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

Smart Business Medal -Green-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.




Smart Business Medal - Platinum3M 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

Smart Business Medal - BronzeThe 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.



Barilla America

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




Bike World 

MedallionBike 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

Smart Business Medal - SilverCafe Diem, located at 229 Main St., is a family owned coffee shop offering an assortment of beverage and menu items.



Campustown Action Association

MedallionCampustown 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

Smart Business Medal - Silver

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



Coe's Floral and Gifts

MedallionCoe'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

Smart Business Medal -Green-Participant

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. 



Duck Worth Wearing

Smart Business Medal - Platinum

Platinum 2 Years 

Located 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 Frame Shop

Smart Business Medal - SilverThe 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

Smart Business Medal - Platinum

Platinum 5 Years

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



Smart Business Medal -Green-Participant

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

Smart Business Medal - SilverJax Outdoor Gear, located in West Ames at 4723 Lincoln Way, provides a wide range of products for outdoor recreational activities.



KHOI Community Radio

Smart Business Medal -Green-Participant 

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


  The Loft Ames

Smart Business Medal - Platinum

Platinum 2 Years 

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



Lutheran Services of Iowa (LSI)

Smart Business Medal - GoldLutheran Services of Iowa, located at 1323 Northwestern Ave., is one of Iowa’s largest human service agencies.



 Mary Greeley Medical Center

Smart Business Medal - Platinum

Platinum 1 Year 

Mary 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

Smart Business Medal - Platinum

Platinum 4 Years 

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


Mel's Sweet Occasions 


Mel's Sweet Occasions is a bakery located on 300 Main St. that specializes in custom cakes, cookies and desserts. All sweets are made from scratch using whole and natural ingredients. 



Morning Bell Coffee Roasters

Smart Business Medal - Platinum

Platinum 2 Years 

Morning 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

Smart Business Medal -Green-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

Smart Business Medal -Green-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

Smart Business Medal - GoldPure 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.



  Ron's Auto Repair

Smart Business Medal - SilverRon'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)

Smart Business Medal - Platinum

Renewable 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

MedallionS 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.



Smart Business Medal - Platinum

Platinum 5 Years

Wheatsfield 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 Water Car Wash

Smart Business Medal - Platinum

Platinum 5 Years

Wild 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

Smart Business Medal - GoldWorldly 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.