Biz Buzz: New lounge makes Dubuque debut; local law firm relocates; new Cascade salon fulfills owner’s dreams

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Biz Buzz shares business tidbits from across the tri-states. This edition highlights developments in Dubuque and Cascade, Iowa.

A new bar and lounge space has opened in downtown Dubuque.

Posh Lounge recently opened at 900 Central Ave. in the building previously filled by Cue Masters Billiards. The space has been transformed into a nightclub and bar that boasts bottle service, a sizable dance floor and VIP area.

“We wanted Posh to be a laid back, chill spot where people can come to hang out, socialize and connect,” said co-owner Devin Glasper. “It’s all about having fun.”

Glasper said opening the lounge has been a longtime dream for him and fellow co-owner Chris Weaver. The business partners have talked about opening the lounge for more than five years, he said, but were waiting to raise enough capital and find the ideal location.

They selected the former Cue Masters space for its downtown location and proximity to the Central Avenue Corridor. The space also needed minimal renovations, Glasper said, thanks to its former setup as a billiards hall.

“The building was already set up for a kind of nightlife crowd, so pretty much everything was set,” he said. “We just had to do a little cosmetic work, and we were good.”

The space was retrofitted to include a secluded VIP area, however, which Glasper said can be reserved by groups looking for a more private nightlife experience. The area is separated by a wall for added privacy and noise control.

Posh Lounge has a full-service bar for all its customers that offers a variety of cocktails and other alcoholic beverages, including several signature drinks that are unique to the lounge. There also is a large dance floor and adjacent performance space.

Already, the lounge has hosted theme parties and live entertainment, and Glasper said such offerings will expand in the months to come as word about the club begins to spread.

“It’s got a little bit more of a nightlife vibe than some of the other spots in town,” Glasper said. “We have the music and the big dance floor … but we also have a lot of tables and seating for people to enjoy.”

Posh Lounge is open Wednesday and Thursday from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Additional information about the lounge and upcoming events can be found online at

Dubuque law firm relocates

A local law firm has moved its offices to Dubuque’s Main Street.

Reynolds + Kenline LLP recently relocated to 770 Main St. The office is outfitted with workspaces for attorneys and other staff and has several large meeting rooms and a mock courtroom for trial practice.

“There’s a real revitalization going on along Main Street, and it feels like the place to be,” partner Todd Klapatauskas said. “We’re right there by the (Dubuque County) Courthouse and very accessible to people downtown.”

Reynolds + Kenline first formed in 1890 and has come to specialize in injury and trial law. The firm most recently operated out of a building in Dubuque’s Millwork District that now is slated for residential development.

Klapatauskas said the new office was arranged with the firm’s clients in mind and was designed with a blend of modern amenities and historic flair. The meeting rooms are equipped with top-of-the-line audiovisual equipment, and the mock courtroom lets clients get a feel for the trial experience.

“We tried to do a good job of making the space our own (by) bringing in some modern comforts and technology,” he said. “We don’t represent insurance companies or big corporations. We view ourselves as representing blue collar clients who need help, and we need a space set up to do (just that).”

Additional information about Reynolds + Kenline is available online at The office also can be reached by phone at 563-556-8000.

Cascade salon fulfilling owner’s dream

A Cascade cosmetologist has opened up a new, expanded salon focused on client-first services.

Myranda Demmer recently opened Hempstead Salon at 206 First Ave. W. in Cascade. The three-chair salon is focused on offering cut and color hair services in a relaxed, empowering environment.

“It’s always been my dream to run my own salon and help women feel as beautiful as they are,” Demmer said. “… It seems like nowadays, especially with social media, that women don’t have as much confidence in themselves, and if I can help them with that, then that’s what I want to do.”

Demmer has been in the cosmetology field for the past three years under the Hempstead Salon name and has worked with clients from across the Cascade area in a small, retrofitted space in one of her family’s former farm buildings.

When the storefront in downtown Cascade became available, Demmer said she jumped at the chance to grow her business. The space previously operated as a cabinet store, so Demmer this spring had the building’s interior gutted and remodeled to match her personal vision.

“The opportunity came up, and I thought, ‘If I have the chance to grow, why not?’” she said. “Opening up in town, it’s really helped me grow my business but also grow myself personally, too.”

The Cascade salon is outfitted with space for three stylists and an infrared sauna. Demmer specializes in blonding services and hair extensions, though Hempstead Salon offers a wide variety of cut, color and waxing services.

Each stylist station is separated by dividing walls, Demmer added, to ensure a one-on-one styling process for every client.

“As a hairstylist, it’s one of my biggest beliefs that your focus should always be on the client in front of you,” she said. “Those dividers just help make sure there aren’t any distractions from other clients or stylists working in the salon.”

Hempstead Salon is open by appointment Monday through Saturday. The salon can be contacted at 563-852-7616, and additional information is available online at