Biz buzz // Inizio

Inizio moves to 50th & Penn

Boutique retailer Inizio Gifts, a staple in Calhoun Commons during the last decade, is moving this month into the former Birch Clothing space at 2309 W. 50th St.

Owner Pat Hefferan said March 6 would be the store’s last day in its current location at 3070 Excelsior Blvd. She planned to reopen in the new space by March 19.

“It was a goal of mine to get in kind of a neighborhood setting and close to home,” said Hefferan, who lives near the new location.

Inizio’s clothing, jewelry, bath and body, baby gifts and other offerings will remain, but Hefferan hopes to introduce more handmade and fair-trade items.

“I’m trying to put my energy into things that have a story to them,” she said.

The new store will be open 11 a.m.–7 p.m. Monday–Saturday and noon–5 p.m. Sunday. The phone number at the new store will be 886-3535 and the website is still iniziogifts.com. A grand opening celebration featuring local artists is planned for Earth Day, April 22.

———

Pizzeria to take over Xerxes Market space

A neighborhood pizzeria named Lola’s is slated to move this summer into the former Xerxes Market space at 5555 Xerxes Ave. S.

Conrad Leifur, who will own and operate the restaurant with wife Ann Kim, presented the concept last month to the Armatage Neighborhood Association. The plan, he said, is to create a place that’s a mix between Café Maude (5411 Penn Ave. S.) and Punch Neopolitan Pizza (a chain with several Twin Cities locations).

The owners plan to seek a wine and beer license and offer beer on tap. Bar seating will be available in addition to traditional dining seats. They have no plans to pursue a full liquor license.

Leifur said the restaurant, named after the family dog, would provide take-out service, but not delivery. Hours are planned to be 5 p.m.–11 p.m. seven days a week to start. A soft opening is planned in August.

———

Zeno becomes Fusion

After being revamped with a new interior look and the addition of a sushi bar, Zeno Cafe officially became Fusion March 1.

According to manager Dan Dinovis, the business did not change owners. Rather, a new name seemed necessary in order to accompany the new look, atmosphere and fare.

Zeno’s reputable desserts and other menu favorites are still available, but the rest of the menu will be undergoing expansion in the near future, Dinovis said.

Fusion’s is open Tuesday and Wednesday, 4 p.m.–11 p.m., and Thursday-Monday, 4 p.m.–2 a.m.

———

Shop in the City closes

After more than 30 years as a businesswoman on the corner of 50th and Xerxes, Linda Getchell is letting the lease to her shop run out on March 15.

Getchell is the familiar face and voice of Shop in the City, a unique gift and novelty shop that has been a retail favorite since its opening in 2003. The store will continue business at its other location on 48th and Chicago. Getchell’s son, Jake Sanders, is the current owner.

Prior to Shop in the City, the store was Getchell’s Antiques. “We had a wonderful antique business and it was a darling little store,” Getchell said.

Getchell said the move is a sentimental one for her who has developed so many relationships over the course of the years, but explained that it was necessary for many reasons as well. The most recent reason, following a string a crime in the past year and the loss of their parking spots to restriping, was her daughter being robbed at the store.

Getchell said she’ll miss owning a business on her corner.

“I thank everybody on that part of town for making it such a good run for 30 years,” she said.