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Supporting Local Business – It’s Important to Us

Here at Dahl Custom Homes, we are huge fans of supporting local businesses and firmly believe that by offering top-notch service to each and every client that we are contributing to making the areas where we live, work and play better places.

So, today, we wanted to talk a little bit more about supporting independent businesses in our community and why it’s a topic that is near and dear to our hearts. 

Buying Local Improves Our Community’s Economy

When you buy a product or service from a local business, more of that money you spend stays in that community. One study found that nearly 75% remained in the city!  

Buying Local Keeps our Community Interesting 

One of the many wonderful things we love about this community is the diversity – restaurants that offer unique cuisine, shops that offer handmade goods, and more. By supporting these types of businesses, you’re contributing to keeping our community a unique and exciting place that never feels generic!

Supporting Local Just Feels Good 

When you walk into a coffee shop, and the barista knows your name (and maybe even your order), it feels great! Typically, local businesses work hard to treat their customers like people, not numbers, and we think that’s pretty special! 

Also, as a local business that’s on the smaller side, we love the fact that we can offer personalized and exceptional service to each and every one of our clients. 

There are days when it definitely pays off for us to stay late or come in early, or even miss an important event because work takes precedence. We do it because we believe that our business is about relationships, and we want our clients to know that they are always a top priority for us. 

Our goal is to ensure that our clients return to us and recommend us to their friends and family. In fact, word-of-mouth is so crucial for small businesses, which is why we wanted to share some of our favorites this holiday season! 


When it comes to local real estate companies, there is no better option than IAHomes. They offer three different listing options when you’re looking to sell, including For Sale By Owner (FSBO), basic and full-service. In fact, anytime we build a spec house at Dahl Custom Homes, we employ the services of IAHomes. Their flat-fee brokerage option is a major plus in our book! 

Iowa Stone Supply

The weather is turning colder, so now is the perfect time to light the fireplace and cozy up! At Dahl Custom Homes, our go-to supplier when we are building a fireplace in one of our new homes is Iowa Stone Supply. They offer so many customizable options and also have one of the most extensive on-hand inventories in all of Iowa. With more than 20 years of experience, this local business has some of the most dependable and knowledgeable sales staff around. 

GoldFinch Tap + Eatery

If you’re looking for a perfect place to grab a bite or a drink, look no further than GoldFinch Tap + Eatery. Located in the Uptown District of Marion, Executive Chef Brandon Banaszek is turning out scratch-made dishes like cheese curds, carrot cavatelli pasta, and the Gold Standard, with two Iowa beef patties. The drink list is impressive, as is the beer list with 16 taps. Join them for brunch on the weekends or from 11:00 a.m. on weekdays.

Staged Dwellings

Staged Dwellings is an online home store founded by our very own Keri Dahl, and they do a fantastic job at curating unique home accents and decor with a vintage farmhouse vibe. And, since the holidays are right around the corner, it’s a great place to start your search. 

They have amazing home accent items, botanicals, wall decor, adorable signs, and more. The Home Decor Capsules are such a great idea because they take the guesswork out of decorating. Give one as a gift or keep it for yourself if you’re short on inspiration! 

We hope this post inspires you to shop local not only during the holiday season but throughout the entire year. 

Have questions about our custom home building services in Marion, Cedar Rapids, and Iowa City Corridor? Please contact us. It would be our absolute pleasure to assist you! 

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