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Business

Real Deals on Home Décor

Home décor store opens in North Liberty

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty business owner Peg Carr wants everyone to be allured by their home, wherever they live.
In mid-September, Carr opened Real Deals on Home Décor in North Liberty, at 225 Beaver Kreek Centre (near the Brown Bottle restaurant). Carr had been working in the Iowa City Real Deals on Home Décor location for about two years when the franchise came up for sale this spring.
“I didn’t have that on my radar at all,” said the Solon resident. “But after my husband and I thought about it more, it made sense.”

Becky's Mindful Kitchen

Better eating, one food group at a time

JOHNSON COUNTY– Becky Schmooke gives new meaning to the term “food for thought.”
In fact, the proprietor of Becky’s Mindful Kitchen Cookery School loves to teach everyone new ways to think about their food.
Schmooke is a personal food consultant with the mission of raising awareness about the foods we consume, where they come from, how they are processed, and how they affect our overall well-being.
Diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of 24, Schmooke said she had always eaten well and exercised, but the auto-immune disorder in her body took her by surprise.

The Popcorn Shoppe

Gourmet popcorn shop has endless options, tasty treats

NORTH LIBERTY– Seventeen pounds.
That’s the weight of a sperm whale’s brain. It’s the weight of an average road bicycle. It’s a Shih Tzu with an eating problem.
It’s also the weight of an extra-large bag of caramel popcorn from North Liberty’s Popcorn Shoppe.
“With all of the toppings we can add, they can get pretty heavy,” Leo Young, owner of the Popcorn Shoppe, said with a chuckle.
But that hasn’t stopped Eastern Iowans from lugging the delicious treat from the store to their homes each day.

New owners bring love of the game to the Lake MacBride Golf Club

Couple takes a shot at the golf industry

SOLON- Rich Currie recounts the best round of golf he’d ever played.
Almost.
After going out for a friendly game with a friend, Rich decided to call it quits at the 16th hole. The game had become too drawn out, too time consuming for him to continue; so with two holes left, the two threw in the towel. Afterward, Rich’s friend tallied up their scores, then looked at him in astonishment.
“He said ‘Dude, if you had finished, you probably would have broke 80!’” Rich said. “I could not believe it. I couldn’t believe I didn’t stay.”

Yotopia boasts fresh, Iowa-made ingredients

NORTH LIBERTY– Just call Veronica Tessler the yogurt queen.
She was the first to bring frozen yogurt to the Iowa City area in 2011;the first to use 100 percent yogurt with live and active cultures; and the first to source her ingredients locally.
Now the queen is expanding her empire to North Liberty.
Yotopia in North Liberty opened its doors along with Molly’s Cupcakes this past March. Tessler had been contemplating moving to a smaller town for months, and with the ever-expanding market in North Liberty, she knew she had found her business’s new home.

Molly’s Cupcakes opens its second Iowa bakery in NL

NORTH LIBERTY– Serendipitous.
It’s a word Molly’s Cupcake’s owner Jamie Smith uses quite a bit when she talks about her journey with the bakery.
When the Manchester native first left her career in real estate, Smith applied for jobs at five different bakeries in Chicago. Molly’s was the only one who returned her phone calls. It was simply meant to be.
“It worked out great. They’re the best,” she said. “I absolutely love them.”

Just breathe

Yoga for everyone has arrived in North Liberty

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader

NORTH LIBERTY– Intention. Gratitude. Joy.
Any of these words could become one’s own mantra, a personal meditation cue meant to focus the mind, relax the body and connect with one’s inner spirit.
For Samantha Myers, RYT, they are elements of her life’s next new journey.
The North Liberty resident just opened the doors of Samantra Yoga Studio at 620 Pacha Parkway (next to Debut Dance), with classes beginning Friday, Aug. 1.

A new place with old friends

Former owner, manager of El Sol opening new Mexican restaurant

Solon Economist
SOLON– Familiar faces will greet patrons at the door, and familiar selections will be on the menu, but there will also be some new surprises at the Frida Kahlo Mexican Restaurant and Lucy’s Bakery that will open in Solon at the beginning of August.
Diego Rivera, former owner of El Sol Mexican Cuisine in Solon and Mount Vernon, has partnered with former El Sol manager Joel Vazquez to bring the community a new restaurant at 101 Windflower Ln., (in the Dock’s old location).

New Japanese restaurant to open soon in North Liberty

Fresh, friendly, informative

NORTH LIBERTY– Li Chiou and Vincent Chia don’t just want people to like Japanese food.
They want people to understand it.
That’s why their new North Liberty restaurant, Sushiya, includes a special bar where customers can sit less than two feet away from the head chef Vincent as he prepares fresh sushi and other dishes especially for them.

The Motor Doctor is in (Shueyville)

Auto repair with a conscience

SHUEYVILLE– Hippocrates is said to have coined the phrase, “Primum non nocerum (First do no harm),” as part of his famous and time-honored oath for physicians. Although he’s not a medical doctor, Marck Dudrey, aka: the Motor Doctor, takes that philosophy to heart when it comes to his customers’ wallets.
“I like to think of myself as auto repair with a conscience,” Dudrey said. “I’m not going to sell you something on your car that I don’t feel you need.”

Coralville Truck service moving to Solon

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist
SOLON– A 30-year-old Coralville truck repair center will be relocating to Solon later this summer.
At a July 2 meeting, the members of the Solon City Council approved the site plan for an addition to the former TePoel Trucking building at 507 N. Market St.
The building will serve as the new home for The Truck Shop, a business which has been located in Coralville for 29 years.
Owner Joe Schrock of Tiffin has purchased the TePoel property and expects to relocate his business to the new site by the end of August.

Learn the basics of photography in a flash

NL’s Christie offers group classes and private lessons

NORTH LIBERTY– To Charles Christie, owner of Tyme Photography, there is no wrong way to take a photograph. Instead, it’s about applying better techniques to the process. It is this philosophy that he is passing down to his students.
“The class is designed in a progression of steps,” explained Christie. “When you buy a book on photography, you really don’t know what you’re getting. It will cover one subject when you should be reading about that subject much later on, so you’re kind of skipping around.”