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Brian Mildenstein

In 1968, Roger and Linda Mildenstein opened up Fin & Feather with just four employees in a small shop in town. In the 50 years since its opening, the store has grown, as did their son right along side it. Working in the store since he was a kid, Brian Mildenstein thanks his parents for introducing him to the outdoors and says they were “instrumental in teaching me about communing with nature. I loved to fish and hunt with my dad. My mom was great at getting me on a bike and inspiring me to ride where I needed to go. They both furthered other interests, like backpacking and canoeing.” In the late ‘90s he became a full-time employee and in 2013 spearheaded the opening of Fin’s sister business Fin & Feather H2O. Enjoying a wide range of outdoor pursuits, Brian continues to explore all that Iowa has to offer.  


Check out his Iowa City recommendations below.

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Iowa City, IA
Ryersons Wood Park
"If I need a quick hike during the workday, I love Ryerson Woods." - Brian Mildenstein 
Iowa City, Iowa 52246, USA
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Hickory Hill Park
"Hickory Hill is the best place to meander with my dog or trail run." - Brian Mildenstein 
800 Conklin, Iowa City, IA 52240
The Black Angel
The Black Angel is nine feet tall atop a four-foot pedestal, located at the Oakland Cemetery in Iowa.
1000 Brown St, Tiffin, IA, USA
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The Sitting Man
A 20 feet tall, large sculpture sitting on a hilltop close to the road, in Iowa City.
1001476004, Iowa City, IA 52245
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Sutliff Bridge
The Sutliff Bridge is a bridge over the Cedar River at Sutliff near Lisbon, Iowa.
Lisbon, IA 52253, USA
Pedestrian Mall
The Ped Mall, also known as the Pedestrian Mall, is a pedestrian mall located in downtown Iowa City, Iowa.
210 S Dubuque St, Iowa City, IA 52240, USA
Cortado Coffee & Cafe
"It not only has a great vibe and view of the Pentacrest, but also great coffee." - Brian Mildenstein 
26 S Clinton St, Iowa City, IA 52240, USA
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George’s Buffet
Go to George's for a beer and a cheeseburger. "Who am I kidding, I never get less than two." - Brian Mildenstein
312 E Market St, Iowa City, IA 52245, USA
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A & A Pagliai’s Pizza
"Pagliai's for the best pizza in town." - Brian Mildenstein 
302 E Bloomington St, Iowa City, IA 52245, USA
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Fin & Feather H2O
"If you need to get on the water, head to Fin & Feather H2O for paddling." - Brian Mildenstein
643 McCollister Boulevard, Iowa City, IA 52246
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