Huffman Is Think Local/Shop Local Winner

Deb McGinn, JMMS Promotion Committee Chair, (left) presents Gail Huffman with a $100 gift certificate for shopping in downtown Jefferson.
Deb McGinn, JMMS Promotion Committee Chair, (left) presents Gail Huffman with a $100 gift certificate for shopping in downtown Jefferson.

Gail Huffman of Jefferson won the Think Local/Shop Local drawing, sponsored by Jefferson Matters: Main Street. Huffman was one of the shoppers who visited all 32 participating businesses in downtown Jefferson. She won a $100 gift certificate to be used in any of the participating businesses.

The event was created by the Promotion Committee of Jefferson Matters: Main Street to encourage shopping in the downtown district in advance of Small Business Saturday on Nov. 29 and to encourage shopping throughout the holiday season.

To become eligible for the drawing, each shopper needed to visit all 32 businesses and have their Think Local/Shop local card initialized.

Based on the number of cards distributed, the number of completed cards turned in, as well as cards that were partially completed, JMMS estimated that 500 visits were made to participating businesses.

To support the promotion, special Think Local/Shop Local posters were made for each of the 32 businesses. Each business was featured on a post to the Jefferson Matters: Main Street Facebook page and provided a “Thank You” poster as a measure of acknowledgement to their shoppers.

Businesses that participated in Think Local/Shop Local were All Ability Cycles, Angie’s Tea Garden, Bee and Herald, Ben Franklin, Breadeaux Pizza, Bunker’s Dunkers, Chuck’s Barbershop, Doc’s Stadium Bar & Grill, Don’s Ace Hardware, Eye Care Associates, Fudge’s Flowers, Greene Bean Coffee, Head Masters, Home Care Medical, Homestead Bakery, Hy-Vee Drugstore, Jefferson Eye Care, Jefferson Telecom, John’s Appliance & TV, Linda’s Fashions, M & M Appliques, Motor Parts, Muir Embroidery, Pizza Ranch, Royal Jewelers, RPV~1875, Spare Time Lanes, The Stitch, The Printers Box, Treasure Chest, Uncorked Wine & Spirits, and Oly’s Corner.

Jefferson Matters: Main Street is a volunteer organization devoted to economic development through historic preservation in downtown Jefferson. If you would like to become involved with JMMS, contact Alan Robinson, program director, at 515-386-3585 or director@ jeffersonmatters.org.

Residents and visitors seeking information about downtown Jefferson are encouraged to visit the Jefferson Matters: Main Street office at 110 West Lincoln Way. The office is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday. Look for updates about JMMS news and activities at www.jeffersonmatters.org.

Community Christmas Tree Lighting Dec. 4

JMMS hosts the second annual tree lighting Dec. 4 at the courthouse rotunda.
JMMS hosts the second annual tree lighting Dec. 4 at the courthouse rotunda.

The Second Annual Holiday Sparkle Community Christmas Tree Lighting will be Thursday, Dec. 4, at 5:30 p.m. in the Greene County Courthouse. The event will feature caroling, bells, reading of the Christmas story, and Sugar Plum Fairy dancers.

The highlight of the evening will be the countdown—led by Santa himself—to light the big Christmas tree in the rotunda. The first 200 visitors to the courthouse will receive a coupon for a free decorated Christmas cookie from Homestead Bakery.

This year, Jefferson Matters: Main Street we will be joined by members of the Relay for Life Committee as they present a Luminarias of Love Christmas tree in the east foyer of the courthouse.  Outside the courthouse they will have luminarias to light up the night.

Thomas Jefferson Gardens is joining in the fun by decorating their gardens for the holidays, featuring an outdoor tree and luminarias. The BPO Does will be having a free will soup supper as part of the festivities. They will be serving at the Elks Lodge from 4:30 to 7 p.m.

After the tree lighting event, kids of all ages can follow Santa and Mrs. Claus through the pathway of luminarias for a free ride up to the top of the Bell Tower and a chance to share their Christmas wish lists with Santa.

JMMS Hosts Business After Hours Nov. 10

The Business Improvement Committee of Jefferson Matters: Main Street will host “Business After Hours” on Monday, Nov. 10, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Elk’s Lodge in Jefferson.

The event will begin with a social time followed by a program at 6 p.m. presented by Ken Paxton, executive director, Greene County Chamber and Development, who will speak on the latest developments for “Marketing Greene County” and Angie Pederson, RVP~1875/History Boy Theatre, who will discuss “Promoting Tourism in Jefferson and Greene County.”

The social time will continue after the program. The event is open to the public at no charge. There will be complimentary appetizers and a cash bar.

Jefferson Matters: Main Street is a volunteer organization devoted to economic development through historic preservation in downtown Jefferson. If you would like to become involved with JMMS, contact Alan Robinson, program director, at 515-386-3585 or director@ jeffersonmatters.org.

Residents and visitors seeking information about downtown Jefferson are encouraged to visit the Jefferson Matters: Main Street office at 110 West Lincoln Way. The office is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday. Look for updates about JMMS news and activities at www.jeffersonmatters.org.

‘Sweet Dreams’ (and Pie) At Farmers Market

Jefferson Matters: Main Street will be serving pie, ice cream and lemonade or coffee at the last Greene County Farmers Market of the 2014 season on Tuesday, Sept. 30. This last market of the season has been dubbed, “Putting the Farmers Market to Bed, Sweet Dreams.” The pie and beverage is being coordinated by the Organization Committee of Jefferson Matters: Main Street.

Volunteers of Jefferson Matters: Main Street will also be selling the new Jefferson Matters: Main Street t-shirts that debuted at the Bell Tower Festival in June.

Greene County Farmers Market is held from 4 to 6:30 p.m. on the east side of the courthouse.

JMMS is a volunteer organization devoted to economic development through historic preservation in downtown Jefferson. If you would like to become involved with JMMS, contact Alan Robinson, program director, at 515-386-3585 or director@jeffersonmatters.com.

Visitors seeking information about downtown Jefferson are encouraged to visit the office at 110 West Lincoln Way in the restored “5 Spot Hamburger Shop” historic building. The office is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday. Look for updates about JMMS news and activities at www.jeffersonmatters.org.

Main Street Iowa Reviews Local Program

Main Street Iowa conducted the Annual Review of the Jefferson Matters: Main Street program on Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 9-10, in Jefferson. The review was conducted by Debi Flanders and Jane Seaton of the Main Street Iowa staff.

Over the course of the two days, the review team met in hour-long meetings with each of the Jefferson Matters: Main Street committees: Design, Organization, Business Improvement, Promotion, and Tower View Team. They also met in hour-long meetings with city of Jefferson officials, executive committee members of the Greene County Development Corporation, and staff and board members of the Greene County Chamber of Commerce.

Flanders and Seaton also reviewed all the program materials compiled over the past year to support the program, especially the action plans of the JMMS committees, board of directors, and executive committee, comprised of the officers of the JMMS board. Officers are Jamie Daubendiek, president; Amy Milligan, vice president; and Carol Ahrenholtz, secretary.

They further reviewed the program’s budget and income statements, annual fund drive, mission and vision statements, bylaws, rosters of the board and committees, job description of the program director, district map, and other marketing and promotion materials.

The annual program review also serves as the accreditation visit for a community to maintain its national Main Street status. The review team looks at 11 criteria, which includes broad-based public support, public and private sector involvement, vision and missions statements, comprehensive action plans with measurable objectives, historic preservation ethic, an active board of director and committees, adequate operating budget, paid program director, ongoing training for staff and volunteers, reporting of key statistics, and current with dues to the National Main Street Network.

The review team found Jefferson to have fulfilled all 11 criteria and officially accredited the program as a National Main Street community. Jefferson is one of 52 communities out of 952 communities in Iowa to achieve the Main Street designation.

Jefferson Matters: Main Street is a volunteer organization devoted to economic development through historic preservation in downtown Jefferson.

If you would like to become involved with JMMS, contact Alan Robinson, program director, at 515-386-3585 or director@ jeffersonmatters.org or visit the office at 110 West Lincoln Way in the restored “5 Spot Hamburger Shop” historic building. The office is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Look for updates about JMMS news and activities at www.jeffersonmatters.org and the JMMS page on Facebook.