As we head into the winter and holiday seasons, ginger is sure to be top-of -mind when it comes to spices. Ginger’s slight bite makes it stand out in any dish, but it can be difficult to know which form of ginger is best for your particular dish. Read on and we’ll demystify this Island Southeast Asian spice:
The holiday season officially kicks off in the East Village this weekend with the 18th annual East Village Holiday Promenade. At AllSpice, our Holiday Promenade is filled with smiles, laughs, and good company. And cookies and cider of course! The Holiday Promenade has become so popular, it’s now a two-day event. Here’s what to expect:
While you’re here, check out our new gift sets for the 2019 holiday season, or grab a tried-and-true favorite. You can find all our gift sets on the Wall of Gifts, just inside the front door.
It’s all hands on deck! The Allspice team will be there to answer questions and help you find the perfect gifts. We’ll be open until 9 p.m. on Friday night, and from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday.
On Friday night, experience the merriment with horse-drawn trolley rides, ballet, caroling, tap dancing and fireworks. Check out the Facebook event for Friday night ‘deets.
On Saturday, bring the whole family! Santa will be strolling around the East Village before heading back to the North Pole to continue getting ready for the big day. Expect more caroling, ballet, and tap dancing too. Find out what’s happening throughout the day Saturday via the Facebook event.
We’re looking forward to seeing you!
Eightteen years!! The 18th Annual Holiday Promenade in the Historic East Village is our official holiday kick-off event.
Mark your calendars, and plan to come: This year’s event will begin on Friday, Nov. 22, 5 – 9 p.m. and extend through the day on Saturday, Nov. 23, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The East Village Holiday Promenade is always the Friday evening before Thanksgiving, making the event a great opportunity to stock up on the gourmet ingredients you’re going to need for preparing your Thanksgiving feast and holday season goodies.
(And to sweeten the deal, we’ll also have lots of tasty snacks, treats, and hors d’oeuvres on hand, just the thing to spark your holiday cooking imagination. )
Aside from the hundreds of twinkling lights sparkling as night falls, Promenade also has free horse-drawn trolley rides, visits with Santa Claus, carolers strolling around the neighborhood, ice skating and a traditional tree-lighting ceremony at Brenton Skating Plaza. and FIREWORKS!
AllSpice and our neighboring shops, restaurants and bars will have extended hours and treats on Promenade Friday.
Next Thursday, we’ll be participating in this year’s Girls’ Night in the Village hosted by the John Stoddard Cancer Center.
The event kick off begins at 5:30 p.m. at Curate on E. Court Ave. They’ll be serving appetizers, drinks and will present a short program about cancer prevention and the latest treatment options.
Afterward, explore the East Village until 8:30 p.m., shopping as businesses offer special discounts, unique items and tasty treats. Over twenty East Village locations will be participating in the evening out.
We’ll be sharing snacks and a drink here at AllSpice. You’re going to enjoy what we’ve got in store!
Organizers are encouraging participants to invite their sisters, moms, co-workers and friends to come. Girls’ Night Out is a free event, but registration is required. To see the agenda or to register, go to GirlsNightInTheVillage.com
Last month, the East Des Moines Commercial Historic District has been added to the National Register of Historic Places.
The official historic district, within the broader East Village, was originally platted in 1854, and its period of historic significance is tied to its ethnic heritage, social history and architecture from 1873 through 1959.
Many of the district’s historic buildings are associated with European immigrants, including Scandinavian and Eastern European Jewish immigrant communities that settled on the near east side beginning in the 1870s and 1880s and became merchants, tradespeople and professionals.
The nomination describes three different generations of building construction that took place in the district from the 1840s until 1959, including: