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Iowa River Outdoors

May Business Spotlight: Iowa River Outdoors

April 18, 2024

Say hello to Iowa River Outdoors, the go-to destination for outdoor enthusiasts. Locally owned and operated, Iowa River Outdoors has been proudly serving customers since opening in Swisher in 2023. Offering everything from live bait to fishing gear, hunting essentials, archery equipment, and Rambo E-Bikes, they have all your adventure needs covered. Stop by their […]

April Business Spotlight: Music151 by fp Music Academy

March 25, 2024

Experience an exceptional shopping journey with Music151 by fp Music Academy® in Fairfax. Step into an inviting and modern environment where you’re encouraged to explore, experiment, and try out affordable and unique musical products. Expert staff will help you find the perfect musical instrument or accessory to complement your skills. At Music151, you’ll find everything […]

Micky's Irish Pub & Grill

March Business Spotlight: Micky’s Irish Pub & Grill

February 9, 2024

As St. Patrick’s Day approaches, throw on your green attire and gather your friends for a festive celebration at Micky’s Irish Pub! Originally established in 1980 in the heart of Iowa City, owners David Stein and Aaron Jennings, along with Sarah Anderson, opened their second location in North Liberty in 2022. Micky’s is more than […]


February Business Spotlight: Barrett’s Quality Eats

January 18, 2024

Famed pastry chef Cory Barrett turned his culinary aspirations into reality with the opening of Barrett’s Quality Eats in Coralville in 2022. As a James Beard Award semifinalist and the winner of Food Network’s Spring Baking Championship, Cory brought a touch of urban inspiration to craft a welcoming space that encompasses a deli, bakery, coffee […]


January Business Spotlight: PinSeekers

December 28, 2023

PinSeekers, born from a decade-long vision by Owner and PGA-certified instructor Ryan Ranguette, caters to both devoted golf enthusiasts and those seeking a fun day out with loved ones. Their Corridor location, situated off I-380 in Tiffin, opened in November, following the launch of PinSeekers in DeForest, Wisconsin earlier in 2023. Visitors can swing away […]

Holiday Season Business

Six Time Management Strategies for the Busy Business Holiday Season

December 8, 2023

The holidays are here, and for many of you, it is the busiest time of year. How you handle it can be the deciding factor between a thriving business and a hectic one. We’re here to share some simple tips to help you balance your most treasured resource…your time. Prioritize your tasks: Create a to-do […]

Foundry Spotlight

December Business Spotlight: Foundry Food + Tap

November 28, 2023

In November 2022, owner Michael DeWitte opened Foundry Food + Tap in Coralville, offering a variety of entrees, local brews, and craft cocktails. DeWitte, began his restaurant journey at 16 in Marion’s Carlos O’Kelly’s, holding both his first job and management role there. Originally from Cedar Rapids, he later worked at Granite City post-college before […]

My Moms Bakery

November Business Spotlight: My Mom’s Bakery

October 27, 2023

It all began when Grace Bahr, the mother of Kevin Bahr, expressed, “If I were 20 years younger, I’d open a bakery!” Inspired by his mother’s dream, Kevin Bahr, alonside his domestic partner, Sherri Gillick, launched My Mom’s Bakery in downtown Ely on June 11th, 2018. “Mom taught us with her patience, knowledge and most […]

The Literary Hotel

October Business Spotlight: The Literary Hotel

September 26, 2023

This month’s Business Spotlight is on The Literary Hotel in Solon.  The Literary Hotel is a historic gem that holds countless stories within its walls. Originally established in 1915 as Mary’s Catholic Auditorium Social and Literary Club, it was restored and opened as a boutique hotel in 2022. The newly renovated space is now a […]

September Business Spotlight: Star Bar & Grill

August 28, 2023

This month’s Business Spotlight is on Star Bar & Grill in Fairfax. The Star Bar & Grill has an incredible history. In  the late 1860s, the Star Hotel and Livery was constructed. One of the original landowners was Benjamin Vanderbilt. The “Star” housed a saloon downstairs and an eight-room hotel upstairs. It accommodated travelers on […]

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