Author: Melissa Larsen

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Fabulous People: Lovar Davis Kidd

Lovar Davis Kidd (who goes by L.D.) is a poet, author, dance educator, musician and CEO of 100% OVER RACISM., which started as a protest sign combating racism and is now an apparel company that encourages people to #wearyourtruth. A portion of proceeds from 100% OVER RACISM. support Black-owned businesses in Eastern Iowa.

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Fabulous People: Torey Rohde

Torey Rohde, of Iowa City’s Torey Rohde Photography, is a wedding and lifestyle photographer who takes an artistic approach to capture people being, well, people. “I love candid moments, movement and lots of laughter and play in my portraits.”

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Nonprofit of the Month: Variety ­– the Children’s Charity

From providing all-inclusive playground equipment to giving bikes to kids who have never had one, Des Moines-based Variety – the Children’s Charity of Iowa is dedicated to improving the lives of children who are at-risk, underprivileged, critically ill or living with special needs. Since it was founded in 1975, The nonprofit has raised more than $119 million to support the children of Iowa.

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Top Chocolate Shops in Des Moines

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, we’ve got chocolate on the brain. Whether you’re craving truffles, fudge or chocolate-covered strawberries, here are the top Des Moines chocolateries to put those sweet-tooth pangs to rest.

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Fabulous People: Katherine J. Kornblau

Katherine J. Kornblau is the founder and president of KJK Jewelry, Inc. and KJKStyle.com. Her fashionable, quality jewelry–inspired by world cultures, nature, fine art and architecture–can be found at The National Czech and Slovak Museum in Cedar Rapids.