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Category - Shopping

Experience Men's Style Lab in Des Moines

Posted on Thursday, June 30, 2016 10:13 AM by Addison Bratvold

Experience Men’s Style Lab in Des Moines Hey guys, this is your chance to dress to impress and enjoy the experience getting there! Des Moines-based men’s fashion startup, Men’s Style Lab , will open its storefront in the Historic East Village in late summer. The company, which started two years ago as an online personal styling...

East Village Gems

Posted on Thursday, December 10, 2015 10:00 AM by Audrey Weidman

East Village Gems Explore. Shop. Grab a bite. Experience the Historic East Village. The  Historic East Village  is home to an array of unique experiences including shopping, dining and nightlife. It's a vibrant district in the heart of Downtown Des Moines, and the perfect place to spend a weekend wandering. Coming off the East...

5 Spots to Shop Local in Greater Des Moines

Posted on Thursday, October 15, 2015 12:00 PM by Lauren Steenhoek

Five Spots to Shop Local in Greater Des Moines Finding the perfect gift for someone is an art. Whether it's a hostess gift or a souvenir from your travels. This is your guide to the best local gifts from Greater Des Moines, Iowa for your shopping pleasure!  1.   Gong Fu Tea:   For your zen friends or for those who are new to...

Rainy Day Retail in Des Moines

Posted on Thursday, July 30, 2015 1:09 PM by Mary Ann Moore

Recently I had a couple of days to enjoy away from the office. It's summer and I was excited to be outside, garden and savor lunch on the patio. Then, it rained. So I decided to do one of my favorite things - shop! I found my way to the Historic East Village since I had an appointment in the area later that afternoon anyway.   KITCHEN...

Catch Dangly Sparkly Things at Sisters

Posted on Tuesday, May 26, 2015 11:15 AM by Mary Ann Moore

Dangly Sparkly Things at Sisters Recently on a warm spring evening, a delightful shop in  Historic Valley Junction , Sisters, hosted an open house for their collection of Mariana jewelry. Whenever I take a pair of shoes to the repair shop next door, I use that as an excuse to pop into Sisters but on this evening I was on a mission ~ to admire...

Catch Rusty Fame at West End Salvage

Posted on Tuesday, January 6, 2015 6:01 AM by Lauren Steenhoek

Catch Rusty Fame at West End Salvage Ok DIY-ers. I'll let you in on one of Des Moines' best kept secrets nestled just under the 9th Street Bridge. Well, it's not much of a secret now with all of the national attention and their hilariously entertaining reality TV show. But it's definitely worth blogging about. Catch my top five...

Thankful for DSM Shopping

Posted on Wednesday, November 26, 2014 2:00 AM by Kristine Reeves

Ahh, Thanksgiving. A time for food, family, fun, friends… and competitive shopping. For the last few years, my family has spent the Pilgrim holiday here in the Metro. My Greater Des Moines Thanksgiving extended weekend usually kicks off with drinks with friends at West Glen Town Center — Wellman’s is the typical place to be for...

Spice Things Up at Allspice Culinarium

Posted on Thursday, November 6, 2014 6:00 AM by Tabitha Jamerson

Like a vast majority of the population, I love food. With my love of food has come an equal love and curiosity for preparing it. I am by no means a chef, but I do have a profound appreciation for quality ingredients and would describe my cooking style as simple, but exploratory. My favorite place to discover fresh tweaks and tricks to add to my...

East of Eden

Posted on Thursday, October 30, 2014 8:00 AM by Mary Ann Moore

Actually it’s Eden in the East…The Historic East Village that is.  Sometimes you just need to indulge yourself on your lunch break.  It may be a delicious lunch at Lucca or a manicure at East Village Spa or perhaps you just want to peruse a variety of products at a unique shop.  That would be Eden! The shop itself...

Spring Bling

Posted on Thursday, May 15, 2014 3:00 AM by Mary Ann Moore

So have you packed away your turtlenecks in favor of short sleeve tops?  Just in time to jangle some new bangles.  Are the gloves tucked away until the fall?  Now you can show off a chunky, funky ring.  Let’s not forget statement necklaces, either.  What is your pleasure?  Vintage jewelry from the Brass...