O-Town Discounts and O-Town Cans have finished moving into their new location and are now open for business at 330 S. Frederick Ave., the former Carpet Corner.
Christina Edmonds and her partner Shawn Bentley co-own both businesses with Anthony Ricchio.
After the August derecho storm blew through the area and left a hole in the roof, the building had been condemned and the roof tarped.
O-Town Discounts and More closed on a revolving loan from the city of Oelwein in November. Other local entities that helped them channel the USDA funds to repair and renovate the 10,000 square-foot building included Oelwein City Council, Oelwein Chamber and Area Development and its board, Steve Holland at Community Bank of Oelwein, and Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission.
“It’s closer to downtown,” Edmonds said of the new location. “Not only is it a benefit to our business, there’s a lot of people that in Oelwein — they don’t drive… Just being up closer into town is a huge benefit for both businesses.”
O-Town Discounts and More is open Tuesday-Friday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 12-6 p.m.
When using the redemption center, cans and bottles should be clean. Glass should be in an open box or tote for consideration of employee safety. For a can refund, do not crush.
O-Town Cans has filed paperwork to do redemptions for Fareway and Casey’s. Informally, other stores also have referred customers to them for returns.
They can offer refunds only if they have an agreement with the distributor for the company that sells a given brand of container. They take most major distributors. Pepsi Co. and its sub-brands would be a major distributor. Not all Iowa 5 cents items can be refunded, but if not, they can recycle them. If unsure, call ahead, 319-283-0727.
O-Town Discounts is at 319-283-9572. They sell discounted items, hobby items such as model vehicles, vinyl records, grills, some sporting goods such as bicycles and soccer balls, and variety items such as clothing, cleaning and household products.
O-Town Discounts is continuing to collect standard, working musical instruments for donation to the Oelwein band program. Readers may recall O-Town Discounts employee and Oelwein High School graduate Faith Edmonds began the project first semester.
The business expansion will be featured in an upcoming Daily Register special section.