Information about Ames, IA and the small, locally-owned businesses located there.

In the heart of the Midwest

"In the heart of the Midwest"

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A little about Ames

Centrally and conveniently located in the heart of the Midwest and Iowa, Ames is known for its healthy, stable economy, flourishing cultural environment, and the world-renowned Iowa State University. Designated as 9th Best Place to Live in the United States by (2010), Ames is an attractive location for new businesses to locate and for existing businesses to expand. World class companies including 3M, Barilla, Becker Underwood, Boehringer Ingelheim, Hach, Sauer-Danfoss, Syngenta, and many others are located in Ames.

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The history of Ames

The city was founded in 1864 as a station stop on the Cedar Rapids and Missouri Railroad and was named after 19th century U.S. Congressman Oakes Ames of Massachusetts, who was influential in the building of the transcontinental railroad. Ames was founded near a location that was deemed favorable for a railroad crossing of the Skunk River. It was founded by the Ames family which originated from England.

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Ames, Iowa

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Businesses in Ames, Iowa

Here is a collection of local Ames, Iowa businesses. Clicking on the thumbnail image, or the blue "View Member" will take you to that businesses page. We've included some jump links so that you can easily navigate to different categories of businesses. Those, can be found directly below as icons. Or, there is a list of categories in the menu bar.

Art Athletic Business Services Construction / Trades Food/Grocery Jewelry Museums / Attractions Restaurants Services Shopping


Octagon Center for the Arts


A cornerstone of the cultural scene since 1966.


Skunk River Cycles


We carry the bike for your riding style


Gateway Insurance Services

Business Services

Driven to exceed your insurance expectations


Integrity Construction Services

Construction / Trades

Commercial and residential construction and remodeling


Cafe Diem


Your premier coffee shop.


The Sweet Shoppe of Ames


Cupcakes for all occasions!


Wheatsfield Grocery


Wheatsfield, your local natural foods co-op!


Ames Silversmithing


From our hands to her heart.


Coldwater Golf Links

Museums / Attractions

Central Iowa's most unique golf experience!


Aunt Maude's


Daily lunch and dinner additions freshly prepared


Brick City Grill


Where every day is game day


Hickory Park BBQ


BBQ, ice cream and fun


Ames Pet Resort


We have a passion for animals.


Hap's Air Service


Family owned full service aviation business.


Massage Heights Ames


It's a great day at Massage Heights Ames!


Duck Worth Wearing


A unique quality children's and maternity consignment shop


Tangerine Zebra


Antiques and vintage decor


Whimze Boutique


Fun and Funky fashions and accessories