The Des Moines Downtown Chamber held its first Des Moines Culture Connection Crawl Thursday, September 13, from 4:30 to 6:30pm.
Participants boarded a bus at 4:30pm at Principal Park and traveled tot hree mystery spots downtown and sampled the drink, cuisine, arts andculture unique to the East Village, Core/Riverwalk, and Western Gateway business districts.
During the course of the event, sixteen downtown businesses and organizations were featured as mystery stop experiences including thestart and end points at Principal Park. The East Village stop was at LifeServe Blood Center with food from Capital Pub & Hot Dog, beveragesfrom Gong Fu Tea, and arts and culture demonstrated by Gateway Dance Theatre. The Core/Riverwalk district mystery stop was at the 4th StreetCondos. Appetizers and wine were provided by Sbrocco with arts and culture provided through an art display of John Phillip Davis and achemistry demonstration by the Science Center of Iowa. The WesternGateway was highlighted with a stop at the Temple for Performing Arts and a sneak-peek into its nearly complete remodel. In the Grand Ballroom of the Temple, Sophia Ahmad, from the Des Moines Symphony, entertained with a piano performance, drinks were available through the Embassy Club, and appetizers were provided by Proof. Guests enjoyed juice, dessert, and sandwiches from Natural Thirst and a demonstration from the Des Moines Public Library, as well as a coffee and dessert bar from Starbucks.
“We thought it was a lot of fun and were happy to participate. The event did a great job in combining the elements of the downtown districts, venues, food and drink,” stated Christina Zink, Director of Communications and Membership at Science Center of Iowa.
Supporting Sponsors of the Des Moines Culture Connection Crawl are Nationwide and The Principal Financial Group®. Media Sponsor is the Business Record. Event Sponsors include CenturyLink, Davis Brown Law Firm, Operation Downtown, Iowa Events Center, Meredith Corporation, and Bankers Trust.About the Des Moines Downtown Chamber: The mission of the Des Moines Downtown Chamber is to make Connections that Count. By increasing downtown business to business interaction, the Downtown Chamber connects you to the people and resources that will make you successful. The Downtown Chamber was established in 2008 and currently serves over 150 members in the downtown and surrounding metro area. For more information, please contact:
Jennifer Chittenden, Executive Director
Des Moines Downtown Chamber of Commerce