What sets your business apart on The Avenues?
Cooper: Our customer service and attention to detail set us apart. People know that they can come here and get happy!
Where do you find inspiration?
Cooper: My family is a great inspiration. I am a foster mom to a wonderful 10-year-old and he has brought so much to our family.
What do you wish there was more of in our community?
Cooper: I wish we had a Holiday event like EV’s Promenade.
Who is someone locally who you admire? Why?
Cooper: I admire John Nieland, the new owner at our Ankeny store and his willingness to learn a new business from top to bottom. Heis working to make all our stores better.
What’s your ideal Des Moines staycation look like?
Cooper: I’m an aspiring author so an overnight stay at a nice hotel with a Jacuzzi tub and my computer so I can write without being interrupted.
Complete this sentence: In the next 10 years, I hope The Avenues of Ingersoll & Grand ______.
Cooper: Has completed the pedestrian-friendly streetscape and the people watching (one of my favorite things to do) is even better.