Photography company relocates to West Des Moines3/25/2015
Luchtel Photography is moving to West Des Moines from Scottsdale, Arizona and will specialize in real estate photography. Photographer Kelly Luchtel plans to begin accepting new clients April 1 and will have an office open in late spring. She will offer interior and exterior photography for architects, designers and real estate professionals as well as portraiture and commercial photography. Luchtel operated her photography business in Scottsdale before moving to the Des Moines area to be closer to family and friends. Call 515-229-4674 or visit www.luchtelphotography.com.
Temporary skywalk planned downtown
A section of the skywalk between Hub Tower and the Partnership Building that was destroyed during the Younkers building fire last year will soon have a temporary replacement. The owner of the former Younkers building announced plans to build an impermanent bridge that would open this summer and span Seventh Street. The skywalk would provide more direct access from the eastern part of the skywalk to the west side, which includes the Wells Fargo and Nationwide campuses. The loss of the bridge has forced pedestrians to take a longer alternative route through the skywalk system. The temporary bridge is expected to cost about $150,000. The city requires property owners to replace sections of skywalk within three years of being damaged or removed for construction.
Found Things to close in East Village
The antique and architectural relics shop located at 520 E. Grand Ave. will close at the end of March after 10 years in the East Village. Owner Marsha Steele, who has also served as Historic East Village Association President, is shutting down Found Things because of the jump in rental costs. A going-out-of-business party will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 28. It will be the final day for the store, and it will feature live music, treats and discounts. Merchandise is currently discounted up to 40 percent. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, and noon to 4 p.m., Sunday. Call 515-265-8624, visit www.foundthingsdsm.com or find it on Facebook.
Nationwide cuts jobs in Lincoln, adds to Des Moines offices
Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co. will eliminate about 140 jobs in the Lincoln, Nebraska, area and shift those positions to the Des Moines metro and Columbus, Ohio, according to a spokesman for the company. The shift is set to happen between 2017 and 2020, but there aren’t specific numbers available for how many jobs it will bring to Des Moines. The Lincoln branch once employed more than 700 people, but that number has fallen to 280. Nationwide will also relocate its home mortgage operations currently in Des Moines to Columbus by mid-2016, taking with it 175 jobs. Nationwide currently employs approximately 4,000 people in the metro, and spokesman Eric Hardgrove called Des Moines a “focal point” for Nationwide and its future operations.
Friends join forces to open bakery
Sweet to Eat Bakery and Cake Shop opened in December when owners Rachael Owens and Michelle Lindell decided to take their separate home businesses and create a new one at 303 S.W. School St. in Ankeny. Owens is the baker behind Sweet to Eat, while Lindell does the cake decorating. They offer cinnamon rolls, raspberry scones, scotcharoos and sweet corn cookies with bacon-flavored frosting, among other items. Hours are Monday through Thursday, 5:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Friday, 5:30 to 4 p.m.; and Saturday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 515-249-5054, visit http://sweettoeatllc.com or find them on Facebook.
Remaining Dahl’s locations replaced by Cash Saver
The two remaining Dahl’s Food stores will soon be replaced by Cash Saver Food Outlets. Cash Saver is a new-to-Iowa chain that offers discount groceries. The stores are located at 4121 Fleur Drive and 1320 E. Euclid Ave. Both will begin rebranding at the end of March. Cash Saver carries a variety of brands, and both Des Moines locations will have pharmacies and sit-down eating areas. Cash Saver has approximately 100 stores located mostly in southern states and southern Kansas and Missouri. Stores offer fresh produce, self-serve meat and bakery departments and delis. The East Euclid location will close on March 28 and reopen on March 30 as Cash Saver. The Fleur store will close March 30 and open on April 1. CV