Melanie Abu-Nameh is the co-owner of Feedwell Kitchen and Bakery, a casual kitchen and bakery serving pastries, breads, soups, salads and sandwiches in Cedar Rapids. Abu-Nameh is also an associate professor for the Kirkwood Community College-Hospitality Program.
Liz Lidgett is the founder of Liz Lidgett Gallery + Design in Des Moines. Lidgett helps clients both locally and around the world, consults with clients for public art projects and finds art for offices and restaurants.
Iowa native Stephanie Watts is the owner of Stephanie Marie Boudoir Photography Studio in North Liberty. “I’m lucky enough to get to work with and photograph women of all shapes and sizes to show them how beautiful and truly badass they are.
Stephanie McClure is the content creator and blogger behind five-year-old Blonde Style Blog. Learn about Stephanie McClure…
New Stanford University graduate, Sydney Rieckhoff, is the co-founder of Almost Famous Popcorn, a Cedar Rapids-based business specializing in gourmet popcorn and super premium ice cream. Rieckhoff and her brother, Carter, laid the foundation of Almost Famous when they were 10 and 13 years old!
Sarah Jane Wick is the director of the museum store at the award-winning National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library in Cedar Rapids. The store focuses on unique and custom products imported from the Czech Republic and Slovakia, as well as works by regional Iowa and national artisans, authors and craftspeople.
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.
Marion’s Tyler Steinkamp is the owner of handmade pasta company, Pasta of the Prairie, along with his wife Lindsey. The small business started selling flavored pastas in 2016, eventually developing a line of soup mixes, pasta salad mixes and meal kits, too.
Leslie Epstein is the owner of Your Tanning Bar, the first exclusive airbrush tanning salon in Iowa. (It is even featured in the 2020 Iowa Holiday Gift Guide, seen here.)
Christina Springman is the owner of Cedar Rapids-based The Map Room, known for its amazing burgers, fries and inventive cocktails. (Get FabIA’s take on the restaurant here.)