Quirky Des Moines #10 – The Black Armband of Change

When you think of the typical protestor during the 1960’s you think of someone being loud and demonstrative and most importantly, being an adult. In 1965, a group of teenagers protested the Vietnam war without saying a word and they forever changed how schools handle giving students the freedom to practice their First Amendment rights…

A Poem for Cold & Flu Season

It is that special time of year again The time of prevalent colds and flu This year, I want you to consider staying home if you’re sick Everyone will be eternally grateful if you do   Some of us have weak immune systems That cannot get over your gifted cold with ease If you feel…

Top Five Vegetarian Restaurants in Des Moines

Whether you’re just trying vegetarian as a means to eat healthier or you’ve been practicing it for years, Des Moines has options for those who want to skip meat when they eat out. Open Sesame–  This restaurant is one of the smaller locations in downtown Des Moines to get a meal but what they lack in size they…

Ten Scary Podcasts for Halloween

1. Limetown – Ten years ago Limetown completely disappeared.  The government swept in that night and sealed off the area, a couple of weeks later the town is opened up and found to be abandoned.  Despite massive media interest initially, there are few answers.  Ten years after the fact a reporter investigates and starts to…

Top Four Wedding Cake bakeries

Your wedding cake is one more decision to make during the wedding planning process though one of the best ones to make too. The following are the best locally owned bakeries in Des Moines to buy your special treat. The Bake Shoppe-Located 6611 University Avenue in Valley Junction, the Bake Shoppe is home to the infamous champagne…

Top Ten Des Moines steakhouses

Des Moines may not be known for their steakhouses but there are plenty to choose from when you want to have a steak to either celebrate a birthday or just celebrate you got through a terrible work week. The following are the best locally owned choices in and around Des Moines. Jesse’s Embers– located on Ingersoll Avenue, Jesse’s…

Quirky Des Moines #9- The Brothers who brought Spice to Des Moines

Their spice company is the oldest in the United States and is second only to McCormick and Company.  The Tone brothers were the first company West of the Mississippi to sell roasted coffee and are credited with introducing hermetically sealed spice packages with flip tops for easy access.  Although Tone Spices the company has been sold…