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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 6/5/2020, 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!

Acorn Antiques and Consignment – open 10am to 5pm

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, outdoor seating only. 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.

Ames Main Street Farmers’ Market – Outdoor market held on Saturdays, 8am – 12:30pm with social distancing, 600 people at any one time | Virtual store hours are from Tuesday morning until Thursday evening at 9 pm. Pick up times will be Saturday morning from 10 am until 12:30 pm. at the Ames Chamber of Commerce at 304 Main Street. Check Us Out!

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 until July 1; During the closure, Ames Public Library is offering a variety of programs and videos online, a weekly show on KHOI Community Radio, and online “Stay Inside & Thrive” challenges. The Library has also expanded access to its collections of downloadable and streaming content, such as e-books and movies. In addition, many premium learning and research resources are available online for free with an Ames Public Library card.

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

Aunt Maude’s – Opening June 3 at 11am for dine-in service. Current Menus for Curbside Pick Up Mon-Thurs: 11AM-7PM, Friday-Saturday: 11AM-8PM. A limited version of our regular menu available to order and be picked up Curbside ASAP from 11AM-7PM as well as some of your favorites offered as Daily Specials

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.

Blaze Pizza – We are open for dine-in at reduced capacity. No groups larger than 6. Of course we still offer delivery, pickup, and curbside options.

Brick City Grill – We are open for lunch at bcg, 11am-2pm daily.

Bronze515 Custom Airbrush Tanning – Bronze515 Custom Airbrush Tanning will open their salons for appointments beginning May 8th. Gift cards are still available for purchase on their website. 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 – Dining room open. Follow their Facebook for daily specials.

Café Milo – Dining room open, Monday-Saturday, 7am-6pm; Sunday, 8am-6pm; online ordering available from website.

Carlos QuesadillasFood truck is back, we will be serving starting tomorrow at the North Grand Mall parking lot starting at 11am. Just a reminder practice social distance, we excited to be there. You can place your order by text at 515-451-8080 or our site. Please spread the word with your friends and see you this week. Let’s celebrate 5 de mayo but remember social distance is essential and very important. Thank you Ames community. @ 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 – open to elderly or those at risk from 9-10am, no children under the age of 16 years old allowed in the store, limiting number of folks in store at one time to 10 people

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 –  We will be open 2-6pm Monday through Friday and 12-6pm on Saturday as allowed for retail carryout only. Check 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.

Dublin Bay – We are open Sun-Thu 11am-8pm and Fri/Sat 11am-9pm, offering dine in, curbside pickup and delivery. 515-956-3580

Dutch Oven Bakery & Café – Dining room open with limited capacity. Monday-Wednesday, 6am to 4pm; Thursday-Saturday, 6am to 5pm

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 – opening back up dining room

Erbert & Gerbert’s – Opening May 20th, 10am-2pm daily

Everts – open for walk-ins

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 & Cafe – open Monday through Friday, 10am to 2pm, and Saturday 8am to  2pm | 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

Homewood Golf Course – will begin renting golf carts on Monday, June 8. Carts will be limited to one person per cart unless golfers share the same address. Clubhouse, which includes concessions and restrooms, has remained closed but is anticipated to open on Monday, June 15. Visitors are encouraged to wear masks and observe safe, social distancing policies.

Hy-Vee West and Lincoln Center – Store hours are 8am-8pm or you can use Aisles Online for pick-up or delivery. Carry out meals are available from the Market Grille.

Little Woods Herbs & Teas – online ordering and shipping is available, 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 Farmers’ Market – held on Wednesdays, 3-6pm and Saturdays, 8am-1pm, in the parking lot north of JCPenney

North Grand Mall

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 – Prairie Curbside Pickup has NEW hours | Friday 2-7pm | Saturday 2-7pm | Sunday 1-5pm

So shop the curbside menu, and we’ll be there to assist you during the extended hours!

Reiman Gardens – June 1-7: Open for MEMBERS ONLY. To show appreciation to our members, we will offer this week-long special access. June 8: Opens to the general public, ISU students, and members. Our hours are from 10am to 6pm.

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

Snus Hill Winery – In an effort to limit the spread of COVID -19 in our community, we are not offering wine tastings until further notice. Our wine will be available for purchase To Go only–Friday, Saturday & Sunday 12-6pm.

The Simple Greek – 11am to 7:30pm, pickup, delivery

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).

Transform Wellness Collective – Transform Wellness Collective – Chiropractic sessions available by appointment. Semi-private boutique shopping is open by appointment (no more than two individuals in store for 30 minutes), or you can shop online for carry out or curbside drop off. Gift certificates are also available.

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.

Wallaby’s – Open for carry-out and delivery (EatStreet). Carry out orders can be picked up on the north side of Wallaby’s (Aspen Road) through carry out window. Check out the limited menu on our Facebook and website. Adjusted hours: Mon-Fri, 4pm – 8pm | Dining open at 4pm-9pm May 1 only. Open May 2 from 11-9pm. Regular hours start May 8.

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, offering Curbside pick-up from 9am-3pm

Which Wich – open for curbside pick-up

Worldy Goods – Order through online store, pick up either curbside or we will deliver in town on Wednesday from 11am-2pm or on Saturday, 11am-2pm.

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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