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On the Move

New East Village hotel plans approved


The Des Moines City Council approved a preliminary agreement last week with Heart of America Group (HOA) to develop an $18.1 million boutique hotel on the southeast corner of East Fourth Street and East Grand Avenue, using only land sales proceeds and new project-generated tax increment. According city council documents, HOA has acquired the Des Moines franchise rights for a new Marriott hotel concept named AC Hotels. The proposed six-story, 100-room hotel will feature underground parking, a rooftop lounge and a small fitness center designed with the “experience-seeking” guest in mind.


True Potential Education opens

6915 Vista Drive, West Des Moines



A dyslexia-inspired learning center is opening in the Wedgewood Office Complex on June 16 that will offer parents of dyslexic students an alternative to private tutoring. Founded by the Decoding Dyslexia grassroots movement, which is comprised of 600 Iowa families and counting, True Potential offers parents and students more access to educational interventions for dyslexia within local public schools. Though it doesn’t open until June, the center is currently taking appointments by phone.


Active Edge Massage Therapy opens

8421 University Blvd., Clive / 428-2336

Des Moines metro native and educated (Drake University and Body Wisdom Massage Therapy School in Urbandale) massage therapist, Amanda Lundstedt, has opened Active Edge LLC, specializing in sports, orthopedic and medical (SOM) massage therapy. SOM massage is goal-oriented and outcome-based, promising client-centered treatment, care and education about the role of SOM massage therapy.


Dickten Masch Plastics expanding

3401 Convenience Blvd., Ankeny; 964-2675

A development agreement was approved at last week’s Ankeny City Council meeting that will add 30 new jobs at Dickten Masch Plastics LLC, with its $7.5 million warehouse, distribution and manufacturing expansion project. The expansion will be located on a 3.41-acre parcel next to the company’s current location in Ankeny’s Metro North I Business Park. The project will be built and owned by Denny Elwell Family LC.


‘Melt, eat, repeat’ at new Melts Without Borders

Three local guys — Ryan Elson, Todd Buffington and Chris Hartman — built a custom three-barrel, 110-gallon smoker and a dream to operate a grilled-cheese sandwich food cart using home-smoked pork and hand-cured bacon for the greater Des Moines metro. Now the dream is a reality. Look for the Melts Without Borders food truck.


New Twist has style

2805 200th St., Urbandale / 971-6464

This new women’s clothing and accessories boutique recently opened in Deerfield Crossing shopping center, offering just about everything in fashion a consumer might covet, from jewelry and handbags to shoes and clothing.


Tamale’s Industry moves Mexi-menu to mall

Merle Hay Mall / 288-1135

Tamale’s Industry closed its Second Avenue location to serve “Iowa’s best tamales” to Merle Hay Mall’s food court grazers. The Mexican restaurant had its soft opening in the Merle Hay Mall food court last week after almost 20 years at its old location, offering much of the same fare, including its famed vegetarian/vegan dishes.


VB Rack opens in E.V.

201 E. Locust St. / 288-6900

Just three blocks west of its founding sister store, Village Boutique, the new Village Boutique Rack opened last week, carrying similar styles and savings on women’s fashions, in addition to trendy home furnishings and accessories. Open Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., VB Rack offers Village Boutique a second location to showcase its overflow and additions to its inventory.


Party City moves to Paradise Pointe

6503 Mills Civic Parkway,

West Des Moines


The party store chain formerly located at Jordan Creek Town Center has changed locations, offering all the same decorations, stationary and costumes for any festive occasion. CV


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