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Happy Joe's helps respond to Incredible Pizza closing PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kristel Ersan   
Friday, 05 October 2012 13:51
Happy Joe's would like to help any families or individuals who purchased recent offers from
Incredible Pizza.

If you have purchased gift cards, parties, or any of the recent discounted offers from Incredible
Pizza or a media promotion for products or services at Incredible Pizza, Happy Joe's is prepared to
do the following:

1. Anyone who received the birthday offer where you were to send in your child’s photograph,
and one photo a month was chosen for a birthday party for 10, bring your certificate in to
Happy Joe's at 201 West 50th Street in Davenport, and we will honor it for just $25. All of our
services and products are not the same as Incredible Pizza’s, but our birthday parties will
include, pizza, Happy Joe's new Joegurt product, and tokens, as well as some complimentary
climbing passes to our new Jungle Mountain Rock Climbing Walls. For individuals or
families who purchased $50 gift certificates for the $25, we will redeem those at a $25 value
at Happy Joe's at 201 W. 50th Street in Davenport. You will at least get your $25 back in
Happy Joe's services.

2. If you are currently holding one of the plastic Incredible Pizza cards that were typically used
for tokens, Happy Joe's will be happy to give you $5 in tokens in exchange for those cards.

3. All of these offers are good at the Happy Joe's located at 201 West 50 th Street in Davenport
(the one with Jungle Bungle).

If you have any questions regarding Happy Joe's and the Incredible Pizza exchange, please call
563-386-1766 and ask for Jenny, Jenn, or Luke. These offers go into effect Monday, October 8, 2012,
and will be offered through December 31, 2012. If you want to use your discount or credit for a
party after December 2012, we will be happy to apply it to your reservation as long as it is booked
before the end of this year.

Kristel Whitty-Ersan, Marketing Director for Happy Joe's Pizza & Ice Cream Parlor stated, “We hope
this helps individuals who have spent their hard-earned money on entertainment for their children
to feel like they can at least get something back for it, and not disappoint their kids.”

News Releases - Food & Dining
Written by Paula Beck   
Wednesday, 03 October 2012 15:03

Company Plans to Honor Game Cards, Refund Event Deposits

Davenport, Iowa…America’s Incredible Pizza Company (AIPC) today confirmed that its lease on E. Kimberly Road is terminated and the Davenport location has officially closed. The decision to close the Davenport location was the result of a business dispute between external forces, says AIPC founder and CEO, Rick Barsness, and does not reflect AIPC’s commitment to the surrounding community.

“We love Davenport. We are grateful for the support of our customers here and have always been proud to serve them. It was not our decision to close. Unfortunately, our hands were tied,” said Barsness. “We hope that families will come and play with us at our nine remaining locations.”

Refunds will be issued for deposits made for group events and birthday parties. Game cards will be honored at other AIPC locations including Urbandale, outside of Des Moines, the closest to Davenport. No cash refunds for game cards will be given. Employees affected by the closing are being offered jobs at other locations.

“Of course we are disappointed with this outcome, but we are also excited about the many changes taking place within our organization, including the opening of our newest location in St. Louis later this December and our rebranding efforts that will propel the company’s growth,” says Barsness.

AIPC’s rebranding strategy includes the opening of the St. Louis location by year’s end, new games and attractions at AIPC’s remaining nine locations, more valuable family deals, “Incrediblizers” for a better experience, brighter storefronts, friendlier website and enhanced marketing efforts.

Customers with questions regarding deposits for group events or about game cards are asked to contact Nikki Tunnell at 417-890-1408 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

About America’s Incredible Pizza Company (AIPC)
America’s Incredible Pizza Company (AIPC) is a premier family dining and entertainment center with nine locations throughout the United States and Mexico. AIPC offers Themed Dining Rooms where guests enjoy an all-you-can-eat Incredible Buffet that includes a vast array of freshly prepared, homemade food choices such as pizza and salad bars, hot entrees, pasta, potatoes, side vegetables, and desserts including cinnamon rolls, pies, cobblers and more. The Fairgrounds features an assortment of amusements including state-of-the-art video and arcade games, go-karts, bowling, laser tag, mini golf, bumper cars and other

Iowa Coffee Company Liqueur Returns along with More Cody Road Bourbon PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ryan Burchett   
Tuesday, 02 October 2012 13:29

Le Claire, Iowa, October 1, 2012 – It’s beginning to feel a lot like fall outside, just in time for Mississippi River Distilling Company’s second release of Iowa Coffee Company Liqueur on October 5, 2012.  This seasonal is back by popular demand after flying off the shelves last fall and winter.

MRDC takes hand roasted Peruvian blend coffee beans from Iowa Coffee Company, a Des Moines area small business, and infuses it into River Pilot Vodka.  Along the process, fresh cinnamon sticks and vanilla beans are added.  This year approximately 6,000 bottles will be available for distribution starting in October.  Grab a bottle for yourself and one to give as a gift this holiday season!

October 5 also marks the next release of the highly sought after Cody Road Bourbon Whiskey.  Approximately 1,500 bottles will be distributed.  Luckily, more is quickly on the horizon ready to come out of the barrel so it won’t be so hard to get your hands on a bottle.  By the beginning of November, MRDC will be releasing approximately 1,000 bottles per week, thanks to finally catching up with the aging process.  Also coming up November 2, is the release of MRDC’s latest spirit, Cody Road Rye Whiskey. This spirit is handmade from 100% local rye purchased from Dave and Jim Wherry in Fulton, Illinois. Our rye is a unique spirit that showcases the wonderful spiciness of this one-of-a-kind grain along with the delicate fruitiness that is often lost in rye whiskies.

Coffee enthusiasts, bourbon lovers and everyone in between are invited to join us Friday, October 5 from 5:30-8:00 p.m. to celebrate at MRDC’s First Friday Feature.  There will be specialty cocktails prepared for the evening, including cocktails featuring the coffee liqueur, as well as some light appetizers.  During the First Friday party, fans get a free Iowa Coffee Company Liqueur coffee mug with any bottle of spirits purchased.

Mississippi River Distilling Company is open from 10 AM to 5 PM Monday through Saturday and from 12 to 5 PM Sundays.  Free tours are offered to the public daily on the hour from 12 to 4 PM or by appointment.  The tour takes visitors through the entire distilling process.  Tours end in the Grand Tasting Room with free samples of products for those patrons over 21 years of age.

Celebrate National Pork Month at the Machine Shed PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Stacy Christoffersen   
Monday, 01 October 2012 13:15
With special features, promotions and giveaways all month long October is National Pork Month. Since the doors first opened, Pork has been a staple on the Machine Shed menu selling over 300,000 pounds of pork every year. The Shed menu offers an
extensive variety of pork sandwiches, entrees and features, which is why the Machine Shed was honored as an “Honorary Master Pork Producer”. Here’s what guests will find at the Shed this During Breakfast hours say “I Love Bacon” and get a free extra slice of bacon with your During Lunch hours receive $1.00 off any pork entrée – including the popular Pork Tenderloin sandwich.

During Dinner hours receive $2.00 off any pork entrée – including the award winning double cut Iowa pork chops.  Learn tips, recipes and fun facts on the Machine Shed Blog ( 

Download a complimentary recipe book with eight chef inspired recipes at

Celebrate National Pork Month at the Machine Shed. To learn more about all the Machine Shed Pork Month events, visit their website at The Machine Shed is located at Northwest Blvd and I-80 in Davenport, IA.


French-inspired Nouveau wine tradition becomes a 28-year tradition in Galena, Illinois PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Janelle Keeffer   
Monday, 01 October 2012 13:12

GALENA, Ill. – “Le Beaujolais nouveau est arrivé!” Simply translated, “Wine lovers: get ready, get set, go!” The third Thursday of November marks the annual release of Beaujolais Nouveau and the opportunity to be among the first to sample the new, shortly fermented wine, previewing the current year’s fall harvest.

In France, this tradition began more than a century ago. In Galena, Illinois, it kicked off at the hands of Galena Cellars Vineyard & Winery in 1985. Today, it’s grown to be a full-blown community celebration inviting epicureans of all levels to enjoy all things wine.

The weekend officially kicks off at noon on Friday, November 16 with traditional French stew and wine-inspired lunches at many area restaurants. At 2:30 pm, the familiar “clip clop” of horse hooves will be heard throughout Galena’s downtown. On board the horse-drawn wagons sporting revelers is a celebrated guest that will have the entire town in merriment all weekend—Galena Cellars’ 2012 Nouveau wine. The specially commissioned Nouveau wine label and collector’s poster by Galena artist Dwight Walles will also be unveiled.

Local restaurants continue the celebration with live music, wine tasting, dinner specials and receptions. Throughout the weekend, wine lovers can also enjoy vineyard tours (Galena boasts three area vineyards open to the public), winemaker dinners, wine-inspired pampering such as spa and shopping specials and lodging packages.

Raise your glass, and let the adventure begin! A complete list of weekend happenings is available online at Additional area offerings and visitor information may be found at the Galena/Jo Daviess County Convention and Visitors Bureau at or by calling 877.464.2536. While in town, visit the CVB’s Old Train Depot Visitor Information Center at 101 Bouthillier St. (corner of Park Avenue) in Galena for on-site assistance and countywide information.

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