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Mars Coffee Bar to open in East Village during spring



Mars Café announced plans recently to open the new coffee bar next to the future site of Raygun and Thelma’s Treats at 505 E. Fifth St. in late March. Mars Coffee Bar focuses on the coffee culture, and it will serve artisanal drip and pour over coffee, espresso and lattes, along with special coffee classes and training workshops. The café will share space with Thelma’s Treats, which opens up to Raygun for indoor walk-through traffic. Visit


Pet Medical Center of Urbandale now open

Veterinarian Kristin DeVries has opened the new clinic at 4450 128th St., behind the Casey’s General Store at 128th and Meredith Drive. The animal hospital specializes in care for small animals and offers boarding. DeVries graduated from Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine and previously worked at Village Veterinary Hospital in Johnston. The Urbandale center is open 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday and Tuesday; 7 a.m. to noon, Wednesday; 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday; 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday; and 8 a.m. to noon, Sunday. Call 515-331-9035 or visit

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Earlham Savings Bank open downtown

The new downtown bank branch opened in December in a former Greyhound bus depot. Located at 1107 Keosauqua Way in Des Moines, the bank includes four drive-up lanes and a 24-hour drive-up ATM. Earlham has been located in downtown since 2000, when it opened a branch on the ground floor of Capital Square, but that location will be closed. There are eight locations in Des Moines, West Des Moines, Granger, Woodward, Van Meter, De Soto and Earlham. Lobby hours at the new location are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The drive-up window is open 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Visit


Scooter’s Coffee shops are expanding
The “world-class” coffee company is adding two drive-thru locations in the Des Moines area by spring. The coffee kiosks are slated to be built in the Sherwood Forest retail center at 73rd Street and Hickman Road in Windsor Heights, and the other on University Avenue in Pleasant Hill. The owners are planning to build several other locations over the course of 2015, including more walk-in shops. Scooter’s Coffee sells coffee, espresso drinks, pastries, breakfast, and smoothies. Current locations include 6th Avenue, 1st Street, and Merle Hay Road all in Des Moines. Hours at each location varies, but you can always catch them from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily. Visit


Signarama opens Ankeny location
The 25-year-old signage company has opened its third location in Ankeny. Signarama serves all of the metro, the Des Moines area, and Ames and the surrounding area. All three locations are privately owned. The business is full-service and boasts that “no job is too big or too small.” The newly opened location in Ankeny is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. or you can order your products online all day, every day of the week. Find Signarama on Facebook or at


Peggy’s Tavern has new owners
The Drake University favorite has been bought from previous owner Mark Graziano by Tom and Annie Baldwin, part-time owners of several well-known Des Moines bars. The Baldwins plan to leave Peggy’s as is versus other prospective buyers who wanted to change the bar or even tear it down. Tom and Annie Baldwin also own part of Wellman’s pubs in Des Moines, West Des Moines and Minneapolis, both 1908 Draught House locations in Johnston and Waukee, Mickey’s in downtown Des Moines, and Shotgun Betty’s in West Glen in West Des Moines. Peggy’s is celebrating its 80th anniversary next year. Hours are Tuesday-Saturday 4 p.m. – 2 a.m. Happy hours are Tuesday-Saturday from 4 – 6 p.m. Wednesday is “mug nite.” Visit


Jordan Creek clothing store going out of business
Teen girl clothing store Delia’s (dELiA*s) is liquidating its company. The company was searching for a business partner or a company buyer for some time with no luck. Sales were down by more than 20 percent from last year, and the company couldn’t meet its economical requirements for the next year. After being traded for pennies on the stock market, it closed for only 11 cents. It’s already been removed from the Nasdaq Global Market. Visit for final going out of business sales.CV

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