Meatheads Meat Market, Milan, plans to cross the bridge and open an Iowa location and by summer, join the Quad-City food truck craze.
Meatheads, owned by Bruce and Lisa Schafman, will open a second store sometime in April at Crow Ridge Plaza on 53rd Street in Davenport.
"We're at this point where we get the privilege of opening another store," Lisa said. "We knew we needed to do it on the Iowa side to take care of our customers there."
Lisa said their mom-and-pop market found a following among new Iowa customers after it began selling at the Freight House Farmers Market in Davenport three years ago.
Bruce, a longtime butcher, opened the meat market in January 2004 after his longtime employer, Eagle Country Markets, closed. In the beginning, he employed several other Eagle employees, but all have retired, said Lisa, who is an elementary art teacher in Clinton by day.
Meatheads is best known for its 70 varieties of brats — including Gummi Bear, chipotle, Bloody Mary and breakfast brats. It also carries more than 40 smoked meats, meat bundles and a unique grocery selections. It also does game processing.
"We do brats all year round, but in the summer time we have to put on a second shift," she said.
Schafman added that the expansion will add more meatcutters, grillers, clerks and a food truck staff.
The Milan store is located at 520 10th Ave. West. It can be reached at 309-787-2466.
Thompson Family RV now is Camping World
Customers of Thompson Family RV in west Davenport will notice the longtime RV dealer now has a new identity: Camping World.
The dealership, in the Thompson family 57 years, was sold in November to Camping World Holdings Inc., the nation's largest network of RV-centric retail locations. The acquisition, announced in late November, recently closed. Details were not released.
The new Camping World location joins a network of more than 120 locations under the Camping World and Good Sam brands.
In announcing the acquisition, Marcus Lemonis, Camping World and Good Sam chairman and CEO, said the move "will strengthen our footprint in the Iowa market and allow us to leverage the experience of the Thompson family management team."
Founded in 1959 by Charles Thompson, the Davenport dealership continues under the leadership of the Thompson family's third generation.
"I always look for three things: People, Process and Product ... all of which are exemplified by Thompson Family RV," Lemonis said in a news release.
Davenport native wins development honors
Brent Willett, executive director of Iowa's Cultivation Corridor, has been selected as one of the economic development industry's 40 Under 40 winners.
The 34-year-old Davenport native leads the Corridor, a public-private regional economic development and innovation acceleration organization. With offices in Ames and Des Moines, the group is focused on growing Central Iowa's agricultural science and technology sectors.
Gage Kent, the Corridor's chairman and chairman and CEO of Kent Corp. in Muscatine, said Iowa "is fortunate to have Brent leading efforts to establish our state as the premier destination for research, investment and talent in value added agriculture."
Kent added that the Corridor has collaborated to bring more than $750 million new new capital investment and 800 jobs in its first three years. "This result has raised the profile of our state in important agriculture circles around the world."
Willett, who has previously worked in Des Moines, Fairfield and Mason City, joined the corridor as its first executive leader in April 2014. The University of Iowa graduate and his wife, Emily, live in Ankeny.
The awards program is managed by Development Counsellors International in New York. The winners were selected from 150 finalists. For a full list, visit www.aboutdci.com/40under40.