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Where to Buy Local in North + Central Greater Des Moines

Chambers Buying Guide

No matter what part of Greater Des Moines (DSM) you’re buying in, the Greater Des Moines Partnership urges you to continue to look local first when it comes to buying from DSM shops, restaurants and more. By supporting small businesses, the money you spend in the region will stay here in the community. Check out the featured items below for where to buy local from the following north and central Chamber of Commerce businesses:

Greater Des Moines Restaurants     

Aposto (Downtown)    

Item: Lemmo's Cavatelli or the House-Made Ice Cream 
Aposto is founded by Tony Lemmo and open for dining Wednesday through Saturday.   

Chuck’s Restaurant (FuseDSM)   

Item: Homemade Onion Rings
This is where live music accompanies the best Italian dish around in the Highland Park neighborhood. 

Fenders Brewing (Go Polk City)      

Item: Fendersfest or Big Creek Blonde
On the square in Polk City, Fenders Brewing is a nano brewery and tap room that’s open Wednesday through Sunday.

Fresko (Downtown)     

Item: Brunch Small Plates, Skillets + Sweets
Find vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options at Fresko in the Western Gateway neighborhood.

Main Street Cafe & Bakery (Ankeny)   

Item: Strawberry Poppyseed Salad   
This contemporary café is open for dine-in or drive-thru. 

Papa’s Pizzeria (Go Polk City)    

Item: Papa's Primo or the Super Papa Specialty Pizzas
Papa’s is a pizzeria with plenty of pizza, pasta, salads, sandwiches and wraps.

Paws & Pints (Downtown)   

Item: Off the Leash Tallboys ($1 of every draft goes to a local animal rescues or foundation.)
Paws & Pints is a bar for dogs and their humans. Visit the indoor and outdoor dog parks, snack kitchen, bar and coffeehouse.

Smoothie King (Ankeny)    

Item: New Real Fruit-Juice Refreshers
Smoothie King’s healthy alternatives are full of whole fruits and organic vegetables.

Whiskey River (Ankeny)    

Item: Build Your Own Bloody Mary
Visit this coffee and taproom to visit with friends, enjoy the rooftop patio and catch the game.

Greater Des Moines Shopping 

Buff City Soap (Ankeny)    

Item: Foaming Hand Soap
Fresh, handmade soap made daily awaits at Buff City Soap in Ankeny. Seasonal soaps await and are available for a limited time.

Lady Lex Candles (FuseDSM)   

Item: Lemonade Candle 
Enjoy all-natural soy wax candles and wax melt as well as room sprays.  

Historic East Village (FuseDSM)     

Item: Local Shirts from Raygun
With shopping, dining, nightlife and more, the Historic East Village is one of Downtown DSM’s most lively neighborhoods.

Illie & Co. (Ankeny)     

Item: Jean Jumpsuits and Dresses
Shop Illie & Co. for the latest contemporary women's clothing. 

Walls of Books (Ankeny)

Item: Children’s Cookbook Section
Find new and used books in a family-friendly environment at Walls of Books.

XoXo Gift & Home (Ankeny)    

Item: Floral Arrangements
Home and seasonal décor can be found at XoXo Gift & Home, along with jewelry, cards and more. 

Greater Des Moines Services    

818 (Downtown)    

Item: Label Design and Illustration
Looking for branding to achieve business goals? 818 offers custom design and digital strategy.   

Aspen Aire (Go Polk City)    

Item: Air Conditioner Installation    
Aspen Aire provides residential and commercial installation, service and repair for Ankeny, Des Moines, West Des Moines, Ames and Polk County.

Children & Families of Iowa (Ankeny)    

Item: Monetary Donations
This local nonprofit serves families throughout the state.

Dog Training Elite (FuseDSM)    

Item: Training (Get a Free In-Home Evaluation)
Looking for basic training or service training? Dogs are accepted in individual and group lessons at Dog Training Elite.

Eventfully Yours (FuseDSM)   

Item: Ceremony / Reception Décor
Add a special touch to your next event with the help of Eventfully Yours.     

Firefly Wellness (Go Polk City)   

Item: Interactive Workshops
Make employee well-being a priority with Firefly Wellness. 

Iowa League of Heroes (Ankeny)    

Item: Donate to the League
Share the mission of Iowa League of Heroes — a group of heroes donating time and resources for children fighting medical battles. 

Jayinary (Go Polk City)    

Item: Home or Office Design
A custom mural painting will transform an indoor space this season. 

julsdesign (Ankeny)     

Item: Annual Report Design
Creative graphic design from julsdesign sets companies up to achieve their goals. 

Kids Create (Go Polk City)    

Item: Book a Birthday Party
Kids Create is a children’s art studio with creativity runs rampant and camps area available for students who love to paint, draw and create.

KNM Productions (Go Polk City)    

Item: On-Site Photo Booth
Looking for a DJ, photography or videography? KNM Productions creates packages for weddings to make it a memorable event.      

KSH Design Studio (DSM West Side)    

Item: Corporate Gifts
Design custom gifts for your office.

P & M Apparel (Go Polk City)    

Item: Live Printing Service at Events
Order custom apparel and accessories through P & M Apparel. 

Smitten Kitten (Ankeny)     

Item: Grooming Appointment
Cat owners will love Smitten Kitten’s grooming salon and boarding options.

Whole Health Chiropractic Wellness Center (DSM West Side)    

Item: Prenatal Chiropractic Care
Reduce your risk of pain and illness by utilizing their improvement methods Recommendation: Prenatal chiropractic care.

Find a complete list of Member businesses here.

Learn more about buying local by visiting dsmpartnership.com/buylocal and make sure to use #DSMlocal when posting about your local products, services or purchases on social media.

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.