Proving Des Moines is NOT boring

10 Questions

10 or so questions from Ben Gran: Interview with Mike Draper, RAYGUN

Posted by on Jan 15, 2013

Our first interview subject is Mike Draper, founder of beloved Des Moines T-shirt shop RAYGUN. Ben Gran talked with Mike about tasting chemicals, the worst date he ever had, why Philadelphians are awful, and why he thinks everyone needs to leave Iowa.

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Restaurants

Play “Local Bingo” with Urban515 and KCCI for your chance to win!

Posted by on Aug 2, 2011

Here at Des Moines is NOT boring, we love to promote locally owned businesses.  So when we heard about a fun new way to support local businesses while earning the chance to win a...

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Feature

Allspice intoxication

Posted by on Nov 15, 2011

I was out for a stroll in the East Village when I encountered an intoxicating smell.  Following the earthy aromatic trail, I found myself entering into a foodie delight.  Right...

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Beats for the soul

Posted by on Sep 13, 2011

You remember when Courtney featured the 48 Hour Film Project back in July. Right? Well, her post featured how the Project works and how the weekend was to play out. Of course, that...

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Recent Posts

Ready to Gravitate

Ready to Gravitate

Oct 21, 2014

I come from a line of entrepreneurial types, and have once walked that path myself (and will be again soon, but no spoilers here!). It’s only natural that I’m drawn to all things that capture the spirit of entrepreneurialism. A few weeks ago, I made the plea on Twitter for a co-working space in downtown Des Moines. Somewhere that could be a good place to...

Restaurant Favorites: Americana

Restaurant Favorites: Americana

Oct 20, 2014

The local restaurant scene in Des Moines is one worth bragging about. It seems a new place to try pops up every month or two, and I have a growing list of places to try, such as Eatery A and Malo. While there is something I love about trying something new, there is also something to be said about returning to a favorite again and again. My husband and I have...

Picking the Perfect Pumpkin

Picking the Perfect Pumpkin

Oct 20, 2014

One of the best things about October is Halloween. That’s obvious. There are other areas of Halloween and the season that truly make it memorable. The experiences and the rituals of the holiday are what really stick with me: carving pumpkins, eating candy, watching scary movies and scaring the crap out of people! This past weekend my wife and I took our son...

Loving Des Moines One Weekend at a Time

Loving Des Moines One Weekend at a Time

Oct 16, 2014

WHAT a weekend this last weekend was.  Not only did we make 2 big trips up to Downtown Des Moines, we had a lot of fun doing so. Nathan gets off work at 10 AM on Fridays, which gave us a great opportunity to go look at more places.  Friday wasn’t at all what we wanted it to be when it came to looking at places. We looked at 2 and realized they just...

Fleur Cinema’s Viewer’s Choice Series

Fleur Cinema’s Viewer’s Choice Series

Oct 15, 2014

One of my favorite theatres in the Des Moines area is the Fleur Cinema & Café.  They are a cozy, four screen theatre that has the best décor; I just love it in there.  As a fan, I of course follow them on Facebook and a few months ago I saw they were hosting a Viewers’ Choice series with 10 movies centered on an 80’s Favorite theme to vote on. The...

Des Moines Tech Startup Community Celebrates Big Week

Des Moines Tech Startup Community Celebrates Big Week

Oct 14, 2014

I am not going to pretend to be an entrepreneur.  I am not going to pretend that I am a techie who envisions solving the world’s problems with an application of technology.  I am not going to pretend I regularly wear clever t-shirts and hipster glasses.  But despite these facts, I find myself very interested in the startup communities across the country...

Mom’s Night Out: Recharge and Reconnect

Mom’s Night Out: Recharge and Reconnect

Oct 13, 2014

As a mom, I enjoy the rare opportunity to get out and have some “me” time. Whether I spend it alone or with some girl friends, I find this time so important for me to recharge and reconnect. I miss my little girl, but it makes me a happier and healthier momma. Thankfully, my husband encourages me to have this time, too. I’ve been looking forward to an...