SOMM Wines stays a step ahead, finds new COVID-aware location during crisis

FAIRFIELD — SOMM Wines’ response to the coronavirus crisis has been like a textbook in “one step ahead.” Before most businesses were even thinking about the virus, back in early March, SOMM owner Krista Matthes put out a summary of heightened disinfection. When “curbside” hadn’t yet become part of the retail lexicon, Matthes was already offering it. Before many businesses were thinking of closing to in-store traffic, SOMM had already shut its doors and begun to focus only on running outside to hand off product to customers. When it was…

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Shakespeare’s focuses on coming through with comfort food during coronavirus

Building on its historic strength of providing comfort food at an affordable price has been the focus of Iowa City’s Shakespeare’s Pub & Grill since mid-March when the coronavirus crisis first began. Throughout an unpredictable four months that included 11 weeks of being shut down to in-restaurant dining, Shakespeare’s has found ways to expand on its specialty of fun food. It was among the first restaurants in Iowa City to begin offering no-touch curbside service, and has bolstered its marketing of delivery through Chomp. Shakespeare’s also offers daily specials every…

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Studio 13 to add early-evening Sunday shows

Studio 13 will start offering early-evening shows this Sunday, March 3, with Sasha Belle’s Drag Race. In its eighth season, Sasha Belle‘s Drag Race will start at 7 p.m. Sundays from here on. The shows will be “PG” and end by 9 or 9:30 p.m., says Studio 13 owner Jason Zeman. Zeman said the early evening show is in response to frequent comments from people who simply can’t attend the standard 10:30 p.m. shows. “The world is changing, and we need to change with the times,” Zeman said. “Sunday is…

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Food, fitness, alcohol: transformation

In 2017, I was living what I thought was my best life. My businesses were fully functioning machines, I was in love with my partner of 6+ years, I had the most amazing pack of dogs — and since I was childless, plenty of extra money to spend on alcohol and dining out. My life was a party, and I friggin’ loved it. Yeah, I was overweight and often tired. But that was the price to pay for drinks and dinners with friends, wasn’t it? I worked hard and deserved…

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