Rockbrook Village at 108th Street and West Center Road is welcoming three new stores.
iSkateOmaha, a new ice skating and accessory store opening in April, will offer ice skates — boots and blades — novelties and gifts as well as practice, test and competition skating apparel for men, women and children, owner Paula Turpen said.
It’s a new venture for Turpen, who took up ice skating at age 42.
Turpen, a scientist by profession, now is a U.S. Figure Skating judge and member of the U.S. Figure Skating Adult Skating Committee.
Turpen said she hopes her new venture will fill a void left by the closing of the Winning Edge, an Omaha ice skating shop that closed in 2012. “People have to travel to Minnesota, Kansas City or Denver to go to a brick-and-mortar ice skating store. That’s been a hurdle for some parents.”
Turpen’s network of referrals includes coaches, trainers and, of course, blade sharpeners.
iSkateOmaha will be located in a 750-square-foot storefront at 11011 Elm St., near Post & Nickel.
The other Rockbrook Village additions:
>> The Clothier’s Daughters, a women’s apparel store, will transform from pop-up shop to permanent store. Owners Jacqueline Lasley and Anastasia Lasley will open a permanent store at 2810 S. 110th Court at the west end of Rockbrook that will feature “modern, feminine” clothing for women of all ages. The space was formerly occupied by Ready or Knot, which has expanded and moved to 11009 Elm St.
>> Peggy Pawloski, the owner of LeWonderment, a store for children and dog lovers in the Old Market, will open a Rockbrook showroom intended to help parents create custom playrooms for their children. The 900-square-foot showroom, Play+Rooms by LeWonderment, was created in response to customer requests to improve their children’s play areas so that they’re more educational and organized, Pawloski said. The showroom, opening in March and available by appointment only, is at 10816 Elm St.