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.


Main Street Iowa Restaurant Week

September 14-23 we hope you eat out downtown as much as possible. Participating restaurants will be offering specials and you have a chance to register and win Gift Cards to those awesome eateries. The 11 participating restaurants are HyVee Kitchen, Terrazzo, Pizza Ranch, Jimmy Johns, Taqueria el Tapatio, Chen’s Garden, Sisters Mainstreet Cafe, Weasy’s, Grand … Read moreMain Street Iowa Restaurant Week

Wine Stroll

Our annual Downtown Wine Stroll is a grape smashing good time. It will be October 11th from 5-7pm and the $10 cost includes a new style of keepsake wine glass this year, plus tasty treats at each participating business. Get your glass and passport at 318 Grand Ave – Doors open at 4:00pm. Register now … Read moreWine Stroll

Shop Small Saturday

Make a difference in your community and Shop Small, Shop Local! Small Business Saturday is November 24th and Main Street and downtown merchants will be offering special deals for the day and a chance to win fabulous door prizes.