Upcycle Dubuque expands in new building

DUBUQUE, IA – A local organization is working to decrease the amount of scrape waste going to landfills by re-purposing old furniture and other objects.

Upcycle Dubuque just closed on a new facility at 1838 Central Avenue with high hopes for the growing business.

For fiancés Craig Beytien and Kristina Harrison, working together isn’t too challenging.

Harrison laughed when saying, “It’s pretty fun most of the time. We get along really great and we joke around.”

“I think we’re both interested in what’s best for the company,” added Beytien.

The couple plan to be married in July of 2018, but have been co-owners of Upcycle Dubuque for six months.

The company focuses on repairing or reinventing broken-down furniture that would otherwise be thrown away. Then, they sell the re-purposed products.

In fact, Craig’s transforming an old spoon rack into a display case. The couple purchased the item at Goodwill for a mere five dollars.

“This is a good example of taking something that had a previous purpose and actually creating a new purpose for it,” said Beytien.

This crafty duo is used to handling smaller re-purposing projects, but with the help of Heritage Works, Beytien and Harrison will take on a much larger renovation.

“We just closed on a building on Central, so there’s really nothing usable in that space as far as utilities so everything needs to be replaced,” discussed Harrison.

The 1,900 sq. ft. space will be completely renovated to be used for retail, workshops, and a scrape store. There will even be three apartments on the upper level of the old building.

Harrison said, “We want it to be a place where the community wants to come and even just sit down and collaborate.”

The couple hopes people will embrace the opportunities in their new facility.

The renovation for there new location will begin on May 1, 2018, and the couple hopes to be open for business in September 2018.

Stay up to date on their renovation process by visiting Upcycle Dubuque on Facebook.


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Kelly is a junior at Loras College majoring in Media Studies and minoring in Public Relations and Business. Kelly is the Executive Producer for LCTV News and served as the Associate Producer for three semesters prior. Kelly is currently a Marketing Intern at Cartegraph.

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