The Bridges Gives Back

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Philanthropy is alive and well at The Bridges. Our generous locally owned shops, service industries and restaurants are proud to be part of such a great community, and they show that pride by giving back to all kinds of causes and organizations. This October, we highlight “Giving Back at the Bridges” with some special charity events and a thank you to all of you who help make these events so successful. While we feature giving back this October, our locations help our community all year long—some of them every single day.

Posh Boutique is hosting Denim Does Good, a charity event for The Teddy Bear Den in Sioux Falls. Customers can bring in gently used denim in exchange for a $30 off a new pair, and all the donated jeans go to low income pregnant women and new moms. This event is happening now through October 7th.

J.Ella Boutique is donating 10% of sales every Sunday in the month of October to help decorate and furnish rooms at a domestic abuse shelter.

You’ve Been Framed is donating 15% off all Alex and Ani purchases made on October 19th from 4 pm- 7pm to the Edith Sanford Breast Cancer Foundation.

Shop Dog Boutique is hosting a Retrieve a Golden of the Midwest event on October 28th. Rescued golden retrievers will be available for adoption and proceeds of special bakery sales will go directly to supporting RAGOM. Shop Dog also sells Give Pet products, and with every 200 bags sold, 2000 dog treats are donated to the Sioux Falls Humane Society.

Kidtopia will help birthdays be special at the Children’s Home Society by making sure kids with birthdays get nice new gifts—not just in October, but all year long.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and Sanford Women’s Health Plaza, located at The Bridges, urges you to get your mammograms and take part in breast cancer events. All month long, you’ll find events and promotions for the Edith Sanford Breast Foundation across Siouxland to help raise money and awareness in an effort to find a cure. Find out more at sanfordhealthfoundation.com.

Flyboy Donuts and Oh My Cupcakes! both rank high on the “giving back” scale with countless donations of donuts and cupcakes to various organizations and causes. They do this almost daily and without thinking twice. Both locations are such a sweet gift to The Bridges.

Of course, none of this generosity could be possible without amazing customers like you. Thank you for supporting The Bridges and your local entrepreneurs!

Women entrepreneurs mean business at The Bridges

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If you’re a woman with a dream of owning her own business, you’ll find all the inspiration you need at The Bridges at 57th Street. Here, the majority of creative, successful businesses are owned by local women who are making a serious impact on the Sioux Falls shopping scene and beyond. To date, sixteen Bridges locations are owned or co-owned by women.

Many of these women got their start at The Bridges and have since grown their businesses to include additional locations, expanded product lines, more square footage, unique community events or all of the above. While they all took different paths to entrepreneurship, they share similar stories about “taking the big leap” into starting a business. 

Want some examples?

Take Melissa Johnson, owner of Oh My Cupcakes! Melissa refers to herself as an “accidental business owner,” who started a small cupcake business with a little money and a lot of love. Today, her shop is one of Sioux Falls’ most popular food destinations and she has a Facebook following of nearly 20,000 people.

Jody Kusek, owner of Forget Me Not and Eddy Joy Baby Boutique, launched one of the first stores at The Bridges in 2008 and just recently expanded into a newly renovated 7,000 square foot space that houses both of her locations across the lower level of one of the Bridges buildings.

Sheryl Nelson was a stay-at-home mom and substitute teacher who started working at Kidtopia Toy Store at The Bridges. She bought the stores six months later.  Sheryl recently renovated her Bridges location, which has a strong following of loyal customers. She also opened a second location at Dawley Farms.

Tamara Dettler began her entrepreneurial path as a custom framer, but her store, You’ve Been Framed, has morphed and expanded over the years into a unique collection of clothing, jewelry, home décor and baby apparel—in addition to custom framing. Today, You’ve Been Framed carries Alex and Ani as well as Pandora, among other popular product lines. Tamara and her husband Dave recently took a leap in a new direction by opening the first Moe’s Home Collection franchise in the United States, which is located at Lake Lorraine.

The stories of growth and success go on and on at The Bridges at 57th Street, thanks to the passionate and determined local owners who pour their hearts into their businesses. Along the way, many of them have also poured their hearts into the community.

“I think most of the stores here believe in giving back,” explains Sheryl Nelson, owner of Kidtopia Toy Store. “For example, Kidtopia donates birthday gifts to every child at Children’s Home Society each year. We feel it’s important for these kids to get something special on their birthday. We’re happy to do it.”

If you’d like to support a female entrepreneur who either owns or co-owns a Sioux Falls business, consider the following locations at The Bridges at 57th Street:

Amavo

Belle Touche Aveda

Club Pilates

Eddy Joy Baby Boutique

Edible Arrangements

Eiler’s Furs

Elegant Xpressions

Forget Me Not

J.Ella Boutique

Kidtopia

Mathnasium

Oh My Cupcakes!

Posh Boutique

Rainn Salon and Spa

Shop Dog Boutique

You’ve Been Framed

For more information about The Bridges at 57th Street, contact tammy@vbclink.com or call 605.361.8211.

 

Get ready to fall for The Bridges

The delivery trucks are rolling in daily, filled with awesomeness for the upcoming fall season. We love the fall décor, the fall flavors and especially the fall fashions at The Bridges. We are excited for this change of seasons and all the traditions that go with it—but like the school kids, we’re still not quite ready to say good-bye to summer.

The Bridges Dog Days of Summer continues every Saturday through the end of the month. Bring your dogs to all the dog-friendly stores and patios at The Bridges and spend the day with your furry best friend. We’ve had a lot of fun with this and you can bet The Bridges will be “going to the dogs” more often. 

Nothing says summer like a farmer’s market, and our Cherry Rock Farmer’s Market has some of the season’s best produce available every Thursday from 2 pm-6 pm in the Bridges parking lot between Gunderson’s and Bracco. If you haven’t had a fresh Cherry Rock Farm’s tomato, you are truly missing out.

With convenient access to the Sioux Falls bike trail system, The Bridges has become a popular spot for bikers who love Flyboy Donuts, Oh My Cupcakes, a little caffeinated energy from Scooter’s Coffee or some beverages at Starz and Bracco. The Bridges has installed several bike racks, so bike on over and enjoy all we have to offer.

We all know August is the month for back-to-school, and some of our locations are more than ready. You’ll find a great selection of unique backpacks at Kidtopia as well as educational supplies, toys and games. Kidtopia celebrates 10 years at The Bridges and will be having a big anniversary party on September 9th—stay tuned for details! Mathnasium is also gearing up for another school year and are here to help your students better learn and excel at all levels of math.

This month we welcome our new friends at Club Pilates as they open their doors with a new Pilates studio equipped with EXO chairs, springboards, TRX, ladder barrel, barre, mats, balls and weights. The studio will be located just two doors down from Scooter’s coffee next to Mathnasium.

We are also looking forward to opening Dakota Seafood this fall in the former Cleaver’s Market location. Construction continues on this space as we prepare for the arrival of fresh, amazing seafood. We will keep you posted on the exact opening date—our mouths are already watering.

As always, thank you for making The Bridges a favorite regional destination. Enjoy the rest of your summer!

Summer Crazy Days

If the fact that it’s already July isn’t CRAZY enough, the Bridges at 57th Street is taking crazy up a notch with our fun Summer Crazy Days event this month. Stop by July 21-23 and find huge summer clearance sales up to 75% off at your favorite Bridges locations. On Saturday July 22, we’re having a little extra fun from 2-4 pm with East River Treats ice cream truck, Twisted Chick Balloon Twister, Cherry Rock Farmer’s Market, a live remote, Dog Days (dogs allowed at all participating locations) and more! Our annual Summer Crazy Days event is a great time to get out and enjoy the park-like atmosphere of The Bridges at 57th Street and is perfect for a girl’s day out, a family outing or even a stop with the dog.


This summer is also bringing about some fresh new changes at The Bridges. A couple of your favorite stores have moved to a different space to offer an even better shopping experience. The new Forget Me Not store offers more square footage, the addition of some fun clothing lines and the added bonus of being connected to Eddy Joy Baby Boutique next door. Both stores are now located just south of Bracco on the first level. 


The Bridges at 57th Street also recently welcomed Travel Leaders, one of the area’s favorite travel agencies. Travel Leaders has a combined 65 years in the travel industry and we are excited to have them here. We are also anticipating the arrival of Dakota Seafood as they are busy remodeling the former Cleaver’s Market space to accommodate loads of FRESH tasty seafood. Dakota Seafood has plans to open this fall. Finally, you can look forward to something completely new as we welcome a pilates studio to The Bridges. Final plans are still underway and you will be hearing more about this in the very near future (during Crazy Days, hint hint).


We are always proud of our local owners and their amazing successes, and this month we’d like to share a few. Flyboy Donuts has expanded its services to offer a very cool Donut Truck that is happy to make appearances all over town and at all kinds of events. Check it out at flyboydonuts.com. Shop Dog Boutique was also ranked one of America’s Coolest Stores by Pets+ magazine. J.Ella Boutique launched #BeKindSD to help spread kindness. We love our creative, amazing entrepreneurs!