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Kept, a women's clothing boutique focusing on business attire for professional women, opened its doors Saturday.

Mother-daughter owners Madonna Wald and Summer Czeczok say the clothing they offer includes “classic styles with a twist” that are “trendy but not over the top.” For example, a pair of dress pants with pearl buttons hangs on one rack.

“They’re not boring but they’re also for business,” Wald said.

The pair has renovated the Anderson State Fur building, 216 N. Fourth St., redecorating in a classic Hampton style including new flooring and custom clothing racks.

“There seems to be such a need,” Wald said of the decision to focus on business wear.

They also will sell hats, belts, purses, jewelry, shoes and some weekend wear, as well as french bath salts and perfumes.

Wald, who also operated Lot 2029 a few doors down, said she and her daughter Hope Goldhammer have had success with the Lot 2029 venture and she wanted to start a business with her other daughter too.

Hours for Kept are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Businesses closing

Bob’s Photo, 1019 E Interstate Ave., is selling off its merchandise.

“It's official! After 40 years, Bob is ready to retire,” the store posted on Facebook.

Inventory, services, printing, scanning and duplication will be available at least through Christmas.

Montana Furniture and Mercantile in downtown Bismarck also is closing up shop in Bismarck and moving back to its Minnesota location.

All inventory is expected to be liquidated by Jan. 1.

New pizza franchise

A set of partners has purchased franchise rights to open Blaze Pizza restaurants in North Dakota and Sioux Falls, S.D.

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Mort Bank, Dave Glaser, Brad Bender, Brandon Helbling and Mike Srnsky opened the first Blaze location in Fargo at 1443 42nd St. S. on Oct. 19. A Sioux Falls Blaze Pizza will open in the second half of 2018. They also plan on opening Blaze Pizza restaurants in Minot, Grand Forks and two or more locations will be built in Bismarck.

California-based Blaze Pizza offers build-your-own pizza from fresh dough in minutes, with both artisan and traditional pizza ingredients.

Coffee shop in YMCA

Mighty Missouri Coffee Company will open a coffee shop in the lobby of the Missouri Valley Family YMCA.

Construction has begun. When complete the menu will include hot and cold coffee drinks, fresh-pressed juices, smoothies and other specialty beverages. Lunch options will include fresh-made bagels, waffles, salads and sandwiches.

The coffee shop is expected to be fully operational sometime this winter and will be open to the public as well as Y members.

“Having their establishment in our building adds value for our members, creates a vibrant space for our community to socialize and extends a convenience to our busy families,” Bill Bauman, executive director of the Missouri Valley Family YMCA, said in a statement.

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