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#CDM2016 Vendor Announcement

We’re pleased to showcase the following vendors during the inaugural Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2016.

Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2016 Gift and Specialty Item Vendors


Worldly Goods

Worldly Goods is a Fair Trade nonprofit gift store located in Ames since 1987.  Our unique Fair Trade gifts are handmade from over 50 developing countries.  Volunteers share artisan stories.

Offering: Fair Trade items from around the world focusing on Christmas ornaments and decorations. Additional items that have a European heritage theme including Fair Trade stocking stuffers, coffee, tea, chocolate and other Fair Trade foods that are prepackaged.


TeaGeschwendner

Tea shop with natural and organic teas.

Offering: Premium loose leaf teas and tea accessories: Christmas teas: Black Christmas tea, Snowman greet teas, including Spices for Glühwein, herbal teas. Link to the teas:http://shop.tgtea.com/. Also tea accessories: Cast iron teapots, ceramic teapots, mugs and infusers.


The Red Door Press

The Red Door Press is a Des Moines based letterpress print shop that specializes in prints, cards, and letterpress ephemera. We use traditional print methods, antique printing presses, and up-cycled materials.

Offering: Letterpress prints, cards and other goods.


Chocolaterie Stam

Chocolaterie Stam, Fine European Chocolates since 1913


The Museum of Danish America

Offering: Danish / Scandinavian gift items:  jams, jewelry, note cards, hand towels, Christmas die-cuts, papirklip


Andy Klindt – Chainsaw Carvings

Andy Klindt Chainsaw Carver

Offering: Chainsaw Carvings


Pickle Creek Herbs

At Pickle Creek Herbs, we use organic herbs we grow ourselves on our Iowa farm to handcraft artisanal herbal products, including infused olive oils and vinegars, jams, teas, soaps, salves, salts, and balms.

Offering: Herb-infused olive oils and vinegars, herbal fruit jams, dried herbs and herbal teas, herbal soaps, salves, salts, and balms


Paisley USA

French Needle Work from recycled Marino wool

Offering: Fiber art pieces and tea cozies


 

Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2016 Food & Beverage Vendors


Glühwein

Glühwein (roughly, “glow-wine”, from the hot irons once used for mulling) is popular in German speaking countries. Glühwein is prepared from red wine, heated and spiced with cinnamon sticks, cloves, star aniseed, citrus, sugar and at times vanilla pods.


Iowa Beer Bus/Paulaner/Exile

Stella Cidre, Exile Ruthie, Exile Hannah, Exile Gigi, Kölsch, Paulaner Hefeweizen, Paulaner Münchener Lager, Lion Bridge Brewing Company Workman’s Compensation, Turner Alley Czech Village Pilsner, Breckenridge Christmas Ale, Budweiser, Bud Light


Royal Mile

The Royal Mile will be selling Scotch Eggs and Cornish Pasties (both traditional dishes of the U.K).

Offering: Scotch eggs and Cornish pasty


Mucky Duck Pub

The Mucky Duck Pub is a full service, British-style public house (pub) located in Ames.  At the Mucky Duck we are pleased to welcome people of all ages and from all walks of life – we believe that drinking, eating and having fun together is a very important part of life!  We have a great selection of beer from the UK, the USA and Iowa.  We also serve some classic British dishes such as fish and chips and bangers and mash but we are also well know for our burgers and tenderloins.  At the market we are pleased to be serving some British Christmas classics such as mince pies and Christmas pudding, along with some of the staples from our restaurant.

Offering: Mince pies, English Christmas pudding, fish and chips, bangers and mash, hot tea (chai, regular black and green), Christmas crackers (retail items), Turkish Delight (retail item), Tubs of assorted chocolates (Roses or Quality Street) (retail item)


Salt & Pretzel

Salt and Pretzel Co. is family-owned and operated in Ames, Iowa. They started the business in 2015 with the idea of bringing unique, soft pretzels to the community. Each pretzel is carefully crafted with the best ingredients and produced with state of the art equipment to create exceptional pretzels. All of their are made in their FDA-inspected bakery that meets all food safety and GMP requirements.

Offering: Traditional German Sausages. German pretzels with mustards and sauces. Rye breads and other baked products, including Gingerbread Cookies.


Top of the Hill Nuts

Offering: Cinnamon and maple flavored roasted almonds, cashews, and pecans.


Hessen Haus

Willkommen! Iowa’s favorite German Bier Hall, with the largest German Bier selection in the world!

Offering: Sauerkraut Balls, German Bier Cheese Soup, Peasant Plate (German sausage and cheese platter)

Mars Cafe

 

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BySuzanne Hull

7 Reasons Why You Should Visit Christkindlmarket Des Moines…

What: Christkindlmarket Des Moines (A German-Inspired Outdoor Christmas Market)

When: Dec. 2 to 4 (11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fri.; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sat.; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sun.)

Where: Cowles Commons in Downtown Des Moines, Iowa

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  1. Experience the sights and sounds of a real German Christmas-themed market, Christkindlmarket Des Moines, without even having to “cross the pond.”
  2. Witness the Opening Ceremony on Friday, Dec. 2 at 6 p.m. as the Christkind (the Christmas Angel) who officially opens the market with her proclamation and is helped by the Kinder (children) on a procession with luminaria.
  3. See the quaint village-like huts, built by Waukee High School industrial arts students that will offer wares such as handmade stationery, Christmas ornaments, baked goods, teas, hand-knitted items, chainsaw carvings, and much more.
  4. Hear the local, state and regional music ensembles from high school choirs to professional entertainers entertain Christkindlmarket guests with holiday music.
  5. Gather around the “Tannenbaum Tables” made by Johnston High School industrial arts students and taste the delicious holiday treats from chocolate and toasted nuts to savory wursts and potatoes.
  6. Toast your friends and warm your spirits with authentic German Glühwein (gloo-vine) just like they do in Deutschland in December.
  7. Take home a piece of real European art with the market’s inaugural collectible Glühwein mug that features original artwork by a German artist.

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Did you hear Suzanne Hull on Insight on Business the News Hour?

Did you miss Suzanne Hull on Insight on Business “the News Hour with Michael Libbie” on Tuesday, October 27th?? Click the link below to listen to the podcast during which they talked about Christkindlmarket Des Moines and Des Moines European Heritage Association.

Read about the show and download the podcast if you missed it here

 

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6a00d83452534069e201bb094aa9ad970d-300wiInsight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only business broadcast in the Des Moines Metro and a production of Insight Advertising, Marketing & Communications a full service advertising agency based in Des Moines. Connect with them on Twitter @IoB_NewsHour and, for more, here is their Facebook Page.

 

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Bronze Sponsor | Ace Body & Motor

We’re pleased to have the support of Ace Body & Motor as a Bronze Sponsor of Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2016! Their team of ASE Certified technicians have been serving this community for 33 years. Their family owned and operated repair facility is known for its cleanliness, convenience, and its coffee! Relax while they perform quality auto services for your vehicle. They’ll have you in and out in no time, making your auto service experience as quick and affordable as possible.

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Suzanne Hull on Insight on Business The News Hour with Michael Libbie

Suzanne Hull will be on Insight on Business “the News Hour with Michael Libbie” on Tuesday, October 25th, to talk about Christkindlmarket Des Moines coming up on December 2 – 4! Tune in to AM-940 or FM 104.5 at 5:05pm. For those with an HD receiver they’re at 103.3 HD2.

 

Read about the show and download the podcast if you missed it here

Read about the show and listen to the broadcast here

Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only business broadcast in the Des Moines Metro and a production of Insight Advertising, Marketing & Communications a full service advertising agency based in Des Moines. Connect with them on Twitter @IoB_NewsHour and, for more, here is their Facebook Page.

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#CDM2016 Glühwein Mugs!

For Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2016, German designer Sabine Voigt, has crafted a Christmas-themed design for our Glühwein mug. Voigt studied in Dusseldorf, Germany and San Diego, CA, graduating as a graphic designer. Previously she has worked for companies such as Rolling Stone Magazine, Cologne Cathedral Christmas market, Kölner Bank, and many others, as well as designing a variety of mugs for Christmas markets around the world. Voigt has been awarded 1st place in the Charlie Hebdo Cart Competition, awards in the International Cartoon contest, the European Cartoon contest, and a variety of other awards and decorations. Her work has been presented in Portugal, Germany, America, Spain, and other countries world wide for its colorful and youthful appearance.

DMEHA is excited to have had the opportunity to further display her work by using her design featured below on our 2016 Glühwein mug. Guarantee your Glühwein mug this year by making a donation of $25 or more to Des Moines European Heritage Association.

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Meet Your Event Planning Committee Members | Betsy Penisten

betsy-penistenTell us about yourself.

Betsy grew up on the north side of Des Moines and attended Saydel High School. Upon graduating, she attended the University of Iowa and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with majors in English Literature and political science. Betsy currently resides in Des Moines, and is a  program planner for the Iowa Department of Human Rights Division of Criminal and Juvenile Justice Planning. Betsy enjoys gardening,  painting, and playing the Ukulele.

Why are you involved with Christkindlmarket Des Moines?

Betsy learned about Christkindlmarket Des Moines while walking past a booth at the Des Moines Art Festival and questioning why, in the summertime, there would be a booth decorated for Christmas. She soon found out about the Christkindlmarket and immediately wanted to  get involved for the diversity the organization offers— there are so many volunteer opportunities available based on where your interest lies.

Why should others become involved?

Betsy believes others should get involved because it gives you the opportunity to give back to the community while also learning about different cultures and customs.

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Meet Your Event Planning Committee Members | Mike Mendenhall

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Tell us about yourself.

Mike grew up on the east side of Des Moines and attended East High School. Upon graduating, he went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism and mass communications, with a minor in music performance from the University of Iowa. Mike currently resides in Des Moines, and is the editor of  two weekly newspapers in the state: Jasper County Tribune and Prairie City News. Mike enjoys Star Wars lore, indie classical and jazz music, and listening to Iowa Public Radio.

Why are you involved with Christkindlmarket Des Moines?

Mike learned about Christkindlmarket Des Moines while taking in the sights and sounds of the Des Moines Arts Festival this summer. Mike is volunteering to help a worthwhile culturally-minded non-profit become established in the Greater Des Moines Area.

Why should others become involved?

Mike believes others should get involved because it is an opportunity to learn about ancestry and the
commonalities of European traditions.

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BySuzanne Hull

Suzanne Hull Presents at Des Moines Area Retired School Personnel Association

Suzanne Hull, Board President of Des Moines European Heritage Association presented to the Des Moines Area Retired School Personnel Association on September 22, 2016

The group enjoyed hearing about DMEHA and what they have planned for Christkindlmarket Des Moines taking place at Cowles Commons December 2 – 4, 2016.

If you’d like Suzanne to make a presentation to your networking group or community organization, please contact her at suzanne.hull@dmeha.org.

About DMARSPA

DMARSPA is an association of retired school personnel residing in the Des Moines, Iowa area. It exists to provide opportunities for entertainment and social interaction between members.

 

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Meet Your Event Planning Committee Members | Missy Mootz

Missy MootzTell us about yourself.

My name is Missy Mootz, and I grew up in Iowa before broadening my horizons for 4 years in Minneapolis and 3 years in Zurich, Switzerland. I am currently a stay-at-home mom of one (soon to be two in December). I married my college sweetheart who provided me with the opportunity to experience all that Europe has to offer.

Why are you involved with Christkindlmarket Des Moines?

I got involved in Christkindlmarket Des Moines for two reasons. I was looking for a connection to the life I had just lived for 3 years in Switzerland, and I wanted to get involved in the community. Luckily, I came across this opportunity, and it has already exceeded my expectations. I can’t wait for the first inaugural Market to start some new traditions with my family!

Why should others become involved?

Anyone and everyone should get involved with this event. Even if you are just a visitor this year, I guarantee, once you experience a Christmas Market, you will want to do it over and over again. Everyone should have access to experience new cultures and old traditions regardless of where you live.





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