Wednesday, May 22, 2013
LimoLink and Coffeesmiths, both of Marion, are among the Corridors fastest growing businesses.
The Corridor Business Journal took a look at percentage business growth between 2010 and 2012 among businesses in the Corridor, and came up with a list of the 25 fastest growing. Two Marion companies earned as spot on that list. LimoLink Inc., a company that offers chauffeured executive travel, had 87.9 percent growth, which placed it at No. 13, and Coffeesmiths, a gourmet retail coffee company, had 75.6 percent growth and came in at No. 19, according to the CBJ. Tops on the list? Lattice Communications Inc., a stocking dealer of new and refurbished telecommunications equipment in Fairfax, had 325.2 percent growth. Read more about the list from CBJ, here.
New Pioneer Co-Op is considering opening a new location, and Marion, Cedar Rapids, North Liberty and Iowa City are under consideration.
Marion residents spoke up quickly when news spread that Iowa City's iconic New Pioneer Co-Op was considering opening a location in our fair town. New Pioneer offers a wide selection of natural foods, with an emphasis on organics and locally grown, as well as meats, cheeses, wines and deli service. New Pioneer leadership is considering a new location, and Marion, Cedar Rapids, North Liberty and Iowa City options are all in the mix. Here's are some of comments readers made: Chelsea Bacon Can you please put one in my back yard? But yes Marion is good too. Carolyn Wright Yes please! I travel to Coralville at least once a week to shop there Several, "I would love it"'s a couple "YES"'s with varying amounts of excalmation points and one "…
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Our 2013 summer camp guide includes a handy rundown of camps near you, and a growing list of camps on our map throughout Iowa. Registration is on now.
Summer is almost here. Need a game plan for the kiddos so it's not 24-7 screentime. The map above includes a database of nearly 200 (and growing) summer camps around Iowa. With the choice and variety of summer camps available in 2013, boredom won't be an option. Organizations from area colleges to your local parks and recreation department offer dozens of camp choices for science, nature, sports, music and more. Whether you're looking for an all-around experience or a more focused camp, this list features a few in your town and nearby. Here's a few to consider: Use the searchable database or the map to find all the info you need for the camp that's right for your child. Click the red pins for more information, and use the map slider on …
The patio season is here, and there are more than 3,000 places in Iowa that allow adult beverages outdoors. Search the map to plan your next happy hour, bike ride stop or night on the town.
Who hasn't been waiting all winter to kickback on a patio for happy hour cocktails with a group of friends after work, take a break from a long bike ride with an icy cold beer or enjoy a glass of wine with you significant other at the end of the week? Marion has 23 businesses that serve alcohol outdoors, such as Cibo Fusion or Villas Patio, and Linn County has another 138. Iowa as whole has more than 3,000 permits for alcohol outdoors, according to the Iowa Alcoholic Beverage Division. Information from the ABD was used to create the searchable map above. Scroll around to see what is out there if you are planning a bike ride or are visiting friends in another town. Let us know if any information is missing or incorrect.
Monday, May 20, 2013
Job hunting in Marion and the Cedar Rapids metro or simply curious about who's hiring? Check out a few job openings here.
Find more jobs on our jobs page, powered by AOL Career Builder. Follow Marion Patch on Twitter, on Facebook and through our newsletter for more news updates. Here are some job openings on Craigslist: Financial Analyst (Cedar Rapids, IA) Receptionist/Office Coordinator (Cedar Rapids) Claims Coordinator (Cedar Rapids) Receptionist (Cedar Rapids) Call Center Reps (SW Cedar Rapids) Pharmacy Assistant (Cedar Rapids) Debt Collections/ Call Center (Cedar Rapids) Child Care Center Assistant Director-Cedar Rapids, IA (Cedar Rapids, IA) Financial Aid Advisor (Cedar Rapids, IA) Weekend Housekeeping - Residence Inn (Cedar Rapids, IA) Calling all cooks (Zins Downtown Cedar Rapids) Part Time Pool Attendant (Cedar Rapids) Lawn Care Specialist (Cedar …
Sunday, May 19, 2013
"This is Marion, Iowa" won the Award of Excellence in three categories from the Iowa Motion Picture Association.
Funky shops, good food, good people, safe community, opportunities to build and grow. A new promotional video helps capture what Marion has to offer. That video - "This is Marion, Iowa" - won the Award of Excellence in three categories from the Iowa Motion Picture Association. "The video was given the top award in the categories of Corporate and Community Marketing, Graphic Art Direction and Editing - Short Form," said MEDCO president George Lake in an email. The Marion Chamber and Marion Economic Development Company (MEDCO) partnered with MVP Video Productions to create the video, which is intended a recruitment tool for businesses and employees.
New Pioneer Co-Op leaders are looking for a third location in Marion, Cedar Rapids and North Liberty, and calls finding a site to relocate downtown "remote at best."
Supporters of downtown Iowa City's iconic but floody weary natural food cooperative are reassessing options for where to build, and that may not include the downtown area its called home for 43 years. Marion is in the mix. Leadership of the New Pioneer Co-Op have been looking for a new location, but were left out of a preferred plot a few blocks away in favor of a high rise with a movie theater and bowling alley. The current downtown building at 22 S. Van Buren St. is said to be under-sized and susceptible to flooding. The Co-Op has its sites on opening a third location - it's been in Coralville for 12 years - in possibly North Liberty, Marion, Cedar Rapids or elsewhere in Iowa City. While the board isn't giving up on relocating …
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Saturday, May 18, 2013
These houses aren't free, but looking and dreaming is.
This week we feature a range of houses in a range of price points. There's a vacation home in Ankeny, an old school charmer in Iowa City and a georgeous home overlooking a golf course in Marion. On that note, take a peek inside some of the homes for sale in Iowa. Just click on the links below to see what's for sale in some of our 9 Patches around Iowa. If Walls of Multi-Million-Dollar Urbandale Wow House Could Talk, What Stories they Would Tell Price Reduced to $315,000 on Home with a View, Tons of Updates Wow House: Old School Charmer for Sale in Iowa City Real Estate Vacation at Home in this $685,000 Ankeny House for Sale Marion Home of the Week: Overlook the Golf Course for $549,000 Cedar Falls Home of the Week: 'Gourmet Kitchen' and …
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