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Sioux Falls Business Journal: Local furniture story a national success

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The Sioux Falls Business Journal will feature FurnitureMart USA in this week's cover story – they're ranked among the top 50 furniture businesses in the country.

You may know them as the owners of South Dakota Furniture Mart, Unclaimed Freight and soon, a new Ashley Furniture Homestore on the east side. But this company is much bigger.

Owner Bill Hinks is leading Ashley's expansion into Iowa, building eight stores there in three years – and he's opening one in Fargo later this year. Hinks also owns the Western Mall, which is seeing major improvements including new restaurants, the expansion at Scheels and a renovated West Mall 7.

We'll have the rest of the Furniture Mart story in tomorrow's Business Journal.

And if the subzero weather has you craving the days of patio dining, there's one restaurant in Sioux Falls that might have a solution.

Carnaval Brazilian Grill has installed a four-season outdoor dining area. It can seat 70 people and features retractable glass walls and a roof over part of the existing patio. Inside, there are radiant overhead heaters to keep you warm – even on days like today.

At night, there are strings of lights that give it a different atmosphere. It's been open a couple of weeks and is mostly used for parties and large groups. The owner first saw the concept a few years ago and thought it would be a way to expand the restaurant without having to build on.

The next closest patio of this kind is at a restaurant in Minneapolis.

You can pick up the Business Journal tomorrow on newsstands – or you can find it online, anytime.

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