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Keep the Fire Burning

Of the many uses for fire, whether cooking, heating, illumination, even as ambient decoration, Spotix has you covered. Company president, Aaron Verhorevoort, refers to the business model as being like a wheel; Spotix is the hub connecting a multitude of various niche markets offering goods from grills, fire pits, fireplaces, and all the accessories, additions…

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Libations for All Occasions

While the competition is stiff Johncy’s Liquor Store offers a wide array of continually updated beverages to satisfy anyone’s taste. With nearly two decades in the business, owner Johncy Menezes has developed his own personal tastes which trend local though sometimes with a tropical twist. North Liberty is the headquarters of local media, regional financial…

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Every Move You Make

For the challenge of tracking wildlife in real time while not necessarily in the vicinity of, researchers need precision instrumentation. Chris Kochanny, CEO and President of Vectronic Aerospace’s North American division, has been producing GPS collars and monitoring animal activity out of his basement before there was ever a committed office. North Liberty is the…

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Fun is Number One!

In his retirement Mickey Mantle is quoted as saying, “Nothing’s ever been as fun as baseball.” When it comes to the great American pastime from t-ball on up to high school prep, Matt Eckhardt, operations manager of North Liberty Coralville Baseball Softball, says that there are three goals for the league: learn the sport, make…

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Don’t Sweat It, Just Say I Do

It’s easy to become quickly overwhelmed when planning a wedding. There are so many details even with the smallest of affairs. Coordinating between vendors, family members and guests while trying to get it all just right. Emily McMahon, of Soirée Wedding Planning, helps organize, design, and direct each unique event while placing the emphasis on…

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Designing Light

It’s easy to take lighting for granted when it comes to designing a space. Whether it’s a remodel or a fresh start, every detail counts especially in how it will be lit. Kim Miller, of Illuminate, helps clients to develop multi-tiered lighting systems that will serve both as utility and aesthetic to bring out the…

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Hand-Packed Hard Work

Here’s an episode from the archive that will hopefully inspire visions of the upcoming springtime with another winter soon to pass (not that ice cream isn’t delicious any season!). Peggy Cullivan has been working with ice cream for two and a half decades. All of it at Heyn’s, the shop she now owns. She still…

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Best Dressed in the Midwest

It can be difficult when shopping for clothes to find comfort, style, and a full range of sizing. Faced with this challenge herself, LaShanda Wilks started LaLa Boutique first online, then due to its popularity moved into a physical space where she offers thoughtfully selected apparel with all sizes in mind. North Liberty is the…

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What Do You Wanna Do With Your Life?

Imagine a program for middle and high schoolers that helps guide them through future career options. And how in better preparing them with local opportunities those young people are more likely to remain in the area after graduation. What if I told you this program is free? Director Kristine Bullock and Coordinator Megan Lehman talk…

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Bon A-pet-treat!

What began as an effort to provide more holistic, better food options and products to pet owners quickly became a means for connecting with the community. Through donations, fundraising and volunteering, Leash on Life co-owners Julie Phye and Laurie Smith spread around their goodwill to aid in both animal and people causes. Because, as Julie…

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