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New business opens in Valley Junction


Finding Iowa, a small business that sells refurbished furniture, home décor, antiques and collectibles, opened in Valley Junction on Nov. 26. Owner Aly DeMoss previously worked in bail bonds and decided she needed a career change, which led her to creating a repurposed antique furniture shop. Finding Iowa is located at 413 Maple St. in West Des Moines. They can be contacted at 515-432-6697. Hours are Monday and Tuesday by appointment, Wednesday and Thursday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday noon to 3 p.m. Find them on Facebook.

Nonprofit moves to Windsor Heights

GiGi’s Playhouse, a Down Syndrome Achievement Center, is moving from Urbandale to 6507 University Ave. in Windsor Heights. The grand opening will be on Saturday, Dec. 13 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. GiGi’s helps people with Down Syndrome and their families by providing free educational and therapeutic services and aims to empower these individuals. Down Syndrome affects one in every 691 babies in the U.S. GiGi’s hosts events for friends and family to socialize, play games and enjoy one another’s company. Owners are excited about the new location in a family-friendly neighborhood. Find them at

Sandwich shop goes out of business 

The Quiznos on Hickman Road closed on Nov. 30 due to a rent disagreement between owner Shane Patel and the building owner. Patel could no longer afford the rent due to declining sales. The sub shop has been in business for 11 years. An auction will be held on Dec. 8 at 1 p.m. to sell equipment from the store.  The next closest Quiznos locations are on Vista Drive and Plum Drive.

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Marketing firm opens in Polk City

Owners Jim and Pam Oglesby recently opened Oglesby Creative Group at 115 E. Vista Lake Ave. in Polk City. Founded in 2000, owners offer advertising and marketing services to a number of types of businesses. According to the website, they help anywhere from start-up businesses to corporations with design, marketing and branding. They are a full-service marketing company that has been open for 14 years. Visit them at

Art studio opens in Des Moines

Fitch Studios LLC, an artistic service creative studio, opens to the public on Dec. 6 at 304 15th St. in Des Moines. They are holding an open house from 6-9 p.m., and admission is free. The studio boasts the works of more than 30 creative individuals, including photography, writing, artwork and sculptures. You can meet the artists at the open house. Find them on Facebook or call 515-288-1185.

Pizza shop opening in Johnston

Gusto Pizza Co. is opening its third location in spring 2015 at 86th St. and Chambery Boulevard. CEO Josh Holderness picked Johnston for its up-and-coming and expanding environment. Gusto Pizza serves pies, sandwiches, salads, desserts and has a kid’s menu. They have a wide range of bottled beer and wines. The restaurant uses locally produced and seasonal ingredients. The first Gusto Pizza Co. restaurant was founded in January 2011 at the Ingersoll location, and the second shop opened in 2013 on University Avenue. To stay updated on Gusto Pizza Co. news, current events and specials, find it on Facebook and Twitter.

Hawkeye-themed bar moves to Clive

Formerly located on University Avenue, Front Row has moved to 9956 Swanson Boulevard in Clive. The new location is double the size and has plenty of parking, compared to the old location that had limited parking and a small space. The Hawkeye black and gold theme remains the same, but owner Clay Cook has hired additional waitresses and is expanding the menu. They also offer Hawkeye-themed party buses. Saturday and Sunday offer all-you-can-eat omelets, and Monday and Thursday boast “the best Steak Night in Des Moines” according to their website. Front Row was established in 1995. Find them on Facebook or at CV

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