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Shop Local for Father's Day 2020 at Historic Valley Junction

Father's Day Shopping in DSM

June 17, 2020

Father’s Day is a day of honoring fatherhood and paternal bonds, as well as the influence of fathers on society. If this were a typical year, my family and I would be planning our traditional Father’s Day picnic where we all gather (four generations of us) and celebrate the fathers in our lives. But since this is anything but a typical year, we’re not getting together in person and our weekly family Zoom meeting will have to suffice.

However, the one Father’s Day tradition — gifting our fathers with an item that they typically would not purchase themselves — is one tradition that COVID-19 will not take from us this year. I cannot wait to see their faces when they open the fun and unique gifts, purchased for them in Historic Valley Junction. I’m thrilled to share some fun gift ideas that can be found in walkable Historic Valley Junction — gifts that any Father would be happy to open on Father’s Day or any day!

9 Shops to Visit in Historic Valley Junction

A Okay Antiques has an eclectic mix of antiques to Mid-Century modern design. They are trained in using their thinking hats to help you “light” up your dad’s life. 20% off any neon! Heart of Iowa Marketplace Barbeque

Bing's has everything you need for Father's Day! Funny mugs, Dad art poles, silly socks, drink koozies, the perfect greeting cards and dad joke books. Their "Measure Twice, Cut Once" saw wall art is half price too! 

Father’s Day Specials are happening at the Heart of Iowa Marketplace — Iowa’s original specialty store! Shop online or visit the store and let them help you assemble the perfect gift! Use code COVID-19 and receive free shipping in the state of Iowa!

Reserve Whiskey BottleDo you have a whiskey drinker in your life? Foundry Distilling Co. is eagerly awaiting the release of Midnight Ritual, an American Malt Whiskey with notes of caramel, cardamom and smoke, in partnership with Boulevard Brewing in Kansas City. Midnight Ritual is a small release, landing later this year in September. You can reserve your bottle ahead of time, too! 

Drink your veggies! MoMere can help you create a Bloody Mary gift basket for Father’s Day featuring their Bentley’s BBQ Bloody Mary Mixes. So flavorful, all you need is vodka! Blood Mary Gift Basket

The Knotty Nail is not only for the crafters in your life. Check out this custom engraved 5-1 BBQ tool set that retails for only $42.

Mitzi’s Loves Sausages is a seriously rockin’ sausage eatery featuring funky sausages, craft cocktails, frozen drinks and a far-out vibe that any father would enjoy.

For you last minute shoppers, Powers Media House is offering 25% everything in the store on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to celebrate the father’s in our lives.

Treat him to a meal at St. Kilda Collective, our newest restaurant that has a bar, full-service bakery and event space. A few items on their menu include: Grilled Marinated Chicken Sandwich and Grilled Halloumi and Lentils with Seared Salmon, and don’t forget about their fresh baked bread. Yummy!

Head on down to Historic Valley Junction and explore one of the 150 plus shops in the district. You will be sure to find something special for the fathers in your life. Happy Father’s Day to all the dad’s out there!

Historic Valley Junction is the gathering place that is the heart and soul of West Des Moines — a delightful mix of old and new, bridging generations with unique shops, vibrant events, and a walkable hometown feel.

Historic Valley Junction Foundation is a non-profit organization, with an emphasis on historic preservation, economic development, and business growth. Their mission is to inspire and enhance the evolution of the original Historic Valley Junction district by:

  • Preserving and sharing our history
  • Attracting and supporting small businesses
  • Engaging and connecting the community

Historic Valley Junction is a Main Street Iowa organization.

Named as the #13 Best Place to Live in the U.S. and #7 Best City for Living the American Dream, Greater Des Moines (DSM) is the fastest growing metro in the Midwest. Learn more about what it’s like to live here.

Jamie Loggins-Evans

Jamie Loggins-Evans has been the part-time marketing coordinator at the Historic Valley Junction Foundation since 2018. She is responsible for developing communication and marketing strategies that advance the foundation's efforts to promote the district, its businesses and events.