Center for Living Well Welcomed by I-S Chamber

Tammie Jo Berg (left) receives a thank-you plaque for her role as Iola-Scandinavia Chamber of Commerce vice president from I-S Chamber president Greg Loescher (right). Berg recently opened a new business, The Center for Living Well, in the former BankFirst building in downtown Iola.

One of Iola’s newest businesses, The Center for Living Well, was welcomed recently by the Iola-Scandinavia Chamber of Commerce. Owner Tammie Jo Berg previously owned Lessons from The Art, which she sold earlier this year. The Center for Living Well is located in the former BankFirst building at 148 N. Main Street, sharing space with Homestead Realty.

The Center features a wide variety of holistic health practitioners and classes. Its mission is to provide a professional environment of healing, education, and outreach to address difficulties and challenges relating to health in body, mind, and spirit.

This is achieved by incorporating various styles and approaches including yoga, nutrition, herbs, and energy work, improving health and joy.

I-S Chamber President Greg Loescher said, “When BankFirst moved out of this facility to move into its gorgeous new building at 295 East State Street, we were concerned about filling the building. So we were absolutely ecstatic when we heard the news that Tammie Jo and her husband Brian Derus of Homestead Realty would be purchasing the building. As with her previous business, Lessons from The Art, which was sold to Eric Bestul earlier this year, the Center provides the area with a unique and inspiring new business. Tammie Jo is to be commended for her entrepreneurial spirit.”

Berg said, “Opening a new business during COVID-19 certainly has its drawbacks, but I am very grateful for the support and encouragement from the community and surrounding areas. I can’t wait to have a proper Grand Opening when this is all over!”

Berg was also recognized at the welcoming with a plaque for her role as Chamber vice president for the past few years. Due to her expanded business situation, she stepped down from that role but is still active in the Chamber and is its webmaster.

After the welcome and photo shoot, the group toured the Center.

For more information about The Center for Living Well, like its Facebook page and check out its website at

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