The Silver Dollar in Mandan is starting a new chapter under new ownership. The long-time bar, with a colorful past, once featured adult dancers — until 76 percent of the town's voters decided to oust them in 2003. One patron recently reminisced about a bar fight from years ago that went extreme with chairs flying and tables breaking.
But Sami Hammer and Wade Felton are aiming to serve cold brews sans broken knuckles. There will be no front-of-the-building murals. The only dancers will be customers enjoying the music from weekend bands. The party will be taken outside during street dances, a long-time bar tradition. The outdoor events are slated for July 3, during Buggies 'n' Blues, which will be held June 8-9, and at a fall event on Sept. 7. Each will have a permit from the city. The bar, 200 E. Main St., also has two bike runs on its schedule.
Hammer and Felton are joining a congenial community of bar owners in downtown Mandan. The two acquired the property from Luke Berger, who remains an employee. Berger is known for his vocal support of exotic dancers, allowing patrons to smoke in 2012 and his opposition to increasing liquor license fees in 2008. The bar, which has been a fixture in Mandan since 1963, was closed for inventory on March 5, then reopened March 6.
"If something works well, you just oil it and keep it going," said Felton, explaining all of the staff stayed on.
An official celebratory opening — which attracted regulars, bikers, cowboys, boaters, family and friends — was held March 23.
"Opening was awesome," said Hammer, who had worked as a bartender there for the past year. "People came from everywhere — even Minnesota."
The bar is open from 8 a.m. to 1 a.m. Monday through Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday.
Wellness in Mandan
Also downtown, The Studio: Wellness Community of Mandan will open its space at 103 Third Ave. N.W. as a yoga studio on Wednesday. Mandan residents Keri Wanner and Crystal Tretbar will offer a variety of classes in a renovated turn-of-the-century space, which also will give footage to such activities as movie nights, table tennis and children's arts. The studio can be reached at 701-301-7215.
In downtown Bismarck, DallasLee Boutique and Down Home General Store opened Saturday at 214 E. Main Ave. Owner Brenda Ternes, who offers furniture and home decor, is teaming up with her daughter, LoRetta Heninger, who will run the boutique.
"I've had my online boutique for about a year and half now and, in the last few months, my mom and I decided to join forces and start the store," said Heninger. "So she's the main portion of the store with the Down Home General Store, and then I am inside of her store. I carry women's boutique items, and many of those items have a Western flair: fringe, flares, retro and sequins as well as a few Southwest home decor items."
The main portion of the store carries home decor, kitchen accessories, self care items, such as soaps, bath bombs and essential oils, small furniture, a few kids items and local coffee.
Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and closed Sundays.