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Business booming in Aurelia community

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Melanie Petersen has been hard at work remodeling the building which will house "Capture Photography" studios , operated by her daughter, Leah Niemeier, as well as a furniture upholstering business of hers, called 'Melanie's Joy.' Photo by Dan Whitney, [Order this photo]
AURELIA - Things are booming and bustling these days in downtown Aurelia, as several local businesses are going through the processes of moving, opening, remodeling or refurbishing their businesses - and in some cases, more than "one of the above."

"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.

Lucky7 car wash
Just north of town, at the junction of Iowa Highways 3 and 7, Cherokee Pioneer Hy-Bred has been expanding its facilities, as their business continues to boom. Most recently, the growing Pioneer Plant added office space and expanded the capacity of its bean seed conditioning tower.

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.

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This story is a great sign for Aurelia! I hope to read more stories like this in the future, Aurelia needs growth to prosper as a community...

Aurelia has always been a proud community and the citizens of Aurelia take care of what they have..

-- Posted by concernedalum on Wed, Aug 31, 2011, at 9:37 AM

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