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WineStyles Tasting Station Prepares for 2014 Opening

WineStyles Tasting Station has shared their updated rendering. Build out will start in a few weeks. Here is a sneak peak at the preliminary design:


WineStyles® Tasting Station® offers guests a unique experience and ambiance that is reminiscent of an old-world wine cellar. Inside, customers are afforded the opportunity to Taste, Learn, and Enjoy® the best in wine, craft beer, fine chocolates, artisanal cheeses, coffee, organic teas and other gourmet items, that are available at most locations.

Learn more about WineStyles here.

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Massage Heights Celebrates Ribbon Cutting

Massage Heights Ribbon Cutting

Angela Linden, former CEO for Manning Regional Healthcare Center, celebrated the opening of her Coralville Massage Heights Retreat, marking the 100th location for the Massage Heights brand.

“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 franchise in reaching this milestone as their focus is on the Guest experience and being the employer of choice.”


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New Programs Coming to Pro-Fit Gym

Profit Gym

2014 is bringing exciting things to Pro-Fit Gym at Iowa River Landing! Several new programs began January 18th including FIT Body Transformation, Women’s FItness, Team CrossFit, and Team Endurance. Yoga and Cycling will also be kicking off this month.


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Massage Heights Celebrates the Opening of the 100th Retreat in Iowa River Landing

MH IRL.001Angela 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 Dermalogica® 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 and, 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).

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Holiday Open House at Iowa River Landing

Kick off the season at Iowa River Landing! Join us Sunday, December 15 at 3:00PM for a Holiday Open House at participating Landing businesses, followed by a 5:00PM tree lighting ceremony in front of Backpocket Brewing.

Details below:

Iowa River Landing Holiday Open House


We hope to see you there!

RSVP on Facebook here. 

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WineStyles Announces Iowa River Landing Location

Tasting Station Offers Wines Categorized
by Style & Taste for Unique Retail Experience

WineStyles Tasting Station announces plans to open a location at Iowa River Landing in Spring/Summer 2014.

WineStyles Tasting Station offers a unique retail wine experience and warm ambiance, reminiscent of an old-world wine cellar. Wines are categorized by style and taste, rather than variety or region, which helps simplify the shopping experience. Each section includes a rotation of unique labels and hard-to-find wines from both small and large vineyards around the world, and each bottle is accompanied by a description of the wine’s characteristics, flavors and suggested food pairings.

“We are excited about the interest we have received regarding the revamped model and believe the Iowa River Landing location, and the surrounding community, is an ideal fit for us,” said Jeff McGinness, Director of Franchise Development. “The growing appreciation for wine and craft beers, coupled with the growing ‘foodie’ culture in the corridor made the decision a no-brainer.”

WineStyles Tasting Station IRL will feature a full wine bar with dozens of wines by the glass and a selection of food, craft beers, fine chocolates, and cheese. The store will offer a variety of gifts and wine accessories including customizable gift baskets, monthly wine clubs, a frequent buyer program, and craft beers of the month clubs. WineStyles at Iowa River Landing will host wine tastings, winery spotlights, wine education, private parties, and other events.


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Backpocket Brewing Becomes Largest Brewery in Iowa by Doubling Capacity

With the addition of seven new 100bbl fermenters, Iowa River Landing’s Backpocket Brewing has nearly doubled its brewing production, making it the largest brewery in Iowa. The increase is needed to accommodate growth in the surrounding states as well as the production of new styles, including the Jackknife APA and Cane Blade DIPA.

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“It has been a crazy first year,” said Backpocket’s Brewmaster Jacob Simmons. “Our location at Iowa River Landing has allowed us to connect with so many people, getting the word out and ultimately driving demand. We only expect this to get even better as development increases throughout the IRL.” The expanded brewery will employ approximately 40 people.

Backpocket Brewing is also preparing for Coralville’s Brrr Fest, a celebration of the beers of winter and the brewers who make them. Tickets will be available for purchase beginning Black Friday, November 29. The event will be held on January 25, 2014 from 1:00 PM-4:00 PM at the Coralville Marriott Hotel and Conference Center.


For more information please visit


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Coralville Marriott and Conference Center Welcomes New General Manager

The Coralville Marriott and Conference Center is pleased to announce that Bryan Stolz has accepted the position of General Manager.


Bryan started his career in 1994, after graduating from the University of Florida, as a restaurant shift leader at the Marco Island Marriott Resort & Golf Club. After several moves into restaurant management, he transitioned to room operations and then made a move to the DC Area. Bryan worked at the Greenbelt Marriott, Fairview Park Marriott, Washington Marriott at Metro Center and most recently as the Director of Hotel Operations at the Westfields Marriott Hotel & Conference Center in Chantilly, Virginia.

In Bryan’s last three executive positions, he has been able to lead his teams to driving guest satisfaction, improved profitability and associate satisfaction.

“I am excited to be back in the Midwest and to be part of a growing community that has been very welcoming,” said Stolz. “I look forward to bringing more business into Iowa River Landing and being a partner to local businesses.”

The Marriott is opening their doors to all in the community to join in welcoming Bryan to the area on Wednesday, November 20th from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. The reception is open to the public.

Learn more and RSVP here:

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UI Healthcare at Iowa River Landing Plans Expansion in Response to Increased Visits & Procedures

University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics’ Iowa River Landing location has plans for expansion based on outgrowing the clinic space in the first year of operations. Since opening in October 2012, visits to UI Healthcare Iowa River Landing have steadily increased from 6,000 a month during its first month open to 9,500 in August 2013 as presented in a recent report to the Iowa Board of Regents. In fact, last month saw a new daily record of 691 visits.

In response to this rising use, plans are underway to expand into the additional levels of the UI Healthcare Iowa River Landing on floors 4 and 5. The expansion kicks of with the development of five procedure suites and the associated support facilities on level five. The expansion will also increase the number of clinic exam rooms by up to 40 on levels 4 and 5. Both of these expansions utilize existing unfinished “shell space.”

A significant portion of the procedures to be performed in this new space will be colonoscopies, an endoscopic procedure directed towards the early diagnosis and prevention of colorectal cancer. Colonoscopies have provided a significant source of visits to the IRL facility over the past year. Other procedures to be performed in the new unit will include upper gastroenterology and urology procedures. 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, Urology, Ophthalmology and Gynecology.

“Being just one year out from opening in October of 2012 and needing more space for Internal Medicine, Urology (Peds/Adult), Cardiology and OB/Gyn is a reflection of the teamwork and patient care delivered by the staff and providers at UI Healthcare Iowa River Landing,” said Steve Woodward, Administrator UI Healthcare Iowa River Landing. “Patients visiting the clinic for the first time comment on the patient care received, ease of parking, building layout and patient flow. I am very proud of the team and the clinic atmosphere that we have developed in the first year of operation.”

In addition to the procedure rooms, the project will provide areas for patient reception and waiting, preparation, and recovery. The project will also include the installation of a second service elevator to meet the additional transport needs of staff, supplies and equipment for the new procedure suite and future services to be located on level five.

The new phase at UIHC Iowa River Landing is expected to start in the first quarter of 2014 and will be completed in the first/second quarter of 2015. The clinic will be in continuous operation during the expansion, which will primarily occur after hours when the clinic is not in operation.

For more information, please contact Steve Woodward at

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