Not even a pandemic might have an effect on Burlington’s solely homosexual bar.
Companions Steve Stoll and Chaz Myhre opened the OhZone, positioned at 852 Washington St., in September within the midst of COVID-19.
“We liked coming right here when it was Steve’s Place,” Myhre mentioned. “That is why we purchased it.”
Steve’s Place was not formally a homosexual bar, nevertheless it had all the time been considered a spot members of the LGBTQ group might go to have time and really feel protected. When Stoll and Myhre opened it, the bar not was a “gay-friendly” bar, it was only a homosexual bar.
Proudly owning OhZone form of simply fell into their laps. Stoll and Myher initially moved to Burlington to handle one of many shops in Westland Mall. They’d all the time loved hanging out on the outdated bar, however there had been discuss by the proprietor that maybe he would shut it. The proprietor had tried to solicit the pair to personal the bar, however that they had all the time declined.
Lastly, the day got here the proprietor mentioned he would promote the bar and that if the pair weren’t , it will be bought to anyone else. They mentioned they could not let Burlington’s solely homosexual bar exit of enterprise, in order that they agreed to take over the enterprise.
Being a homosexual bar does not imply there aren’t a complete host of people that aren’t a part of the LGBTQ group dropping in on any given evening. Somewhat, OhZone is a spot the place individuals can be happy to be themselves, no matter who that’s. The actual aim is for individuals to have time.
“To stroll in right here, you simply have to simply accept all individuals always,” Myhre mentioned.
Stoll mentioned his dream had all the time been to personal an upscale membership in an enormous metropolis, however together with his background in development, he was capable of take the bar and switch it into one thing of he and Myhre’s desires.
After shopping for the bar in 2019, the pair gutted it and rebuilt it to their liking. OhZone has a dance ground and stage, giving it the texture of being an leisure venue, bar and membership multi functional. As soon as a month, drag queens come and placed on a present. There’s additionally the month-to-month open stage evening drag competitors, and on the finish of the 12 months, the aim is to crown Ms. OhZone 2021.
The subsequent open stage evening is June 18, whereas the subsequent drag present will probably be June 26, the identical day as Pleasure within the Park.
Growth is on the horizon as the 2 are working to place in a kitchen. The aim is to not serve huge meals, however somewhat to only give one thing patrons to snack on. Additionally they have added some seating outdoors the bar that finally will change into a fenced-in, embellished patio.
Wake n Bake buys constructing, units sights on new adventures
When The Hawk Eye dropped by Wake n Bake Breakfast Co. this previous week, there was trigger for celebration: homeowners Barbie Jackson and Brandy Hamlin had simply purchased the constructing not too lengthy prior.
Wake n Bake opened in 2018, with Jackson and Hamlin wanting to have the ability to earn cash doing what they love, which is cooking southern-style breakfast meals. In 2019, Wake n Bake was named Iowa Primary Road Enterprise of the 12 months.
Wake n Bake was one among 4 companies inside their constructing on the nook of Eighth and Jefferson streets. Nonetheless, when the proprietor deserted the constructing in 2019, the laundromat left, leaving simply Wake n Bake and Dave’s Not Right here.
Whereas the pair are finalizing their future plans for the constructing, they don’t seem to be open to sharing them simply but, although they did provide some perception, comparable to that the constructing will probably be repainted and extra tenants will probably be introduced in.
Jackson and Hamlin have all the time been an enormous supporters of Burlington’s Pleasure group, however say their prospects come for the nice meals and repair they obtain on the restaurant.
Huge River Popcorn to open retailer in Mount Nice
Huge River Popcorn will broaden into a brand new location, this time in Mount Nice. The enterprise, which is owned by Cody and Greg Flietner, introduced its new location final month. A gap date has but to be introduced to the general public, however the pair promised the enterprise will open by the tip of June and will probably be positioned on the 100 block of North Primary Road.
That is not the one change coming to the enterprise. The pair additionally introduced this week that they’ll start promoting cotton sweet within the close to future. Like with the Mount Nice location, an actual date of when Huge River Popcorn will begin promoting cotton sweet has but to be introduced.
The Flietners already have been well-known group members once they purchased Huge River Popcorn in 2016. In 2010, not lengthy after Iowa started to legally acknowledge homosexual marriages, the pair have been within the information once they acquired married.
“Nothing actually modified as soon as we purchased the enterprise,” Greg Flietner informed The Hawk Eye. “The group was very welcoming with us turning into enterprise homeowners.”
Greg Flietner mentioned he is by no means had anyone strategy him in a damaging method about his sexuality and that when homosexual individuals see the group is welcoming towards different homosexual enterprise homeowners, it makes everybody really feel extra welcome.