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On Friday, December 5th at 11:00 AM Watts Development Group, Inc. will hold an event to commemorate the groundbreaking for the newest real estate development in the Iowa River Landing. Community members are invited to join the Watts Group, Coralville Mayor John Lundell and members of the Coralville City Council in the kick-off of this project. Watts Development Group is collaborating with San Diego based developer Oliver McMillan and OPN Architects in Cedar Rapids on this $15 million venture.
The first multi-story building will feature 13 luxury townhouses with underground parking and first floor retail space. The townhouses will be available for purchase in 2016.
The second building will include 64 stylish, contemporary condominiums over two floors and 4,000 square feet of retail space. A mix of efficiency, one and two bedroom units will be available for lease as of June 1st, 2015.
For more information, contact Watts Development Group.
Committed to providing Members and Guests with the best overall health and well-being, Massage Heights, a leader of professional, affordable and convenient therapeutic massage and facial services, will begin offering 90-minute facials on November 3, 2014.
“Many people believe that skin care is a beauty issue but it’s primarily a health issue. Our skin is our largest living organ and is purposed to protect us; we owe it to ourselves to keep this vital organ as healthy as possible. Making the commitment to take care of your skin every day is simple and the first step to whole body health. At Massage Heights we are committed to your health which is why we are elevating our commitment to you by offering 90-minute facials,” said Angela Linden, owner, Massage Heights Iowa River Landing.
The 90-minute facial experience will include all the benefits of the 1-hour treatment while also including one of the relaxing and detoxifying new customized facial massages: Pressure Point Facial Massage or European Facial Massage. Based on a Guest’s skin conditions, a licensed Massage Heights Skin Therapist will determine the facial massage that benefits and treats their skin care concerns and helps them reach their skin care goals quicker.
The Pressure Point Facial Massage combines acupressure, which is an Oriental technique of applying pressure to specific points of the body to release muscle tension and lymphatic drainage massage which stimulates lymph fluid to flow through the lymphatic vessels by using gentle, rhythmic pressure. This light massage technique helps to cleanse and detoxify the body. “Pressure Point massage is a great treatment for all skin conditions; however, it is especially beneficial for Guests with breakout prone, Acneic skin, sinus pressure and allergies. The lymphatic drainage massage included in the treatment will help remove the breakout-causing bacteria as well as reduce fluid retention in the face, which will relieve sinus pressure from allergies and colds,” said Linden.
The European Facial Massage combines a variety of massage techniques to deliver the necessary health benefits the Guest needs. It utilizes effleurage, a soft, continuous stroking movement applied with the fingers and palms in a slow and rhythmic manner; petrissage, a kneading movement that stimulates the underlying tissue; and friction which is a rubbing movement creating small circles with fingers and palms, pressure is maintained on the skin to create friction. Linden added, “European massage is a great treatment for all skin conditions and offers numerous benefits for each skin type. The techniques utilized help increase oxygen and nutrients to the skin, cleanse the skins impurities, improve skin texture and relieve tension and fatigue — it promotes total relaxation and reduces stress.”
The new customized facial massages are only available in the 90-minute facial.
Massage Heights offers a variety of custom massage modalities, including Deep Tissue, Swedish, Sports Therapy, Prenatal and Reflexology, as well as custom dermalogica® skin treatments, including Anti-Aging, Sensitive Skin, Clear Skin and Brightening. Therapeutic experience-enhancing add-on services called “Elevations” include a Reviving Foot Scrub, Revitalizing Face Massage, Hot Stone Therapy, Active Therapy, Skin Enriching, Skin Refining, Skin Purifying and all-natural aromatherapy.
Pro-Fit Gym has expanded their offerings to include hot yoga, indoor cycling, and numerous fitness tracks for members of all age levels and abilities. Members are now able to purchase all-inclusive monthly packages, allowing them to incorporate a multi-faceted approach to their fitness goals.
Helmed by fitness expert Aaron Larmore, Pro-Fit is regarded as the premier Cross Fit gym in the area. Larmore has over a decade of experience working with clients of all abilities, ranging from beginner to professional and top-level athletes. Although Larmore has worked with elite athletes, the atmosphere at Pro-Fit is one of encouragement and inclusion. Diverse age ranges, body types, and skill levels are present in every class Pro-Fit. The workouts are scaleable and modifications are shown so everyone will leave class feeling successful.
In January 2014, Pro-Fit opened a hot yoga studio and added indoor cycling classes to their schedule. These expanded offerings are a perfect compliment to the WOD and allow for a well-rounded training regimen. Pro-Fit yoga classes are designed to lengthen muscles, increase range of motion and aid recovery and injury prevention. Indoor cycling classes give you the extra cardio and endurance boost you need to maximize your performance.
-Your First 10: A beginners weight loss program designed to melt 10 pounds in six weeks. Participants are led through interval-based workouts to stimulate calorie burn and are guided through a 6-week nutrition plan.
-Fit Body Transformation: An intermediate/advanced group designed to accelerate athletic performance as well as increase muscle tone. (Top participants are eligible for cash prizes.)
-Fit After 50: This program is specialized to meet the needs of mature athletes. A weekly combination of Cross Fit and yoga helps increase metabolism, maintain muscle tone and bone density, and increase cardiovascular fitness.
-Youth Athlete Development: Youth classes are available to athletes age 8 and up. Kids will learn the foundational skills necessary for long-term success.
-Skill Workshops and Nutrition Classes: Skill workshops will help refine your knowledge of Cross Fit fundamentals. Participants will decrease their chance of injury and increase performance by learning the proper techniques for common exercises. Nutrition classes help accelerate fitness goals through education and awareness of daily food habits.
Brides by Jessa, a new boutique specializing in bridal and formal gowns, will open in the Iowa River Landing late November 2014. Owner Jessica Attere discovered her passion for the bridal industry while she studied Economics at the University of Iowa.
“As a college student, I worked in a jewelry shop. Brides and grooms were always my favorite clients to work with,” said Jessica. “The excitement for their big day is contagious.”
Brides by Jessa will offer customers a one-on-one appointment based bridal shopping experience. In addition to bridal gowns, Brides by Jessa will feature a large selection of bridesmaid and prom dresses, veils, shoes, and bridal jewelry. Customers seeking unique designers won’t be disappointed in the selection at Brides by Jessa; the shop plans to feature designers and styles that aren’t readily available at most local boutiques.
Jessica Attere takes her role in planning a couple’s special day very seriously. “A bride’s gown is the centerpiece of the wedding. It’s something that many girls picture themselves in from a very young age. My goal is to help each bride that visits my store complete her vision and find the dress of her dreams.”
Stay tuned here and on our Facebook page for more announcements. Don’t forget to visit the other unique retail experiences available only at Iowa River Landing.
Help welcome WineStyles Tasting Station to Iowa River Landing with a full week of events and specials. Their Grand Opening Celebration week has something for everyone!
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Choose from hundreds of wines and craft beers that have been sorted for you by style and taste, which complement the selection of handcrafted chocolates, organic teas, artisanal cheeses and gourmet food.
Great wines don’t need to be expensive. Whether you’re looking for an amazing $10-$25 bottle of wine or a unique gift, WineStyles Tasting Station strives to create the best shopping experience in town. Check their website and Facebook for opportunities to Taste, Learn and Enjoy® at events and weekly tastings, in addition to our latest product offers and promotions.
Come enjoy a great lunch at the Edgewater Grille featuring new $8.00 daily lunch specials. With a new feature each day you can get out of the office multiple times a week. Ask about their private dining room and reserve it for your next lunch meeting.
Do not forget Edgewater Grille is open breakfast, lunch and dinner daily and proudly brews Starbucks coffee in the lobby. Need a new happy hour place? Sneak down to River Bar and enjoy a beverage. You can even head out onto our terrace to enjoy the best of the Iowa River Landing.
The highly anticipated bar and restaurant, 30hop, had a soft opening August 10 and the traffic has been outstanding! The area’s first rooftop patio has brought many people to Iowa River Landing to experience all that this new attraction has to offer.
As with most new businesses, there are questions for those who plan to make a trip. We sat down with owner Erik Shewmaker to find out the answers to many frequently asked questions.
What food and beer can we expect? The contemporary menu will focus on simple, fresh, delicious offerings and will include 60 beers on tap on the main level and 30 beers on the rooftop.
What hours are you open? We plan to be open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. weeknights, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, bar open until 2 a.m. (Hours may be different during soft opening currently, call ahead before making the trip.)
Are you serving a full menu? We plan to open at 4 and will be serving a limited menu from 5-9. Lunch coming soon, stay tuned on our 30hop Facebook page.
Do you take reservations? Sorry, we do not. We do have call ahead seating once we start a wait however!
What should we know about parking? The street parking limits are enforced after hours which has led to some tickets. To clarify: the bottom level of the UIHC parking ramp is open all the time for the IRL business customers and is 2 hour parking like the street. The top 2 levels of the ramp are UIHC but become 4h public parking after business hours.
Anything else to add? At the end of the day, we want to offer big city amenities in an up and coming development. It has been important to collaborate with the other businesses in the Iowa River Landing. We have a few beers by Backpocket Brewing, refer private dining groups to Vesta and the Marriott, and even bought a Scratch cupcake to surprise a guest for their birthday since we didn’t have dessert offerings at the time.
What a great addition to Iowa River Landing! Thanks to Erik for his time!
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30hop will be the next business to open in the Iowa River Landing. It is a restaurant/bar with the area’s first rooftop patio. Located directly east of the University of Iowa Healthcare Clinic on the corner of 2nd Avenue and 9th street as guests turn to approach Von Maur.
After utilizing the owners’ network of Big Grove Brewery, BlackStone, Reds Alehouse, and Vesta in search of a chef with a fresh perspective, 30hop is excited to announce the hiring of Ryan Funk as Executive Chef.
Ryan is originally from Iowa City, graduated from the Art Institute of California-San Diego before helping Top Chef contestant, Brian Malarkey, open Burlap restaurant in San Diego. After the corporation shifted focus, Ryan was integral in the transition of Burlap restaurant to another concept, Searsucker. This is where he furthered his culinary skills working alongside voted San Diego best Chef Anthony Sinsay. During his time in culinary school, Ryan was a student worker allowing him to gain extra mentoring from some of the best Chef Instructors in the Nation.
Ryan will provide a refined perspective on modern American cuisine for 30hop. He will focus on introducing fresh & seasonal ingredients in a creative way, while making the dishes approachable and unique with an Asian inspired twist.
30hop is looking to open towards the end of July. The restaurant is currently looking to hire 130 employees. Please email Managing Partner Dan Blum at firstname.lastname@example.org for questions, employment information, and to set up an interview. Ryan Funk is available at email@example.com. The website is under construction, but is available at www.30hop.com.
During the same Chamber of Commerce luncheon, representatives of the University of Iowa Health Care’s Iowa River Landing Clinic announced updates related to the expansion of their facilities’ 4th and 5th floors.
As part of these renovations, UI Health Care is adding a procedure suite with five procedure rooms, four of which will be operational. The procedure suite will have private pre- and post-procedure rooms and a separate lobby area for family members. The second part of the build out will add an additional 40 exam rooms to the 4th and 5th floors, bringing the total number of exam rooms up to 140. When this expansion is finished, the building will be complete.
The primary procedure to be done at UI Health Care Iowa River Landing will be screening colonoscopies. The new procedure rooms will be designed with the flexibility to accommodate outpatient procedures that may be performed at this location in the future by Cardiology (Vascular), Urology, Ophthalmology, and Gynecology. The additional exam rooms will enable expansion of Cardiology, Urology, Internal Medicine, Diabetes, Endocrine, Digestive Disease (GI) and other Surgery Specialty areas.
After this latest expansion, daily patient volume is expected to be between 600 and 800 per day. Currently the IRL clinic is between 500 to 600 patients per day.
An early 2015 open house will be planned prior to the space being operational. For more information, please visit http://www.uihealthcare.org/irl/.
Backpocket Brewing, Iowa’s largest craft brewery, has launched several summer events for area residents.
This Saturday, May 24th from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM Backpocket will hold the first ever Border Hop Fest on the rooftop of the Coralville Marriott Parking Ramp. This event celebrates breweries you can’t normally enjoy in Iowa with craft beers from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Nebraska, and Missouri.
“The Boarder Hop Fest is a unique fest to the state,” said Jacob Simmons of Backpocket. “It brings in beers from around the region that simply can’t be found in Iowa. Ticket sales are still going strong and we expect to have 300-400 with room to grow next year.”
Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. This gets attendees a 7 oz. Border Hop tasting glass and unlimited 5 oz. pours from participating breweries. Water will be available. The Marriott will also sell concessions.
Summer also brings the return of movie nights on Thursdays at the Backpocket beer garden. Guests can enjoy pizza and a pint of beer while catching classic movies such as Forrest Gump and Field of Dreams on a 17-foot blow-up screen. In case of inclement weather, movies are shown on Sunday evenings.
“Movies in the beer garden were a huge hit last year,” added Simmons. “Families would come with blankets and take up all the grass space we had. Both inside and out were packed.
Information on both events including the full schedule of movies at Backpocket can be found at http://www.backpocketbrewing.com/events.php.