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Cellular Only

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Cellular Only, a Verizon wireless service retailer, opened a store on the Centerville Square at 205 N. 13th Street.   Cellular Only has two stores in Sioux Falls, SD and a store in Sheldon, Iowa.   The Chamber Ambassadors recently visited Cellular Only for a ribbon cutting.   Pictured are Chamber Director Joyce Bieber; Centerville Mayor Jan Spurgeon; sales rep Emily Sivetts,  Dennis Peters from Shelter Insurance; sales rep Jen Reed; Kris Laurson from Appanoose Community Care Services; accountant Anna Heeney; owner Rory Kelly; manager Andie Bohle; Larry Bettis from State Farm Insurance; Mike O’Connor from Iowa Trust and Savings Bank; John Schmidt from Schmidt Family Funeral Home; and Miranda Dunham from Farmers Bank.



QPS EMPLOYMENT GROUP

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QPS Employment Group recently relocated to the former Centerville Produce building located at 1121 S. 18th. Street in Centerville.   QPS provides staffing services to industrial clients in southern Iowa.  The Centerville-Rathbun Lake Area Chamber Ambassadors visited to conduct a ribbon cutting at the completely remodeled offices.    Pictured are Mike O’Connor from Iowa Trust and Savings Bank, Dennis Peters from Shelter Insurance, Kris Laurson from Appanoose Community Care Services, Branch Manager Kim Cleaver, Centerville Mayor Jan Spurgeon, Placement Coordinator Judy Dorman, Regional Manager Gabe Gulick  and Chamber Director Joyce Bieber.



The Garage

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The Centerville-Rathbun Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors visited new restaurant, The Garage, at 207 N. 13th on the Centerville Square.  The Garage serves a wide array of lunch and dinner entrees, appetizers and desserts.  The building features automotive décor.   Pictured are Chamber Director Joyce Bieber; Kris Laurson from Appanoose Community Care Services; Bette Howell from Big Red Realty; Larry Bettis from State Farm Insurance; The Garage crew Jene Marts, Haley Marts, Lex Cisler, Zoie Morgan, Chelsea Garretson and Katie Morgan; Centerville Mayor Jan Spurgeon; Mike O’Connor from Iowa Trust and Savings Bank; Miranda Dunham from Farmers Bank; employee MaKenzie Jewett; and Dennis Peters from Shelter Insurance.  Not pictured is Tom Marts, co-owner.



Look, Buy & Enjoy

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The Centerville-Rathbun Lake Area Ambassadors visited Look Buy & Enjoy which relocted to the former Shoe Tree location on the Square.  Owned by Tanecia Walker and Debra Eccleston, the store carries furniture, antiques, Amish-made cabinetry, collectibles, gifts and more.     Pictured are Dennis Peters, Shelter Insurance;  Eccleston; Larry Bettis, State Farm Insurance; Kris Laurson, Appanoose Community Care Service; Walker; Mike O’Connor, Iowa Trust and Savings Bank; Miranda Dunham, Farmers Bank; Bette Howell, Big Red Realty; Joyce Bieber, Centerville Chamber of Commerce.



One of a Kind Buy, Sell and Trade

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One of a Kind Buy, Sell and Trade recently opened at 105 N. Main Street in Centerville.   The retail store sells a wide variety of merchandise at discounted prices.   The Chamber Ambassadors recently visited for a ribbon cutting.   Pictured are Centerville  Mayor Jan Spurgeon, Kris Laurson from Appanoose Community; owner David Duffey; son Davey Duffey (front with scissors); Larry Bettis from State Farm Insurance; Miranda Dunham from Farmers Bank; Dennis Peters from Shelter Insurance; Mike O’Connor from Iowa Trust and Savings Bank and Bette Howell from Big Red Realty.



Your Square Deal Furniture & Appliances

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The Ambassadors of the Centerville-Rathbun Lake Area Chamber of Commerce participated in a ribbon cutting at Your Square Deal Furniture and Appliances on the west side of the Centerville Square.   The store recently underwent a major expansion to include furniture.   The business is owned and operated by the Wiskus famiy.   Pictured are Chamber Director Joyce Bieber, Bob Wiskus, County Supervisor Dean Kaster, Annie Wiskus, Bette Howell from Big Red Realty, Lieba Wiskus, Larry Bettis from State Farm Insurance, Heidi Wiskus, Your Square Deal employee Jim Casteel, Katie Wiskus, Adele Wiskus (with the scissors), Dennis Peters from Shelter Insurance, Kevin Wiskus, Kris Laurson from Appanoose Community Care Services, Mike O’Connor from Iowa Trust and Savings Bank.



Brown's Shoe Fit

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The Centerville-Rathbun Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors recently stopped by Brown’s Shoe Fit located on the south side of the Centerville Square to welcome new manager Ian Miller.   Ian comes to Centerville from McPherson, Kansas.   He brings with him wife Christina and kids Ava and Miles.   Pictured are Chamber Director Joyce Bieber, Kris Laurson from Appanoose Community Care Services, County Supervisor Dean Kaster, Miller, Larry Bettis from State Farm Insurance, Mike O’Connor from Iowa Trust and Savings Bank, Bette Howell from Big Red Realty and Dennis Peters from Shelter Insurance.



Shark Fin Shears

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The Centerville-Rathbun Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors recently conducted a ribbon cutting at Shark Fin Shears which makes a variety of high-quality hair cutting scissors.   The business is located at 22197 230th Avenue in Centerville’s industrial park.   Pictured are Shark Fin Shears employees Tom McDonald, Lorie Pipes, Doug Firkins, Jennifer Elliott and Mike Seay, Shark Fin Shears owners Randy and Debbie Ferman, and Chamber Ambassadors Larry Bettis from State Farm Insurance, Bette Howell from Big Red Realty, Centerville Mayor Jan Spurgeon, Mike O’Connor from Iowa Trust and Savings Bank and Amy Selvy from Farmer’s Bank.



Machinery Barn

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The Centerville-Rathbun Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors recently visited the Machinery Barn which was formerly known as Drysdale’s Outdoor Equipment.  New owners  David and Duane Ervin purchased the business September 1.   Machinery Barn has retail sales of new and used outdoor equipment including lawn mowers, chain saws, log splitters, tractors and snow blowers.   They also do repairs, and rentals of anything from construction to party equipment.   Pictured are employee Steve Morgan, Centerville Mayor Jan Spurgeon, employee Jerry Meredith, Chamber Director Joyce Bieber, Amy Selvy from Farmer’s Bank, Larry Bettis from State Farm Insurance, Bette Howell from Big Red Realty, Machinery Barn manager Craig Lane, Mike O’Connor from Iowa Trust and Saving Bank,  and owners Duane and David Ervin.



Centerville Produce

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The Centerville-Rathbun Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors visited and toured Centerville Produce’s new building on south 18th Street recently.   Pictured are Chamber Director Joyce Bieber, Larry Bettis from State Farm Insurance, Centerville Produce employee Dakota Ballenger, Centerville Mayor Jan Spurgeon, Centerville Produce employee Staci Climie  and  Centerville Produce owner Ryan Stober, Amy Selvy from Farmers Bank and  Mike O’Connor from Iowa Trust and Savings Bank.

 



Fogle's True Value Hardware

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The Centerville-Rathbun Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors attended the open house at True Value and visited with new owners Steve and Leona Fogle.   Pictured are Larry Bettis from State Farm Insurance, Centerville Mayor Jan Spurgeon, Bette Howell from Big Red Realty, Steve Laurson from Appanoose Community Care Services, True Value employee Lynn Morrison, Amy Selvy from Farmers Bank, Appanoose County Supervisor Dean Kaster, True Value employees Mallory Hatfield and Celeste Clark, owners Leona and Steve Fogle, Mike O’Connor from Iowa Trust and Saving Bank and Chamber Director Joyce Bieber.

 



Tension taming massage

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The Centerville-Rathbun Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors recently visited Tension Taming Massage Therapy which opened in September at 502 N. 10th Street.   The business offers general Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, aromatherapy, chair massage, sports massage and deep tissue trigger point therapy.   Appointments can be made by calling 641-856-9290.  Pictured are Amy Selvy, Farmer’s Bank; Larry Bettis, State Farm Insurance; Centerville Mayor Jan Spurgeon; Tension Taming Massage Therapy owner Abigail Bates; Bette Howell, Big Red Realty; Kris Laurson, Appanoose Community Care Services; Appanoose County Supervisor Dean Kaster and Mike O’Connor, Iowa Trust and Savings Bank.



crazy big randy's bbq

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The Centerville-Rathbun Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors recently visited Crazy Big Randy's BBQ which recently opened on the north side of the square.  The restaurant is open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and features pork, beef and chicken barbeque specialties along with a variety of side dishes.   Pictured are Appanoose County Supervisor Dean Kaster, Mike O'Connor from Iowa Trust & Savings Bank; Dennis Peters from Shelter Insurance; Kris Laurson from Appanoose Community Care Services; Crazy Big Randy's BBQ employees Randy Smothers, Jordan Archer, Jimmy Seddon, Randy Carel (owner), Esther Garrison and Rachel Buckalew; and Miranda Dunham from Farmers Bank.   Not pictured are employees Missy Gooden and Robyn McClurg.


Le Clipper

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The Centerville-Rathbun Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors recently visited LeClipper on the east side of the Centerville Square.   Luanne Henderson became the sole owner of LeClipper earlier this year and is completing the final stages of a major remodeling.   She is also expanding services to include nails.  Pictured are Mike O'Connor, Iowa Trust and Savings Bank; Kris Laurson, Appanoose Community Care Services; Henderson; Dennis Peters, Shelter Insurance; Miranda Dunham, Farmers Bank; and Appanoose County Supervisor Dean Kaster.


Morgan's Ice Cream Parlor and Candy Confectionery

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The Centerville-Rathbun Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors participated in a ribbon cutting at Morgan's Ice Cream Parlor and Candy Confectionery on Friday, September 27.    Morgan Cline, his friends from New Jersey, Cline Companies employees along with some of the Ambassadors are pictured.   Photo credit Glen Davis.


Polished Nail Salon

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The Centerville-Rathbun Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors recently visited Polished Nail Salon which opened at 1192 Country Club Road.   Polished offers nail services including acrylics, gel polish, manicures and pedicures.   Appointments can be made by calling 641-895-1021.   Pictured are Larry Bettis from State Farm Insurance, owner Stacy Arnold, Kris Laurson from Appanoose Community Care Services, Appanoose County Supervisor Dean Kaster and Mike O'Connor from Iowa Trust and Savings Bank.

 

 


Centerville Discount Groceries

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The Centerville-Rathbun Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors recently visited Centerville Discount Groceries which opened on the NE corner of Main and Maple Streets.   Centerville Discount Groceries carries a wide variety of food and other grocery items.   Pictured are Kris Laurson from Appanoose Community Care Services, Amir and Angela Rahimi owners of Centerville Discount Groceries, son Adam Rahimi with the scissors, Appanoose County Supervisor Dean Kaster, daughter Jasmine Rahimi, son Cyrus Rahimi and Mike O'Connor from Iowa Trust and Savings Bank.


Look Buy & Enjoy

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The Centerville-Rathbun Lake Area Ambassadors visited Look Buy & Enjoy which opened two months ago in the Alpine Plaza.  Owned by Tanecia Walker and Debra Eccleston, the store carries furniture, antiques, Amish-made cabinetry, collectibles, gifts and more.    Pictured are Joyce Bieber, Chamber Director; Dennis Peters, Shelter Insurance; Kris Laurson, Appanoose Community Care Services; Walker; Larry Bettis, State Farm Insurance; Eccleston; and Amy Selvey, Farmers Bank.


Raw Metal Works

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The Centerville-Rathbun Lake Area Chamber of Commerce recently visited Raw Metal Works located at 22670 Hwy 2 East.   Raw Metal Works specializes in welding, fabrication and custom plasma cutting including a variety of metal décor.   Pieces vary in size from 2 inches to 8 feet.   Pictured are Kris Laurson from Appanoose Community Care Services, Raw Metal Works owner Rodney Williams, Dennis Peters from Shelter Insurance, Chamber Director Joyce Bieber, Larry Bettis from State Farm Insurance and Amy Selvey from Farmers Bank.


QPS EMPLOYMENT GROUP

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The Centerville-Rathbun Lake Area Chamber Ambassadors visited new Centerville business QPS Employment Group during their opening day, June 26.   QPS Employment Group is one of the largest staffing firms in the Midwest and the local office will be serving all of southern Iowa.   Centerville native Kim Cleaver is the regional recruiter and her office is located at 307 N. 13th Street, 2nd floor--suite 102.    Employers and individuals seeking work can reach her by calling 515-250-4798.     Pictured are Chamber Director Joyce Bieber, Ambassadors Kris Laurson from Appanoose Community Care Services, Dennis Peters from Shelter Insurance, Jon Schmidt from Schmidt Family Funeral Home, Larry Bettis from State Farm Insurance, Cleaver, Amy Selvey from Farmers Bank and QPS Employment Group Regional Manager Gabe Gulick.


Jackson Home Center

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The Centerville-Rathbun Lake Area Chamber Ambassadors recently visited Jackson Home Center which recently took over the former Mitchell's Floor Covering business on the square.  The Jackson family from Centerville own and operate the business which sells and installs floor coverings and also home furnishings.   Jackson Home Center is located at 107 E. Van Buren Street.  The phone number is 641-856-6331.    In the picture, the Jackson family is joined by Chamber Ambassadors from left to right, Dennis Peters from Shelter Insurance, Larry Bettis from State Farm Insurance, Brentyn Jackson, Kris Laurson from Appanoose Community Care Services, Bailey Jackson, Kelly Jackson, Bethany Jackson, Scott Jackson, Miranda Dunham from Farmers Bank and Appanoose County Supervisors Dean Kaster.


SUDZ PAWZ

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The Centerville-Rathbun Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors visited Sudz Pawz pet grooming recently.   Sudz Pawz has been located at 207 W. State Street for a couple years.   Owner Cyndee Knight provides grooming services for dogs and cats as well as the sale of pet accessories.   Pictured are Ambassadors Kris Laurson from Appanoose Community Care Services, Appanoose County Supervisor Dean Kaster holding Channel, Larry Bettis from State Farm Insurance, Knight, Sudz Pawz employee Olivia Robertson holding Annabelle, Ambassadors Miranda Dunham from Farmers Bank and Dennis Peters from Shelter Insurance.   In front on the table is Hawkeye.



Bonnie's Needful Things

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The Centerville-Rathbun Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors recently visited Bonnie's Needful Things located at 110 E. Jackson on the south side of the Centerville Square.   Bonnie's Needful Things opened in 2012 and is currently undergoing major façade renovations.   Bonnie's has consignment items, flea market finds,  and primitive and country accents for the home, along with other merchandise.   Bonnie's Needful Things is owned by Bonnie and Dann Derby of Centerville.    Pictured are Ambassadors Kris Laurson from Appanoose Community Care Services, Dennis Peters from Shelter Insurance, Bonnie Derby and her daughter Natasha Derby, Ambassador Miranda Dunham from Farmers Bank, County Supervisor Dean Kaster and Chamber Director Joyce Bieber.


Dannco

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The Centerville-Rathbun Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors recently visited Dannco on the Centerville Square following Dannco’s recent addition of women’s, men’s and children’s casual, dress and athletic footware.   Dannco is taking over the inventory of shoes from the Shoe Tree which recently closed.  New Dannco retail employees Richard Talbot and Jan Mitchell plan to continue excellent customer service.  Pictured are Dennis Peters—Shelter Insurance, Kris Laurson—Appanoose Community Care Services, Mitchell, Miranda Dunham—Farmer’s Bank, Talbot, County Supervisor Dean Kaster, Centerville Mayor Jim Senior, Chamber Director Joyce Bieber and Larry Bettis—State Farm Insurance.



The Scissor's Edge

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The Centerville-Rathbun Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors recently visited The Scissor’s Edge which is a newly opened hair salon at the Drake Village.   Appointments can be made by calling 641-216-3800.   Pictured are Dennis Peters—Shelter Insurance, County Supervisor Dean Kaster, The Scissor’s Edge owner Krista Andersen, Larry Bettis—State Farm Insurance, Miranda Dunham—Farmer’s Bank, Kris Laurson—Appanoose Community Care Services and Centerville Mayor Jim Senior.



The Annex in Drake Village

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The Centerville-Rathbun Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors recently visited The Annex which recently opened at The Drake Village.   The boutique which features ladies fashions and accessories is owned by Karrie Webb and Julie Mueller.    Shown is the picture (left to right)  Bette Howell-Big Red Realty, Kris Laurson-Appanoose Community Care Services, Jon Schmidt-Schmidt Family Funeral Home, Webb, Joyce Bieber-Chamber of Commerce, Centerville Mayor Jim Senior, and Dennis Peters-Shelter Insurance.


The Hair Shop on Green Street

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The Centerville-Rathbun Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors recently visited The Hair Shop on Green Street which opened last year and is owned by Jennifer Kirkland.    Pictured are Centerville Mayor Jim Senior, Bette Howell-Big Red Realty, Jon Schmidt-Schmidt Family Funeral Home, Kris Laurson-Appanoose Community Care Services, Kirkland, and Dennis Peters-Shelter Insurance. 



Rathbun Area YMCA

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The Centerville-Rathbun Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors recently visited the Rathbun Area YMCA following a remodeling poject that was completed by the Centerville High School Building Trades class under the direction of Steven Benz.   The Building Trades class added a partition to the gym that will allow the YMCA to expan the types and amount of exercise equipmnet available for use.     Pictured are Ambassador Larry Bettis from State Farm Insurance, building trades students Damien Claver, Justin Knapp, Tanner Long, teacher Mr. Benz, building trades students Houston Moore, Chelsea Mulay, Chris Mulay, Derry Long and Mikaela Brown, YMCA employees Sherri Meng, Kendra Logan and Kate Hennig; Appanoose County Supervisor Dean Kaster, Ambassador Kris Laurson from Appanoose Community Care Services, and Peggy Johnson from the Rathbun Area YMCA.



The Gypsy Quarter

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The Centerville Rathbun Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors recently visited The Gypsy Quarter following their merger with Walker and Co. and relocation to 315 N. 13th Street.   Pictured are Ambassador Bette Howell from Big Red Realty, owner Julie Mihalovich, Centerville Mayor Jim Senior, employee LuAnn Torrey,  Appanoose County Supervisor Dean Kaster, owner Stacy Walker, Chamber Director Joyce Bieber and Ambassador Kris Laurson from Centerville Community Care Services.



Centerville Cleaners

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The Centerville-Rathbun Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors visited Centerville Cleaners after the business' recent relocation.  Centerville Cleaners moved one building north and is now at 119 N. 13th Street.    Julie and Brent Oden have owned the business since 1991.     Pictured are Centerville Mayor Jim Senior, Ambassadors Amy Selvy from Farmers Bank, Kris Laurson from Appanoose Community Care Services and Mike O'Connor from Iowa Trust and Savings Bank, Julie Oden, Joyce Bieber from the Centerville-Rathbun Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and Ambassador Dennis Peters from Shelter Insurance.



Widmar Family Winery

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The Centerville-Rathbun Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors recently visited the Widmar Family Winery retail store located in the new Drake Village on Hwy 2 in Centerville.   Owners Sheila and Jon Wagner, make and sell their own wine, as well as wine accessories, coffee and cinnamon rolls.   Pictured are (back row) Ambassadors Dennis Peters from Shelter Insurance, Amy Selvy from Farmers Bank and Larry Bettis from State Farm Insurance, (front row) Ambassador Mike O’Connor from Iowa Trust and Savings Bank , Jon Wagner, Sheila’s mother Cora Lee Widmar, Sheila Wagner, Sheila’s father Richard Widmar, and Ambassador Bette Howell from Big Red Realty



GAME ON

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Ambassadors visited Game On, a recently opened laser tag business located at 605 Green Street in Centerville.  The Dittmer family owns and operates the business.  Services offered include lazer tag with 1800 square feet of maze for up to 12 players at a time.   The lazer tag arena is ready for individual or team play.  There is also party room available for reservations, and an arcade area.  For details, check out their website at www.gameonllc.net.  Game On will be having the official grand opening on February 1and 2 with special deals available for that weekend only.   Pictured are Ambassadors Dean Kaster, County Board of Supervisors; Doug Anderson, US Bank; Dennis Peters, Shelter Insurance; the Dittmer family:   Pastor Brad (father), Xavier, Emily, Caleb, Philip, Olivia, Anna, Alesha, Ella and Sarah (mother); Ambassadors Miranda Dunham, Farmers Bank; and Larry Bettis, State Farm Insurance.



LaFiesta Mexican Restaurant

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The Centerville-Rathbun Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors recently visited LaFiesta Mexican Restaurant which recently relocated to the Lake Center Mall in the former Pizza Ranch space.    The relocation has provided more room to serve customers.   Pictured are Ambassadors Larry Bettis, State Farm Insurance; Dennis Peters, Shelter Insurance; LaFiesta employees Liborio Murillo, Mario Salinas and Alberto Murillo; Ambassadors Miranda Dunham, Farmers Bank; and Dean Kaster, County Board of Supervisors.  Not pictured is owner Alejandro Alvarado.



Serenity Now

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The Centerville-Rathbun Lake Area Chamber of Commerce recently visited Serenity Now in its new location at the Drake Village.   Serenity Now is one of the first businesses to open in the Drake Village.     Pictured are Ambassadors Dean Kaster, County Board of Supervisors; Joyce Bieber, Chamber of Commerce; Serenity Now owner Joni Broshar; Ambassadors Miranda Dunham, Farmers Bank; and Dennis Peters, Shelter Insurance.