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Friday Find with Sara Hopkins Realtor | Episode 27 – Cooper’s on 5th

Posted at 10:35 am on November 2, 2020

Today’s Friday Finds is highlighting my new favorite place to grab an elevated salad and cocktail! Cooper’s on 5th is located in the heart of Valley Junction. It was the perfect lunch stop after a girls day in Valley Junction. It has been a Des Moines staple for nine years. Known for their Reimagined Americana […]


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Friday Find with Sara Hopkins Realtor | Episode 26 – Rose Farm

Posted at 10:33 am on October 27, 2020

Today’s Friday Finds is showcasing the best place to get gorgeous flowers located in Norwalk! If you haven’t checked out Rose Farm yet, grab your bestie and head to their boutique flower farm to pick some beautiful flowers! They offer a wide variety of classes and host special events. They also partner with Power Life […]


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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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Support Black owned businesses in Des Moines

Posted at 3:19 pm on July 15, 2020

In addition to having conversations with family and friends who don’t understand why this movement is so important…another way to help the #BlackLivesMatter movement is to support local Black owned businesses. You can view a full list of options put together by the Des Moines Black Lives Matter organization HERE. My list below is just a few […]


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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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