Downtown Iola will die — over the collective body of the remaining downtown merchants.
Their attitude? That fat lady has not even begun to warm up.
“I’m still of the mind that better days lie ahead for downtown Iola,” said Jan Knewtson, a stalwart of the square since 1986 when she first opened a bridal shop on the south side of the square. Now on the east side of the square, Knewtson owns Sophisticated Rose and its sister store, Sophisticated Rose Plus.