Another big construction project is starting in Sioux Falls Monday; Second Avenue will be closed from 10th Street to 11th Street.
It’s one of several major commuter streets that will be closed for construction this summer—and its’ not just a pain for drivers, but also businesses.
One business near the Second Avenue construction project just celebrated its grand opening this weekend.
“We opened yesterday at noon, May first. Our name is Total Drag, we are an independent record and cassette tape store as well as a venue for all age shows,” said owner Liz Nissen.
Total Drag is now the only live music venue in Sioux Falls that is open to people of all ages.
“We definitely saw a need. My husband and I met at an all age show when we were 16. That’s what we did when we were kids, that's what kept us out of trouble and that just didn't happen in Sioux Falls for a long time,” said Nissen.
“We just think Sioux Falls really needed and all age venue, a place for kids to come see great music...and to separate the music from the bar scene,” said owner Dan Nissen.
The new shop is already generating a lot of interest.
“The local response has been amazing...I thought we would open and no one would notice, but it has not been the case at all, its been really awesome,” said Dan Nissen.
The store owners hope the momentum will continue and that this spring’s road construction won’t be a total drag.
“You know we're really not too worried about it. It didn't affect our decision by any means, our customers will find us. We had a small line when we opened yesterday. There’s definitely a need for what we’re doing here in Sioux Falls and customers are excited,” said Liz Nissen.
Total Drag’s neighbor Common Sense said his business has endured road construction several times before. While he says it certainly affects business, he also has many loyal customers who are willing to navigate a little construction to support their favorite local business.