U.S. Rep. Ashley Hinson (R-Iowa) met with the owner of aSPArations Salon and Day Spa in Marshalltown to talk policy and issues surrounding the small business community.

Hinson asked owner Tasha Schnathorst questions about how her business has worked to return after closure and how they recovered when Marshalltown was hit with natural disasters.

Schnathorst’s business survived an eight-week shutdown amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and said she has managed to bounce back from the added effects of the 2018 tornado and 2020 derecho.

She said the salon is fortunate to have already doubled its sales from last year.

“We were a little nervous if people were going to come back,” Schnathorst said. “I was here when the governor released us to open, and I don’t think she even got the words out of her mouth before our phones started ringing off the hook.”

While the tornado caused minimal damage to the building, Schnathorst said the derecho was a different story. She said she lost an estimated $35,000 of business due to the derecho.

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