Although there are a lot of cool places in Des Moines, one of my favorites is a shop in the East Village called Domestica. Filled with the kind of edgy jewelry and artsy prints you see in indie Sundance movies, this shop really is the epitome of all that is fun and quirky. For a small-ish shop, the amount of time I spend in there is impressive. But it’s also necessary because there’s so much to see. The place is packed full of accessories like pug tea towels, Vampire Weekend posters, and bicycle drinking glasses. And yeah, it may sound like I’m describing Zooey Deschanel’s house, but that’s the beauty of Domestica. It’s sincerely cool, quirky fun.
Domestica’s location also has a lot to do with its vibe. Set among the boutiques, restaurants, and shops of the East Village, the store acts as yet another stop in the weekend activities of Des Moines’ hip young professionals. Honestly, the only thing I don’t like about Domestica is its adverse affect on my bank account. The good news is that I never feel all that guilty about supporting a cool, local business…and picking up some awesome stuff in the process.
For more on Domestica, check out their website.