Hi, my name is Tom Hubbell and I live in Ankeny, Iowa. I am a registered nurse by profession and specialize in Pediatric Nursing. My company was just started this year and is called Prairie Products (which doesn’t sound very European, but I had to find a name to register). Prairie Products specializes in imported, German, handmade Christmas items of wood and glass.
I became interested in starting my business after speaking with Suzanne Hull about the Des Moines European Heritage Association. After a great deal of thought, I felt that this business venture would be the best way for me to support the Association, as well as opening up opportunities for me to expand my horizons.
Prairie Products will be selling wooden nutcrackers (Nussknackers) from a variety of artisans, as well wooden pyramids of different sizes. The pyramids use candle heat to make the blades at the top spin which turns an axle down the center with carved figurines; these are very traditional and common in German homes. There will also be glass ornaments, wooden ornaments, tree toppers, curled wooden stars, and smokers (Rauchmannchen) of different sizes and themes. I am also hoping to have some traditional paper napkins from Germany for decorating your Christmas party table.
Des Moines European Heritage Association connects Iowans with European traditions, language education and cultural experiences; and it provides resources and tools to other cultural heritage organizations.