This is the real world
This summer, Brokers International is bringing the real world to Waukee High School. The two entities have partnered to bring hands-on experience to one Waukee High School senior-to-be who will intern for Brokers International’s information technology department by way of the school’s School-to-Work internship program. This program offers students the opportunity to receive on-the-job experience in a field that interests them while earning college credits from Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC). The school selects the students based on attendance record, GPA and teacher recommendations. Brokers Internation is headquartered in Urbandale and provides annuity and life insurance solutions to independent insurance professionals across the nation.
New hotel grand opening
West Des Moines will soon have a new hotel. Element is a chain inspired by Westin Hotels & Resorts. A ribbon cutting is scheduled for June 29 to celebrate its grand opening, company officials expect a big turnout for the event.
Studios and one-bedroom suites are styled in the same eco-conscious manner the brand is renowned for with natural light and modern design. The extended-stay experience caters to the traveler who is visiting for a few days or for a few weeks.
The new 110-room hotel is located at Market Street and South Prairie View Drive in the Village of Ponderosa, it is said to be uniquely designed, the next generation in hotel accommodations and the only one of its kind in the state. For more information or reservations, call 515-661-4345 or visit www.ElementWestDesMoines.com.
Atlantic Coca-Cola Bottling Company purchases building to expand distribution
Atlantic Coca-Cola Bottling Company recently announced it will more than quadruple current storage and distribution capacity within the Des Moines Metro area with its purchase of an industrial building south of downtown Des Moines, Iowa. The building will provide the necessary space for the company to meet the needs of its expanded territory as well as the demand for its more than 210 products.
Atlantic has been family-owned and operated for 108 years. Four generations of the Tyler family have built and continue to deliver Coca-Cola and related products to customers throughout its territories.
McAlister’s Deli, a national chain known for its fast-casual brand of food, recently announced it signed a development agreement with its largest franchisee, The Saxton Group, to open five greater Des Moines restaurants. One of these is slated for later this summer in West Des Moines, at the Premier Shoppes next to Five Guys Burgers and Fries at 455 S. 64th St., Suite 100. McAlister’s is famous for its club sandwich which stacks layers of turkey, ham, bacon, cheeses, lettuce and tomatoes. Visit www.mcalistersdeli.com for more information.
New chiropractic clinic
The area’s newest chiropractic clinic, Vero Chiropractic, is set to host its ribbon cutting along with an open house on June 29. Vero will be in West Glen Shopping Center. Dr. Josiah Fitzsimmons, originally from Ames, returns to central Iowa to open his business. Vero Chiropractic is located at 5525 Mills Civic Parkway, Suite 120A in West Des Moines. Call 515-422-9552 to make an appointment or visit www.verochiropracic.com.
Bamboo Massage & Spa’s grand opening
Bamboo Massage & Spa is a new spa in West Des Moines. It encourages men, women and couples to treat themselves to a quality massage by an international masseuse. The shop lists 60-, 90- and 120-minute full-body massages that range in price from $60 to $120, and 30-60 minute four-hand massages that range from $80 to $120.
Bamboo Massage & Spa is open seven days a week from 9:30 a.m. until 10 p.m. It is located in West Des Moines at 916 Grand Ave. Call 515-414-5851 for more information.
Find happiness in strawberry shortcake
Tropical Sno celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on May 11. The mobile-event trailer is licensed by the state of Iowa to sell frozen treats. The “sno mobile” is generally parked at its Waukee address, but it will travel for events.
The new shop says you’ll find happiness among its menu offerings including Bahama Mamas, Mudslides and Strawberry Shortcake-flavors. Tropical Sno is in Waukee at 465 S.E. University Ave. Call 515-822-6955 or visit www.tropicalsno.com for more information.
Jimmy’s Egg will hatch in June
Jimmy’s Egg has a central Iowa due date coming up later this month. The national chain of restaurants that takes pride in offering breakfast and lunch options in a warm, friendly atmosphere equipped with comfortable booths, tables and patio seating, will soon emerge into West Des Moines. The menu offers cracked-to-order omelets, coffee, fresh-baked breads, burgers, melts, salads and lighter fare as well along with catering options.
Entrees at Jimmy’s will be served every day from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m., and the restaurant aims to employ approximately 25 people. Jimmy’s Egg will be located at 9250 S.E. University Ave. in West Des Moines. Visit www.jimmysegg.com for more details.
Luxury apartments and condos
Cascades at Jordan Creek, which is a newly built apartment and condo building in West Des Moines, held its grand opening celebration on June 7. The new units are touted as “the finest luxury apartment developments in West Des Moines.” The one-, two- and three-bedroom floorplans offer an assortment of popular options and amenities.
Cascades at Jordan Creek is located in West Des Moines at 8350 Cascade Ave. Call 515-207-6424 or visit www.cascadesatjordancreek.com for more information. ♦