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Where to Buy Local for Graduation in DSM

2021 Graduation Guide

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 anyone shopping for a graduate, so check out the featured items below for where to shop for all your graduation needs.


Beckman Gallery & Gifts

Featured Item: Jewelry
Description: Pick out a unique bracelet or necklace from Beckman Gallery and Gifts in Grinnell.


Featured Item: Bedding
Description: Does your recent grad need bedding for their new living situation? Find comforters, quilts and sheets at Homemakers.

KSH Design Studio

Featured Item: Personalized Pillow Cover
Description: Choose between white, gray and black for your pillow cover and text. The pillow includes personalized words/names for the graduate.

Marilyn’s Hallmark

Featured Item: 18-Month Agenda Planner
Description: Help the graduate stay organized with a hard cover planner from Marilyn’s Hallmark in Newton.

Plaza Florist & Gifts

Featured Item: Graduation Bouquet
Description: Located in Urbandale, Plaza Florist & Gifts offers arrangements for all occasions.


Celebrations Party & Rental

Featured Item: Chairs/Tables
Description: From Chill n’ Fill tables to cocktail tables and folding chairs, Celebrations Party & Rental serves the Ames/DSM community.

Classic Events & Parties

Featured Item: Tent Setup/Removal
Description: For an outdoor graduation party, Classic Events & Parties offers tent setup, tear down and pickup.

Iowa Sound

Featured Item: Small Speaker Systems
Description: Iowa Sound has all the sound and lighting gear you might need for your graduation party, including speakers, microphones, projectors and more.

Party Venues

The Cottage

Featured Item: Intimate Venue Space
Description: The Cottage seats up to 48 people at a time and has a buffet nook and kitchenette.


Featured Item: Flexible Event Space
Description: Curate, located in the Historic East Village in Downtown DSM, offers catering and event space for large or small groups, as well as a landscaped patio space.

Operating Room

Featured Item: Small Group Space
Description: Operating Room in Ankeny is located in the new Prairie Trail district. Graduates will love the pinball, bar and arcade options in this private party venue.

Sherwood Forest Event Center

Featured Item: Private Event Space
Description: Providing amenities including chandeliers, projectors, backdrops and more, Sherwood Forest Event Space in Windsor Heights is the perfect graduation party location.

The Wright Place

Featured Item: Celebration Space
Description: The Wright Place in Norwalk offers a place to accommodate your graduate’s family and friends.

Find more Member event venues in DSM here.

Dine with Friends + Family


Featured Item: Brunch
Description: Bubba’s is best experienced with friends and family. Enjoy Southern comfort food while celebrating your recent grad!

La Mie

Featured Item: Breakfast
Description: Before heading to the graduation ceremony, treat your graduate to breakfast from La Mie. Open for carryout only until June 2021.

Trellis Café

Featured Item: Plant-Based Menu
Description: Trellis offers meals with a view, with its location overlooking the Botanical Garden’s water garden. Trellis’ menu changes monthly and outdoor seating is available.

Tursi’s Latin King

Featured Item: Family Style Dining
Description: With portions large enough to share, family style appetizers and entrees allow the entire family to celebrate together and experience Tursi’s great Italian tradition.

Find more Member restaurants in DSM here.

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! The Partnership’s most recent guides are listed below:

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.