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Jordan Creek to add trendy fashion store


Charlotte Russe is expected to open in the fall near Dillard’s on the upper level of the Jordan Creek Town Center mall. The popular women’s fashion retailer offers clothes, jewelry, shoes and accessories at affordable prices. Based in San Francisco, Charlotte Russe has more than 500 stores in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, but this is only the fourth Iowa location, including one in Valley West Mall.

West Des Moines aquatic center opens

Grab your swimsuit and head over to the Holiday Aquatic Center, which opened on June 16 for swim lessons. Open swim hours began the following day at 11:30 a.m. The aquatic center was scheduled to open on May 31, but a broken water pipe causing a leak forced owners to postpone the date. The Holiday Aquatic Center serves more than 30,000 people every season.

Cindy’s Corner Café is now an Indian restaurant

Taj Mahal is the new restaurant serving Indian-Pakistani fare at 2731 100th St. in Urbandale. The restaurant seats 82, in addition to a small private room, and it will be open for a lunch buffet and dinner. Sheikh Naseem, formerly of Tandoor on Eighth Street and cook at Namaste, said the menu is similar to that of Tandoor’s but expanded with new items. Hours are 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily for lunch and 5 to 9 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday for dinner. Find the menu on its Facebook page, or call 515-278-5813.

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Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse open in Altoona

The restaurant opened June 16 in the Shoppes at Prairie Crossing development, just south of Bass Pro Shops. The menu is similar to the other two locations in the metro, in the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites in West Des Moines and the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Des Moines, but this one has expanded its seating outdoors. The Johnny’s in Altoona has a large patio and pier jutting over a seven-acre pond. Heart of America Group, the Quad Cities company operated by Mike Whalen, owns six other Johnny’s in the Midwest and is also developing the Shoppes at Prairie Crossing. It is expected to include an outlet mall, restaurants, hotels, a movie theater, and multifamily housing. Hours at the new Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday through Thursday; and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday.

Iowa Food Cooperative gets more space

Formerly located in Merle Hay Mall, the food co-op recently moved into a larger Des Moines space at 4944 Franklin Ave. in the Franklin Plaza shopping center. It was in Merle Hay Mall for five years but moved when renovations began for Flix Brewhouse, the brewpub-movie theater that will open later this year. The Iowa Food Cooperative provides locally grown, raised or made products to members. Products include a variety of meats, vegetables, honey, eggs and soaps, which they order online and pick up every other Thursday. The co-op features about 120 local producers. Call 515-978-1034 or visit

Urbandale hears better with new hearing aid center

A new hearing aid center called Loud & Clear Hearing Aids opened at 7011 Douglas Ave. in the same office as the Christian Eye Clinic. Wade Kimm is the licensed practitioner and director who provides hearing exams and hearing aid fittings and sales at the new store. Loud & Clear Hearing Aids is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and by appointment on Saturday. Call 515-276-4211 or visit

Jethro’s adds ‘Bacon Bacon’ location to West Des Moines

Replacing the former Hooters restaurant at 1480 22nd St. is Jethro’s BBQ n’ Bacon Bacon. The latest in Jethro’s BBQ will feature — you guessed it — all things bacon. Bruce Gerleman, Des Moines restaurateur, said the concept has been in the works for several years and it is expected to open in September. Chef Dom Iannarelli is creating the menu with options such as bacon-wrapped ribs and bacon steaks. And if you’re interested in a sweet-and-salty combo, it will also serve chocolate-covered bacon. This is Gerleman’s seventh restaurant in the metro, and he said it will create 100 jobs. People can apply at all Jethro’s locations. CV

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