Shopping List

Mostly Eastern Iowa based business that I like doing business with. Even tho I did create a page on Non-commercial values if I have to buy something these are the places I would. another page I added for Student Discount 

I based the below list off of this the list on this website

"The number of options are simply overwhelming. Even if you somehow have money for all them, you don’t have the time. Here’s a sample:"


Kohl's &
Redwing shoes I have a pair in Black and one in brown and have been wearing these models for over 5 years

Holley's Shop For Men

enveromintlly friendly clothes for men.

Healthcare & Insurance

Corporate policy from employer

Eye care

One of the best eye doctors in all of Eastern Iowa I have gone to him for over 15 years!!!

I have gone here for over 20 years and Elaine has been there that same time top dollar but top quality. 

Dental Care

affordable reasonable services

Auto Home etc.. Insurance

Exploring options Insurance


Local Barbershop

Computer & Electronics

Used Tech

Midwest Computer Brokers Link
for used computer & accessories you can get a good used laptop for $100
Located in Walford you can call them at (319) 845-2075

  Darrel's Video City
specializes in used & New TVs along with repair.
They are in Marion you can call them at (319) 377-5621

New Tech

Kirkwood Eagle Tech
a great place to buy a New Apple product or other new tech thing with a warranty & discounts
"You'll get them tax-free and at the same academic pricing we offer our full-time staff, faculty and credit students."


Cell Phone Service

Republic Wireless
is one of the cheapest phone providers out there. I have them along with a Free Google Voice  number I mostly use Google Voice because it integrates with Google hangouts so I can use it cross platform. 

Before Republic Wireless I also Liked iWireless & Tracfone see my review of them.  

the best phone case I paid $50 for mine and its the better than insurance.


Two Independent service providers 
South Slope Cooperative Communications A member owned co-op that offers fiber to the home.

ImOn has Fiber to The Home (FTTH 

Otherwise see if your town has a co-op. 

Other main providers in Iowa would be Mediacom they used a  hybrid fiber coax or (HFC) built plant. A lot of times their network sucks because the last mile of connection is on a shared bandwidth pool and when little Johnny is playing world of warcarft or some such game good luck watcing Youtube etc..

Centurylink was Northwest Bell back in the Ma Bell days in pre 1980's divestiture era. The staff was union and they were the only choice for phone service there was no cellphones. They offer DSL service and if you are close enough to a CO or central office you can get some good speeds but if you are far away then good luck.

TV Movies & News  

both are commercial free subscription services 

Only Free OTA

I like Roku for downloading or streaming content or checking out DVDs from the public library 
Cool Roku Channel with lots of international TV Channels & other educational media. 
I do Like TED & some of the content that Roku has along with PBS. is good for local news 

free to air international channels FTA via a Ku band dish

Eating out


Leonardo's Pizzeria
cool place to eat at best place on the West side of town

New Haven pizza is avaailbe downtown CR 


Really good ribs they have

Nelson's Meat Market
Good ribs Wednesdays Only great burgers cooked out weekdays in the summer.

Soups & Sandwiches


Pies & more

Kathy's Pies the best shop in eastern Iowa located downtown CR.


Big 10 Mart has $1 coffee

DountLand the last of them are in CR.


Bus Service
C I cover this a lot more in the Student Discounts page. 
Cedar Rapids City Bus Website
info about times rates etc... 

After Hours bus services 
NTS (Neighborhood Transportation Service) operates a curb-to-curb van service, and provides affordable night and weekend transportation to work, school, or life skill classes during times when the fixed route city buses do not operate.

Flying Service

Cedar Rapids Allegiant Air is a low-cost airline that flys out of 

Grocery Stores
New Pioneer Food Co-op
A member owned co-op that I am a member-owner
lots of high quality variety one of the most
 expensive Grocery store with prices that could rival Hy-Vee but everyone is paid fairly from the unionized employees to the food producers

Fareway for a good value you store with a fair section I have heard that if they dont have it you dont need it :)

ALDI for the opposite of the Paradox of Choice so one can spend ones time in money on other avenues

Board Games & Comic books

Alter Ego Comics
Independent comic book shop in Marion

Mindbridge Game Library 
a nonprofit group that promotes gaming website

Furniture & Appliances

I try to look at the utilitarian value one receives from this Beds are used a lot of hours so are desk & chairs  if you are at your desk at a computer. 


Lebeda Mattress
Marion Iowa based Mattress company good quality beds.

Office Equipment

Welter Storage Equipment Co Inc
Good deals on new & used office equipment based out of iowa

A Green Lawn solution Lawn Mower Fiskars reel mower Link to Review.

Gifts & Holiday stuff

Balloons Etc And The Costume Emporium
Independently owned and operated over 3,000 thousand costumes & lots of other interesting things.


The Artisan's Sanctuary is a non-profit, 501(c)3 status, artist's cooperative located in Marion Iowa has varies events

Sporting Equipment

I bought a bowling ball & shoes some years ago from a Bowling Shop in the area the shoes have paid for themselves with not having to pay shoe rental fees.

Lessons & Class

Kirkwood for classes & Theater Cedar Rapids have some interesting classes

Gym Membership

They have a pool sauna hot tub & really nice gym. I get a corporate discount I think 2/3 of the members get some form of discount if your a volunteer at Meals on Wheels you can get a discount and lots of other ways.

Book club

not a member in any at this time.


I love the Public library network in the area great books lots of education to be had :) 

I like Next Page bookstore its in CSPS hall they are an independent book shop


Overall I avoid magazine or many other types of monthly Subscriptions. I use Free email subscriptions.


none but I do enjoy listing to classical music & Rock!

Iowa Public Radio nonprofit noncommercial radio 

Iowa Based Rock radio station