Proving Des Moines is NOT boring

10 Questions

10 or so questions from Ben Gran: Bonita Crowe, owner of The Grapevine

Posted by on Feb 19, 2013

Bonita Crowe is a dynamo. She and her husband Keith run The Grapevine, a unique music venue offering an intimate setting where people can drink wine and listen to live music...

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Restaurants

Raccoon River Brewing Company: Even Accountants Like It

Posted by on Dec 11, 2012

Raccoon River Brewing Company is a multi-story behemoth of a brew pub, something that provides something for everyone: bidness types, music heads, beer geeks, foodies, pool...

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Feature

Redbox of cycling

Posted by on Sep 9, 2010

I was in Minneapolis towards the end of July when I first noticed their bicycle rental system. We were walking down on Nicolet Mall, down where all of their downtown activities and...

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Beats for the soul

Top 4: Dave

Posted by on Aug 13, 2012

Ok, so you might be wondering what happened to the end of our Top 4 birthday posts last week. Well, I have a pretty good one for that, you see my Son was born in Thursday...

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Recent Posts

Hot Piece of Brass

Hot Piece of Brass

Jul 31, 2014

Did you know that Louis Armstrong used to perform in Des Moines? Can you imagine a balmy summer day, strolling through the streets of the city, and hearing the all too recognizable sound of a trumpet being carried over a warm breeze? Carl and Edith Weeks created that very atmosphere when they lived at the Salisbury House.  This couple hosted several notable...

Allergies Are the Worst

Allergies Are the Worst

Jul 28, 2014

The title alone for my article this week describes the feeling for many people. During the summer, at the peak of it all, it can single-handedly ruin anyone’s summer. The beautiful weather, the green trees, flowers blooming, the garden growing and then without warning, allergies. It’s a knock-out punch that will lay you out. They are the worst! I was given...

Tango and Pick Your Trips for Children & Families of Iowa

Tango and Pick Your Trips for Children & Families of Iowa

Jul 25, 2014

Every year, Children & Families of Iowa (CFI) puts on their annual fundraiser known as Tango.  The collaboration of people and co-workers brings a powerful night of support to helping CFI reach its goals of restoring the lives for children, teenagers and families who have gone through harsh experiences. This year’s event will be held next Friday,...

Making a Difference is as Easy as Picking Up a Book

Making a Difference is as Easy as Picking Up a Book

Jul 24, 2014

One of the amazing things about Des Moines is there are so many ways to get involved. Two years ago, I was looking to volunteer. I was working evening hours, which limited my options. I came across an opportunity I was instantly drawn to because it combined two things I enjoy: reading and kids. Everybody Wins! Iowa is a non-profit that connects adults with...

Holly and the Night Owls Cap Off a Solid Year for Nova Labs

Holly and the Night Owls Cap Off a Solid Year for Nova Labs

Jul 24, 2014

Nova Labs have had a busy first year. In their short time in existence, the Ames record label has released several full length and EP’s from a variety of artists. What amazes me most about them is that there doesn’t seem to be any genre influence to their releases. From experimental noise, unique hip-hop, synth, prog, jam, folk, pop, rock, Nova Labs has a...

Des Moines on a Dime: Jazz in July

Des Moines on a Dime: Jazz in July

Jul 21, 2014

It may not be the first live music venue that comes to mind when you think of outdoor concerts in Des Moines, but the Metro Arts’ Jazz in July is one of my favorite activities to get out and enjoy during the summer in our city. This past weekend, there was a concert at a park just five minutes from my house, so I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to go with...

Summer in Iowa: Another Reason to be Outside

Summer in Iowa: Another Reason to be Outside

Jul 21, 2014

Summer in Iowa can be unpredictable. It’s important to take advantage when nice weather arrives. This afternoon I took my family to Prairie Meadows to watch the camel, ostrich and zebra races, along with the horses. The weather was warm, but offered a forgiving breeze. In the shade we were able to sit and watch people in conversation, playing on their mobile...