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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 email@example.com for questions, employment information, and to set up an interview. Ryan Funk is available at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
30hop, the trendy and urban dining and drinking establishment set to open in Iowa River Landing, just released several new details about their restaurant. At an April Chamber of Commerce luncheon, 30hop co-owner Erik Shewmaker confirmed that they are targeting an end of July opening.
“We anticipate opening towards the end of July,” said Shewmaker. “It is important to us to make sure our systems are in place and our staff is appropriately trained in order to give our guests a great experience from the start.”
Once open, 30hop will seat a total of 430 people — 200 in the main-level dining area, another 100 on the main-level patio, and 130 on the rooftop patio. The rooftop patio will also be a first for the area. “30hop will have an abundance of seating compared to other area restaurants,” added Shewmaker. “Our goal is to provide a locally owned independent restaurant that makes our guests feel that they are in a big city.”
30hop will feature 60 beers on tap, with 30 of those being available on the rooftop. The restaurant has also been designed as a social gathering space with community tables and three fire pits on the rooftop, and two TVs on the main level.
30hop plans to hire a staff of approximately 130, a process that will start in early June. They have hired a chef and two sous chefs, who have begun menu development. More menu information will be coming soon. An updated website is also on the way.
For more information please visit http://30hop.com/.
For the latest construction updates and photos, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/30hop
The Iowa River Landing is pleased to announce the latest addition to this exciting retail, dining, and entertainment district. True Style is an independently owned and operated boutique specializing in affordable, on-trend casual clothing and accessories for women.
True Style carries products from Free People, Old Gringo, Peace Love World, Lucky Brand, Tees by Tina, Big Star, and more. True Style also carries many local products such as jewelry designs by Bare Root from Des Moines.
“We want our products to be unique, so we do not carry many of any one item,” said True Style owner Julie Kunze. “We receive shipments frequently, and our customers will likely find new items nearly every time they shop. To stay unique, we are always excited to find small, new companies with up and coming designers. True Style is the only place in Iowa where you can find Runway New York, EcoSkin, and Kate Mesta.”
Although a CPA by training, Kunze was involved in another start-up boutique as a renter in the Des Moines area when she was presented with an opportunity to open up her own store at Jordan Creek Town Centre in West Des Moines in 2011. As a native of Riverside and graduate of the University of Iowa, opening a second location at the Iowa River Landing presented another unique opportunity. Kunze also has many family members still in the area.
“We are excited with the plan and development of Iowa River Landing. The blend of retail, residential, and hotels, creates a great destination for local residents as well as visitors from outside the area,” added Kunze. “It’s a successful concept that we have seen in Kansas City, Omaha, and Boulder, Colorado.”
For more information on True Style, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/TrueStyleIowa
Angela Linden, former CEO for Manning Regional Healthcare Center, is celebrating the opening of her Coralville Massage Heights Retreat, which marks the 100th location for the Massage Heights brand. Massage Heights COO and co-Founder Shane Evans, who recently appeared on CBS’ hit reality show series Undercover Boss, will join Angela along with members of the Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, January 8 at 4 pm for a Ribbon Cutting at the Coralville Retreat at 919 2nd Ave in Coralville.
“I’m thrilled to be a part of the Massage Heights family and to be the 100th Retreat to open,” said Linden. “I’m not surprised by the success of this franchisee in reaching this milestone as their focus is on the Guest experience and being the employer of choice.”
The 100th Massage Heights Retreat is located in Coralville, IA at the Iowa River Landing, a project that was recently awarded the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s prestigious Phoenix Award for Region 7 for Brownfields Redevelopment. The Coralville Retreat will provide custom D facials and therapeutic massages.
After a soft opening in December, the new Coralville Retreat has added 16 new jobs to the area and is now the eighth Retreat in Iowa.
“In 2007 Massage Heights opened Fox Prairie in West Des Moines, Iowa its first location outside the state of Texas and the concept has continued to be a success,” says Trisha McFadden, Regional Developer for Iowa and Nebraska. “Medical research proves that regular therapeutic massage can help fight off disease and depression, boost immunity, relieve pain, increase alertness and improve sleep quality among other benefits. Angela’s experience as a healthcare professional makes her a great addition to the Massage Heights family.”
Linden has an extensive background in health and wellness. After working as an ER and critical care nurse in the early stages of her career, she later served as the Director of Planning for Mercy Medical Center – Des Moines. Prior to becoming a Massage Heights franchisee, Linden was the CEO of Manning Regional Healthcare Center.
Massage Heights franchises are currently sold out in Central Iowa, but opportunities for franchises in Omaha, Lincoln and other cities in Iowa and Nebraska. For more information about franchise opportunities contact Trisha McFadden at 515-778-3862.
For more information on Massage Heights please visit www.massageheights.com and www.facebook.com/MassageHeights, and follow on Twitter @Massage_Hghts.
About Massage Heights
Founded in San Antonio, Texas, in 2004, Massage Heights is a family-owned franchise massage and skin therapy company built on a membership model. The model makes regular massage and skin therapy affordable, while still providing the level of service available at a five-star resort. The company’s mission is to help people incorporate convenient, high-quality, therapeutic massages and facials into their lives so that they can live better and elevate the everyday. In an exploding industry, the company has more than 100 operating franchise locations in the United States and Canada and plans to open a total of 500 U.S. locations within the next five years. The company was featured on the CBS hit reality series “Undercover Boss” in December 2013, was ranked in Entrepreneur Magazine’s Franchise 500 list for 2014, in Franchise Times’ Next 300 list for 2013 and is a member of the International Franchise Association (IFA).