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From Baseballs to Baubles

Posted by Joe Bell on February 8, 2019
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February 8, 2019



Joe Bell                                                                         Lindsay Hottovy

Director of Corporate Communications                             Marketing Director

Cafaro Company                                                            Kennedy Mall                                                   

330-743-7688                                                                 563-556-1994 ext. 102

724-730-4532 (Mobile)


From Baseballs to Baubles


Kennedy Mall is preparing to welcome two very different, but equally wonderful, new additions to its lineup of popular retailers. The first is Gold Standard Athletics, a training center for players of all ages. The 16,000 square foot facility will be located between Vertical Jump Park and Planet Fitness. When it opens in March, Gold Standard Athletics will provide year-round training for baseball, softball and potentially other sports. The staff is dedicated to offering a high level of private and small group instruction, as well as baseball camps, velocity programs in hitting and throwing, strength and conditioning and so much more.

Gold Standard Athletics is owned by former major-leaguer Eric Munson. After playing catcher for the University of Southern California, Munson was the third overall pick in the 1999 Major League Baseball Draft. Over his pro career, he played for the Detroit Tigers, Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Houston Astros and Oakland Athletics. He then went on to coach for USC and the University of Dubuque, eventually creating his own training academy at the Dubuque Sports Complex.

In May, Riddle’s Jewelry will arrive at Kennedy Mall. This will be the first location for this fine jeweler in the Dubuque area. The new store will occupy just over 2,200 square feet of space on the mall’s Center Court. Riddle’s Jewelry was founded in Rapid City, South Dakota in 1959. Now approaching its 60th anniversary, Riddle’s is still family owned and operated by the second generation and introducing a third generation. With over 60 stores across nine Midwest states, Riddle’s has an unwavering commitment to providing the very best in jewelry selection, prices and best-in-class customer service. Riddle’s produces many of its own unique jewelry designs in its state-of-the-art factory. Expert diamond cutters facet and polish the exclusive 90-facet Noventa Diamond. Riddle’s is the single largest manufacturer of Black Hills Gold jewelry. The company strongly believes in producing and buying products made in the USA..

Kennedy Mall has been serving the people of northeast Iowa, as well as nearby communities in Wisconsin and Illinois, since 1970. Located at 555 J.F.K. Road in Dubuque, the complex encompasses nearly 700,000 square feet of space, offering such fine retailers as Dick’s Sporting Goods, JCPenney, Best Buy, Books-A-Million, Planet Fitness and Ulta Beauty. The mall is owned and managed in association with Cafaro Company affiliated entities, based in Niles, Ohio. For more information, visit and









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