Small Business

Ben Swart of Hardshell Fitnes, Thrive Might, and Frost Iron Training.

Meet your Neighbor: Ben Swarts

building community through health & wellness and the importance of strength and resilience in meeting the challenges of living in our current environment. 

Last week, on a chilly late October afternoon, I had the absolute pleasure of sitting down and talking with Ben Swarts, founder of Frost Iron Training – the newest gym in the neighborhood. We sat outside in the sun and chatted. Ben told me about how he sees his space as an opportunity to build…  Read More

More than a coffee shop: Duck Duck Coffee

Creative small business work is at the core of the value that small businesses provide to their communities

One year ago, Kat Naden bought a small storefront on the corner of 38th street and Cedar Ave and the story of Duck Duck Coffee began. That day, us neighbors were none the wiser – the empty storefront was unchanged. The creative work of running a small coffee shop was yet to be done. In…

City Pages’ Best of 2020 Loves WRBA Businesses

Area businesses were well represented in this years edition of the popular local rag's "Best of" series

One of the reasons we love our neighborhood is that around each corner there are wonderful local businesses. Small, locally owned businesses that we can rely on day-in and day-out. When you need a special something to brighten someone’s day, when you need don’t want to have to drive to a big-box store to shop,…