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Shopping in Des Moines

Every Saturday from May through October, Des Moines has a farmers' market right in the middle of downtown. With over 250 vendors, there is more than just produce available at this market. Handcrafted jewelry, artwork, and clothing, as well as culinary treats such as locally grown popcorn, jams and jellies, produce ranging from apples to zucchinis, and mulled spices. Parking is available on streets and ramps surrounding the market. It is also accessible by bicycle.

Jordan Creek Town Center is more than a shopping mall. It offers an enclosed area filled with many popular stores as well as area called "The Village" that has open air style shopping. If that's not enough, there is also a lake with pedestrian and cycle trails, with a boardwalk filled with eateries for those that need a break from shopping and a bite to eat. The Jordan Creek Town Center is located in the western part of Des Moines and is accessible via DART.

Valley Junction is a historic part of Des Moines that espouses in its visitors the feeling of being in a small town. Shopping is part of the history of Valley Junction, which has been attracting shoppers to vendors of all sorts since the 1800s. It offers many antiques, arts, and crafts. Specialty stores are popular in Valley Junction. Beyond the shopping, events are regularly held in Valley Junction and it is also a great place to relax and enjoy the free wireless available throughout the neighborhood.

East Village is another historic region of Des Moines and was once set to be demolished by the city. Members of the neighborhood saved it and it is now an up-and-coming area with trendy restaurants and nightclubs. It has a variety of shops from floral arrangements to books to resale goods. The East Village is a pedestrian-friendly area located near the Capitol Building and the river.

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