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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 Greater Des Moines (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)    

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

Barrel House (FuseDSM)    

Newly opened and located in the Historic East Village, Barrel House offers cocktails, burgers, beer and cocktails. Recommendation: Late-Night Half-Price Appetizers (Served after 9 p.m.)   

Chuck’s Restaurant (FuseDSM)   

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

Fenders Brewing (Go Polk City)      

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

Fresko (Downtown)     

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

Main Street Cafe & Bakery (Ankeny)   

This contemporary café is open for dine-in or drive-thru. Recommendation: Pumpkin French Toast or the Autumn Salad   

Papa’s Pizzeria (Go Polk City)    

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

Paws & Pints (Downtown)   

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

Pie Bird Pies (FuseDSM)     

Find a tasty seasonal fruit pie made with local ingredients from Pie Bird Pies in the Drake neighborhood. Recommendation: Brown Butter Apple Crumble 

Scooter's Coffee (Go Polk City)     

Try the seasonal hot drinks at Scooter's in Polk City or other nearby locations in Adel, Altoona, Ankeny, Norwalk, Pella and Waukee. Recommendation: Autumn Caramel Crunch 

Smoothie King (Ankeny)    

Smoothie King’s healthy alternatives are full of whole fruits and organic vegetables. Recommendation: Pumpkin Coffee High Protein

Vintage Brewhouse (Ankeny)    

Visit this coffee and taproom to visit with friends, hear live music or play a few rounds at Trivia Night. Recommendation: Caramel Apple Baked Brie

Greater Des Moines Shopping    

Booksmarks (FuseDSM)    

Shop this online retailer for new arrivals and bestsellers. Recommendation: Llama Llama's Holiday Library (Children's) or Holiday Advent Calendars   

Buff City Soap (Ankeny)    

Fresh, handmade soap made daily awaits at Buff City Soap in Ankeny. Seasonal soaps await and are available for a limited time. Recommendation: Pumpkin Spice Bar Soap    

Fleet Feet (Downtown + FuseDSM)     

In the Historic East Village, Fleet Feet offer running shoes, apparel and accessories for all types of runners — from beginners to marathoners. Recommendation: Thermal Headbands

Flowers By Anthony (FuseDSM)   

Find flowers for any occasion when delivered to Des Moines, West Des Moines and certain areas of Urbandale and Clive. Recommendation: Peace Lily Plant    

Historic East Village (FuseDSM)     

With shopping, dining, nightlife and more, the Historic East Village is one of Downtown DSM’s most lively neighborhoods. Recommendation: Books by Past DSM Book Festival at Storyhouse Bookpub like Sara Penner or Imbolo Mbue.

Illie & Co. (Ankeny)     

Shop Illie & Co. for the latest contemporary women's clothing. Recommendation: Fall Flannels   

Nook & Nest (Ankeny)     

At Nook & Nest, shoppers can find home décor and items perfect for entertaining this holiday season. Recommendation: Cozy Scarves 

Walls of Books (Ankeny)

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

XoXo Gift & Home (Ankeny)    

Home and seasonal décor can be found at XoXo Gift & Home, along with jewelry, cards and more. Recommendation: Peppermint Dreams Minis from Nora Fleming

Greater Des Moines Services    

818 (Downtown)    

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

Aspen Aire (Go Polk City)    

Aspen Aire provides residential and commercial installation, service and repair for Ankeny, Des Moines, West Des Moines, Ames and Polk County. Recommendation: Whole Home Humidifier Installation    

Children & Families of Iowa (Ankeny)    

This local nonprofit serves families throughout the state. Recommendation: Donate Gifts to the Holiday Shop, Host a Donation Drive    

DM Wellness & Yoga (DSM West Side)    

Join DM Wellness & Yoga for strength training, yoga and more. Whether you're a beginner or expert, you can find a class to help you sweat. Recommendation: Community Yoga at The Slow Down Coffee Co.   

Dog Training Elite (FuseDSM)    

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

Eventfully Yours (FuseDSM)   

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

Firefly Wellness (Go Polk City)   

Don’t lose talented workers this holiday season. Make employee well-being a priority with Firefly Wellness. Recommendation: Interactive Workshops    

Iowa League of Heroes (Ankeny)    

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

Jayinary (Go Polk City)    

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

Joujou DSM (Downtown)    

Enjoy a Montessori-inspired play space for children where their curiosity is nurtured in a safe place. Recommendation: Membership Pricing Options (Monthly and Annual Family)     

julsdesign (Ankeny)     

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

Kids Create (Go Polk City)    

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. Recommendation: Book a Birthday Party    

KNM Productions (Go Polk City)    

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

KSH Design Studio (DSM West Side)    

Design custom gifts for your office. Recommendation: Corporate Gifts   

P & M Apparel (Go Polk City)    

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

Smitten Kitten (Ankeny)     

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

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.