2018: A great year at Lake Lorraine

Additional retail stores, a new restaurant and several businesses moved to Lake Lorraine. 2018 was a busy year of construction and announcements of new projects to come to the western development. Here’s a look back at some of the milestones and stories shared about Lake Lorraine in 2018:



SiouxFalls.Business included Lake Lorraine as one of the top 10 spots to watch in Sioux Falls for 2018.


Co-developer Van Buskirk Companies consolidated their offices and moved to Lake Lorraine in January. They are one of the tenants in the Westlake Office Building. They shared an update with SiouxFalls.Business about what’s projected for the development.



DSW (Designer Shoe Warehouse) opened on the east side of the lake. This is the brand’s first South Dakota location and features women’s, men’s and children’s shoes.



Kirkland’s opened on the east side of the lake, filling in the final retail space. This is the home décor store’s first South Dakota store.

Amy Smolik was hired by co-developer Friessen Development, Inc. to serve as the Lake Lorraine Community Director.



A seasonal fountain was added to Lake Lorraine in June. Located near the south end of the lake, it’s visible around all points at the lake and can even be seen from W. 26th Street near the Interstate 29 interchange.

Lorraine Place opened, making it possible to travel completely around the lake.  

Moe’s Home celebrated their one-year anniversary at Lake Lorraine.



Several businesses within the development offered discounts as part of summer Crazy Days at Lake Lorraine, held July 20-22.



Developers announced plans to save the wood from an old barn on the Lake Lorraine property, which was gently dismantled in August. The wood will be repurposed somewhere else within the Lake Lorraine development. Here’s the photo gallery and some of the stories that were shared about the project.

August 2018 was a milestone month for Friessen Construction, Inc. — the company celebrated its 50th anniversary and its founder, Warren Friessen, turned 88. Friessen is the visionary behind Lake Lorraine. 

Toppers Pizza turned 27 and celebrated with 27-cent pizzas. This month also marked their one-year anniversary at Lake Lorraine.



Lake Lorraine businesses collaborated on a Job Fair, seeking full-time, part-time and seasonal positions at locations around the lake. The Job Fair was held at Grand Living at Lake Lorraine.

Three Lake Lorraine businesses were featured in the 2018 Homebuilders Association Parade of Homes — the award-winning Shores on Lake Lorraine townhome, as well as work from Pahl’s Designer Showrooms and Moe’s Home featured in other homes on the parade.

Smallcakes Cupcakery and Creamery celebrated its one-year anniversary at Lake Lorraine.

Total Card, Inc. moved its corporate headquarters to a new building along the east side of the lake.



Friessen Development, Inc. hosted the first community-wide event at the development with Halloween at Lake Lorraine. Events included a costume contest, pumpkin decorating and trick-or-treating around the lake, with opportunities to visit with princess and superhero characters. The event was free and open to the public, with hundreds of people estimated to have attended.

Advanced, Inc., a healthcare recruiting company, expanded in to South Dakota. They’re located in the Westlake Office Building.



Love Marlow, a women’s boutique catering to women sizes 12 to 28, opened along Marion Road.

Developers announced that Hyatt is the hotel brand that will be built on the northwest corner of Lake Lorraine. This is the first Hyatt in South Dakota. Construction is slated to start in early 2019 for the Hyatt Place.

Mainstream Boutique celebrated its one-year anniversary at Lake Lorraine.

The Shores at Lake Lorraine broke ground on the next phase of development. Eight new customizable townhomes are under construction and slated to be open in 2019.

Sola Salon, located on the second floor of the Westlake Office Building, announced plans to expand. Eight additional suites will be built out.



Capriotti’s opened its first South Dakota franchise at Lake Lorraine. The sandwich shop is located in a new building on Marion Road.

Several projects at Lake Lorraine were among the largest construction projects of 2018, with values over $1 million: Lake Lorraine Building C (south of the national retailers on the east side of the lake) came in at $2.85 million. It is slated to open in early 2019 and space is available for lease. The building that holds Capriotti’s, which opened Dec. 4 at 2500 S. Marion Rd., had a price tag of $1.1 million. There are still available spaces for lease in this building as well.