"Mud on Main," owned and operated by Jessica Kannegieter, is a coffee shop which will occupy the south part of the building which in the past has been occupied by The Back Bar and then Studebaker's Restaurant.
The building sustained severe damage in a fire a few years ago, so it has had to be virtually redone. The room which will house Mud on Main is the room which was previously the party room, and the new establishment will be serving a few pastries and other small food items, in addition to coffee and other non-alcoholic drinks. The official opening should be sometime in the month of September.
The north half of the building, which formerly housed the bar area, as well as small tables and booths and the kitchen, is being remodeled to accommodate the New Reflections Beauty Salon, and that business, owned and operated by Mary Schulenberg, is also expected to move into its new location sometime this fall.
In other news, Capture Photography, owned and operated by Leah Niemier, will be moving across the street from its current location, south of the Village Boutique, to a larger building, which has previously housed a variety of businesses over the years.
Leah's mother, Melanie Petersen, purchased that building and she has been working to spruce it up. The building will allow Capture Photography more studio space and Melanie is also going to open her own store in part of the building and will be doing her re-upholstering of furniture there. The names of the businesses have been affixed to the front of the building, thanks to Pilot Rock Signs, but neither tenant has moved in just yet. They are expecting to complete the transition within a couple of months.
On the southeast edge of town, along Highway 7, the new Lucky 7 car wash has recently sandblasted and re-painted its exterior.
Aurelia High School alumni are involved in the ownership and/or management of all of the businesses cited in this story.