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Celebrations brings after-work parties to the metro


Bob Etvel recently opened a new bar and restaurant at 8410 Hickman Road in Clive, where Drink was previously located. Serving fresh, not frozen, foods such as deep dish and thin-crust pizza, onion rings and mozzarella sticks, Celebrations aims to give customers an after-work party experience with DJs, party favors and specials. Etvel did extensive remodeling to the venue, which now has a 2,500-square-foot dance floor, big screen TVs and revamped patio with games. Etvel calls it a modern dance club with 1970s theme. Celebrations is currently open Thursday through Saturday, 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Call 515-777-2357 or find it on Facebook.

$4.8 million project planned for East Village building

The former Dilley Manufacturing buildings at 215 and 221 E. Third St. and a single-story brick building at the corner of East Third Street and East Court Avenue are included in a renovation project planned to create office and restaurant space. About 25,000 square feet of commercial space will be included in the project, which is set to begin before May 2015. Community Housing Initiatives bought the property for $750,000 in March and plans to move its Des Moines office into the single-story building. Christensen Development and Beal Derkenne Construction would move into one of the Dilley buildings, as well as a restaurant that has yet to be identified. Dilley Manufacturing is a printing company that moved to Clive earlier this year.

The Book Store closes downtown

The downtown shopping staple has closed “pending location,” according to a recording on The Book Store’s answering machine. Located at 606 Locust St., the 1,500-square-foot store has been owned by John Heitzman since 1999. It was founded in 1961 by the late Ben Gibson and operated at several locations downtown. The Book Store suffered damage in a fire on Aug. 30.

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West Des Moines Best Buy rolls out new high-end appliance store

The Best Buy store located at 4100 University Ave. in West Des Moines recently opened a store-within-a-store concept to sell new high-end appliances. The Pacific Kitchen and Home shop features brands that didn’t previously sell in the tech store, including Wolf, Viking, Sub Zero, Jenn-Air and Thermador. Whirlpool, KitchenAid, LG and other brands will continue to sell at the store as well. The University Avenue location is the first in Iowa to have a Pacific Kitchen store. Best Buy is open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday. Call 515-221-0669, visit or find it on Facebook.

Bedzzz 4 Less opens in Waukee

A bed accessory and mattress store opened recently at 43 N.E. Carefree Lane in Waukee. It is the second Bedzzz 4 Less location, in addition to the one located at 3412 Merle Hay Road in Des Moines. Bedzzz offers mattresses, pillows, bed frames and more, with national brands like Sealy, Serta and Tempurpedic. The store is 1,800 square feet and is owned by Darin Rippey and Steve Offerman. Its hours are 10:30 to 8 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday. Call 515-987-5333, visit or find it on Facebook.

Drake plans $65 million complex

In order to meet the need for more Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education, Drake University has announced plans to build a six-building complex expected to cost about $65 million. In addition to the complex, Drake plans to add six new degree programs by the 2016 school year. The university is also attempting to attract more students by investing in health and science programs. The new complex would interconnect six buildings to host education, math, science, pharmacy and health programs. It would renovate four buildings at the corner of Forest Avenue and 27th Street, and build two additional buildings, one at 58,000 square feet and the other at about 45,000. The Board of Trustees at Drake still has to approve the plan, which would start in summer 2015 and be complete by fall 2017. CV

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