Look at what I found on a recent bout of digging through an old file drawer. When we think of Carver and the Pioneering spirit, we usually think back to the 1850’s…but…
Fifteen years ago, Business Women in Carver realized the importance of banding together to accomplish our common goal, which was to put our places of business on the map. There were no formal groups such as Chamber of Commerce or any organization we could turn to for direction on strategies to encourage customers to find our retail shops and our business enterprises.
There had been a resurgence of interest in our Historical City thru Carver-on-the-Minnesota and the Carver Heritage Preservation Commission, but we needed to have actual buyers and clients come on a regular basis to make our shops pay for the investment. So, we did what women do, we got together and formed our own group and set about making changes in signage leading into our City. We organized events that bought families to town. We formed friendships that have lasted for all of these 15 years and will continue into the future.
If we look at Broadway Street in Carver in 2018, we find a similar pattern in the shops and business. While a few of the original group have moved to other parts of the Country, we find: Anna Edlund still heading up Funky Minds, Barbara Swanson still helping clients find that perfect place to live, Connie Ortberg still making and selling jewelry at The Riverside Art Studio, Suzanne Thiesfeld has Objects and Art and her art Studio at her home just outside of Carver and is part of the 501 Studio in Chaska, Linda Schutz no longer has her quilt studio but is busy doing mediation for clients, Lisa Niesen still has Lisa’s bar and grill, Monica Giese has the Hair Salon and Jane Hall recently reopened a shop in Carver under her Mustard Moon signage. In addition, we have new owners, Taffney VanSteenhuyse has recently opened All Things Fabulous on t he corner of 3rd and Broadway, Laura Niesche has taken ownership of Harvey’s Bar, Jenn Schultz has Sassy Kat clothing and Laura Probst has a candy shop in the restored filling station. Mary and Sue have joined forces at Riverside Art where Mary Williamson teaches classes in painting, mosaics jewelry and more and Sue Thompson
Steevehoven has Point of Departure Travel Agency.
Carver business is alive and well and still being anchored by Women who deserve the title Pioneers and Entrepreneurs.
It is so worth your time and effort to take the picturesque drive West on 212, take a left on County Road # 40 that leads to downtown Carver. There are finds to be found, people to meet and good food to eat. And know that you will be welcomed with warm and friendly smiles.