#CDM2018 Vendor Announcement

BySuzanne Hull

#CDM2018 Vendor Announcement

Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2018 Gift and Specialty Item Vendors



An der Weihnachtsecke (At the Christmas Corner), Imported from Germany

Offering: Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2018 commemorative mugs, hand-painted German ornaments (Glaszauber Lauscha), advent calendars, imported chocolate, baumkuchen, Mozart kugeln, Asbach filled chocolates, assorted marzipan, Haribo, Pandoro, Pannetone, butter cookies, stollen, beer steins, beer mugs, beer glassware, shot glasses and Christkindlmarket Des Moines merchandise. Price Range: $1 – $200




Steinbach Volkskunst GmbH (LLC), Marienberg, Germany


Offering: Folk art products like our world-famous nutcrackers, smokers and miniature figures and Lebkuchen

Price Range: $5 – $400

Coal Ridge Crafts, Knoxville, IA

Coal Ridge Crafts will be selling wooden toys, stuffed animals, Christmas ornaments hand crafted from wood, felt and burlap. Wooden boxes and inspirational signs will also be available.

Offering: Wooden puzzles, pull toys, cars, trucks, planes, helicopters,Plinko, Noah’s Ark, toddler chairs, tractors, construction toys, dinosaurs, wooden boxes, nativity scenes, wall hangings and wooden ornaments.

Price Range: $4 – $60


Craic, Grimes, IA

Craic (pronounced “crack”) is an Irish word for good times, but with a bit of irreverence, as is the Irish way. We focus on Iowa and the Irish–our home and our homeland–and local, handmade products with a twist of fun.

Offering: Irish, Irish dancer and humorous goods

Price Range: $4 – $45


DamonLayne Woodworking, Earlham, IA

Beautiful handmade cutting boards and serving trays.

Offering: Cheese cutting boards, Cutting boards, Serving trays

Price Range: $35 – $45






DSM Foundry, Des Moines, IA

Laser cut gifts and decorations.

Offering: Wooden lanterns, glassware, ornaments, decorative maps/signs

Price Range: $1 – $150





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Andy Klindt – Chainsaw Carvings, Des Moines, IA | DEMONSTRATION

Andy is an Iowa artisan specializing in chainsaw sculpture and metal design. Fanciful , functional, or a fusion of each…watching Andy craft original pieces will delight people of all ages!

Offering: Chainsaw carvings, wooden ornaments.

Price Range: $5 – $2000





Pickle Creek Herbs, Fairfield, IA

At Pickle Creek, we use organic herbs we grow on our Iowa farm to handcraft artisanal herbal products, including infused olive oils and vinegars, jams, soaps, salves, salts, and balms.

Offering: Herb-infused olive oils and vinegars, jams, soaps, salves, salts, and balms that we handcraft ourselves using original recipes and the herbs and other produce we grow in our garden.

Price Range: $3 – $22




Icy Craft, Iowa City, IA

Acrylic Christmas decorations with ornaments, musical boxes and religious figurines.

Offering: Christmas music boxes, acrylic ornaments, angel and nativity Christmas trees.

Price Range: $30 – $50





fb_img_1480914201471museum of danish america, Elk Horn, IA

The Museum of Danish America booth will carry items from its Design Store reflecting Danish culture and Danish, Danish-American and Scandinavian design.

Offering: Danish, Danish-American, and Scandinavian items from our Museum Gift Shop: Nisse, Christmas ornaments, candles, papirklip, mugs & glasses, t-shirts, candy & jam, tea diffusers, dish cloths & tea towels, aebleskiver pans

Price Range: $5 – $100














On The Hill, Garrison, IA

On The Hill / Shepherds Market. Old world traditions at it’s best. Keeping the ancient art of spinning and weaving woolens alive. Soothing body and soul from our homegrown lavender products.

Offering: Hand-spun, hand-woven shawls, wraps, scarves, yarn, from our rare Suri alpacas. Lavender products from our lavender field ie: bath salts, lotions, soaps, spritz, sachets. Our own design broach/pins for our shawls also jewelry incorporating yarn from our alpacas. Drop spindles.

If weather permitting I will demonstrate spinning yarn with my spinning wheel or drop spindle and weaving on my continuous strand tri-loom.

Price Range: $5 – $285

Jett and Monkey’s, Des Moines, IA

Jett and Monkey’s offers hunde und katzen (dogs and cats) holiday gifts, including treats and toys. Visit our store in the East Village!

Offering: Pet supplies, including holiday toys, treats, and ornaments.

Price Range: $2 – $25








Indianola Glass Creations, Indianola, IA | DEMONSTRATION

Step inside the world of glass. Indianola Glass Creations designs and creates one of a kind Stained and Fused Glass ornaments, suncatchers, jewelry and home decor. They will be demonstrating blown glass ornaments.

Offering: Fused Glass pendants, rings, earrings & bracelets, ornaments, suncatchers, platters, bowls, coasters & clocks. Stained Glass ornaments, panels & clocks. Blown glass ornaments. Wine bottle lamps, tealights & wind chimes.

Price Range: $5 – $100

Wild Cherry Spoon Co, Rock Island, IL | DEMONSTRATION

Wild Cherry Spoon Co creates one of a kind handcarved pieces from urban lumber.

Offering: Handcarved wooden spoons, spatulas, kitchen utensils of various styles and purposes, bottle openers, pizza cutters, ice cream scoops, pizza paddles, baguette trays and serving pieces.

Price Range: $3 – $125

Dakota Tinworks, Estelline, SD | DEMONSTRATION

Dakota Tinworks is a family-owned business dedicated to making and selling traditional tinware and ornaments, hand-made exclusively by tinsmith Karl-Josef Schmidt, using primarily antique, 19th century tinsmith’s tools and techniques.

Offering: Handmade tinware of all kinds: tin Christmas ornaments, tin tree tinsel, tin tree toppers, tin cookie cutters, tin biscuit cutters, tin candle holders, tin candle sconces, tin cups, and tin candle lanterns.

Price Range: $5 – $150








Boorman’s Creations, Altoona, IA | DEMONSTRATION

Blacksmith Demonstrations and Forged Items

Offering: Forged Bells, Forged Keychains, Forged Steak Turners, Forged Sculptures, Forged Horseshoe Creations, Forged Kitchen Knives

Price Range: $5 – $200

Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2018 Food & Beverage Vendors




Glühwein (roughly, “glow-wine”, from the hot irons once used for mulling) is popular in German speaking countries. Glühwein is prepared from red wine, heated and spiced with cinnamon sticks, cloves, star aniseed, citrus, sugar and at times vanilla pods.

Iowa Beer Bus

L&L European Delight, Chariton, IA

Ukrainian style foods, gifts and desserts

Offering: Perogies, cabbage Rolls, pelmeni, baked goods,,candy

Price Range: $2 – $10






Brunkow Cheese of Wisconsin, Darlington, WI

Our unique Wisconsin Made Brun-uusto is a specialty cheese made to be served warm. Brun-uusto caramelizes and keeps it shape, becoming a crispy, sweet and soft delicacy.

Offering: Brun-uusto Baked Cheese

Price Range: $6 – $25





Chocolaterie Stam, Des Moines, IA

Offering: Hot chocolate, bars, prepacked boxes and fresh stroopwafels

Price Range: $3 – $50







Top of the Hill Nuts, Grinnell, IA

Offering: Roasted almonds, cashews, and pecans with cinnamon or maple flavor

Price Range: $5 – $15




Curbin Cuisine, Granger, IA

State of the art, wickedly designed bright green food truck.

Offering: The Hog-Father (Butterflied Kielbasa topped w/ Pulled Pork & Bacon Sauerkraut), Käse Spätzle (German Mac n Cheese), German Potato Salad, German Skillet Dinner (slow roasted beef, potatoes, rice, onions, peppers & tomatoes w/ German seasonings), Mini fried apple pie w/ ice cream and caramel sauce, Bottled Water, Hazelnut Coffee
Price Range: $2 – $8


Sugarplums Cakes and Confections, LLC, Altoona, IA

Sugarplums is a local bakery that specializes in traditional gingerbread and other European baked goods for the Christkindlmarket. Everything we sell is made completely from scratch from family recipes.

Offering: Baked goods with an emphasis on gingerbread (lebkuchen, pfeffernuss, houses, sentiment hearts), Springerle, dutch letter bars, spritz, sugar cookies and scotch-a-roo Santas ( the santas are gluten free)
Price Range: $1.50 – $40


Parlo Pizza, LLC, Des Moines, IA

Chestnuts roasted “old school style” in a wood fired oven bring an “old world flavor” to this outdoor holiday market. See the fire, smell the aroma, taste this quintessential wintertime delicacy.

Offering: Roasted chestnuts
Price Range: To be determined

Ruhland’s Strudel Haus, Eagan, MN

Hand made, fresh baked strudel and pretzels.

Offering: Sweet and savory strudel
Price Range: $5 – $7




Karam’s Mediterranean Grill, West Des Moines, IA

Offering: Greek salad gyro plate, chicken shawarma plate, combo plate, falafel plate, lamb & beef gyro, fries, homemade sweet baklava, Coke, Diet Coke, Mountain Dew
Price Range: $3 – $12



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