A few of my favorite East Village things… Part I

The East Village has been home to my studio for almost 3 years now.

I can honestly say that I work, play, eat, and shop here!

Here are just a few of my fave things from this iconic center for all that is uber cool and eclectic.



I see Arin and Karen – the ladies from Ephemera – every time I park my car to head to the studio. I always feel compelled to step inside to see what they have going on in that back room and to see what new items have come in that week. One particular product line kept me awake one night..literally! …. The stacked boxes (bottom left)   They come in everyday prints in addition to the holiday colors show. We (Arin and Karen and I) have decided that we don’t know why I “need” them but that I most definitely do. They don’t match my office…. not even the colors in my logo… but I need them. It’s worth the trip downtown, just to see the stacking boxes.

A quick note about the bottom middle photo (key chain) A note enclosed reads: “Every penny from the sale of this key chain will go to ENLACE, which has been equipping churches to transform communities in El Salvador since 1993. Visit: www.enlaceonline.org

Top row, left to right:
Boxed Christmas cards from Permanent Collection, Great Lakes, and Waste Not Paper
Frasier Fir scented candle from Thymes of Minneapolis
Second row, left to right:
Boxes of various sizes by Smock
Fabric keychains by Handmade for Hope (all proceeds go to charity)
Ephemera brand fabric notebook covers

http://www.ephemeradesign.com . 515.974.6932 . 505 E. Locust

Jett and Monkey’s

Jett and Monkey’s has become my daughter’s absolute favorite place in the East Village. There are always 3-5 little furry friends that greet you with their friendly barking and jumping behind the counter. They have amazing treats for your own pups too! We love the leashes and cute sweaters/scarves! Oh, and the little plush toys that usually end up in a hundred pieces…they don’t have those. They have these amazing stuffed toys that seem to last forever!

Sweaters: West Paw Design

Plush toys: West Paw Design

Leashes: Wagging Green and Bessie+Barnie

http://www.jettandmonkey.com . 515.244.4211 . 503 E. Locust




Jennifer from Eden has been keeping Des Moines smelling fresh and clean for over 10 years! My personal item favorite is the Fresh brand Cannabis Santal scent. I get compliments every time I wear it. I literally got stopped in the street by someone in a crosswalk once …asking what I was wearing! Since moving to her new location on E. 6th/Grand..Eden’s loveliness has expanded …so much to see and smell and touch!

My favorite eau de parfum: Fresh Cannabis Santal 1oz eau de parfum  $32

Fresh Cannabis Santal candle $48

Home soaps and fragrance: Caldrea

Ugly dolls: (my girls personal fav)

Plush dolls : Bla Bla

Miller et Bertaux  $138.00
#1 (for you)
#2 (Spiritus)
#3 (green, green, green and … green)

Sara Happ
the lip scrub sparkling pink grapefruit $24
the lip slip $24
the gift set includes one black cherry lip scrub and lip slip $40

http://www.edeniowa.com . 515.282.0669 . 418 E. 6th st


Porch Light

Porch Light Antiques carries more than just old stuff…new, old, handmade, etc.. I have always loved their little knick knacks and what-not’s so abundantly spread throughout  the store. You just need

to take a look. Great gifts for your mom or grandmother..lots of things that will remind them of their childhood

Recycled wood frames from Chaba Decor

Knit baby hats from San Diego Hat Co

100% Soy candles from The Flame Candleworks

Colored composition notebooks from JPT Traders

Cotton striped rugs from Dash & Albert

Fabric headbands from Cookie and The Dude

http://www.porch-light-too.net/ . 515.255.5900 . 526 E. Grand



So Amy from Aimee (you’ll NEVER see her without a smile on her face, by the way) behaves like a little kid on Christmas morning each time I walk in…. Always showing me her latest and greatest items.

There is always a story to be heard about where she got this dress and who in Hollywood is wearing it. Need a little black dress and some cutesie headpiece? Hurry, she has a limited number of fabulous pieces!!

Black tank: store exclusive tank style
Ivory satin ballet socks:  Ozone
Black sequined dress:  new line from London

Talullah lip gloss

Headbands:  Bean and the Sprout (locally made!)

http://www.aimeeeastvillage.com/ . 515.243.0045 . 435 E. Locust



Ok, so this store is just cool. You can bottle your own olive oil! It’s like walking into your mother’s spice cabinet…Every single thing you can imagine is there. I have literally stocked my pantry shelves with items purchased here.

http://allspiceonline.com/ . 515.868.0808 . 400 E. Locust, Suite 5


Salon W

I am a huge huge fan of Salon W. I send my brides-to-be there..I take my girls there, I get facials, pedi’s, massages, and most importantly, my hair color/cut.

Each time you walk in, you feel so welcomed. With offerings of tea or wine within the first minute of your arrival.

My fav: Shampure Shampoo/Conditioner is simply amazing. A simple gift, a stocking stuffer, *hint hint*

http://www.salonspaw.com/ .  515.280.5358 . 400 E. Locust, Suite 2


EV Faves Part II…. coming soon!

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