Shops expanding, closing at The Bridges

Forget Me Not to close Harrisburg location

By Rosemary McCoy

A Sioux Falls home-decor shop that recently expanded to Harrisburg is consolidating its two stores into a new location in Sioux Falls.

Forget Me Not will close its Harrisburg location Saturday, May 20, owner Jody Kusek said, and the original shop at The Bridges at 57th will have its final day May 27. The business will reopen June 1 in 7,000 square feet of the former Fitness 19 location at The Bridges.

“It will help employee-wise and time-wise for me” Kusek said. “And it will be more convenient for the customers, too.”

Forget Me Not opened in 2008.

While Kusek saw great promise for the location in Harrisburg, a community that has quadrupled in size since 2000, it wasn’t worth the extra resources.

“The Sioux Falls people didn’t like the extra jaunt out there to Harrisburg,” she said.

Kusek also owns Eddy Joy Baby Boutique at the retail center at 57th Street and Western Avenue and will move that business into the new space, too. The boutique will have its own entrance, but customers will be able to move between the shops from the inside.

“That will give exposure to both stores. If customers were used to just going to one, now they can see what both stores have to offer.”

Eddy Joy Baby Boutique opened in 2012.

Eddy Joy will close May 27 to make the move.

Kusek is looking forward to moving the clothing lines she carried in Harrisburg to the new space in Sioux Falls. Tote-ally Gorgeous Boutique at The Bridges is closing, and “since we’re aimed at the same age bracket, we hope we can pick up some of them as customers,” she said.

Tote-Ally Gorgeous owners Mary Jo Vance and Heidi Schiebout decided not to renew their lease, which ends June 30. Vance said the store will close once the inventory, decor and fixtures are sold.

The women have other full-time jobs and lake homes, so with summer coming, they decided to give up the business. When they bought it in July 2014, neither one had retail experience, but they both liked to shop, Vance said.

Tote-Ally Gorgeous Boutique is going out of business.

While many boutiques do a significant portion of their sales online, Vance said she and Schiebout kept their e-commerce presence small because of the resources it would have taken to expand.

Some merchandise has been marked down and everything else is 25 percent off, she said.

Forget Me Not and Eddy Joy Baby Boutique won’t take all of the former Fitness 19 space at The Bridges, said Tammy Baumgartel, the commercial property manager for Van Buskirk Cos.

A smaller suite with 1,248 square feet is being created on the east end of the building to house Travel Leaders. The travel agency has been at 1010 W. 41st St. for more than 30 years, branch manager Amanda Quam said.

The franchise that owns the Sioux Falls business has other locations in Brookings, Pierre, Aberdeen and Willmar, Minn.

Quam said she expects to have the office open in the new space by June 5.

“We have just outgrown the space here,” she said. “We’re looking forward to having something new and are excited about moving out to The Bridges and the opportunities it will offer.”

There likely will be more new addition coming to The Bridges. Vacant spaces include the former Mode boutique and one that housed J.Ella Boutique, which relocated to a larger suite at the retail center.

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Shops expanding, closing at The Bridges

A home decor shop expanding and a boutique closing are some recent changes at The Bridges.

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