If you are a foodie, love to cook and adore spices and herbs, then AllSpice Culinarium is a haven for you. Opened in 2010, it is run by people who love food and the spices that make dishes flavorful and aromatic. Offering a wide variety of herbs, salts, vinegars, olive oils and spices, their knowledgeable staff will take you through the history and origin of these essential ingredients for cooking. They will even help you with recipes if you need some.
If you like quirky fashion, then Raygun might interest you. Creating a niche with their clothing line oozing with Midwest humor since 2009, this Iowan brand has taken whimsy fashion to a new level. From tees to sweatshirts, hoodies to cardigans, pants, pins and patches for men and women to kidswear, bags, mugs and more, their collection is unique and funny. If you want playfulness in your clothes, accessories and home decor, this shop is definitely worth a visit.
As you explore the East Village, you will come across this attractive shop called Porch Light. Originally opened in 2003, it moved to its current location in 2010 and is one of the best stops for antique lovers in town. Its shabby-chic decor will appeal you while the eclectic displays of vintage items, accessories, stationery, kitchenware, candles, furniture and gifts will entice you. Everything is unique and is a mix of authentic antique and reproduced objects.
Plain Talk Books & Coffee has a quaint charm to it that instantly appeals to you. It has a vintage look to it with its wooden floors and book-shelved walls. This bookstore and cafe may not be in the tourist radar but it is a popular local haunt. Check out their wide range of books which are mostly secondhand with a few new ones that cover various genres. The volumes are in good condition and for a reading enthusiast, the prices are very easy on the wallet. Drop in for organic coffees, tasty tidbits and live music.
If you love chocolates and candies, then Beaverdale Confections is a boon for you. Opened in 2009, this store has carved a niche in the hearts of chocolate and candy lovers with their artisan treats that are made with no preservatives but with organic ingredients and natural flavors. Chocolates are made with Belgium chocolate and their gourmet marshmallows are a crowd favorite. Hand-rolled truffles, cream caramels, gummies, milk chocolate, dark chocolate and more will entice you. Drop in for these decadent sweet treats.
The historic East Village neighborhood in downtown Des Moines is filled with various bars, restaurants, and shops. The fun, eclectic atmosphere of this village is what attracts many visitors. The historic East Village also hosts many annual events, including the World Food Festival. Please check the neighborhood website to find out about all the businesses and events in the area.