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Business

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.”

Refreshing a long-time North Liberty favorite

NL Subway has new owners

NORTH LIBERTY– A long-established restaurant in North Liberty has new owners, a new location, and a brand new look.
But fans of Subway will be happy to know it still offers the same fresh, good-tasting food.

The Retreat: seriously good coffee in a relaxed atmosphere

A break from the hassles of life

ELY– “We take our coffee very seriously.
Mark Banowetz, co-owner of The Retreat in Ely, and his wife Kathleen opened the coffee shop and bakery in a renovated house along State Street in January 2013. In just one year, it has become a daily destination for many, and a new discovery for many more.
“We already had the house and Mark was using it for his own business (Great American Shed Co.),” Kathleen said. “We always kind of wanted to do a coffee shop so we started thinking about it and doing research, and one day, we decided we could do it here in this house with a little extra work.’”

Fun in any season

Friendly foursome overcomes challenges, brings fun back to Bobbers Grill, Scales Pointe

NORTH LIBERTY– It was an opportunity that hit suddenly, led to a leap of faith, a flurry of activity, and culminated in four friends becoming business partners.
But that’s only the beginning.
When Rick and Marcia Frauenholtz, and Jeff and Mary Dostal purchased Bobbers Grill, and the Scales Pointe Campground, nobody could have foreseen the challenges and rewards to come. As long time campers, they were familiar with the place and many of its patrons. They had watched dishearteningly as its popularity declined.

Coming soon to a home theater near you

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader

NORTH LIBERTY– If you think the days of the video rental story are history, prepare to be schooled again.
Family Video will open a new location in North Liberty this spring, and the privately-owned chain of video stores has transitioned well from its origins in 1946 to the 21st century.
Yes, 1946; the four is not a typo.

The back is the beginning for optimal health

Kay Family Chiropractic accepting patients in North Liberty

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader

NORTH LIBERTY– It’s been a busy year for Kayla “Kay” Davis. In February she graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic. In May, she married her husband Jesse. In September, she opened Kay Family Chiropractic in the Grand Rail Development in North Liberty.

A smooth move for new nutrition shop

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader

NORTH LIBERTY– A new North Liberty business gives patrons a unique opportunity to have a nutritious meal and shop at the same time.

Making beautiful portraits is a snap with

Ruby Ellen Photography

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader

NORTH LIBERTY– Robyn Rasmussen has come a long way from the $300 Minolta film camera she had in 1996.
She was still in high school at that time, but the investment she made to accommodate her interest in photography proved to be much more than a flash in the pan.
Rasmussen, of North Liberty, is now the owner of her own business, Ruby Ellen Photography. Since officially launching her venture in October 2012, she has been busier taking photos than she ever dreamed.

Bienvenidos a Lomitas

Lomitas Mexican Restaurant to open in former Iguanas location

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader

NORTH LIBERTY– Lomitas is a place in the state of Tabasco, a pretty little town of about 4,500 people in the southernmost part of Mexico.
Lomitas is also a new restaurant in North Liberty.
Alfonso Galvan has already brought the flavor of his hometown of Lomitas to Iowa, opening his first Lomitas Mexican restaurant in Fort Dodge 14 years ago. He opened a second location in Humboldt within two years and a third in Webster City eight years ago.

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.