Celebrating ‘first’ Christmases

Posted December 20, 2018 at 6:00 am

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By Julie Ann Madden

Several businesses are marking their first Christmas in Akron:

• Akron Golf Course has a new manager, Gustavo Moraza, formerly of Des Moines.

• Akron Lumber Company, new owners Joe and Leah Van Walbeek of Orange City.

• Akron Pizza Ranch, owners Curt Von Hagel and Dillon Arends, of Sioux City, with General Manager Dawn Von Hagel of Akron.

• Audas Flooring: Owner Don Audas and son-in-law Porter Burtlow. opened their own flooring installation business out of Audas’ home in rural Akron.

• Body Elegance, owned by Samantha Mohr, formerly of Des Moines, was the fifth entity to open in the former Care Center building which is now known as South Street Plaza.

• Casey’s General Store has been in Akron for 40 years. It opened a brand new store at 80 South St., just across the street from the original building at 600 Hwy 12. Casey’s kept ownership of the former building site.

• Lazy H Campground at 701 Hwy 12 South opened with owner Justin Higman with manager Angie Stabe.

• Lazy Lanes Bowl & Grill with owners Rachel Nelson and Don Mullinix of Akron.

• Price Auction Company opened at 321 Mill St. with owners Roger and Angela Price, of Akron, S.D. It’s their second business venture in Akron. The first was Akron Gold and Silver.

• Serenity Salon was opened by Becky Meinen of Akron in the Britton Business Complex.

• Virsatec computer services with Brian and Jana Boothe of Akron.

Business Expansions

• Akron Auto & Truck Clinic, 151 Second St., & Ed’s Repair, 100 River Road, have expanded their individual businesses by renting 131 S. Second St.

• Hawarden Regional Healthcare expanded its hospital with a new addition and renovations. A ribbon cutting was held in May.

• Legacy Financial LLC owners Chad and Angela Ericson, of Akron, expanded their business with a third office — a second branch to its partnership with Heritage Bank NA in Sioux City.

• Peoples Bank expanded their financial services with the purchase of Pinnacle Bank in Hinton.

• Premier Communications purchased Hosper-bassed HTC Communications. Premier Communications now serves 27 communities, six counties in three states.

• Thorson Drug added floral services to their pharmacy, clothing and gift boutique.

Coming In 2019

• Seven Acre Photo will reopen its doors at its new location, 230 Reed St.

• Dollar General is constructing a new store at 301 Hwy 12 N.

• The former Hijinxx bar at 201 Reed St. has a new owner, David Boettcher. He is calling it Throttles & Bottles Bar & Grill.

• The City of Akron has its vacant lot at 211 Reed St. for sale. There were no bids received at a public auction Nov. 13 so now city officials are working to come up with a plan for this prime Reed Street business location.

• The city-owned former Finzen Trailer Court ground at 620 S. Ninth St. is up for sale, too. The DeRocher Brothers Construction Company has announced plans to construct quada-plexes multi-family housing on part of this property but the property had not been transacted.

• There is also plenty of space left in the South Street Plaza facility, which is also city-owned.

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