Nelson Jewelry
There was a time when you knew the name of the grocer, the banker and the tailor. Simpler days when a rotary telephone was the most advanced communication device anyone had. That’s the world Nelson Jewelry opened its doors to back in 1928. A bustling downtown with friends stopping in to browse, buy, or just say hello. And, no matter how busy the shop might be, you were always warmly greeted and well taken care of. Ralph Nelson began working with customers in those distant days, and he raised his son, Tom Sr., to understand that it was the way you made people feel that genuinely made a difference. You’ll still sense it when you step into Nelson Jewelry, with Tom Jr. at the helm. Even though you’ll be surrounded by today’s most beautiful jewelry—you’ll recognize the lost art of service that has been carefully maintained.

With jewelry and gifts to fit any style and any budget, we are proud to be a fixture on Grand Avenue for nearly 90 years.

Welcome to Spencer Main Street!

We are proudly celebrating our 31st anniversary as a Main Street Iowa program this year. Spencer was founded on fertile soil, tested by fire, and thrives because of its people. The same is true for Main Street. We are a non-profit organization that works hard on economic development, historic preservation and bringing people downtown because we know there is no grander place!

Spencer is one of 54 Main Street communities in this great state of Iowa. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and are funded primarily through a Self-Supported Municipal Improvement District (SSMID) that was established in 1987 and supported by the City of Spencer. That district includes more than 160 businesses on North Grand Avenue from Hyvee, Walgreens and Fareway south to the bridge and a block east and west.


Shop Small Saturday

Make this the biggest day of the year for Downtown Spencer Businesses! On Saturday November 24th from 9-11 am pick up your shopping bag at our Small Business Headquarters (318 Grand) filled with coupons good ONLY that day. We will have complimentary coffee and pastries plus you can register to win fabulous door prizes. Then … Read moreShop Small Saturday

Gingerbread Kingdom

Gingerbread Kingdom is the perfect activity for the little ones this Holiday Season on Sunday, December 2nd. Children (and an adult helper) ages Pre K – 2nd grade can decorate their very own mini-gingerbread house and take it home. All the materials will be provided. We have 3 time slots, but space is limited so … Read moreGingerbread Kingdom

Grand Meander

It’s a time honored tradition in downtown Spencer as we kick off the Holiday season with good tidings, merriment and joy. There is so much to see and taste as store fronts come to life! Santa will make his GRAND appearance at 6 starting at the Fire Station working his jolly way down to the Tree … Read moreGrand Meander