Longtime associates group up for enterprise

Longtime friends team up for business

KEOKUK Now and again in life issues come collectively fantastically and full circle moments occur. That is what’s taking place at Keokuk’s latest enterprise, which occurs to be a novel mix of two particular person companies owned by two girls who’ve been lifelong associates.

The companies are Coronary heart And Soul Designs by enterprise proprietor Julie Sonneborn and Well being & Wellness Therapeutic massage and Esthetician by enterprise proprietor Donna Through. The enterprise is positioned at 401 Principal St. in Keokuk.


Julie is the proprietor of Coronary heart And Soul Design. He primarily focuses on portray in his enterprise. He all the time discovered portray very enjoyable. He’s thrilled to have lastly discovered a everlasting house.

Julie was consistently going to vendor reveals, so she all the time needed to pack her craft provides out and in. When Covid hit, he observed that folks weren’t shopping for crafts the best way they used to. As an alternative, they had been extra fascinated by making their very own crafts and making their very own photos.

She has been making home made crafts along with her sister for 25 years. For his portray events, he cuts all his personal wooden, paints on the wooden, cuts it, sands it, then paints the designs.

I’m amazed how one can give 25 individuals the identical piece of wooden with the identical define on it and every one is so totally different. Their personalities come by means of of their designs, Julie stated. Everybody has a hidden expertise for drawing. I’ve 4 generations sitting across the desk and drawing collectively and telling tales about one another. It is one thing for ladies to do collectively.

Julie works largely evenings on this enterprise. Nonetheless, he’s extraordinarily accommodating. He’ll work with you on hours, days and schedules.

Julie does issues like: Door hanger events; birthday events for kids; carry your personal wine events; personal classes; most cancers fundraisers; and many others.

Julie stays extraordinarily busy. She works full-time because the Dietetic Supervisor for River Hills Village. He loves his job there and has a terrific trusted employees working underneath him. He began this new enterprise in order that he would have one thing to occupy himself after he retired. Julie is the kind of lady who likes to remain busy.

Julie lives in Warsaw, Illinois and graduated from Warsaw Excessive Faculty in 1981. He’s extraordinarily educated with many levels. She earned a secretarial place proper out of highschool. Then, after working at Methode for twenty-four years, he earned a level in gross sales and advertising. After Methodology closed, he earned a restaurant and hospitality diploma and a culinary arts diploma.

Julie has two daughters and 4 grandchildren who like to spend time on their farm enjoying with the cows and chickens, driving their 4 wheelers and being adventurous. She and her husband elevate mini highland cows.

When requested if his household actually helps his enterprise properly, he says: Sure, they assist my enterprise and goals so long as it does not intrude with Sunday household dinners on the farm.

Within the fall, Julie might be providing laser minimize artwork kits for all ages so everybody can chill out and paint at their eating room desk the best way she loves.


Donna is the proprietor of Well being & Wellness Therapeutic massage and Esthetician.

He affords these providers.

Craniosacral remedy; myofascial tuning forks/reiki; raindrop therapeutic massage; sound bowl session; sauna 20 minutes session; facial / microdermabrasion; 30 minute massages; 60 minute massages.

Donna has a neat backstory as a result of she did not go to therapeutic massage college till she was 50 years previous.

At the moment, her husband died in 1997 underneath unhappy circumstances. in June. They had been married for nearly 18 years. This left her as a single mom to 2 younger daughters, Darcy and Jill. So she picked up and moved to Iowa Metropolis in December 2011, hoping to get a college schooling to raised their future.

He graduated from LaJames Worldwide Faculty in 2012. Whereas there, she substituted for her therapeutic massage trainer when she graduated, and she or he went on to LaJames Worldwide Faculty for Esthetics.

I had the very best therapeutic massage trainer ever, Alice Natochin. Ms. Natochin can also be a nurse on the College of Iowa. I might by no means undergo with it. He was the very best in every part, muscular tissues, anatomy in every part. After commencement I changed him and we grew to become associates ceaselessly. He was and is such an inspiration to me. I respect him a lot, she stated.

After graduating in esthetics, she returned to Warsaw and opened her first observe at Shear Heaven, Tara Knoche.

Donna practiced for 2 years, then LA James supplied her a job educating esthetics, and she or he took it, and she or he taught for a number of years. She returned to Iowa Metropolis, stayed and taught, had her personal therapeutic massage observe for 4-5 years, then returned to Warsaw.

About 5 years in the past, she offered their household house and moved again to Augusta, Illinois to assist look after her dad, who has dementia. She helped run the second-generation trucking enterprise along with her brother and opened her observe there at Through Boutique and Therapeutic massage. When his father was admitted to a VA house in Quincy a few yr in the past, he offered his home and moved to Hamilton. She was planning to retire, however had a couple of shoppers contact her who had heard she was again within the space and wished a therapeutic massage, so she stated that was effective.

Then Julie known as and stated, come on, let us take a look at this place collectively, and the remaining is historical past, Donna stated. When my shoppers heard I used to be again, they had been thrilled to have my observe again up and working. Im Illinois and Iowa licensed therapeutic massage therapist and esthetician.

She is now nearer to her daughters and her 5 older kids as properly.

Certainly one of her many causes for returning to Hamilton was additionally to be along with her beloved Ross, who truly discovered their River Street house. He was a giant affect on her coming again right here.

Donna graduated from Southeast Excessive Faculty in Augusta, Illinois in 1979.

Donna has been by means of numerous trials and tribulations, however by means of all of it, she says, it has been a troublesome life, however you simply preserve going. I’ve to say that praying each day and placing God first is what has made me profitable. He has guided me by means of each a part of my life, the darkest components, the valleys, the hills, the highs and the triumphs.


Each Julie and Donna share an amazing ardour to be part of empowering girls. They each understand how laborious it’s on this busy world for ladies to search out even an hour to themselves most days/weeks. Workloads are heavy, each indoors and outdoor.

They need this enterprise to be a spot the place you possibly can come and chill out and fully chill out. Completely anybody is welcome right here, however they particularly need girls to have the ability to de-stress right here. They understand how essential it’s for ladies to exit on their very own and have time. They know it is so essential for psychological well being.

Ladies typically do not admire themselves for what they will do, and definitely do not all the time make time for themselves, Julie stated.

It is also a good way for ladies to fulfill different feminine associates.

I’ve been actually blessed by means of crafting to have met so many nice individuals, shared so many tales, and made fantastic associates, now and up to now, Julie stated.

DREWBERRY Cleaning soap

Inside Julie’s portray enterprise is a small enterprise known as Drewberry Cleaning soap. They’re out of Tioga. It’s a cleaning soap, lotion and lip balm created from goat’s milk. Cleaning soap scents embrace Cucumber Melon, Black Raspberry Vanilla, Femme Fatale, Love Attraction, Lavender Lemonade, and extra. They can even be at craft reveals with Julie. You’ll be able to come into Julies enterprise at any time to view and buy any Drewberry Soaps merchandise.

Julie has reached out to 4 or 5 individuals from Warsaw who’ve home made objects that might be arrange at her enterprise in Keokuk on First Fridays from Might by means of November. They make earrings, slicing boards, recent automotive dishes, hair bows, t-shirts and rather more. The entire companies she helps are women-owned companies.

There may be a lot expertise in our native space that additionally attracts individuals to Keokuk to buy. As small enterprise house owners, we have to work collectively, not towards one another, Julie stated.

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