Monthly Archive May 2022

BySuzanne Hull

Creative Choice Solutions | 2022 Platinum Sponsor

We’re pleased to have Choice Creative Solutions as a member of our team as a Platinum Sponsor.

Choice Creative Solutions is the brainchild of the group behind the marketing wheel at Community Choice Credit Union (CCCU) in Des Moines, IA. After over a decade of proven success and awards of recognition for raising the awareness/success level for CCCU and pushing the marketing boundaries for a financial institution, it seemed logical to work with other businesses to help them achieve success.

BySuzanne Hull

Christkindlmarket DSM Mug Unveiling and Open House

Be one of the first to view Christkindlmarket Des Moines’ 2022 Glühwein mug design at Jasper Winery on Monday, June 13 from 5 – 7pm. The mug design will be revealed at 6pm.

Shop a mini market featuring foods and handcrafted items from Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2022 vendors. Jasper wines and Madhouse beer will be available for purchase.

A limited quantity of commemorative mugs are ordered each year, the first 25 attendees to donate $25 (or more) to guarantee their 2022 mug will receive a goody bag. Learn more about Iowa European Cultural Connection (IECC), the non-profit that produces Christkindlmarket Des Moines. Find out about what we do and how to get involved.

Admission is free; donations accepted.

Confirmed vendors include Quilted Gardens and Nursery, Indianola Glass Creations and DamonLayne Woodworking

BySuzanne Hull

Edward Jones – Ryan Kent, CFP® | 2022 Hut Sponsor

Many thanks to Edward Jones – Ryan Kent, CFP®for his support of Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2022. Learn more about Ryan:

I first joined Edward Jones in 2011, working as a branch office administrator in branches across central Iowa. After completing my MBA at Iowa State, I started as a financial advisor in 2015. I was born and raised in Fort Dodge, and I am incredibly proud to build my business in my hometown. I believe in lifetime learning, and I’m proud to have earned my AAMS™ designation in 2018, my CFP® and ChFC® designations in 2019, and my CLU® and ABFP™ in 2022. I partnered with my father for the first five years until his retirement. The knowledge and care he provided made a significant impact on my work ethic and client relationships. I am forever grateful for that time.

The key to successful investing is developing a strategy now that can help you reach your personal goals. One-size-fits-all may be fine for some investors, but we believe investments should be tailored to your needs. Using an established process, I design personalized strategies aligned to your long-term financial goals.

My work is my passion – working with clients to help achieve their personal goals. There is no better feeling than partnering with someone, working hard along the journey and getting to the end together. I believe in treating our clients how I would want to be treated, which means being transparent about the costs and risks involved with investing. I work best with clients that want help to put a long-term financial strategy in place. My vision is to build relationships by adding empathy, understanding and value to our conversations with clients.

My spouse, Sara, is a psychologist in private practice. She’s a fantastic chef, and we enjoy traveling and cooking together.

BySuzanne Hull

Three In One Artworks | #CDM2022 Vendor

Tell us about your business:  

Three In One Artworks is a single artist business creating unique thrown and handbill ceramic art. 

What inspired you to get involved as a vendor at Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2022?

I originally learned about the event while my daughter was a dancer in Irish Dance at Christkindlmarket Des Moines, five years ago. This will be my fourth year as a vendor.  

What products will you be selling at Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2022 and why did you choose them?

My work consists of mugs, platters, Christmas ornaments, bowls, trays and Iowa shadow boxes. These items are of a size that is easy to transport, and are in a price range that most attendees consider reasonable. 

Anything else you’d like to share?

My work is based thematically on agricultural and Midwestern motifs.

BySuzanne Hull

Dakota Tinworks | #CDM2022 Vendor

Tell us about your business

Now in its seventh year, Dakota Tinworks is a family-owned business, specializing in traditional, handmade tinware and tin decorative items. Karl, the tinsmith in the family, uses mostly 19th century tinsmith’s tools in the creation of his tin goods. He trained as a historical tinsmith with Loren Miller at the Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer in Grand Island, Nebraska, and with master tinsmith William McMillen at Historic Eastfield Village in New York. He’s also taken an advanced tinsmithing workshop co-taught by Steve Delisle, head tinsmith at Colonial Williamsburg.

The work he produces is split between decorative tin items, like Christmas ornaments and tree tinsel/icicles, and authentic reproduction tinware, like pierced tin lanterns and other museum-quality tinware.

While he works mostly in tinplate, he’s also been doing some decorative work in copper.

What inspired you to get involved as a vendor at Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2022?

We were invited to participate in CDM 2017, 2018, 2019, CDM Curbside in 2020, and again for CDM 2021, so we’ve been a part of CDM almost since the beginning. We’ve enjoyed being part of the Christkindlmarket Des Moines family of vendors and look forward to being at the event every year.  People seem to really like the tin goods we produce and sell. We enjoy meeting everyone who stops by our pop-up tents. We’re looking forward to this year’s Christkindlmarket Des Moines!

What products will you be selling at Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2022 and why did you choose them?

Our tin ornaments and tree tinsel remain very popular, so we will, of course, have plenty of those on hand. We also plan to offer pierced tin candle shades, with traditional designs, cookie cutters, and pierced tin lanterns. We’ll have a full range of other tin items for sale, but we’re also planning on adding a variety of similar items made in copper, too, including ornaments and tinsel/icicles. The colored tinsel we introduced at CDM 2021 was extremely popular (we sold out!), so we’ll be sure to bring plenty more of that for CDM 2022.

Anything else you’d like to share?

Every year, we introduce some new products, so be sure to follow Dakota Tinworks on Facebook, so you’ll be informed of the latest things we’re creating in the workshop. We’re excited to be a part of this wonderful event once again. I hope people look for our red and white striped twin pop-up tents and come by to see a demonstration and check out our range of products!

BySuzanne Hull

Gilcrest/Jewett Lumber Co | 2022 Bronze Sponsor

Ever wonder how those cute wooden vendor huts arrive at Principal Park? Special thanks to the team at Gilcrest/Jewett Lumber Company‘s Waukee location for transporting our huts to the venue and returning them to storage year after year.

Founded in 1856, Gilcrest/Jewett Lumber Company is dedicated to providing its customers with quality, consistency, value, innovation and style.

For over 150 years, their MISSION has been to succeed through unwavering focus on the success of their customers in central and eastern Iowa. They accomplish their mission by supplying customers with top-quality, high-value building products and unparalleled service. They strive to apply the highest standards of integrity to their daily business and to provide a positive, ethical working environment for their employees. Succeeding in this quest for excellence requires every employee to help create a safe, enjoyable and productive work environment.