Fox Brewing Co. opens in West Des Moines11/11/2015
Brian Fox has opened a brewery and taproom at 103 S. 11th St. in West Des Moines. Located south of Railroad Avenue and S. 11th Street intersection, Fox Brewing Co. has an operation of seven barrels of craft beer to make a total of 210 gallons at a time. Fox is currently offering two regular beers: a traditional Irish red ale and a Belgian blonde ale. He is also offering rotating seasonal varieties, which currently include an India pale ale, rye pale ale, chocolate milk stout and pumpkin ale. Hard apple cider is also available. The Fox Brewing tasting room offers 5-ounce samplers and beer by the pint, and customers can also purchase kegs and half growlers to take home. The brewery does not serve food, but it does have trivia and watch parties for “The Walking Dead” on Sundays. Hours are 4-10 p.m., Thursday; 4-11 p.m., Friday; noon to 11 p.m., Saturday; and noon to 7 p.m., Sunday. Call 635-0323, visit www.foxbrewco.com or find it on Facebook.
Matilda Muse to expand in Ankeny
A year after opening the original Matilda Muse store in Des Moines’ East Village, Amy Hassebrock is opening a second location in Ankeny. The second store will be located in the Prairie Trail development at 1450 S.W. Vintage Parkway, Suite 130, and it is expected to open mid-November. At 1,400 square feet, the store will be larger than the original and carry more women’s clothing, shoes and accessories. The first Matilda Muse is located at 350 E. Locust St. The Ankeny store’s hours have not been decided yet, but Hassebrock said it would have longer hours than the East Village store.
Arts and crafts consignment shop opens in Des Moines
Jeff and Nancy Hanna have opened the Fishfactory, an arts and crafts consignment shop, at 3720 Second Ave., in the Highland Park neighborhood. The store is a nonprofit, faith-based business, and it offers a free cup of coffee or hot chocolate, free Wi-Fi and a relaxing environment for the community. The Fishfactory sells soaps, candles, jewelry, wall art, clothes and free trade coffee. It has a bookstore that offers mysteries, romance, faith-oriented and children’s sections. The store accepts consignors. Jeff Hanna is an ordained minister and the former executive director of GuideOne insurance company’s Center for Risk Management, while Hanna was previously an educator. The Fishfactory is currently open 7-10 a.m., Tuesday through Friday; and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday. Its hours will expand on Nov. 10 to 8 a.m. to noon, Tuesday through Friday. Call 528-9911, visit www.fishfactorydsm.com or find it on Facebook.
Shade Tree Auto LLC announces new facility in Grimes
Shade Tree Auto hosted a groundbreaking for its new 12,000-square-foot facility on Monday, Nov. 2 at the corner of Highway 141 and 11th Street in Grimes. The new facility will provide additional capacity and convenience for customers in the metro area. The building, designed by Des Moines-based Shiffler/Associates Architects, will have a large waiting area with access to a private room to accommodate business customers who wish to work while waiting for maintenance on their vehicle to be completed. An expanded section will showcase special projects and provide space for educational opportunities. Customers will be able to check in at digital kiosks and receive text message updates throughout the repair process. Shade Tree Auto services import and domestic vehicles, including hybrids. It offers a four-year/40,000-mile warranty on all repairs and provides free loaner and shuttle service in the Des Moines area. Call 986-5241 or visit www.shadetreeauto.biz.
UnityPoint breaks ground in Ankeny
UnityPoint Health broke ground on a $25 million medical park in Ankeny in October. Located at N.E. 36th Street and Ankeny Boulevard, the facility is expected to open in late 2016 and offer family medicine, urgent care, physical therapy, a diagnostic center and a pharmacy. In 2017, an outpatient surgery center is also expected to open. Offices for the Iowa Digestive Disease Center and Iowa Radiology will also be included at the medical park. UnityPoint owns about 30 acres on the northeast side of the intersection, and the first phase of the park will include one building and cover about nine acres. CV