A small family dress rental business is moving out of its residential origin and into a new commercial location.
Tangled in Tulle, a business that started as the senior project for Bonneville High School graduate Emily Larson in 2012 out of her house, will open its first storefront location at 277 N. Woodruff Ave. with a grand opening event at 10 a.m. Saturday.
The project started with a goal of providing Bonneville students low-cost options on formal dress rentals for proms, pageant, and events in the region. Along with her mother Esther Larson, the two collected donations and made alterations to the dresses.
After Emily graduated in 2013, Esther took over Tangled in Tulle and continued its mission. But with a higher demand for inventory, Esther had to choose between shutting down or moving it to a larger scale.
“We haven’t moved at all from Emily’s original intent of providing an affordable variety of beautiful dresses to those of just about every size and shape,” Esther said. “We’ll have a lot more options to choose from simply because we have a lot more space now for a larger dress inventory.”
Tangled in Tulle is open from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. To learn more, visit tangledtulle.com.
KJ’S Super Stores donate
$40K for childhood nutrition
A regional chain of convenience stores recently donated proceeds from a January fundraiser to the Idaho Foodbank.
KJ’s Super Stores, a gas, car wash, and convenience store chain with locations in Idaho, Wyoming, Nevada, and Utah, donated $40,000 to the charitable organization. The Feb. 26 donation was a result of a company campaign that ran from Jan. 15 to Jan. 25.
A total of $20,000 was donated by customers at KJ’s Super Stores throughout the campaign, with the total being matched with an additional $20,000 from the company.
The campaign was focused around the idea of giving “a little extra” to provide hunger relief to those in need, Jake Hansen, regional president for KJ’s Super Stores said in a news release.
“We are committed to giving back to the communities where we do business and this campaign was something we felt very strongly about,” he said. “Based on the results, I would say our customers did too.”
The donation will be directed to statewide childhood nutrition programs, such as the School Pantry and Backpack.
“This is exactly the kind of corporate commitment we like to see and encourage,” Karen Vauk, president and CEO of the Idaho Foodbank said. “Every dollar that was collected will provide food for five meals and that will have a significant impact on the people we serve.”
Deseret Industries Store
opening in Ammon
After 40-plus years in its current location, Deseret Industries is closing its Idaho Falls store on E Street on March 17 and opening the doors to its new location in Ammon on March 22.
Deseret Industries will hold a three-day grand opening celebration March 22 to March 24 at its new location at 2885 E. 17th St. in Ammon. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at 9:30 a.m. March 22.
The 48,000-square-foot Ammon location will provide job opportunities for 105 work associates and 14 staff members.
I.F. chamber offers
The Greater Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce will host its monthly Out of the Box Networking Lunch at noon Tuesday at the Pinecrest Event Center.
According to the Chamber’s website, the Out of the Box Networking Lunch is an “opportunity to build your professional network and learn more about businesses in the community” by interacting with local business owners in a casual environment.
Admission is $12 for nonmembers and walk-up sales.
For information or to RSVP, visit idahofallschamber.com/event/box-networking-lunch-15/.
Young Professionals Network meeting
The Greater Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce’s Young Professionals Network will hold its monthly meetup from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. March 12 at Papa Tom’s Pizza, 1830 S. Woodruff Ave.
Michelle Ziel-Dingman, an Idaho Falls City Councilwoman and local business owner, will share her insights and experiences.
Business After Hours
The Greater Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce’s March Business After Hours is scheduled from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. March 15 at Phenix Salon Suites, 2243 E. 17th St.
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