Biz Buzz shares business tidbits from around the tri-state area. This week, we highlight developments in Balltown, Dubuque and Petersburg, Iowa.
For more than 15 years, residents in Petersburg, Iowa, and surrounding areas have relied heavily on the small community’s tire and auto repair shop.
A recent transfer in ownership will ensure the business is still there for those who need it.
Petersburg native Kurt Osterhaus assumed ownership of Knipper Auto & Tire on Jan. 1 and has changed the name to Kurt’s Auto & Tire. The business will continue to focus on complete auto and tire repair.
“In a small community, I think everyone really appreciates having this business here in town,” he said. “We’re a big farming community, and we do a lot of work on ag tires. If farmers have a flat tire, we help them get back to work.”
The shop previously was owned by Mark Knipper, who opened Knipper Auto & Tire in 2003.
In 2011, Knipper and his wife, Carmen, purchased a plot of farmland and started to raise cattle and grow corn, hay and soybeans. As the operation grew, Mark Knipper occasionally struggled to balance his duties at the farm with those at the auto repair shop.
“I knew I didn’t want to close it down,” he recalled. “People have been so loyal over the years. I didn’t want to let them down. I wanted to keep the business going.”
Knipper eventually worked out an agreement with Osterhaus, who assumed ownership of the business at the start of 2019. Knipper still plans to work part time at the shop.
Osterhaus has spent the past 15 years working at an auto shop in Dyersville. He believes his experience and extensive hometown roots will attract customers.
“I grew up here and have a lot of family in town,” he said. “A lot of people in the area know me.”
Kurt’s Auto & Tire is open from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday. The business can be reached at 563-875-6432.
A group of state troopers thought they were out of luck when they attempted to take a colleague out to a retirement breakfast.
However, the kindness of a local restaurateur made the meal even more memorable.
Lt. Dave Eick, of Iowa State Patrol District No. 10, retired at the end of last week, marking the culmination of a career that spanned well over three decades.
On Tuesday, Jan. 8, his co-workers took him to Breitbach’s Country Dining in Balltown. Upon arrival, the troopers realized the diner was closed and prepared to head elsewhere.
But the restaurant’s owner, Mike Breitbach, noticed the group and insisted that they stay.
He cooked up a special meal for the troopers in honor of Eick.
“It was an extremely nice gesture,” Eick recalled. “Mike and the workers there have a lot of respect for military and law enforcement and people in uniform. It just goes to show the type of service they provide.”
Jon Stickney, public resource officer for District 10, was among the group that dined at Breitbach’s on Tuesday. He took to Twitter to share the story of the restaurant’s generosity.
He said the troopers frequently eat at Breitbach’s. Last week’s act of kindness only solidified Stickney’s positive view of the restaurant.
“You just wouldn’t see that anywhere else,” he said. “We were planning to go somewhere else, but (Breitbach) wouldn’t let us leave.”
Breitbach Country Dining first opened in the mid-1850s and is said to be Iowa’s “oldest food and drinking establishment.”
YOGA STUDIO TO CLOSE
After a decade in business, a local yoga studio will close its doors later this month.
Twisted Root Yoga Studio, 331 Bluff St., will host its final class on Jan. 23, according to owner Coleen Frenzel.
She said she will miss working with students.
“I really loved helping people,” she said. “I enjoyed that people would come in after a stressful day of work, and they would feel better by the end of the class.”
Frenzel and business partner Jan Bleymeyer opened the studio in 2009. For the past year, Frenzel has been the studio’s sole owner.
The studio long served as “a hobby job” for Frenzel, who also is employed as a licensed massage therapist and a teacher at Hempstead.
She emphasized that the benefits went both ways: By working closely with her clients, Frenzel also improved her physical and mental health.
“Because of the business, I also had to think about my own mind, body, spirit, health and wellness,” she said. “It really helped me bring balance into my life.”
Frenzel estimates that about 15 different yoga instructors worked at Twisted Root over the years, all of whom were independent contractors.
Class schedules can be viewed at twistedrootyoga.net. The studio can be reached at 563-599-8730.
Editor’s note: Coleen Frenzel is married to Telegraph Herald reporter Anthony Frenzel.
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