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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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Friday Finds, episode 15 – By Degrees

Posted at 1:33 pm on March 31, 2020

I filmed this special Friday Find a few weeks ago, before schools and everything else had shut down. I’m sharing it today because it highlights a really important program that provides support for students, families and schools in our neighborhoods. And even though school’s not in session now, the By Degrees team is working hard […]


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Creative ways to support local!

Posted at 6:48 pm on March 19, 2020

As you know, I love supporting local businesses. They are the heart of our community and what makes Des Moines such an amazing place to live. I feature local businesses on my Friday Finds series and choose to shop local as much as possible. I have so many friends and fellow entrepeneurs I respect and […]


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Friday Finds, episode 14 – KIN

Posted at 2:22 pm on February 28, 2020

Today’s Friday Find takes us to one of the coolest shops I’ve been in, KIN. KIN is a modern mystical shop in the East Village specializing in ethically-sourced crystals, apothecary and estate jewelry. One of the things I LOVE about KIN is it’s a woman-owned business that carries goods made almost entirely by women entrepreneurs […]


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Friday Finds, episode 13 – Brenton Skating Plaza

Posted at 10:34 am on February 27, 2020

I think we’re pretty lucky to have this fun ice skating rink in the heart of downtown Des Moines. It gives the most gorgeous, picture perfect backdrop of our city skyline! If you’re looking for something fun to do in our city during winter, give Brenton Skating Plaza a visit!


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Friday Finds, episode 12 – Gerri’s Bar and Grill

Posted at 9:23 am on February 18, 2020

If you’re looking for the perfect wings that are crispy but not too crispy and spicy but not too spicy, look no further. 😉 Gerri’s Bar and Grill across the street from the fairgrounds have, what I would argue are, the best wings in Des Moines. Come for the wings, grab a beer and stay […]


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