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The former Allure Cosmetics has a new location and a new name.

Formally in Gateway Mall, owner Desirae Earl moved the store to Fifth Street in downtown Bismarck and renamed the business Desirae’s Makeup and Beauty Lounge.

“I always knew I wanted to be downtown,” Earl said. “It’s what I envisioned for the store.”

The former Magnolias space at 105 N. Fifth St. boasts more walking traffic and the downtown fits her store’s boutique aesthetic, according to Earl.

Earl sells about 15 makeup brands, including Bare Minerals, Jane Iredale and a number of natural and organic makeup and skincare lines. As a licensed aesthetician, she offers makeup applications and waxing, both for everyday and special occasions.

Earl said she has plans for more brands and beauty treatments in the future.

Store hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Bank building open

First International Bank & Trust opened the doors to its new State Street location last week.

The new facility houses more than 50 First International Bank & Trust employees, who offer personal banking, mortgage lending, commercial banking, private banking, wealth management and insurance. The building also features several leased office suites opening in July.

“I’ve always had a vision of a landmark building in Bismarck. I’m proud to say we’ve created a place where our financial experts can help families grow wealth and businesses prosper,” CEO Stephen Stenehjem said in a statement.

Hotel reopens

Bismarck Candlewood Suites celebrated its grand re-opening Thursday.

Owners recently completed a multimillion dollar renovation on the property at 4400 Skyline Crossings.

The four-story, 88-room, extended stay hotel’s amenities include a 24/7 business center, free DVD lending library, fitness center and gazebo with grilling patio.

New bank breaks ground

American Bank Center started work on its new location at 1615 Burnt Boat Drive in Bismarck, next to the Eckroth Plaza, on the former Wendy’s site.

The location, expected to employ three or four people, will be the bank's eighth in Bismarck-Mandan.

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The location is being built to house American Bank Center's "Branch of Tomorrow" concept, which uses technology to fulfill teller functions, giving bankers more time to work with customers on their other banking needs. 

The new location was selected to help the bank serve northwest Bismarck, where a large portion of residential and commercial growth is taking place. Services offered will include consumer lending and home mortgage, with video conferencing options for access to trust and insurance services. 

The one-story building will also have about 2,000 square feet of commercial lease space available.

Store closing

Jaba Lots, a store selling discounted home goods, is expected to close in the coming week.

Store owners said most of the merchandise has been liquidated and store fixtures are all that remain.

“After careful consideration, we have made the difficult decision to close the store. Thank you to all that shopped at our store, whether it was frequently or just once,” the store owners posted on their Facebook page.

Jaba Lots was located at 1850 E. Bismarck Expressway.

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