Open and operational
Four of the five businesses from the destroyed business complex on Highway 3 are now open and operational in their new temporary home, the old Harley Davidson Building, on Highway 59 North.
One short week after a storm ripped the roof off the Holton business complex, all of the businesses in the building have found themselves picking up the pieces in temporary business locations.
"We are so grateful and appreciative of the help we have received from this community," said Dennis Holton, of Holton Custom Signs, the owner of the destroyed business complex. "We are truly humbled and overwhelmed by all the support we've received."
By 8 a.m. on the day of the storm, Holton described how approximately 50-60 people were on hand, ready and willing to help move merchandise out of the damaged building.
New home for Holton Signs -
Holton Custom Signs is set-up and ready for business in its temporary office in the old Harley Davidson Building on Highway 59 North. The phone number for Holton Custom Signs has remained the same,712-225-2550.
"I didn't make a single phone call," said Holton. "Area businesses, friends and family simply immediately rallied together to help."
Holton also stated how grateful he was to Robert and Tommy Zylstra for offering their building as a temporary location, and to Steve Schuck, who manages the facilities.
"I hate to start naming names, because there are simply too many and I don't know how I can ever thank them enough," said Holton. "I guess that's why we live in a community like this. In the face of a disaster, people from all over the area don't think twice before coming to help, and for that, we are truly grateful."
Sorting after the storm -
Members of UFCW Union Local 179 (left to right) JoAnne Trump, Justin Henrich, Larry Ebert and Chief Steward Jerry Jackson, work to sort through the items moved from the storm-damaged business complex. The Union office is now located in the old Harley Davidson building and has maintained the same phone number and business hours, 8 a.m. - noon and 1-5 p.m.
Nelson Electric's new office -
Nelson Electric has temporarily moved its office into the old Zylstra Harley Davidson. They are open and fully functional, and they can be contacted at the same phone number,712- 225-5150.
All of the business owners expressed the same kind of appreciation as Holton. Holton Custom Signs, Nelson Electric, Riverview Chiropractic and the Union 179 office have all relocated to the old Harley Davidson building on Highway 59 North in Cherokee, and are open for business. Fireice Firearms has moved to the old Movie Gallery building, also located on Highway 59 North, and will be open for business sometime next week.
Fireice Firearms -
David Brown stands next to a rack of guns he has unloaded from his moved inventory. Fireice Firearms will open its temporary location in the old 'Movie Gallery' building sometime next week. "The volunteer help was incredible, and we were lucky not to lose a lot of inventory," said Brown. "Now, we have to sort, but we should be open soon."
An open door -
Tiffany Christensen of Riverview Chiropractic has an office, acupuncture, and treatment room open and ready for business in the old Harley Davidson building. "We were fortunate that we were able to move right into this building the same day the storm hit," said Christensen. Riverview Chiropractic has maintained the same business hours, 9 a.m. - noon and 1-5 p.m., and phone number,712- 225-2838.