A new home design and décor store has opened in downtown Brookings, taking up residence at the corner of Main Avenue and Fourth Street. 

Pasque – named after the South Dakota state flower – is a sundry “mid-century modern” and “Scandinavian” inspired furniture and gift shop owned and run by Laci Thompson.

“Pasque has been something I’ve been thinking and dreaming about for a long time. It is just a passion that I have for just the space that I’m in. I really like to make it feel really comfortable – it’s always been my creative spirit. I’ve always had a creative outlet to do things like that,” Thompson said.

The Volga native earned her degree in economics from South Dakota State University and has worked in the financial district in Sioux Falls as a banker and at an insurance company for the past several years. 

But when the storefront that used to be Audio Connections was up for grabs, she seized the opportunity and opened her own store. Thompson said that she, her husband and kids plan on moving to Brookings from Sioux Falls in the next couple of months.

“I’ve got a little bit of an eclectic style. I have stated before that I am Scandinavian, so I like the Scandinavian type of furniture/furnishings; but I also think that it doesn’t matter what kind of style you like, it’s the pieces that bring out your own style,” Thompson said. “You can have all sorts of pieces in your home and make it really feel great for you.”

Thompson said that her store and design preferences thrive on being unique. Her store offers a menagerie of unique furnishing and gift options for purchase.

“I really want to bring in the pieces that I don’t see right now as prominent in the Brookings community,” Thompson said. “I think we’ve got a lot of really great furnishing stores in the Brookings market, so I was aiming to bring something different. Mid-century modern is something that I really enjoy – I like the gold pieces right now, and I also really like that Scandinavian look.”

Thompson believes that pillows are essential to any good design and really enjoys them; much of Pasque has pillows on display either on other pieces of furniture or on the wall.

“I think pillows can create and change your setting in a very cost-effective way,” Thompson said.

She said that she has more to offer than what can be found in her store. She wants to work with customers on getting what they desire most for their home or space they are designing. 

“I am open for pretty much anything. I’ve had a couple people looking for something specifically from a furnishing standpoint that they want a little different, and so I’ve been working with them to find what that looks like for their space,” Thompson said. 

“I’m also looking to help people within their own homes, so if you would like me to come into your own home and help you really pick out colors, pick out furnishings, you know even look at what you currently have and redesign it, that is really where I want to help people as well,” she added.

Thompson said that her store offers more available hours than most stores; she said that she knows everyone works an 8-5 job and can rarely get into stores during the workday, so she planned on extended hours on Thursday and Friday.

“I want this place to be an inspiration for people; to create an experience,” she said.

For more information, visit Pasque on Facebook or Instagram, or visit the store at 400 Main Ave. The store is open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday; and from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday and Friday.

Contact Matthew Rhodes at mrhodes@brookingsregister.com.

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