Hawkeye Hotels hosts grand opening for two new waterfront hotels7/16/2014
Hampton Inn & Suites and Residence Inn hosted grand openings on July 10 for two waterfront properties located in Des Moines on 100 S.W. Water St. and 120 S.W. Water St. Attendees toured the facilities and enjoyed live music, free food and drinks.
Waterworks Park launches fitness program for new moms
FIT4MOM is a fitness program created specifically for new moms to get back — and stay — in shape after having a baby. The workout program is designed for moms to do with their babies, and it includes walking, body toning and improving cardiovascular endurance, flexibility and strength. The classes are an hour long and held outside in the morning at Waterworks Park in Des Moines and in the evening in West Des Moines near the Bridgewood shopping center west of Jordan Creek Town Center. Classes are moved to Valley West Mall during rainy weather conditions. Call 515-809-2266, find it on Facebook or visit www.desmoines.fit4mom.com.
The Majestic Lion property sold to Kum & Go
Kum & Go plans to build a convenience store and gas station on the property at 5050 N.W. Second St., where the Majestic Lion Antique Center and I-80 Flea Market is currently operating. Majestic Lion will close on Aug. 15, and the new gas station is planned to go up next summer. Owners Betsy and Jerry Munn, who have operated the antique center for 19 years, plan to mostly retire but continue selling some antiques. A closing sale at the store will begin July 14.
Tournament Tackle opens in Des Moines
A new fishing equipment store has opened at 3707 Hubbell Ave. in Des Moines. The store is owned by Tommy Little and sells lures, rods and reels for bass and crappie fishing. Fishing has been a hobby of Little’s for years, even spending time on the fishing tournament circuit. Tournament Tackle will be seasonal, open from late February to the end of November. Store hours are 4-9 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday; and closed Wednesday and Sunday for Little’s fishing days. Find it on Facebook, call 515-314-8559 or visit tournamenttacklellc.com.
Saints Pub replaces Mavericks Sports Pub
The old sports bar will be swapped for a Saints Pub at the Bridgewood shopping center across from Jordan Creek on 165 S. Jordan Creek Parkway. Mavericks closed July 6 and 7 for minor renovations and reopened on July 8. Both Mavericks and Saints Pub are owned by Riley Drive Entertainment of Lenexa, Kansas. The company also has plans to open a Saints Pub at 87 N.E. Carefree Lane in Waukee in September. The Bridgewood location hours are 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Call 515-226-8407 or find it on Facebook.
Verizon store opens in Ankeny
A Verizon Wireless Communications Store opened July 3 at 2325 S.E. Delaware Ave. in Ankeny. It’s a full-service Smart Store offering mobile products for music, health and fitness, along with tech gadgets and home automation. The 4,100-square-foot store is the second Smart Store in Iowa; the first opened in Clive in December. Customers can learn how to use their wireless devices and accessories in a wireless workshop zone featured at the stores. Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Call 515-635-3188.
Startups get new “center of gravity”
When StartupCity Des Moines announced its plan to close its doors on Oct. 1, Geoff Wood decided to come in with a new “center of gravity” for the tech community in Des Moines. Gravitate is a co-working space for startup companies that plans to open on Sept. 1 in the 6,100-square-foot office space on Midland Building’s third floor in downtown Des Moines. Already 33 people have signed up to co-work from the space. Wood is the former COO for Silicon Prairie News and the founder and creator of Welch Avenue Weekly website and weekly podcast. CV
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