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Review Orange City
Orange City is a small town of 6,000 in Northwest Iowa. Don't let that number fool you, though. Orange City has a public elementary and high school, a private elementary and high school, private college, hospital, two retirement homes, fifteen churches and many more. It is bustling with activity, and Dutch heritage. We have the Tulip Festival on the third weekend in May; which showcases Dutch costumes, floats, foods, and many more! The whole town gets involved with putting on the Tulip Festival, and thousands of people from all over the world come to watch our Dutch kids scrub streets, dance, and ride floats. Orange City has been my home all my life, and I wouldn't want to live anywhere else. The sense of community and love that emits from this town is unbelievable.
Orange City, Iowa, is a great town for small business. There are many locally owned stores and shops in our mainly Dutch heritage town. There is a home decor store downtown on main street that went up a few years ago and it is doing surprisingly well. A Dutch frozen yogurt shop was also put in the small 6-store strip mall that we have three years ago. It is called "De Zote Winkle" and Mr. and Mrs. Hill Norby are looking to expand their business to other local towns due to the success of the first store. As you may know, the Quiznos company chain just went out of business, but that was no problem for us here in Orange City! The couple that managed the Quiznos in town set up their privately owned sandwich shop called "Jonny's Place" which has been open for about a year now. We have two grocery stores, one is a big chain store, Fareway, and the other is a small business, Don's. Don and Karen own Don's, and they actually bought it from another small business owner a couple years ago. Before it was Don's, it was called Jansen's, and before it was called Jansen's it was another small business. As you can see there are many small businesses in Orange City and we pride ourselves on thriving and making small businesses work. This Republican community of hard workers pull through and succeed when we put our minds to something, and we support others who are taking that leap in starting their own local businesses. Many times we have fundraisers for people starting businesses or donations other places, because this community is a helping community.
The area I currently live in is a very conservative place - Orange City, Iowa. This place is one of the towns known for new families moving here to find a "safe" and "good" town to start a family. Don't get me wrong, this town is full of nice people who generally care about how their neighbors are doing and wanting to meet who just moved in down the street. They'll bring you that extra cup of sugar if you need it will a happy heart and good intentions. Nevertheless, everyone knows everything about everyone. "Did you hear so-and-so got kicked out of that apartment?" "Did you know that he is leaving his wife for some other woman?" "I heard that the Smiths were thinking about adopting a child. Is that true?" No one's privacy is safe when it comes to small towns - every little thing gets out. My town is also very christian based. Church every Sunday, family gatherings after the sermon, youth group every Wednesday, and the list goes on. It is hard to get different perspectives where I live because if you have the even the slightest opinion on something that doesn't match up with everyone else's, you are burnt toast. That's why it would be nice to see what living in a diverse town or city would be like. New views and sights everyday, and no one knows your personal business. You have your friends, your friends have you, and that's that. However, I would miss the friendly faces and small chats made about in this lovely town I live in called Orange City.