Category: Business

Chamber, main street directors would be city employees under idea being researched
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Chamber, main street directors would be city employees under idea being researched

Executive directors of Spencer Main Street and the Spencer Chamber of Commerce would become city employees so they could access city benefits under an idea that’s still being discussed and researched. At a city finance and personnel committee meeting Monday night, representatives from both organizations said the health and retirement benefits available to city employees...

City, Corridor to speak with regional airline about commercial flights in Spencer; other city council notes
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City, Corridor to speak with regional airline about commercial flights in Spencer; other city council notes

Area officials are looking into whether it’s worthwhile for Spencer to pursue scheduled commercial flights at the Northwest Iowa Regional Airport. Spencer City Manager Amanda Mack, Mayor Kevin Robinson and staff from the Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation will soon take a fact-finding trip to St. Louis, where they’ll speak to staff with regional airline...

The Bear Coffeehouse and Wine Bar will close Nov. 1
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The Bear Coffeehouse and Wine Bar will close Nov. 1

One of Spencer’s most distinctive dining options is closing. The Bear Coffeehouse and Wine Bar, 24 West Park Street, will close Nov. 1, co-owners Dave and Leann Jacobsen announced early Monday evening. The space, including the former Gary’s on the River upstairs, will be available for Christmas parties and other events using private caterers until...

Italy Pasta and Pizza looks to bring ‘good Italian food’ back to Spencer
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Italy Pasta and Pizza looks to bring ‘good Italian food’ back to Spencer

Sammy Ramadani has heard Spencer misses good Italian food. Even in Algona, where he owns Napoli’s, Ramadani said he often hears from people about how they missed the Napoli’s in Spencer. “Everybody who came to my restaurant in Alonga told me they missed the Italian restaurant in Spencer,” he said. “I thought it was probably...

Iowa Lakes Corridor seeking nominations for business awards
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Iowa Lakes Corridor seeking nominations for business awards

The Iowa Lakes Corridor’s Business Recognition Luncheon is just around the corner. Wednesday, Nov. 14 will mark the Corridor’s ninth annual ceremony with the purpose to thank existing business and industries for their commitment to the Corridor Region. Because of their presence, our economy is further stimulated, creating jobs and fostering the quality of life...

City manager updates council on arts and culture, economic development projects
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City manager updates council on arts and culture, economic development projects

A Des Moines firm charged with further developing Spencer’s arts and culture community in hopes of becoming more attractive to potential and current residents kicked off a series of vision sessions last week. Representatives from McClure led multiple sessions last week, inviting community members and existing arts and culture organizations to the table. The city...