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Story By Kacie Long
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For River City Living

Dan Fisher explains the

restoration process the
Fisher House underwent
to turn it into a bed and

hen Dan and Peggy Fisher visited
Home-cooked meals are served
Clinton, Iowa, a few years before family style in the dining room.
Dan was set to retire from the Air
Force, they noticed an old Queen Anne Victo-
rian house for sale on the corner of Fifth Ave-
nue South and South Fourth Street and an idea
began to materialize in their minds.
“We were home on leave. We just got
back from Japan,” Dan, co-owner of Fisher
House Bed and Breakfast, said. “Part of
my retirement plan after the military was
to rehab an old house just as a retirement
“I hadn’t ever thought of anything on this
scale though. We joked about the house and
said it’s a neat house that would be cool to see
Dan and Peggy went about their business
and forgot about the old Victorian for a few
months until one day, when Dan was surfing
the Internet, he came across a listing for the
house and his curiosity returned. ‘What would we do with something like After doing some research, Dan realized the
Dan called the real estate agent for the house that?’ area lacked a bed and breakfast and the rest was
and his own agent, asking about the house. “We were originally just thinking of buying a history.
“It was in fairly rough shape; it was a place to live out our retirement. My wife said After some haggling, the couple purchased
foreclosure,” Dan, 50, said. “We thought it that porch and the style of the house really the more-than-130-year-old house and began a
would be a cool project, but we also thought, lends itself to a bed and breakfast.” renovation project that lasted 4 years.

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Dan said he and his brother worked on the house 5 to 6 days a week.
“It was extensive, quite an investment in sweat equity. ... Ninety per-
cent of the work we did ourselves,” he said.
The bed and breakfast has been open since October 2014 and features
four different rooms on the second floor to choose from, each with its
own bathroom. There is also a fully functioning guest kitchen.
Each room is named after people who at one time or another occupied
the home.
“The land was purchased in 1881. We have a census form in 1885 of
the Baldwins living in the house, so sometime in that 4-year period, the
house was built,” Dan said. “Charles Baldwin was a hardware dealer.
After him and his wife, Martha, passed away, … the house was sold to
Frank and Annabelle Ward. Their family owned the house up until the
late ’90s or early 2000s”
Each room has its own individual character. Although the house has
been completely remodeled and updated, Dan made sure it maintained
The Charles Baldwin Room is one of the four rooms available.
its historic charm – original fixtures, woodwork and stained glass win-
dows remain throughout the house.
In addition to the house maintaining its original charm, Dan and Fisher House Bed and Breakfast
Peggy have added their own charm. They serve their home-cooked meals Address: 407 5th Ave. S., Clinton, Iowa
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“We’re not gourmet chefs, but I think everyone enjoys the way we do the Hours: 4 p.m. to 11 a.m. Thursday through Sunday
breakfast because they don’t have to cook while they’re here,” Dan said. Email:
As far as future plans for the historic Fisher House Bed and Breakfast, Website: and on Facebook
Dan said he is working on renovating the attic to make it a permanent
living space for him and Peggy so guests will have more rooms and free Dan also said they eventually plan on being open during the week
reign on the main floor of the house. instead of just Thursday through Sunday night.
“When the guests come in right now, I think they feel they’re coming “Once we’re not putting the money into remodeling and one of us can
in and intruding in our space because we live [on the main floor]. Where afford to quit work and be here during the week,” Dan said. “Business
if we’re upstairs, they’ll feel more like it’s part of the social area,” he said. has exceeded our expectations the first 2 years.” s

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Bill Balk, who has owned Eagle River Liquors in Fulton for 22 years, holds one of the more than 200 craft beers the store offers.

Store still in good spirits

Eagle River Liquors offers more than 200 craft beers

hat started out as a business venture liquor store owners at the time scoffed at his before I took a day off,” he said.
on a whim quickly turned into business decision. With the ability to focus solely on Eagle River
a solid foundation and means of “When I started, there were three other Liquors, and his sons becoming old enough to
income for the Balk family. liquor stores in this vicinity and they all said I help, the business began to blossom.
Bill Balk, owner of Eagle River Liquors, wouldn’t last 6 months. Well now, they’re all “Me working here just sort of happened by
decided it was time for a change after owning gone,” he said with a chuckle. accident,” said Brad Balk, 41. “I was home
what used to be known as Fulton Recreation After Bill purchased what is now Eagle River from college, Dad had this idea and bought the
Lanes for several years. Liquors, he continued to own the bowling alley building on a whim. ... Originally, he owned
“I had a chance to buy this building in a for 4 more years, but eventually decided to the bowling alley and I was working more there
silent auction, and I was the lucky bidder,” Bill, just focus on ownership of his liquor store, as but it seemed like I fit better here.”
69, said. running two businesses was beginning to take a Brad and his brother Rob, 40, both work full-
That was 22 years ago. toll on him. time at Eagle River Liquors with their father.
Bill said despite his enthusiasm, many local “When I opened this, I worked 13 years Continued on page 10

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Continued from page 9

Brad said he enjoys what he does and takes

the time to hand-select quite a few of the prod-
ucts they sell in the store.
“I do some exclusive whiskey barrel picks
about once a year,” Brad said.
Brad travels down to Kentucky and visits sev-
eral distilleries.
“They literally roll out various barrels to
choose from, and I go through and taste them
all and select the one I think is the best for the
store, he said. “Then they bottle it just exclu-
sively for us.”
Eagle River Liquors, named in recognition of
the eagles often spotted flying above the Missis-
sippi River, also houses more than 200 types of
craft beer.
“With craft beer, it’s really tough to name a
popular kind because it rotates so much,” Brad
said. “Craft beer drinkers are always looking for A customer
the next beer. There’s very little brand loyalty or buys Mountain
Dew at the
even style loyalty.” drive-thru
“I typically order small amounts of anything, window.
even beers I think are going to be popular,
because you never know if you’re right,” he
said. “I’m constantly cycling through one prod-
uct into the next, because people are just onto
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Brad added that he is always willing to help a Phone: 815-589-3006
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fit their needs. through Saturday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
“I generally try to get a sense of what they Sunday
liked before, so I’ve got a baseline of what I Email:
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kind of leaning towards,” Brad said. Facebook
Bill sometimes takes a different approach in
assisting customers with their liquor choices. their liquor without ever stepping outside of
“I have a lot of older women who will bring a their vehicle.
bottle up to me and say, ‘What would go good According to Bill, business remains prosper-
with this?’ and I usually say, ‘Me,’ and then ous to this day.
they just laugh,” Bill said. “We have regular customers that come from
He added that what really sets his liquor store all over. ... In the last week, we’ve sold prob-
apart from many others is the drive-thru win- ably $10,000-worth of hand-picked liquor,” The store has a wide assortment of micro-brew beers
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“If you know anybody that’s a crafter, they Hours: 10 a.m.
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“So this gives them a space where they can put through Saturday
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The shop features an array of items all strate- Online: aplacein-
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customer feel as if they are discovering their and on Facebook
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The store is filled with hand-made items of all
sorts including wall decor, mugs, rugs, soaps, tique was inspired by her own crafting ven- many different people are contributing to the
jewlery, cards, candles, wreaths, up-cycled fur- tures, which often involved her up-cycling old store.
niture, and much more. pieces of furniture. “When you shop here, you’re not just shopping
“Even if you came in last week, if you come “When I was working on furniture, a lot of a local store, you’re shopping at 30 different local
in this week, you’re going to see something you the pieces [were] from the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s stores and every person who puts their stuff here
didn’t see,” said fellow crafter Sallie Pool, 45, and they have served their place in time and is a representation of our community,” Pool said.
who helps Ugarph run her shop. “There’s a lot now we’re big into up-cycling,” Ugarph said. Pool summed up the concept of the store:
to see, and that’s why we set up the way we do. “So I get a piece of furniture and paint it and “It’s Pinterest come to life.”
It’s fun to search and feel like you’re finding I bring it back to life by giving it a new face, Impressed is an understatement, according to
something.” so to speak. Now, it’s serving a new place in Pool, when it comes to how much the store has
In addition to the items being hand-crafted time.” grown. She said she can’t wait to see how else
pieces, customers have the option to personal- Being a crafter heself, Ugarph said she tries they can expand in the future.
ize just about anything in the store. her best to cater to her vendors’ needs. She “Over the last 2 years, we’ve had people come
“Unlike [non-local retailers], you can cus- added her profits also come from the items and go, and I think right now, we have such
tomize anything. We know the vendors; we can she sells, and she does not recieve an hourly a solid core of crafters that we’re a little more
contact them,” Pool said. wage. stable and now we’re more able to branch out
Ugarph said the name for her unique bou- Pool said what makes the shop special is how more,” she said. s

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Righteous roast
Contemporary coffee shop brews up a unique experience

fter living in fast-paced, trendy Los Angeles, fashion-gu-
rus-turned-coffee-connoisseurs Jay and Jenna Sanders decided to
bring a slice of the city to Iowa.
Jay and Jenna both attended fashion school on the West Coast, and short-
ly after, got their start working at the same fashion shop in Los Angeles.
“We both started working at Gucci on Rodeo Drive, and we kind of hit
it off,” Jay, 35, said. “We dated around coffee, and hit it off that way.”
Jay and Jenna discussed owning a coffee shop when they still lived in
Los Angeles.
After discussing the idea with her father over the phone, he brought up
that there was an open retail space in downtown Clinton – an area he said
was in desperate need of a coffee shop.
“The coffee scene, if you will, out here was dismal,” Jay said. “It was just
drive-thrus – it wasn’t much of anything as far as specialty coffee. We knew
that that was our niche. Craft coffee was emerging in the larger cities.”
For the past 5 years, 392° Caffé, named after the temperature at which
coffee begins to roast, has brought coffee lovers from all walks of life out
of the woodwork. ABOVE: Jay Sanders works at his coffee shop, 392° Caffé in downtown Clin-
“We’re always experimenting with coffee; we’re always getting better. ton, Iowa.
It’s like we’re selling the experience of coffee instead of just the coffee and TOP: Customers relax at the coffee shop. The shop is named after the tem-
food,” Jay said. perature at which coffee begins to roast.

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In addition to coffee, the shop provides a vari-
ety of culinary creations all made from scratch, The L.A. Club is one of the
using local ingredients. most popular items on the
menu at the shop.
“Any ingredients we buy from the store have
to be traceable back to some farm, otherwise
we get it from my brother-in-law who has a
farm in Morrison,” Jay said. “Over the last 5
years, we’ve gained a ton of loyalty. This area, in
general, isn’t very risky with food – they’re very
basic. So, we’ve taken them out of their comfort
zone and pleased them with the outcome. They
expect outside-the-box from us. The L.A. Club
is a classic and everyone loves it.”
The L.A. Club consists of turkey, bacon, avo-
cado, spinach, a Parmesan spread, and Swiss on
Italian bread. Jessica Baker, a Clinton resident
and a regular at the shop for the past 4 years,
ordered an L.A. Club shortly after entering the
coffee shop.
“The food is amazing; the drinks are amaz-
ing,” Baker, 29, said. “The food is definitely
a lot more fresh. We know that everything is
made in house.”
In addition to sandwiches, the contemporary
coffee shop offers wraps, paninis, breakfast
burritos, salads and pastries made fresh each 392° Caffé
Address: 216 S Second St., Clinton, Iowa
When it comes to beverages, the coffee bar
Phone: 563-484-0392
offers a variety of caffeinated options including
Hours: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday; and
drip coffee, iced coffee, americano, cappucci-
8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.
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Continued from page 17 ence between specialty or craft coffee is and Baker said that while the shop has top-notch
mass-market coffee. We explained harvesting food, its customer service is also impressive.
Something that really sets 392° Caffé apart
standards and then we explained processing, “Every time you walk in the door you’re get-
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“We did one three-part series 3 months ago If you love craft anything, from craft beer to you’re coming in here,” Baker said. “I think it’s
and we’re scheduled to do another one coming craft food, Jay suggests you give his business a try. more personable.”
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a person that believes people on Christmas day. They host a Christmas meal at the Fulton Fire Station and deliver meals to the less
fortunate around the area.
you have to give back,”
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I think you can’t just be a taker – you have to ment to join the club is to be older than 18.
give back. It’s just special, and once you start, For more information, or to join the Kiwanis Club, contact Barb at 815-589-9191
you want to keep on doing it.” or Larry Russel at 815-764-0879, or search for “Kiwanis Fulton Illinois” on Facebook.
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Suehl-Janis owns Windmill Realty in Fulton.

She’s involved with the Fulton Chamber of
Commerce, the ladies auxiliary at Mercy Med-
ical Center, the Quad City Area Association of
Realtors and is an active member of Prince of
Peace Catholic Church.
She said she thrives on staying busy and active
in her community and wouldn’t have it any
other way.
“I’ll never be a lady that sits at home and
watches soap operas – ever,” Suehl-Janis said.
The Fulton Kiwanis Club has 31 members,
and Suehl-Janis serves as secretary.
“Our mission is to serve the children of the
world,” she said.
This is something the Kiwanis Club truly
takes to heart, especially during the holiday
In honor of Suehl-Janis’ late husband, Harvey
Suehl, the Kiwanis Club partners with the Ful-
ton Sparkettes, an auxiliary for the Fulton Fire
Department, and collects names of all of the
children from local schools who receive free
Vounteers host a Christmas meal at the fire station and deliver meals to the less fortunate around the area.
lunch and buys them winter attire.
“I don’t know what [the kids] would do if we because all they see is just piles of clothes every- “We have a crew in the kitchen, and we work
couldn’t do this project because the secretaries where,” she said. very hard. We probably cook at least 12 hams
at the schools tell us, ‘It is so nice to see these The clothes are delivered to the children and about 15 big turkeys.”
kids come in with hats and gloves and boots; about 2 weeks before Christmas. The delivery Suehl-Janis attends midnight mass at her
they’ve been wearing nothing to school for a is done as anonymously as possible, Suehl-Janis church so she is able to help serve the meals on
coat or anything,’” Suehl-Janis said. said. Christmas Day.
She begins shopping for the children’s winter “What’s nice with this project is nobody “You get so much out of it spiritually, mental-
apparel in the first week of November. Last knows who gave them what,” she said. “The ly and physically. ... It’s so worth it,” she said.
year, the group helped 108 students. parents can say from Dad and Mom; they can “Just doing it for the right reason makes it all
Suehl-Janis said she does most of her shop- put whatever they want on there. Nobody has worthwhile.”
ping after she gets done with work every night. to know it came from us. We don’t care one bit; Suehl-Janis added she is just a piece of a much
“I try to do 10 or 15 kids a night,” she said. we just want the kids to be happy.” larger puzzle when it comes to her volunteer
“It takes so much time to get them all done.” Suehl-Janis, members of Kiwanis Club and work.
That equates to more than a week’s worth of other local volunteers also make meals for “It’s a real community effort,” she said.
shopping, but Barb’s work doesn’t end there. more than 400 people on Christmas day. They Suehl-Janis said what she looks forward
She then brings all of the items to her business, host a Christmas meal at the fire station and to each holiday season is her 3-hour nap on
where volunteers help her sort through and box deliver meals to the less fortunate around the Christmas Day after all of her holiday volun-
up everything. area. teer work is finished.
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Jahveann Dodd, 7, of
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ver the years, it from his father, Bill Jensen, in 1968, who store for the future of his business after adding
the Bicycle Sta- founded the business in 1948 as a full-service bikes to the mix.
tion and Jensen Oil Co. in Clinton, gas station. “I thought I was still going to work on
Iowa, have gone from pumping gas to repairing “We still do some automotive work ... tire cars but I might work on a bike or two
automobiles to fixing bicycles. repairs and oil changes. My dad is 74 this year here and there – just something fun for me
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proven to be profitable, Chad Jensen, the cur- send him home but he wouldn’t listen to me,” into where it is now,” he said. “It was entire-
rent owner, never dreamed he would turn such Chad said with a laugh. ly an accident and unplanned. I’m just
a profit from specializing in bicycles. Although the business still does occasional responding to what’s happening around me.
Chad, 46, bought the business from his work on cars, the main focus is repairing and ... It’s worked out great. We’ve stayed very
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mobile repair shop at that time. Fred bought Back in 2004, Chad had no idea what was in Continued on page 27

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LEFT: Chad Jensen and his wife, Julie, operate Bicycle Station and Jensen Oil
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