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Ames: OPEN for business and still slightly off center!

In light of the ever-changing world of the response to COVID-19, we know normal routines and practices have been temporarily altered. However, there are still plenty of ways to shop, enjoy your favorite meals, and enjoy our Slightly Off Center life in Ames. It’s just that now it’s a little more slightly off center (but we’re good with that!)!

The Ames Convention & Visitors Bureau is doing everything we can do to keep our posted events and activities as up-to-date as possible, but please double-check with the specific business/organization before making plans. As of 03/26/2020, the member businesses listed below are OPEN but have some changes to their regular operations. Please keep in mind; even purchasing gift cards now that can be used in the future will go a long way to spread cheer not only to friends and family, but also to local business owners and our whole community.

ACVB Member Businesses: OPEN but with slightly off center operations!

Alluvial Brewing Company – Their taproom will be operating on a limited, to-go only model until further notice. Their new taproom hours are Thursday & Friday, 4-6pm and Saturday & Sunday 2-4pm. To make it even easier to support them during these tough times, they’ve setup a webstore to allow for online orders of Growlers for pickup during their new hours.

Alpha Copies – Still open, but changed hours: “Monday-Friday: 8am-5pm, Saturday-Sunday: CLOSED”

Ames History Museum – offering online resources and activities like browsing their artifact collection online, using digitized resources to answer Ames history questions, and more!

Ames Public Library -closed to the public but online resources and eBooks are still available.

Arcadia – open for special bakery orders and bulk coffee orders. Visit the website for menus and contact information.

B Fabulous Catering – still offering meals for carry out, delivery, and special order catering.

Benjamin Design – The office is still in operation, working remotely.  The physical office is closed, with contact information posted for anyone to be able to call or e-mail us. They will likely work this way until all of this current crisis is past.

Brick City Grill – open for carry out, or delivery through EatStreet. Check their Facebook page for daily specials and new menu items.

Bronze515 Custom Airbrush Tanning – Salon is closed but you can still purchase gift cards. There is a special now of 15% off gift cards. Click the link for more details:

Burgie’s Coffee & Tea Company – Drive thru only. They will be operating from 7am-6pm each day of the week & they’ll be staffed ready to make it flossy.

Café Diem – Open for curbside pick-up and carry out. Follow their Facebook for daily specials.

Café Milo – Open and offering carry out, curbside pick-up or delivery through Eat Street. Buy a $25 gift card and get 25% off your meal purchase. .

Carlos Quesadillas – open for carry out service from the North Grand Mall restaurant or deliver through EatStreet. Open 11am-7pm daily.

Chocolaterie Stam – Store is open for carryout service, but they will also deliver chocolates, gelato and coffee. Just call the store to place your order. Updated Hours: Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm; Sun, 12:30-5pm

Ciccotti Art Glass – They have cancelled all of their classes, but their gallery and shop is open Monday – Saturday from 10am-4pm.

Coe’s Floral and Gifts – store is closed but you can still order flowers by phone or online for delivery or curbside pick-up. Consultations for events can be scheduled by calling the store. Follow their FB & Instagram for more updates and new merchandise that can be purchased by calling the store.

Cooks’ Emporium – offering ecards with no expiration date for future shopping. Go to their websites to purchase the gift cards. Online orders or by appointment.

Cornbred – offering a Staycation meal pack which includes 2 ½ pounds of meat, two quarts of sides and all the fixin’s that you can pick-up curbside or delivered for free. All other menu items are also available for carry-out/curbside pick-up.

Della Viti – open for wine retail carry out from 11am-6pm. Visit their Facebook for more details.

Dogtown – The store is closed to the public, but they are still taking custom orders. Shop online at, or call the store to purchase a gift card.

Dutch Oven Bakery & Café – open for curbside pick-up. Call ahead and they’ll have it waiting for you!

EatStreet – offering delivery from more than 80 local restaurants. Delivery options include direct hand-off to you, or they will leave on your doorstep so you can avoid contact.

El Maguey – open for carry out and delivery, including liquor and beer!

Farner Storage – fully operational.

Filling Station – Open M-F, 7am-1pm and Saturdays from 7am-Noon, for carry out or delivery through EatStreet.

Fuji Japanese Steakhouse – open 11am-7pm for carry out service.

Great Harvest Bakery & CafeOpen Wednesday, 9am-3pm, offering free delivery on Wednesdays for orders over $25, will fill special orders any day of the week (call 515-708-4856)

Great Plains Sauce & Dough – delivery hours are 11am-11pm. They are offering delivery lunchtime, afternoon, and evening. Same hours as curbside.

Heuss Printing – open for foot traffic, accepting online orders and providing free home or workplace delivery.

Hickory Park – open for carry out from 11am-7pm, you can call anytime during the day to place your order for pickup at a specific time if you want to avoid a busy signal during mealtimes.

Little Woods Herbs & Teas – online ordering and shipping is available. You may also call ahead for carryout service.

London Underground – Gift certificates are now available on their website along with other merchandise.

McDonald’sboth restaurants are open for drive-thru service

Morning Bell Coffee Roasters – they are offering free shipping on bulk coffee orders (beans). Contact the store via website ( for more details.

My Salon & Spa – The salon is closed, but they are still taking orders for hair and skin care products as well as Jane Iredale cosmetics. Visit their website to place orders via phone or email. Staff will coordinate a time when products can be picked up at the salon.

Nook & Nest – Store is closed for the next two weeks but the employees at Cooks’ Emporium can help you if you see something in the window you’d like to purchase. They are offering ecards with no expiration date for future shopping. Keep an eye out for an online store from Nook & Nest coming soon! Go to their websites to purchase the gift cards.

North Grand Cinema – closed but are still selling gift certificates from their website.

North Grand Mall – hours have changed to Monday – Saturday 12-7pm, and Sunday 12-5pm

Octagon Center for the Arts – closed until May 18. They are launching The Octagon Online soon so watch out for more details. Gift certificates for the gift shop are available. Call the shop to purchase.

PhotoSynthesis – OPEN as usual for business, but will now pick up and deliver as requested. Continue to check out their website!

Pizza Pit Extreme – open their regular hours for delivery or carry out.

Prairie Moon Winery – closed but is selling gift cards per their Facebook.

Premier Athlete Training – offering custom online training programs

Rippke Design – open but working remote. Continuing to work and taking meetings but virtual only (phone, video call).

Sigler Companies – operational and currently offering curbside pickup of completed orders.

Sign Pro – open regular hours. In addition, they are able to accept orders via email or over the phone to best comply with social distancing practices. They can also coordinate delivery or pick up.

The Simple Greek – open for carry out or curbside pick-up from 4:30-7pm daily. Order online or using their app.

Sisters in Cheese – They will be open Wednesday & Thursday (25 &26) this week for pick-up/curbside delivery and then they will be closing until the all clear to reopen.

Taco John’s – Our drive-thru is open, and orders for pick-up and delivery can be placed through our Taco John’s mobile app.

The Spice Thai Cuisineopen for carry out, and delivery through EatStreet.

Texas Roadhouseopen for carry out service

Torrent Brewing Company – taproom is closed, but they will fill orders for 16oz cans and new Growlers for pick-up at the Burnett Avenue door from 6:00 – 8:00 pm on Thursday. Check their website for available varieties. (the pick-up times may change to include weekend hours as well, but currently it is only through Thursday).

Treats on a Leash – they will take delivery orders over the phone and will also pick-up and deliver any other orders you have from Downtown businesses. Just let the other business know Treats is delivering to you and they will get your order to them for delivery. This includes Moorman Clothiers, Chocolaterie Stam, Photosynthesis, Transform Wellness Collective, Quilting Connection.

West Street Deli – open for carry out from 11am-6pm. Place orders and pay over the phone and they will have your order waiting for you at the door. They are offering a 10% discount on all orders over $6. Follow their Facebook for specials and updates.

Wheatsfield Co-Op – open 8am-7pm every day for grab n’ go meals and grocery shopping. 8-9am is reserved for high risk groups to shop. Now offering Curbside pick-up from 9am-3pm.

Which Wich – open for curbside pick-up.

Worldy Goods – the store is closed but they are selling gift cards to be used in the future. Email to place your order.

Consider purchasing a gift card from your favorite restaurant, coffee house or retailer that you can use in the future. This provides them with needed cash flow now until it’s back to business as usual.


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