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West Des Moines to enjoy outdoor market


Vintage & Made Fair is an outdoor market coming to Jordan Park Camp, 2251 Fuller Road on June 7 and 8. It will feature food, indie craft and vintage goods including jewelry, outdoor accents, seasonal plants, home décor and others. Tricia Hall, the owner of Vintage No. 35 in Valley Junction, created the event with Kasey and Jordana Henke, owners of Rescued Junk in Earlham. The market is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on June 7 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 8. Admission is $5; children 12 and younger are free.


Westergaard becomes Brand Driven Digital

Owned and operated by Dean Westergaard and Nick Westergaard, advertising and marketing agency Westergaard LLC consolidated under and took the name of its current social media and digital marketing unit, Brand Driven Digital. The name isn’t the only change for the company — it also presents a shift of focus, aiming to be the Midwest’s premier digital marketing resource. It plans to offer a mix of strategic consulting, digital coaching, training, events and helpful online content. Brand Driven Digital, launched in 2011, has locations in central and eastern Iowa and helps organizations build online brands.


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Apartments expected to develop in Des Moines Register building

TWG Development, based in Indianapolis, has a contract to purchase the 13-story building that opened as The Des Moines Register’s home almost a century ago. TWG hopes to close the deal by October, according to the company’s vice president for tax credit development, John Sullivan. A pressroom sitting below street level would be renovated into a restaurant, while parts of the first floor could house retail space. The second and third floors could be transformed into office space. The building has been empty for almost a year since the Register and Gannett moved to Capital Square, and the renovation would be complete in late 2015 if the deal goes through.


Athletic store to open in the East Village

Fleet Feet Sports moved into the spot where Sticks used to be on 521 E. Locust St. and will open June 12. The athletic shoe, apparel and accessories store is owned by Andy and Kathy Roat. The North Carolina-based franchise has more than 110 stores nationwide, and this will be its first in Iowa. Aimed at runners, walkers, and those who aspire to do one or both, the shop also has classes and events. One class, called No Boundaries, is a 10-week training program that helps beginners complete a 5K. The first class in Des Moines will be free and limited to 60 people, though future programs will be $50. Hours will be 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.


Edible Arrangements brings more than fruit bouquets to Ankeny

The new Edible Arrangements-Edible To Go store opened at 1690 S.E. Delaware Ave., Suite 113, and it offers more than its usual bouquets of fruit. The shop is owned by Jodi and Kathy Bermel, who also own one in West Des Moines, although Ankeny’s branch serves fruit salads, smoothies, parfaits and sundaes. This expanded version also offers fruit by the piece. Hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday; and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday. Call 515-207-1306 or find it on Facebook.


24-Hour Perkins open in Altoona

Jim Rahfaldt, Perkins franchisee, opened his seventh restaurant in the past 10 years at 2621 Adventureland Dr. The restaurant is 5,400 square feet, seats 176 people and is open 24 hours. It is one of 23 Perkins restaurants in Iowa and offers breakfast all day, as well as lunch and dinner menus.


Hipster T-shirt store breaks ground in East Village

Raygun employees broke ground on their new store on May 28 wearing the perfect attire: T-shirts that read “This is My Ground Breaking Shirt.” The popular store has outgrown its current site, according to owner Mike Draper. The new location at 505 E. Fifth St. is scheduled to open in March 2015 with two stories and almost double the space. CV

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