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.