Nicci Lundquist proudly stands in front of her new store, the Mother Hen, in downtown Cherokee. The store is the most recent addition to the town’s Main Street retail landscape.
The Mother Hen Offers Variety While Giving Back to the Community
Nichole Lundquist is pleased to announce the opening of her new store in downtown Cherokee. The Mother Hen, located at 113 E. Main Street will provide area residents with a unique shopping experience where each purchase made will serve a bigger purpose by helping to support the local community. The first official date of business is slated for Monday, April 23 rd.
With items ranging from antiques and vintage finds, unique antique furniture, Iowa made food products, Fair Trade gifts, and even an assortment of sweet treats, Lundquist feels her store will offer a little something for everyone. “My goal is to create an enjoyable shopping experience for each person who comes into The Mother Hen,” she says. In addition, her son, Steven, will provide custom framing services for individuals and corporate entities. These services will include ready-made frame options, as well as, other unique displays for your photography such as prints on canvas, wood, plexiglass, and aluminum.
Steven Lundquist is one of several young Washington High School graduates to come back to Cherokee recently to pursue a professional career in their hometown.He looks forward to helping northwest Iowa residents with their custom framing and photographic display needs.
“I am excited to be back in the Cherokee community while completing my college degree online.I look forward to working with my customers to fulfill their framing needs, and really think area residents will like the different options I have available for their homes, gifts, or business,” says Steven.
Supporting others has always been important to Lundquist. Therefore, she is excited about helping Iowa families by promoting and selling their great tasting foods, while also emboldening artisans from around the world by offering a variety of retail Fair Trade items. More impressively, she plans to serve her community by donating 10 percent of every purchase made at The Mother Hen to a different cause, many with local ties, each month.
The premise behind this philanthropic spirit is really quite simple according to Lundquist. “I grew up in central Iowa enjoying pastimes such as sitting in a fishing boat for hours, attending potlucks at our country church, and visiting with my grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins, all living within a few miles of each other,” explains Lundquist. “I love the hardworking people who choose to live in this great state, and have enjoyed hearing so many of their stories spending many fall afternoons at my family’s apple orchard (Lundquist Farm Orchard, just west of Cherokee), and in preparation for the opening of this store. I wish to provide unique products and their personal stories, while also giving back to Cherokee and the surrounding area.”
Lundquist plans to feature a variety of authentic Iowa made foods including this display full of delectable handmade candies from the Amana Colonies.
With over 20 years in medical management, what inspired Lundquist to change career paths? “I have spent the majority of my professional life as the manager, or administrator of a handful of great organizations,” claims Lundquist. “I have thoroughly enjoyed helping the owners grow their businesses to be highly successful and make a difference each day in the lives of the people they serve.I have helped to build some amazing teams of people, many whom I am proud to call my friends, but it was time for a personal leap of faith and offer something to the community that I really feel will be well received,” says Lundquist.
The first cause The Mother Hen will be supporting is the American Cancer Society through a donation to the Cherokee Relay for Life.Lundquist will lead off with this cause because of a deep family history of battling this dreaded disease. “At a young age, my brother was diagnosed with childhood leukemia.As a result, I became a bone morrow transplant donor at 10 years old, and with God’s guidance, my life began to take meaning.My brother eventually lost his battle with cancer, but lived life to the fullest with a smile each and every day, says Lundquist. “I have also seen others close to me fight this disease courageously as well, including grandparents, my dad, and father-in-law, Bob. Their strength in the face of adversity is what prompted me to finally take the plunge and live out a dream I have been contemplating for a long time.”
Lundquist is very grateful for all of the support and well wishes she has received preparing for her new venture. She and her husband, Kent, have been married for 24 years and have three sons, Levi, Steven, and Trevor.“The guys have been very supportive of this venture and are excited for me to open this store,” says Lundquist. “Also, I must thank Dwight and Bonnie Varce (previous owners of the buildings that housed their longtime downtown businesses, the Framing Nook and Main Street Antiques.) for giving me the opportunity to start making my dream become a reality. Their help and guidance throughout this transition has been extremely helpful.”
The Mother Hen will be open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.; Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.; Saturdays 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; and closed on Sundays. Lundquist states, “We are always interested in purchasing antiques and vintage items, along with antique furniture.”If you have an Iowa product you would like The Mother Hen to consider for retail, please contact 712-225-1198. The store will also have an online presence at shopmotherhen.com.
Lundquist encourages everyone to check out the webpage frequently to find out which charity will be supported through your purchases that month.
“Finally my wait is over. I look forward to providing a bit of happiness and joy to those who shop at The Mother Hen, while also providing each customer the opportunity to serve others through their purchases,” says Lundquist with a smile. “It really doesn’t get any better than that!”