Things To Do In Merle Hay


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  • India Star
    A flavorful restaurant, India Star serves spicy Indian fare. Load up on healthy and vegan fare at India Star and leave with a full stomach. The drink list at India Star has everything you need to complete your meal (and your night out). You won't need to get a sitter before heading to India Star — kids are more than welcome at this family-friendly establishment. At India Star, your large or small party can easily enjoy a meal. The restaurant has catering services as well. For those in a hurry, the restaurant lets you take your meal or snack to go. India Star offers free parking just steps away from the door. Taste the greatness India Star is serving up with meals around $30.
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    5514 Douglas Avenue
    Des Moines, IA US
  • Merle Norman Cosmetic Studio
    Owner Darlene Olson holds court over Merle Hay Lanes’ sleek bowling lanes, where the sounds of laughter and pins crashing fills the air. An Olson family heirloom since 1993, Merle Hay caters to amateurs and pin-toppling veterans alike with open bowling and league play for a variety of age and skill levels. Bowlers quench competition-induced thirsts at Bowlwinkles Lounge with a formidable lineup of drink specials. The bowling alley also plays host to a variety of special events including birthday parties and corporate outings, preventing coworkers from having to bowl in the alley behind the office.
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    3800 Merle Hay Rd
    Des Moines, IA US
  • Des Moines
    Even with Chicago's skyline some 300 miles away up I-80, the taste of Felix and Oscar’s deep-dish pizzas seem to bring it into focus. Its chefs pile up to 15 toppings on their authentic Windy City–style pies, layering Hormel bacon, pepperoni, and Graziano’s italian sausage beside less traditional add-ons, such as sauerkraut or shrimp. They ladle housemade meat sauce atop regular or gluten-free pasta and supplement their comestibles with imported beers and California wines. For diners on the go, Felix and Oscar’s allows customers to place their orders ahead of time to reduce the time they have to wait in the seating area. The pie-smiths also keep galas well fed with their in-house party rooms or offsite catering.
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    4050 Merle Hay Road
    Des Moines, IA US
  • J. Johnson Gallery
    J. Johnson Gallery's photographs wind up in everything from magazine advertisements to family photo albums. Their photographers stage fashion shoots, snap senior portraits, and lug their cameras to special events. When not behind the lens, they also teach educational seminars for aspiring photographers.
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    6721 Douglas Ave.
    Des Moines, IA US
  • Nova 10 Cinemas
    At Nova Cinema, cinephiles and casual moviegoers alike nosh on popcorn while watching first-run movies projected on full-size silver screens. Nova Cinema’s selection of talkies changes weekly, with current high-octane thrillers, family flicks, and love stories showing seven days of the week. Recent selections include The Hunger Games, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, _ and _Dr. Seuss' The Lorax, as well as 21 Jump Street, a coming of age story about street signs learning to conquer their fear of heights.
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    4353 Merle Hay Road
    Des Moines, IA US
  • Des Moines Buccaneers
    Watch the Buccaneers’ crop of scrappy slapshooters, including current point leaders Austin Coldwell, Dan DeSalvo, and Cal Decowski, fight their in-state rivals for the Western Conference title. The team has a history of grooming players for higher-profile gigs, with eight former Buccaneers currently in the NHL. A comfortable arena-level seat provides an excellent vantage point to oversee the puck-pummeling proceedings.
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    7201 Hickman Rd
    Urbandale, IA US
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