Posts tagged #fargo

Local Business: Love Always

Local Business Spotlight: A look at Fargo’s small businesses and the people behind them.

Featuring: Love Always & Christy Tehven
By: Dane Johnson, Folkways Editorial Board

With flowers cut in the kitchen and stored in the fridge next to the butter, and used orange juice containers serving as watering cans, Christy Tehven’s first three months’ worth of floral arrangement orders were fulfilled from her own home.

Fortunately for her, and her husband, Christy moved her floral studio into the back space of a vintage boutique next door to Twenty Below Coffee Co. by fall of 2016.

Posted on January 24, 2017 and filed under Local Business.

Local Business: Young Blood Coffee Co.

Local Business Spotlight: A look at Fargo’s small businesses and the people behind them.

Featuring: Young Blood Coffee Co. & Tim Griffin
By: Dane Johnson, Folkways Editorial Board

Tim Griffin, owner of Young Blood Coffee Co., believes that you owe it to your customer to apprentice under a master of your craft before launching into business yourself.

After more than a decade of working in the specialty coffee industry, for the likes of Stumptown and Four Barrel, Griffin has arguably subjected himself to learning from the best baristas and roasters in the country. 

“Go through the hard work, and put yourself under the training that is the best that you can find,” Tim advised.

Posted on December 23, 2016 and filed under Local Business.

Folkways at 1 Million Cups

What is Folkways? 

by Joe Burgum

Last week I had the privilege of presenting at Fargo’s 1 Million Cups event about the work that my partner Simone and I lead through our company Folkways. The opportunity to talk about our community-building projects, and the beliefs that have inspired them, allowed us to initiate meaningful conversations about creating the community we want to live in with fellow Fargoans.

For those who were unable to attend the event, I wanted to extend the conversation to you by sharing the essence of the presentation in blog format. Please add your own thoughts and ideas to the comments, or by messaging me directly. 

Posted on October 26, 2016 .

Sudden Park

This summer, the Sudden Park popped up at the former Sahr’s Sudden Service station to activate the Horace Mann Neighborhood with a vibrant public space. Over four months the park has hosted eight public events including a neighborhood block party and a concert. That’s almost 1,000 visitors during public events only, not including everyday park use.

Two of these events were co-hosted alongside property owners, Kilbourne Group, with the goal of gaining critical insights to inform the future of the site. Though the timeline and design are still yet to be determined, we are incredibly grateful for all of the community input that has been given so far, and value these thoughts in the design process. 

Posted on October 24, 2016 and filed under Demonstration.

Sudden Service Design Sprint

During the summer of 2016, the Folkways team completed a 5-day Design Sprint (a fancy term for a brainstorm) to get community input on how to transform an old gas station into an urban park and community event space. It taught us that the biggest challenges require less time—not more—and that you can test anything in one week by building a realistic mock-up.

Day 1: Monday
First things first: we needed a goal: use community-centered design to activate and meaningfully transform the gas station into a beloved location for its neighborhood. We then mapped how you and others will interact with the site to better understand where we might be able to enrich your experience.

Posted on August 1, 2016 and filed under Demonstration.

Roberts Alley Restoration Initiative

Folkways has a thing for alleyways. They're interesting, a little quirky, and they happen to be the setting for an event that we co-founded, called Alley Fair. As we have continued to make creative use out of these pedestrian thoroughfares, we have seen an increase in businesses taking advantage of them as well with new alley entrances, patios, and more. 

Posted on August 4, 2015 and filed under Demonstration.