Comings & Goings

July 2, 2019

Here’s a look at recent changes in the business landscape in the Sioux Falls area.

The Hilton Garden Inn Downtown is adding a Starbucks. The hotel along the Big Sioux River at Eighth Street is turning its indoor pool area into a full-service coffee shop. It’s expected to open this fall.

Thunder Road is adding an indoor center at its family fun park at 201 N. Kiwanis Ave. The expansion, which is expected to open next spring, will turn it into a year-round business. The new center will include a full-service restaurant, snack bar, large arcade, laser tag, and miniature and traditional bowling. There also will be several rooms for parties and corporate events. Thunder Road’s outdoor attractions include go-kart tracks, miniature golf, bumper boats and human foosball.

The Paisley Pod has opened a storefront in Brandon. The business started as a mobile boutique, and the truck will continue to be used for off-site events. The women’s clothing store is in a retail center at Sioux and Holly boulevards in the former Marco’s Pizza space.

A new business introducing unique all-electric vehicles to the U.S. has started in Sioux Falls with plans to create a national distribution network. Momentum MotorWerks sells all-electric vehicles built on a golf cart chassis. Developed and manufactured in China, they go up to 25 miles per hour for 75 miles and take six to eight hours to recharge. The showroom is at 27109 Independence Ave. near the Tea exit at I-29.

The former Bob’s Cafe building at 1312 W. 12th St. has a new owner who isn’t sure yet what type of business he plans to open there. Dale Dachtler previously owned Dakota Grill in Tea.

The Lake Lorraine Farmers Market is open from 4 to 7 p.m. every Thursday in a parking lot near 32nd and Marion. It will operate through October.

Alice’s Attic Doll Clothes has closed. The store at 1716 S. Marion Road opened in 2015.

Michael Rolfes has started Quite Frankly and The Daily Donut food trailers. The trailers will be at summer festivals and downtown on the weekends and is available for private gatherings. The menu for Quite Frankly includes pulled-pork hot dogs, loaded chili dogs, regular hot dogs, and nachos with pork or beef.  The Daily Donut serves mini-doughnuts and strawberry smoothies.

Paws Pet Resort will add a second building to its site at 7121 S. Cliff Ave. to meet the demand for luxury pet services. The new building will double the available space for day care and feature an indoor pool for year-round lessons for dock diving and swimming, and pool parties. Owner Jeanine Hoff Lubben hopes that construction can start in the fall and that the building would be ready in February. Current day-care space in the original building, which opened in February 2018, will allow Paws to create a separate day-care program for puppies and expand training classes for dogs of all ages.

Escapades is adding “rage rooms” to its escape-room offerings. Customers can break, smash, bash and pulverize everything from dishes to household items such as computers, TVs and furniture using hammers, bats, golf clubs and even sledgehammers. The new offering is expected to open later this summer at Escapades, 3313 S. Western Ave.

National retailer Apricot Lane Boutique is opening a store at Lake Lorraine. The boutique says it caters to women of all ages with new styles weekly and high-quality, designer-inspired pieces at affordable prices. It’s expected to open in late summer or early fall.

Ride-sharing service Uber has started to operate in Sioux Falls.

La Luna Cafe is coming to The Cascade at Second and Phillips. The cafe will be open at breakfast through early evening and will feature “gigantic snacks” as opposed to full meals, said Tatiana Jaimes, who will manage the restaurant for her parents with her brother.  Salvador and Edith Jaimes owned several restaurants in their native El Salvador and are now pastors at Restoration in Christ Church. One-quarter of the cafe’s proceeds will benefit the church. The plan is to open the cafe in the new mixed-used building this fall.

HealthSource of Sioux Falls South is building a standalone clinic for its chiropractic services. It expects to move from 1205 E. 57th St. to the new location at 5128 S. Cliff Ave. by November.

Great Western Bancorp Inc. is planning to purchase and assume management of the trust assets of Colorado-based Independent Bank. The acquisition is expected to close in October. As of March 31, Independent Bank’s trust department had $311.7 million in assets held in fiduciary or agency capacities. As of the same time, Great Western Bank had $1.3 billion in assets under administration.

Hegg Construction is a new division of Hegg Cos. In addition to projects for other businesses, it will provide in-house services for the company, which works in hospitality development and management, commercial brokerage, corporate real estate services, multifamily development and property management. Years ago, Hegg Cos., which was founded in 1945, offered construction services.

Kingbird Coffee Shop is coming to Brandon. If construction goes as planned, owner Bill Cutrer hopes to open the artisan-style coffeehouse in early August at 515 N. Splitrock Blvd. Kingbird will have seating and a drive-thru. It will be in the same retail center as Gypsy Trading Co., which Cutrer and his wife, Ellison, own. They also own the building.

While Family Dollar is remodeling a site for a new store in south-central Sioux Falls, it’s closing another location. The final day for the store at 518 N. Kiwanis Ave. is July 13.

The Great Plains Zoo has added a Walkabout Australia exhibit. It features kangaroos, lorikeets and sheep, and allows visitors to be in the same spaces as the animals and birds.

The State Theatre is expected to being showing movies in spring 2020 after receiving a $3.5 million donation from T. Denny Sanford and a proposed $1.5 million contribution from the city of Sioux Falls. The Phillips Avenue landmark will show first-run movies, Hollywood blockbusters and art-house films.

B&G Milkyway has opened in southeast Sioux Falls. The franchise, which is owned by Andrew and Lindsay Gibbins, is on 41st Street near the entrance to Harmodon Park. It’s open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

Nelson Engineering Inc. has changed its name to Nelson Baker Biotech Inc. to reflect its niche. The company brands itself as an innovative engineering, procurement and construction firm in the industrial biotech space. Its office is at 500 W. Hanger St. near the Sioux Falls Regional Airport.

Sanford Health plans to merge with Des Moines-based UnityPoint Health, a move that would create an organization with more than 83,000 employees and more than $11 billion in annual revenue. The deal would create one of the 15 largest nonprofit health care systems in the country. The hope is to finalize it by the end of the year, pending regulatory approval. Sanford CEO Kelby Krabbenhoft would be CEO following the merger.

Dani Fashion Outlet on West 41st Street has closed because owner Jennifer Lozano and her family are moving to Texas. Lozano opened the store in February, selling overstocked brand-name clothing for women and juniors.

Send Comings & Goings news to Jodi@SiouxFalls.Business.

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