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Cooling off just got easier at Romancing the Home

Second Street shop adds ice cream to the mix

July 13, 2009
By Aaron Follett — Daily Freeman-Journal Writer

With the hustle and bustle of work these days, people often think of jobs as busy, rushed, and hectic. But there's one job in Webster City that's about peace and quiet, Romancing the Home Bed & Bath Shop.

"I try to make it homey and relaxing and clean," said shop owner Kristine Peed.

Peed started Romancing the Home in 2004 as a simple bed and bath shop, but spread into wines and sweets after they became popular with her gift baskets. She has expanded her horizons further with an ice cream machine and baking.

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Kris Peed serving ice cream to some young customers at Romancing the Home.

The ice cream was added this summer and Romancing the Home offers both soft serve and hard serve. The ice cream is Schwanns brand, a premium food, said Peed. Romancing the Home offers special 'flavors of the week' such as Raspberry Chocolate Chunk and Mocha Almond.

The hard served ice cream also comes with varying flavors.

"We have the typical chocolate and vanilla," said Peed.

New items on Romancing the Home's menu include root beer floats, brownie sundaes, and pie la mode. Peed said that her business is running a special every Friday during in July called "Pieday' where every pie gets a free scoop of ice cream.

Some of her most popular items include the Mint Chocolate Mountain, pecan, and coconut pies.

"I am my own biggest fan for my Lemon meringue," said Peed about her personal favorite item, "I (also) make a really wicked carrot cake."

Romancing the Home also does orders for cakes, pies, and sweets. Her first attempt to cater involved an order of 15 dozen treats, her largest order to date.

"The sweet shop has kept us viable," said Peed.

While Romancing the Homes' business is about relaxation and enjoyment, Peed's work can be just as hectic as anyone else's.

One of her biggest problems is the long hours she has to put in for some of her baking orders and "trying to determine what will please people the most and try to present that in the most tasteful way possible," said Peed.

Despite the challenges, Peed enjoys her work, saying that having people come into her store is like having guests enter her home.

Currently, Romancing the Home features floral arrangements by local artist Loretta Leman from Artistry by Leman. Some of Leman's work is on display in the windows of Romancing the Home.

"I feel really fortunate to have her," said Peed.

Romancing the Home is located at 707 Second St. Its hours are Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Its phone number is 515 832-5161.



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