Downtown boutique Lot 2029 to merge with sister store Mint & Basil
FARGO-- Downtown women's clothing boutique Lot 2029 will soon merge with its sister store, kitchen and home shop Mint & Basil, in June.
The merger of the two stores will create an apparel, home and kitchen collection all under one roof.
The clothing boutique will move a few doors down to Mint & Basil's location at 714 Main Ave. and take its name. Both stores are owned by husband-and-wife business partners, Hope and Donny Goldammer.
Customers can expect the merged store to have about 80 percent of the kitchen and home merchandise Mint & Basil already offers and about 80 percent of the clothing inventory Lot 2029 carried, Hope said.
The decision to merge came from the Goldammers wanting to hone in and create a solid brand.
"By having three different stores, we have so many fun and different lines," Hope said, "If we can condense and combine, we can pick and create the best of the best."
The Goldammers have been wanting to rebrand Lot 2029 for awhile, and what they had been envisioning is what Mint & Basil already was. Combining the two stores was the natural evolution of the brand, Hope added.
The merged store's design will follow the same earthy, bohemian style the two boutiques have now, she said.
"When people come into Mint & Basil they say, 'I wanna live here,' and we want that warm, fuzzy feeling in the new store because they are inspired by the products and aesthetic of the boutique," Hope said.
Lot 2029 opened in April of 2013 at 612 Main Avenue. It will officially close for business Sunday, May 27.
The merge will begin Memorial Day, and the process is estimated to take about two weeks, Hope said. Mint & Basil will also be closed during the merge.
The couple hopes the newly-merged store will be open by the June 7 Corks and Canvas event. If not, they hope to open June 9.
There are plans for more construction in the space and the addition of more fixtures. Everything will have a very cozy vibe, she said.
Lot 2029 has two additional locations in Bismarck and Sioux Falls. The Sioux Falls store will follow in Fargo's footsteps and merge into the Mint & Basil concept later this summer, changing its name and adding all the apparel, kitchen and home lines the Fargo store carries. The Bismarck location will stay Lot 2029, but Hope will no longer be part owner with her mom, Madonna Wald. Wald will be the sole owner and plans to bloom the business into its fullest potential.
The Goldammers own a third downtown retail store named Onyx & Pearl, which will continue to stay its own store.