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"We love what we are doing, everybody who is here, these are really small little shops, there's a passion for what you are doing."

Business in Downtown Fargo looks a whole lot different than it used to. Many people are finding themselves part of this ever-changing community.

There is something special about the business owners on 8th Street and Main Ave.

Ashley Dedin says she was no way prepared to be a business woman.

"I came by, and I peaked in the window, and I was like, oh my gosh this is so cute."

At 25 she owns her own handcrafted necktie store called AENDEE.

"when I was moving in, it seemed there was a close knit community here."

And she soon found out almost all the business owners on 8th Street and Main Ave are women.

"It's a totally chick block, totally chicks rule"

AENDEE has only been open for about a month, and this small community has embraced her with open arms.

Not only do they shop at each other's store, but they send customers right next door.

"if someone is down at the antique store, Donna tells them to come around the corner, and all of a sudden there is someone there, it's really a word of mouth type thing."

This barbershop is owned by one of the only men on the block, he says times come and go, and right now it just happens to be all women.

"we talk to each other, we're very friendly block, we are no competitors to each other, because we benefit from each others business."

Like any business they each face challenges, and for Ashley, it's being a young woman. But their shared community helps to overcome some of those hurdles.

"part of it is just this underlying sense of pride."

And they even have a nickname, "chick block"

Find ANDEE on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nicolejohnsonvalleynewslive?ref=hl#!/AENDEEFARGO?fref=ts

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