MY BIZ: Teacher opens gift, decor shop in Solon

MY BIZ: Teacher opens gift, decor shop in Solon

Salina Hemann, proprietor of Gifted Blessings, organizes merchandise Feb. 23 at her present and property decor shop in Solon. Hemann, a trainer, opened the store in Oct 2022 immediately after a well-liked present store shut in the metropolis of 3,000. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)

SOLON — Salina Hemann places a large amount of enjoy into her shop, and she hopes clients get a ton of like out of it.

“I want to supply my clients with things for a home that they will appreciate and presents that they will appreciate to give,” she said.

Hemann opened Gifted Blessings in October in The Literary constructing in downtown Solon. The store, which sells dwelling décor and gift products, has been extremely well obtained.

“We are truly in our infancy nonetheless, but it is been so exciting,” she stated.

Hemann, 45, teaches initial grade at Penn Elementary in during the day. She and her partner, Nick, have two daughters, ages 9 and 12. So she’s occupied.

But when a well-liked reward store in Solon introduced it was closing, 1 of Hemann’s good friends, who works in retail, encouraged her to open up a shop.

“That planted the seed for me to start out pondering about it,” she reported. “I’m a busy mother, and I considered to myself, ‘I really don’t want to usually have to run into Cedar Rapids or Iowa City just to get a gift.’

“I knew I couldn’t do it on a huge scale, dependent on my agenda, mainly because I want to equilibrium loved ones and church involvement.

“But I knew there was a way for me to supply a support to people in city and encourage them. I couldn’t quit listening to that small voice in my head and I assumed, ‘OK, let us just see what takes place.’ ”

Hemann claimed her mother and her aunt operated a residence items keep for decades when Hemann was developing up. And she’s normally been interested in house decor, decorating and design, but considered it a passion.

“Gifted Blessings is now a good creative outlet for me,” she reported. “And it truly feels like an extension of my own property.”

Opening a company for the initially time, she claimed, has been a studying working experience.

“I’ve met so lots of persons working the exact same kind of organizations, and they have been so handy to me,” she reported. “It’s been a purely natural point for me to do this, and it’s been so pleasurable.

“It’s not just acquiring adorable stuff and placing it on the shelf,” she extra. “There’s a total operational side that … has undoubtedly been eye-opening. It genuinely helps make you respect what goes into running a modest enterprise.”

A single of the finest components of the small business — which is open Thursday and Friday evenings and on the weekends — is conference the men and women who arrive in to store. She’s the store’s only workforce, for now, but reported loved ones users also aid out.

“It’s a small town, and I know a lot of the persons, but there are also folks that come from out of city to knowledge the progress listed here in Solon. I adore listening to tales and encouraging men and women discover what speaks to them.”

Gifted Blessings

Operator: Salina Hemann

Handle: 130 S. Dubuque St., Suite 103, Solon

Mobile phone: (319) 530-6134

Web page:

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Salina Hemann is revealed at her store, Gifted Blessings, in Solon. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)

Solon swag is among the goods out there at Gifted Blessings in Solon. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)

Pillows and other presents and home decor goods are offered at Gifted Blessings, a new store in Solon. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)

Salina Hemann, owner of Gifted Blessings, removes protective corners from a picket decorative body Feb. 23 at her store in Solon. Hemann reported she attempts to source goods domestically, these as the attractive wood products and solutions made by Kendrick Forest Goods in Edgewood, Vinton and Muscatine. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)