Just under 15 miles away from Sioux Falls is the charming town of Brandon. With cornfields, wineries, pumpkin patches, unique shopping, and dining options, the area is constantly growing, and 605 checked it out.
BRANDON EST. 1878
513 N. Splitrock Blvd.
What started as an online business in Amanda Christopherson’s basement has turned into a 4,000-square-foot retail storefront with over 20 employees. Along with the brick and mortar, Beautique’s online sales continue to grow as well, and the company has over 285,000 follows on social media alone. And just because they’ve expanded, it doesn’t mean they’ve slowed down in service.
“At Beautique, our number-one goal is providing exceptional customer service both online and in the store,” — Amanda Christopherson
“We don’t want our customers to just shop; we want them to have a complete shopping experience and to leave feeling even more confident and beautiful than when they came in.”
Beautique offers “unique, chic, and trendy styles” at affordable prices with the latest in tops, dresses, rompers, shoes, gifts, and more.
The team also love to give back. There are exclusive discounts for military (Christopherson’s husband, Dave, has been in the Air National Guard), first responders, teachers, and nurses.
Open Monday through Wednesday 10:30 a.m. – 6 p.m., Thursday 10:30 a.m. – 8 p.m., Friday 10:30 a.m. – 6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., and Sunday noon – 4 p.m.
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WILDE PRAIRIE WINERY
48052 259th St.
When Victoria and Jeff Wilde planted their first vines in 1997, they had no idea it would turn into a successful winery on their farm. Around 2,000 vines and plenty of happy customers later, Wilde Prairie Winery became a destination for wine tastings and special events for those with “discriminating palates.”
“We are a quaint, family-run winery with a small vineyard,” said Victoria. “We are known for our high quality wines and our relaxed atmosphere.”
One of their latest events was “Sunday in the Vineyard” with live music. Patrons were encouraged to bring a lawn chair and it was free of charge.
The farm sits on more than three acres, and the couple makes the wine on their land.
“We produce 100 percent South Dakota grown wines,” said Victoria. “I love that I make great wine from fruits, grapes, and honey that is
Some of their wines include Prairie Gold, Rhuberry, “Hey Sugar” Rhubarb Strawberry Wine, Christmas Cheer, and Wilde Prairie’s Rose Wine.
Victoria said, “Our newest wine is a bold, barrel-aged Marquette.”
There is also South Dakota craft beer available for purchase and snacks, like locally produced beef jerky and Stensland Family Farms cheese curds.
Open May 1 through November 30, Thursday through Monday noon – 6 p.m. Other tastings are by appointment.
Wilde Prairie Winery offers a “Ladies Night” package for groups of 12-24, which works well for office parties, bachelorette parties, bridal showers, couples night, and birthday parties.
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CHERRY ROCK FARMS
48105 264th St.
Fan of farmers’ markets? What if 605 told you that you could go to one daily?
Enter Cherry Rock Farms. The fourth generation farm and market has been around since 1925, and pride on local, non-GMO, no pesticides, and all natural produce.
“All of our produce is grown naturally. We pick everything fresh daily,” said farmer Laura Patzer.
The couple took over the farm from husband Marco’s father, David, four years go, and say they strive to rebuild the name that came before them.
“Cherry Rock Farms used to always be a staple in Sioux Falls households, so we’re working hard to attract younger families and anyone who loves fresh produce,” said Laura.
The “full-service market” sells a vast amount of fresh produce like tomatoes, onions, cucumbers, zucchini, and seasonal options, like pumpkins and squash.
They also offer Splitrock Honey, which you can watch being made as the company has a few hives on the property. Products include honey and beeswax products, like lotion bars.
“One thing we’re aiming to make [Cherry Rock Farms] more like a daily farmers’ market,” said Laura. “We’ve heard people say they can’t make it to the market on Saturdays, so we’ve been providing things that people are looking for, like local meats, local milk, granola, honey, and eggs.”
Open Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
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212 BOILING POINT
328 S. Splitrock Blvd.
Known for sprint car races and streaming them live, 212 Boiling Point is great for grabbing a drink or a casual bite to eat.
“We’re known for great pizza, great wings,” said manager Cory Reeve. “We have a great Indian Taco. We have 16 different TVs where we stream sprint car racing, and we have all of the NBA, NFL, and MLB packages, as well.”
Other food highlights include house-made appetizers like the Jalapeño Wontons and the Spinach Dip.
There are also a variety of beers and cocktails, like the Lemon Drop Martini and their house Bloody Mary.
“We have a Bloody Mary with our own Bloody Mary mix,” said Reeve.
The love for races began when 212 was “the place to go” before and after for the Brandon race track, which most recently was the Badlands Motor Speedway.
“We were known as the before and after party for the race track,” continued Reeve, “and we hope that will open back up again soon.”
Other activities include Buzztime Trivia and games like Golden Tee Golf.
Check out specials like the $6.99 lunch special every day 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., like the Hot Beef with slow roasted pot roast on top of Texas toast, topped with house-simmered beef gravy, and served with fresh made mashed potatoes and veggies.
Open Monday through Sunday 11 a.m. – 2 a.m.