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McClatchy-Tribune  08/31/2014 10:46 AM ET
The Bismarck Tribune, N.D., Jessica Holdman column [The Bismarck Tribune, N.D. :: ]

Aug. 31--Mommies2B, a clothing store for expectant mothers, will open Wednesday in Bismarck.

The store is located in Northbrook Mall on North Washington Street, near China Garden.

"The companies I carry are for before, during and after so you don't have to be pregnant to wear them," said owner Erin Magelky. "It's something you don't wear for only six months."

Magelky will carry brands like Lilac, Milkstars, Japanese Weekend and Olian. She also has diaper bags, accessories and foot soak "for those swollen feet."

The store also has a play area to keep kids entertained while moms shop.

Magelky said she got the idea for the store during her own pregnancy. She shopped online for most of her maternity wear and wanted to offer something more convenient for other women.

The store is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

New furniture store

Fundamental Furniture, a new furniture store, is opening near the Kirkwood Mall in Bismarck.

The store is in the former Optimum Fitness space in the strip mall along Bowen Avenue and is set to open in early October.

The store will sell mattresses on one side and bedroom furniture, sofas, art and accessories on the other. There will be space for about 20 mattresses. The furniture will be set up in mock rooms and anything on the floor can be bought and taken home that day. There also will be a catalogue to order from.

The store has not announced which brands it will carry but it is part of a buying group, giving it the ability to get bigger brand names.

An in-house designer will be available to those people who want to do big remodeling projects.

The store has a Facebook page and will soon have a website. Hours have not yet been decided.

Kids music and dance studio

Little Movements, a music and dance studio for infants through early school-age kids, is open in Kirkwood Mall.

The studio, located near JC Penney, will offer daily, early evening and Saturday morning classes at the studio. Owner Angie Neigum said she will also give classes off site at home day care centers and preschools and will host birthday parties at the studio.

Some of the classes include "musical adventures" where kids will learn to play instruments and preschool dance where students will learn ballet and a variety of other genres.

Neigum said she got the idea for Little Movements from 16 years as a home day care operator and being a dancer for even longer. She was teaching classes and began getting more demand, so she decided to make it her primary business.

"I love dance and I love little kids," she said.

Neigum said there are not many indoor activities in Bismarck for kids ages 1 to 3.

"These people need a place to take their kids," she said.

Parents will be able to drop kids off and go shopping or they can choose to stay and watch. A play will be set up for siblings, "so it's very child and family friendly."

Enrollment is open, Neigum said. Classes will be limited to no more than 10 kids. Parents can choose to pay monthly or per class. Kids can be signed up via Facebook message or email at littlemovements@mail.com.

 

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