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DMSC sets grand opening date


DMSC sets grand opening date

The Des Moines Social Club has finally set a date for its grand opening at its new permanent home at the downtown Firehouse, 900 Mulberry St. A free Grand Opening Party will celebrate the launch of the new space on Saturday, May 10 from 5-9 p.m. with a keynote address by musician David Byrne of Talking Heads and a showcase of the diverse, multidisciplinary programming that will be housed at the Firehouse, followed by an After-Party in the basement bar.

All that programming spans two buildings, multiple floors, an outdoor courtyard and features the Viaduct Gallery, Kum & Go Theater, numerous performance spaces, classrooms, non-profit office space and even includes Malo Restaurant and Capes Kafé.


Fairfield Inn opens in Urbandale


A new 89-room upscale hotel opened this week in Urbandale, on April 10. Located at 8661 Plum Drive, the Fairfield Inn & Suites Des Moines Urbandale will operate as a Marriott franchise, owned and managed by Hotel Development Corp. The hotel offers guests access to the airport, downtown, Valley West Mall, Jordan Creek Mall, Drake University and Wells Fargo Arena. Rates begin at $119 per night. For more information or reservations, contact the Fairfield Inn & Suites Des Moines Urbandale hotel directly at 278-2500, or visit


14Forty for rent in Western Gateway

The new 14Forty multi-family rental community in Western Gateway welcomed its first residents last week. The $18.2 million project, developed by Hubbell Realty Company, is a historic renovation of the Mitchell Transmission Building and former home of Studebaker Corporation of America’s branch office. It consists of 37 one- and two-bedroom loft apartments, which rise above 3,600 square feet of retail/office space, occupied by Shiffler Associates Architects, PLC and Marc Stephens Salon, as well as 57 indoor parking spaces and range from 530-1,000 square feet in size. Featuring original architectural elements, soaring ceilings up to 17 feet high, large windows with scenic views and contemporary design, 14Forty reflects the distinctiveness of the Western Gateway. 14Forty is located at 1440 Locust St. For more information, call 221-6623 or visit


Just Like My Art greeting cards open up across Midwest

Michelle and Steven Pritchard are finding success with their Pleasant Hill business, Just Like My Art. Michelle designs greeting cards, starting with a 12-by-12-inch canvas that she moves into gloss and then scans. After only three months of making this hobby into a profession, Michelle’s cards are now for sale at Sticks East Village, Sticks West, Bookworm Omaha, Beaverdale Books, Plain Talk East Village, Mercy Hospital Des Moines Iowa, Walnut Ridge Senior Living Center Clive Iowa, Skiff Hospital in Newton, Burlington By The Book and St. Joseph Missouri Hospital. Four more place are to be added to that in the next 30 days. Learn more at


Coylie’s Bakery opens in MHM

Coylie’s Cupcakes ‘n’ More just opened in the Merle Hay Mall, bringing its old-world European traditional recipes and flavors muddled with its self-proclaimed “bright, whimsical American fun” to the diverse food offerings at the mall. Orders for cupcakes and other sweets can be made by phone at 270-4860, or stop by in person Monday through Saturday between 10 a.m. and 9 p.m. or on Sunday between noon and 5:30 p.m. The website appears to be under construction, but check back at for updates.


Grimes welcomes Hope Animal Rescue

Owner Jed Hammen has turned a private experience rescuing a kitten into a good-cause non-profit, as he is currently converting his basement into Hope Animal Rescue, slated to officially open in June. Hope Animal Rescue is a no-kill rescue shelter and adoption center for stray and neglected cats. Hope Animal Rescue is holding a fundraiser dinner and silent auction at St. Peter Lutheran Church from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on May 2. CV


On the Move is a new column announcing Des Moines area neighborhood changes, including businesses opening, closing, expanding or moving. Submit announcements to Amber Williams by Monday at 8 a.m. to be included in that week’s issue. Email to or call 953-4822, ext. 320.

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