2018: The Year in Review at West Acres

Over the past 365 days, a lot has happened around West Acres. Join us as we take you through some of our favorite moments of 2018!

By: Heidi | December 31, 2018

A lot can happen in a year! From store openings and new events to artists creating works all throughout our halls, we had so many exciting new beginnings take place this year. We also carried on some of our oldest traditions, celebrated a few big milestones (like our 46th birthday), and made our huge announcement about our future!

As we prepare for a new year, we couldn’t help but reflect on all of the excitement that took place over the past 12 months. Follow along as we take you through some of our favorite moments of 2018…


  • Chick-fil-A opened on January 18th
  • Artist in Residence, Ryan Fritz, began working in his studio


  • Hosted our first ever Galentine’s Day event! It consisted of yoga, mimosas, and a matinee showing at West Acres Cinema
  • We partnered with Dakota Medical Foundation to support Giving Hearts Day, a 24-hour online giving event for more than 350 charities in North Dakota and northwest Minnesota
  • Hosted Family Game Night in the Food Court with Legacy Toys
  • Made tie blankets for the YWCA as a West Acres team


  • Kicked off our Celebrate Style Campaign
  • Artist in Residence, Ashley Kunz, began working in her studio


  • Opened our Spring Lounge, complete with local art, bright furnishings, and top styles from our stores
  • Hosted the 2-day event, That Spring Art Thing: Local Art Show, with 13 local artists
  • Welcomed the Quilter’s Guild of North Dakota and hosted their open studio interactive event


  • Dry Goods opened on May 19th
  • Game On! opened on May 31st
  • Invited moms and families to our Free Mother’s Day photo event


  • Best Buy opened in their new location on June 8th
  • Legacy Sweets opened on June 30th
  • The Northern Plains Farmer’s Market opened for the season
  • Artist in Residence, Eric Johnson, began working in his studio


  • Launch of our Summer Event series, including Story Squad Storytime with United Way, Kids Film Series at West Acres Cinema, Kids Art Camps with Make Room, Print a T-Shirt with our Artist in Residence, and Let’s Play interactive play area at Legacy Toys
  • Worked with and featured some amazing local families for our Back to School campaign


  • West Acres turned 46 years old!


  • Officially launched our Brand Rep program and worked with a handful of incredible individuals in our community for our fall campaign
  • Beauteous Activewear opened on September 28th
  • Artist in Residence, Brandon LaPlante, began working in his studio
  • lululemon’s newly remodeled space opened on September 12th


  • We made a huge announcement, The District!
  • Announced The District’s first restaurant: CRAVE American Kitchen & Sushi Bar
  • Hosted our first Fall Tap Fest event on October 20th
  • Hosted Pumpkin Palooza on October 6th
  • Hosted our annual Bootiful Night Trick-or-Treating event on Halloween
  • Participated in the United Way Day of Caring by volunteering our time to serve others in our community


  • Celebrated the 20th anniversary of our It’s A Wonderful Night event
  • Launched our Celebrate the Season holiday campaign


  • Hosted so many new holiday events, like Holiday Tap Fest, Free Family Photos, Visits with Santa, Santa’s Story Squad, Tinsel Tuesdays, and more
  • Shared the Joy with our customers by surprising shoppers with Mall Cards throughout the season
  • Announced a new food court tenant, Ice Point (opening in winter 2019)

Some numbers from 2018:

  • There were 101 scheduled performances around our halls this year. In addition to that, there were many, many more impromptu piano performances that took place on the piano in our Buffalo Court (which is always open for anyone to play!)
  • West Acres donated roughly $157,000 to the community in 2018 (this number does not include fundraisers in the mall, such as It’s a Wonderful Night)
  • We welcomed 8 new stores to West Acres, many of which were new to North Dakota
  • We showcased 3 local artists as part of our Artist in Residence program
  • Love Always Floral created 5 amazing displays surrounding The Fountain of Abundance in the JCPenney court
  • Welcomed millions of amazing customers and visitors

To all of our customers, employees, and community members, thank you for making 2018 a truly amazing year. We can’t wait for all that 2019 will bring. Happy New Year!


I have the wonderful role of Social Media Coordinator for the West Acres Marketing, PR and Fashion team. I think that I have the best job in the world! I create content for the West Acres social media accounts and blog, which means that I get to share the latest trends, new arrivals, and all of the incredible happenings at West Acres with the community. When I am not snapping pictures for social media or writing blog content, I love to spend time painting in my art studio, testing out new baking recipes, practicing yoga, relaxing at the lake with family and friends, or playing outside on a pair of skis or my mountain bike.




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