Katie Mills Giorgio


Winter wonderland: Cedar Rapids couple uses wooded lot as inspiration for holiday decorations

Stepping inside Amy and Eric Thuente's home on the southeast side of Cedar Rapids this time of year is like walking in a winter wonderland.

Amy, the home's lead decorator as she and her husband agreed, used the home's setting on a large wooded lot ... »

Father-daughter auctioneers from Solon do more than ‘talk fast’

Brent and Emily Wears have a great father-daughter relationship. They've also developed a pretty good working relationship over the years - the pair works side by side at Wears Auctioneering, based in Solon.

Brent founded the company back i ... »

H&H Fun Rides bounces into business in Cedar Rapids

Todd Ostwinkle started his business, H & H Fun Rides, almost by mistake.

He attend an auction at Chuck E Cheese with a friend and purchased a couple of coin rides on a whim that he thought would be fun to have at home for his children.

He s ... »

My Biz: Polly Ann’s Vintage Market entrepreneurs in Mount Vernon ‘knew how to work hard’

Polly Ann Blythe and her husband, Bob, have been business partners since they started mowing lawns together at 16.

Today, they are the owners of Polly Ann's Vintage Market in Mount Vernon. But the shop, which carries a variety of vintage and ant ... »

Family creates a colorful, creative home in Robins borrowing colors from former home in Florida

When you drive by the home of Paul and Maria Sanchez-Masi in Robins, you might expect it to be much like the other homes on the block: a lovely two-story with a three-car garage on a corner lot in a family-friendly neighborhood.

But once you step ... »

My Biz: North Liberty teacher says music is about ‘the fun of playing’

NORTH LIBERTY - Marek Szmyrgala is the type of piano teacher who likes to jam along - playing guitar - while his students take lessons.

It's just one example of what makes piano lessons a bit more fun, he said.

His company, Music 4 Life, ... »

City Hall murals topic of four-part educational series

CEDAR RAPIDS - If you've attended a Cedar Rapids City Council meeting recently, you've likely noticed the striking murals that surround the Council Chambers.

Four distinct murals - one painted on each wall of the room - are fully on view to the pu ... »

Cedar Rapids Ice Arena hosts Zamboni driving class

CEDAR RAPIDS - Karol White has long joked with her family she plans to drive a Zamboni when she someday retires from working in counseling services at Mount Mercy University.

On Sunday morning, the Cedar Rapids resident got her first taste of wha ... »

Buy Nothing groups take off in Corridor

CEDAR RAPIDS - Emily Stochl and Jessie Lowe are good at sharing.

It makes sense then that the two created and now administer the Cedar Rapids (Central) Buy Nothing group on Facebook.

The group's mission is simple: Exchange items with you ... »

Co-owner of Iowa City boutique encourages women to keep their look current, yet be true to themselves


Catherine Champion is the kind of woman who is comfortable in her own skin, and thereby makes the women who stop to shop in her boutique in downtown Iowa City feel comfortable as well.

"At Catherine's, we have long relationships with b ... »