In 1993, the year of the Great Flood, Glenda Lincoln took a job from Roy J. Carver at the Hotel Muscatine, launching her career in the food and beverage industry and introducing her to the people of Muscatine. Though much has changed in the twenty-six years since then, Lincoln has continued to serve up a good time to local people. Through her work, Lincoln helps bring people together and has found creative ways to give back to the community she has grown fond of.
Three years ago, Lincoln purchased Hubble’s, a cozy neighborhood bar, from its previous owner. Lincoln had worked at Hubble’s for several years prior and looked forward to owning a business of her own. In her three years in this role, Lincoln has developed a rapport with her regular customers, and enjoys bringing this segment of the community together. “I enjoy most the customers that come here every day. . .. It’s your regular customers that make your day,” she said.
With the help of this regular group of patrons, who have become friends with Lincoln, she has had the opportunity to create several fundraisers that help support local organizations she cares about. Each Christmas, Lincoln holds a multi-day fundraiser for Family Resources and Muscatine Center for Social Action (MCSA). While the fundraiser runs, patrons can bring in winter clothing and other supplies to donate to these organizations or make a monetary donation.
Throughout the year, Lincoln also hosts potlucks at Hubble’s where on the days of large sporting events or NASCAR races, anyone can bring in food and enjoy the dishes others have brought in by making a freewill donation to a local charity. So far, Lincoln has donated the proceeds of these potlucks to benefits for local cancer patients, MCSA, Muskie Locker, and Pearl City Outreach, and always feels glad to run one of these events for any group in need.
Lincoln considers all of these events community efforts, and firmly believes that they succeed because of the care and dedication that everyone who participates in them puts in. “It’s not just one person who does this,” she emphasizes. “It’s everyone who comes in. Everyone is quick to pitch in and say they’ll help out,” Lincoln added.
In the more than two decades that Lincoln has contributed to the community, she has come to deeply appreciate all the support she has gotten from the people living here. She has also fallen in love with the downtown. “Every year, it gets more beautiful,” she shared. She also values Muscatine’s inclusiveness, and how more local women have started businesses downtown in recent years.
In everything Lincoln does, she inspires people to come together, support local causes, and make Muscatine an outstanding city to live and do business in. These traits truly make her a gem (or pearl, if you will) in the Muscatine community and encourage others to make a difference however they can.