August 30, 2013

Wild West




Raygun is hands down my fav new startup in Des Moines, what a wicked sense of humor...

I'm also studying them for my own future business plans.  I'd like to start a gallery/store specializing in Japanese art supplies + imports, as well as artist edition goods + prints.

They share a similar aesthetic and business model to how I envision the gallery.  But that's for the future :)



Already missing my grandparents and Mid West life in general.

Sometimes I feel like every place begins to look like every place else, but not so with this trip.

We drove from MA through NY, PE, OH, IN, IL and to IA.  3200 miles total.

It rocked all kinds of hard :)

Learned alot about my heritage, ginger cookies and that I don't know my right from my left.






My great grandmother in Idaho's Wild West, 1921






See you again soon, Grampa + Gramma





August 26, 2013

Iowa: 75% vowels, 100% rad


Bauder's Pharmacy/Spa






Raygun - my new fav tee shirt shop!









Hand painted windows in Ingersoll Ave.





At Zanzibar's


Des Moines is French for "Of The Moines"

Just kidding.

I have no idea why it's called that.

But it's a great place and every time we come I discover something new


At Palmer's, one of favorite delis




At A-Okay Antiques in Valley Junction.




I love the hand-painted sign tradition still thriving in the MidWest.


 Mars coffee house by Drake University.




Baked French toast/ bread pudding for dinner


Des Moines at night


August 24, 2013

OH to IA



We left early in the morning on Friday, so early it was still dark and the air was crisp and dewy.

Mixed hazelnut roast, toffee cappuccino and skim milk at the rest stop outside Indiana, turned up the roadtrip mix and the corn fields filled up the horizon.

Eight hours later... Hello, Iowa :)




Spending the weekend with my lovely grandparents!




Cleveland

Had a great time exploring Cleveland this Thursday, before heading out to Iowa this morning.

Again we missed the West Side Market (it's open Mon/Wed/Fri) but the cafe is always good and discovering the emerging restaurant scene is really fun.


Cleveland has a bourgeoning design/food/retail+music scene - it's livability not to be underestimated.

Check out the stellar neon + store front graphics both new and old:















Sifting through the neon plastic fragments of my childhood at Big Fun...

We always make a point to go to both Big Fun locations and bringing a wad of singles for their photobooth!  Two years ago it was being serviced (it's a real developing vintage machine so it takes lots of chemicals and maintenance) and with crushing disappointment had to give up on it, but it's still fun to look around.  

And I always find something awesome there anyway.  (This time birthdays/ early Christmas shopping - score).