After closing her long-time photography studio in Colorado to relocate to Iowa, Suzanne Wille was in search of a new creative outlet.

“This business will be a perfect opportunity for Suzanne to continue to be creative, and hopefully spread her passion to others,” Polk City Arts co-owner Jason Wille said.

On Friday, May 5, Jason and Suzanne Wille, along with other members of the community, celebrated the Polk City Arts ribbon cutting to signify their grand opening. Polk City Arts serves as an art gallery, retail store and creative space. There you can not only find art created by Wille herself, but also jewelry, essential oils, greeting cards and more, created by numerous local vendors.

“We have spent almost two years doing demo, remodeling and restoring the building. The building will have a modern industrial feel, with exposed brick walls and original restored floors with natural elements,” Suzanne said.

“It is a business rooted in the belief that it is important to have a community-focused creative space that can offer a little something for everyone,” Suzanne added.

In addition to the retail portion of their store — starting in June, the Polk City Arts will also be offering a variety of classes, whether it’s to support a fun night out with friends or to help others learn a new creative technique.

“With all the growth in Polk City, we are excited to be part of the community and part of the growth,” Suzanne said.

The Polk City Arts is currently located off the Polk City Square at 113 West Broadway St.