Party World at 228 W. Front Ave. in Bismarck is going out of business.
Lisa Grahar, manager, said the store will sell off its inventory through the end of January. Everything in the store is half off. Halloween items are 70 percent off.
Grahar said the store has been open between five and six years but is closing due to lack of business.
Plato’s Closet expanding
Plato’s Closet will be expanding into the Hair Matters II space, formerly Fantastic Sam’s, at 206 W. Front Ave.
Owner Jeri Poppe-Werner said the store will be redesigned with new carpet, a new color scheme, four more dressing rooms, more clothing racks and an expanded sales counter.
“We’ll be able to have more selections,” she said. “It’ll just be more of everything we have.”
The renovations will begin Jan 1. The expansion will add 1,200 square feet. Poppe-Werner said she expects everything to be complete by March.
Paula’s Gifts closing
Paula’s Gifts in Mandan is closing after 12 years.
Paula Schneider opened the business at 3106 Memorial Highway with her husband. Since he died she said the work has become “overwhelming.”
“It ties me to the store all week long,” she said.
Schneider said everything in the store will start at 16 percent off and be marked down through January until everything is sold. There are a wide variety of items including games, greeting cards, jewelry, gourmet foods, Christmas items, lawn ornaments and kitchen tools. The building also will be for sale.
“I’m really going to miss my customers,” Schneider said. “It’s kind of a sad thing for me but yet it’s plan B ... It’s just time for a change.”
Schneider said Paula’s Gifts will no longer have a physical store but she will continue to embroider and sell dish towels.
New hotel opening
My Place Hotel is opening a Bismarck location.
According to the company’s website, the new hotel will be at 2640 Centennial Road and is set to open February 2013.
Hotel changing names
As of December, Doublewood Inn will become Ramada Bismarck Hotel, according to a letter from General Manager Keri Schneider.
The letter said there will be no change in ownership, staff and or location. All booked meetings and contracts will be transferred and honored.
Magic Photo Art
Magic Photo Art has opened a Kirkwood Mall location through Dec. 24.
The store will sell its refinished photos of historic Bismarck-Mandan buildings and people next to the Scheels Bike Shop, owner Dan Masseth said in an email.
Fireflour Pizza open
Fireflour Pizza, a wood-fired pizza caterer, has opened a permanent restaurant location in downtown Bismarck at 111 N. Fifth St.