Insight On Business the News Hour

The Business Side of a Successful Restaurant with Lynn Pritchard

This week we launched Out to Lunch with Michael Libbie a new segment that features a prominent Iowa business person (and perhaps even a politician) and we talk business over lunch. This gave us a perfect opportunity to sit down with the owner and chef of our host restaurant Table 128 Bistro & Bar, Lynn Pritchard. Here we talk about what goes into creating a restaurant experience that infatuates customers, what keeps them coming back, the menu, the staff, the husband/wife team and, of course, Julia Child. Meet Lynn... 

The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday, hour-long business broadcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday starting at 5:00pm on AM-940. The Business News Hour is a production of Insight Advertising, Marketing & Communications through a business relationship with The Des Moines Radio Group. You can follow us on Twitter @IoB_NewsHour.

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The Maine Street Studio - Creativity Unleashed

When we first visited Maine Street Studio we were so taken by the light and the size of the space. Those of you who shoot video or stills get it. Meet Fritz Nordengren the proprietor of Maine Street Studio located in a very cool, historical building. A photographer and self described "story teller" Fritz has this amazing rental studio that allows agencies, photographers, video professionals to come and use on an hourly basis or longer. Shoot food to fashion and more. We were so impressed...have a listen to his story. 

The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday, hour-long business broadcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday starting at 5:00pm on AM-940. The Business News Hour is a production of Insight Advertising, Marketing & Communications through a business relationship with The Des Moines Radio Group. You can follow us on Twitter @IoB_NewsHour.

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Stuff to DO in the Metro with Jeff Pitts of Cityview

At the end of each broadcast week Jeff Pitts from Cityview Magazine joins us for a conversation about "Stuff to DO in the Metro" over the weekend and into next week. Here we talk hockey, music, arts and entertainment and a bunch more. Have some fun already! 

The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday, hour-long business broadcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday starting at 5:00pm on AM-940. The Business News Hour is a production of Insight Advertising, Marketing & Communications through a business relationship with The Des Moines Radio Group. You can follow us on Twitter @IoB_NewsHour.

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The Animal Rescue League - Dogs, Cats and Horses?

Perhaps one of the oldest and well known animal rescue operations in the Midwest is the Animal Rescue League of Des Moines. Here Executive Director Tom Colvin shares some history and some surprising things you may not know about ARL. We're talking about upcoming events, the Iowa Legislature and your next...horse. See told you.  

The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday, hour-long business broadcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday starting at 5:00pm on AM-940. The Business News Hour is a production of Insight Advertising, Marketing & Communications through a business relationship with The Des Moines Radio Group. You can follow us on Twitter @IoB_NewsHour.

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Akebono Japanese - Our Restaurant of the Week

Each week we offer up an interview with a locally owned restaurant to share with you their back story. Our Restaurant of the Week this week is Akebono Japanese Restaurant in the heart of downtown Des Moines. Meet Nam Tran who came to America from Vietnam as a child, learned his craft and struck out on his own. Akebono, our Restaurant of the Week! 

The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday, hour-long business broadcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday starting at 5:00pm on AM-940. The Business News Hour is a production of Insight Advertising, Marketing & Communications through a business relationship with The Des Moines Radio Group. You can follow us on Twitter @IoB_NewsHour.

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Trellis Our Restaurant of the Week!

While it might be a cold winter you can warm up at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Center with Trellis a creation from Lisa LaValle and her husband Michael. Here you can enjoy a menu that reflects Lisa's passion for fresh and local in a setting unlike anything else in the Des Moines Metro. With Lisa is Jake Miller the general manager for Port Of Des Moines the company behind Trellis, The Riverwalk Hub, Trellis Catering, J.A. White Riverboat and The River Center the newest event center in the Greater Des Moines Metro. Side note of history: The site of The River Center is the warehouse where Old Tavern Brewing Company, one of the oldest breweries in the Metro, once stood. Here is our conversation... 

The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday, hour-long business broadcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday starting at 5:00pm on AM-940. The Business News Hour is a production of Insight Advertising, Marketing & Communications through a business relationship with The Des Moines Radio Group. You can follow us on Twitter @IoB_NewsHour.

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The Fireplace Superstore Is Not Big Box

Baby, it's cold outside so we thought this conversation with Chris Bump from The Fireplace Superstore was in order. No, it's not a "big box" but a family owned business that has expanded greatly over the years. Based in Urbandale, Iowa Chris says the business focuses on just a couple of things but does those things very, very well. Warm up with The Fireplace Superstore! 

The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday, hour-long business broadcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday starting at 5:00pm on AM-940. The Business News Hour is a production of Insight Advertising, Marketing & Communications through a business relationship with The Des Moines Radio Group. You can follow us on Twitter @IoB_NewsHour.

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Christian Photo in our Way-Back Machine

We love highlighting local, small business and now is such a critical time for small business owners that we thought we'd reach back to a conversation we had in the Fall of 2016 with Grant and Brian Christian. They are third and second generation owners of Christian Photo based in Urbandale. We love their passion and their story and thought it might mean something to you as well. Climb into our Way-Back Machine and meet the current and future of Christian Photo, "Iowa's Local Camera Store"

The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday, hour-long business broadcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday starting at 5:00pm on AM-940. The Business News Hour is a production of Insight Advertising, Marketing & Communications through a business relationship with The Des Moines Radio Group. You can follow us on Twitter @IoB_NewsHour.

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Stuff to DO with Cityview and Jeff Pitts

Each week Jeff Pitts shares with us his top picks of stuff to do in the Des Moines Metro. From music to art the folks at Cityview know what to do. Here's Jeff! 

The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday, hour-long business broadcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday starting at 5:00pm on AM-940. The Business News Hour is a production of Insight Advertising, Marketing & Communications through a business relationship with The Des Moines Radio Group. You can follow us on Twitter @IoB_NewsHour.

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The Iowa Beef Steakhouse with Will Kellogg

We had great fun with our Restaurant of the Week! Meet Will Kellogg who has been at The Iowa Beef Steakhouse for twenty-five years and for the past several years has been the owner. We talk about the early years as a dishwasher the dramatic changes in the menu (NOT!) and the fact they do one thing really, really well...present great steaks and open 7 days a week! Oh, and his favorite cut of beef? It's a fun interview and you can listen in! 

The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday, hour-long business broadcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday starting at 5:00pm on AM-940. The Business News Hour is a production of Insight Advertising, Marketing & Communications through a business relationship with The Des Moines Radio Group. You can follow us on Twitter @IoB_NewsHour.

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