AROUND TOWN: Simply Sweet Shop under new ownership
The Simply Sweet Shop in Grand Forks has a new owner and name. Beth Delgado acquired the business earlier this month and is changing its name to the Little Sweet Shop so the previous owner, Barbara Milhem-Field, can use the old name for a caterin...
The Simply Sweet Shop in Grand Forks has a new owner and name.
Beth Delgado acquired the business earlier this month and is changing its name to the Little Sweet Shop so the previous owner, Barbara Milhem-Field, can use the old name for a catering and cake decorating business. Delgado’s store sells sweets, coffee, tea, gifts, serves lunch and acts as a craft consignment shop.
The business is located in the building that houses the FM International Market and resembles a castle on 205 N. Washington St.
Delgado said the Little Sweet Shop hasn’t done a lot of marketing since it opened on Washington Street more than a year ago, making it a “little secret.”
“I’m definitely trying to get some exposure,” she said.
Delgado left her job at PS Doors to manage the shop last year and took over once the previous owner faced health problems.
“I just want people to know if they want somewhere quiet to enjoy lunch and be able to relax and have a cup of coffee, this is a good place for that,” she said.
Long-vacant space downtown turning into offices Property owners in downtown Grand Forks are turning a long-vacant space into offices.
The 2,500-square-foot space above Kittsona Creative Studio, 7 N. Third St., is slated to become offices, said Sarah Horak, the co-owner of several downtown bars whose in-laws own the second-floor space.
Horak said that apartment space hasn’t been used since the 1970s.
“There’s some major work to be done,” she said, adding that they hope to salvage some unique doors, fixtures and other pieces. No tenants have been confirmed, Horak said.
“It’ll be exciting to create some more usable space downtown,” she said.
Horak co-owns Brick and Barley, Level 10 and O’Really’s with her husband Nick, whose parents, Bill and Rosalie, own the Third Street property.
Sarah Horak, who’s helping with the second-floor project, said her involvement with the Downtown Development Association has helped her realize the potential for more downtown businesses.
“There’s always a need for office space in the downtown area, and I think it’ll be an asset to the area,” she said.
East Grand Forks hotel opening in June The Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott on Highway 2 in East Grand Forks is slated to open next month.
The 67-room hotel will have a 40-person meeting space, onsite coin laundry and LED TVs, according to an email written by the hotel’s general manager Luke Yoney.
The email, sent by the Greater Grand Forks Convention and Visitors Bureau, states the hotel is shooting for a June 8 opening.
Yoney said this week the hotel should appeal to business travelers and hockey fans, and he noted it’s not that far from the area’s higher education institutions.
Justin Hecht, president of the East Grand Forks Economic Development Authority, called the hotel a good “stepping stone” for other businesses in the area.
“I think it’s a good thing for the city,” he said.