Monthly Archives: August 2013

Big Grove Brewery opens in Solon

Big Grove Brewery, 101 Main St., Solon, opened Aug. 29. The brewery and restaurant was started by the owners of Red’s Alehouse in North Liberty and Blackstone restaurant in Iowa City.

Tattoos becoming more acceptable in the workplace

In the Corridor, employers say they have no policy regarding tattoos.

Crisis Center sets record in food bank visits

In July, the Crisis Center Food Bank reached record numbers for food distributions in one month. The Food Bank was visited more than 4,400 times throughout the month for food

In the driver’s seat: TrueNorth transportation employees become truck drivers for a day

Employees at TrueNorth went beyond the office to better understand what clients of the Cedar Rapids-based risk management and insurance brokerage firm experience.

New Coralville business mixes art and wine

A social painting studio opened Aug. 9 at 408 First Ave. in Coralville. They offer painting classes taught by local artists, a place for private painting parties, an open studio and a retail store with gift items.

Geonetric introduces internal start-up company Blaze

David Sturtz, director of product strategy at Cedar Rapids-based web development company Geonetric, gave a six-minute presentation and fielded questions about his emerging company, Blaze, a start-up within and supported by Geonetric.

Bracing for Obamacare

A room of nearly 200 people met Aug. 14 to hear about the start of enrollment in health care exchanges, one of the first publicly noticeable milestones of Obamacare, formally known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Cedar Rapids Museum of Art spotlights decorative arts

Artwork also can possess a more utilitarian purpose, as evidenced in the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art’s “Taking Shape” exhibition. More than 80 recent acquisitions from the museum’s own collection are showcased in two galleries to shine a spotlight on ceramics, glass, wood and metal decorative arts.

Hawaiian burger joint to open Aug. 18 in Iowa City

Teddy’s Bigger Burgers opens Aug. 18 at 328 E. Washington St. in Iowa City. The fast casual restaurant based in Hawaii is the first of several planned to open in Iowa.

Abbe Center to close Sept. 30

Starting Oct. 1, about 75 adults with mental illness who received transitional and residential services from the Abbe Center for Community Care, Inc. will be forced to receive their mental health services elsewhere.

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