While many entrepreneurs were hesitant to undergo new ventures during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Wenday Cooper saw a time as the perfect opportunity to open shop.
Cooper welcomed customers into Wenday’s Kitchen Boutique, 500 Willow Ave., on June 29. Her mission, she said, was to present an environment to patrons that not only offered delicious eats, but also a calming, healing ambiance.
“We specifically opened during this time,” Cooper told the Nonpareil. “… I always wanted to open a beautiful boutique with strong coffee, beautiful food, lovely desserts and beautiful shopping, and that’s exactly what we did.
“The pandemic has really devastated humanity, so me and the Lord said, ‘We think the world needs some sunshine, it needs a beautiful place where people feel loved and pampered with beautiful food.’ So, that’s what I did.”
Cooper, a Harlan native, has spent most of her adult life in Council Bluffs. She operated In Jesus’ Name, a nonprofit focusing on counseling, life skills and family education, from 2004-2010. She’s also a longtime Iowa Western Community College professor, teaching human services, addictive studies and counseling classes.
In October 2018, Cooper left Iowa and spent some time in Pensacola, Florida, to get a grasp on her true direction in life.