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Business

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.”

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.