RIBBON CUTTING for the Peppermill B&B
September 14, 2018
Family, friends and community members gathered around to celebrate the Open House and Chamber ribbon cutting for the Peppermill B&B on Friday, Sept. 14th.
Many showed up for the festivities and tour of this beautiful Italianate Victorian residence. Belle & Dan Jaeger were delighted to have so many show up in support and celebration for their new business venture.
Around Lamoni—-Peppermill B & B Set to Open
(Pictured: Belle and Dan Jaeger steal a few moments to relax on their swing before returning to restoring Lamoni’s newest bed and breakfast – The Peppermill – in preparation for it’s grand opening.)
Around Lamoni—-Peppermill B & B Set to Open
Belle and Dan Jaeger relocated all the way from Texas to be near their daughter Sarah. Sarah and her husband, Landon Burke, along with the Jaeger’s two grandsons were the lure to relocating here. But the house they bought at 408 S. State Street on the historic Jefferson Highway became an answer to Belle’s dreams. “When I first saw it, I thought it was perfect for a bed and breakfast,” Belle said. “We bought it with that in mind, and for me, it’s like working on that vision.”
“We’ve always been involved”, Belle said. “We think it’s important to give back as we all have the responsibility in the wellbeing of our community.” Dan rode with B.A.C.A. (Bikers Against Child Abuse) and served as a child advocate with CASA for over 10 years. Belle has organized and run many a fundraiser and volunteered on many committees wherever they have lived. One of the first things the Jaegers did was to join the Lamoni Area Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber will host a ribbon cutting ceremony at The Peppermill’s grand opening in the very near future.
They call Belle’s dream The Peppermill. Peppermills have always fascinated her– they remind her of a woman’s silhouette, being both elegant and strong. To her, this house is that…beautiful and strong. It has a rich history which she has researched and can be viewed in some pictures she has dating back to the 1800’s on their website (www.peppermillbnb.com). Dan says, “I’m just Belle’s handyman, and I’m helping her work on her dream.”
Since moving in, Dan has been working on its exterior – landscaping, clearing the property, power washing, and repairing drainage concerns. Belle has been unpacking boxes, painting, installing ceiling fans in every room, and removing old wallpaper. Belle’s passion can be found in the house’s architecture and woodworking. That excitement surfaces as they both decorate it and do some restoring. This is her peppermill.
They say their dream is “where Southern hospitality meets the Midwest.” It features three distinctly styled accommodations. The Lasso is on the 2nd story with a beautiful queen size bed and a sitting area. The Lacebark is the top room that faces the front of the 2nd story with a queen size bed with beautifully restored wood floors and a sitting area. A third guest room, The Twin Estates, is also on the 2nd story and accommodates guests with two antique full sized, wrought iron beds and – in addition – has a sitting area. The rooms were named after the streets on which Belle and Dan have previously lived.
The Peppermill will offer a full gourmet breakfast with dietary restriction considerations. The rotating menu choices include dishes such as stuffed French toast, frittatas, authentic Mexican breakfast entrees, omelets, vegetables, and fresh fruits. Juices, coffee, tea, and seasonal hot apple cider and hot cocoa are a few of the beverages offered. Custom add-ons include afternoon tea, a picnic for two, or a special dessert.
Belle and Dan met in college in South Texas. After meeting and talking, they realized they not only knew people and had experiences in common they graduated a year apart from the same high school. They married, graduated, and began careers in the Lone Star State. Dan spent 29 years with Dow Chemical, and for many years, Belle owned an interior decorating business. They have two children. Jacob Alan, their son, is a professional musician living in Austin. Sarah is currently a second-grade teacher in Lamoni.
They knew about Lamoni because both Sarah and Jacob Alan went to Spectacular, but it wasn’t until Jacob Alan went to Graceland that they first saw the city. Belle says she fell in love with the community instantly as they drove their son to Graceland for his freshman year – and could feel at ease even though he was hundreds of miles away from home. Sarah also attended and graduated from Graceland University. Over the years Belle and Dan have gotten to know the town on their many visits here. “Lamoni is like a little gem – you don’t find many communities like this anymore,” Belle said. “We see so much potential, and we hope to be a part of not only maintaining its uniqueness but to help revitalize our new community in a positive and great way.” Dan says they hope to make an impact and they thank everyone who’s made them feel welcomed and at home.
From: Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate.
This week’s #SmallBizSalute goes to Peppermill B&B owned and operated by Belle and Dan Jaeger.
Living in Texas and pursuing their own careers – Dan in the chemical industry, Belle running her own interior decorating business – the Jaeger’s were blind to what would come when they made the move to Iowa in 2018 to be closer to their daughter, son-in-law, and grandsons.
In the 90’s, after visiting her first bed and breakfast, it became Belle’s dream to own one of her own. Going in a slightly different direction as an interior decorator as well as an office manager in public schools, Belle’s dream was always in the back of her mind.
Arriving in Iowa and starting the house hunt, the pair stumbled upon a spacious 130-year-old home in Lamoni that would soon be shaped into their next adventure: Peppermill B&B
The name came from the correlation between a pepper mill and the house. “A pepper mill’s shape reminds me of a woman’s silhouette, making it elegant and she’s capable of it’s task.” The home, “A grand lady that has withstood the test of time. She is beautiful and can still perform its task, just like a pepper mill,” Belle said.
Since its opening in August of 2018, Peppermill B & B has already found success and gained a lot of friendships within and outside of the community. The hosts provide their guests with a homey atmosphere and make their experience as easy on them as possible. “Belle makes everything from scratch. No boxed or bagged foods are served,” Dan said. “Creating menus with each guest in mind and taking dietary restrictions into consideration is our goal.”
With a background as a business owner, Belle knew what she was getting herself into and had the skills to get the job done – ranging from management skills, web design, branding, and social media. While buying a home over 100 years old was a gamble, the Jaeger’s have found that their bets paid off. “We’ve only been open less than a year, but we would say it’s been a huge success and we couldn’t be happier!”
For more information, visit https://peppermillbnb.com/