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Burritos on the move

HUMBOLDT — Joe Alvarez will soon be taking his increasingly popular quick-serve Tex-Mex restaurant on the road to places like Algona and Fort Dodge. Alvarez, a native of Mason City, opened Burrito Mexpress in Humboldt in January of 2018. Since that time, Alvarez has built a loyal ...

Our businesses: Faiferlick Martial Arts

What is the name of your business? Faiferlick Martial Arts Where it is located? 567 S. 25th St. When was it founded? January 2013 Who are the key leaders? Justin Faiferlick, Deann Faiferlick, Kelsey Felch, Michael Faiferlick, Jeff Cibert, Andrew Birzer, Brian Walsh, Steven Merrill How ...

Under one roof

When customers would ask Chris Staley and Tim Mapel at Optic Ink about custom vinyl signs or vehicle wraps, they would direct them to Creative Signs and Graphics, owned by Maddie Lind. And when Maddie Lind, of Fort Dodge, was asked about custom T-shirts, she would direct them to Optic Ink. ...

Our businesses: Peoples Credit Union

What is the name of your business? Peoples Credit Union Where it is located? Home office is in Webster City, with branches in Fort Dodge and Lehigh When was it founded? We first established roots in Webster City on May 25, 1962 operating out of the home of Don and Colleen Follett and ...

Still standing

Safety fencing surrounds most of Crossroads Mall this September as demolition on part of the structure is set to begin soon. The lettering of JC Penney, once a popular anchor store of the mall, has faded from the brick exterior. It’s a sign of the state of malls across the country — ...

Escaping the pandemic

Selling the idea of fun typically isn’t that much of a challenge for the staff at Fort Frenzy, 3232 First Ave. S. But during the COVID-19 era where people are encouraged to socially distance and mask up, business has been slower for the Fort Dodge amusement center, which offers dozens of ...

Our businesses: Grell Roofing

What is the name of your business? Grell Commercial Roofing, LLC Where it is located? 2125 Lainson Ave., Suite 1 When was it founded? Roughly around 1983 Who are the key leaders? I would have to say that being 100% owner of Grell I (Erica Grell) am the go-to or key leader when it comes ...

Salon Central opens at the Snell

The fifth floor of the Snell Building is looking a lot different than it did a few months ago. What was once a law office with vintage decor has been transformed into a bright white modern beauty salon. The new business, called Salon Central, belongs to Angela Croonquist, who has been a ...

Our businesses: New Age Media Productions

What is the name of your business? New Age Media Productions Where it is located? 1609 Central Ave. When was it founded? We opened our doors in 2016. Who are the key leaders? Joel and Alisha Johnson started and currently operate New Age Media Productions. How many people does it ...

‘Doing a little’ for literacy

The mantra Pam Johnson lives by is, “if we all do a little, we can do a lot.” Johnson is the owner of The Big Picture, a consignment shop located in the heart of downtown Fort Dodge at 704 Central Ave. That saying is the inspiration for the name of her business, which she opened three ...

Our businesses: Leopoldo E. Delucca, M.D., P.C.

What is the name of your business? Leopoldo E. Delucca, M.D., P.C. Where is it located? 804 Kenyon Road - Suite 200, Fort Dodge, IA 50501 When was it founded? 1986. Who are the key leaders? Leopoldo E. Delucca, M.D., F.A.C.S.. owner and president. Kelle VanVacter, CMA, office ...

A new look

Angela Davis, owner of Angela’s Hair & More Beauty Supply, is used to helping others feel better about how they look. Her business involves selling wigs to those who have suffered hair loss or just want to rock a different style. But in recent months it’s her building that has ...

Our businesses: Brookstone Inn & Suites and the Best Western Starlite

What is the name of your business? Brookstone Inn & Suites and the Best Western Starlite Village Inn & Suites Where it is located? Brookstone is on the east side of Fort Dodge, next to Fort Frenzy and across the farm field from Walmart. Address is 5 S. 32nd St. Best Western ...

Next level

If owning a business in downtown Fort Dodge were treated like a video game, Ethan Becker just advanced to the next level. Becker owns Dungeons and Dodgers, a game store located at 1018 Central Ave. His business was a finalist in the Main Street Iowa Open 4 Business Contest. As a result of ...

Our businesses: Next Edge Performance

What is the name of your business? Next Edge Performance Where it is located? 2419 Fifth Ave. S. Suite A When was it founded? January 2020 Who are the key leaders? Justin Faiferlick, Kelsey Felch, Ashley Faiferlick How many people does it employ? Five What products and services do ...

Honoring mom and dad

STRATFORD – Although a little behind in receiving their Century Farm award, for Doris Andersen and her brother Dennis Anderson, that is not a reflection on the pride they have of owning the farm that has been in their family for 121 years. “We have had the farm since 1988, I have ...

Treating emerald ash borer

Driving along 10th Avenue North on a recent summer day, Jaime Brinkman’s eyes were drawn to a trio of ash trees next to the Dodger Tennis Courts. “It’s like if you’re looking for a red car, you start seeing red cars,” Brinkman said. “Once you start seeing ash trees, you see ...

Surviving and thriving

LAKE CITY — When the Lake City Food Center hosted its annual fresh-produce sale, Suzy Peterson got a kick out of recording customers’ checks following the big one-day event on June 5. “People wrote the checks to The Grocery Store, Lake City Value and other names,” said Peterson, ...

Casablanca is back

Jim Nicola and Paige Pettit have a wealth of experience working the restaurant scene in Fort Dodge. The two met while working together at Eiler’s Steakhouse. Nicola has worked primarily as a cook and manager. Pettit has worked as a server. When Eiler’s establishment closed in March ...

Keeping the ‘Traditions’ alive

TWIN LAKES — Mike Murphy has spent the majority of his summers out at Twin Lakes, either on a boat or enjoying the view of the water. “I grew up here,” said Murphy, a Fort Dodge Senior High graduate. “My folks bought a place out here in 1966. Spent every summer here. My dad took a ...