I started beekeeping in 2001 after my son purchased three hives from a co-worker who was moving out of state. At the time, he knew nothing about bees but had an interest in them. He brought the hives home to our acreage and set them in the field. Unfortunately, those three hives did not make it through the winter. In the spring of 2001, I heard about a beekeeping class, enrolled and purchased three nucs of bees and was on my way to becoming a beekeeper. I took my excess honey that year to the local farmers market and sold what I had. The following year I ordered ten more nucs. Each year I have tried to expand my products. From our honey and beeswax we now have many products from raw liquid honey, to flavored honey and creamed honey. I use the wax in lip balms, beeswax lotion bars, foot bars and include it in the goat milk and honey soaps and other bath and body products you can find on our website.
I had been interested in attending the downtown market for several years, but the weather had always concerned me. With the CDM Curbside I decided to try and see where it would go.
I will be offering our raw liquid honey, flavored bears, creamed honey, honey sticks, bee pollen, lip balms, beeswax lotion bars, foot bars and our goat milk and honey soaps
Tell us about your business
At DamonLayne Woodworking, we believe that your home should reflect your own personal style. Each corner of your life should be eye-catching and unique, just like you. DamonLayne Woodworking provides kitchen and home decor, dedicated to helping our customers discover their own design personality.
What inspired you to get involved as a vendor at CDM Curbside?
We have been involved with Christkindlmarket Des Moines for the past few years. This is an amazing holiday event that showcases the European culture. This year’s online event allows customers to shop from home and pick up all their packages from one location.
What products will you be selling at CDM Curbside and why did you choose them?
Cutting board, Charcuterie boards, Cheese slicer, Cribbage boards, Springerle cookie molds.
Anything else you’d like to share?
DamonLayne Woodworking designs unique products that are fun and functional and will make a great gift for the holiday season, a wedding, or a house warming gift.
Dakota Tinworks is a family-run business, specializing in handmade reproduction tinware items as well as original designs focusing on Christmas tree decorations, including a wide variety of tin ornaments and tree tinsel/icicles. All of our items are made personally by Karl Schmidt, the owner of Dakota Tinworks.
We’ve been vendors at Christkindlmarket Des Moines since 2017, the second year of the market. It’s always been a fabulous experience for us. This year, with concerns over COVID-19, the market cannot take place as it normally would, but we are excited for the opportunity to participate in CDM Curbside.
We’ll be offering most of our tin products this year, including all of the ornaments and tinsel, cups, candle holders, pierced candle shades, biscuit and cookie cutters, and more.
As with any new venture, CDM Curbside will be an experiment, but we are ready to provide the same great products our loyal customers have always expected from us!
A virtual marketplace with one-stop curbside pickup will offer a safe holiday event alternative
DES MOINES, August 20, 2020 – For 2020, the Des Moines European Heritage Association (DMEHA) has announced that it will change its annual in-person holiday experience to “CDM Curbside,” presented by Christkindlmarket Des Moines.
This year’s event will feature an online marketplace open Nov. 9 to 22, hosting several vendor stores featuring unique holiday wares and edibles. After purchasing, customers can choose various drive-thru pickup times from Dec. 3 to 6, the weekend the traditional in-person market would have taken place.
“Through CDM Curbside, DMEHA will continue to support our amazing vendors and allow our marketgoers the chance to enjoy their annual holiday shopping tradition by purchasing one-of-a-kind gifts, in a safe and responsible manner,” says Suzanne Hull, DMEHA president and founder. “After careful consideration for the health and safety of our volunteers, vendors, performers and attendees, our board decided CDM Curbside was the way to go in 2020.”
CDM Curbside presented by Christkindlmarket Des Moines will allow customers to pick up their purchases from multiple vendors at one place and time from the comfort and safety of their vehicles. Prior to pick up, vendors will deliver the customers’ orders to one location allowing volunteers to then group the orders together by customer. Vendors will not be on site for curbside pickup.
As always, the DMEHA continues to seek volunteers to assist in its year-round activities, as well as Christkindlmarket Des Moines. Volunteer shifts start at only two to three hours. All interested in volunteering or becoming a sponsor should visit the main website at www.christkindlmarketdsm.com or the group’s Facebook page: ChristkindlmarketDesMoines or on Instagram at: christmasdesmoines or Twitter at: christmasdsm
Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2020 Sponsors: Special thanks to the Deb and Paul Hayes charitable fund for their generous support, along with several donors and sponsor. Supporting sponsors include: Farmboy, Inc., Centennial Warehousing Corporation, Danish Windmill, Carpenters Local 106, Gilcrest/Jewett, NB Golf Cars, Hessen Haus, Lamberti, Gocke & Luetje, P.C., The Rasmussen Group, Prairie Meadows, Merrill Lynch, The Härtel Family, 1Collision Ankeny, and M&M Family.
Join today and enjoy the following benefits:
All items listed above plus:
Several people were the first to view Christkindlmarket Des Moines’ 2020 Glühwein mug design during a virtual event on Tuesday, May 26, 2020. Enjoy the full presentation below:
As always, you can guarantee your limited-edition 2020 commemorative mug by becoming a Marktengel (or market angel) with a gift of $25 either tonight or online through November 15–but since we can and have run out, it’s always better to act sooner rather than later. We fully expect this 5-year anniversary mug to run out early, so don’t delay. As always, the mugs can be picked up at Christkindlmarket Des Moines. Don’t miss out on our 5th anniversary mug! Make your donation today!
Be one of the first to view Christkindlmarket Des Moines’ 2020 5th anniversary Glühwein mug design during our virtual mug unveiling via Zoom and Facebook Live on Tuesday, May 26 at 7pm.
Learn more about Des Moines European Heritage Association (DMEHA), the non-profit that produces Christkindlmarket Des Moines. Find out about what we do and how to get involved.
Hear from Farmboy, the Des Moines-based design agency who developed the 2020 mug design along with video messages from our vendor partners.
To ensure that CDM can thrive, please consider becoming a CDM Marktengel (market angel). For just $25, you can be a part of something that brings holiday cheer and cherished memories in 2020 and beyond. And, as a special thank-you for your donation, we will reserve a limited-edition 2020 CDM Glühwein mug for you to be picked up at this year’s market before they run out.
Earn your “halo” starting today by becoming a CDM Marktengel. It’s a good deed that can keep Christkindlmarket Des Moines alive and growing for years to come!
Cheers to NB Golf Cars for donating the use of one of their vehicles to help us move materials and product around Principal Park during Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2020!
NB Golf Cars was founded in 1972 by the Ness Brothers (NB) from Hendricks, Minnesota.
In 1970, Omer Ness purchased a golf car after he injured his leg. The golf car made it easy for him to navigate around the golf course. Several people inquired about Ness’ golf car and eventually the idea for NB Golf Cars was born. In 1988, Omer’s son, Jim Ness, joined forces with his father to carry on the tradition of the Ness family business. NB is one of the oldest Club Car distributors in existence today.
When Omer Ness retired in 2007, the McGowan Capital Group of Sioux Falls put their faith in the NB name and became co-owners of this thriving golf car business. NB Golf has consistently grown in service and sales throughout their 40 years in business. In addition to the original Hendricks, MN store location, we have added two new stores in Des Moines, Iowa and Sioux Falls, South Dakota. NB Golf Cars has won several awards for sales and customer service distinction from Club Car. Most recently, we were awarded a Distributor of Distinction Award. We proudly added this to our Overall Superior Performance Award (2008) and our Superior After-Market Performance Award (2009). Together, these awards represent our commitment to our customers.
We are proud to serve this region and we hope to see you soon in one of our stores.
Many thanks to the Lamberti, Gocke & Luetje, P.C. law firm in Ankeny for their support of Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2020.
LGL values being a part of their community and welcomes the opportunity to support their office family in their interests. Christkindlmarket Des Moines is an event that their employee Erin Baldwin is actively involved in and passionate about and they are happy to be a part of the event.
Their firm has been serving the law needs of businesses and individuals in Ankeny and throughout Iowa for over 20 years. Whether you are starting a business, changing custody agreements or getting your affairs in order, an expert at Ankeny Law will be at your service.
Do you know it all? Do you like beer? Are you interested in supporting a good cause?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you should come join us for a fun-filled evening of trivial pursuit style trivia at 515 Brewing Company on Tuesday, March 24th. Participation is $10 a person with proceeds going towards the production of Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2020, a free, annual event in downtown Des Moines.
Movie buffs are encouraged, but you’ll want a well-rounded team to make sure to get as many points as you can as there were will questions covering everything from geography to science.
Check in starts at 6pm and trivia kicks off at 6:30. Maximum team size is 4 people.
We’re looking forward to having you!
Tue, March 24, 2020
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM CDT
515 Brewing Company
7700 University Avenue
Clive, IA 50325