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Proving Des Moines is NOT boring

Go figure (skating) at Buccaneer Arena!

Go figure (skating) at Buccaneer Arena!

Dec 12, 2013

They say when life deals you lemons, make lemonade. So here in the frigid hinterlands, when Mother Nature gives you ice – go ice skating! Actually, you can take figure skating classes in the cozy INDOOR confines of Buccaneer Arena thanks to the non-profit Central Iowa Figure Skating Club. Kevin Hassall, president of CIFSC and staff are enthusiastically...

Des Moines’ “Vinyl Trade;” a great Danish; Kerouac, and the Cubbies.

Des Moines’ “Vinyl Trade;” a great Danish; Kerouac, and the Cubbies.

Oct 22, 2013

I was going to write about Des Moines’ vinyl trade, focusing on the four record shops in the Highland Park area — prompted to do so after a GREAT encounter with Rob Kuhn, owner of Wayback Records. Google took me to a spring Des Moines Register story; the latest City View had made vinyl the cover story. Damn — story covered! For vinyl, these four shops are...

GotPiggy.com — When an “ad guy” Goes Whole Hog in Another Direction.

GotPiggy.com —  When an “ad guy” Goes Whole Hog in Another Direction.

Sep 10, 2013

What do creatives do when their careers seem to peak? Some (me) continue to beat their head against a wall looking for a copywriter position. Others – like my former Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Service colleague Scott Lamar – turn their artistic skills 180 degrees and go “whole hog” in a new endeavor. Scott established GotPiggy.com in 2008 and...

Parlo Pizza? Si, Parlo Pizza – The Hottest Thing in Pizza in Des Moines.

Parlo Pizza? Si, Parlo Pizza –  The Hottest Thing in Pizza in Des Moines.

Aug 7, 2013

Got 90 seconds? You’ll want to try the best food at the Iowa State Fair, on a stick or otherwise. Parlo Pizza, already wafting garlic/basil-scented waves throughout the Des Moines food scene, will be parked near Grandfather’s Barn and the Wine Experience. That’s #29 on your Iowa State Fair map and soon to be #1 in your heart. “Parlo” means “I...

Iowa’s Best Bite Restaurant Challenge: Bringing home the bacon for small-town Iowa

Iowa’s Best Bite Restaurant Challenge: Bringing home the bacon for small-town Iowa

May 23, 2013

It’s “Doc Hollywood” meets “Top Chef.” On May 16, four Des Moines residents won Iowa’s Best Bite Restaurant Challenge in Oskaloosa, Iowa, narrowly defeating a talented team from New York to win a $153,000 restaurant startup package. The restaurant – On The Green – is targeted to open in July. The $153,000 package of operating capitol,...