Heil launches Soul Interiors satellite in Mobridge

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Leslie Heil Eckert (background) is the owner and Amanda Johnson (foreground) is her assistant at Soul Interiors, located in Doug Heil’s State Farm Insurance building on West Grand Crossing in Mobridge.

By Sandy Bond

From bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens, Julie Andrews would certainly have found some of her favorite things if she had gone Christmas shopping at Soul Interiors in Mobridge. A little bit confectionary and a little bit utilitarian, shoppers and their loved ones were treated to the unique and distinctive as they perused the little shop just around the corner from the State Farm Insurance Agency.
“It’s good to be home among my family and friends,” Leslie Heil Eckert of Bismarck said.
The shop is filled with unique items such as a one-of-a-kind shelf made of a third of a chair and an eighth of a piece of luggage.  From rustic to retro, specialty items including Lake Oahe, Tigers sports, and other apparel fill the shop.
Lesley’s older brother Doug, his wife Lori and their young family recently built an expansive brick office building for their State Farm Insurance business with extra office space toward the back and more-than-adequate parking. There was a chance cell phone conversation between siblings, and within a few short weeks a satellite of her Soul Interiors flagship Bismarck store had become a reality.
“It was a perfect fit,” she said.
The sixth in a family of eight children born to Toni and Doug Heil, Leslie grew up in Mobridge, where her mom was employed as a registered nurse, and her dad worked with the federal government Soil Conservation and NRCS (National Resource and Conservation Services). She attended Beadle School and graduated from Mobridge High School in 1990. Exquisite taste and an artistic flair led her to a 20-year career as a cosmetologist in Escape on Third Street in Bismarck.
“I wanted a change in careers,” Leslie said. “I’ve always been interested in interior design. If I wasn’t doing this as a business, I’d be doing it for my friends and family anyway.”
To keep abreast of the newest interior designs, Leslie attends many shows throughout the country. Amanda Johnson is more than her assistant. She also creates some of the jewelry.
The shop is open the first Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of each month and also “pop-up days,” as well.
The young entrepreneur is kept hopping between stores, and loves attending dance and sports activities for daughters Olivia, 16, and Hannah, 14.   They have a rescue dog, Shonee, and a “talking” Siamese named Lily.
“It’s so much fun to be a part of the community of Mobridge once again,” she said.

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