Tag Archives: Historic East Village

Upcoming East Village Events: Spooky Paws and Holiday Promenade

Mark your calendars! Some of our favorite East Village neighborhood traditions are happening over the next several weeks:


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2016 East Village Promenade: November 18

2016-east-village-holiday-promenade-nov-18Mark your calendars, and plan to join us Friday, November 18, 2016, 5 – 9 pm, for the fifteenth annual Historic East Village Promenade!

Always held the Friday before Thanksgiving, Promenade is our official kickoff of the festive season in the East Village neighborhood.  Start the holiday season in style, and get a head start on treat-making (and gift-giving!).

Enjoy caroling, ice skating, sparkling holiday lights, festive surprises and an open house at your favorite neighborhood boutiques all evening long.

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Historic East Village ‘Spooky Paws’ Pet Parade: Sunday, October 30


The 7th Annual Historic East Village Spooky Paws Parade is Sunday, October 30th, 2 – 3 pm!

Dogs + Costumes + Candy = FUN at the 7th Annual East Village Spooky Paws Parade.

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Taking De-Tour of the Grand Avenue Bridge Reconstruction

After one hundred years of connecting the East Village to the west side of Downtown Des Moines, the Grand Avenue bridge closed this week for a year-long replacement project.

The city says the repair is “essential for the safety of residents and visitors.” But it’s also going to take a little getting used to, if Grand Avenue is your main route to come visit us here at AllSpice.


Here are some alternate routes you can take (pictured above): the Locust Street (where AllSpice is located), Walnut Street, and Court Avenue bridges across the Des Moines River are all open and accessible. They’ll be closed and replaced, one by one, after the Grand Avenue bridge project is completed.

Robert Ray Drive, the north-south street adjacent to the Grand Ave bridge, is closed, too — but alternate crossing streets 2nd Avenue and 3rd Street (on the west side of the river) and East 4th, 5th and 6th Streets on our side of the bridge remain open.


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Everybody loves Des Moines, Chapter Eleventy-two: Travel and Leisure Magazine


We know we should probably be extra-jaded by now, that Iowa, and Des Moines, and the East Village in particular, keep getting singled out for praise by national and international publications.

Apparently, everybody thinks we are a great place for living and working and being a young professional or a lover of good food, or for buying a house, and, also, now, for spending a three-day weekend, according to Travel and Leisure Magazine.

They recommend:


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