When it comes to shopping, Des Moines has no shortage of modern megamalls that are home to popular national chains and big-box retailers. Shopping centers like Iowa's biggest mall, Jordan Creek Town Center, and Water Tower Place feature well-known names such as Best Buy, Dillards and Pottery Barn.
But there are plenty of smaller shops and boutiques in the area where you can have fun browsing for that perfect outfit or a special gift as well. Here’s a short list of a few of our favorites.
Everything old is new again, making this resale shop an ideal place to find cutting-edge fashions. Owner Angela Petraline personally curates the ever-changing inventory where you can often find pieces from iconic designers like Yves St. Laurent, Chanel, Diane Von Furstenburg and Halston. Have some vintage clothing or accessories in the closets of your Springs Apartments home? Dorothea's Closet is always looking to purchase "new" items.
Most men enjoy shopping about as much as a trip to the dentist, but that would change if they all started going to Badowers. Named after the tailor who founded the store more than 50 years ago, Badowers carries a full selection of dress and casual wear along with accessories. They still maintain an old-school level of customer service with amenities like an in-house tailor, private appointments and special orders.
While reading has gone high-tech, there's still a thrill when you open a brand-new hardcover book. Beaverdale Books maintains a full schedule of author appearances and book clubs for adults and children along with writers' groups and literary contests. Looking for a good book suggestion? Check out the reviews posted on their website.
Does the mention of antiques bring visions of a museum-like look-but-don't-touch shop? The Brass Armadillo is more of an event than a store. It's a collection of booths operated by antique dealers who are always on the lookout for quality items. With onsite seminars, workshops and social gatherings, there are many opportunities to network with the dealers and other customers.
This vibrant, eclectic shopping district deserves its own mention. The hip vibe in East Village is enhanced by its charming storefronts and buildings, some of which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. You can find everything from clothing to furniture to pet supplies and linger over lunch at one of several fun and funky eateries.
Do you have a favorite shop or boutique to add to the list? Tell us all about it in the comments!