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LURE<br />

home. style. local.<br />

Backyard<br />

Beauties<br />

Container<br />

Abode<br />

History<br />



Enjoying the Beauty of Fall<br />

After a steamy summer, who is ready for sweatshirts, apple orchards and football games?<br />

I know I am. And I can’t think of better place to be in the fall than Eastern Iowa.<br />

The trees’ vibrant colors provide the perfect backdrop for picking apples and<br />

pumpkins or going on a hayrack ride. Oh, and there’s plenty of football games around<br />

here to sport your favorite sweatshirt.<br />

In this issue, we offer up some favorite apple orchards and pumpkin farms (page<br />

39). Most of these agribusinesses have stores selling products made with their produce<br />

as well as specialty items. Some even have activities for kids and<br />

adults, such as corn mazes and haunted houses.<br />

Whether you’re at Kinnick Stadium or a local high school<br />

football game, there likely will be a waft of smoke coming from<br />

grills cooking up brats and burgers. Tailgating can vary from<br />

basic grilling to elaborate spreads. We asked several area culinary<br />

experts to share their favorite recipes and they came up with<br />

everything from cookies to chili. Check them out on pages 34-36.<br />

For those who prefer taking in fresh air away from large<br />

crowds, peace and tranquility can be found right in their own<br />

backyard. Last fall, <strong>Lure</strong> featured “man caves” where men can<br />

relax in their own environment among their favorite things. In<br />

this issue, we take a look at “she sheds” – backyard havens where<br />

women (and men) can surround themselves with their favorite<br />

gardening supplies and accessories (pages 4-10).<br />

A new flower shop in Iowa City also offers a quaint, inviting space to take in nature’s<br />

beauty. Willow & Stock (pages 30-34) puts a unique twist on the buy local movement as<br />

it sources its flowers, stems and greenery from local suppliers. Owners Angie Barnett<br />

and Amber Neville even bring in items from their own yards and gardens.<br />

The homes featured in this issue fall on opposite ends of the style spectrum. On the<br />

historical side, Bobby Jett saved a home originally built in 1853 over an 18-month period<br />

(pages 20-29). The property known as Stone Wall Acre had fallen into disrepair over<br />

the years until Jett purchased it in 2016. He painstakingly rejuvenated every inch of the<br />

property, clearing the overgrown trees and renovating the 1,600-square-foot home with<br />

modern touches while preserving its historical qualities.<br />

On the modern side of the spectrum, a group of builders in Cedar Rapids who call<br />

their venture CARGOHAB (short for Cargo Habitat) constructed a new home out of four<br />

shipping containers. It’s believed to be the first of its kind in the Corridor, if not the entire<br />

state of Iowa. The long, narrow industrial-looking abode is actually a high-end custom<br />

3,000-square-foot home with artistic features.<br />

Although we’re excited about the fall season, it’s never too early start planning for the<br />

holidays. If you have holiday decorating ideas for the next issue of <strong>Lure</strong>, please drop me a<br />

line at angela@corridorbusiness.com.<br />

Until then, get out enjoy the beauty of fall, pick a few pumpkins and take in the big game.<br />

FALL 2018<br />

Chief Executive Officer<br />

& Publisher<br />

John F. Lohman<br />

Vice President<br />

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Chief Operating Officer<br />

& Associate Publisher<br />

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Magazine & Special Projects Editor<br />

Angela Holmes<br />

Writers<br />

Tricia Brown<br />

Cindy Hadish<br />

Angela Holmes<br />

Photographer<br />

Brian Draeger<br />

Graphic Design Manager<br />

Becky Lyons<br />

Graphic Designer<br />

Julia Druckmiller<br />

Magazine Media Consultant<br />

Judith Cobb<br />

Chief Content Officer<br />

Adam Moore<br />

<strong>CBJ</strong> Media Consultant<br />

Kelly Meyer<br />

Events & Social Media Marketing Manager<br />

Ashley Levitt<br />

Event Media Consultant<br />

Rhonda Roskos<br />

Marketing & Distribution Manager<br />

Jean Suckow<br />

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www.corridorbusiness.com<br />

Backyard<br />

Beauties<br />

Container<br />

Abode<br />

History<br />

Steward<br />

This unique home in southeast Cedar<br />

Rapids was built from four cargo shipping<br />

containers. The owners, CARGOHAB (short<br />

for Cargo Habitat), designed the home to be<br />

high-end and artistic to add to its mystique.<br />

See more, starting on page 12.<br />

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4<br />

Backyard Beauties<br />

"She Sheds" provide tranquility<br />

12<br />

Custom Container Abode<br />

High-tech meets high-style<br />

20<br />

History Steward<br />

The transformation of Stone Wall Acre<br />

4<br />

30<br />

Blossoming Business<br />

Flower shop sources local<br />

34<br />

Time to Tailgate<br />

Recipes for football season<br />

38<br />

Fall Fun<br />

List of things to do this fall<br />

12<br />

20<br />

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beauties<br />

Sheds<br />

not only<br />

provide<br />

storage,<br />

but also<br />

tranquility<br />



Rebecca Mueller built her rustic<br />

potting shed with her husband over a<br />

weekend at their acreage between<br />

Mount Vernon and Cedar Rapids.<br />

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Whether you call them<br />

potting sheds, garden<br />

houses or "she sheds"<br />

– the female equivalent of a man<br />

cave – these outdoor sanctuaries<br />

are growing in popularity for<br />

homeowners, not only for practical<br />

purposes, but for entertaining and<br />

aesthetic appeal, as well. Take a look<br />

at several of these backyard beauties<br />

in the Corridor for inspiration in<br />

creating your own.<br />

Rustic Chic<br />

When Rebecca Mueller needed a space for her<br />

gardening tools, she took matters in her own hands,<br />

building a shed that's equal parts rustic and chic, with<br />

vintage windows, a flea market find for a door and<br />

other recycled items.<br />

"I wanted to build something unique with<br />

repurposed materials and this is what I came up<br />

with," said Mueller, 31, who lives on an acreage<br />

between Mount Vernon and Cedar Rapids with her<br />

husband and their menagerie of animals, including<br />

chickens, miniature donkeys, dogs, cats and rabbits.<br />

Their 25-by-25-foot garden, where tomatoes,<br />

onions, potatoes and other vegetables thrive, is a good<br />

distance down a path from their home and garage, so<br />

she wanted to have her shovels and other tools stored<br />

closer on their 7-acre wooded property, not far from<br />

the Cedar River.<br />

An old tie rack serves as a garden tool holder on the<br />

wall, shelves ensure full use of all of the space inside<br />

the petite 8-by-4-foot building, and the windows – a<br />

Craigslist find – allow ample sunlight into the structure<br />

to help spur growth for seedlings in the spring.<br />

The exterior walls, supported by two-by-fours,<br />

were salvaged from a horse barn near Dundee, with<br />

remnants of a mural still visible on the outside.<br />

Mueller estimates the materials cost just $400, with<br />

the majority of the shed constructed in a weekend.<br />

"It really went as planned," she said. ><br />

Rebecca Mueller<br />

decorated her<br />

rustic-yet-chic<br />

potting shed with<br />

flea market and<br />

other recycled finds<br />

such as clay pots,<br />

vintage windows<br />

and tin cans. Her<br />

chicken, “Silkie,” is<br />

one of the many<br />

animals that live on<br />

the property.<br />

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He-Shed, She-Shed<br />

If she had her preference, Jeanie Geers would up the scale in decorating the potting<br />

shed she shares with her husband, Jerry, outside their Marion home. But because<br />

they both use the 12-by-20-foot space, Jeanie doesn't exactly consider the structure<br />

a "she shed."<br />

"It's a working shed," she said, noting that at the height of their business, Dry<br />

Creek Hostas, she would spend entire days in the outbuilding potting hostas and<br />

more. The two have since retired and are winding down their hosta growing, which<br />

takes up much of their 2-acre, shaded yard.<br />

Their cabin-like shed, with a 7-by-20-foot porch, was designed by Jeanie, 65,<br />

and built nearly 20 years ago by Jerry, 67, with about $7,000 in materials from<br />

Menards, including cedar siding.<br />

"I'm the visionary and it if involves building, he makes it happen," she said,<br />

noting that her husband at first was skeptical about constructing a porch on the<br />

shed. "He couldn't understand why. Of course, our customers always sat there and<br />

he sits there all the time. Now he gets it."<br />

The couple built their shed as large as they could to fit their property and use it<br />

not only as a potting shed, but for storing tools, birdhouses, containers and other<br />

items for their gardens. Their dogs and grandchildren also hang out on the porch,<br />

which includes whimsical finishing touches, such as an old mailbox and frogshaped<br />

door handles.<br />

"I wanted it to fit the space," Jeanie said, pointing out boulders at each end of the<br />

structure, with a backdrop of trees. "It nestled in there quite perfectly." ><br />

Jerry and Jeanie Geers enjoy their potting shed outside their Marion<br />

home with their granddaughters, Haylee and Rylee. Because they<br />

both use the cabin-like space that has a front porch, the don’t exactly<br />

consider it a “she-shed.” The area has whimsical finishing touches such<br />

as a wheelbarrow garden and frog-shaped door handles.<br />

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Blueprint-Free<br />

Lisa Hinzman Howard sketched the concept for her garden shed on a<br />

napkin. Once her vision came to fruition, she found it indispensable<br />

for storage, entertaining and more. The 12-by-12-foot structure, with<br />

a 5-by-12-foot porch, was constructed by family members with about<br />

$3,800 in materials purchased at Menards.<br />

When she first moved to her home in northwest Cedar Rapids,<br />

the landscape was bare. A Linn County Master Gardener since 2011<br />

who now operates her own gardening consulting business, Midwest<br />

Garden Gal, Hinzman Howard, 47, has created a backyard haven<br />

with perennials, vegetables, herbs and other plants, combined with a<br />

series of arbors, stones and pathways.<br />

The garden shed stores much of what she doesn't use in the<br />

off-season, including trellises and large rain barrels. Cross-beams<br />

become cubbyholes for holding small essentials, while peg boards<br />

and wall hooks are used for hanging garden tools and more.<br />

"You name it, it goes in the shed," she said.<br />

While she is all about functionality, the porch offers a spot for<br />

kicking back after working in the garden or relaxing over a drink<br />

with neighbors, with a firepit nearby.<br />

"We come out here all the time to sit with a beer or margaritas; it<br />

all happens on the porch," she said. >

Potting<br />

Shed Tips<br />

Lisa Hinzman Howard, of<br />

Midwest Garden Gal, offered<br />

these suggestions for creating<br />

the perfect potting shed:<br />

LEFT: Lisa Hinzman<br />

Howard enjoys<br />

her backyard<br />

haven in<br />

northwest Cedar<br />

Rapids that<br />

includes a 12-by-<br />

12-foot she-shed<br />

surrounded by<br />

many plants,<br />

vegetables and<br />

flowers, including<br />

a purple clematis<br />

over the arbor<br />

and a yellow<br />

daylily.<br />

RIGHT: Potting<br />

sheds can be<br />

spruced up<br />

with a variety of<br />

whimsical signs<br />

and decorations<br />

often found at<br />

flea markets.<br />

n Go big. You’ll always have<br />

more items to store, so build<br />

the largest size shed that can<br />

fit in your space.<br />

n Stay neutral. Using beige<br />

or another neutral exterior<br />

color offers a blank palette<br />

for colorful signs and other<br />

decorations.<br />

n Think outside the shed. Have<br />

a plan for landscaping<br />

around the structure, to<br />

provide a finished look for<br />

the area.<br />

n Get organized. Go vertical<br />

with storage, using hooks<br />

and pegs for hanging<br />

garden hoses and tools.<br />

n Be personal. Decorate your<br />

garden shed with signs and<br />

art that strike a chord and<br />

make you smile. “Trespassers<br />

will be composted” is among<br />

the messages on one of<br />

Hinzman Howard’s signs.<br />

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Elena Murillo and her<br />

daughter, Monica<br />

Morley, enjoy their<br />

multipurpose shed in<br />

their garden in northeast<br />

Cedar Rapids. The area,<br />

dotted with fairy gardens<br />

and relaxing places to sit,<br />

overlooks a koi pond.<br />

Nature Watch<br />

A "Lake House" sign on their garden shed is an apt description<br />

for the multi-purpose building in the gardens of Monica Morley<br />

and her mother, Elena Murillo, in northeast Cedar Rapids.<br />

The shed and seating area, which overlook a koi pond teeming<br />

with fish, serve as a feeding station for the koi, a spot to drink<br />

coffee in the morning and as storage for the nets, containers of<br />

koi food and other items used for the pond and gardens.<br />

"I don't consider it a regular shed," said Morley, 62, noting the<br />

position of the building down a path serves as a focal point in the<br />

yard. "This gives the illusion that it's a kind of a getaway in there."<br />

The custom-made shed cost about $6,000 when Murillo,<br />

Morley and her husband were creating the design for their<br />

backyard more than 15 years ago. While they wish it could be<br />

a bit larger, they have found it to be a vital component in their<br />

outdoor space.<br />

"I didn't want a shed that looks the same," said Murillo, who,<br />

at age 95, gardens daily during the growing season.<br />

The seating area offers a prime spot for taking breaks<br />

to watch the koi and multitude of birds and other wildlife<br />

attracted to their gardens.<br />

"I've learned so much being out here to actually see this<br />

little bit of nature," Murillo said. |<br />

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This modern home in southeast<br />

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four cargo shipping containers,<br />

features a light and airy main floor<br />

with maple wood flooring and<br />

structural beams on the ceiling.<br />

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IIt’s a one-of-a-kind home in the<br />

Corridor and, most likely, in the entire<br />

state of Iowa.<br />

The new-construction, single-family<br />

residence located in southeast Cedar Rapids<br />

has a plethora of custom and high-tech<br />

features. And it’s constructed out of shipping<br />

containers – four to be exact.<br />

The two-story house is a venture of five<br />

Cedar Rapidians who own CARGOHAB, which<br />

is short for Cargo Habitat. The partners are<br />

Fred and Joann Zehr, retired Rockwell Collins<br />

employees; their son, Justin, chef at Local<br />

Pour; John Armon, vice president at Kerndt<br />

Brothers Bank; and Casey Cornwell, owner of<br />

Cornwell Homes & Design.<br />

The group liked the idea of recycling and<br />

transforming cargo containers for housing.<br />

When a deep, narrow lot became available<br />

for sale at 527 30th St. Drive SE, it seemed<br />

perfect for a single-family home built out of<br />

long, narrow shipping vessels.<br />

The group spent several months working<br />

on an architectural plan. The final design<br />

is a hybrid one. The core of the home<br />

incorporates the 45-by-8-foot “K” Line<br />

America containers purchased from A-1<br />

Storage in Manchester. The two-stall garage<br />

and stairwell are stick-built.<br />

Fred Zehr said the goal was to create an<br />

environmentally friendly, high-end custom<br />

home with artistic features.<br />

“We wanted a piece of art when we were<br />

done. And I think we got close to it,” he said.<br />

Many of the artful custom features<br />

incorporated into the interior were created<br />

by Cornwell. They give a tip of the hat to the<br />

industrial container structure in a stylish,<br />

yet, cozy presentation. ><br />

The kitchen and dining<br />

room flow into the<br />

main living area and<br />

have amenities such as<br />

wooden rectangularshaped<br />

light fixtures,<br />

granite countertops and<br />

custom wood cabinets.<br />

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The nearly 3,000-square-foot home has four<br />

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A color palette of gray, silver, black and white<br />

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The light and airy main floor holds a living<br />

room, dining area, kitchen and drop zone cubby.<br />

Zehr said the floor is designed so guests can move<br />

easily around the space and to the backyard deck<br />

and patio.<br />

The patio features a stone waterfall set against<br />

a backdrop of panels of container steel that also<br />

provide privacy to the outdoor area. Adding<br />

to any social gathering is a speaker system to<br />

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On the main floor, several decorative features<br />

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squares. In the kitchen, pieces of the red “K” Line<br />

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The ceiling also offers glimpses of the cargo<br />

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Some of Cornwell’s custom touches are seen<br />

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Upstairs, the master and guest bedrooms<br />

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morning cup of coffee or an evening glass<br />

of wine, Zehr said. The guest room balcony<br />

looks over the backyard; the master’s, the<br />

tree-lined neighborhood street. In addition,<br />

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Energy Efficient<br />

Technology-wise, the home has been pre-wired for<br />

Wi-Fi. Comfort-wise, there are seven temperature<br />

control zones that can be set by the individual<br />

thermostats or a smartphone app. Pocketbook-wise,<br />

the home’s average energy costs should make any<br />

future owner happy.<br />

A rooftop solar panel system provides, on average,<br />

about half of the structure's power consumption.<br />

That, in addition to other energy-efficiency measures<br />

taken by CARGOHAB, earned the house a Home<br />

Energy Rating System (HERS) number of 42.<br />

“The lower the number the better, and Alliant<br />

Energy said this is one of the best in the area,” Zehr<br />

said. “We’re proud of that.”<br />

This new home is listed for $429,000. Zehr said<br />

the extensive labor involved in moving and cutting<br />

the steel containers, plus the custom-design features<br />

were factored into the price.<br />

“This home has a lot of amenities, and it’s<br />

virtually stormproof and fireproof,” he said. “It can<br />

suit of lot of people’s lifestyles.” |<br />

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sculpture at the property line.<br />

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history<br />


The<br />

transformation<br />

of Stone Wall<br />

Acre<br />



Each morning, Bobby Jett<br />

gets up, starts cooking his<br />

oatmeal, then takes a cup<br />

of coffee and his Hungarian<br />

Vizsla, Etter, outdoors to “do<br />

a tour” – a walk around his<br />

fenced three-quarter acre<br />

property along Iowa City’s<br />

Foster Road.<br />

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He checks on the dozens of trees and<br />

arborvitae he’s planted over the last two<br />

years, including rare species such as<br />

the Dawn Redwood, once thought to be<br />

extinct. He watches intently from day to<br />

day to see what new growth or blooms<br />

emerge from the expansive perennial<br />

beds, where one-of-a-kind day lilies, poppies<br />

and roses line the east perimeter.<br />

He may spy a newborn spotted fawn<br />

burrowed beneath a Green Giant arborvitae<br />

or look over his shoulder and see the<br />

prayer flags – hung among the branches –<br />

waving in the breeze.<br />

This sense of peace and tranquility represents<br />

an 18-month project completed<br />

with painstaking care. It represents Jett’s<br />

devotion to historic preservation in the<br />

town in which he grew up, and to being a<br />

steward of the land. >

Bobby Jett, and his<br />

Hungarian Vizsla, Etter,<br />

relax at Stone Wall Acre,<br />

Jett's renovated historic<br />

home along Foster<br />

Road in Iowa City.<br />

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Labor of Love<br />

In 2016, Jett purchased the property that, at<br />

the time, was home to what he says was an<br />

overgrown forest and a small, dilapidated<br />

house originally built in 1853, the same<br />

year Iowa City was incorporated. The transformation<br />

that occurred over the ensuing<br />

months, until he moved in in fall 2017, is<br />

nothing short of spectacular.<br />

It was a project during which every stone<br />

was, in fact, overturned. The place is named<br />

Stone Wall Acre.<br />

“One day on social media, one of my<br />

friends posted a picture of this place and<br />

commented that it would be a great fixer-upper,”<br />

Jett said. “I thought, ‘Oh my gosh, I have<br />

to do it because I love Iowa City history.’”<br />

Jett’s research led him on a journey of<br />

the property’s history since it first was purchased<br />

by three brothers from Ohio – Jacob,<br />

John and Henry Erhardt – who came to Iowa<br />

from Ohio in the 1850s and purchased 120<br />

acres, including the property where Jett’s<br />

home now stands. Henry Erhardt built the<br />

home in 1853 for he and his wife, Mary, who<br />

died of dropsy only eight years later. Henry<br />

later remarried and moved to a home near<br />

Hills, where he’s buried in a country cemetery<br />

that bears his name.<br />

The property changed hands five or six<br />

times, Jett’s research shows, until it was purchased<br />

by Bud and Betty Louis in the 1950s.<br />

The Louises lived in the home until Betty’s<br />

death. A daughter then took possession and<br />

it sat vacant until a bank eventually took<br />

possession. The only parcel remaining of the<br />

original 120 acres was the three-quarter acre<br />

lot where the home fell into disrepair and<br />

trees overtook the property. ><br />

Iowa City resident Bobby Jett transformed a<br />

run-down structure originally built in 1853 into a<br />

modern home true to its original footprint. A new<br />

breezeway connects the home to a two-vehicle<br />

garage that also includes unfinished space for<br />

an apartment on its second level. The yard is<br />

Jett’s favorite aspect of the property, reflecting<br />

his love of flowers, trees, and meditation as he<br />

has hung prayer flags on northwest edge.<br />

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and transformed it piece<br />

by piece into a dry-stack<br />

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Just days after Jett purchased the property in<br />

2016, Total Tree Care removed the dead trees and<br />

Country Stone Masons began work on the dry-stack<br />

limestone wall on the south border of the property.<br />

“It is called Stone Wall Acre because there was a<br />

stone wall here, and supposedly these stones were<br />

salvaged from the Old Capitol,” Jett said. “I saved all<br />

of them and they’re all around the bottom of the<br />

fence and in the new dry-stack wall.”<br />

On his travels to Kentucky, Jett saw many drystack<br />

walls lining horse farms and loved the look.<br />

Built with no mortar, the walls are built by placing<br />

rocks and chipping them on site so they fit tightly together.<br />

Then, heavy capstones are placed on the top.<br />

Jett also began working with Neumann Monson<br />

Architects in Iowa City on his vision for the home.<br />

His goal was to stay as true to the original 1853<br />

footprint as possible.<br />

“Even though it wasn’t insulated, there was no<br />

foundation, the roof was falling in, rodents were living<br />

in it, there was no kitchen, the bathroom was falling<br />

apart, it would either be ‘fix it or let it fall down.’ That<br />

would have been it,” he said. “A developer would have<br />

torn it down and built condos. The alternative was I<br />

could do this and save as much history as I possibly<br />

could and still make it modern and livable.” ><br />

TOP: The original fireplace was maintained as the focal point of<br />

the living room, which Jett outfitted with vintage mid-century<br />

modern furniture. Perhaps the most spectacular feature of the<br />

home is the giant Nanawall, encompassing nearly the entire<br />

west wall of the living room.<br />

CENTER: The kitchen features modern appliances, a farmhouse<br />

sink and a white marble backsplash. The windowsills throughout<br />

the home are made of the same white marble.<br />

BOTTOM: The iron and oak spiral staircase, made by Walker<br />

Welding in Tiffin, is suspended between the first and second levels.<br />

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Country Feel in the City<br />

At just more than 1,600 square feet, the home is interesting,<br />

charming and right-sized. It’s a piece of history<br />

with a modern flair.<br />

So many aspects of the property make it unique.<br />

First is the iron fence that surrounds the property<br />

on all sides, made and installed by hand by Tim Linden,<br />

a metal fabricator from North Liberty. It’s a piece of art<br />

in itself that makes the home feel quiet and secluded in<br />

a dense and busy neighborhood.<br />

Inside the home, the oak floors are original. Every<br />

board was removed, every nail was pulled out, and<br />

Gray’s Hardwood Flooring in Cedar Rapids took them<br />

back to the shop and sanded them, piece by piece. A<br />

foundation was built and poured and a geothermal energy<br />

system was installed under the southeast portion<br />

of the yard.<br />

The exposed brick walls also are original, thanks to<br />

Ken Gilbaugh of Gilbaugh Masonry in Coralville.<br />

“He took off each brick, took them out into the yard,<br />

cleaned them off, and reset each one perfectly back in<br />

place,” Jett said. ><br />

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Placed among the original bricks are two of the<br />

original beams from the home, with visible axe<br />

marks and burn marks from a fire that is said to<br />

have once damaged the structure.<br />

The iron and oak spiral staircase, made by Walker<br />

Welding in Tiffin, is suspended between the first and<br />

second levels.<br />

“This was the hardest part of the house,” Jett said.<br />

“They had to figure out how to get the stairwell to<br />

the second floor and they came up with this ingenious<br />

hanging staircase.”<br />

A hydraulic trap door in the floor near the back<br />

entrance opens to reveal a staircase leading to the<br />

basement, where, tucked into the southeast corner<br />

is the original barrel ceiling root cellar, said to have<br />

been a stop on the Underground Railroad.<br />

“People always want to see this,” Jett said. “It<br />

sounds cooler than it really is.”<br />

The kitchen is the epitome of modern country.<br />

Jett’s favorite feature is the cast iron farmhouse sink<br />

surrounded by a gleaming white marble backsplash<br />

that doesn’t stop until the ceiling.<br />

The main living space is a throwback to a more<br />

recent era, featuring Jett’s collection of mid-century<br />

modern furnishings. Most of the pieces came from a<br />

shop in Winter Park, Florida, where Jett would select<br />

items from photos sent to him by the owner, Renj Reichert,<br />

have them shipped to Iowa and put in storage.<br />

“I had this place furnished before it was even<br />

built,” he said.<br />

On the south wall, facing the original fireplace, is<br />

an expansive set of built-in shelves that house Jett’s<br />

book and vinyl collection, as well as unique pieces of<br />

art — each with a significant meaning.<br />

“My other love is books,” Jett said. “It’s all arranged<br />

and each section means something to me. It<br />

was very important to me to have a place to display<br />

my books.” ><br />

TOP: Jett’s collection of books and mementos from his<br />

travels are displayed on an expansive wall of built-in<br />

shelves in the living room.<br />

CENTER: Etter relaxes in the TV room adjacent to the main<br />

living room. An original beam of the home is exposed<br />

above the windows.<br />

BOTTOM: Windows in the master bedroom give the room a<br />

treehouse feel in the summer, and in the winter when the<br />

leaves have dropped, Jett can see the Iowa River.<br />

ABOVE: The original key to the home was found during the<br />

remodel. Jett framed it and displays it in the kitchen.<br />

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His interests are vast, and include<br />

photography, meditation and mindfulness,<br />

roses, history and art.<br />

Adorning the brick walls are<br />

prints by Mauricio and Diego Lasansky,<br />

a painting by Willy Bo Richardson,<br />

and photography by Shelby<br />

Lee Adams, one of Jett’s idols.<br />

Perhaps the most spectacular<br />

feature of the home is the giant<br />

Nanawall, encompassing nearly<br />

the entire west wall. The Nanawall<br />

is a large panel sliding glass wall<br />

system that opens the home to the<br />

outdoors. Large pocket screens can<br />

be pulled across to keep bugs out<br />

or a dog in. But the effect is serene<br />

– Jett can sit in his living room,<br />

listen to the birds and watch the<br />

prayer flags blowing in the wind.<br />

“My first love is the yard. That’s<br />

the one thing I get the most excited<br />

about,” he said. “This allows me to<br />

be outside all the time. I can just sit<br />

here. That’s what I do at night with<br />

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A year ago, Angie<br />

Barnett and Amber<br />

Neville jumped feet<br />

first into a business<br />

partnership that offers<br />

them complete creative<br />

license and puts a new<br />

twist on locally-owned<br />

and locally-sourced.<br />

Willow & Stock, located on North Linn Street<br />

in Iowa City, is truly a fresh take on a flower<br />

shop – a quaint and inviting storefront, stems<br />

and arrangements grown nearby, a place where<br />

you won’t find baby’s breath or affiliation with a<br />

wire service offering standardized bouquets.<br />

A couple of brick and mortar flower shops<br />

closed in early 2017. Off and on, Barnett<br />

continued to chat with Neville about her<br />

idea. Then the space on Linn Street became<br />

available. Neville, who worked as a corporate<br />

librarian, was ready for a career change.<br />

“Our idea is something totally different than<br />

what anyone else in the area is doing,” Barnett<br />

says. “Floral industry trends follow the restaurant<br />

industry. The trend in the last decade has<br />

been farm to table, a natural movement.”<br />

For Willow & Stock, that means flowers,<br />

stems, greenery and other natural items are<br />

sourced nearby – even from their own yards<br />

and gardens. ><br />

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Amber Neville and Angie Barnett opened their dream<br />

flower shop, Willow & Stock, at 207 N. Linn St. in Iowa<br />

City last year. The shop features plants and flowers<br />

grown locally, including from their own backyards.<br />

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The locallysourced<br />

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go hand-inhand<br />

with the<br />

store’s design<br />

aesthetic.<br />

From Muddy Miss Farms in Iowa City, Cardinal<br />

Flower Farm in Iowa City, Pheasant Run Farm<br />

in Van Horne, and Echollective Farm in Mechanicsville,<br />

to name a few, come zinnias, hydrangea,<br />

sunflowers, larkspur, dahlias, snap dragons,<br />

black-eyed Susans, tansy, campanula, nigella, cosmos,<br />

butterfly bush, lush greenery, curly willow<br />

branches and much more.<br />

And the locally-sourced products go handin-hand<br />

with their design aesthetic.<br />

“All the other elements that we’ve embraced<br />

are the seed pods and the grasses and the<br />

things that we’re focusing on might be things<br />

used occasionally in other shops but we’re<br />

using them in the forefront of our design,”<br />

Barnett says. ><br />

Some of their suppliers…<br />

Cardinal Flower Farm<br />

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“It makes you feel like you made the right decision,<br />

like the stars were aligned for you,” Barnett said. “And<br />

even though we have some great relationships established,<br />

people tell us on a regular basis that they’ve<br />

got a couple of acres of land and some time, would we<br />

want them to plant things for us. It’s cool.”<br />

Their design aesthetic and focus on locally-sourced<br />

products have created a solid foundation on which to<br />

build their business. They expect to hire a part-time<br />

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“It’s a great neighborhood. It just feels like such a<br />

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catches and of course, fabulous food. Gathering with fellow fans to tailgate before<br />

– and sometimes after – the game is as much of a tradition as the game itself.<br />

Tailgating ranges from simply having a few beers and bags of chips set up on a<br />

pickup’s opened tailgate – hence the name – to elaborate parties with tents, decorations,<br />

games and tables of endless food and drinks. Several recipes to get you started<br />

are on the following pages.<br />

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1 cup pure clover honey<br />

1 cup creamy or chunky peanut<br />

butter<br />

2/3 cup shortening<br />

2 large eggs<br />

3 1/2 cups baking mix<br />

1 cup granulated sugar<br />

1/4 teaspoon baking soda<br />

Additional granulated sugar for rolling<br />

In mixing bowl, beat together honey,<br />

peanut butter, shortening and eggs<br />

until well blended. Combine baking<br />

mix, 1 cup sugar and baking soda;<br />

add to peanut butter mixture and mix<br />

well. Chill dough for at least 1 hour.<br />

Shape dough into 1-inch balls and roll<br />

in additional sugar; place on cookie<br />

sheet coated with nonstick cooking<br />

spray. Flatten slightly with the bottom<br />

of a smooth glass dipped in sugar;<br />

make an indentation using a footballshaped<br />

cookie cutter. Mark the laces<br />

in the center of the football with a<br />

knife. Bake at 375 degrees for 9 to 10<br />

minutes or until golden brown. Cool<br />

5 minutes; remove to rack to cool<br />

completely.<br />






12 ounces lean ground beef<br />

1 large onion<br />

2 cups finely chopped cremini<br />

mushrooms, (about 4 ounces)<br />

10 ounces diced canned tomatoes<br />

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour<br />

1/2 cup water<br />

1/4 cup cider vinegar<br />

1/4 cup chili sauce<br />

1/4 cup ketchup<br />

8 hamburger buns<br />

Crumble beef into a large nonstick<br />

skillet; cook over medium heat until<br />

it starts to sizzle, about 1 minute. Add<br />

onion and mushrooms and cook,<br />

stirring occasionally, breaking up the<br />

meat with a wooden spoon, until the<br />

vegetables are soft and the moisture<br />

has evaporated, 8 to 10 minutes.<br />

Add tomatoes and flour; stir to<br />

combine. Stir in water, vinegar, chili<br />

sauce and ketchup and bring to<br />

a simmer, stirring often. Reduce<br />

heat to a low simmer and cook,<br />

stirring occasionally, until the sauce<br />

is thickened and the onion is very<br />

tender, 8 to 10 minutes. Serve warm<br />

on buns.<br />

To make ahead: Prepare filling and<br />

store in freezer for up to a month.<br />



SERVES 12 (1/2 EGG EACH)<br />

6 large eggs, hard-boiled<br />

2 tablespoons light salad dressing<br />

1 teaspoon yellow mustard<br />

1 teaspoon white wine vinegar<br />

1/2 teaspoon salt<br />

1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar<br />

1/8 teaspoon white pepper<br />

Peel eggs and cut in half lengthwise.<br />

Remove yolks from eggs and place<br />

in a small bowl. Place egg whites on<br />

a platter.<br />

Mash egg yolks with fork. Stir in salad<br />

dressing, mustard, vinegar, salt, sugar<br />

and white pepper and mix until<br />

smooth.<br />

Fill each egg white half with 1-1/4<br />

teaspoons of yolk mixture. *Top each<br />

with your choice of topping.<br />

Refrigerate until ready to serve.<br />

*Substitute toppings for your team<br />

colors:<br />

Black and Yellow: Top eggs with ripe<br />

black olives.<br />

Red and Yellow: Top eggs with<br />

paprika, pimiento, roasted red<br />

pepper or half of a grape tomato.<br />

Purple and Yellow: Top with diced red<br />

onion.<br />


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MAKES 4 CUPS<br />

1 pound lean ground beef<br />

1 medium onion, finely chopped<br />

(1 cup)<br />

1 3/4 cups mild picante sauce or<br />

1 can (14 1/2 ounces) Mexicanstyle<br />

diced tomatoes<br />

1 can (4 ounces) chopped green<br />

chilies<br />

1 cup water (divided)<br />

1 package (2.75 ounces) regular<br />

country gravy mix<br />

1/2 package (16-ounce size)<br />

processed Mexican cheese food,<br />

cubed<br />

1 teaspoon ground cumin<br />

1 teaspoon finely chopped jalapeño<br />

pepper (optional)<br />

Chunks of French bread, tortilla chips<br />

or corn chips<br />

In 4-quart saucepan or Dutch oven,<br />

cook and stir ground beef and<br />

onion until beef is browned; drain.<br />

Add picante sauce, green chilies<br />

and 1/2 cup water; heat to boiling.<br />

Meanwhile, dissolve gravy mix in<br />

1/2 cup cool water; stir into boiling<br />

mixture until slightly thickened.<br />

Reduce heat to low; stir in cheese<br />

until melted. Stir in cumin and<br />

jalapeño pepper. Heat through.<br />

Serve warm with bread chunks, tortilla<br />

chips or corn chips.<br />





SERVES 10<br />

2 tablespoons olive oil<br />

1 large yellow onion, chopped<br />

3 cups yellow bell peppers, chopped<br />

and divided<br />

3 clove(s) garlic, minced<br />

2 pounds ground turkey, or ground<br />

chicken<br />

2 (28 ounces each) cans diced<br />

tomatoes<br />

4 (15 ounces each) cans no-saltadded<br />

black beans, rinsed and<br />

drained<br />

2 cups chicken, or vegetable broth<br />

4 tablespoons chili powder<br />

1 tablespoon ground cumin<br />

1 tablespoon granulated sugar<br />

1 fresh lime, juiced<br />

Kosher sea salt, to taste<br />

Fresh cilantro, chopped, for garnish<br />

Shredded cheddar cheese, for<br />

garnish<br />

Kettle chips, for serving<br />

In a large pot, heat oil over medium<br />

heat. Cook onion, 2 1/2 cups yellow<br />

peppers and garlic, 5 minutes or until<br />

softened, stirring often. Add turkey<br />

and cook until no longer pink, about<br />

5 minutes, using a wooden spoon to<br />

break up the meat.<br />

Stir in tomatoes, beans, broth, chili<br />

powder, cumin and sugar. Bring to<br />

a boil; reduce heat to maintain a<br />

simmer, stirring occasionally. Cover<br />

and simmer 45 minutes. Stir in lime<br />

juice and season to taste with salt.<br />

Top chili with remaining 1/2 cup<br />

chopped yellow pepper, cilantro and<br />

cheese. Serve with kettle chips.<br />



SERVES 12<br />

8 slices peppered bacon, diced<br />

1 cup white onion, diced<br />

1 cup green bell pepper, diced<br />

1 pound smoked pork loin, cooked<br />

and cubed<br />

2 cups half-and-half<br />

2 cups chicken broth<br />

1 (1-ounce) packet chili seasoning<br />

1 (8 ounces) package shredded<br />

pepper Jack cheese<br />

2 (15 ounces each) great northern<br />

beans, drained and rinsed<br />

1 (15.5 ounces) can chili-style beans<br />

in chili gravy<br />

2 tablespoons corn starch<br />

2 tablespoons water<br />

White rice, cooked, hot, for serving<br />

In a large pot, cook bacon over<br />

medium heat for 5 minutes or until<br />

crispy, stirring occasionally. Transfer<br />

cooked bacon to a paper-towel lined<br />

plate. Do not drain grease from pot.<br />

In the same pot, cook onion and bell<br />

pepper for 1 minute. Add pork loin<br />

and cook 1 minute. Stir in half-andhalf,<br />

broth, chili powder, and reserved<br />

bacon pieces and bring to a boil. Stir<br />

in cheese until completely melted;<br />

reduce heat to maintain a simmer.<br />

In a small bowl, whisk together<br />

cornstarch and water until smooth;<br />

whisk into chili to thicken. Increase<br />

heat to high, and boil for 30 seconds.<br />

Remove from the heat. Carefully stir<br />

in northern beans and chili beans to<br />

avoid breaking or mashing the beans.<br />

To serve, spoon chili over white rice.<br />


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Fall Fun<br />

Autumn is the perfect time to enjoy the crisp temperatures and vibrant colors in<br />

Eastern Iowa. A variety of places offer the opportunity to pick your own pumpkins or<br />

apples and enjoy activities such as hayrack rides, corn mazes and more. Hours can<br />

vary, so you may want to call before you head out. Here is a sampling:<br />

Allen’s Orchard<br />

5801 N. 10th St., Marion<br />

August-October: 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. daily<br />

(319) 377-1408<br />

www.allensorchard.com<br />

This u-pick orchard offers more than 40<br />

varieties of apples, including Cortland,<br />

Gala, Honeycrisp and Sweet Sixteen.<br />

Picked apples, donuts, turnovers and pies<br />

as well as other gifts and products can<br />

also be purchased in the store.<br />

Bart’s Farm and Pumpkin Patch<br />

7307 Alburnett Road, Marion<br />

(319) 373-2633<br />

Open through end of October: 5-9 p.m.<br />

Monday to Friday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday<br />

and Sunday.<br />

https://bit.ly/2LAVojO<br />

Bring your own wagon and pick pumpkins<br />

from the field or choose from a variety of<br />

already-picked pumpkins in the front yard.<br />

Visit the animals in the barn and enjoy a<br />

pony ride or a tour on a hayrack.<br />

Bass Farms<br />

1325 Highway 30 West, Mount Vernon<br />

(319) 895-6480<br />

June 15-Oct. 31: Tuesday to Sunday 10<br />

a.m. to 6 p.m.; Monday closed. Nov.<br />

1-June 15: Hours vary or by appointment.<br />

(319) 895-6480<br />

https://bassfarms.org/<br />

Located across from Palisades State<br />

Park on Highway 30, this scenic farm<br />

grows a variety of crops including sweet<br />

corn, gourds and pumpkins. A specialty<br />

store carries jams, jellies, chocolates and<br />

wines from around the world. Hay rides,<br />

educational tours and corporate or group<br />

outings also available.<br />

The Big Apple Orchard<br />

1115 Highway 30 W., Mount Vernon<br />

Open through end of October: Mondays,<br />

Tuesdays, Fridays 3-6 p.m., Saturdays<br />

and Sundays 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Closed<br />

Wednesdays and Thursdays<br />

(319) 361-7692<br />

http://bigappleorchard.com/<br />

This u-pick orchard is home to nearly 2,200<br />

apple trees with more than 20 varieties.<br />

The Orchard Store is stocked with donuts,<br />

fresh apple cider, honey from local hives,<br />

ice cream and gifts.<br />

Bloomsbury Farm<br />

3260 69th St., Atkins<br />

Sept. 15-Oct. 31: Monday-Saturday 9<br />

a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.<br />

(319) 446-7667<br />

www.bloomsburyfarm.com<br />

If the 17-acre pick-your-own-pumpkin<br />

patch or 10-acre corn maze aren’t<br />

enough to keep you entertained, there<br />

are plenty of other attractions including<br />

a zip line, haunted house, Western town<br />

and fully-stocked country store including a<br />

smoke shack and pizza parlor.<br />

Colony Pumpkin Patch<br />

2780 Front St. NE, North Liberty<br />

Sept. 15-Oct. 28: 4-6 p.m. Monday-Friday,<br />

10 a.m.- 6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday<br />

(319) 626-6091<br />

http://colonypumpkinpatch.com/<br />

This year Colony Pumpkin Patch has a<br />

brand new hay rack to take customers to<br />

the pick-your-own pumpkin patch. Picking<br />

pumpkins and shopping at the store are<br />

free but there is an admission fee for the<br />

corn maze, barrel train and other activities.<br />

Zombie Paintball opens Sept. 17 and the<br />

annual fall festival begins at 10 a.m. Oct. 6.<br />

Genoa Bluffs Farms<br />

2168 Hh Ave., Marengo<br />

(319) 668-8447<br />

https://genoabluffs.wildapricot.org/<br />

This family farm in Iowa County offers a<br />

variety of pumpkins ranging from six to 40<br />

pounds, gourds, popcorn, Indian corn,<br />

decorative corn stalks and many varieties<br />

of squash. Activities include a corn maze,<br />

game stations, bounce house, train ride,<br />

water pump duck races and a musical wall.<br />

Kacena Pumpkin Farm<br />

2510 55th St., Vinton<br />

(319) 210-2218<br />

This farm just off Highway 150 north of<br />

Vinton has 20-30 varieties of squash<br />

and an additional 10 types of gourds,<br />

pumpkins and Indian corn. A photo<br />

booth, walking trails and country store are<br />

also available. At the end of November,<br />

Christmas trees are available on the farm.<br />

Kroul Farms<br />

245 Highway 1 S., Mount Vernon<br />

April-October: 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.<br />

(319) 895-8944<br />

http://kroulfarms.com/<br />

Kroul Farms offers pumpkins and other<br />

produce, plants and flowers and<br />

holiday décor throughout the year.<br />

Halloween activities include a corn maze,<br />

spooky graveyard and photo ops with<br />

Frankenstein. Customers are encouraged<br />

to explore the grounds and visit the farm<br />

animals.<br />

Wilson’s Orchard<br />

4823 Dingleberry Road NE, Iowa City<br />

August-October: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily<br />

(319) 354-5651<br />

www.wilsonsorchard.com<br />

With more than 140 different types of<br />

apples grown on the orchard available<br />

for u-pick, the site also opens its pumpkin<br />

patch to customers in October. The retail<br />

store offers a variety of products made<br />

from the apples including donuts and<br />

turnovers and apple cider and vinegar.<br />

Activities include pumpkin carving and<br />


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