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Quaint and Quirky moves to new space

The new Quaint and Quirky shop will be located at 216 Second St., next door to Mississippi Clayworks. Norgaarden is still working on getting a new sign for the space, but has set up displays in the window for passersby. Kelsey Roy / RiverTown Multimedia

After being open for a year, downtown Hastings shop, Quaint and Quirky, relocated over the weekend.

The new shop, which used to contain the Carousel Boutique, is located at 216 Second St., just a block away from Quaint and Quirky's old location.

The old location closed over the weekend, as owner Jodi Norgaarden and family moved items over to the new space. The new shop location opened on Monday, June 3.

"It's a different type of space. We are looking forward to displaying art in a different way," Jodi Norgaarden said. "It is a better fit for us."

Moving was part of the plan when the business opened, Norgaarden said, as she only had a one-year lease on the old shop, located at 202 Second St.

At the new location, where she has more room, Norgaarden plans to offer regular arts and craft classes in a designated space. She hopes to offer a variety of classes for kids to help keep them busy over the summer.

Since the store opened a year ago, Norgaarden has made some changes to the business. Quaint and Quirky once offered fresh flowers for sale, but low sales resulted in her taking them off the shelves. Norgaarden said that she will also be phasing out the sale of balloons.

Part of her business that has grown is the number of area artists that Norgaarden has partnered with to stock the store with Minnesota-made products. In some cases, Norgaarden said, her customers become the artists filling her store.

"I think that I am on the right path," Norgaarden said, adding that she is growing a regular customer base.

To celebrate the move and the business's first anniversary, Norgaarden will be hosting a birthday celebration at the new store on Saturday, June 15, where a surprise project between some area artists will be unveiled.

The celebration will last from 10:30 a.m. until the end of the Hastings Saturday Night Cruise-In car show at 9 p.m.