Signage for buildings

A presentation on signage for businesses was well-attended on Monday, Sept 11.  The event was hosted by the Design Committee of Jefferson Matters: Main Street with Tim Reinders of Main Street Iowa making the presentation.  About 30 people were in attendance to listen and see ideas for the most important way for customers to know about your business – your signage.  A number of hand-outs were available with more at the Main Street office for those unable to attend.  Several sign companies attended the event.  The Design Committee is willing to work with business owners to determine what would be a unique and cost effective sign for your businesses.


Sensibly Chic is open!

Rosie & Ray Tucker at Sensibly Chic.

Rosie & Ray Tucker have been working for months renovating the Kendall Building at 111 E Lincoln Way in downtown Jefferson.  They have opened the doors to their beautiful boutique called Sensibly Chic on Sept. 5.  The retail space offers antiques, home décor, planters, vases, jewelry, and more.  The décor of the building is enhanced with the refurbished tin ceiling and the original maple wood floors.

Sensibly Chic will be open M-F 10 am – 6 pm and Sat. 10 am – 5 pm.  Be sure to find their Facebook page, Like & Share it to get the word out on this great addition to Jefferson’s retail shopping.

Sensibly Chic will be hosting Java & Juice on Friday, Sept. 29 from 9:30 – 10 am.  The public is invited to attend.

Signs, Snacks & Suds

The Design Committee of Jefferson Matters: Main Street is offering a free presentation on business signage entitled, “September Signs, Snacks & Suds” on Monday, September 11 at the Sierra Theater’s Business Center at 5:15 pm. All interested in viewing examples of unique, eye-catching & size-appropriate signage for businesses of all sizes are welcome to attend. Main Street Iowa Design Consultant Tim Reinders has traveled throughout Iowa and attended many national workshops on this topic. He will share ideas in a power point presentation and discussion of the do’s and don’ts of storefront signage including blade signs and posted store hours.

As we near the completion of Jefferson’s Downtown Rehabilitation effort with thirteen of our buildings, this is a timely topic as decisions for signage are made. Many other businesses may be looking for a fresh look. This is a great opportunity for gathering ideas. Local and area signage companies are especially invited to attend. Business owners throughout the community and county are also invited to attend.

This event will start at 5:15 p.m. with a social time at the Sierra Theater’s Business Center with snacks and suds provided by the Design Committee of Jefferson Matters: Main Street and Hamilton Redi-Mix. The Signage presentation will begin at 5:45 p.m. and will last about an hour. There is no RSVP needed for this event. This is one of the many Business After Hours events hosted by Jefferson Matters: Main Street.


Cash Mob on Sept. 5

The Promotion Committee of Jefferson Matters: Main Street is planning a Cash Mob for Tuesday, September 5 at 5:30 pm. A Cash Mob is a fun way for a large group to make a financial impact on a business in the downtown in a short period of time. A Cash Mob also helps people to get acquainted with what is available locally. Those people participating in a cash mob promise to spend $20 in the business so the more people involved, the more impact it makes!

This Cash Mob is called “Stitchin’ Up September”. It will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Thomas Jefferson Gardens where light refreshments will be served by members of the committee. The “mob” will then walk together to The Stitch at 217 E Lincoln Way where Suzanne Sievers and her staff will have some ideas of items to choose at that $20 price point. Fall craft ideas and supplies, notions, gift certificates, and more will be available. All of the receipts will be put into a drawing for a gift certificate for Deal’s Orchard as they open for their fall season.

The Promotion Committee encourages people of all ages to join them as they shop local. A spokesperson exclaimed, “You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy local, and that’s kind of the same thing!”