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Business

Setting the table for opportunity

Catering service to provide ServSafe certification to aspiring young chefs

NORTH LIBERTY– Matt Zacek always had a passion for cooking, but for decades never realized it beyond a family pastime.
“I’ve always had this ability to take an empty pantry and make a meal out of it,” he remarked. That is until about five years ago while watching an episode of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. The show featured a non-profit restaurant in California called Worth Our Weight, which serves as a culinary apprentice program for at-risk kids.
“It really struck a cord with both my wife and I as something we would really like to do,” Zacek recalled.

Drilling in the Corridor

New office brightening smiles in North Liberty

NORTH LIBERTY– Dental drilling that is. Dr. Cody Kriegel and his wife, Alison, are bringing their passion for dentistry to North Liberty with Corridor Dental.

A new era for the paper

The Leader office makes a new home in Solon

SOLON– This summer, the North Liberty Leader set out for a new horizon. Fortunately, all it took was a short stroll down Main Street.

Journey Counseling Services marks a decade in North Liberty

Hosting open house Fri., Aug. 3

NORTH LIBERTY– It’s been a slow burn, but over the course of 10 years, Journey Counseling Services (JCS) has made a solid niche for itself in North Liberty.
Located at 6 Hawkeye Dr. Ste. 105, the ministry offers Christian-based counseling with over 30 years of combined experience.
“As we’ve been doing this longer, I’ve found it to be kind of a unique spot that we’re in, because not a lot of other people do it,” said owner and counselor Holly Smigel.

Family & Sport Chiropractic hosts inaugural Make-A-Wish fundraiser

More summer events planned

NORTH LIBERTY– Family & Sport Chiropractic, of North Liberty, made its first major step in support of the Make-A-Wish Foundation last month, with its inaugural fundraiser held Friday, June 1.
“We had a pretty good turnout, lots of kids,” said Angela Bell, Director of Marketing for the office. The event raised nearly $3,000.
“Our goal is at least $10,000,” Bell noted. “So far in this year, we’re about halfway there.”

A season in limbo

Penn Landing Market’s future in question

NORTH LIBERTY– Summer break is in full force in North Liberty. The rec center pool is open for business, and cyclists are eagerly strapping on their helmets for a weekend ride. But the absence of a certain community fixture may leave some locals scratching their heads.

Junge Ford readies for grand opening

Carries on legacy of Oxford’s Carter Ford

NORTH LIBERTY– A local service center and dealership has recently extended its radius as the Junge Auto Group makes a new home in North Liberty. The new location opened in March with plans for a grand opening celebration starting Friday, May 18.

Spiritual successor

Junge Ford North Liberty carries on the legacy of a longtime Oxford business, Carter Ford. Junge Auto Group purchased the reputable dealership from Mary Ann Carter and Carole Hebl, the widow and daughter of former owner Ted Carter.

Yoga for every body

Wellfinity brings yoga and wellness coaching to North Liberty

North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– It was a calm and sunny Saturday morning as just over a half-dozen students began their weekend with a yoga session. Counseled by words of mindfulness, the intimate class was led in a series of stretches and poses, de-stressing from the work week over a subtle backdrop of ambient music, tucked away in a dimly lit sanctuary north of Cherry Street.
Wellfinity opened its doors to North Liberty on Feb. 1. A culmination of many years of experience, it focuses primarily on yoga, wellness coaching and an alternative medicine known as reiki.

Yoga for every body

Wellfinity brings yoga and wellness coaching to North Liberty

NORTH LIBERTY– It was a calm and sunny Saturday morning as just over a half-dozen students began their weekend with a yoga session. Counseled by words of mindfulness, the intimate class was led in a series of stretches and poses, de-stressing from the work week over a subtle backdrop of ambient music, tucked away in a dimly lit sanctuary north of Cherry Street.
Wellfinity opened its doors to North Liberty on Feb. 1. A culmination of many years of experience, it focuses primarily on yoga, wellness coaching and an alternative medicine known as reiki.

Keeping his community moving

Former Hawkeye brings lessons from gridiron to chiropractic

NORTH LIBERTY– In 2008, Iowa native Mike Humpal was on his way to a career in the NFL. The student-athlete for the Iowa Hawkeyes had been enlisted to the Pittsburgh Steelers during the sixth round draft that spring. During a preseason game, however, the young linebacker suffered a spinal cord concussion, a neck injury that resulted in being placed on injured reserve for the season.
“In games when you’re tackling guys, running full-speed into 350-pound linemen, that isn’t necessarily the best thing for your neck long-term,” he remarked.

Ability Physical Therapy opens

Meeting the needs of a growing community

SOLON– As the Solon community continues to grow, athletic programs continue to find success, bicycle and hiking trails are constructed, and the care center seeks to expand, businesses seek to take up residence in Spartan country to meet the expanding needs. Ability Physical Therapy is one of the businesses arriving to accommodate those developing demands.

Hot ‘n’ fresh for 25 years

Pizza Plus celebrates a quarter-century in North Liberty

NORTH LIBERTY– Some folks remember January 1993 for the inauguration of our 42nd president, Bill Clinton. Others may recall reeling from a disappointing season for the Iowa Hawkeyes, led by the legendary Coach Hayden Fry. For some 3,000 residents of the humble town of North Liberty, it also marked the opening of what would become one of the city’s most revered businesses.
“I was the first pizzeria,” recalled Cheri Becker, owner of Pizza Plus. The new restaurant, she said, introduced residents to the concept of pizza delivery.