Majority of the businesses are open and/or have online shops. Next to each business you will find an Instagram handle where you can learn more about that business or link to their shop. (P.S. Make sure to give them a follow. It's an overlooked, but amazing way to support your favorite business.)

Whether you’re shopping from the comfort of your home or going out on Small Business Saturday, keep spreading the word on the importance of shopping local!

Stores For Men

Grain Designs: Known for their custom signs, Grain Designs is a great place to find reclaimed wood furniture that will look great in just about every man cave or room. Check out their Fargo Bison designed by Kayla Cote at Cote Creative. @graindesigns

Drekker: Is your man a Viking? Treat him to some epic merch. or pick-up a 4 pack of his favorite local brew. @drekkerbrewing

Halberstadts: Dress you man for success! Halberstadts has two locations, downtown and in the West Acres mall. @halberstadtsnd @halberstadtsonbroadway

Stores For Women

Kittsona: From cocktail mixes to sweaters, Kittsona located Downtown Fargo, will have everything you need for the lady in your life. @kittsona

Willow District: Willow District is my favorite boutique in West Fargo. They carry crystals and jewelry, all the way to Chloe Szep blue light glasses. @willow.district

Navy Oaks Boutique: Navy Oaks is a hidden gem. They may not have a brick and mortar store, but their online shop is organized and full of fashionable products. And you can score 15% off your first order! @navyoaksboutique

Proper Shops: Located across from The Fargo Theater, Proper Shops is a modern boutique filled with feminine clothing products and gifts. @proper.shops

Wine Lovers

Bear Creek Winery: Maija Peldo says it all in her testimonial. Bear Creek Winery is something special for the wine connoisseur on your list. @bearcreeknd

Wild Terra: Did someone say Cider? Grab a 4-pack of Wild Terra’s new Party Wave that tastes like key-lime pie. Fun Fact: the can design was created by Edwin Degges, a friend and local graphic artist from Fargo. @wildterracider

Bernies: Stock up on your holiday liquor at Bernies in Fargo. A town favorite! @berniesfargo

Fitness Friends

Fly Fitness: Check out FLY’s fitness focused boutique. It's filled with clothing from LuluLemon, Onzie, and DYI. Right now you can score 25% off all their LuluLemon! @fargofeelsfly

Beyond Running: Patagonia, Smartwool, Saucony, Oh My! Beyond Running of Fargo has everything to stay cozy and/or active this year. They even have free local delivery! @beyondrunning

Power Plate Meals: We all have to eat! Give the gift of a Power Plate Meal gift card! Perfect for that friend that is always on-the-go. @powerplatemeals

Buff Bites: Traveling for the holiday? Buff Bites make the best on-the-go snack. These locally created and packaged plant based protein balls are sold all over the FM area including Third Drop Coffee, FLY, and Swansons. @eatlivebebuff

Coffee Cravers

Thunder Coffee: Thunder Coffee is a small business that also remains active in the community. If you forgot to buy a cup of coffee at the Red River Market, now’s your time to stop in for a treat or leave with some freshly packaged beans.

Third Drop Coffee: Third Drop Coffee has a wide variety of products to gift that coffee lover on your list. From festive candles, mugs, and fresh biscotti you can’t leave without feeling more alive. @thirddropcoffee

Local Artists

Cards by Maija Peldo: Maija Peldo is an artist in the FM area that specializes in custom cards. Her designs are fun, spunky, bright and most of them will make you laugh. Don’t miss her 5 for $25 deal. @maijapeldo

Meghan Stinar Crafts: Meghan Stinar’s earrings are all the rage. Her newly restocked Mariah earrings, which look like holiday wreaths, will sell out fast. You can check out more of her designs on her Etsy page linked in her Instagram bio.@meghan.stinar.crafts

The Plant Supply by Jackie and Jordan Maahs: For the plant moms. Head to Etsy to find the perfect plants plus all the instructions you need to keep them alive.

Shirts From Fargo: Represent your city with a newly printed shirt, mask, or tumbler from Shirts From Fargo. Shop their new holiday selection on their website. @shirtsfromfargo

Spa Stuff

Belle Ame: We could all use a little more relaxation. Treat yourself or someone you love to a new skincare regime or facial this holiday. Right now you can score 15% off product. @belleameskinfargo

The Vanity Bar: The Vanity Bar is a new aesthetic med boutique in West Fargo. If you hurry, you can score some incredible Black Friday Sales on products, botox, and gift cards. @the_vanity_bar

Gift Shops

Zambroz: Known for their large selection of books, stationary, and art supplies, Zambroz is always full of variety. It’s been around for over 30 years and continues to evolve. Let’s keep them going!

Hand Picked Goods: Whether you’re shopping for gift tags, a new cactus, or BlaBla kids knit dolls for the baby in your life, Hand Picked Goods is the store for you. You never know what you may find! @handpickedgoods

Vintage Point: Vintage Point employees are wearing and selling their “Shop Local” tees. They are ready for you to shop their boutique filled with candy and other gift items made in North Dakota. This is a boutique that supports small in everything they sell and do. @vintagepoint_fargo

Bakers Garden & Gift: Decorate your home with seasonal birch poles and fresh greens. If you’re itching to use your green thumb take a trip to Baker’s located on University. @bakergardengift

Dash and White: Ready for a modern gift shopping experience? Head to Dash & White. They are one of the only retailers to sell Smeg appliances, and yes, the Boobie mug here in Fargo! @dashandwhite


Natural Pet Center: Don’t forget about the fur baby! Support Natural Pet Center this holiday season. They have a variety of local handmade toys, treats, and gift items in their shop. Amelia loves these toys filled with catnip! @naturalpetcenter_fargo


As you make your next purchase, ask yourself if you can find what you’re seeking at a locally owned establishment rather than at a major chain. Challenge others to do the same this year. Discover the F/M area today and make a difference where it really counts.

Here is a special thank you to the community from small business owner, Maggie at Belle Ame. You can learn more about her business by following @belleameskinfargo on Instagram.

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