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Posted: 8/16/2020 9:21:38 PM EDT
Tried to do a search but didn't come up with anything. Looks like I will be spending a bit more time in Ames, as my son will be going there in a year. However, we are going up quite a bit now and will have some time to kill on some of the trips.

What shops should I be headed to visit in the area?
Link Posted: 8/17/2020 9:14:13 AM EDT
JAX's on the westside.  Jacobson's in Story City.  Lindy's in Boone.  Otherwise you'll need to hit the metro.
Link Posted: 8/18/2020 4:19:25 PM EDT
Never dealt with them beyond a phone call but Central Iowa Impact in Boone is an option.
Link Posted: 8/19/2020 9:17:31 AM EDT
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Forgot about them.  Indoor range with a decent selection of guns.
Link Posted: 8/22/2020 8:58:37 PM EDT
Thanks guys! Looks like I'll have some to hit the next few times I'm up.
Link Posted: 9/10/2020 9:23:48 AM EDT
Central Iowa Impact is great, both their shop and their range.
Link Posted: 9/11/2020 8:19:47 PM EDT
Hickory Park

Link Posted: 9/12/2020 8:33:53 AM EDT
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Hickory Park

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Good food for not a lot of money. What's not to like there?
Link Posted: 9/12/2020 1:51:16 PM EDT
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Jax went woke if you want good BBQ jimmy's in boone
Link Posted: 9/13/2020 7:33:26 PM EDT
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Is Whatcha Smokin in Luther still open? They're my go-to stop after I come back from the range
Link Posted: 9/14/2020 9:13:37 AM EDT
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It was the last time I drove past, couple weeks ago.
Link Posted: 9/14/2020 9:14:35 AM EDT
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With all the ambiance of a Morton Building.
Link Posted: 9/14/2020 10:28:10 AM EDT
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With all the ambiance of a Morton Building.
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Originally Posted By shack357:

Good food for not a lot of money. What's not to like there?



With all the ambiance of a Morton Building.

Oh well. I'm there to eat, not look at architecture.
Link Posted: 9/14/2020 8:18:43 PM EDT
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Then it won't surprise you that it's owned by a Professor of Industrial Technology or some such.  But you might already know that based on your workplace.
Link Posted: 9/14/2020 9:30:13 PM EDT
I think the ambiance is nice but the food sucks.

I miss Jethros, it was so much better.

Cornbread is but with prices to match
Link Posted: 9/15/2020 9:05:14 AM EDT
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Then it won't surprise you that it's owned by a Professor of Industrial Technology or some such.  But you might already know that based on your workplace.
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It was sold by the original owner to a Des Moines firm a year or so ago.
Link Posted: 9/15/2020 8:28:15 PM EDT
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It was sold by the original owner to a Des Moines firm a year or so ago.
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Well phooey.  That reduces my desire to eat there again.  I really liked it when we were there.  They had some sauce in the back that was some sort of "not really a secret" that had some extra heat to it.  Good Stuff.

Some thread creep here - back on the original topic - you've got a couple of other shops within an hour - Daryl's over in State Center and Controlled Chaos down by Baxter.  You'll never quite know what you'll stumble on in Daryl's.
Link Posted: 9/18/2020 11:37:40 PM EDT
Always good to have places to eat too...makes hitting the shops more fun. My son been hurt and hasn't made it back up there but hope to make it back up there soon. I'll be hitting the shops then..

Thanks again, and if anyone has anything else to throw up, I'm all ears.
Link Posted: 9/19/2020 4:29:25 PM EDT
I would just stop at JT Guns on Merle Hay Road in Des Moines.  It's on the way to Ames.  JT's got tons of ammo at reasonable prices(yes, 9mm and 5.56) and the best selection of firearms.
Link Posted: 9/21/2020 4:28:39 PM EDT
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I would just stop at JT Guns on Merle Hay Road in Des Moines.  It's on the way to Ames.  JT's got tons of ammo at reasonable prices(yes, 9mm and 5.56) and the best selection of firearms.
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Nice little shop.  Emphasis on little.  On Saturdays that place can get very crowded.  I've bought a three guns from him over the years.
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