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Where to Buy Local in the Historic East Village in Downtown DSM

Shopping in the Historic East Village

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 shopping opportunities in the Historic East Village. Check out the featured items below for ideas on how to support local businesses in Downtown DSM.


Brenton Skating Plaza

Featured Item: Open Skate
Description: Skate at Downtown DSM’s outdoor ice-skating facility located on the Principal Riverwalk.

Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden

Featured Item: Signature Events
Description: From Botanical Blues to the Annual Symposium to the upcoming Champagne and Chocolate holiday event, the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden offers signature events throughout the year.

Find more attractions in DSM here.

Restaurants + Bars

The Blazing Saddle

Featured Item: Happy Hour
Description: Visit Des Moines’ oldest gay bar during Happy Hour from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Baratta’s Café

Featured Item: Family Carryout Specials
Description: Feed the whole family with dinner ready to take and eat at home. Pasta meals serve 4-6 and are served with salad, bread and butter.


Featured Item: Seasonal Dishes
Description: HOQ showcases Iowa ingredients and supports local farmers using grass-fed and pasture-raised meat, as well as organic, chemical-free produce. Menu changes almost daily.

Find more restaurants in DSM here.


B2E Data Marketing

Featured Item: Customized Analytics
Description: Make the most of your data to increase sales with subscription-based MotusBase.

Capture Management Company

Featured Item: Event Management
Description: Find help for your virtual, hybrid or in-person event. Capture can address e-marketing and advertising, social media promotion, marketing collateral and more.

East Village Chiropractic

Featured Item: Soft Tissue Rehabilitation
Description: With soft tissue work, joint injuries can make a complete recovery.

East Village Spa

Featured Item: EV Signature Massage (Most popular!)
Description: The EV Signature Massage includes a hydrating mask, exfoliating scrub on your back, body milk application, hot towels and warm stones.

Westrum Optometry

Featured Item: Routine Eye Exam
Description: A comprehensive annual eye exam is recommended for all, including toddlers and preschool children.

Find more business services in DSM here.


A-D Distributing Co., Inc.

Featured Item: Iowa Flag
Description: Show your state spirit by purchasing an Iowa flag. Various sizes available.

Fleet Feet Des Moines

Featured Item: Running Shoes
Description: Find running shoes for men and women through Fleet Feet’s Fleet Feet Outfitting Process.


Featured Item: Gold Flicker Permanent Bracelet
Description: The perfect friendship bracelet is a 14kt gold chain with no clasp. Add simple adornments or wear solo.

Find more retail shops 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!

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 24 Affiliate Chambers of Commerce, more than 6,500 Regional Business Members and more than 365 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.