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Downtown DSM Blog

There’s always something new happening in Downtown Des Moines (DSM). Read up on the latest vibrant city news and/or take a look at expert opinions on where Downtown DSM is going from here. From op-eds to advice and business articles, guest bloggers post their content below on the blog. For more regional info, check out additional content from the DSM USA blog.

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3 Places to View Free Public Art in Downtown DSM
Acts of Resilience with Ballet Des Moines
DSM Forward: Building for the Future
Celebrate Latino Culture During Hispanic Heritage Month
Virtual, Socially Distanced Events to Highlight World Cultures at 2020 Celebration
Making a Difference Starts Right Here
Coffee Shop Girl Needs a Hat
UNI@DMACC: Preparing Iowa's Future
Chair's Column: Accept Reality, Focus on Creating a Better Normal
Frisian Farms Cheese House Feels "Gouda" About the Drive-Through Bite-Size Market
A Bite of Normalcy with the Downtown Farmers' Market
Spend Tax-Free Weekend at These Shopping Districts in DSM
Chair's Column: Now is the Time to Invest in the Des Moines International Airport
Take the 7-Day DSM Local Challenge
A New Downtown Farmers' Market Experience with Siberian Soap Co.
An Ode to the Des Moines Arts Festival®
Commercial Development Proposals, Planning Ongoing in DSM
Key to the Future Challenge to Reward Cities, Counties for 2020 Census Response Rate
Donate Blood Through LifeServe This Summer
Downtown Farmers' Market Virtual Market Meet-Up: Week 3 in Review
Continued Development Reveals Downtown DSM Isn't Slowing Down
5 Market Fresh Recipes from UnityPoint Health - Des Moines
The History of Redlining + Understanding Its Effect on Our Community
Downtown Farmers' Market Virtual Market Meet-Up: Week 2 in Review
Voice Your Opinion on the DMRA Project
Downtown Farmers' Market Virtual Market Meet-Up: Opening Weekend in Review
Cedar Ridge Winery & Distillery Hand Sanitizer Distributed in Downtown DSM
Live Music Continues Through COVID-19 with Local Music Monday
DART Is #DSMstrong Thanks to Local Businesses
Oh, It's Ramadan Again!
How to Celebrate Mother's Day + Support Local Businesses
Celebrating the Real Cinco de Mayo
DSM Zoning Code with Eli Spevak
Experience DSM Arts + Culture in New Ways
Seeing the Importance of The Partnership Through New Eyes During COVID-19
#DSMlocalchallenge: 39 Ways to Support Local Businesses
The Multiplier Effect of DSM's Small Business Community
DSM Local Runs Marathon at Home to Raise Money for Des Moines Disaster Recovery Fund
Stronger Together: DSM Shows Its Heart to Support Essential Workers
Take a Self-Guided Architectural Tour of Downtown DSM
Iowa #9 for Women Owned Businesses
New Skywalk Mural Brings Artistry to Downtown DSM
A RAYGUN Enthusiast Returns to DSM USA
Gray's Station Advances Living, Community + Recreation in Downtown DSM
Free Skate to Those Who Give at Brenton Skating Plaza
Why Grade A Gardens Remains a Downtown Farmers' Market Vendor Through the Winter Market
What I Love About the Winter Farmers' Market in Downtown DSM
Give the Gift of Life This Holiday Season
Explore the 2019 Holiday Promenade
Retail as an Experience: Using Events & Collaborations to Grow Retail in Downtown DSM
10 New Greater Des Moines Restaurants & Breweries You Haven't Heard Of
2019 Downtown Farmers' Market Wraps Up This Saturday
Substrate Games Receives $1.49M Grant to Develop Next Generation of Science Education Tools
Downtown Farmers' Market Fall Fun this October
The 2019 Brides Under the Canopy Event Promises Wedding Fun for Future Brides
A Lesson in Mindfulness from 2019 DSM Book Festival Author Garth Stein
Fabulous Food Finds at the World Food & Music Festival
Ambassadors to Share Global Art & Customs at the 2019 World Food & Music Festival Cultural Discovery Experience
Downtown Farmers' Market: New Arts & Craft Vendors in 2019
Downtown Des Moines Itinerary: A Day on the D-Line
Downtown Farmers Market: Produce Vendors
Area515 Approaches 8 Years in DSM USA
Escape the Office and Unwind at Out to Lunch in DSM
Enjoy the Sunshine, Shop Local at the 2019 Downtown Farmers' Market
NYT Best Selling Authors at DSM Book Festival
DSM Book Festival for Book Clubs
How Well Do You Know Downtown DSM?
Three Fresh Restaurants to Experience in Downtown DSM
Enjoy the Beauty of Downtown DSM at Brenton Skating Plaza
A Valentine's Day Love Story in Des Moines
DSM Book Festival: For the Kids
On the Ice at Brenton Skating Plaza
The Fifth: Why We're Building Downtown DSM's Newest High-Rise
10 Reasons to Experience Downtown DSM This Winter
What's Better Than Wine at the Downtown Winter Farmers' Market?
This Must Try Cheese Has a 200 Year History and Can Be Found at the Winter Market
You Have to Check Out The Red Door Press at the Winter Farmers' Market
Des Moines Downtown Chamber Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary
This Farmers' Market Super Food Will Keep You Warm This Fall
This Sweet and Savory Grilled Ham and Cheese Sandwich is Perfect for Fall
These are the Vendors Selling Fall Produce at the Downtown Farmers' Market
For More Than 30 Years, This Vendor has Been Bringing the Taste of Fall to The Farmers' Market
'Non-Recipe' Recipe: Apple Carrot Slaw
5 Ways to Experience Downtown DSM This Fall
How to Support the Effort to Build a World-Class Skatepark Right Here in Downtown DSM
The 2018 World Food & Music Festival Welcomes New Culture in a Truly Special Way
The Perfect Farmers' Market Caprese Salad Recipe
Iowa Latino Heritage Festival to Showcase High Demand Jobs
The Ultimate BLT Recipe Using Farmers' Market Ingredients
Science Center of Iowa Opening New Permanent Lego Exhibit in Downtown DSM
Harvest Barn Brings the Family Feel to the Downtown Farmers' Market
You've 'Goat' to Check Out Simple Life Farms at The Market
Here are the Free Ways to Visit Downtown DSM
I Love My Daily Commute and the Reason Why Will Probably Surprise You
It's a Sweet Time of Year to Visit the Downtown Farmers' Market
5 Ways to Make the Most of Summer in Downtown DSM
'Non-Recipe' Recipe: Sweet and Spicy Broiled Green Beans
Westrum Produce Marks 25 Years at the Downtown Farmers' Market
5 Must Try Restaurants in Downtown DSM USA
DSM USA Made Me Become a 'Boomeranger'
Where to Find Sweet Corn at The Downtown Farmers' Market
How Des Moines Downtown Chamber Became a 2018 Chamber of the Year Award Finalist
Follow These Clues to Discover Downtown DSM and Win Prizes
4 Things to Do this Fourth of July in Downtown DSM
'Non-Recipe' Recipe: Eggs with Pea Shoots
What Blue Gate Farm Offers at the Downtown Farmers' Market
Krause Gateway Center: Collisions, Community and Culture
How Coworking Space Collaborate DSM Found Its Niche
What Seasonal Produce to Buy at the Downtown Farmers' Market in June
Downtown Farmers' Market 'Huge' for the Wheatgrass Girl
DSM Companies Work Together to Build Vibrant Addition to Downtown
'Non-Recipe' Recipe: Spring Market Pasta
I Could Have Lived Anywhere but I Chose DSM USA
Make the Most of Bike Month in Greater Des Moines (DSM)
Panda Palooza Charity Event Will Make This Wedding One to Remember
5 Things You Should Do at 80/35
Going Gluten Free and Vegan at the Downtown Farmers' Market
The Countdown to Opening Day of the Farmers' Market Begins!
Kitchen Collage Owner Shares How She's Stayed in Business for 20 Years
How Peace Tree Brewing Company Added Flavor to DSM USA
7 Reasons Why DSM USA Beats New York City. Every Time.
The 5 Reasons I Can't Wait for My DSM USA Tour Stop
I Can't See Myself Living in Any Other City
I Moved from LA to DSM USA so I Can Live Life Without Compromise
Why I Moved Back to DSM From California
Find These Farmers' Market Favorites This Valentine's Day
Olympic Sized Project Making a Splash in DSM USA
You'll Find Me at the Winter Olympics Watch Party in Downtown DSM USA
Celebrate the Winter Olympics in Downtown DSM this Weekend
I Can't Wait for the Winter Games in Downtown DSM!
Six Things to Know About the Hilton Des Moines Downtown and Its Construction
I'm All for Parking Changes in Downtown DSM USA
DSM Is One of the Best Places for Cyclists
The Personality of the Winter Market - I Will Miss You!
A Few of My Favorite Things at the Winter Market
Here's How to Take Part in the 2018 Des Moines Corporate Games
One of the Most Endangered Historical Buildings in DSM USA Is Being Saved
DSM USA Is One of the Best Places to Be a Teacher in the Nation
Writing About DSM USA's Food Scene Is a 'Dream Come True'
Partnership Perk: Look Local First
Introducing Downtown DSM USA
TV Show Seeks Out Why DSM USA Has Some of the Best Entrepreneurs in the Country
Top Five Things to Do this Holiday Season in Downtown DSM
Downtown DSM Offers a Space Unlike Any Other Park in the Country
Why DSM USA Is the Best Market for Minor League Sports
How Hoyt Sherman Place Became a Landmark of Downtown DSM
I Used to Run 5 Cafés in NYC but Moved to DSM USA to Create Something Bigger and Better
We're on Course to Build the Nation's Largest Nonprofit Artist Studio Space in Downtown DSM
I Sold my House and Moved to the East Village, Here's Why
Making the Most of the Last Day of the Downtown Farmers' Market
This Downtown DSM Trail Connects Hidden Art Gems
Our New Holiday Tradition: Ice Skating in Downtown DSM USA
I Needed a Good Snack and Found it at The Market
Wind Your Way Through the Region on These Five Local Trails