Business Buzz: Label 4 Company closing in West Acres, Thai Orchid announces reopening plans, and more – InForum

Business Buzz: Label 4 Company closing in West Acres, Thai Orchid announces reopening plans, and more – InForum

FARGO — After selling clothes from shops in the West Acres Shopping Center for 13 years, Jeanie Anderson-Murrey is hanging it up.

Her latest store, Label 4 Company, is closing its doors at the end of the month.

West Acres wished Anderson-Murrey

well in a Facebook post Aug. 6


“Jeanie has been part of West Acres for the last 13 years, first owning Apricot Lane, then Label 4 Company. We are sad to see this store go as Jeanie moves on to her next adventure,” West Acres said in its post.

Anderson-Murrey opened Label 4 Company in early 2022 in the space that was formerly home to Apricot Lane Boutique, which she had operated since 2010.


has said she started Label 4 Company

because she wanted to create an independent brand when the franchise term ended for the former business concept.

Label 4 Company focused on all age groups and carried a full line of sizes.

In a video Anderson-Murrey posted on the

Label 4 Company Facebook page

she lets customers know that everything in the store will be discounted 25% as the store prepares to close.

She also thanked her customers, noting she would not have made it 13 years in business without all of them and their loyal support.

“You’ve made a dream come true,” she said.

In a phone interview, Anderson-Murrey said that although the business is doing well and she is deeply grateful to her loyal customers, the last couple of years have been a challenge when it comes to finding employees

And that, she said, was ultimately the deciding factor in her decision to close.

“When you’re short staffed, it gets to be very wearing on everyone. At this point, I just decided to move on,” Anderson-Murrey said.

Thai Orchid announces plans for reopening in West Fargo

Thai Orchid restaurant, a downtown Moorhead favorite, closed its doors in the Center Mall for the last time at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 3.

The restaurant’s last day in the mall was for take-out only.

The next time Thai Orchid opens, it will be serving take-out at a former Taco John’s building at 110 Main Ave. E., West Fargo, starting in September, with dine-in service commencing in October, the restaurant’s Facebook page said.

“Sad to say goodbye for the wonderful place I had been working for more than 2,800 days. On behalf of Osa family and Thai Orchid Team, (a) sincere thank you for your support all the way thru good and bad times for 9 years,” a Facebook post said late Thursday.

Plans call for Thai Orchid to open for to-go orders on Sept 14 and dine-in service on Oct. 2.

Thai Orchid restaurant plans to reopen in the former Taco John’s at 110 Main Ave. E., West Fargo, pictured Friday, Aug. 4, 2023. The building is now in the midst of renovations to prepare for a mid-September launch, starting with take-out food.

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Thai Orchid is one of several businesses that have closed or have moved to make way for the redevelopment of the mall.

The Downtown Moorhead Development plan calls for remaking the 16-acres comprising the mall and parking lots into nine city blocks of apartments, townhomes, condominiums, shops, restaurants, and parking.

It was in April of this year that Anne Osa, who manages the family-run business, confirmed the plan to move to West Fargo

Thai Orchid Properties purchased the former Taco John’s building from W S Enterprises (a Taco John’s operator), according to Cass County documents.

In November, Moorhead voters by a wide margin approved a half-cent sales tax to pay for a $31.6 million library and community center that will be part of the redevelopment plan. The vote was considered key to moving the project forward.

Chamber to host Midwest Cybersecurity and Technology Summit Thursday

The Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce will host the Midwest Cybersecurity and Technology Summit from 8 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 17, at the Delta by Marriott, 1635 42nd St. S.

This summit will cover major industries, artificial intelligence, business attacks and safety, the CHIPS Act, emerging tech, national security, quantum computing and much more.

Speakers and topics of discussion will include:

  • Michael Mattmiller, senior director of state government affairs for Microsoft, “AI Revolution: Unleashing the Power, Shaping the Future and Embracing Responsibility.”
  • Dr. Behrooz Shirazi, deputy division director of the National Science Foundation, “Driving Innovation and Sustainability: The Role of Technology and the CHIPS Act.”
  • Dr. José-Marie Griffiths, president of Dakota State University, “Power Cyber: The Symbiotic Relationship among Cybersecurity, Artificial Intelligence and Quantum Computing.”

Dr. Chad Fenner, assistant professor in the College of Business at Minot State University; Eileen Manning, founding partner and executive producer of Cyber Security Summit; and Shawn Riley, co-founder of Bisblox will offer tips for building a tech ecosystem. The discussion will be moderated by Kyle Hendrickson, director of cybersecurity for Eide Bailly LLP.
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