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Our Favorite Things to Do in the Community and Local Nonprofits to Support

At Trixies Salon & Spa, our hearts beat for the vibrant pulse of the Des Moines community. We're not just a business; we're a part of a thriving network of local businesses that make this city special. Here's a glimpse into some of our cherished spots, each a testament to the entrepreneurship spirit of Des Moines.

 

Our love for Des Moines extends beyond the doors of our salon & spa. We are proud to partner with local nonprofits dedicated to making a positive impact in our community. Together, we believe in giving back and fostering a sense of unity.

 

As we continue to grow and evolve, let's celebrate the places that have stood the test of time, enriching our lives and creating memories. These are more than businesses; they are the heartbeat of Des Moines. Join us in supporting local, whether it's through cherished spots or vital nonprofits. Let's keep the spirit of community alive!

Trixies Salon and Spa is proud to partner with the John Stoddard Cancer Center’s Empower Boutique and Salon in Des Moines.

 

 

Within the heart of this all-volunteer salon, our dedicated team of volunteers strives to do more than haircuts, head shavings and soothing scalp massages – we aim to make a profound impact.

 

In the journey of empowering cancer patients through the challenges of hair loss during treatment, our involvement goes beyond the scissors and styling chairs. We share stories, engage in deep conversations, and embrace each individual with a love and empathy that goes far beyond the surface. Our goal is simple – to offer an encouraging word, share a laugh, a cry or be the listening ear they need in that moment.

 

But here's where you come in. You have the power to support the Empower Boutique by purchasing items from our carefully curated wishlist. These are not just items; they are tangible expressions of care and compassion. Click the links provided to explore the most needed items, and drop them off at any Trixies Salon. We'll ensure they find their way to the Empower Boutique.

 

Join us on this journey, and together, let's create a meaningful impact for those in their cancer journey.

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Fragrance Free Shea Better Body Lotion

Fragrance Free Shea Better Body Lotion

Pre Tied Chemo Head Scarf

Pre Tied Chemo Head Scarf

Weighted Blanket (15 Pounds)

Weighted Blanket (15 Pounds)

Bedsure Satin Pillowcase for Hair and Skin

Bedsure Satin Pillowcase for Hair and Skin

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For Cocktails
 

You won’t find better locally-owned bars than in Des Moines. These spots make you feel like you’re on an episode of Cheers, where everyone knows your name. 

Carl’s Place

Carl’s Place

Seriously, everyone loves Carl’s Place!

Bellhop Tiki

Bellhop Tiki

You absolutely have to try their Whiskey Sour.

Charley’s SouthTown Tap on SW 9th

Charley’s SouthTown Tap on SW 9th

This is our favorite Southside watering hole.

Francie’s Bar & Grill

Francie’s Bar & Grill

They have the BEST Bloody Mary’s in town.

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For Coffee 

For the coffee shop enthusiast, these aren’t just places to grab a quick caffeine fix but a sanctuary where passion for coffee, community, and culture converge. You can find our favorite coffee havens in Des Moines here:

Twisted Bean

Twisted Bean

Try their specialty raspberry mocha!

The Slow Down Coffee Co.

The Slow Down Coffee Co.

Slow down for a cup of joe and connection.

Mayalu Coffee

Mayalu Coffee

Great coffee, great food, great people.

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For Shopping 

We love the variety of shopping options that can be found in Des Moines. There’s truly a spot for everything!

Golden Hour

Golden Hour

Candles, incense, wax melts and so much more!

Kin

Kin

This modern mystical shop is the perfect spot for a unique find.

Harlow and James

Harlow and James

Located in Valley Junction, this boutique is size inclusive and an absolute must stop for curvy girls.

Hinge

Hinge

The cutest little place with the cutest clothes.

Leona Ruby

Leona Ruby

We love this one-of-a-kind shop for all our jewelry needs.

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For Breakfast

There is truly nothing better than a home-cooked breakfast. These are our favorite Des Moines establishments that make you feel like you’re getting just that: 

Mullets

Mullets

Not only is their breakfast top-notch, but the vibes are immaculate.

St. Kilda

St. Kilda

For a little more upscale breakfast, St. Kilda has it all.

Homegrown

Homegrown

You’ve got to try their homemade pop tarts … soooo good.

Waveland Cafe

Waveland Cafe

A true Des Moines staple — maybe you’ll even spot Jason Momoa!

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For Lunch

From tacos to deli sandwiches, there are so many great options for a quick lunch when you’re in Des Moines. Here are some must-visits: 

Teriyaki House

Teriyaki House

Make sure to check out their appetizers — from dumplings to edamame.

Gateway Market

Gateway Market

Their deli sandwiches and wraps are to die for.

Palmer’s Deli

Palmer’s Deli

So many options for a satisfying lunch.

Henry J’s Taco House

Henry J’s Taco House

By far the best tacos you’ll find in town.

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For Dinner

You won’t find better locally-owned restaurants than the ones in Des Moines! Try one of these legendary locations: 

Green Olive

Green Olive

The perfect spot if you’re looking for a classic Mediterranean dish.

Tumea and Sons

Tumea and Sons

Old-fashioned, family-oriented red-sauce Italian parlor with a full bar — and a bocce ball court.

Skip’s

Skip’s

A cozy atmosphere with yummy pasta dishes.

Barratta’s

Barratta’s

A decades-long Des Moines staple serving up classic Italian and American cuisine.

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For Dessert

One thing that makes Des Moines so special is its many local dessert shops. They each offer nostalgia AND a sweet treat.

Cha Cha's Hiland Bakery

Cha Cha's Hiland Bakery

Indulge in their mouthwatering selection of donuts and pastries, from classic glazed to creative seasonal flavors.

Snookies Malt Shop

Snookies Malt Shop

You’ve got to try this Des Moines gem!

Classic Frozen Custard

Classic Frozen Custard

The name says it all … this place serves up the most fantastic frozen custard.

Black Cat

Black Cat

The most unique ice cream flavors you’ll ever find. An old-fashioned drink in ice cream form, anyone?

Dairy Zone

Dairy Zone

A fabulous, locally-owned ice cream tradition.

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For Kid Friendly Activities

One thing that makes Des Moines so special is its many local ice cream shops. They each offer nostalgia AND tasty ice cream. 

Skate South

Skate South

The perfect spot for a bit of old-school skating.

Iowa Cubs Game

Iowa Cubs Game

Hot dogs, Cracker Jacks, baseball … could anything be better?

Brenton Skating Plaza

Brenton Skating Plaza

Strap up some ice skates and have fun in downtown Des Moines with the family.

Monsterama Arcade Pizzeria

Monsterama Arcade Pizzeria

This monster-themed arcade and pizza joint is both fun and tasty!

Science Center of Iowa

Science Center of Iowa

A museum full of hands-on activities for all ages.

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Non Profit Partners

Ronald McDonald House

Ronald McDonald House

Dorothy's House

Dorothy's House

Girls on the Run

Girls on the Run

Pinky Swear

Pinky Swear

Avenue Scholars Des Moines

Avenue Scholars Des Moines

AHeinz57

AHeinz57

Children's Cancer Connection

Children's Cancer Connection

Beauty Changes Lives

Beauty Changes Lives

The Beacon Des Moines

The Beacon Des Moines

Iowa Postpartum Support International

Iowa Postpartum Support International

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