Souvenir Shopping at Midwest

Souvenir shopping while attending the Midwest Chapter meeting in Bismarck will be easy. The Sunday social event is being held at the newly renovated Heritage Center, where the Museum Store has expanded to include new items. Gift shop hours that night will be from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

On a recent shopping trip, I spotted Pride of Dakota and other items for children and adults:

  • Tshirts, shirts, & sweatshirts
  • Jewelry
  • Pottery
  • Toys and puzzles
  • Books (every librarian needs more!)
  • CDs & DVDs
  • Posters
  • Chippers
  • Furry Animal hand puppets
  • Craft kits for cornhusk dolls, old fashioned sewing cards, and cats cradle
  • One-of-kind art items vary but may include handblown glass art and sculptures.

If you cannot find what you want at the Heritage Center Museum Store, a side trip to Plaza Drug might be an option for you. They have the largest selection of Pride of Dakota items I have seen in Bismarck (other than at the Heritage Center).

The best place to shop for Native American items is Five Nations Arts  located in Mandan’s historic Burlington Northern Railroad Depot. (If you’re curious, the “five nations” are Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa, Three Affiliated Tribes (Mandan, Hidatsa & Arikara) and the Lakota and Dakota Sioux.  The six-mile drive from the conference hotel is well-worth it, but plan ahead as they are closed evenings and Sundays.

Other shopping opportunities were highlighted in the conference’s Tourist Attractions & Shopping guide or are listed on the Convention & Visitor’s Bureau website. Enjoy your retail therapy!

 

Attention: Crafters

Sandi Bates, one of Bismarck’s crafty librarians, alerted me to a fabric sale currently at a store within walking distance of the Bismarck conference hotel. J&R Vacuum & Sewing  has 45-inch cotton quilt fabric on sale for $6.99 per yard with a one-yard minimum. Sandi also said they have a great selection of batiks. The store’s hours are posted on their website.

For other crafty shopping possibilities, see pages 12 and 13 of our Things to Do guide. Please note — conference organizers cannot be held responsible for any and all retail therapy you choose to engage in during your stay in Bismarck. Please buy responsibly!

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“Chipper” Hunting in Bismarck

Addicted to “chippers” or just want to try some? Here are some Bismarck locations where you can purchase them during the Midwest meeting:

  • Heritage Center Museum Store — open 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. during the Sunday reception (one more reason to attend!)
  • Plaza Drug1116 North 3rd Street (13 blocks from conference how can i purchase cialis online hotel), also probably best inventory of all Pride of Dakota products in Bismarck
  • BMCVB, Visitor Information Center & Genuine Dakota Gift Shop1600 Burnt Boat Drive (Exit 157 off of I-94, 4.4 miles from conference hotel), stocks two kinds of chippers including new Dickinson-made one made with Belgian chocolate.