Tina’s Dress Boutique, 505 6th St., closed its doors on Sunday after being in business for six and a 1/2 years. But a new business will soon take its place.
Tina’s Dress Boutique specialized in selling bridal, prom and special occasion dresses. Owner Tina Sagal, who now works at an insurance agency, announced the closure on Facebook.
“I am sad to announce that Tina’s Dress Boutique will be closing April 30th,” Sagal wrote on Facebook.
Starting mid-May, the space will be leased to Jamie Griffith, who also owns Seven Keys to Escape. She plans to start a new business as well as running Seven Keys called Nest Playspace, a play area for children. She has always wanted to start a play area for children because she was nanny for several years before she opened Seven Keys and knows how difficult it can be to find fun things to do in Racine.
“It’s so funny because when you are a kid, you just want to be an adult and do all of these adult things, but when you are an adult you just wish you were five,” Griffith said with a laugh. “At least that’s what it’s like for me.”
There won’t be any electronic gadgets at the Nest Playspace. The space will feature mostly wooden toys, games, and play stations. The whole goal: offer parents and children a place to play together with lots of opportunities for kids to pretend, explore, and use their imaginations. Educational games and learning tools for parents and children will also be on hand to use if parents want to work with their child one on one.
“There’s really nothing like it in the area,” she said. “Parents, grandparents or caregivers can bring younger kids here while their older siblings are in school.”
Nest Playspace will offer a space for imaginative play as a drop-in play area for children six-years-old and younger. Parents or a caregiver will need to stay with their child, who will have the chance to visit several play stations. Complete with a camping area, fake fire pit, books, a kitchen and building blocks.
“I think that will be fun, especially in the winter” Griffith said. “Even though the grass will be fake, it will still be nice to bring the outdoors in.”
Griffith also wants to partner with area businesses to offer classes, including ballet, music and yoga classes.
“It will be nice to get out of the house especially in the cold winter months when kids are going stir crazy,” she said.
The business plans to open this summer. The cost for the service: Infants seven to 12 months $6, and toddlers age 12 months and up $10. Additional children: sibling $6, twin $3, and six months and under free. There will also be deals on session play passes.