Feeling Like Home Right in Fargo
Keeping up with all the town has to offer
Published: Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, October 2, 2013 16:10
As I was sitting at a local coffee shop on the weekend, I couldn’t help but notice this overwhelming sense of what felt like being home. Perhaps it was the sensation of belongingness, or even a familiar feeling of comfort. Astoundingly, I came to the realization that I could rely on certain places in Fargo, if I want to restore that recognition and feel that sense of belonging. Which brought me to thinking about the list of places I use as an escape from my apartment.
I rarely am home, mostly because it drives me to be at my highest point of relaxation. But I go out in order to be around other people. As much as they can sometimes be frustrating, they inspire me as well, and being at local coffee shops, art museums, or even the mall gives me fashion ideas, ideas for articles or even project ideas. So, I’ve composed a few key places that can deliver for entertainment, relaxation or inspiration.
Escape No 1: The Atomic Coffee Shop
My first choice as a destination would certainly be for coffee. I’m addicted, and not afraid to admit it. With that said, Atomic Coffee on Broadway here in Fargo has never failed to please. Their hip, artistic environment strategically placed smack-dab in the center of downtown Fargo creates that atmosphere every coffeehouse should have. If coffee isn’t your thing, fear not, because they brew fresh, organic teas, create other specialty drinks and offer homemade pastries and sandwiches as well. A plethora of fantastic music bumps over the speakers at a constant and the staff there are always upbeat and helpful.
Escape No 2: West Acres Shopping Mall
Sometimes I get in a rut and want to lay around with sweatpants, no makeup on, refusing to care about anything. We all get to that point sometime in the semester. As soon as I recognize the pattern repeating, I am quick to get up and go out. A while back I mentioned how I had given up shopping for a while, however, I still go to the mall frequently. For some reason, walking around and window-shopping at West Acres gives me the inspiration to get up and back into my routine. Maybe it’s the movement and environment, possibly even the clothes that just spark that ignition. Whatever it is, I swear by it, and if you find yourself a bit lacking in the enthusiasm department this winter, I highly suggest making your way out with friends or by yourself.
Escape No 3: The Plains Art Museum
Lastly, many students are looking for free things to do mainly because paying $12 for a movie is a bit much and going out for dinner becomes slightly repetitive. The Plains Art Museum offers new exhibits monthly and the best part is admission is free with a student I.D. A creative environment with plenty to explore is something to plan with roommates or even as a fun date. Art is always an awesome way to channel creativity and going to exhibits certainly generates the same effect.
Fargo has a lot to offer; just keeping up with events and dates is the trick. Stay informed by liking different pages on Facebook like High Plains Reader, Visit Fargo-Moorhead, and Fargo Monthly Magazine. There are plenty of things to do in the area, it’s just getting out there and finding out what’s going on. Hopefully you’ll soon be able to compose a list of your own personal favorites.
Amber is a sophomore majoring in journalism and public relations.