Charles City Business Lands Honor

Charles City, IA – The NIACC Pappajohn Center and North Iowa Area Small Business Development Center are proud to recognize Tiffany Rottinghaus of Mara Bridal and Special Occasion as the Pappajohn Center Entrepreneur of the Month for February.

Rottinghaus opened Mara Bridal in Charles City in November 2017. Rottinghaus worked with the Pappajohn Center and the North Iowa Area SBDC to open Mara and developed her business plan through Launch & Grow.

Rottinghaus quickly repositioned herself and purchased a nearby building when her first location fell through. Converting the historic home into a store required revising her plans and putting in some hard work but revealed an unexpected bonus. A small standalone studio converted into an elegant space for seasonal purposes like prom dresses and tuxedo rentals.

The prom dress studio has proven to be a popular addition to Mara. Rottinghaus’s nimble approach to obstacles and zeal for opening her own boutique are part of what makes her an entrepreneur to watch.

The Pappajohn Center recognizes the North Iowa entrepreneurs who make the region a success every month. To nominate a business, visit the Pappajohn Center website at


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