August Ambassador Visits

posted in Chamber of Commerce on October 3, 2018

Waverly, IA-In August, the Waverly Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors presented three businesses with Progress Awards.

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church & School recently hired Dani Gordon as their Director of Communications. Originally from Fairbank, Gordon studied journalism and communication, graphic design, and leadership at Wartburg College, graduating with honors in May of 2017. She also coaches high school softball at Denver High School in the summer and is a volunteer coach for middle school softball at Waverly-Shell Rock in the spring and fall. 

As the director of communications at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church & School, Gordon is responsible for maintaining all internal and external communications for the church and school including print, video, and electronic communications.  "I am fortunate to work for an organization that I so deeply value and believe in, and one that is so welcoming and inclusive. St. Paul's is a place for people of all demographics to learn, grow, and flourish, while also exploring their faith and spirituality. I am constantly reminded how fortunate I am to work in a place that I love and one where I am loved in return,” said Gordon.

Neighborhood Closet recently opened in a new location next to Hy-Vee. Neighborhood Closet is a branch off the new Neighborhood Home stores. They specialize in consignment of adult clothing, cash on the spot for children's clothing, baby equipment, and children's bedroom sets. Neighborhood Home is still located on Bremer Ave and specializes in Ashley furniture and mattresses. The stores were split due to expansion of the furniture and mattress lines. Matthew Schneider (owner), Holly McBurney (store manager) and Sara Bergmann (Marketing Coordinator) were presented with the Progress Award.

Neighborhood Closet is also opening the back room of their store for Canvas Giclee prints and other home décor.  To coincide with this they are announcing their Neighborhood Artists program where they are looking for local photographers to create a local canvas art program.  Photographers who are interested in learning more can email samples of their work to  Photographers will earn a commission on each print sold, and Neighborhood Closet will be placing this art in all of the Neighborhood Home stores as well. 

Hoppy’s NAPA Auto Parts recently opened its doors at a new location in Waverly.  The new store is in the former Dollar General location at 919 Fourth Street Southwest.  Scott Hoppenworth, the owner, said the decision was made to relocate in order to encourage business growth. 

“The new location is much easier for people to get in and out of the parking lot and the traffic count is a lot higher,” said Hoppenworth.

Hoppy’s NAPA Auto Parts operated out of Willow Lawn Mall for 22 years, but recent construction and the change in traffic patterns has decreased the volume of customers in that part of town. Hoppenworth has been in the auto parts industry for nearly 40 years, joining the NAPA chain in 1999.

The Waverly Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors Program serves as a public relations arm of the Waverly Chamber by welcoming new businesses, recognizing business expansion efforts, recruiting new members to the Waverly Chamber and by serving as a representative of the Chamber throughout the community.

For more information, please contact the Waverly Chamber of Commerce at (319) 352-4526 or

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