IT'S NOVEMBER IN DES MOINES. Halloween has come and gone, there's finally a chill in the air, and what can we say...we're over waiting until the day after Thanksgiving to bust out the holiday cheer. For those of you who are also anxious for sparkling lights, cocktails that make your stomach warm, and an atmosphere full of winter celebration, the Historic East Village Holiday Promenade is one tradition you won't want to miss.
And, with so many unique shops popping up in the HEV over the past year, the lineup for activities is better than ever. To help you plan your evening, we've assembled a handy guide of some of our favorite 2015 Promenade stops. Enjoy!
1. Meet local artists at Domestica
Stop by Domestica's new location on Grand to enjoy snacks and drinks while meeting a few talented local designers. John Bosley of Bozz Prints will be hanging out and selling some of his new work, and before you go you can create your own ornament and poster with letterpress artists from The Red Door Press. Also, if you're looking for a gift for the art lover in your life, this is the perfect stop. Domestica will be giving an extra $5 with the purchase of a $25+ gift card, and an extra $10 with the purchase of a gift card of $50 or more.
LOCATION: 505 East Grand Avenue Suite #102
FOOD & DRINKS: Various snacks & drinks are provided
COSTS: Free | Guests can create posters for a small fee
Click here to view Domestica's venue page on Avenu.
2. Get vintage at Preservation
Preservation is one of our favorite new stores in the East Village. The shop's beautiful space, charming vintage items, and focus on sustainability make it a unique addition to Downtown Des Moines. For the Promenade, Preservation will be serving up Mexican hot chocolate, and Ponche with tequila (Mexican holiday punch), along with cookies. If you're in the mood to shop, don't miss the pop-up vintage sale section and the new gift sets Preservation has thoughtfully arranged. Promenade-goers will get first dibs on them, starting at $32 each. Need yet another reason to go? Nicole (Preservation's super kind shop owner) will be offering complimentary black and white mini photo shoots to all guests, complete with vintage hats for props and images available for download the following week. We can't wait!
LOCATION: 321 East Walnut Street Suite #150
FOOD & DRINKS: Mexican hot chocolate, Ponche with tequila and cookies will be served.
COSTS: Free | $32 gift sets available, pop-up vintage sale only Friday & Saturday
3. Celebrate at Pink Print Company
This sleek shop is celebrating one year in the East Village during the Promenade this evening! Pink's stock is always full of fun cards and sophisticated stationery items, including their own line that is so beautifully simple you'll have a hard time choosing your favorite. Swing by tonight for an extra special celebration with birthday cake and wine, as well as non-alcoholic drinks. In addition to the sips and snacks, Pink will be offering a complimentary stationery item for every purchase of $20 or more. Don't forget to stop by to help them celebrate this exciting milestone!
LOCATION: 350 East Locust, Suite #103
FOOD & DRINKS: Cake, wine & other drinks provided
COSTS: Free | Purchases over $20 receive a complimentary stationery item
Click here to view Pink's venue page on Avenu.
4. Drink eggnog at Eden
If you appreciate tasteful home & bath goods, sophisticated interior design, and a good egg nog, look no further than Eden for a special Promenade treat. This little shop has participated in the event for 13 seasons (the Promenade has been going for 14!). While the shop plans to serve up wine, champagne and cookies, they'll also be offering Mr. Eden's famous eggnog lattes. We've heard they'll even throw in a shot of Bailey's if you ask nicely. Need we say more?
LOCATION: 418 East 6th Street
FOOD & DRINKS: Wine, champagne, cookies & eggnog lattes
5. Screenprint at 8|7 Central
Design studio 8|7 Central will be a popular spot for Promenade visitors. Offering beer, homemade soup, screenprinting, and a new spacious location, it's no wonder why. So, when you're not downing a few bottles of finely crafted Boone Valley beer and deciding between 8 different types of soups, make sure to print out your own Christmas-themed shirt designed by a few new faces from 8|7. Five designs are available for $5 per shirt, and if you've seen 8|7's work, you know they'll be a hit at the family gift exchange. Don't fret – if you can't decide on just one design, custom hand-printed gift bags will be handy to carry them all home.
LOCATION: 520 East Grand Avenue
FOOD & DRINKS: Soup (vegetarian and vegan options available!) & Boone Valley beer
COSTS: Free | Screenprint your own shirt for $5
6. Shop at Dornink
This East Village boutique will be the perfect place to stop for finding a great holiday ensemble. 20% off all ready-to-wear items and accessories includes both men's and women's clothes, handbags, jewelry, scarves, and more. To top it off, Dornink will be serving wine and mini desserts. Really, how can you go wrong with a combination like that?
LOCATION: 518 East Grand Avenue
FOOD & DRINKS: Wine & mini desserts
COSTS: Free | 20% off all ready-to-wear items
Click here to view Dornink's page on Avenu.
7. Ice Skate at Brenton Skating Plaza
It's been 10 years since Brenton Skating Plaza first opened in Des Moines, and what better way to celebrate than by attending their 2015 season opening during the Promenade! Skaters can get on the ice as early as noon, and family festivites begin at 6 with the arrival of Santa. At 6:10 you can watch the annual tree lighting, then stick around to enjoy a special ice carving demonstration north of the rink at 7pm. Skaters are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to support the Impact Community Action Partnership, and those who do will receive a free ice scraper!
LOCATION: 520 Robert D Day Drive
HOURS: Noon – 11pm
FOOD & DRINKS: May be purchased at concession stand
COSTS: For ice skating: Adults, $7 | Child/Senior, $5 | Skate Rentals: $4
Click here to view Brenton Skating Plaza's venue page on Avenu.
Still need a few more places to round out your evening? We'd also recommend hitting up Amour for roasted pear punch, checking out local art at Moxie, and stopping by Hill Vintage & Knits – boozy drinks & Christmas music is promised!
We are so excited to see some familiar faces tomorrow night! With all of these festive activities, and snow in the forecast for the evening, the 2015 East Village Holiday Promenade is shaping up to be the best Friday of November. Hope to see you all there!
The Promenade will officially begin at 5pm and go until 9pm. Parking is available on the street as well as in the City Hall lot and in the Capitol Complex Parking Garage near the State Historical Building. **ALSO complimentary horse-drawn carriage rides will be available from 5:30 – 8pm with pickup on East 5th & Walnut.
What are your favorite Promenade memories? Are we missing an activity you love? Share in the comments below! Also, don't forget to post photos tomorrow night using the hashtag #HEVPromenade.