More than 40 volunteers contribute over 2,000 volunteer hours each year to provide mission driven services, promotions, events, and programming focused on community development in the Czech Village/New Bohemia Main Street District. We’d like to take this opportunity to introduce you to one of our members.
Sandy Rosenberger is a Cedar Rapids native and she graduated from the University of Iowa with a Business Administration degree. After working many years in the corporate world, Sandy realized her lifelong dream of opening her own business in 2001. Her first shop carried many different products including beads, yarn, soaps and candle-making supplies. Sandy taught many DIY classes there as well.
Sandy and her husband have a passion for historic buildings and restored a building in Uptown Marion which became home to her business. While in Marion, Sandy was involved with the Marion Merchants Association and she became the paid director of the Marion Cultural & Entertainment District (which was before Marion became a Main Street Community).
Five years ago, Sandy’s shop moved to the Czech Village New Bohemia Main Street District and is now located in the CSPS/Legion Arts building. “When I moved my shop to the District, there were just a handful of businesses here, but I felt that the area had incredible potential,” Sandy says. “I also was drawn to the wonderful historic buildings that were saved after the flood. I wanted my shop to be located in one of them.”
Sandy loves connecting with other small business owners, so she joined the CVNBMS District as a way to connect and to make a difference in the district and community. “The Economic Vitality Committee and the CVNBMS Board have been very fun to be a part of. It’s so exciting to see all of the positive things happening in our district.”
Sandy and her husband and have 2 grown daughters. She also serves on the Marion Library Board of Trustees.