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Business

Keeping it local

Salt Fork Kitchen making organic food affordable

“There’s such a bountiful harvest of so many wonderful things right around us, and people still want to go to the store and buy something that comes from a spinach farm in California, or this or that when they could be buying locally.” - Jay Schworn

By Chris Umscheid
Solon Economist

SOLON– Jay Schworn and Eric Menzel share a philosophy, and they’d like to share it with you, served-up fresh, hot and tasty.

Livery to become banquet facility

City council approves new use for historic Solon stable

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist
SOLON– One of Solon’s oldest structures will soon be back in use.
The livery stable located at the corner of Main and Dubuque streets in Solon is scheduled to become an events center.
At a meeting last week, members of the Solon City Council approved an amendment to the site plan for Uptown Main which would change the structure’s use to that of a banquet facility.

If you bake it, they will come

JJ’s Cupcakes and Creamery holds grand opening in NL

By Eric Hawkinson
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– A cupcake may be small in size, but it is a powerful creation.
A cupcake, too, can bring people together; perhaps it’s easier to set aside differences when biting into a moist, chocolaty dream, or maybe life’s greatest questions can wait while enjoying a rich red velvet creation. Whatever the attraction, JJ’s Cupcakes and More in North Liberty offers it to the fullest.

Helping students reach their prime

By Eric Hawkinson
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– Learning geography has never tasted so good at the Prime Time Learning Academy in North Liberty. After one student’s suggestion, classes have been constructing maps using sugar cookie dough.
“I think another real beauty of it is that there’s enough freedom, because we don’t have a set curriculum we are responsible for teaching,” said Prime Time owner Julie Robinson. “It’s a win for the kid to see grownups actually took his idea and made it into a lesson that everybody did.”

To serve and be served

J&A Tap receives outdoor permit

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– It’s been almost five years since John and Amanda Hruby bought a long-established bar in North Liberty and began working to make it better.
Since then, J&A Tap’s food, beverage selection, live music and volleyball leagues have drawn so many patrons the couple has had to expand their offerings.
On July 23, the North Liberty City Council approved conditional use permit and site plan for J&A Tap, so the crowds of people who come to play volleyball will be able to both serve and be served outdoors.

Just like mi madre used to make

Los Jimadores brings the authentic taste of Mexico to NL

NORTH LIBERTY– Not all Mexican restaurants are alike, and not all are truly authentic in flavor and atmosphere, according to Jasmine Ortiz, one of the friendly faces you’ll encounter at Los Jimadores Authentic Mexican Restaurant in North Liberty.
Ortiz defined authentic as homemade encompasses a wider variety of menu offerings with a different taste and seasonings than found in more conventional restaurants.
“It’s like Mama would make,” Ortiz said.