The Hallmark store in Pella may be gone, but it’s former home won’t be empty for the big festival – An online boutique will take over the space at 635 Franklin Street during Tulip Time with a pop-up shop called The Pulse Boutique. Co-owner Mallory McClaflin said she and her sister, Mackenzie Schooley, wanted to host the pop-up store to expand and meet new people during Tulip Time. The Pulse Boutique was founded in 2012 by McClaflin and Schooley. Since then, the online shop has outgrown their parent’s basement and now ships over 5,000 orders a month to customers in the U.S. and Canada. The pop-up boutique will be open from Wednesday afternoon through Saturday afternoon during the festival.
Road construction will soon begin on a major Marion County roadway. Construction on Highway S45 from the intersection of Highway 5 and 92 to Melcher-Dallas, including a two mile stretch of G76, will begin the week of May 7th. During the 2-3 weeks of work the road will be limited to one lane so plan on delays.
According to Oskaloosa Fire Chief Mark Neff, Mahaska County is under a burn ban effective immediately. Due to high winds and dry conditions, no burning should be done until further notice.