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6th Avenue Corridor launches MultiCultural Market


The 6th Avenue Corridor has established a MultiCultural Market, which will run monthly from August to November this year and again in 2016. It will feature an array of ethnic and multicultural products, including textiles, artisan goods, food and more. The first market will be held on Sunday, Aug. 2, from 1-5 p.m. on the grassy lot on the southwest corner of Sixth and Washington Avenues. The following market dates will be Sept. 6, Oct. 4 and Nov. 1. Anyone who would like to send in a vendor application form to participate in the MultiCultural Market can call 314-4243 or email For more information, visit


Mobile flooring business serves Des Moines area

Steve Finch has opened Floor Coverings International, a mobile flooring company that offers customers the chance to view flooring samples in their homes. Finch lives in Marshalltown and says the new business will cover the metro area. Customers can pick out the flooring — from carpet, tile, hardwood, laminate and vinyl — and Finch will measure the rooms and arrange for installation. Finch orders his supplies from manufacturers and doesn’t have to maintain a showroom, both of which help him keep costs down. Floor Coverings International’s hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Saturday; and 1:30-8 p.m., Sunday. Call 243-3700, visit or find it on Facebook.



Tony Lemmo to close Café di Scala, unveil new dining concept

Near the 10th anniversary of Café di Scala, Tony Lemmo announced that he would be closing the restaurant in order to introduce a new private dining concept to Des Moines. “Last year I made the decision to expand the Café’s private dining experience and opened up more of the house to my customers,” said Lemmo. “That move, along with some recent travels and culinary journeys, has inspired me to evolve what this place offers without having to open another location.” The restaurant will remain in the same location at 644 18th St. but under the new name of Aposto, which is Italian for “everything is right.” It will be a one-of-a-kind destination devoted to curating private dining events. Aposto will offer Italian fare and Mediterranean-inspired cuisine, along with other regional offerings and an expanded wine list. The first Sunday of every month will be reserved for ticketed theme dinners with two seatings, providing customers the chance to sample fresh, innovative meals in an original dining experience. A monthly Sunday brunch will also be available, inspired by the Café’s current Beatles Brunch. Café di Scala will be open for its normal hours, Tuesdays through Saturdays, through New Year’s Eve. Visit and


Blond Genius to open second metro location

Following the recent opening of a mobile store, Blond Genius has announced plans to open a second location in Ankeny’s Prairie Trail development. Owner Erin Eischeid’s second brick-and-mortar store will be 1,000 square feet and located on Vintage Parkway, between Fong’s Pizza and Simpson College Ankeny Campus. The store is expected to open in October, and it will offer a curated selection of the merchandise from the West Des Moines location, which is about twice the size.


Altoona’s Prairie Crossing expands before it starts

The large retail and commercial development, Prairie Crossing, has expanded before construction has begun, growing into a 230-acre development with plans for retail, commercial and residential areas. A Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse has opened in Prairie Crossing, and separate developers have started construction on an open-air outlet mall on 34 acres of the heart of the property, measuring 325,000 square feet. Mike Whalen of Heart of America, began collecting parcels of the Altoona space more than 10 years ago, with the idea of building a major retail center. Bass Pro Shops, which opened in 2009, was the original anchor. Development faltered when the economy slowed down. CV

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