Linda Mittlestadt, owner of Urban Girl

"Jewelry and beads, they are like a magnet for me. No matter where or what I am doing, if there is jewelry or beads to be found or created into something, that is where you will find me."

Kinzey Whitty, owner of Fiancee Prom, Bismarck

Kinzey Whitty isn't your average young woman. From a part-time job in high school at the Fiancee store in Minot, to a third place DECA nationals placing, to now owning her own store in Bismarck, Whitty knows what it takes to create a boutique like none other.

"Owning a business is an art and a science," Whitty said.

Fiancee Prom is alive with color, texture and sparkle. Whitty and her staff make customer service their number one priority and keep track of every prom dress sold, so as not to have duplicates at the same school.

"If you want to have an average business, be average. If you want a thriving and successful business, you have to set yourself apart from the rest."

Laura Ressler, owner of Robert's Floral

"One of the most satisfying parts of my life is that as a florist I am able to help people express their deepest emotions to others in the most important times of their lives. This part of my job is the most satisfying part yet sometimes can be painful as you share other pain and sorrow."

Stephanie Delmore and Susan Lundberg, currently exhibiting at BAGA

Sisters Stephanie Delmore and Susan Lundberg have worked their artistic magic once again. "Threads of Inheritance" is their current exhibit at Bismarck Art and Galleries Association, running February 26 to March 23. Find this exhibit along with other member artists at BAGA, 422 E. Front Avenue in Bismarck.

Ali LaRock, artist

"I never imagined I would be a working artist in North Dakota. I hear all the time how I should move to a bigger and more artsy city. But I like it here, and I think it is important to nurture the create spirit everywhere. It means a lot that I can exhibit and work with the people in my community."

Melissa Gordon, artist

"When expecting our first child, my husband and I discussed the possibility of making a go at working from home as a freelance artist. Fine arts had always been what I wanted to do when I grew up, but commercial art had seemed more practical and employable. Some of my first assignments were illustrations in pen and ink for greeting cards and rubber stamps, which reignited the spark I'd always had within to draw and create art."

Mary Rennich, artist

"I have always firmly believed you must do what you love, what makes you feel rewarded and self affirmed. This is what my art does for me, what makes me happy. It may not make you wealthy, but happiness and serenity emanating from doing what you love is more gratifying."

Sonja Stromswold, owner of Sonja's Old-Fashioned Delicacies in Mohall

In 1989, Sonja decided to bake a few family favorites and sell at a local craft show. Surprised by the enthusiastic response of women who are perfectly good cooks but didn't have the time to do their own baking, she started a small specialty baking business and supplied locals with Scandinavian treats, layer cakes, home-style cookies and her family recipe for caramels.

Sue Hoffman, owner of Suzi Q' Craft Emporium

Who is Suzi Q? And what is Suzi Q's Craft Emporium? Susan Hoffman opened this shop of eclectic mix on Main Street in Mandan.

Suzi Q's carries Pride of Dakota products, antiques, vintage pieces and several local artists works of art, including Hoffman's own whimsical yard art creations. Find this hidden gem at 411 West Main in Mandan, next door to the Mandan Depot.

Liliana Norby, director of Theo Art School

Art classes for kids and adults, art camps or just for fun -- Theo Art School is the place to wear your creative hat. Located at the High Prairie Arts & Science Complex in north Bismarck, check out your opportunities to create at or 701-222-6452.