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 Just
past
the
bustling
streets
of
downtown
Iowa
City,
a
little
house
stands.
It
looks
 just
like
all
the
others
houses;
there’s
even
a
dog
sitting
on
the
front
porch.
In
fact,
 passerby
might
think
people
live
there
until
they
notice
the
sign,
which
reads
“Fired
 Up”,
and
the
painted
plate
on
the
porch
that
reads
“Open.”
 
 Fired
Up
is
a
paint‐your‐own
pottery
shop
that
opened
in
1998.
It
was
the
first
 business
of
its
kind
to
open
in
Iowa,
and
is
now
one
of
only
6
in
the
state.

 
 Co‐owner
Nancy
Westvig
says
her
shop’s
universal
appeal
makes
it
unique.
The
 business
caters
to
all
ages,
and
groups
of
adults
or
kids
with
birthday
parties
enter
 to
create
their
own
masterpieces.
 
 “We
don’t
really
fit
into
a
specific
niche
because
this
kind
of
activity
appeals
to
a
 range
of
ages,”
Westvig
said.
“Our
most
popular
customers
are
7
year
olds
and
50
 year
olds.”
 
 The
room
is
decorated
with
potted
plants,
painted
chairs,
and,
of
course,
pottery
 projects.
The
whole
place
has
a
laid‐back
feel,
which
is
fitting
since
Westvig
says
her
 favorite
part
of
painting
pottery
that
it’s
relaxing.
 
 “There
is
more
of
a
therapeutic
aspect
to
it.
It’s
nice
for
people
to
not
have
to
worry
 about
things,”
said
Westvig,
who
mentioned
one
of
her
shirts
that
reads
“Cheaper
 than
Therapy
and
Way
More
Fun.”
“The
biggest
thing
there
is
to
worry
about
here
is
 what
color
to
paint
your
pot.”

 
 Besides
the
stress‐free
atmosphere,
the
owners
say
they
both
enjoy
working
in
a
 place
bursting
with
creativity.
 
 “There’s
something
really
nice
about
seeing
people
do
something
creative
and
 totally
surprise
themselves,”
Westvig
said.
 “And
it’s
totally
fun,”
co‐owner
Michael
Burt
chimed
in.
“It’s
not
a
real
structured
 setting.
You
can
paint
a
tree
blue,
or
you
can
paint
the
sun
green.”



Kaitlyn Etienne_Fired Up article