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Business

Late Night Cake

North Liberty local bakes her way to success

NORTH LIBERTY– Everyone needs their own method of escape. For Tara McMorris, the creative mind behind North Liberty bakery, The Late Night Cake Company, baking became that escape.
After having her third and youngest child, McMorris suffered from severe post partum depression resulting in an endless strain of insomnia. With a colicky young baby and the inability to sleep, McMorris often found herself awake into the early hours of the morning. What did she fill this time with? Marathons of the TLC hit show, Cake Boss.

Big Picture cultivates creativity

Channeling the inner artist

NORTH LIBERTY– It was 5 p.m. on a chilly Wednesday afternoon, and another class was in session. Peyton Gordon, Grant Nidey and Finn Fountain sat together at a paper-lined table as Becky Popelka led the students on a collage using watercolors, salt and decorated paper.
“This is a mixed media project,” she began, presenting the materials her beloved “kiddos” were about to employ.

A Real Deals Reboot

New owners remodel home décor store

NORTH LIBERTY– Sometimes you have to tear it down to build it back up again.
That was the case for Real Deals on Home Décor, which has spent the better part of January undergoing a major facelift. Located at 225 Beaver Kreek Centre, the business will host a grand re-opening Thursday, Feb. 1 through 3 to honor the occasion.
“We tore everything down,” said Dawn Lenth, who purchased Real Deals with her husband Brian on Dec. 29 last year. “All the walls came down, and we had to go through and do a full inventory and just start packing stuff up so we can start rebuilding.”

Wig and Pen Pizza comes to North Liberty

When tomatoes fly

NORTH LIBERTY– When it comes to the best pizza the Iowa City area has to offer, one brand in particular is a slice above the rest. Wig and Pen Pizza has been a regional staple for many years with its hallmark approach to Italian-inspired cuisine. And now, thanks to a newly opened location, that favorite slice of pizza is just a few blocks away for residents of North Liberty.

Rusciano’s brings authentic, brick oven pizza to town

From Naples to North Liberty

NORTH LIBERTY— Locals seeking authentic regional cuisine may have found their match as Rusciano’s brings the taste of Napoli to North Liberty.
Located at 710 Pacha Parkway, Suite 5 next to Capanna Coffee, Rusciano’s Authentic Taste of Napoli served its first slice of pizza on Nov. 11.
Its inception was a literal Iowa meets Italy, founded on decades of culinary lineage, explained Co-Owner Carol Gorney.

Sky’s the limit for Flyover Productions

NL documentarian opens video and photography company

NORTH LIBERTY– Richard Redfern takes media to new heights in North Liberty with a new business, Flyover Productions, a drone videography and photography start up.
A native of Iowa City, Redfern grew up with a desire to join the media industry.
“I got into photography at a pretty young age,” Redfern recalled. “I knew that whether it was film or it was television, I wanted to be involved with that.”

Tin Roost offers new gathering space

Unique food and drinks at an ambitious new North Liberty location

NORTH LIBERTY– Take a drive down Penn Street and you’ll quickly notice there’s a new hangout in townas. North Liberty introduces Tin Roost to its growing portfolio of restaurants.
The brand new location on Penn Street is visually impressive. Constructed in July, the modern style building features a bold, black and white rooster emblazoning its front, accented with wood paneling and corrugated steel, a fitting motif of Iowa farm culture.

East-coast chef returns to his roots

Amos Dean’s catering offers produce, private dining in Solon

SOLON– Michael Lipcamon remembers strolling the rows of his grandparents’ garden at a young age. He’d pull peas from the vine, chew on rhubarb stalks and stain his hands with mulberries fresh off the tree.
“I spent a lot of time out here as a child,” he recounted. “I have a lot of baby pictures out in the garden with my grandma. She was a great cook.”

Come home to Ledi Family Restaurant

Diner opens in North Liberty

NORTH LIBERTY– At Ledi, everyone’s family.
At least, that’s what co-owners Tammy Mowder and Ikmet Rushiti had in mind when opening the restaurant in May at the former Brown Bottle location in Beaver Kreek Center.
“That’s the type of place we want to be, where everybody knows your name,” said Mowder. “We’re getting there.”
The old-fashioned American diner is a far cry from the dimly-lit, Italian-style restaurant Brown Bottle customers remember, but Mowder promised equally-satisfying dishes from the new joint.

Affordable Auto Care taking the bite out of auto repairs

Fixing your car shouldn’t empty your wallet

North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– Auto repairs often happen at the worst time and almost always result in financial pain and suffering. Tim McCarl understands that and opened Affordable Auto Care in North Liberty to help people get back on the road as quickly and inexpensively as possible. The shop opened Feb. 1 and fulfills a longtime wish of Tim’s after working on the Mississippi River for 31 years.

DiVentures brings it all to scuba enthusiasts

Training, tech and travel

NORTH LIBERTY– Admittedly, residents of North Johnson County are rather spoiled when it comes to enjoying the area’s lakes and open waterways. Coralville Lake, the Iowa River and Lake Macbride provide easy access to freshwater fishing, boating and swimming.
But scuba diving? Here in Iowa?
Yes, it’s a thing. And, a new business in North Liberty offers all of the gear, training and travel options you need to channel your inner Jacques Cousteau.

Total family care

Amana clinic expands to Tiffin

TIFFIN– Does a doctor’s office want to see new patients? The answer is yes– and no.
For the Amana Family Practice Clinic, such an increase meant its staff was providing important healthcare services to a largely rural community, but it was also a strain on the clinic’s resources.
Insert Tiffin Family Care, a new facility located at 110 Tall Grass Ave., an area that is quickly becoming a one-stop shop for health and well-being.