Beth Place wanted to open a store to offer outfits and dance shoes for the Quad-City area dance community.
But after purchasing the former Jeanette’s Dance Studio in 2009, she expected to wait a while before venturing into retail sales.
That is, until she learned that the area’s only retail store for dance apparel likely will be closing.
“With the Dancer’s Closet (owner) retiring, it seemed like the perfect time to get it started,” Place said.
She opened The Dancewear Place on Monday at 6632 Northwest Blvd., also the location of her dance studio, The Dancer’s Place. She bought the studio in 2009 from Jeanette Gravelle.
The Dancer’s Closet is owned by Sue Anderson, who announced in January that she hopes to retire and sell the Davenport store that she has operated for two decades. Anderson’s store remains open.
Place has been dancing 25 years and had been teaching at Jeanette’s for several years before Gravelle decided to retire.
Today, Place has about 100 dance students. She teaches everything from jazz and tap to ballet, hip-hop and lyrical.
“We sell leotards, tights, skirts, pants, shorts, all different styles of dance shoes and accessories,” she said. “If it is not something we carry, we will special order anything.”