Smart Businesses

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Ames businesses are encouraged to participate in a new comprehensive EcoSmart program, Smart Business, and be a part of creating a sustainable Ames through involvement in opportunities including: energy and water conservation, transportation, waste reduction, indoor and outdoor environmental quality, carbon footprint, and community engagement. Businesses can participate in rebate programs and implement a business energy plan that saves money while helping the environment.

Current participants in the Smart Business Challenge include:

+39 Italian Restaurant

Medals_Participant+39 Italian Restaurant, located at 2640 Stange Road, is a table service restaurant and full bar, market and deli, and a traditional Italian wine cantina.




Medals_Participant3M Ames, located at 900 Dayton Ave., is a part of the 3M Abrasive Systems Division. They design and manufacture sandpaper products to be used in the woodworking and metal industry, as well as automotive and home improvement. 



Ames Chamber of Commerce

MedallionThe Ames Chamber of Commerce is a private, non-profit corporation made up of concerned business and professional people who volunteer their time and resources to make Ames a better place to live, work and do business.



Arcadia Cafe

MedallionArcadia Cafe, located at 116 Welch Ave., offers coffee, bakery, dining, and spirts in the heart of campus. Passion for taste and the patience for quality are the principles Arcadia was built on.




Medals_ParticipantBarilla, located at 3311 E. Lincoln Way, is an international manufacturer of pasta products.




Bike World 

Medals_ParticipantBike World is located at 126 S. Third St. They provide an enormous selection of bikes, bike parts and clothing. In addition, they offer repairs and bike fittings. 




Cafe Diem

MedallionCafe Diem, located at 229 Main St., is a family owned coffee shop offering an assortment of beverage and menu items.



Campustown Action Association

Medals_ParticipantCampustown Action Association (CAA), located at 119 Stanton Ave. No. 602, is made up of Ames and ISU community members who seek to improve and promote all that is Campustown.



Chocolaterie Stam


Chocolaterie Stam is located at 230 Main St. The store arrived in 2006 and features traditional Dutch chocolate. 



Coe's Floral and Gifts

 Medals_ParticipantCoe's Floral and Gifts, located at 2619 Northridge Parkway, is a local shop featuring fresh flowers and a wide variety of gifts and home decor. They service wedding orders or flowers for any occasion and help you find exactly what you are looking for.



Cooks' Emporium


Cooks' Emporium is located at 313 Main St. and has been serving Ames and the surrounding communities since 1979. Their mission is to provide inspiration and the tools to enable the at-home or professional chief in their creative passions. 



Don & Sons Body Shop Inc.

Medals_ParticipantDon & Sons Body Shop, located at 1003 E. Lincoln Way, is a Direct Repair Shop for most insurance companies. They write the estimate and work directly with your insurance company.



Duck Worth Wearing

MedallionLocated at 232 Main St., Duck Worth Wearing is a children's and maternity resale shop that carries clothing, maternity, toys, books, equipment, and much more.


Everts Flowers 


Everts Flowers is located at 329 Main St. They offer a variety of products such as flowers, plants, gifts and seasonal/occasional decor. 



 The Fighting Burrito

MedallionThe Fighting Burrito, located in Campustown at 117 Welch Ave., offers burritos to order.




The Frame Shop

MedallionThe Ames Frame Shop, located in the Main Street Cultural District as 210 Main St., provides custom framing and artwork.



Green Hills Retirement Community Health Care Center

MedallionGreen Hills Retirement Community Health Care Center at 2200 Hamilton Drive offers private rooms and skilled nursing, and memory care, rehabilitation, recovery, and more





Hach is a water quality testing and analytical instrument manufacturer for monitoring water, located at 100 Dayton Ave. Their mission is to make water analysis smarter, faster, and greener. 




Jax Outdoor Gear

MedallionJax Outdoor Gear, located in West Ames at 4723 Lincoln Way, provides a wide range of products for outdoor recreational activities.



KHOI Community Radio


KHOI is located at 410 Douglas Ave. This local radio station offers various topics such as arts, news, entertainment and music.


  The Loft Ames

MedallionThe Loft, located at 233 Main St., is a unique resale clothing store for teens to adults.




Lutheran Services of Iowa (LSI)

MedallionLutheran Services of Iowa, located at 1323 Northwestern Ave., is one of Iowa’s largest human service agencies.



 Mary Greeley Medical Center

MedallionMary Greeley, located at 1111 Duff Ave., is a medical center that offers inpatient and outpatient medical care and treatment. Their medical team strives to provide effective and efficient care to all of their patients.



McFarland Clinic

MedallionMcFarland Clinic prides itself on serving the health care needs of central Iowans by offering primary care providers and specialists.



 Morning Bell Coffee Roasters

MedallionMorning Bell Coffee Roasters, located at 111 Main St., Suite 103, is a specialty coffee roaster/retailer that provides fresh-roasted, specialty coffee to retail and wholesale customers.



 Nelson Electric

Medals_ParticipantNelson Electric, located at 239 S. Bell Ave., offers complete design/build services, updating, new construction, commercial and industrial work, remodeling, systems wiring, and lighting design services.



Octagon Center for the Arts

Medals_ParticipantLocated at 427 Douglas Ave., the Octagon offers education classes and outreach programs, rotating exhibits, retail gallery shop, and special events such as the annual Octagon Art Festival.



Pure Bridal

MedallionPure Bridal, located at 306 S. 16th St., offers a collection of wedding gowns, bridal party dresses, prom dresses, jewelry, accessories, shoes, undergarments, and almost all formal attire needs.



Random Goods



Random Goods is a consignment store located at 330 Main St. They specialize in finding new homes for costumes, vintage clothing and accessories, and collectible vintage homeware.


  Ron's Auto Repair

MedallionRon's Auto Repair, located at 119 Washington Ave., provides a wide variety of vehicle repair services and is staffed with ASE-Certified technicians.



Renewable Energy Group (REG)

MedallionRenewable Energy Group, located at 416 S Bell Ave. REG is a leading North American advanced biofuels producer and developer of renewable chemicals.



S B & A Architects

Medals_ParticipantS B & A Architects, located at 1421 S. Bell Ave., Suite 101, has a full range of professional expertise, providing clients with development services, master planning, architectural design, interior design with FF&E (Furniture, Fixtures and Equipment) procurement, landscape architecture and owner representation.




MedallionWheatsfield Co-op, located at 413 Northwestern Ave., just off Main Street, is a full-service natural foods grocery that has been community-owned since 1974. Wheatsfield specializes in local, natural, and organic foods and products. Everyone can shop.



Wild Root Salon

Medals_ParticipantWild Root Salon, located at 307 Kellogg Ave., is Ames' first organic hair salon that focuses on safe, healthy and responsible products in their hair care service. Wild Root offers a full salon experience while operation in a socially and environmentally friendly manner.



Wild Water Car Wash

MedallionWild Water Car Wash, located at 204 Clark Ave., offers car washing services, including automatic washers, self-serve washing bays, a large vehicle bay, and vacuums. The business also offers a self-serve pet wash.



Worldly Goods

MedallionWorldly Goods, located in the Main Street Cultural District at 223 Main St., is a nonprofit store operated by volunteers that serves as an international marketplace specializing in the fair trade handcrafts of artisans from developing areas around the world.