DTSF launches assistance program as stores close, limit hours

March 19, 2020; last update at 6 p.m. March 27

The Downtown Sioux Falls Inc. organization has launched a financial aid program for downtown businesses impacted by COVID-19, as some retailers are beginning to close or reduce hours in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Businesses in the downtown area are eligible for $1,000 in assistance in both March and April. The payments are subject to fund availability and come from an existing DTSF economic development fund that was established more than two decades ago with contributions from banks and other partners in the community.

“This financial aid is a grant our members can use however they see fit to get through the economic crisis,” the downtown organization said in a statement.

The first deadline is noon March 23. The second deadline for financial aid will be noon April 20.

To begin the process, complete this worksheet — Economic Injury Worksheet – 051410 — and email it to info@dtsf.com and tell DTSF the answer to the following question: Assuming COVID-19 is not a threat in 90 days, do you expect your business to be in full operation by the end of summer?

To check on downtown stores open for ordering, click here. 

If your business has further news updates, email jodi@siouxfalls.business.

DTSF also produced a podcast this week with more information for both businesses and the public. You can listen to it here:

Here are updates from other business including those that largely will be closed.

Plum’s Cooking Co.

As of March 27, the store at the 8th & Railroad Center has closed its doors to the public until further notice.

“After much lamenting and thought, we have decided to close our doors for now. We will still be available for calls, questions and appointments. We feel this is the right decision for our customers and employees. Each of us have a responsibility to one another, let’s make it matter!”

Escape 605

The ax-throwing and games business is closed until at least April 1.

JuLiana’s Boutique La Femme

As of March 24, the boutique is temporarily closed. To make a purchase, contact the business through Instagram on Facebook.


The boutique closed as of 5 p.m. March 21 until further notice “in an effort to help ‘flatten the curve.’ … Please consider supporting us online at shopmintandbasil.com during this difficult time.” New arrivals and promotions will be posted on Instagram and Facebook.

605 Running Co.

Walk-in shopping closed, but customers can order online at run605.com. Orders can be delivered or picked up at the store from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.


The women’s clothing boutique is closed until March 31, according to a sign on its door. Shopping is available online at primpyourself.com and through Instagram and Facebook.

Laurie Belle’s Boutique

The boutique is closed temporarily, but customers can shop online at lauriebelles.com.

Rehfeld’s Art & Framing

The business is limiting access to the art gallery. Staff members are in the shop to help with framing or artwork consultation from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Terra Shepherd Boutique & Apothecary

The shop closed its doors to the public as of 5 p.m. March 23, but online shopping is available at terrashepherd.com. Free delivery is available in the Sioux Falls metro area on orders of  $35 or more. Free domestic shipping is offered on orders of $75 or more. It’s also creating a community group on Facebook for yoga classes, workshops, product tutorials and feedback on potential new products.

Mrs. Murphy’s Irish Gifts

The store is temporarily closed. According to a note on the door, arrangements can be made for those who need to buy a special gift.

Home Porch Gifts

The store is temporarily closed but shopping is available at homeporchgifts.com.

Child’s Play Toys

The toy store is temporarily closed but is offering curbside pickup from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday and free delivery in Sioux Falls. Shoppers can see inventory at childsplaytoyssf.com “or FaceTime us and we’ll take you through the store.”


The Italian leather goods shop is closed — “If schools are open, we will be open too” — but customers can shop online at shopatluca.com.

Duluth Trading Co.

The store is temporarily closed, but customers can shop at duluthtrading.com.


The optical shop closed March 23 with a tentative reopening date of March 30. Limited service is available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays by appointment.

Vishnu Bunny Tattoo & Piercing

The shop has been closed “for a spell” since March 17.

“This short-term bump in the road is not the end of the road; it’s just a pause. Vishnu Bunny will be back shortly with awesome artists, awesome jewelry and fantastic First Friday celebrations – something tells me there will be a whatever-day-of-the-week celebration when we are back. So stay tuned. Be on the lookout for special offers that will be coming down the road for our super ultra grand amazing reopening.”

MK Threads

The boutique in the Jones421 Building is closed temporarily as of March 24, but customers can shop at mkthreadsboutique.com.

Sharing the Dream

The fair trade store in the Jones421 Building is closed temporarily as of March 24. The shop is staffed with volunteers and wants to ensure their safety. Customers can shop at sharingthedream.org.

Crosstown Vinyl

The record shop is closed but if offering contact-free curbside pickup.

Barbara’s Needlepoint

The store at the 8th & Railroad Center is closed to shoppers, but they can call if they need to pick up or drop off items. “We will still be shipping out products, threads and finishing.”

Josiah’s Coffeehouse Cafe & Bakery

As of 3 p.m. March 20, the restaurant will be closed “for the foreseeable future” and evaluate if it’s possible to reopen March 28.

Monks House of Ale Repute

As of March 20, the craft beer bar is closed until further notice.

Club David

The downtown bar announced March 23 that it is closed temporarily.


As of March 23, the downtown bar and grill is temporarily closed.

Top Hat Bar

The downtown bar announced March 22 that it is closed.

Crawford’s Bar & Grill

The restaurant announced March 19 that it is closed temporarily.

“Heart-wrenching. We decided yesterday to lock up the doors. The moment this passes we will be open and ready to serve and entertain you again. We cherish each and every one of our employees and customers. You all mean so much to us and we cannot wait to see you all again.”

Zandbroz Variety

Zandbroz Variety will close March 19 and will “reopen again when authorities deem it safe to do so,” the store said in a statement.

Carryout services will be available from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Call 605-331-5137 or email carryout@zandbroz.com. Owner Jeff Danz said there are plenty of books, games and puzzles to help with cabin fever.

M.B. Haskett

M.B. Haskett has closed for the foreseeable future.

“Our operation is fully dependent on gathering our community to interact socially and joyfully, to share in each other’s presence,” the restaurant said in a statement. “Social gathering is this disease’s greatest weapon to hurt us.”

Oshima Sushi Japanese Cuisine

The downtown restaurant announced March 19 that it’s closed until further notice.

Carpenter Bar and The Treasury at Hotel on Phillips

The downtown bars announced March 17 that they will be closed for the next 14 days.

“The safety of our employees and customers is of the utmost concern to us every day and even more so right now. And because of this unprecedented situation surrounding the coronavirus and the recommendations made by our government, we feel that our establishment is really not the best place to host and serve guests right now. For the next 14 days, we’re going to lock the doors, hunker down at home, continue to assess this ever-changing situation and plan for brighter days ahead. Thank you, to everyone. We love you all and wish you good health. See you soon!”

Lucky’s Bar

The downtown bar is closed and hopes to reopen at 3 p.m. April 1.

“We feel it’s the responsible thing to do for our employees and customers.”

Paramount Cocktails & Food

The restaurant group that owns Paramount Cocktails & Food has closed the business until further notice.

“We look forward to reopening soon with great live music on Fridays and Saturdays.”


As of March 18, the downtown bar and restaurant is closed for 14 days.

“Many people have asked us since we opened, ‘What is the meaning behind the “I Love You” sign on your patio?’ Until this moment, we’ve never discussed it with the public. The simple truth is that love drives us. We love our community. We love our customers. And most of all, we love our staff, our families and Sioux Falls. At the end of the day, the meaning of the sign was meant to be interpreted in any way that would make YOU smile, think and enjoy it. We feel that people don’t say, nor hear, the words ‘I Love You’ enough. The sign is meant to represent all of us, especially during these challenging times.

“So because we love you, we want to do our part in helping everyone stay as safe and healthy as possible. At 12 a.m. tonight, we will be shutting our doors to the public for the recommended 14 days.

“We hope to see you all again in the very near future for many more fun-filled times to come. Just remember during these next couple weeks to tell your loved ones that you love them because in the end that’s all that matters.

“Until we see you again, stay safe and healthy!”


The downtown bar announced March 19 that it is closed until April 1.

“In the best interest of the community and for our employees’ well-being we have decided to close until April 1. Your safety and health is our No. 1 priority, and we will do everything we can in order to keep our amazing city safe and healthy. If you need any additional information email us at info@wileysbar.com.”

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DTSF launches assistance program as stores close, limit hours

The Downtown Sioux Falls Inc. organization has launched a financial aid program for downtown businesses impacted by COVID-19, as some retailers are beginning to close or reduce hours in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

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