On the Move
Le Gourmet Kitchen & Food Emporium moves to new location5/20/2015
A Valley Junction food and retail store has moved down the street after its lease at 201 Fifth St. was not renewed. Le Gourmet Kitchen & Food Emporium is now located at 136 Fifth St. in West Des Moines after four years in business. The new location has green space behind the store, which the owners are expecting to utilize throughout the summer. Le Gourmet Kitchen sells specialty kitchen items, oils and vinegars from Greece and Italy, and offers event and wedding planners and wedding registry. It is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday. Call 515-226-2283 or find it on Facebook.
Versona to join Plaza at Jordan Creek
Women’s clothing, jewelry and accessories store Versona will open in one of the two remaining spots in the Plaza at Jordan Creek, which is the retail center adjacent to Jordan Creek Town Center in West Des Moines. The Plaza is anchored by Lowe’s Home Improvement, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Nordstrom Rack and HomeGoods. Versona is new to the metro but has two other Iowa locations in Cedar Rapids and Sioux City. It is operated by Cato Corp., which is a North Carolina-based company that operates about 1,300 stores under the Cato, Versona and It’s Fashion names.
Clear Lake dance studio to expand to Ankeny
Roxanna Johnson will open another dance studio, Dancin’ With Roxie (DWR), at 710 N. Ankeny Blvd. in Ankeny, where the former Bridal Connections was, in early July. Johnson operates a studio in Clear Lake and one in Hampton. Her sister, Richelle Orr, will operate the Ankeny location. Orr was a Miss Iowa Teen USA in 2011 and Miss Iowa USA in 2013. The new studio will offer classes for students 3 years old through high school in ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, cheer-pom and tumbling. Classes begin in September. Call 641-430-5003, visit www.dancingwithroxie.com or find it on Facebook.
PGA professional opens golf club in West Des Moines
Ken Schall, a PGA professional who has competed in nine major golf championships and was the Iowa PGA Player of the Year seven times, has opened an instruction, club fitting and repair shop. Located at 2700 University Ave., Suite 330, the Ken Schall Golf Performance Studio is now part of the Governor Square shopping center, which owner Denny Elwell Co. has been revamping recently and bringing in new tenants. Schall has previously worked at Glen Oaks Country Club in West Des Moines as the golf professional. At his new studio, Schall will offer golf lessons, a year-round practice and simulation range, custom club fitting, repairs and adjustments. To help analyze the golf shots, he uses Doppler Radar. Steve Neister is the master club maker at the shop, and Schall’s wife Connie also works there. The studio is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday, throughout the summer. Call 528-2054, visit www.kenschallgolf.com or find it on Facebook.
Clive boutique moves to larger space in West Des Moines
Fusion Boutique, a women’s clothing store in Clive, has moved to a larger location in the former Beauty First store next to HuHot Mongolian Grill in West Des Moines. The business closed its former location at 10201 University Ave., in Clive on May 6, and opened at 4100 University Ave., in West Des Moines on May 8. Owner Sara Jacobson said the new store is slightly bigger and will have expanded clothing, accessories and gifts. Fusion has been in business for four years and supports the Des Moines chapter of Dress for Success, which provides professional attire to disadvantaged women. Fusion accepts good quality, used clothing for the program, limited to single donations of 20 items on hangers. Fusion is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday; and is closed on Sunday. Call 223-3033 or find it on Facebook. CV