Temporarily Closed – Entire Building


First Street Community Center Facility/Building

Due to the health concerns regarding public gatherings the First Street Community Center building is temporarily closed to the public.

This change began Sunday, March 22, 2020. Rick and Trude are keeping an eye on the advice given in our area and don’t know how long it will be closed at this time. One possibility is that we will open again when the schools re-open. However, none of us know for sure how long COVID-19 will affect our daily lives and will adjust accordingly.

Be safe, be well, we look forward to seeing you after this passes.

The “Old School Shops”

The Old School Shops at the First Street Community Center are independent small businesses and each one has made their own decisions about temporarily changing their operations. Some have decided to close until we learn more, some are shifting to online ordering and delivery only.

Blooming Acres Gift Shop, Helio’s Stitches N Stuff, Kindred Spirits Gift Shop, My Studio, The Green Door, Room 222 Antiques, Ruth’s Twig Room and School House Antiques.

For more information, most of our shops have a Facebook Page, or a website, or an Instagram page (many are linked above) and we would love to hear from you.

Retailers are social beings, many have made the difficult decisions to close temporarily.

However, we will return!

Some of our small businesses have put out statements about the temporary measures they are taking.

The following have been copied from social media or website posts regarding this and are as of March 24th, 2020. Please check with them directly to see if they have made changes as this is a very fluid situation.

Blooming Acres

painted flowers on canvas

During this time, we offer curbside pick-up service and deliveries. Orders can be made via phone at 319-895-6077

Blooming Acres is a full service florist and gift shop. We carry a wide variety of local and Iowa made gifts. Fresh floral arrangements, gifts, candy bouquets, plants and pottery.

Helios Stitches N Stuff

Helios has switched to Internet sales only until further notice.

Leland and I really pride ourselves in the fact that Helios is always open seven days a week, week in and week out. It’s not easy for us to close our doors but we know that we have to do this to protect our customers, our staff, our community, and our families… We look forward to seeing everyone again in person when we are on the other side of COVID-19.

Kindred Spirits Gift Shop

One of the Old School Shops at the First Street Community Center, has temporarily closed until March 31st, or until we think reopening is safe. Our shop is combination of three businesses, Kim at Fairy Under A Full Moon, Glenn at Wolfe’s Antiques and Mette at Mette’s Creative Corner. If you are looking for a handmade gift, each of us also have an Etsy Store and invite you to look at what we offer for purchases online.

My shop, Fairy Under A Full Moon, decided to offer handmade kits for children to make, since we cannot gather for fairy classes. Crafting can be very theraputic! Right now I have ten Make a Fairy kits ready – a flower fairy and flower crown kit. I’m working on getting Make a Magic Wand kits ready as well.

I would be happy to do safe local deliveries as well.

We miss our building neighbors, our customers and look forward to a time when we can see you all again.

Kim, Glenn and Mette

First Street Yoga

Top left, Devon Olberding, left, Jen Zimmerman Bronder, center, Carol Daly, right, Ann Fleckensteing – Photo by Lisa Lewis from Envisage studios

Like so many of you, we are finding that our understanding of the Coronavirus pandemic is changing daily – and sometimes from moment to moment. Yesterday, Yoga Alliance, the body that provides accreditation of yoga teacher training programs and registers yoga teachers (RYT-200, RYT-500), sent a communication recommending that all in-person community based yoga class instruction be cancelled until the need for social distancing has past. This news was quickly followed by Governor Reynolds’ announcement of expanded community spread of the Coronavirus in the state of Iowa and a recommendation for school closings across the state.

Because of this new information, we have decided to suspend all First Street Yoga classes until April 5 at which time we will reassess the situation. This decision is based on recommendations and evidence, but most importantly on our sincere concern for each of you and for our community. As many are reminding us, social distancing is not done solely out of fear or selfishness. It is an act of caring and compassion intended to reduce interactions that may become the vector for the transmission of a serious illness.

We will stay in touch. Please feel free to contact any of us if you have questions or concerns.


Carol Daly carolt.daly@gmail.com

Jen Zimmerman-Bronder jenniferzimm2004@yahoo.com

Ann Fleckenstein ann.ccre@gmail.com

Devon Olberding devonmcd@hotmail.com


Qoya - Iowa logo

I have moved my Qoya dance classes online and for a couple of weeks I’m offering them entirely free.

I have information on the website here: https://studiosadie.world/qoya-during-covid

– Sarah Sadie

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