Hinson visits McGregor business

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Rep. Ashley Hinson visited McGregor on Jan. 4, where she met with Monica and Paul Tiffany, owners of the business Tiffany and Weller. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Monica Tiffany shows Rep. Ashley Hinson the Tiffany and Weller line of soaps and lotions.

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

 

Rep. Ashley Hinson visited McGregor on Jan. 4, where she met with Tiffany and Weller owners Paul and Monica Tiffany to learn more about the retail store’s products and hear about the challenges the operation is currently facing.

 

Tiffany and Weller originally opened as paint and hardware store McGregor Mercantile in October 2016. The business has undergone a steady evolution—in both name and products—in the years since. Tiffany and Weller currently offers decor in what Monica described as a “farmhouse chic style.” They also developed a line of soaps and lotions, charcuterie boards and popular wooden signs that customers can buy already made or customize with a saying of their choice.

 

“We were buying products and Paul said he could make something better,” said Monica. Now, the business is wholesaling its signs around the country.

 

“We had our best year ever. People like that it’s made in the USA, made in Iowa,” Monica stated.

 

“COVID has taught us to know where the things we buy come from,” added Paul.

 

The Tiffanys said they’ve encountered supply chain issues during the pandemic, however. 

 

According to Hinson, she’s working to address supply chain disruptions, product costs and labor difficulties. She said hearing stories from small business owners helps when legislation is developed.

 

“When a policy comes up in Washington, I can draw on that arsenal, share those stories,” Hinson stated.

 

She also addressed how taxes can impact businesses.

 

“Taxes make a difference in what you can invest, if you can buy new equipment,” Hinson said. 

 

Business resources and funding are important too, especially for manufacturers like Tiffany and Weller.

 

“Iowa has so much potential,” said Paul. “It’s a great place for industry to grow.”

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