Anyone driving through De Smet on Saturday probably noticed all the Grand Opening signs placed around town. Three local business celebrated their official Grand Openings and hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony.
De Smet Mercantile and Coffeehouse located at 213 Calumet Ave. SE, between Valley Fiber Com and Warne Appliance, held their ribbon cutting ceremony at noon. The store, a coffee house serving pastries from Don’s Bakery in Lake Preston and South Dakota State University ice cream, is owned and operated by Reena and Arthur Lampinen. The store also has a drive-up window, which is convenient for grabbing a quick coffee on the way to work. It is also a well-stocked bookstore featuring books for children and beginning readers, teen interests and adult interests. They also stock all kinds of toys, puzzles, novelties and knick-knacks. This would be a perfect store to tackle some of your Christmas shopping needs.
Victoria Albrecht held a ribbon cutting celebration at 2 p.m. for her new store, Cardi Girl, located at 115 2nd Street SE in De Smet, where Bedizen used to be. This is a top-notch clothing store featuring all things cardigan. Cardi Girl retails all types of clothing, sweaters, tops, jackets, shoes and many types of accessories. Albrecht also carries cardigan clothing for men. If you're interested in the latest styles and fashions, this is a “must visit” for you.
Finally, at 4 p.m., the ribbon was cut to kick off the Grand Opening and first annual Rooster Rush held at Fields Fish and Game (FF&G) at Highway 14 and 25 behind Dakotaland. David and Amanda Fields opened their store June 7 and are expanding their retail space to provide a new area for the sale of firearms. Soon, they’ll be a headquarters for pistols, rifles and shotguns. The store caters to the outdoor person with hunting, fishing and camping gear. Once the construction for the new addition is complete, firearms, ammunition, bows and archery will be displayed in that section while fishing and camping gear will remain on the east side of the business. If in need of a fishing or hunting license, they’ve got you covered. Maps, knives, ice, beer and live minnows are available at FF&G, as well.
Rooster Rush celebrated the opening day of pheasant season with a live band (Flashback) performance, a bouncy house for the kids and a cotton candy machine. Local vendors were there selling goods, and the Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society offered a display and presentation, “Hunting with Pa.”
Quite the day for the “Little Town on the Prairie.” These businesses have invested in our community; let's show our support.
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