It's admittedly been a while since we last posted an update to our website. In spite of 2020 being one of those rather "challenging" years, we are definitely hoping to change all of that.
As some of you may or may not have have heard, like many in the Cedar Rapids and Marion area, the building that housed our store lost about a third of its roof during the derecho storm in August. We were extremely lucky in the scheme of things because many other businesses, including Zoe's Pizzeria, the Maid-Rite, the park across 7th Avenue from the store, and homes in the area suffered so much more damage than we did. One report said that in addition to the unprecedented levels of property damage, the Cedar Rapids and Marion area also suffered a 65% loss of its tree canopy in the storm. :(
So, because of the damage to the building, Korrina and a group of dedicated volunteers had to pack up the store in a hurry in order to avoid any further damage to our displays and products before the next bout of rain came.
Because there really wasn't a space big enough in the city Marion on the East side of Cedar Rapids to house all of what we carry and classes, took it was a bit of a challenge to find a spot that would fit all of our needs. For a couple of weeks, it was a bit of touch and go and a wee bit frustrating as we looked for a spot to call our own.
After viewing a number of properties in different places in the area, Korrina did finally find the perfect available space near the Westdale area on the Southwest side. Here is what we saw when we first toured the place and found it to be way more spacious than the Marion store!
The next step after signing the lease was to make what had once been a martial arts studio into the kind of comfortable and nurturing space that Korrina and the rest of us wanted it to be.
Korrina had her own vision firmly in mind and had mapped it out in her mind. So, once again, with the help of family and friends, a new coat of paint was applied to the walls and new carpeting has been installed and it looks sharp!
Since that time we have moved in most of the store's fixtures and we are still putting finishing touches on everything and merchandise into place as I write this.
While there are those that may feel like going to that side of town may be a little bit out of their way, we'd like to say that we know that the trip will be well worth it. In our new place, we will have more space than ever before that will allow us to have more readers, classes, and events at the store in the future.
Because of the change in venue, we will also be doing a bit of overhaul to the website. While we will be open for business to in-person customers, in order to better ensure the safety and peace of mind of our customers during the current COVID-19 pandemic, we will be expanding our online presence now more than ever before.
Be sure to check out our Facebook page for even more updates about the store and our official opening date at our new location at:
3800 Wilson Avenue SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
Hope to see you soon!