Talk about musical chairs. That appears to be what’s happening with the relocation of some businesses on the north end of Northpark Mall.
Old Navy, always a popular back-to-school stop, has moved into a storefront that housed Tilt, the arcade where kids could have some fun while their parents shopped.
The Old Navy store is bright and colorful, and the layout is better in that you see merchandise up front now instead of a line of cash registers.
Tilt is in the process of moving to a spot north of Old Navy that once housed a martial arts center.
Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts relocated to a small storefront on the south end of the mall after its store in the Bel-Aire Shopping Center at 20th Street and Range Line was blown away by the tornado. It’s moving to the spot that Old Navy occupied.
The new Jo-Ann store, which offers all kinds of stuff for sewing and crafts, will be much larger than the original store.
It plans to open on Aug. 31.
Speaking of the mall — it was hopping with shoppers Friday afternoon.
Today’s front-page story about Joplin’s falling unemployment rate might have something to do with that.
North Park Crossing, south of the mall, has a new shop called Plato’s Closet. It’s in the same building as Chico’s and Comeau Jewelry.
This store is not your typical secondhand clothing store. It buys gently used clothing and accessories that are top-name brands. The items need to be trendy, clean and in good condition.
Typically, the store will buy items that have been in retail stores within the past 12 to 18 months and are current styles still seen in the mall.
Here’s how it works: While you check out the latest styles in the store, the buyer will review your items. The buyer will create an offer based on style, condition, brand and the store’s current stock levels, referring to a database. Once you accept the offer, you’ll be on your way with some extra cash or some new clothing that you have found in the store.
Most stores buy and sell girls sizes 0/1 to 15/16 and guys sizes 28 to 40 waist.
The store is not selling anything at this time. It’s only buying to build up its inventory. It will be open for sales sometime in mid-September, when a grand opening is planned. It is my understanding that an opening of a Plato’s Closet can attract a really big crowd.
Stay tuned — details to come.
Not rockin’ now
The Crazy Town Rock N’ Saloon, formerly known as the Paint Stallion, has closed its doors. The property at the southeast corner of 32nd Street and Range Line Road is for lease. Details: 850-5290.
I asked Stan Bowman, the owner, if the property is for sale.
Said Bowman: “It’s always for sale.’’
New pet shop
It’s been open for about a month, but somehow I missed the arrival of Noah’s Ark Pet Shop.
It’s sandwiched in between McAlister’s Deli and an AT&T shop in a strip mall at 24th Street and South Range Line Road.
It features both freshwater and saltwater fish, exotic birds and puppies. You can get pet supplies and Royal Canin pet food there, too.
Noah’s Ark has shops in Neosho and Rogers, Ark.
Oh so tacky
I wish I had little trophies that I could give to people who define the true spirit of tacky.
On Friday, I dropped by Dude’s Donuts to pick up three maple bars — one for my 91-year-old mother, her friend and myself. Didn’t want you to think I ate ALL of them.
When I got into my car, I looked in my rearview mirror.
A woman in the front passenger seat of a white Altima opened her door and unloaded a tray of cigarette butts along the curb at the front door to Dude’s.
Now that’s truly tacky.
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