Designer label consignment shop opens in Clive8/6/2014
Do-Overs UpScale Resale and Consignment opened recently at 8435 University Blvd., Suite 2 in Clive. The store features new and gently worn better brands and designer label clothing and accessories for women. Find anything from Burberry, Fossil, Juicy Couture and Marc Jacobs purses, costume and designer jewelry and shoes sizes six through 11. A special section with only designer labels includes Kenneth Cole, DKNY, Vera Wang, Ralph Lauren and many more. Hours are Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.; and closed Monday through Wednesday. Call 515-528-2447 or find it on Facebook.
Plaza Mexico Mexican restaurant gets new owner
The restaurant, located at 6110 N.W. 86th St. in Johnston, will be under the ownership of Jose Ochoa starting Aug. 1. Ochoa’s downtown restaurant, Los Americas, is temporarily out of commission due to water damage. He plans to expand the current Plaza Mexico menu with some of his own dishes from Los Americas. Ochoa said he will keep the popular Plaza ice cream dessert served with meals. Plaza Mexico will remain under the same name, at least for now, and hours will be 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday.
Vietnamese restaurant opens in Waukee
Specializing in Vietnamese fare, H’s Pho & Restaurant opened at 286 W. Hickman Road in the Liberty Park Mall in Waukee. The owner, Hop Nguyen, previously operated a bakery in Seattle. The restaurant offers stir fry, bahn mi (Vietnamese sandwich), soups, appetizers and more. It is open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Mondays and Wednesdays through Fridays; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sundays; and closed on Tuesdays. Call 515-987-7571 or find it on Facebook.
Electronics repair shop joins Urbandale strip mall
Gophermods is the new repair shop servicing computers, smartphones, tablets and video games at 3280 100th St. in Urbandale. The Minneapolis-based company has five locations. Store hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday; noon to 5 p.m., Saturday; and closed on Sunday. Call 515-462-0381, visit www.gophermods.com or find it on Facebook.
Diggity Dog moves locations in Des Moines
The dog and cat food and accessories store moved to 4212 Douglas Ave., Suite C, in Des Moines from its former location at 511 Elm St. in West Des Moines’ Valley Junction. Owner Judy Johnson was at the previous location for four years. It now shares space with Adam’s Aquatics. Diggity Dog sells dog food, homemade dog treats, games, leashes, collars, grooming tools and other accessories. Hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday; and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Call 515-279-9957 or find it on Facebook.
Local business executives create kickboxing business in Des Moines
Kickforce is the new kickboxing business for the Midwest, created by the combined efforts of businessmen and fans of the sport. Paul Bird, professional MMA fighter and creator of World War Fighting Championships (WWFC), Brian Meng, combat sports enthusiast, and Ted Engel, a business professional, co-own the company. The initial focus is on events in Des Moines, with the first being Sept. 27 at the Seven Flags Event Center. Engel said the combat sport industry is currently valued at more than $50 billion, and Kickforce is predicted to provide economic gain for the metro.
Haunted house becomes event center
The Des Moines Jaycees turned its 2,500-square-foot haunted house into an event center available to the community. Located on the south side of Southridge Mall, the space can be rented for reunions, meetings and other special events. It can accommodate about 200 people, and renters can bring food and beverages, including liquor. Fees range from $30 to $55 per hour, and the room is available seven days a week. Call 515-490-0199 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. CV
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