Talking Business: Beau Jo’s Pizza opens with variety, lunch buffet

2010-01-07T07:00:00Z Talking Business: Beau Jo’s Pizza opens with variety, lunch buffetBy Barbara Soderlin Journal staff Rapid City Journal
January 07, 2010 7:00 am  • 

Beau Jo's Pizza opened this week at 2520 W. Main St., the building in front of Haggerty's Music Works.

It will be open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., with a lunch buffet from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The opening special is an $8.49 lunch buffet with "all you care to eat" pizza,

soup, salad and drinks.

The restaurant, which

started in Colorado, has lots of options for people with dietary restrictions. There's gluten-free pizza, dairy-free cheese, but no peanut oil, just olive oil.

"The great thing about Beau Jo's is we can feed everyone in the household," owner Chris Baer said.

The restaurant also serves beer and wine. It doesn't deliver yet, but Baer is considering it for the future.

Photographer moves downtown

She used to work out of her home, but moving her photography business downtown recently has made a difference for Angela Pierson.

"Having that small footprint has really been a boost to my business," Pierson said.

Angela Pierson Photography is now upstairs in the Buell Building at 522 Seventh St., Suite 211.

Historic downtown buildings and the Art Alley have become

favorite backdrops for her work.

Much of her work is location-based, but having the office makes it easier for Pierson to meet clients, she said.

"They don't have to walk through my kitchen to get to my studio," she said.

The Sioux Falls native studied and taught photography at

Montana State University before moving to the Black Hills in


She specializes in documentary-style wedding photography and also handles engagement sessions, senior pictures and family portraits.

"I'm a little big younger than a majority of the photographers in town and I think my style is a little less traditional, which I think people in my generation are looking for," she said. "I think it was a niche to be filled."

Call 517-1020.

Hookah lounge now selling beer

Ifrits Hookah Lounge has been approved for a malt beverage

license and is now selling bottled beer at its 725 St. Joe location. I reported a while back that the lounge is under new ownership and the owners thought beer sales would attract a bigger crowd. It had become a hangout for the

21-and-under crowd and now that it sells beer, I can see adults wanting to spend time there, too; it's such a cool space.

Ifrits is selling some of my favorite beers: Blue Moon, Boulevard, Odell and New Belgium, and even my hometown favorite, Goose Island.


Not selling wine, but cooking with it

Someone’s in the Kitchen, the cooking supply store, is applying for a retail wine license, but it’s not because it is going to start selling wine.

Owner Dave Lyons said the store offers cooking classes, and some of the chefs like to offer wine pairings with the dishes the students create. Lyons said city officials told him he needed a wine license, even though it’s a “gray area in the law,” just to be sure the store is in compliance.

So you won’t see racks of wine at the store anytime soon.

“We’re busy enough, to get into offering wine,” Lyons said.

Warm up your finances

Nothing makes you feel warm inside like knowing you have money in the bank, except maybe a Snuggie. Wells Fargo in Rapid City is putting the two together and offering customers the instant cult classic blanket with sleeves if they open a checking package or business services package by the end of January.

It’s an interesting idea for a promotion, maybe a little more fun than the traditional toaster giveaway. Snuggies come in green, camel and leopard. Leopard sounds like fun, but green might be the best reminder to keep stashing away money in that new account.

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