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Business

Playing on a strong team

Whitmore opens NL office as Edward Jones investment advisor

NORTH LIBERTY– Travis Whitmore feels he has learned a lot about life through playing sports and growing up in America’s heartland: a strong work ethic, perseverance, teamwork and respect for others.
Today, he is applying those life lessons to teach others about financial management.
Whitmore recently opened a new office as an Edward Jones financial advisor. Located at 550 Pond View Dr., Ste. C., Whitmore is ready to meet customers at their convenience.

Solon Trustworthy Hardware celebrates 40 years of business

SOLON– Walking into his parents’ hardware store, Tom Trump wasn’t quite prepared for the display of pink step stools, toolboxes and tools that greeted him in the front window. It seemed out of place for a store that sold lawn mower parts, plumbing supplies and other home improvement tools.
Immediately, he knew this was his mother, Carolyn’s, doing.
“What are you going to do with that?” he recalled asking her.

A piece of the country

Heather Snipes turns her love of art into a successful side business

SOLON– One of Heather Snipes’s favorite things to do is to get on her Harley Davidson motorcycle and just drive.
Her trips often lead her down quiet country roads, where she takes in the scenic farmlands and landscapes. It was during one of these rides when she first became entranced by the beauty and intricacy of the quilt paintings hanging on area barns.
“When you see those old barns out there with those beautiful designs on the sides of them, I thought, ‘you know, I could do that,’” Snipes said.

Restoration Station - smoothies, supplements and more

NL shop helps you Restore, replenish, recommit

NORTH LIBERTY– It’s a brand new year, and a renewed opportunity to commit to healthy habits.
Connie Jagnow of Restoration Station in North Liberty is ready to help.
Jagnow’s shop at 185 Hwy. 965 in Liberty Plaza has been open for almost two years. Inside, customers can get a free wellness evaluation, learn about the many products Jagnow offers that can jumpstart fitness and weight loss goals, and order what is arguably one of the tastiest smoothies available.
If you’ve never had a cake batter smoothie for breakfast, you haven’t truly lived.

Tools to weather the gales of life

Solon’s Dan Kramer wants to help people find their way

I’m an includer, who values input and individualization.
I gained this insight after taking a strength finder assessment, one of my homework assignments while working with life coach Dan Kramer. Kramer, of Solon, has been guiding clients through some of life’s most difficult transitions for about 10 years. He offered to let me go through his newly-developed program in exchange for offering my insights, real-time critique, and a write-up to let others know how the Dan Kramer Life Coach experience might help them.

Concha Audiology opens its fourth office in North Liberty

The art of listening to improve hearing

By Jen Moore
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY- It’s the stories that Dr. Del Concha values most, in not only his practice, but also his life.
Every day he works with patients, many of them older, who have experienced significant hearing loss, and every day he gets to hear what he calls their “amazing” stories, just because he is the person that gets to sit and listen.
“Everybody you meet has a story that is going to influence you,” Dr. Concha said. “But if you can’t hear them or they can’t hear you, you’re not going to able to listen to their stories.”

Yang Chow Wok celebrates a decade

North Liberty eatery Tasting the success of 10 great years

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader

NORTH LIBERTY– In any fast-paced, growing community, restaurant upstarts often come and go quickly.
It is a major accomplishment to stick around for 10 years, but that is the milestone celebrated by North Liberty’s Yang Chow Wok this month.

Find your bliss here

NL day spa expands its services to the community

NORTH LIBERTY- It was just last November when Diane Rinehart, Jennifer Babcock, and Kristie Klever began working together at Body Bliss Healing Therapies.
But this partnership had been in the works for much longer than that.
Though they didn’t know it at the time, Klever and Rinehart attended the same workshop in Des Moines in 2010, with Klever traveling all the way from Colorado to get there.
And it was Babcock who gave Rinehart her very first massage years ago.

Mark’s Auto Body celebrates 25 years in Solon

Mark Divoky and his auto body shop have been staples since 1989

SOLON- Twenty-five years ago, it would have taken Mark Divoky over an hour just to do a simple estimate on a car brought into the shop. Everything had to be done by hand, from figuring out prices to looking up the parts needed.
Now, with the evolution of technology, that process takes just 15 minutes.
“When I first started, we didn’t have computers,” Divoky said. “ But now, everything’s in there– our estimating software, our parts list, everything. If we’re working on something and we have a question about how to tear it apart, you can get on the Internet and you’ll have an answer.”

Taste of right here at home

New restaurant to reintroduce North Liberty residents to Italian favorites

NORTH LIBERTY- For Gregg Mirabito, family and food go hand-in-hand.
During the holidays, the Mirabito clan often gathers together for what he called “an Italian Christmas,” where the kitchen is filled traditional Italian favorites, like spaghetti and savory meatballs or daughter Lindsey’s, favorite; shrimp scampi with linguine.
“I tried to change it one year to something like prime rib,” Greg recalled. “It was not well-received.”
Now, Gregg has brought that home cooked goodness to North Liberty with his new restaurant, “Mirabito’s,” located at 40 Sugar Creek Lane.

Bride Meets Wedding online

Solon wedding specialist offers planning tools and inspiration for local brides

SOLON– Aubrey Secrest’s fondness for weddings began at a very young age.
She spent her childhood in her mother’s floral shop and, in high school, began helping her make arrangements and bouquets for brides-to-be. Her brother also owned his own disc jockeying company that often performed at receptions in the area.
“I’ve always been around weddings and loved them,” Secrest said.

Dinner and a movie, delivered to your door

NL businesses Marco’s Pizza and Family Video team up to package at-home entertainment

NORTH LIBERTY– Who doesn’t love spending a Friday evening curled up on the couch with a hot slice of pizza and favorite movie?
Marco’s Pizza and Family Video are willing to bet that answer is no one.
The pizza place and video rental store have teamed up to offer North Liberty residents a convenient way to get their movie rentals and dinner all at once.
Customers can order their food either on the phone or online, and select a movie to be delivered along with their meal. They can also pick up their pizza and video themselves.