A popular boutique in downtown Anamosa has been named the Anamosa Chamber’s “Business of the Year”.
Spark Boutique won the honor at the Chamber’s Annual Dinner on Thursday night. Nikki Claussen, who co-owns the business with Lauri Martensen, says it was a great surprise.
Spark Boutique is a women’s clothing boutique that also offers shoes, jewelry and some gift items. Claussen says the business’ name, “Spark”, was chosen for several reasons – but one in particular.
Claussen says she and Martensen feel it’s important to support other Anamosa businesses and she hopes others will do the same for them.
And Spark has some big changes on the way – they’ll be moving down the block to a bigger storefront next month.
In addition to Business of the Year, the Anamosa Chamber handed out two other awards as well. The Volunteer of the Year award was given to Doug Edel, who serves on a number of boards and has chaired Anamosa’s Pumpkinfest for many years. He was also instrumental in the Chamber’s bike ride event this past year. And the President’s Award was given to KC Kiner Wortman, the owner of Thou Art Gallery, which suffered a devastating fire. KC held classes in the alley behind her burned building – she also helps and participates in Chamber events and was a big part of bringing the “God Bless America” sculpture to Anamosa last year.
(photo by Janelle Tucker, KMCH)