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Candy shop offers wine-flavored cotton candy


The Chocolate Storybook is a candy shop in West Des Moines whose owners have been making good use of 18 cotton candy machines they inherited after buying another candy company last year. Meg and Steve Shearer own the shop, and they just developed chardonnay and Merlot flavored cotton candy, along with the less surprising new bacon flavor. Meg said they are one of the few companies to make cotton candy, and the wine flavors are a unique development have been working on. She said a Cabernet is coming up soon. Cotton candy from The Chocolate Storybook is available in stores and online.

Left Hand Brewing Co. returns to Iowa

After a three-year hiatus from the Iowa market, the craft beer company will return in August. Left Hand will distribute through Johnson Brothers of Iowa. Since it left, the company has expanded and added brewing and bottling to its services. The Colorado-based company will offer tastings at the Urbandale and Waukee Hy-Vees on Aug. 5, the Ankeny and Des Moines Hy-Vee stores on Aug. 6 and the Ankeny and Pleasant Hill stores on Aug. 7.

Clive opens new weight loss program

Profile by Sanford recently opened at 1250 N.W. 128th St., Suite 130 in Clive. The program was started by Sanford Health in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, in 2012 and has grown to nearly 7,000 members. Profile uses meal-replacement products, regular food and exercise and behavioral changes to jumpstart weight loss. Sonia Coleman-Schumacher is the store manager for the Clive site, and hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday; and closed on Sunday. Call 515-393-6200, visit or find it on Facebook.


Indoor shooting range to open in Johnston

CrossRoads Shooting Sports has started work on a 17,000-square-foot indoor shooting range set to open in late October or early November. Located at 5550 Johnston Drive in the Northwest Business Park, the firearms training center will offer 17 shooting lanes, simulation training, firearms safety training, self-defense classes and youth programs. Memberships and single-session rates will be available.

Remodeled Sunny Day Café serves more than coffee

Owners Josie and Jeff Grams recently remodeled the 1,100-square-foot Sunny Day Café, located at 647 S. Ankeny Blvd. in Ankeny. With seating for about 40 guests, it offers cupcakes, cinnamon rolls, scones and monkey bread in addition to coffee drinks, lattes, smoothies and frappes. Josie Grams is a formal dental assistant and the main baker at the café. Hours are 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday; 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday; and closed on Sunday. Call 515-965-1054 or find it on Facebook.

Waxing the City opens in Clive

The facial and body-waxing salon opened July 21 at 1300 N.W. 100th St. in the space previously filled by Kosama. Waxing the City is a division of Anytime Fitness and offers services to men and women, including eyebrows, ears, backs and bikini areas. Licensed estheticians work in the seven treatment rooms. Hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Appointments can be made by phone or online, and walk-ins are accepted. Call 515-225-4045, visit or find it on Facebook.

Indian restaurant replaces Maid-Rite store in West Des Moines

Paradise Biryani Pointe opened recently at 6630 Mills Civic Parkway in West Des Moines, the spot previously occupied by a Maid-Rite restaurant. The new food place is owned by five friends from India who also work in information technology. The West Des Moines location has a wide variety of food but specializes in biryani, a rice dish made with a variety of spices and served with vegetables, goat, chicken or eggs. Paradise Biryani Pointe currently seats 64 and plans to add a patio next year. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner Tuesday through Sunday and is closed on Monday. Call 515-225-2024, visit or find it on Facebook. CV

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