Incentivized by a contest sponsored by the Iowa City Downtown District, MidwestOne Bank, and supported by the city of Iowa City, Hands wins one of several grants to create the round lighted sign on the front of the store. The winning entry was designed by architects Marcelo Aruani and Steve Miller of OPN Architects.  During family genealogy research, the Nusser family discover that Oliver Startsman opened the Washington Street location in 1853—not 1854 as originally believed, making 2018 the 165th year of jewelry operations.