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FCR on the way to top

Independence call center employs 240 and still hiring

FCR, a call center in Independence, has hired 240 people in about nine months and is on its way to one of the top employers in the county.

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Optimistic about economy

Local officials see Polk County’s job market, labor force growing

In Chelsea Metcalfe’s opinion, Dallas has a “good problem.” Metcalfe, the executive director of the Dallas Area Chamber of Commerce, said she’s been trying to help a local family fulfill their business dream, but has run into a roadblock.

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Something sweet?

Critelli Sweets in Dallas offers homemade baked goods and candy with the touch of a family tradition

After a lifetime of experience with her father’s gift for cooking Italian food that would bring the neighbors knocking when they smelled the garlic in the air, Kerner asked him, “Why don’t you open a restaurant?”

Monmouth Hardware moves to new digs

Monmouth Hardware has been at 225 Main St. E. since the mid-1960s, but owners Brenda and Tom Pell have decided to move down the street.

Central High to host job fair

A job fair on March 23 will bring 31 businesses and organizations to Central High School.

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Flowers and more

Elegant Floral brings variety of gifts, shopping experience to downtown

The owner of Elegant Floral, which opened on Feb. 12 on Mill Street in Dallas, seemed destined to be a flower shop owner. It’s just taken some time for her to make that leap.

American Gas, Tech to bring 900 jobs to Dallas

American Gas & Technology (AG&T) founder Ray Tate Jr. said the company is developing the “21st century gas station” and its vision is as big as the facility it’s remodeling to build its dream.

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Return of classic Blue Garden sign highly anticipated

It was a moment 30 years in the making.

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A sign of what’s to come

The classic Blue Garden building facade will be completed this week

For the first time in about 30 years, the old Blue Garden sign will add its light to Main Street in downtown Dallas.

Polk wines, vineyards commended

Vineyards and wineries from Polk County were well-represented in Wine Spectator’s February issue, which was on newsstands Tuesday.

Fashion Sense celebrates grand opening

Fashion Sense, located at 427 E. Main St., Monmouth, celebrated its grand opening on Jan. 16.

Deadline changed on business filings

The deadline for filing personal property tax returns has changed for businesses.

Marquis Spa now employee-owned

Marquis Spa announced that the company is now 100 percent employee-owned.

Goodwill launches new website

A new website designed to give job seekers easy access to support is now online.

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Calmlee’s Bookstore offers readers (real) page turners

Tired of looking at screens? A recently opened store in downtown Dallas has just the remedy: books.