New business complex open in Mount Ayr
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Mount Ayr is getting a new business complex in the former USDA building, located at 1201 east South street, Mount Ayr, Iowa.
The new facility, known as the Brick Plex, is home to eight current businesses with spaces still open for rent.
The project is the brainchild of the meeting of the minds. In this case it was the result of a group of several women, with a shared passion.
The vision is to bring together innovative self employed females (although males are welcome too), in a space to create businesses to give Ringgold county a new retail experience.
The business owners and property manager hope to provide a more eclectic and diverse set of services, in an environment that fosters a sense of comfort, well being, and (as they put it) positive vibes.
At first there was a necessity to fill the building after the United Farm Service Agency office changed location.
South Central Iowa Realty Property Management (SCIR) associate agent Jennifer Mercer discussed the situation with property owner Marina Boubion of Escondido, California.
After considering possible courses of action Jennifer came up with the idea of multiple businesses in a non competitive but supportive environment.
Lisa Stull of RayZ tanning salon was the first business owner to take the opportunity to locate to the Brick Plex.
After renting the first property space, Jennifer took a brief moment away from real estate to bring together a series of talented individuals to share their businesses in the new space.
Aside from the new Infinity Health office, there are seven women business owners at the Brick Plex. These individuals are; Lisa Stull of RayZ, Katelynn Parmer of Good Vibes Nutrition, Renae Still of Still in Style, Bailey Anderson of BA Beauty, Cristy Escareno of Posh and Polished, Laura Beerbower of Crystals and Wood, and Brooke Gepner of Wild Rose.
To get a better understanding of the Brick Plex space, an overview of each individual associated with the concept is helpful.
Jennifer Mercer is the property manager of Brick Plex, after 17 years as a social worker, Mercer changed career paths.
Initially working as a teaching associate at Mount Ayr Community Elementary, and then joining Wanda Hosfield at SCIR.
From a real estate standpoint, Hosfield points out that this is very much Mercers project.
In her own words Hosfield states “I can take absolutely no credit for this brainstorm, Jennifer brought all of these talented individuals together, and the community is welcoming each of them with open arms.
SCIR could not be prouder of her efforts.” After six months of renovation, the project is nearing completion with a potential to have all available space rented by this summer.
Lisa Stull has owned and