28th & Hennepin
K. Simone Salon, currently at 41st Street and Chicago Avenue, will move to the Wedge neighborhood this fall, filling the long-vacant space at 2817 Hennepin Ave. S.
Salon owner Karina Florenz said the space is currently undergoing a renovation, so the opening date has yet to be determined. Florenz said the new space is the same size as her current location, but she hopes the Hennepin Avenue traffic will boost the five-year-old salon’s business. Her staff will expand from four stylists to seven.
K . Simone Salon offers services for all types of hair, as well as color, waxing and nail services. Florenz said cuts range from $30 to $50, depending on the stylist. Hours for the new salon have not yet been set. Both walk-ins and appointments are welcome. A salon phone number is not yet available.
— Robyn Repya
29th & Hennepin
A San Francisco furniture company called Design Within Reach (DWR), is moving into the former Snyder’s Drug, 2939 Hennepin Ave. S. DWR spokesman Mark Major said the store will open in late October following renovations.
The Wedge neighborhood Snyder’s closed last February because of corporate financial troubles. Drink of Uptown, LLC signed a lease (and had paid rent) on the space in April, while applying for a restaurant liquor license. However, city officials said the business pulled its application this summer because owners could not secure adequate parking.
Major said DWR, known for its modern design, expanded from their exclusively catalog business two months ago. Since then, they’ve opened 27 stores nationwide.
Furniture prices range from $60 to $9,000. Major said the store will serve as a place where customers can see, touch and feel the merchandise before ordering.
He said DWR chose the Uptown area because it’s where many catalog customers are located.
Hours for the new store have not yet been set. For more information about the company, visit www.dwr.com.
— Robyn Repya
38th & Nicollet
The Theisen Vending Company, 3800 Nicollet Ave. S., is moving to Golden Valley after 29 years at their Kingfield location. Building owners are working with the Kingfield Neighborhood Association (KFNA) on redevelopment plans that would include housing.
Theisen General Manager Anita Bennett said she’s sad to leave the area, but the new location has more truck docks and space for the growing business.
KFNA staffer Sarah Linnes-Robinson said Theisen plans to sell the building for redevelopment but has agreed to work with KFNA to find a developer committed to the neighborhood’s vision of a mixed-use, retail-and-housing development.
Bennett and Linnes-Robinson said they both expect more solidified development plans by early September.