A couple of architects joined the Dubuque firm; the brand sewing business 1 year; landscaper to open a nursery
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Biz Buzz shares business information from all three states. In this edition, we highlight developments in Dubuque and Stockton, Illinois.
A Dubuque couple bring their architectural skills to a bigger business.
Andrew and Emily McCready, who launched 563 Design in 2017, have joined FEH Design in new roles.
“We were also in the position where we were growing up,” Emily said. “Together we can do a lot.”
563 Design, 1268 Locust St., focused on historic preservation, commercial and residential projects in the Dubuque community. The commercial and historic preservation aspects of the business will be handled by FEH Design, which has offices in three locations in Iowa and one in Wisconsin.
Andrew is a Principal Architect and has a stake in FEH Design. Emily takes on a business development role as an opportunity specialist.
Kevin Eipperle, who became president of FEH Design on January 1, said he had been considering asking the McCreadys to join the company team for some time. Although FEH Design focuses on local communities, he said, the company’s expertise has attracted jobs as far away as Milwaukee.
“We thought we were getting pulled locally, and that’s one of the things they do really well,” Eipperle said of the McCreadys.
563 Design will not be completely removed, the McCreadys noted. The company will remain focused on completing ongoing residential projects for the remainder of the year.
The couple said they previously worked with a large architectural firm in Oklahoma and are looking forward to working with a large group of employees again.
“For so long it was Andrew and I as a team,” Emily said. “The advantage of working in a large company is certainly this team dynamic. I think it will be an advantage in terms of creativity, and we will have more ability to work in the local community.
FEH Design’s Dubuque office is located at 951 Main Street and can be reached at 563-583-4900.
Stockton woman celebrates her first birthday in the upholstery and sewing industry
A Stockton woman celebrates one year of her upholstery and sewing business.
Michelle Hubb, owner of The Sewing Room and Workshop, has been running the business for a year from her home in Stockton.
“I really love the creative aspect of each piece,” Hubb said. “Each piece is unique. In the 30 years that I have been doing (tapestry work), it is rare that I have duplicated one piece on the other.
Hubb has been exposed to upholstery and sewing all her life. His parents previously owned Meadowdale Upholstery in Carpentersville, Illinois.
However, she stopped padding around 16 years ago due to her health, including a diagnosis of cancer.
After recovering from cancer, Hubb decided to start The Sewing Room and Workshop to continue her upholstery work, sell fabric, and offer other sewing services.
“I was just walking around the house and realized I was pain free and I could do this job again,” she said.
After working from home for the past year, Hubb said she had outgrown the space and was looking for a physical location in Stockton. The move would also allow her to hire employees and expand her services to include quilting services and the sale of quilting supplies.
“Stockton is a pretty passionate quilting community,” Hubb said. “There are quilt shops in the area but none in Stockton.”
The sewing room and workshop can be reached at 815-238-6663 and found on Facebook at facebook.com/thesewingroomandworkshop.
Landscaper Dubuque opens a nursery
A Dubuque landscaping business owner has moved to a new location and will soon be opening a nursery selling plants and planting materials.
Jake Bohr, owner of Bohr Custom Curbing, plans to open Cornerstone Nursery April 11 at 4101 Pennsylvania Ave. Bohr said the building previously housed Nauman Nursery before he and his brother, Joey, moved into the space about a year ago.
“My company (Bohr Custom Curbing) was in the basement and we were fixing upstairs,” Jake Bohr said. “People were looking at it and wanting us to spend more money fixing it. I always had this idea of a nursery in the back of my mind and I said to my brother: “If we have to spend money, let’s spend it on me rather than on someone else”.
Bohr said he’s been doing landscaping-related work in the area since he was in high school, providing lawn care services to 20 homes. Over the years, he developed an interest in plants, giving him the idea for a nursery.
The Pennsylvania Avenue location underwent a major renovation, including making the American with Disabilities Act space accessible. He added that he kept the exact plans for the space a secret until it was completed.
“Everyone was always curious to find out what was going on,” Bohr said. “They would walk by and ask, ‘What’s going on inside that building? “”
At the nursery, customers will be able to purchase a variety of plants, including vegetables, from the garden center and the greenhouse. In addition, planting material like rock and mulch will be sold.
Bohr added that the landscaping business will also work out of space. A team of landscapers, including his brother, will be there to work with clients.
“We just want to be able to serve the customer from start to finish,” he said. “Right from the start, we do the landscaping; we do the plants. It’s the complete package.
Upon opening, Cornerstone Nursery tentative hours will be 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, and 8 a.m. to noon Sunday. Bohr said those hours could change and he plans to stay open later one evening a week.
The company can be reached at 563-552-0321.