Arnold, who with her husband Wally Arnold is a driving force behind the annual Med City Marathon, is launching a toy store and kids party place called Child's Kingdom in northwest Rochester.
After working at the Running Room for years, why is she lacing up her own shop to chase around children?
"I've always enjoyed working with kids," she says. "It is kind of a niche we are trying to fill to give parents another option for parties."
The 2,000-square-foot store will carry a wide variety of toy lines including American Girl, Erector sets, Groovy Girls, games, dress-up costumes and other "classic" toys. It is located at 621 North Broadway in the River Center Plaza shopping center.
While some assembly is still required, Arnold hopes to open the doors of Child's Kingdom this weekend for a soft opening, with an official grand opening event on Nov. 14.
Beyond toys, the shop also has a party room to host theme birthdays and other celebrations. Arnold says she'll meet with the kids to determine what kind of theme will best fit them. The children will also choose games and crafts to have at the party.
"We do it all, when it comes to the party," she says. "By having it here, parents won't have to clean up their house just to get it dirty again."
Kids will also be able to sign up for an online gift registry that will show possible present choices. People will be able to come in the store to buy the gifts or order them online, which Arnold thinks will be a good option for long-distance relatives.
Choosing to open her new place in the River Center Plaza was child's play, she says.
"Having the (Minnesota) Children's Museum here is a big draw," Arnold says.