Sparks fly at Liberty Iron Works

Written by Kathy Weiss In his own metallic way, Dale Merrill is populating Iowa with extraordinary wildlife, from giraffes and zebras to moose and bison, while his Mount Vernon showroom is home to exotic species, gigantic dragonflies and huge spiders. No, Dale isn’t a bounty hunter on the Serengeti or a Disney Channel filmmaker. He’s […]


250 12th Ave # 100, Coralville Our second year of the furniture store category sees a new winner: Dwell Home Furnishings and Interior Design. Dwell features a wide array of furniture from all over the world, and carries a wide collection of lighting as well. Tune in on Jan. 6, 2012, when the store is […]


2346 Mormon Trek Blvd # 2000, Iowa City Our first year of the real estate agency category goes to Lepic-Kroeger Realtors, who boast of being Iowa City’s largest and oldest locally owned real estate company. Founded in 1972, the company was involved in more than $300 million worth of the almost $1 billion in local […]

Stuff, Etc.

2818 Commerce Drive, Coralville, 1027 Hwy 6 East, Iowa City. The best thing about consignment stores is that you can shop and make money all at the same time. At Stuff Etc, consigners simply bring their “stuff” in and staff prices it while they wait. When their item sells, they receive half the proceeds, which […]

Rebuilding history

Written by Kathy Weiss Photos by Reggie Morrow If you Google the “barn guy on Sugar Bottom Road,” your search will invariably lead to Dick Schwab’s barns. Barn building has become an obsession for the 56-year-old retired executive and community philanthropist whose unique round structures dot the 92 acres of land he owns near Solon […]