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New clothing store opens in Bowman

A new clothing store opened in Bowman in 2017. Urban Obsession is pictured in February 2018. Sydney Mook / The Dickinson Press

BOWMAN—Bobbie Fossum, owner of Urban Obsession, has a passion for fashion and has been thinking about opening up a clothing store for a few years, but the timing all worked out last year. The store opened on Oct. 1, 2017.

"It just happened to be the right time," she said. "There were only two clothing stores in Bowman and they had both closed. A perfect location had opened up on Main Street with a building and my youngest had started kindergarten. So it was just a perfect time for it to happen."

Fossum said most of the renovations and preparations for opening the store were done by her and her family, as well as some help from some friends.

Fossum is from Bowman and said she is happy that she can provide a service to her hometown.

"It's exciting and very rewarding," she said.

Since the store's opening, Fossum said things have been going well. The store sells a variety of clothing, including clothes for girls ages 3T to size 16, as well as women's apparel.

The store also has a big presence on Facebook and social media, which grew faster than Fossum originally anticipated.

Teran Doerr, executive director of the Bowman County Development Corporation, said Urban Obsession is a "truly amazing" store with a lot to offer to Bowman. The BCDC is dedicated to the growth and preservation of Bowman County and its cities and provides assistance in finding the means to start, expand or relocate businesses.

"If anyone ever has a chance to stop in there they should because it really is truly amazing," Doerr said.

Businesses are doing well in Bowman right now and they hope to see a few more businesses open up downtown soon, she said.

Other new business owners have also popped up in the community recently, including one person who opened a dentist office in the old Southwest Healthcare clinic.

"It was really cool," she said. "She went in and renovated it and has set up her practice there. And an eye doctor. She's originally from the Buffalo area but she's young and she's invested in this community and her husband is here."

A new grocery store, a Shopko and an Ace hardware store have also been added within the past couple of years, Doerr said.

In the coming year, Fossum hopes for continued growth and success of her business. She knows being in a small town can be difficult at times, as she can only keep so many sizes and styles in her store.

"Hopefully everything pans out. Being in a smaller town makes it difficult," she said. "... We're just hoping that in the next months or years to come that it only grows from here."

Sydney Mook

Sydney Mook has been covering higher education at the Grand Forks Herald since May 2018. She previously served as the multimedia editor and cops, courts and health reporter at the Dickinson Press from January 2016 to May 2018.  She graduated from the University of South Dakota with a bachelor's degree in journalism and political science in three and half years in December 2015. While at the USD, she worked for the campus newspaper, The Volante, as well as the television news show, Coyote News. She also interned at South Dakota Public Broadcasting and spent the summer before her senior year interning in Fort Knox for the ROTC Cadet Summer Training program. In her spare time, Sydney enjoys cheering on the New York Yankees and the Kentucky Wildcats, as well as playing golf. If you've got an idea for a video be sure to give her a call!

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