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Biz Buzz shares business information from all three states. In this edition, we highlight developments in Dubuque and Bellevue, Iowa.
A Dubuque photographer has opened her first studio.
Ashley Regan opened the studio for Rae of Light Photography at 890 Main St., Suite 3C, on Sunday.
“I’m really excited to have my own space,” she said. “I’m excited to bring people over there and start doing sessions with people and have a place to hang my hat.”
The studio is located on a lower level of the same building that houses Graham’s Style Store.
“I’ve been a photographer since 2015, but this is the first time I’ve had a proper studio,” Regan said. “I’ve always loved taking photos and playing with angles, but got my first DSLR after the birth of my first son in 2012.”
Regan said a big driver of finding studio space was the Iowa climate, especially the winters that make outdoor photography difficult to capture.
She mainly does wedding photos, but she also offers sessions for families and newborns. Additionally, she offers a “grow with me” package, which includes maternity photos and milestone moments for a baby up to 1 year old.
Regan also decided to donate a portion of her profits for several months of the year to a local cause. The number of months in the year and why profits will go could change from year to year, she said.
“There are causes that are close to my heart, and I felt that maybe I could help out a bit,” she said.
June will mark the first month for donated profits, and Regan plans to donate those funds to a local LGBTQ+ organization for Pride Month. In July, she plans to focus on veterans and she will donate to local teachers in August to help cover the cost of school supplies.
Rae of Light Photography can be reached at 563-920-6649 or [email protected] The company can also be found at raeoflightimages.com or facebook.com/RaeofLightDBQ.
Dog treat company helps Bellevue teen with chromosomal disorder
A home-based dog treat business offers a Bellevue teenager with a chromosomal disorder work experience.
Dey’s Dog Snack Shack was created after Deb Beschen started thinking about the future of her 16-year-old daughter Deyonna. Deyonna was born with a chromosomal disorder called Emanuel syndrome, and she was also diagnosed with autism.
“She said she wanted to work with animals, but we didn’t think it would be a good fit because she can’t walk without a walker and has difficulty getting around,” Beschen said. “So we decided to start making dog treats. We really hope he can transition to at least part-time, if not full-time, employment for Deyonna.
Beschen said the business had to be registered with the Iowa Department of Agriculture and they were able to start cooking and delivering dog treats to their Bellevue home around last Christmas.
The treats were also a hit at the recent SheShed Fest at the Dubuque County Fairgrounds, and Beschen said she hopes to sell at other craft shows in the future.
“(Deyonna) really likes cutting the cookies the best, I think, and putting them in the wrapper,” Beschen said. “We’re also trying to teach him how to mix dough and work his fine motor skills with that.”
Offering treats also helps Deyonna, who is non-verbal and speaks through a communication device, with her social skills, her mother added.
“Deyonna has overcome many obstacles in her entire life,” Beschen said. “She is medically fragile. She really has come a long way. She just bloomed more than we even thought.
Marshalltown Restaurant is home to the best burger in Iowa; The restaurant Dubuque finalist
According to the Iowa Beef Industry Council and the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association, the best burger in Iowa is served at a restaurant in Marshalltown.
The groups announced on Monday that The Flying Elbow was the winner of its annual Best Burger in Iowa contest.
Foodie Garage Eatery in Dubuque was among the 10 finalists for the award for the second year in a row.
Foodie Garage opened at 1046 Central Ave. early April after being located at 1091 University Ave. since its opening in November 2019.
Online nominations for the Best Burger contest were accepted from mid-February to mid-March by the Iowa Beef Industry Council and the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association. The top 10 restaurants were then visited by a panel of anonymous judges, who selected the winner.
The other finalists were Arty’s Ice Cream & Grill in Wilton; Cattlemen’s Steakhouse in Sac City; Flaming Office Bar and Grill in Toledo; Fine Foods Lachele in Des Moines; Bar & Grille Pally in Clive; The handlebar in the center of Dallas; Victoria Station in Harlan and West Towne Pub in Ames.