Ramsey’s Market, Lenox

Theo and Bonnie Ramsey purchased a historic local grocery store in Lenox, Iowa on April 1, 2015 and turned it into Ramsey’s Market, an “Iowa-based neighborhood grocery, incorporating the culture and style of rural America into our modern attitude”. Formerly, the store was Cheese’s Food Center, run by the Cheese Family since 1895. The previous […]

KASK Creative Art Workshops, Crawford

Kelsey Hipnar dreamed of developing a creative outlet for her local community in Crawford, Iowa. In 2009, she took the first steps to make her dream a reality by starting Kelsey’s Art Space for Kids summer camps (KASK Camps). Over the next few years, Hipnar expanded the workshops to include individuals of all ages and […]

Escape Cedar Valley, Cedar Falls

With only two similar businesses in all of Iowa, David and Julie Betz knew they found a niche market with escape rooms. The couple opened Escape Cedar Valley in the heart of Cedar Falls in mid-November of 2015. The idea came from trips to similar business in 2013. They explored the idea of opening the […]

Outfox, Ltd., Coralville

After visiting an escape room in Prague, Carolyn Beyer had the idea to bring the excitement and mystery of an escape room back to Iowa City, Iowa. On Labor Day of 2015, Carolyn officially opened Outfox, which consisted of three themed rooms, Jurassic Iowa, Lost Will, and The Abducted Officer. An escape room is where […]

C.A.P. Recycling, Sioux City

C.A.P Recycling is a female owned family business located in Sioux City, Iowa. Cora Parr independently owns the business and her husband Amos is one of five full-time employees. Prior to opening the business, Amos had over 20 years of experience in the aggregate recycling industry and even won recycler of the year. His experience, […]

The Vine – Faith Inspired Gifts & Supplies, Sioux City

Kelley and Devlin Bertrand had thought about opening a family business for many years. Wanting to assist the South Sioux City community expand their faith, they believed there was a need for a retail store where Catholics could purchase religious materials. In 2013, they decided to act upon those dreams and look into opening The […]

Loess Hills Lavender Farms, Missouri Valley

While walking through a lavender field at a lavender festival in Washington State, Mary Hamer realized she “had to do this back home.” At that moment, the idea of Loess Hills Lavender Farms was born. Tim and Mary Hamer have been in the lavender business since 2009 and have continued to work full-time on their […]

Firehouse Subs, Cedar Rapids

John Chadima was determined to be a business owner and was searching for the right venture to invest in when a friend suggested Firehouse Subs, a fast casual restaurant chain with a passion for hearty and flavorful food, heartfelt service, and public safety. The franchise’s history and practices were enticing to John who really believed […]

Be Well God Bless, Osage

Connecting small businesses with customers and peers while sharing their journey and story has been Angie Huffman’s goal for her family-owned business, Be Well God Bless. The company is an online directory that helps businesses create a social media presence and utilize marketing strategies, all while assisting members in building a community. Angie believes God […]

Royal Nails, LLC, Dubuque

After several years working as a nail technician for two other nail salons, owner Alex Dinh and his wife Emily Embree decided to take their services to a higher level. Wanting to offer unparalleled services, professionalism, and attention to their customers, the husband and wife duo decided to start their own business. Royal Nails has […]