rural entrepreneurs

Dowd Family Enjoying CadoFood brings families together. Preparing good food together also brings one Iowa family business successes. In 2014, Shaktea Kombucha owners Deb, Jack & Meghan Dowd--a mom, son & daughter trio--won a $250,000 Mission Main Street grant from J.P. Chase & Company. Since then they've expanded that businesses and launched, Cado, a frozen avocado dessert company. For a glimpse into this creative trio's approach to forging family bussiness successes together, tune in this week to The Studio with Cheryl and Jack and Meghan Dowd.

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    May 08
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  • Wed
    May 10
    7:00 am -
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Japanese Stationery Sparks Entrepreneurial Spirit

Kimberly & Frank Broz at KRUUHer hobby became their business: Husband and wife duo Frank and Kimberly Broz co-own The Tokyo Pen Shop, an online and brick-and-mortar store that sells high quality Japanese stationery. Former high tech Apple employees, the couple left California and returned to their rural Iowa roots to run a shop they never expected to open. Sparked during a high school trip to Japan, Kimberly's fondness for Japanese pens eventually caused Frank to appreciate them, too. The Tokyo Pen Shop supplies writers, artists, nurses, policemen, homeschoolers, and lots of other people with pens, journals, mechanical pencils, stickers, and a host of other fun products.