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Shopping in Sioux Falls

December 16, 2008 - Cindy Votruba
This past Friday I had the day off from work, so I took off to Sioux Falls to go shopping with a friend of mine. He needed to get presents for his niece and nephews, possibly his parents and siblings. I did need to get some presents, but mainly I just wanted to get out of town.

We made a pit stop in Pipestone at an antiques place. Don’t ask me why he wanted to stop there, we just did. We moseyed around assorted knick knacks, including an old violin with no strings and some random computer for $35 that he kept trying to get me to take a look at. I was not interested in another old, used computer. Already have one of those.

Went to Red Lobster for lunch. I think the last time I was at Red Lobster was three years ago when my friend Michele and I visited old friends in Duluth. We thought, “boy, there are still a lot of people shopping today.” Well, it was close to the weekend, I can see that. But we went out to the mall anyways.

I was surprised there wasn’t a specific toy store at the Empire Mall (unless we missed it on the mall directory thing). I thought there would a be a KB Toys or something to that effect. Ross did get a few of his presents at one of the calendar kiosks. Took care of siblings and their significant others.

A couple or so hours into shopping, Ross commented on how he didn’t see the big deal about shopping in Sioux Falls for Christmas. It’s been a few years since he’s been there. Of course, shopping anywhere during the Christmas season can be a little treacherous. I saw a near miss on 41st, where some car was trying to back up to attempt a turn or a u-turn and almost hit another vehicle. Crazy. I’m a nervous rider, but I trusted Ross to drive my Jeep.

Our next stop was at Barnes and Noble. Let’s just say, it took more than an hour for him to pick out books. (sorry Ross). But he’s pretty meticulous about his choices. We went onto Hobby Lobby and then to Shopko. That’s where we got the toys — his for the niece and nephews; mine for the Toys for Tots kids i chose off the tree at the Marshall Wal-Mart. Then we ate again at Arby’s before one last stop at Best Buy, looking for an anime he wanted to get. It wasn’t there, but I was almost tempted to buy a Mystery Science Theater 3000 collection (I turned it down at $49.99, for now).

But all in all, it was fun shopping, but just a little tiring. I was ready to get the heck out of Dodge (or in this case, Sioux Falls).

Oh, and yeah, I got another Cinnabon. Actually, two.


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