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Pottery painting studio open in Ankeny


Bulldog Ceramics opened recently at 200 S.W. State St. in Ankeny. The studio offers pottery painting parties and classes in painting techniques. Bulldog owner Tina Norris offers parties in house and on location, providing the potter and paints to locations such as child care centers, at-home birthday parties and nursing homes. Off-site parties require at least eight people. Her classes include prepping and cleaning clay objects before they’ve been fired in a kiln, as well as ceramic, glazing and dry brushing techniques. Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday; 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday; and closed on Monday. Call 515-965-6817, visit or find it on Facebook.

Fong’s to open second location

Fong’s Pizza is in the process of introducing another location in the new Prairie Trail development in Ankeny. The suburban location is set to open at 1450 S.W. Vintage Parkway in the spring with an expanded menu and wider beer selection. Noodle dishes and weekend breakfasts are said to be in the works for the new menu, which will add upon the classics served now at Fong’s original downtown Des Moines location. Fong’s will be the first Full Court Press business to add a second location.

Dahl’s to close another store in the metro

Dahl’s Foods announced on Aug. 29 that it would close a West Des Moines store at 1208 Prospect Ave. once its entire inventory is liquidated. This will be the third store closing in three months in the Des Moines area. Dahl’s announced in May that it was closing the Ames and Ankeny locations. The latest closure leaves 10 stores operating in Clive, Des Moines, Johnston, Waukee and West Des Moines.

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New boutique to open in Jordan Creek

Evereve, a women’s clothing boutique, will open Sept. 10 in West Des Moines’ Jordan Creek Town Center. Evereve sells contemporary designer clothing aimed at moms. It is the first Iowa location, and it will occupy the space formerly taken by the Crate & Barrel Christmas pop-up store. Visit or find it on Facebook.

Cozy Café replaces Saraj in Urbandale

Saraj, the Bosnian restaurant located at 3916 N.W. Urbandale Drive, closed on Friday, Aug. 29. Fuada Aljic, the owner of Saraj, said she wanted to spend more time with her family. But the space won’t be empty for long, as the eighth Coy Café is set to open there later this month. Owner Mark Linebach said he will add booths and paint to the building before it opens, and the menu will be similar to other Cozy Cafes but with broasted chicken as an added item. Linebach said his Douglas Avenue restaurant will reopen in October, after closing in the spring for a fire. The new Cozy Café’s hours are 6 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday and Tuesday; 6 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday through Friday; and 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. Visit or find each location on Facebook.

Eye Care of Iowa opens Ankeny office

The eye care center recently opened its fifth central Iowa location at 1310 S.W. State St. in Ankeny, west of Jethro’s BBQ and Lakehouse. Eye Care of Iowa opened 35 years ago. Its four other metro locations are Des Moines, West Des Moines and Pleasant hill. The new Ankeny location offers primary optometry care and the LipiFlow Thermal Pulsation System to treat dry eye. The center’s is open 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday; and 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday. Call 515-965-5788, visit or find it on Facebook.

Iowa City’s Hamburg Inn No. 2 reopens after fire

After closing its doors after a fire on May 18, the popular restaurant is finally open again. Open since 1948 in the same location at 214 N. Linn St., the historic diner suffered more than $100,000 in damages from the fire. But three months later, it’s up and running and ready to get the food on the tables — just in time for University of Iowa students to return for the fall semester. Dave Panther, whose parents opened the store, said it’s a great time to reopen the restaurant. CV

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