Ballyard Lofts offer new apartments downtown5/28/2014
Construction began on the Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield building at 350 S.W. Second St. last September and finished in March. Now, renters searching for space downtown will find 43 one- and one two-bedroom apartments sized at 650- to 875-square-feet with baseball-themed floor plans bearing names like “The Bleachers” and “They Skybox” and ranging in price from $985-$1,585 per month. A waiting list has already started for tenants looking to lease units.
West Glen’s newest eatery won’t disappoint
Cowboy Jack’s is the latest restaurant to move into the space formerly occupied by Gino’s, expected to open in June. The Minneapolis chain includes a wide range of classics, including sandwiches, salads, pizza and burgers, as well as more hefty entrees like fried chicken, pot pies, beef ribs and fish, plus happy-hour deals and occasional live music.
Microsoft comes to Jordan Creek
Microsoft’s recently opened 400-square-foot retail kiosk offers Windows 8.1 PCs, tablets, Windows phones, Xbox One, Microsoft Office 365 and other products. Located in the middle of Jordan Creek’s lower level center court, the specialty store opened on May 13, but plans to find a permanent location in the mall have not yet been announced.
Supercuts to open in Johnston’s Windsor Square
225-7147 / www.supercuts.com.
Brian Papenberg will open another Supercuts hair salon, at 5950 N.W. 86th St., on June 7 — the fourth in the metro — offering haircuts, color and other services for men, women and children. The hours of the new Supercuts are Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Big O Tires reopens three locations
3880 N.W. Urbandale Drive, Urbandale
670 36th Ave. S.W., Altoona
2505 S.E. Delaware Ave., Ankeny
The three Big O Tires stores that were suddenly closed in mid-March opened again under new ownership on May 15. Jeff Schwab owns three stores in Nebraska and has taken over the local stores in Urbandale, Altoona and Ankeny. Some of the previous employees will return to work at the stores, but Schwab said he will also hire a few new workers. He plans to increase inventory in each store, update the waiting rooms and add a shuttle service for customers. The shop’s hours are Monday-Friday 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
$23M YMCA to open at Ankeny DMACC
The Des Moines Area Community College board approved the YMCA’s multimillion-dollar project on May 12, and construction is slated to begin early next year with expected completion in late 2016 or early 2017. Early plans show a 73,000-square-foot facility open to DMACC students, staff, faculty and the community.
Healthy Way of Life debuts in Iowa
11911 Hickman Road, Urbandale
Life Time opened a leading health, fitness, family and spa destination in Des Moines on May 24. The lifestyle center is two stories and 166,000 square feet. The resort-like atmosphere includes an indoor and outdoor aquatic center with lap pools, whirlpools and waterslides, two indoor basketball courts and an indoor tennis center complete with eight climate-controlled courts. Enjoy group fitness, cycle, Pilates and yoga studios, plus hundreds of cardiovascular and resistance machines.
Floral Touch opens in Clive
8421 University Blvd., Clive
Floral Touch cut the ribbon to its new Clive location on April 17. The store offers custom silk arrangements for office or home made out of fine materials, and customized uniquely, so each arrangement looks as beautiful and real as a flower.
Beer Buckets becomes Mom’s Place
910 Hull Ave. / 280-3331
New owners of Beer Bucket and Burgers are switching things up at the Hull Avenue location. The sign came down last week and was replaced with new “Mom’s Place Bar and Grill” signage, which may or may not be why they also recently added desserts to the long list of established food and drink offerings, which are also being revamped, owners said. CV
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