Volleyball 7.2.18

After a seven-year run, a Rochester volleyball gear shop has closed its doors.

Rachel and Lon Prizler reluctantly closed their Side Out volleyball store at 2571 Clare Lane NE for good last week.

“We are sad. Lots of blood, sweat and tears went into trying to build it (Side Out) up,” Rachel Prinzler said.

Store traffic had slowed in the past couple years, she said. A change in shoes favored by local volleyball players also was a bad bounce for the business, which ended up stuck with expensive inventory that no longer was popular.

The Prizlers opened the 2,000-square-foot shop in the shadow of Rochester’s National Volleyball Center in August 2011.

Side Out carried volleyball clothing, shoes, pads, braces for ankles and knees, training equipment and, of course, volleyballs

While they have sidelined the store, the Prinzler team still intends to handle orders for custom printed, original volleyball apparel through their Side Out website and via their Amazon site.

Biz buzz

Things will be quiet in some parts of the Med City as the fireworks boom this week.

Some local businesses — Hot Chip Burger Bar and Brothers Bar and Grill — are taking a short summer hiatus as the Fourth of July is set to split up the week with an awkward Wednesday holiday.

Hot Chip Burger Bar, at 1190 16th St. SW, will be dark through Thursday, but they will fire up the grills again on Friday.

Hot Chip is following the tradition of its predecessor Zzest Cafe, which also took time off to give its staff a break.

Brothers Bar & Grill, which also is known for taking hiatus during the summer, will be closed this week through Sunday and will re-open for business next week.

Jeff Kiger tracks business action in Rochester and southeastern Minnesota every day in Heard on the Street. Send tips or questions to jkiger@postbulletin.com or via Twitter to @whereskiger. You can call him at 285-7798.

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Jeff has worked at newspapers as a reporter, columnist, editor, photographer and copy editor since 1992. He started at the Post Bulletin in 1999. Kiger is the PB's business reporter and writes a daily column, "Heard on the Street."