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Friday Find with Sara Hopkins Realtor | Episode 25 – Gilroy’s

Posted at 3:46 pm on October 5, 2020

Today’s Friday Find is showcasing one of the best patios in our metro! If you haven’t checked out Gilroy’s yet, grab a friend and head to their patio to enjoy this gorgeous fall weather. Their menu offers a wide variety of “stylish American comfort food” so there really is something for everyone. They have an amazing […]


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Friday Find with Sara Hopkins Realtor | Episode 24 – Granny’s

Posted at 2:30 pm on September 18, 2020

An east side staple, Granny’s Sweet Freeze Shoppe is a small ice cream shop hidden in plain sight! You’ve likely driven down the frontage road, Hubbell Ave, dozens of time but if you’re not from the area it’s likely you don’t know what the cute building with the pink trim is. Having grown up on the […]


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Friday Find with Sara Hopkins Realtor | Episode 23 – Des Moines Mercantile

Posted at 1:47 pm on September 4, 2020

When was the last time you visited a general store? That’s what Des Moines Mercantile is (only a super cool 2020 version!), and you’ve got to check it out! There used to be hundreds of small general stores – also called local mercantiles – all around Des Moines. Owner Mallory Richardson wanted to open up a […]


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Friday Find with Sara Hopkins Realtor | Episode 22 – Union Park

Posted at 2:52 pm on August 28, 2020

The Union Park neighborhood holds a special place in my heart. My Grandma lived in the neighborhood and I spent my childhood at Union Park, otherwise known as “the rocket slide park.” You definitely lived a deprived childhood if you didn’t get to experience 3rd degree burns from that slide! Fortunately it’s been redone in […]


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Friday Find with Sara Hopkins Realtor | Episode 21 – Captain Roy’s

Posted at 10:36 am on July 30, 2020

Looking for a great place to enjoy an outdoor patio while practicing social distance? Captain Roy’s at Birdland Marina has one of the best scenes in town. This neighborhood spot offers cold beer, awesome food (their fish & chips are approved my British hubby) and gorgeous views overlooking the river. It’s an experience you won’t […]


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Friday Find with Sara Hopkins Realtor | Episode 20 – Flag of Des Moines

Posted at 3:58 pm on July 7, 2020

Show off your Des Moines pride with our official flag, thanks to Flag of Des Moines. This city symbol was revived in 2018 after almost a decade by husband and wife duo, Mason and Emily. After learning about the flag and its history, they worked to bring it back as Des Moines’ official flag and […]


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Friday Find with Sara Hopkins Realtor | Episode 19 – JJ Gaffers Glass Blowing Studio

Posted at 11:33 am on June 30, 2020

If you’re looking for a fun and creative experience in Des Moines, you have to check out the JJ Gaffers Glass Blowing Studio. You’ll be amazed by the hand-blown glass art you can create or shop! Located at Mainframe Studios on Keo Way, JJ Gaffers offers classes for all ages. With such a great teacher […]


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Friday Find with Sara Hopkins Realtor | Episode 18 – Dornink

Posted at 9:57 pm on May 11, 2020

Today’s Friday Find features one of my absolute favorite places in Des Moines’ East Village, Dornink Couture. Dornink Couture is an incredible boutique owned by my good friend, Sarah, and her mom, Faythe, that has been around for almost 15 years. The shop specializes in custom bridal, evening and cocktail gowns but also in amazing […]


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Friday Find with Sara Hopkins Realtor | Episode 17 – Red Door Press

Posted at 9:41 pm on May 4, 2020

This Friday Find episode features a magical shop located in Mainframe Studios, The Red Door Press. The Red Door Press is a letterpress print and design shop that’s been around since 2012. One of the things I love most is that this shop is bringing back an art form you just don’t see everywhere anymore. […]


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Friday Find, episode 16 – Wildflower

Posted at 3:17 pm on April 27, 2020

For this Friday Find, I want to highlight the coolest floral and event styling studio, Wildflower. Wildflower is not your average floral shop. Its unique and trendy selection plus its uber-talented team make it one of those shops you can’t help but love. Whether you need beautiful, boho floral arrangements or event styling and planning, […]


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