“The city right on top of the Mississippi River was absolutely gorgeous and breathtaking; the architecture,” said Hurt. “And I ended up falling in-love with the city and said that I wanted to continue coming back here.”

But, for Sahar Chavoshi, Co-Owner of The Comedy Bar, she said that it was the trendy-feel of the Millwork District that led to her to branch out from bigger cities. Their other clubs are located in Nashville and Chicago.

“This neighborhood is really coming up. They’re rejuvenating it. All of our clubs are downtown in the cities they are in,” said Chavoshi. ” And this just seemed like the coolest part of Dubuque and we had to be here.”