Welcome to The 1889

On November 2, 1889, North Dakota became the 39th state. This is also the year that we, as North Dakotan’s, came together as a community. The 1889 harnesses the North Dakota community value and carries it through to the space and events.

This space is for gathering, whether it’s a small event or large event. The 1889 is here for gathering and creating memories.

Oh, and fun fact, this is the oldest building in Fargo. Pretty cool right?

Our Vision

A mother/daughter dream built by a mother/daughter team.
In the fall of 2022 Lana had a chance meeting with the owners of 602 Main in downtown Fargo. She had the dream of starting a business where she could teach cooking classes. They had the perfect building. The idea ruminated for a few months until her daughter, Addie, came home for Christmas. They started discussing the business and the building and Addie knew she was the perfect fit to run the day-to-day operations.

After touring the building, the team decided they could do more than just cooking classes. The upper mezzanine was the perfect spot for crafting classes. With some suggestions from friends and family it also became clear that the space and location was perfect for small, private events.

Over the next year Addie moved back to Fargo to begin planning and, in August, 2023, renovations began at 602 Main. With a steady vision, a lot of hard work and God’s blessings, the vision started to become a reality.

Meet

Our Instructors

Lana Feeley

Lana Feeley grew up in Fairview, MT, where the Montana/North Dakota border is in the middle of town and the time changes depending on what side of the street you're on. She received her Dietetics degree from NDSU and moved to Minot, ND where she changed careers and became a Family & Consumer Sciences teacher. Moving back to Fargo, she continued her passion teaching nutrition, cooking, and local foods in the classroom. A lover of all things North Dakota, she is passionate about bringing local foods into her cooking. After being diagnosed with Celiac Disease along with both of her daughters, Lana developed a passion for creating great gluten free food. In her personal time she enjoys spending time on her hobby farm, traveling to visit her family, and meeting new people. She looks forward to meeting you at The 1889.

Lana Feeley

Addie Hovland

Addie is originally from Fargo, ND, but has spent the last 8 years in Bozeman, MT where she worked at a pottery shop and a local footwear company. She moved home in May of 2023 to help execute her mom’s best idea yet, The 1889. While she might not be the best cook, she enjoys event planning and is passionate about pottery. She can’t wait to help you plan your dream event at The 1889.

Addie Hovland

Heather Sinkler

Growing up on a farm in Harwood, ND, Heather developed a love of baking and crafting early on. Spending time learning from both her parents and her grandmas, she honed her skills in the kitchen and the sewing room. She became known as “Martha Stewart” among her friends and eventually settled on going to school to become a Family and Consumer Sciences teacher to share her love of these topics with others. In her free time she’s always busy with a project or two. Her favorite cooking classes involve baking and meals the whole family will enjoy. Her favorite crafts include sewing and the Cricut machine. Heather is excited to meet you at The 1889!

Heather Sinkler

Drew Balstad

Drew Balstad is the General Manager of Rhombus Guys in Downtown Fargo, where he has been since 2013. He’s spent over 20 years in the restaurant industry, working mostly in the front of the house. He also spent 8 years in the North Dakota Army National Guard as a Print Journalist and Public Affairs Specialist, completing two overseas deployments, where he developed a love of flavors from across the world. A passionate home cook and local food advocate, he knows that the person that has the best ingredients will make the most nourishing and flavorful food. Hailing from Mayville, ND he currently resides in Fargo with his favorite taste testers, his partner Meghan and their puggle Mia.

Drew Balstad

Jen Denault

Jen's passion for cooking and crafting came a little later in life. After going back to college determined to be a school counselor, she realized the fastest path was through a Family and Consumer Science degree. Not only did she completely lose interest in her previous goal, she quickly fell in love with teaching and the FACS teacher life. 13 years later, she's still enthusiastically sharing her unexpected love for crafting and cooking. Her favorite crafts include crochet and hand embroidery and her favorite cooking classes focus on basic knife skills and baking.

Jen Denault

Carol Braunberger

Carol moved to West Fargo from New Rockford, North Dakota in 2018, where she had been teaching at New Rockford-Sheyenne School District. She then taught at Richland School District in Colfax (south of Fargo) for the last 5 years of her career. The classes she taught consisted of Food and Nutrition, International Foods, Housing and Design, Textiles, Child Development, and Finance at both districts. Carol has 3 adult children, 8 grandchildren, and her husband, Kent, is a funeral director at West Funeral Home. She retired in May, 2023 from teaching Family and Consumer Sciences to grades 7-12. Stepping into teaching at The 1889 is a natural progression and extension of everything she taught throughout her career. Her focus while teaching at The 1889 will be twofold. She is looking forward to teaching youth (ages 10 and up) basic cooking skills and giving them a foundation to cook and bake. She is also really excited to offer fun and interesting class topics that teach the cooking and baking of foods for date nights and busy people!

Carol Braunberger

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