Long-standing Dubuque store for sale; cellar adding outdoor space; owner of a fitness studio opening a 2nd location

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Biz Buzz shares business information from all three states. In this edition, we highlight developments in Dubuque and Maquoketa, Iowa, and Cuba City, Wis.

A long-standing Dubuque business is for sale.

The “for sale” signs were installed at McGovern Hardware, 2220 University Ave., earlier this month.

“Me and my mechanic (Scott Seifert) have decided to retire,” said owner Dave Roling. “We will continue to operate the business ‘as usual’ until they find a buyer and we transfer it to them. Hopefully they will want to continue the activity.

McGovern Hardware began as a hardware store in Dubuque in the 1950s. Roling, who has been with McGovern Hardware for 21 years, said the business later focused on outdoor electrical equipment, repairs and parts.

“But we kept the name because that’s how everyone knew it,” Roling said. “We didn’t want anyone to say, ‘Oh, McGovern Hardware is closing.’ We just wanted to do what we do best.

Roling said he worked in a hardware store for 18 years before the opportunity to take over McGovern Hardware arose.

“It’s a lot of work, but it’s worth it,” he said. “It’s good to be your own boss. It has its advantages. »

He said his run would end as soon as things were finalized with a new buyer.

However, he said, the business will close by December 31, 2023, if no new buyers are found by then. In that case, Roling said he would consider selling what’s left of the store’s inventory and renting out the building until a buyer is found.

“We are ready to go,” he said. “We’re both (Roling and Seifert) approaching retirement age. And (Seifert) said to me a long time ago, ‘When you go, I go.’

McGovern Hardware is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday. The store can be reached at 563-582-8671.

Maquoketa Vineyard adding outdoor patio

A rural Maquoketa winery adds an outdoor patio for guest enjoyment.

A new outdoor seating area is coming soon to Iowa Grape Vines Winery, 18345 55th St., co-owners Jim and Mary Kay Sorensen said.

“We think it will be a really nice addition there with some nice seating for people,” Jim said.

Mary Kay said it would take up to a month to complete the landscaping around the new seating area, but the patio itself will be usable by then. They plan to have at least a dozen tables on it.

The family winery has been open in rural Maquoketa since the Sorensens moved there in 2013, but the couple started the business in Preston, Iowa, after obtaining their winery license in 2009.

Jim said they had been looking to add things like an outdoor seating area for some time, but the COVID-19 pandemic stalled their plans.

However, the Sorensens added gourmet popcorn to the winery’s offerings last year, and they also have frozen shakes available for people of all ages.

Jim noted that he envisions families being able to enjoy the new outdoor seating together.

“From the start, we’ve been a kid-friendly place,” he said. “Our kids were young when we started this, and we kept it kid-friendly the whole time.”

Iowa Grape Vines Winery is open from 12 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Those interested in a wine tasting on other days can make an appointment by calling 563-940-3830.

Platteville fitness studio owner to open location in Cuba City

A Platteville fitness studio owner is opening a second location in Cuba City.

Adelei Graffin, who grew up in Kieler, Wisconsin, opened Platteville Cycling & Fitness Studio a year ago at 20 E. Main St. Now she plans to open Cuba City Yoga, Pilates & Fitness Studio at 203 S. Main St. to this town, which is the historic depot near Kwik Trip.

“We can serve more people this way,” Graffin said. “We really focus on the well-being of mind and body, because it starts from within. Maybe that’s something they need there.

She said she initially looked for a bigger location in Platteville because the business was starting to outgrow the space. But during the search, the opportunity to add a location in Cuba City came up.

“When I started in Platteville, I was taking one class a day,” she said. “Now we’re a team of 10. And next month in June we’ll be doing 100 classes a month between the two locations.”

Graffin said the first class at the Cuba City studio will be June 4. The studio will focus on yoga and Pilates to begin with, but offerings may expand in the future.

“I taught in Madison (Wis.) forever,” she said. “When I came back, I noticed that Pilates wasn’t very popular here and the benefits are amazing. So I taught it in Platteville, and people love it.

She added that those who subscribe can get access to both studios.

Graffin said she looks forward to meeting new people at the Cuba City studio, noting that the success of her business would not have happened without the support of the community.

“I opened this place (in Platteville) as a fun thing to do that I’m good at,” she said. “I was going to try this as a hobby and run one class a day. I never planned to stretch out and never planned to do more than one class a day. It organically became that , and I’m so thankful for that.

For more information on Cuba City Yoga, Pilates & Fitness Studio, visit cubacityyogafitness.com.