E-commerce

North Dakota Start-up Offers Human Touch to Online Selling

Prairie Grit is a new online antique, vintage, and collector’s marketplace created by Shawn Herrick. As a proud North Dakotan, Herrick desires for Prairie Grit to be a company that continues to build on the positive momentum of the Midwest. “I want Prairie Grit to compete on an international level with big-box retailers from our…

West Fargo couple creates fashionable yet functional jewelry company.

In October of 2015, SweetCarolinaK launched into the e-commerce world selling fashionable jewelry created to replace simple nylon lanyards professional women often wear on the job. Only 45 days prior, these fashionable lanyards were just a product that Christina Snider dreamed of creating. Christina had wanted to replace the customary nylon lanyard that often clashed…

A personal lighthouse

“Find pizza near me.” “How do I get to the airport?” That’s how we’re used to using locater tech. It makes sense when you’re exploring a new city. We don’t typically use it to find our own property. Why not? Picture it. It’s a beautiful evening on the lake. You sit back, grab a cold…

The GoodBulb Story: How Tom Enright is using lightbulbs to make life brighter

Tom Enright’s story begins with an ad in the Chicago Paper. He was 23 years old, fresh out of college, and saw an ad for a job selling lightbulbs door to door. His girlfriend advised against it. He took it anyway. In this, he found his true calling as a salesman. He’d get up on…

Local Cart Summit event aims to be largest e-commerce conference in the Midwest

On September 23, 2016, Cart Summit, the Midwest’s premier e-commerce conference, will have its inaugural event right here in Fargo-Moorhead. Cart Summit was inspired by the ongoing success of the e-commerce monthly meet-up Cart Monthly. The meet-up, formerly called E-commerce Breakfast, was started two years ago by Kirk Anton, founder and CEO of Heat Transfer Warehouse,…

Fargo e-commerce startup gives kids the courage to stand up to fears

In the United States, 80 percent of kids with a diagnosable anxiety disorder and 60 percent of kids with diagnosable depression do not recieve the treatment they need— numbers which, to clinical psychologist Dr. Renae Reinardy, are just not acceptable. “Childhood mental health is the most important thing,” she said. “If you don’t have your mental health, and…

The future of fashion: how Vanity Clothing uses tech to keep up with trends

Mickey Quinn is no stranger to the ever-shifting tides of the fashion industry. Working in the retail operations department at Coldwater Creek in the late 90s and early 2000s, she watched as the women’s clothing line grew from the pages of a catalogue to a nationwide chain of more than 400 stores. “Retail was the black sheep of…

A virtual tour of Heat Transfer Warehouse

Heat Transfer Warehouse is a lot like Willy Wonka’s factory; but instead of fruit-flavored wallpaper and chocolate waterfalls, shelves of vinyl and glitter line the walls. Each door leads to another, forming a maze that would be all-too easy to get lost in if it were not for the signs bearing clever names for each room. Since opening in…