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Unique shopping experiences the focus of Progress Edition

'Jamestown Has It' is this year's theme.

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First Avenue in downtown Jamestown is busy with the addition of many small specialty shops and eateries stretching across the core.
John M. Steiner / The Jamestown Sun
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It’s easy to shop online these days. Larger cities aren’t so far away and offer many places to shop as well.

But Jamestown has its own unique shopping, dining and cultural experiences, some of which are highlighted in this year’s annual Progress Edition, “Jamestown Has It.”

One of the more common themes when interviewing business owners for this special section was that it’s not unusual that people don’t even know their business is here. While some are offering products and services online and through Facebook, all featured in today’s special supplement have a brick-and-mortar presence, a tremendous commitment in a small town.

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Kathy Steiner, Jamestown Sun editor
John M. Steiner

Businesses highlighted in this special section are located on First Avenue, on the streets off of First Avenue and a few other locations.

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Many of the business owners have a passion for what they do. They also said it’s important to have big box stores in Jamestown while the small businesses provide something else for shoppers.

Jon Beyer speaks not only of starting a pizza business but also of educating young people. Deb Lee notes that the Dakota Store isn’t so much about huge profits but to help others find volunteers. The AAUW Used Bookstore began as a small project for Jamestown AAUW and eventually became a business.

Businesses off of First Avenue have been there for a long time - Gun & Reel Sports, for example - or just a few years, such as Sapphire Gallery and Custom Framing. The Warehouse West building has been home to a number of businesses through the years, all because a Jamestown woman fell in love with the building and decided to purchase it.

“Jamestown Has It” features insight into these businesses and the people behind them.

Also included in the Progress Edition are stories and photos of the businesses that supported this edition through their advertising.

Jamestown Sun staff spent more than two months working on this special 44-page supplement. Not all of the city’s unique shopping, dining and cultural experiences could be featured. But all of our small businesses are important to our community in providing goods, services and jobs.

Click here to read stories from this year's Progress Edition.

Kathy Steiner has been the editor of The Jamestown Sun since 1995. She graduated from Valley City State College with a bachelor's degree in English and studied mass communications at North Dakota State University, Fargo. She reports on business, government and community topics in the Jamestown area. Reach her at 701-952-8449 or ksteiner@jamestownsun.com.
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