AllSpice (and the Historic East Village) in the New York Times!

the-new-york-times-logoImagine our delight to see our neighborhood – and our neighbors’ shops – profiled in the Travel section of the November 5 New York Times!

In their look at the Historic East Village, “[a] once-desolate downtown edge… redefining the urban heart of Des Moines,” the Times sets the stage with this description:

“A decade ago, the East Village’s offerings were sparse: an old-school Greek restaurant, an ’80s-era gay bar and little else. Now its historic brick buildings — and shiny new ones — also host a grab bag of tasteful restaurants, stylish boutiques and quirky businesses, from hip antiques, stationery and kitchen stores to a snarky T-shirt store that recently opened in a bigger space next to a decadent ice cream sandwich shop. Dozens of apartments and condos are also adding to the neighborhood’s mix.”

NYTimes_fusti_photoThe Times article has nice mini-profiles of AllSpice neighbors Scenic Route Bakery, Aimée, Raygun, and the Up-Down Arcade Bar … and have this to say about AllSpice:

“This five-year-old spot carries upward of 300 herbs, spices, vinegars and olive oils from around the world. Clerks tend to float around with mugs of tea, stopping to help shoppers blend and taste seasonal flavors, from mulled cider to the bread-dipping blend of red apple vinegar and basil olive oil.”

The “floaty,” tea-sipping clerks here at the shop are even more buoyant today, after that flattering write-up.

You can read the full article (and see the sumptuous photos) on the New York Times’ website.

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