The Tower View Team has not only chosen the quilt patterns, painted the patterns and now has installed their own art installation of quilt patterns on the rooftop of Homestead Coffee at 121 E Lincoln Way in Jefferson. The four patterns together are called “Patches of Greene” because they symbolize four significant parts of Greene County – Railroad Crossing, Card Trick, Antique Tile and Whirling Windmill. Shelly Berger, Roger Aegerter and Tower View Team members have worked on this project for almost a year. On Sunday, April 23, a group moved the large aluminum panels into place on the roof and glued them down. More painting of the roof will be completed before the TVT deems this ready to view.
This is the third art installation but the first that the Tower View Team has completed all on their own. Volunteers involved along with Shelly Berger & Roger Aegerter include Dianne Piepel, Amy Roberts, Kay Magill, Lynda Cochran, Deb McGinn, Marc McGinn, Neva Arp, Andy McGinn and Bill Berger.
All are invited to join another Cash Mob in downtown Jefferson on Saturday, May 6. The idea of a Cash Mob is for each person to plan to spend $20 and make an economic impact on the businesses that are visited.
Everyone should meet at the Main Street office at 110 W Lincoln Way at 10 a.m. and walk up to Angie’s Tea Garden with pastries and drinks on the morning menu. The group will then trot down the street to Fudge’s Flowers & Gifts to spend some cash there. This May date is a great time to order flowers or purchase gifts or gift certificates for the upcoming Mother’s Day weekend. The receipts will be entered into a drawing for $25 of Chamber Bucks.
Since May 6 is Kentucky Derby Day, the theme for the day is Derby Cash Mob. Participants are invited to wear their finest hats as they move through the downtown if they would like. Men, women and kids are welcome to attend this special event.
This is a project of the Promotion Committee of Jefferson Matters: Main Street.
A group of 17 volunteers organized by Jefferson Matters: Main Street met on Monday, April 17th to work on cleaning out the Pizza Ranch. This building had set empty for over a year after an arson fire. The City has acquired the building and the City Crew spent hours earlier starting the clean-out of depris. The volunteers removed the carpet, swept the ashes and cleaned the benches. Everything was removed so the carpet could be cleared out. More work sessions will be needed so those interested in volunteering should contact the Main Street office to be put on the email list.
The Design Committee hosted a Business After Hours on Window Design Hints & Tips on Monday, April 10. Twenty-six people attended from a number of businesses throughout the community. Main Street Iowa staff members Terry Poe Buschkamp and Maia Fiala Jessen shared a power point of ideas from across the state. They covered principles of design within their presentation. Everyone left with a hand-out and the power point will be added to the Jefferson Matters: Main Street website under Resources. This event was a successful way to bring spring and summer into the windows of our businesses.
Customer Service and Hospitality Training
Add value to your business through superior customer service. The focus of a free two hour training set for Tuesday April 25 will be to sharpen these skills and benefit Greene County front line employees and volunteers. The workshop will begin at 9:00 AM at the host site, the Greene County Historical Society.
The two hour interactive workshop will be limited, and will be offered through a grant from the Central Iowa Tourism Region by the Iowa Tourism Office/Iowa Economic Development Authority. Jane Goeken, ISU Extension Specialist, of Spencer will be teaching this session. Jane was part of the team to develop this original Tourism Customer Service program. She has a master’s degree in public administration and comes highly recommended by her sister, Greene County’s Jefferson Matters Main Street director, Peg Raney.
This energizing interactive session will emphasize to first line workers and staff they are the face of Greene County. Tips and welcoming techniques will be taught that will be useful in making visitors feel welcome, and wanting to return to Greene County.
Persons who are volunteers with tourism attractions in Greene County, or Board members of a tourist attraction will be welcomed. Priority reservations will be given to local restaurant wait staff, hotel clerks, and convenience store attendants.
A $25.00 Chamber Bucks door prize as well as additional prizes will be available for a drawing at the conclusion of the event.
This event is being co-sponsored by the Thomas Jefferson Gardens of Greene County, Jefferson Matters: Main Street, the Greene County Historical Society and the Greene County Chamber of Commerce Tourism Committee. Interested persons may register by calling Mary Weaver at 515-360-8046 or emailing at firstname.lastname@example.org.