Tag Archives: Toledo

It’s a History Mystery in Tama County July 15 – September 27

Iowa has a lot of famous and interesting people who got their start in small rural towns before making it big. But a lot of the people of the past don’t come up in regular café conversation and aren’t mentioned in our school textbooks – a real shame considering how unique and fascinating their lives […]

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Tama County Q3 2014 Pitch & Build

On September 9, 2014, Tama County Economic Development hosted the Q3 2014 Pitch & Build competition which showcased Tama County business owners and entrepreneurs and their ideas for new businesses across the county.  We heard about unique specialty shops in Dysart and Gladbrook, and food and drink opportunities in Tama and Toledo. Barb Smith of […]

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Tama County Q2 2014 Pitch & Build

  The Tama County Q2 2014 Pitch & Build on April 29, 2014, had presentations on reproduction firearms, a bed & breakfast, an outdoor classroom, an antique business, and a local eatery. Josh Casto of Casto Armory, Traer, turned his hobby into a thriving business.  He manufactures reproductions of antique rifles and bullets as well […]

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Q1 2014 Tama County Pitch & Build

The Tama County Q1 2014 Pitch & Build occurred on January 21, 2014 with presentations on Tama County’s 2nd annual STEM Festival in Traer, the expansion of the Marshalltown Medical & Surgical Center’s Tama-Toledo Clinic in Toledo, and the opportunity to purchase Petty Livestock Equipment Manufacturing in Gladbrook. Lisa Chizek of North Tama School District […]

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Push

There’s an old story of a very rich man back in the roaring 20’s who threw enormous parties at his mansion. One of his pride and joys was his new saltwater pool in which he had the ability to let swim in various exotic ocean fish. One very hot fourth-of-July he had the biggest crowd […]

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Carpet Ride

As a dad I can vividly remember watching the Disney movie Aladdin again and again and again with my daughter Bailey. At one point I could even recite each of the characters’ lines by heart. The main character Aladdin wants to win the heart and hand of the beautiful Princess Jasmine. Unfortunately, he’s a “street […]

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Q3 2013 Tama County Pitch & Build

The Tama County Q3 2013 Pitch & Build occurred on August 27, 2013 with presentations on a health food restaurant in Toledo, a curbside recycling business in Tama-Toledo, a new specialty shop in Gladbrook, and a baseball training complex in Tama County.  Updates were made on the Oakridge Motocross Park in rural Garwin and RMA Supply Company […]

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Shopko Hometown

After a four-month store conversion process, the former Pamida store at 1006 S. County Road in Toledo has completed its conversion to Shopko Hometown with a grand opening on September 29, 2012.  Shopko offers national brands and high-value private label brands of apparel, home furnishings, toys, consumer electronics, seasonal items, and lawn and garden products.  Its pharmacy team and store hours […]

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Tama County Pitch & Build

Tama County’s first Pitch & Build contest occurred August 28, 2012, with five concepts for home-grown business ideas or products being presented.  The competition was open to anyone in Tama County to pitch their business idea to a group of peer CEOs, business development experts, and industry professionals.  In return, they had a unique opportunity […]

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The Magnolia

Deb Wacha has converted her photography studio at 103 West High Street in Toledo into a cafe with baked goods, luncheon menu, and evening offerings.  Local pianist Josh Grimes will be playing the baby grand piano Friday nights.  Featured at the cafe are fresh baked pastry including kolaches and cheesecake.  Other baked items like cinnamon rolls will be on […]

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