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Brenton Skating Plaza opens Nov. 21


The outdoor skating rink at 520 Robert D. Ray Drive opens at noon on Nov. 21 for the 2014-2015 season. Brenton Skating Plaza, which first opened in 2006, will be open every day from now through March. Admission is $5 for adults, $3.25 for seniors and children ages 6 to 12, Monday through Thursday; and $6.50 for adults, $4.75 for seniors and children ages 6 to 12, Friday through Sunday and holidays. Children 5 and younger receive free admission, and skate rental is always $3.75. The skating plaza is open noon to 6 p.m. and 8-10 p.m., Monday; noon to 9 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday; noon to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and noon to 8 p.m., Sunday. Call 515-284-1000, visit or find it on Facebook.

Matilda Muse opens in East Village

A boutique selling women’s clothing opened Nov. 8 at 350 E. Locust Street in the East Village. Matilda Muse is a sister company to Aimee, a longtime East Village boutique located about a block away from the new store. Amy Hassebrock owns both stores, and said she wanted to offer trendy apparel priced in the $18-$58 range in addition to the higher-priced offerings at Aimee. Matilda Muse is open 12-4 p.m., Monday; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and 1-4 p.m. on Sunday. Call 515-243-0046, visit or find it on Facebook.

Java Joes to open in Des Moines

The third location for Java Joes Coffee House will open in Des Moines in early 2015 in the former Kum & Go at 4944 Douglas Ave. Owner Amy Brehm said she will convert the old convenience store into a coffeehouse with a drive-thru window and outdoor patio. The 2,100-square-foot space will have the same menu as the original downtown location and possibly a few new options. The building has been vacant since 2012, and workers have been renovating the space for the past several weeks.

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Ankeny loses big development project

The Staenberg Group (TSG) has decided not to build a 300,000-square-foot retail center that was supposed to house a Dick’s Sporting Goods and Gordman’s in Ankeny. The St. Louis developer proposed the center, called Delaware Commons, to be built along the growing Southeast Delaware Avenue, but opted not to pursue the project. Chris Murray, CEO of the Denny Elwell Company that owns the land, said he did not know why the developers pulled out of the project, but TSG executives said they discovered wetlands on the site that required an extra construction permit and a delay in starting the project. In the end, a dispute of penalty fees for extending the contract sparked the decision to end the project.

Furnishing store opens in West Des Moines

Boxwoods Fine Furnishings opened at 630 S. 50th St., in the former space of Flooring Gallery. The new gift and home furnishings store is owned by Karon DeMatteis, and was previously operated only online for five years. The store is 5,000 square feet and set up to replicate rooms in a home, featuring furniture, bookcases and other large items DeMatteis couldn’t offer online. The store also offers candles, artwork, dishware and holiday décor among other merchandise. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m., Sunday. Call 515-987-8058, visit or find it on Facebook.

Destination XL opens in West Des Moines

A big and tall men’s clothing shop opened this month in the Paradise Pointe retail center at 6503 Mills Civic, next to Kohl’s and Party City. The 6,147-square-foot store offers brands such as Polo Ralph Lauren, Lacoste, Michael Kors, Brooks Brothers and more. Clothing, shoes and accessories are available in sizes starting at XL or 38-inch waist, and it offers tailoring services on site. Hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m., Sunday. Call 515-222-1718, visit or find it on Facebook. CV

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