Fun center planned next to Fuji in Grand Forks An arcade, laser tag and mini-golf business is planned for the space between Fuji Japanese Steakhouse and Planet Fitness on South Washington Street. Zar’s Fun Center will occupy the 7,800 square-foot space, which is the former site of Leevers grocery store at 715 S. Washington St. Jamey Summers, who opened the Ju Ju Sweets at 1911 S. Washington St. last year with her sister Tracy, is helping open Zar’s.
It began a few years ago when Lisa Johnson and her son Dalton Lilley, 21, noticed a couple picnic tables online. They picked them up, added a new coat of paint, refurbished them and sold them at a garage sale. Then they realized they made a pretty good team. “We just kept buying pieces and it kind of took off,” Johnson said. They started selling their work at flea markets and had a booth at Gerties on South Washington Street. Now, the two are bringing Living Sage Home Boutique to downtown Grand Forks.
A store selling electronic cigarettes opened in Grand Forks last week, as a federal agency works on regulating the product and a debate over its safety swirls. But a co-owner of Vapor Stars, which is located in the same building as University Laundromat at 816 University Avenue, said he sees the business as providing a path toward quitting a more dangerous product: traditional cigarettes. “We have a lot of friends of family who are into cigarettes or chewing tobacco,” said Zac Bernier, who co-owns the shop with his older brother Derick.