Apricot Lane opens in Valley West Mall5/6/2015
Apricot Lane, a women’s clothing and accessories boutique, opened on April 23 in Valley West Mall. Whitney Harbach owns the West Des Moines franchise location, which serves teenagers through women in their 50s. The store receives new shipments almost daily, with a changing mix of new merchandise. Apricot Lane is located between Victoria’s Secret and Motherhood Maternity on the upper level of the mall. Hours are the same as mall hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday. Call 221-2221, visit www.apricotlaneboutique.com or find it on Facebook.
Mexican restaurant opens in former hot dog location
Margarita Mexican Restaurant and Cantina opened recently at 400 S.E. Sixth St. in Des Moines, the previous location of Capital Pub and Hot Dog. Carmelo Martinez owns the new restaurant, and he also operates 5 de May Mexican Restaurant on S.E. 14th Street in Des Moines. Margarita Mexican Restaurant offers traditional Mexican dishes and more than 10 margarita flavors. Hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., Friday and Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday. Find it on Facebook.
Sticks to move into old Raygun location
Handcrafted furniture and accessories store Sticks is moving into the former location of Raygun, combining its two metro locations into the East Village spot. President Rachel Eubank said Sticks closed its West Glen store in West Des Moines and will combine the merchandise with the existing East Village store when it opens in the middle of June at 400 E. Locust St. in Des Moines. Sticks is one of the East Village’s original retailers when it opened in 2002. The West Glen location opened in 2006.
Urbandale retirement center plans $9 million renovation
A $9 million renovation is set to being in the next few weeks at the Deerfield Retirement Community in Urbandale. A 100-seat performing arts center will be included in the project, as well as a revamp of the main restaurant, entryway and common areas. Unoccupied apartments will have work done as well. Deerfield is also working to gain certification as a social-model residential care facility, which means a greater focus is placed on social living rather than clinical care. The senior housing community is located at 13731 Hickman Road and celebrating its 10-year anniversary this year.
Sweers Family Chiropractic opens in Clive
Elizabeth Sweers, D.C., opened Sweers Family Chiropractic in Clive on April 6. Sweers, a 2014 graduate of Logan University in Chesterfield, Missouri, is excited to be back in Iowa and serve the Des Moines metro area after living in St. Louis for the past three years. Dr. Sweers, who specializes in diversified, basic and motion palpation techniques, has located her office at 2200 N.W. 159th St., Suite 900. She is currently a member of the American Chiropractic Association, Iowa Chiropractic Society, and the Catholic Medical Association. Although chiropractic care is the foundation of her practice, she will also be providing other services such as nutrition, wellness care, chiropractic acupuncture and essential oils.
“Being an Iowa native, I am excited about meeting and treating this community to ensure their present and future well-being. I am a family practice and am especially passionate about pediatric and women’s health,” she said.
Multimillion-dollar complex planned for Johnston
Hubbell Realty Co. announced plans to break ground on a new apartment complex to be constructed on the Merle Hay Road corridor in Johnston. The development, called Cadence Apartments, will cost about $25 million and feature 195 market-rate apartments. Hubbell will receive tax rebates up to $1.365 million awarded by the Johnston City Council. Cadence Apartments will have three three-story buildings, a pool, clubhouse, fitness center and courtyard. Earlier this year, Hubbell purchased five city properties to obtain the land required for the project.
Kum & Go to offer first E15 station in the metro
The West Des Moines-based Kum & Go recently announced plans to offer a higher ethanol-gasoline blend called E15 at more than 65 gas stations across the Midwest, with the first store in Windsor Heights at 7229 University Ave. This store added the fuel on April 30 and is the first in the metro to offer the blend, which is 15 percent ethanol and 85 percent gasoline. The new offering is expected to give Kum & Go the advantage over other stations because it could save drivers up to 5 to 10 cents per gallon. CV