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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

Why eat at a chain Wednesday: Raccoon River Brewery

Posted by on Mar 17, 2010

The Raccoon Rivery Brewery is truly one of the most unique businesses in Des Moines. For starters, the building exudes historical significance as the flooring, elevator door, and...

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Feature

Olson-Larsen Galleries’ Thirty-Fifth Anniversary Exhibit Opens Friday

Posted by on Apr 9, 2014

Olson-Larsen Galleries will celebrate their thirty-fifth anniversary this Friday night with an exhibition featuring work by all of their artists. Olson-Larsen Galleries have been a...

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Beats for the soul

Angle – White Andy

Posted by on Feb 21, 2013

I was listening to this EP White Andy from Des Moines MC Angle and really enjoying it. At one point, I think it was during the song “Abysses”, I thought to myself, “This has...

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Recent Posts

Eat Greater Des Moines: We Grew This City

Eat Greater Des Moines: We Grew This City

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 the entire food lifecycle in central Iowa. They have a ton of great resources for schools, community and residential gardeners, and help to make connections between Iowa farmers and...

My Favorite Des Moines Cupcake

My Favorite Des Moines Cupcake

Apr 16, 2014

Before I’d ever heard of Live, Love, Bake, I’d eaten their cupcakes. A friend had been raving about them previously and brought over the 4 pack to my house one day. They were everything a cupcake should be — layers of flavorful creamy frosting, and light airy cake, sometimes with a surprise inside. I have pretty high expectations of cupcakes (probably...

Fluxx Mobile Gallery debuts this Friday

Fluxx Mobile Gallery debuts this Friday

Apr 16, 2014

I have always been interested in ways to make art more accessible to everyone. The steep admission prices of some museums and travel to get to and from galleries can make viewing contemporary art difficult. Jordan Weber’s new Fluxx mobile gallery (which will debut on Friday evening at The Des Moines Social Club) is genius as it brings the exhibition to you....

My Imaginary Weekend…in Real Des Moines!

My Imaginary Weekend…in Real Des Moines!

Apr 15, 2014

This coming weekend is Easter weekend.  My girls will be with me all weekend; we will be visiting with family, hunting for Easter eggs, and enjoying our new home.  I look forward to this weekend because it will be relaxing, comforting, and full of candy!  Whenever I have my girls for the weekend, the weekend is decidedly different from a weekend when I do...

Eggstravaganza

Eggstravaganza

Apr 15, 2014

Tis the season for chocolate-covered bunnies, crème-filled eggs and pastel jelly beans (I swear they put crack in Starburst Jelly Beans). With Easter next weekend, it’s finally starting to look and feel like spring! You don’t have too look too far to find kid-friendly activities in Des Moines to celebrate Easter – from Eggs, Eggs Everywhere to...

Finding Friendship Is Not Easy, But It’s Worth The Effort

Finding Friendship Is Not Easy, But It’s Worth The Effort

Apr 15, 2014

I was thinking the other day about the people in my life. The people that have come and gone. Those that I wish had stuck around and those I should have parted ways with years ago. After some recent honest conversation with myself, I’ve come to the conclusion that the relationships in my life are very important. In high school I had friends and some very...

3 things that stand out from i2iowa

3 things that stand out from i2iowa

Apr 11, 2014

Prior to Wednesday night’s Prometheus Awards at Veterans Auditorium, there were a series of startup events put on by the Technology Association of Iowa.  34 startup companies were actively pitching in either i2iowa or the Pitch & Grow competition, which were hosted across from each other and semi-merged throughout the day. TAI and it’s...

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