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Where to Buy Local for Staying Cozy This Winter in DSM

2022 Comfort Guide

February 11, 2022

The Greater Des Moines Partnership is continuing to look local first when it comes to buying from Greater Des Moines (DSM) shops, restaurants and more. By supporting small businesses, the money you spend in the region will stay within the community. This week’s #DSMlocal buying guide is for where to buy local in order to stay warm and cozy this winter. Check out the featured items below for ideas on how to support local businesses in DSM.

Warm Eats


Brick Street Market & Café

Item: Lunch Lady Special
Description: When you order the lunch lady special, you’ll enjoy a 16-ounce bowl of chili and a cinnamon roll. Head to Brick Street in Bondurant to try this menu item that’ll also be a trip down memory lane!

La Mie Bakery

Item: Soup of the Day
Description: Visit La Mie Bakery on 42nd Street in Des Moines to try the soup of the day. From creamy broccoli to vegetable with chick peas to creamy potato with roasted garlic, the featured soup of the day will hit the spot.

McAlister’s Deli

Item: Chicken and Dumplings
Description: Try the old-fashioned style dumplings and white meat chicken from McAlister’s Deli.

Somewhere in the Middle Coffee Shop

Item: Soup of the Day
Description: When you order a soup of the day, add on a baguette or a baked giant soft pretzel for a warm lunch that will satisfy.

St. Kilda Café & Bakery

Item: Roast Tomato Soup
Description: The roast tomato soup at St. Kilda Café & Bakery in Downtown DSM includes cream, basil, sourdough croutons.


Pammel Park Coffee Co.

Item: Roaster’s Choice Subscription Fresh Roasted Coffee
Description: Pammel Park Coffee Company offers a subscription service for craft roasted, small batch specialty coffees from Madison County, Iowa.

Porch Light Coffeehouse

Item: Mexican Spiced Hot Chocolate
Description: In Ankeny, you can try the Mexican spiced hot cocoa, along with a variety of coffee and espresso options.

Scooter’s Coffee (Locations in Ankeny, Des Moines, Indianola, Pella + Waukee)

Item: Candy Bar Latte
Description: Scooter’s Coffee in locations across DSM have a candy bar-like latte that will send your taste buds soaring.

Twisted Bean Coffee Company

Item: Hot Tea (Loose Leaf)
Description: The Twisted Bean Coffee Company in Des Moines offers the following hot tea options: Blue Flower Ear Gray, English Breakfast Golden Green Moroccan Mint, Rooibos Vanilla and Crimson Berry.

Find more restaurants in DSM here.

Warm Weather Retail

Casual Rags Embroidery + Apparel

Item: Custom Hats, Fleece and More
Description: If you’re an employer looking for a high-quality gift for your team members, check out the winter gear you can have embroidered by Casual Rags.

Outlets of Des Moines

Item: Winter Gear
Description: Head to Eddie Bauer at the Outlets of Des Moines to save on men’s and women’s winter gear like fleece, flannel, scarves, hats and more.

Walnut + Willow

Item: Shackets
Description: Find a variety of shackets at Walnut + Willow in the Uptown district of Ankeny.

Find more retail shops in DSM here.

Indoor Activities

Buccaneer Arena

Item: Learn-to-Skate Classes
Description: Take advantage of the opportunity to warm up your body as you learn to ice skate in a six-week class at Buccaneer Arena in Urbandale. Learn from a Professional Skaters Association coach or Learn to Skate USA instructor.

Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden

Item: Tai Chi in the Conservatory
Description: In February and March 2022, Tai Chi in the Conservatory at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden in Downtown DSM offers a way to increase strength and flexibility, while helping to reduce stress as well.

Iowa Ballet Academy

Item: Dance Classes/Training
Description: What better way to stay warm during winter than with movement? High-quality dance classes are offered to students of all ages, including for children, pre-professional and competition at Iowa Balley Academy in Urbandale.

Iowa Wolves

Item: Basketball Game
Description: Check out the Iowa Wolves at Wells Fargo Arena in Downtown DSM this season. On Sunday, Jan. 23, the first 1,000 fans will receive Wolves winter hats and you can bring your furry friend to the game, too!

Pageturners Bookstore

Item: Books
Description: What’s cozier than curling up with a good book? Head to Pageturners to find new releases, best sellers and books for the kids, too.

YogaSix (Locations in Ankeny + West Des Moines)

Item: Hot Yoga Classes
Description: Take a class in the heated practice rooms and leave feeling energized and detoxed. YogaSix Hot classes are the best way to ensure a more intense workout this winter.

The original #DSMlocal Buying Guide offers gift ideas for a variety of recipients from bookworms to pet lovers and more. Throughout the year, The Partnership will continue to add even more buying guides to encourage buying local, curated with DSM shops, restaurants and service providers in mind for shoppers like you!

If you're a business owner and Member of The Partnership interested in being featured in one of the buying guides, sign up here.

Greater Des Moines Partnership

The Greater Des Moines Partnership is the economic and community development organization that serves Greater Des Moines (DSM), Iowa. Together with 23 Affiliate Chambers of Commerce, more than 6,500 Regional Business Members and more than 400 Investors, The Partnership drives economic growth with one voice, one mission and as one region. Through innovation, strategic planning and global collaboration, The Partnership grows opportunity, helps create jobs and promotes DSM as the best place to build a business, a career and a future. Learn more at DSMpartnership.com.