Proving Des Moines is NOT boring

10 Questions

10 or so questions from Ben Gran: Jen Kees, founder of Kees Camp Pole Fitness Studio

Posted by on Mar 12, 2013

ACTUAL CONVERSATION BETWEEN ME AND MY WIFE: Me: So, I’m going to write another article for Des Moines is Not Boring. My wife: Oh yeah? What’s this one going to be about? Me:...

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Restaurants

Eat Greater Des Moines: We Grew This City

Posted by on Apr 16, 2014

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to chat with Aubrey Martinez. Aubrey is the Director at Eat Greater Des Moines, a still relatively new non-profit with a focus on supporting...

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Feature

Italian in Des Moines

Posted by on Mar 13, 2012

The main character of the novel I’m now putting the finishing touches on is a chef in San Francisco who was born and raised in an Italian family in Des Moines. A freelance editor...

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Beats for the soul

The end-all weekend planner

Posted by on Sep 24, 2009

All right, I have the weekend planned out for you so you don’t need to take any time researching options.  Let’s start with Friday: The hot tickets for Friday are both in...

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Recent Posts

Bounce to the Moon and Back at Sky Zone

Bounce to the Moon and Back at Sky Zone

Aug 28, 2014

It’s not often my family makes the five-hour trek from Chicago to Des Moines. When they do, I make sure it’s worth their time. I want them to experience all the metro has to offer. Their last visit included us bouncing over to Sky Zone in Grimes. The indoor trampoline park opened in early 2012. Dozens of trampolines are joined together and surrounded by...

My Top 5 Sandwiches in Des Moines

My Top 5 Sandwiches in Des Moines

Aug 27, 2014

La Mie’s Chicken Salad Sandwich This is the only chicken salad sandwich I’ll eat. For $5 you get meticulously shredded chicken (not chunked) mixed with quality ingredients including tarragon, celery, walnut and cranberries. All of it is whipped up into a smooth creamy concoction that’s making my mouth water as I think about it. Get it on a croissant for...

The Des Moines Mini Maker Faire

The Des Moines Mini Maker Faire

Aug 25, 2014

Some of the greatest entrepreneurs in the world started by making. They would break things, tear them apart, and discover how they worked and how they could be recreated. Many of these entrepreneurs and makers have often been ostracized and judged. However, many of them became multi-millionaires and billionaires. They are, in my opinion, the new rock stars for...

A Big THANK YOU to Startup City

A Big THANK YOU to Startup City

Aug 22, 2014

This may be the most optimistic “shut down” party we’ve seen yet.  As the doors are ready to close for Startup City Des Moines, there’s a mutual understanding that this was a great thing for Des Moines and it needed to happen when it did. When the initial plan was put into motion 4 years ago, the majority of components that make up...

FlashDine Des Moines 4  

FlashDine Des Moines 4   

Aug 20, 2014

It’s time for FlashDine! I don’t know how four years went by so quickly, but here we are, about to enjoy the fourth annual outdoor picnic at an unsuspecting Des Moines landmark. Last year was nothing short of incredible. Honestly, it felt like we were in Paris, where a similar concept started over 25 years ago – Diner en Blanc. About 100 people turned out...

Go Over the Edge, Rappel 26 stories for Special Olympics Iowa

Go Over the Edge, Rappel 26 stories for Special Olympics Iowa

Aug 19, 2014

The Financial Center in downtown Des Moines stands at 26 floors and 345 feet. Last September, I – along with many others – was crazy enough to rappel down it. It wasn’t just some thrill-seeking adventure, but a major fundraiser for Special Olympics Iowa. My employer, Two Rivers Marketing, held a friendly fundraising competition. The person to raise the...

Des Moines is Different: Opening Your Eyes

Des Moines is Different: Opening Your Eyes

Aug 18, 2014

I believe you can learn a great deal from all the people in your life, even those you have a chance encounter with on the street. People have a way, without knowing it, of opening your eyes to new things and challenging you. You don’t even have to to be aware of it. Most of the time it’s an after the fact type of thing. We have a wide realization about...