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New in town: Several retail businesses open in Alexandria

Recently opened at 630 Broadway Street, Flourish Boutique sells a variety of women’s clothing, jewelry, makeup and Minnesota apparel. (Beth Leipholtz | Echo Press)

Vacancies in Alexandria storefronts are being filled, as five businesses have relocated or opened in locations on Highway 29 North, downtown and the Viking Plaza Mall.

Not 2 Shabby

Previously known as the Golden Giraffe, Not 2 Shabby is at 109 6th Avenue West. It is now owned by Chris and Tiffany Schmidt. The Schmidts were involved with the Golden Giraffe, as Tiffany worked there and the couple refurbished furniture for the store. When the previous owners decided to sell, it seemed logical for them to take over, Tiffany says.

Many of the consignors at the store will remain the same, with the addition of some new ones. The lower level is available for renters who would like to use the space for refurbishing. The store will be honoring gift cards for the Golden Giraffe through the end of the year.

The Blue Rooster Shoppe

This vintage shop is owned by brother and sister team Bill Capp and Susie Trexler. The two go out and search for items, such as furniture and decor, bringing them back to the store to sell or repurpose.

"Some we leave as is," Trexler said. "Other things I'm able to refinish and refurbish, sometimes changing what it was altogether into something new and trendy."

The shop also has a corner dedicated to succulents, a type of plant that requires less maintenance than typical plants.

"There's an old vintage enamel dish tub that has dirt in it, so they can put the dirt in the new vessel they choose and the succulent in that," Trexler said.

The Blue Rooster Shoppe is located at 1001 Highway 29 North in Alexandria. It is open Wednesday from 4 to 6 p.m., and Thursday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Flourish Boutique

Located at 630 Broadway Street, Flourish Boutique boasts a variety of women's clothing, jewelry, makeup and Minnesota apparel. It occupies part of what used to be Randy's Men's Wear in downtown.

Flourish Boutique is open Wednesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Gala Event Boutique

Described as an upscale consignment boutique, The Gala Event Boutique was previously located on North Nokomis. It is reopening Oct. 2 at 509 Broadway Avenue, the space which previously housed Audrey's.

The boutique sells consigned wedding dresses, bridal party dresses, formal wear, party attire, mother-of-the-bride dresses, flower girl dresses and prom dresses, as well as decorations and decor.

Lakes Pottery

As a paint-your-own pottery studio, Lakes Pottery is seasonal, open November through January. It is in the Viking Plaza Mall, in the old Hallmark location.

The owner, Erin Fredriksen, used to be an art teacher and currently runs an art studio for guests at the resort she and her husband own. Because she often got calls from members of the public hoping to use the studio, she decided to open Lakes Pottery.

"We're interested in doing this for our local folks during the winter, when there's not much to do and it's cold and crappy," she said.

The studio will have more than 400 items for patrons to choose from. They are able to paint the item as they please. Fredriksen then glazes and fires it, and it is able to be picked up a few days later.

"You can be be a crazy awesome artist, or use stencils and sponges and fingers with no skills whatsoever," Fredriksen said.

Groups can call and make appointments at the studio, or simply walk in. The studio will be open Thursday through Sunday, beginning Thursday, Nov. 2.

Beth Leipholtz

Beth is a reporter at the Echo Press. She graduated from the College of Saint Benedict in May 2015 with a degree in Communication and Hispanic Studies. Journalism has always been her passion, but she also enjoys blogging and graphic design. In her spare time, she's most likely at Crossfit or at home with her boyfriend and three dogs.

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