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Transforming A Shopping Mall & What A Story!

If you've spent any time listening to our daily newscast you know that we've reported many times about the hollowing out of our nation's shopping malls. As ecommerce shook the bones of retail we watched as department stores, often shopping mall anchors, entering bankruptcy and leaving gaping holes. Then COVID19 came and, for many, finished the job. Some malls have sold out to Amazon to be used as fulfillment centers. Other mall owners are working new tenet arrangements hoping to salvage their business. Some mall owners are totally reimagining their centers and changing everything. Meet Liz Holland the CEO of Merle Hay Investors and the remarkable story behind their goal to totally restructure their business. It's a stunning departure and, perhaps, one of the first in the nation as the Merle Hay Mall becomes..."Hockey Town".

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The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday business news podcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and some local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday. You can subscribe on PlayerFMPodbeaniTunesSpotifyStitcher or TuneIn Radio. And you can catch The Business News Hour Week in Review each Sunday Noon on News/Talk 1540 KXEL. The Business News Hour is a production of Insight Advertising, Marketing & Communications. You can follow us on Twitter @IoB_NewsHour.

 

It’s Stuff to DO with Cityview and Jeff Pitts

Each Friday as we slide into the weekend Jeff Pitts the managing editor of Cityview Magazine stops in to chat it up about "Stuff to DO" in the Greater Des Moines Metro. And it's sort of an anniversary for us. In March Jeff celebrated four years doing this gig with me.  Pretty neat.  Here, along with some side-chatter, is what we've got for you:

Learn more by heading to Cityview Magazine!

The Business News Headlines 24 March 2021

Midweek already and welcome to the business news headlines. Can you tell it's tax time? Several of our stories today center on that so let's go!

  • Today $81 billion to schools to reopen;
  • Stimulus checks and Social Security;
  • Did you get your IRS letter?
  • The back-log on paper tax returns is...huge;
  • Why you may not want to extend your tax deadline;
  • Amazon is Big Brother say workers;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • How about a "Work-Cation"?

Those stories and you'll meet entrepreneur Gale McKinney from Twin Rivers Media as we talk about the publishing business and how his very niche magazines work during a time when others are floundering. You can hear that conversation here. 

Meet Entrepreneur and Publisher Gale McKinney

I have had the pleasure of knowing Gale McKinney for decades and why this is the first time he's graced our microphones is amazing (and I'm a bit embarrassed). Gale is the founder of Twin Rivers Media the publisher of American Cattlemen, American Dairymen and The Iowa Sportsman. In addition, Gale and his family own a retail sporting goods store and a hardware store. Here we talk about the magazine business, the niche markets he serves and the boom in Iowa outdoor activity. Meet Gale: 

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The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday business news podcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and some local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday. You can subscribe on PlayerFMPodbeaniTunesSpotifyStitcher or TuneIn Radio. And you can catch The Business News Hour Week in Review each Sunday Noon on News/Talk 1540 KXEL. The Business News Hour is a production of Insight Advertising, Marketing & Communications. You can follow us on Twitter @IoB_NewsHour.

The Business News Headlines 12 March 2021

Welcome to the Friday Edition of the Business News Headlines where in under nine minutes you're up to speed on some of the big business news stories of the day. And click through to listen to us chat it up about Stuff to DO in the Greater Des Moines Metro. Let's go:

  • Wait, what? $4 a gallon for gas;
  • Some have already received their stimulus payment;
  • Mark Cuban on what you should do with your cash;
  • Ulta CEO Mary Dillon stepping down...a surprise;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • Some news about Bitcoin;
  • Netflix is cracking down on freeloaders.

Those stories PLUS you get to hear from Jeff Pitts from Cityview Magazine about "Stuff to DO" in the Greater Des Moines Metro and, yes, we're talking pigs and...guns. To listen in just click this link.

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The Business News Headlines 6 November 2020

We made it to Friday...that one fact should be something to celebrate.  It's the Friday Edition of the Business News Headlines and here's what we've got for you:

  • Wall Street ended the day mixed;
  • The U.S. added more jobs but, yes, there is a but;
  • The price of oil fell again today and why;
  • Some chain restaurant news;
  • The states are seeing dollars in pot;
  • The Clorox/Lysol Scam;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • Wait...what was that in California?

Those stories PLUS, because it is Friday, Jeff Pitts, the managing editor of Cityview Magazine is in to chat it up about "Stuff to Do" in the Greater Des Moines Metro. Some things cancelled but music, the laughs and honky tonk dancing cowboys made the list. To listen just click here.

Thanks for coming by! 

The Business News Headlines 30 October 2020

Boo! Welcome to the business news headlines for Friday the 30th of October and thanks for coming by.  This is what we've got ready for you:

  • What would you do with an extra hour a day?
  • Wall Street had a rough week;
  • Betting and Wall Street?  Yep;
  • Pinterest is booming and why;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • Netflix is gonna cost you more.

Those stories plus Jeff Pitts from Cityview Magazine is in to chat it up about stuff to DO in the Greater Des Moines Metro this weekend into next week. DO NOT expect anything too serious as we riff about all sorts of things...to LISTEN, click here. 

Stuff to DO with Cityview and Jeff Pitts

Each week we chat it up with Jeff Pitts the managing editor for Cityview Magazine about Stuff to DO in the Greater Des Moines, Iowa Metro. Expect NOTHING serious here just a couple of guys riffing about whatever.  But we do talk about the Animal Rescue League, The Veteran Coat Drive, free food from Quick Trip for kids, the Trick and Tree event at the Botanical Center and much more. Enjoy...laugh a little, you've earned it! 

The Business News Headlines 15 October 2020

Welcome back and glad you clicked through for the business news headlines on this the 15th day of October.  Here's what we've got for you today:

  • The Zoom Paywall;
  • The new unemployment numbers..ouch;
  • A company that is demanding workers come back;
  • Today is "Tax Day" for millions;
  • Some interesting Amazon Prime Day numbers;
  • Two fitness companies back in court;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • College freshmen...skipping out.

As always, thanks for coming by and follow us on Twitter for business news throughout the day @IOB_NewsHour.

 

Stuff to DO with Cityview and Jeff Pitts

Each week Jeff Pitts the managing editor for Cityview Magazine stops by to chat about "Stuff to DO" in the Greater Des Moines Metro this weekend into next week and then we often get off on something...very different. Hey, it's Friday and here are some of the things on tap:

  • Tonight you can "Tee Hee" at Tee Hee;
  • Slaughter Hours is open...if you dare;
  • Jester Park and Iowa Ghosts;
  • The Blank Park Zoo is having a celebration;
  • FLEA MARKET but no Gun Show at the Fairgrounds;
  • Wolly's havin' a band;
  • Tom McDonald and Ghost Stories at Vaudeville Mews
  • Central College and "Doubt"
  • Food Truck Thursday;
  • Chad Hitsman and Knives;
  • Valley Junction stuff.

Thanks for listening! 

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