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Work is underway on the property adjacent to Woodford Lumber on Seventh Avenue North in Clear Lake. The land, now owned by the lumber yard, is the site of the former Ladybug Café, which was recently demolished.


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Work continued on Wednesday on the former Ladybug Café site in Clear Lake.

The business, vacant for over a year and a half, was demolished earlier this month.

“We were approached by a number of people to do something about what had unfortunately fallen into major disrepair, so we looked at that,” said Jan Lovell, who owns and operates Clear Lake Independent Telephone. Co. with her husband, Tom. “It was not in our planning area.”

Clear Lake Independent Telephone Co., known locally as CL Tel, purchased the property at 1714 N. Seventh Ave. in November, according to Cerro Gordo County property records.

CL Tel is the owner of Woodford Lumber & Home Co., a fifth generation family business.

Ladybug Café had been on the market since a failed sale in the summer of 2019.

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Amanda Eden, her mother Beth Zadow and her aunt Karla Gardner planned to transform the restaurant, greenhouse and spa into a wedding venue, Airbnb, and farm-to-table restaurant with more food offerings, drinks and entertainment after taking office June 2019.

Zadow’s wives and husband Mitch took over the business almost a month after learning owner Wendy Ruby had put it up for sale.

Ruby bought the one-acre property in 2012, according to county property records, and was home to an assortment of businesses focused on creating a holistic experience for people to lead healthier, longer lives. and more joyful.

Eden, Zadow and Gardner managed the business they renamed The Courtyard until July 31, when they posted on the restaurant’s Facebook page that it would be closed until further notice on August 1 due to updates and repairs. The yard was then listed as permanently closed.






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Work is underway on the property adjacent to Woodford Lumber on Seventh Avenue North in Clear Lake. The land, now owned by the lumber yard, is the site of the former Ladybug Café, which was recently demolished.


Lisa Grouette



The property, including the restaurant, greenhouse and upstairs accommodations, was originally listed for sale as is for $ 225,000 through Holtz Realty of Mason City.

CL Tel purchased the property for $ 89,000, according to county property records.

“It made sense,” Lovell said. “We consolidate everything in one place. “

Woodford Lumber, a full-service lumber yard and retail center and Benjamin Moore paint store, has moved from 210 N. Fourth St. in downtown Clear Lake to its current location on North Seventh Avenue in August.

In June 2019, Woodford Lumber purchased the former Superior Lumber Building after the Charles City lumberyard closed.

The property, comprising 3.16 acres and nearly 26,000 square feet of commercial property, visible from US Highway 18, has been beneficial to Woodford Lumber customers because of its accessibility and larger retail space. by retail.

The additional exhibition space allowed it to display more products and provided a “much more exciting and creative space” for professional builders and DIY enthusiasts.

“It’s been a big process for sure, but we’re about to wrap it all up,” Lovell said. “The new location has been great. We’ve even hired a few new people, and we know when the pandemic ends, maybe we can have a big opening.

“We are truly grateful for all the years of support and the response that has been received. “

Before the buildings on the property were demolished, Habitat for Humanity in north-central Iowa had the opportunity to take items from them to sell in its ReStore in Mason City, Lovell said, noting that the property had deteriorated considerably from its days as a restaurant. and greenhouse.

Work is underway on the property adjacent to Woodford Lumber on Seventh Avenue North in Clear Lake. The land, which now belongs to the lumberyard, is the site of the former Ladybug Café, which was recently demolished.






Plans for the property have yet to be determined, Lovell said.

“We definitely need more warehouse space, but we’ll see,” she said.

Ashley Stewart covers Clear Lake and the Arts and Entertainment in Northern Iowa for the Globe Gazette. You can reach her at ashley.stewart@globegazette.com or by phone at 641-421-0533. Follow Ashley on Twitter at GGastewart.