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Business

Total family care

Amana clinic expands to Tiffin

TIFFIN– Does a doctor’s office want to see new patients? The answer is yes– and no.
For the Amana Family Practice Clinic, such an increase meant its staff was providing important healthcare services to a largely rural community, but it was also a strain on the clinic’s resources.
Insert Tiffin Family Care, a new facility located at 110 Tall Grass Ave., an area that is quickly becoming a one-stop shop for health and well-being.

TLC for your import

Love for cars, respect for their owners drives Emmons Automotive Services in NL

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– Chris Emmons loves cars– particularly European imports– and knows their owners love them too.
Emmons opened the doors of Emmons Automotive Services fulltime on Nov. 1 in a brand new building just off of Highway 965 in North Liberty. While they gladly work on domestic vehicles, with affordable options for repairs, their focus is on European models. BMW and Mercedes are particularly special to Emmons, but he is also qualified to work on Audi, Volkswagen, Rover, Mini and Fiat.

Brewing perfection

Café Muse opens in North Liberty

NORTH LIBERTY– From its architecture to its direct trade coffee, Café Muse embodies perfection.
Open since Feb. 4, the new North Liberty coffee shop boasts single origin coffee, high tea and caffeinated cocktails, as well as a unique indoor design.
For co-owners Nasi Moradi and CJ Huang, it’s about more than just cranking out warm cups of joe; it’s about the experience.

Making a big impact on the littles

Sprout Kids Academy offers top-of-the-line everything

North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– It was a no-brainer for Aimee Pitlick when she was approached two years ago to be the director of a new childcare facility in Tiffin.
“I missed it. I missed the kids. I missed the work, the good things, the babies,” said Pitlick. “You have such an ability to make such a huge impact on them.”
Having already run Tiffin’s former Busy Bees Preschool and Daycare from 2005-2010, and with a business degree from the University of Northern Iowa, Pitlick was well prepared to take on the task of helping plan a childcare facility from the ground up.

Kuhl, Phillips and Jans, Inc.

Proudly serving the Corridor for 25 years and counting

CORALVILLE– Not many of us look forward to visiting our accountant at tax time.
As owners Jesse Jans and John Phillips of Kuhl, Phillips and Jans, Inc. watched their business grow, they realized their waiting room wasn’t keeping up.
“You could fit five people in there,” Jans noted.
With no tax code changes expected during the lame duck session of Congress, 2016 ended up being a good year to go hunting for new digs.

J.L. Palmer CPA:

A professional with your security in mind

NORTH LIBERTY– It can happen to anyone– even the experts.
After 20-plus years of experience as a certified professional accountant (CPA), Jennifer L. Palmer wasn’t too shocked when she became a victim of tax return identity theft.
“The bad guys are getting more sophisticated and smarter,” she said. “It’s very lucrative and very organized crime.”
Palmer– who has served the North Liberty community since 1995– said while there’s not much one can do to avoid falling prey to these criminals, there are some precautionary measures to be taken.

Taxes Plus

Excellent service, reasonable price

CORALVILLE— All five enrolled agents on the staff at Taxes Plus have returned for another tax season.
Enrolled agents (EAs) are currently the only tax professionals tested by the IRS before being admitted to practice. They have unlimited rights to represent clients before the IRS, must adhere to a code of ethics and must take continuing professional education.
The newest EA, M. Jon Brown, joined the firm last year and works full-time year-round. He was admitted to practice as an EA in 2015 and has 12 years of tax preparation experience.

Healing touch of Shiatsu massage available locally

By Janet Nolte
North Liberty Leader
SOLON– Susie Garton was driving through town when she noticed something that would turn out to be the final catalyst for an idea she’d had for a couple of years.
“I saw someone was taking down the sign for Main Street Massage,” she said.

A+ Accounting and Tax

Tax season is upon us once again, and A+ Accounting is ready to assist you with your tax preparation needs.
A+ Accounting has been in business since 2000 and is located in North Liberty.
A+ specializes in preparing personal, sole proprietorship, partnership and corporate tax returns, and the company’s fees are generally lower than what the franchise tax chains charge.
Kevin Schmidt is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with 22 years of tax preparation experience and is the owner of A+ Accounting and Tax.

Healing touch of Shiatsu massage

Susie Garton, LMT, expands 18-year practice to Solon

SOLON– Susie Garton was driving through town when she noticed something that would turn out to be the final catalyst for an idea she’d had for a couple of years.
“I saw someone was taking down the sign for Main Street Massage,” she said.

The Downtown Dachsund: From beach bucket to boutique

Melissa and Tom Reed follow entreprenurial spirit to Dows Street

ELY– “Why isn’t there a collapsible beach pail?”
Three and a half years ago, Melissa and Tom Reed’s first entrepreneurial project began with that simple question. Upon arriving at Myrtle Beach while on vacation, their son Landon looked around and said, “I want a bucket.” With no buckets to be found at the beach, they had to pack up and go into town to buy one.
When it came time to go home, Landon was very disappointed his new bucket had to be left behind.
“It created so many memories, he wanted to take it with us,” Melissa recalled.

Living the good life at Keystone Place

New senior facility provides quality care and location

NORTH LIBERTY– Sue and Bruce Clark, of Iowa City, were finally able to move into their new home late last month– along with dozens of other area seniors.
“It’s been a long time we’ve been waiting,” said Sue. “We’re proud that we can live here.”