MANTORVILLE’S COMMUNITY OF WOMEN
CHRISTMAS—A TIME FOR COMPASSION, CONNECTIONS WITH LOVED ONES AND THAT EVER-IMPORTANT SENSE OF COMMUNITY. MANTORVILLE’S OLD FASHIONED CHRISTMAS FEATURES WOMAN-OWNED BUSINESSES THAT HAVE SECURED THEIR FOUNDATIONS, AND THEIR SUCCESS, IN PARTNERSHIPS AND A GENEROUS COMMUNITY SPIRIT.
COUNTY SEAT COFFEEHOUSE
Co-owners Kristin Alexander and Adrianne McNiff have been nearly inseparable business partners since 2007. But it hasn’t always been that way. Both wanted to open a traditional coffee shop, and both saw a need for one in the Mantorville area, so they decided to combine their talents. Adrianne has a degree in the culinary arts, and Kristin has a degree in marketing. Both spent years in their fields before joining forces.
“It was like fate,” Kristin says. “We were both taking a risk. We didn’t really know each other very well, but we both had the same dream so we decided we were going to do it, hoping it would work.” The traditional coffee shop model quickly expanded to include all-day breakfast, gourmet coffees, homemade desserts and an ever-expanding menu.
Kristin and Adrianne have felt supported and accepted by the Mantorville community. “There are a lot of women business owners in Mantorville. The local paper in Kasson used to have a huge section devoted to them,” Kristin says.
Much of their success is formed through the combination of Kristin’s marketing know-how and Adrianne’s culinary skills. “I am a pretty darn good baker,” Adrianne says. “We have really good pies and desserts here.”
CREATIVE CHANGE HAIR STUDIO
Karrie Berg and RaeLynn Mattick became business partners three years ago. RaeLynn worked as a stylist at Creative Change and was renting her styling chair there but was looking for more. Karrie wanted to expand the business, so they became partners. In addition to hair, the salon also features spa services such as manicures, pedicures, massage, waxing and dermaplaning.
Unlike Kristin and Adrianne, Karrie and RaeLynn had been friends for years before the partnership. “Karrie actually did my hair when I was a kid,” RaeLynn says. “She did my first highlight!”
“We are very approachable and friendly. I think one of the biggest stigmas with salons is that it’s intimidating to walk into them, but we get complimented all the time on how welcoming and homey it feels here,” she says. That welcoming attitude is evident throughout the Mantorville community as well. “No one is really in competition with one another. Everyone wants everyone else to succeed,” RaeLynn says.
THE CHOCOLATE SHOPPE
Lynnette Nash is a people person. “This is who I am and what I do,” Lynnette says. “If I am not at the shop, I miss people. I’m the kind of person that will go out into a crowd and start talking to the people around me.”
Lynette has the support of her family to help her do what she does. Her mom purchased the confectionery shop in 1989, and Lynnette bought it from her four years ago. Her mom still works in the shop, dipping chocolates by hand, and Lynnette’s daughter, Alexa, plans to come into the business when she graduates with her degree in food and consumer science.
“This is very much a family thing. If I’m busy, my son comes here to help. My husband is here too. It’s all about doing the product and doing the product well,” she says.
“The interesting thing is that the glass ceiling doesn’t exist here in Mantorville. Everybody just supports everybody,” Lynnette says.
Mantorville invites everyone to celebrate Olde Fashioned Christmas on Saturday, December 2 with a candlelight tea, caroling and sleigh rides. You can even take the trolley to Mantorville with your favorite group of friends for Olde Fashioned Christmas from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Register at RochesterMNTours.com or call 507-421-0573.
Editor’s Note: Established in 1854, Mantorville was listed on the National Historic Registry in 1975.
County Seat Coffeehouse
1 Fifth Street West
Creative Change Hair Studio
516 N Main Street
The Chocolate Shoppe
420 North Main Street
Finds on 5th
3 5th Street West
Mantorville Art Guild
521 North Mantorville Street
502 N Main Street
Kim Zabel works as a wellness instructor at 125 Live and the Rochester Area YMCA.