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Jim Holland

Jose Vega had been looking for a good location in Rapid City to add to his chain of restaurants. Now, he has found a prime spot for authentic Mexican fare served up at Guadalajara’s Mexican Restaurant & Cantina.

Renovation is underway at 2205 N. Lacrosse St., the former location of TGI Friday’s, which closed late last year.

“We’re going to make it beautiful inside with all the bright colors of Mexico for a family restaurant,” Vega said in a telephone interview.

Current Guadalajara’s locations include Spearfish, Pierre, Sioux Falls and Brookings.

Consideration for transferring the liquor license from the TGI Fridays franchisee to Guadalajara’s LLC is set for Monday’s Rapid City Council meeting.

Assuming the transfer is approved, Vega hopes to have the Rapid City Guadalajara’s open by mid-November. He is also planning to move from Brookings to Rapid City to manage the restaurant.

“I will be proud to make my home in Rapid City,” he said.

Mane Boutique moves

Mane Boutique, the Wig Specialists, completed a move from Tuscany Square on Omaha Street to a free-standing building in front of the Rushmore Mall as of Oct. 3.

The relocation completes almost a full circle of moves for the business, owner Sandy Stevens said.

Mane Boutique opened inside the mall in 2013, later moving to the 500 block of Main Street, then to Tuscany Square. The new location is in front of the Sears wing of the mall.

The moves have been made for a variety of reasons, Stevens said, ranging from hours of operation required for an inside mall tenant, customer parking ease and availability to building lease arrangements.

“We really have moved around a lot, just to better accommodate our clients,” Stevens said.

Mane Boutique specializes in wigs, hair pieces, hair extensions, caps, and scarves for those suffering from natural hair loss or from loss due to medical conditions, such as cancer treatments, or for anyone just wanting a new look. The boutique also caters to transgender clients and the LGBTQ community, she said.

The location, 2118 N. Maple Ave., was once home to a shoe store and an optometrist’s office.

A former eye exam room has been converted to a hair station room, offering complete privacy for clients as they try on wigs, Stevens said.

Stevens is more than pleased with the new, just-right location. “I hope we never move again,” she said.

See Mane Boutique, the Wig Specialist’s web page, themaneboutique.net, or call 605-343-9447 for more information.

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Bakery changes hands

Star-Spangled-Batter, a west side Rapid City bakery known for its cupcakes, has been sold because of health issues for the former owner.

The new owner, Brenden Berger, plans to move the small niche bakery from a quiet corner of Steele Plaza on Canyon Lake Drive to 2130 Jackson Blvd. opening on Nov. 1, according to Tom Berger, Brenden’s father.

“With my son being culinary trained, we’re going to keep the same cupcake recipes, but he’s going to start doing cakes and a bunch of other baked goods for folks, too,” Tom said.

Brenden Berger is a Rapid City Stevens High School product and a top-of-his-class graduate of the Culinary Academy of South Dakota at Mitchell Technical Institute.

He has worked as a pastry chef at the Broadmoor Hotel and Resort in Colorado Springs, Colo., and worked at the now-closed Piece of Cake in Rapid City.

Brenden’s girlfriend, Erica Reiter, is also a pastry chef and plans to also move from Sioux Falls to help run the bakery, which will also offer over-the-counter sales, cater weddings and other special events, and operate a delivery truck.

Blaze Pizza update

Blaze Pizza opened a second Rapid City location last week, with a free pizza giveaway last Friday in exchange for customer social media engagement. The new restaurant is located at 515 Mountain View Road, joining another Blaze Pizza in the Rushmore Crossing Shopping Center.

  Contact Jim Holland at 605-394-8429 or at jim.holland@rapidcityjournal.com.

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