CNC Clothing Gallery:
Over a cup of coffee at The Brew in 2014, Josh and Amanda (Galster) Hardin, started discussing what they thought was missing in Dickinson, and thinking ahead to what they could bring to the community that everyone would enjoy. The short answer, was an art gallery filled with art curated from local North Dakota artists. The long one, turned out to be art and shopping gallery that focuses fulfilling its mission of “Giving Back”.
“We have both lived in large cities and traveled extensively, and we wanted to bring that into our store, so Dickinson could see something that hasn’t been done before in Dickinson.”
Every year the couple adds to the inventory, and in 2017 they took a big leap and added Men’s and Women’s clothing but focused specifically on brands that “gave back” and were eco-friendly. This gave Downtown Dickinson it’s first shopping destination for men’s clothing. The brands they brought in included TenTree (now one of the most popular brands sold in the store) which plants ten trees for every item purchased, Soulflower that gives back through eco-friendly initiatives, and Sevenly which is a big proponent of ending human trafficking. It doesn’t end with clothing, the PuraVida bracelets that you will find on the shelves help to keep our oceans and beaches clean, the Panda brand sunglasses and watches help children receive education and eye exams. Locally, the store provides paint and scaffolding for the continuation of Art Ave and continues to support the organization through the store.
“We are so passionate about these brands and how they give back. We love helping our community and put lots of love and energy into it. We love being a part of Downtown Dickinson.”
In addition to selling these curated items instore, you can also purchase online: cncgallery.com
During the “boom” Cami Havelka, then an HR Director, found herself trying to help new employees and their families find places to live, shop, eat, and assemble their new lives in Dickinson. Making a career change, Cami looked towards the fashion industry.
What started as making a space for women to get together for coffee, cookies, and a little shopping, transformed itself into a store front in the Prairie Hills Mall. Six years later, Cami Havelka, is taking Lillian’s back to where it started, and opening a small showroom in Dickinson so that she can take the clothing collections out into the community and the smaller towns throughout the State.
“We live by the saying “Dress the Body You Have” right now. Don’t wait until you lose ten pounds to buy a new blouse, celebrate the body that you are in.”
Lillian’s offers a selection of clothing for women of all ages, but focuses on more modest, classic selections that fit all bodies and ages. They will start “popping up” in communities throughout the State this month. Shop Online: LilliansBoutique.com
Downtown Dickinson Association: Task Force sets Town Square forums in motion
Left to right, are Kris Fehr of AK Investments, City of Dickinson Administrator Shawn Kessel, Zach Mathern and Craig Ruhland of JLG Architects, Downtown Dickinson Association Board President Kristi Schwartz, Stark Development Corporation Executive Vice President Ryan Jilek, Dickinson State University President Dr. Tom Mitzel, Brickhouse Grille Co-owner Mike Riesinger and Downtown Dickinson Association Executive Director Jennifer Strange.
For several years, the City of Dickinson and various stakeholders have been working toward the best way to develop the Town Square, with the goal of increasing the livability, walk-ability and activities in the downtown area.
The Downtown Dickinson Task Force met on February 21st with representatives from JLG Architects to learn more about the firm's design plans for Dickinson's evolving Town Square, which sits on the corner of Sims and Villard Street. After that meeting, the first Town Square Public Forum was held on March 27th at the Dickinson Area Public Library. JLG Architects led a presentation on the plans thus far and the current status of the Town Square development plans. Members of the public were invited and encouraged to visit four interactive stations to share their visions, ideas, and questions about the evolving project.
Leadership of the project is now shared between the City of Dickinson and the Downtown Dickinson Association, allowing for the local government and local stakeholders to share in the vision of the project.
"There is nothing more important when it comes to this Town Square than gathering information from the public," said DDA Executive Director Jennifer Strange. "This is the people's project and every voice matters. Every voice counts. We truly want to hear how folks wish to use and develop this wonderful piece of community property."
A second Public Forum will be scheduled and advertised. At that time, results from the first forum will be shared and a Town Square design will be revealed. For more information on the project, contact the Downtown Dickinson Association at 701.483.6949 or firstname.lastname@example.org.