- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 17, 2017

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) - A business owner says she’ll close her Cedar Falls skin care products shop because officials rejected her pink storefront.

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports (https://bit.ly/2jk28SG ) Kirsta Dolash will close her Main Street business and open a store on Iowa City’s pedestrian mall, where she’s been allowed to have a pink storefront.

Dolash says pink is part of her businesses’ brand. She wasn’t satisfied with plans to paint the storefront gray with pink accents.

Council member Dave Wieland asked City Council members Monday night to reconsider its denial of the pink storefront but received no support. He compared the city’s position to telling John Deere it couldn’t feature the colors green and yellow.

In opting to close her business, called Root, Dolash criticized officials, saying “our branding is not welcome here.”

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Information from: Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, https://www.wcfcourier.com

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