Adel Shop Local Challenge

ShopLocalLast year, challenged our Staff Writer Katrina Brocka to shop local for the holidays- everything from decorations to gifts and holiday meals.  
Her shopping list consisted of 15 gift recipients ages 5-75, four holiday potlucks, one Secret Santa item, and one decorative store front window.  
With 30 days to shop and a limited budget, Katrina completed the challenge and purchased everything she needed, right here in Adel.

Derek and Megan Garrett – Heartland Handcrafted


This month we spoke with husband and wife duo Derek and Megan Garrett of Heartland Handcrafted in Adel. 

Stuart Oxer – Blue Oak CPA


This month we spoke with Stuart Oxer, new owner of JM Short, CPA, now known as Blue Oak CPA in Adel.

Salvage This – John Hintz, Jen Boyden, and Jodi Alsted Mann


This month we welcome Salvage This, a repurposed home goods store in Adel! We spoke with business partners John Hintz, Jen Boyden, and Jodi Alsted Mann about the new store, and the new friendships, it has forged.

Peg DeLoriea – Brick St. Bakery


Freshly baked-goods are available in Adel! This month, we spoke with Cafe & Bakery Business Manager Peg DeLoriea of Optimae LifeServices about the new Brick Street Bakery, located on the west side of the courthouse square at 109 North 9th Street.

Celebrate Earth Day 2017 in Adel!


Earth Day, April 22nd, commemorates the birth of the modern environment movement. Each year, the day is marked by personal and political actions, both small and large.

Laurie Bever – Decor Adel


This month we spoke with owner Laurie Bever of the new gift shop and home store, Decor Adel located south of the downtown square along Hwy 169.

Kirk Reisetter – KRpentry


This month we spoke with Owner Kirk Reisetter of KRPentry Custom Woodworking in Adel, Iowa about his love of custom carpentry.

Phil Bazan – Adel’s United Brick and Tile Company


This month we toured the United Brick and Tile company, a division of Sioux City Brick. Plant Manager Phil Bazan shared with us the history and artistry of brick making in Adel.

Christina Moffatt – Iowa Small Business Development Center

iowa small business development centers

This month, we spoke with Christina Moffatt, business owner and Regional Director of the Mid Iowa Small Business Development Center (SBDC) about free tools and counseling available to small business owners.

Kim Owen – Dallas County Deputy Auditor & Elections


This month we spoke with Kim Owens, Dallas County Deputy Auditor and Elections to learn how the voting process is accomplished for more than 38,000 Dallas County voters.

Mike Whisner – ADM Football Coach and Educator


This month we spoke to Football Coach Mike Whisner about the spirit of coaching and the importance role sports plays within the ADM school district.

Hal Wilson of Hal and Harry’s Hawaiian Ice

It’s summertime in Adel! This month we are happy to bring you a slice of summer fun with an interview with Hal Wilson, owner and operator of Hal and Harry’s Hawaiian Ice stand.

Pi Lovana – Privé Nails & Tan


This month we spoke with Privé Nails & Tan in Adel to learn more about the nail salon, just in time for sandal season.

Billy Nuzum – Billy’s Ice Cream Store


For the past 50 years Adel has been home to a little ice cream shop next to the bike trail. This month we spoke with Billy Nuzum of Billy’s Icream Store about the joys of continuing this Adel tradition.