DYERSVILLE, Iowa — A phoenix-like ascent from the ashes helped earn K & K Logo the distinction of Dyersville’s Business of the Year.
At the annual meeting of the Dyersville Area Chamber of Commerce Wednesday, the screen printing business grabbed the night’s biggest prize.
“It’s great to say the least,” said K & K Logo co-owner Kim Tauke. “It’s really good recognition. We never expected it. We just do our job.”
Karla Thompson, executive director of the DACC, said the business was chosen, in part, because the owners’ dedication to a quick recovery following a July 2012 fire.
“Due to an unfortunate fire that nobody anticipated, they pretty much gutted the (store) in a week,” Thompson told the TH. “They got up and running piece by piece.”
In the midst of a busy production season, K & K Logo was back in business within two weeks, and running at near full capacity within two months.
Tauke said that community members and organizations chipped in, helping bring K & K Logo back from the brink. She said the business of the year award is validation of her team’s efforts during the past year.
Entertainment for the three-hour dinner meeting was provided by comedian Dan Deibert. The Quad Cities performer, who also hosts radio talk shows, offered his perspective on a number of issues relevant to the Dyersville area.
His mention of actor and recently announced All-Star Ballpark Heaven investor Matthew Perry drew cheers from the audience. These, in turn, drew rebuke from Deibert.
“He’s not here,” Deibert said. “You don’t have to suck up to him yet.”
Deibert also offered advice for consumers interested in getting banned from their favorite retailers.
“Would you like to know how to get a restraining order at Office Depot?” he asked. “I’ll tell you.”
The triumphs of Dyersville area businesses were also discussed during the meeting. Thompson said it is an “exciting” time to develop in Dyersville, and specifically mentioned the continued development of the All-Star Ballpark Heaven project as a highlight.