Waterloo serves up options for food, fun

Although a mostly commercialized city, Waterloo does have it’s share of local stores. From a popcorn shop to a veterans museum, there’s something to do in Waterloo.

Restaurants:

Newton’s Cafe:

Previously a jewelry store, Newton’s has been open for six years and is located on East Fourth Street. Hilary, a server, said, “People really like Newton’s for the atmosphere, the portion sizes and the fact that most of the food comes locally.” Most of the food that Newton’s serves is grown locally.“We see people anywhere ranging from teenagers to the elderly.”

Basal Pizza:

Located on West Fourth Street, Basal Pizza specializes in wood fired pizza, live music and homemade desserts. Their pizza is Neapolitan style, which originates from Naples, Italy. Folding the pizza slice is sometimes an easier way to eat it, because the crust is so thin. The cooking process of the pizza is unique because it is only cooked for 60-90 seconds in a 900 degree wood fired oven.

Shops:

Popcorn Heaven:

Popcorn Heaven is located on the corner of Kimball and Ridgeway and is not a disappointment to popcorn lovers. They have a wide variety of popcorn flavors, ranging from savory to sweet. If you can’t decide on just one flavor, you can mix and match flavors. Popcorn tins aren’t just for the holiday season. You can buy tins and pick your type of popcorn. Popcorn Heaven also sells candy and fudge; there’s something here for everyone.

Friends of the Library:

Inside the Waterloo Library, there is the Friends Used Book Shop. Founded by the Friends of the Waterloo Public Library. This shop has used books available for purchase. Check out their website, http://www.waterloo.lib.ia.us/friends, for upcoming sales and hours.

Things to Do:

Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum:

Located in the Grout Museum District, the Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum has been open since 2008. This museum features an exhibit on the 5 Sullivan Brothers and their contributions to World War II. The museum also features the Spanish American War, the Civil War, the Korean War and Iowa’s involvement with Vietnam.

Young Arena:

Open year round and located on Commercial Street, Young Arena is the place to go if you want to ice skate. Skates are available to rent, and they have both hockey and figure skates to rent. Although it’s indoors, it’s still pretty cold, so make sure to wear warm clothing.

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