The North Dakota Department of Commerce hosted the seventh annual bloggers and writers workshop on Wednesday, June 3 in Bismarck and Thursday, June 4 at Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park just outside of Mandan. This is part two of our Wednesday Walk Around.
After our visit to Humpback Sally’s, we went across the street to Soul Interiors.
The store is not just home décor, but they also have jewelry, clothing and fun knick knacks. The owner was fun to visit with. She was a hair salon owner for 20 years and then go into interior decorating 5 years ago and opened her shop 3 years ago in a great spot for foot traffic downtown. Her prices were very reasonable.
Love her counter layout.
I got a kick out of the sign on the right about being happier than a bird with a french fry. Too cute.
Her store had various little areas – above was for a lake cabin and on the right for a kids room.
I scored this cute bracelet for under $12! And then we headed across the street again to Laughing Sun Brewery.
They pride themselves on making the best beer using local ingredients when possible. They are huge supporters of the local community and particularly artists, musicians, poets, writers and thinkers. The vibe is very laid back. Try a flight of five beers for only $8.50 and listen to music. Feel free to order pizza from Fireflour which is right next door. I’m looking forward to their upcoming Belgian IPA brewed with aronia berries.
A few fun facts:
- Ben is the bar manager and brewer – he gave us an excellent tour
- They have a small outside seating area
- In nice weather the front garage doors open to the street, perfect for people watching
- The tables are made from local cottonwood trees that were brought down during the flood
- They display and sell local artwork but do not accept any commission on sales
- They have musicians on Wednesdays and Saturdays
- The pub seats 65 people
- The bar is made of concrete
- There are pews from a local church used as seating
- Sinister Pear is their best-selling brew but it takes 3x as long to make as the other beers
- They are open daily
This is bar manager and brewmaster Ben. The head brewmasters are Todd and Mike.
So much beer!
Thank you Suzy for snapping the photo of me.
My flight from left to right: Wheat beer, strawberry wheat, apricot wheat, Red ESP and 19th Amendment Stout. My favorite was the plain wheat. The Red was also tasty!
The group continued to The Pond at Lucky Duck’s but I headed back to Washburn before dark. What a fun evening!
I’ll be back with what we did at the conference. Below is a list (to the best of my memory) of those attending part or all the Wednesday walk around and their Twitter handle. Each person is so unique and offers something special to our group of writers/bloggers
Please forgive me if I forgot anyone! I truly enjoyed visited with you all.
- Marlo Anderson, Guru of Geek
- Suzy Beehler
- Erica Hager, Bison Booties
- Beth Schatz Kaylor, Rhubarb and Venison
- Carolyn Moore, also with Bison Booties
- Alyse Erbele, doula
- Joe Baur, writer, traveler and filmmaker
- Sara Otte Coleman, Dept. of Commerce
- Pam Thompson, Dakota Pam
- Kim Schmidt, ND Tourism
- Sandy McMerty, Experience ND
- Alicia Nelson, Prairie Style File
Stay tuned for more on this event. I’ll be back next week with a recipe as well!