‘Miracle Mile’: Flurry of openings energizes Iola’s State Street business corridor

Several businesses have opened (or reopened) along State Street and downtown. The activity is bringing a sense of excitement to the community.

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July 22, 2022 - 3:26 PM

Corey Stiles, left, and Brek Ulrich stand inside the new showroom at Westco Home Furnishings in Iola. The furniture store reopened in May after its old location closed when its roof collapsed due to heavy rain. Photo by Richard Luken

The timing may be a coincidence, with several Iola businesses opening (or reopening) within weeks of each other.

But that activity also brings a palpable sense of enthusiasm, notes Jonathan Goering of Thrive Allen County.

Goering serves as Thrive’s economic development director for Iola, Allen County and Humboldt, and has watched — and occasionally assisted — as several businesses have opened this summer.

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