#CDM2019 Vendor Announcement

BySuzanne Hull

#CDM2019 Vendor Announcement


Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2019 Gift and Specialty Item Vendors







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

Offering: 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




German Imports, Germany

Offering: Steinbach nutcrackers and smokers; INGE glass ornaments.

Price Range: $5 – $400



DamonLayne Woodworking, Earlham, IA

Damon will be selling unique, hand-made cutting boards, cookie molds, and cheese slicers.

Offering: Woodworking: cookie molds, cutting boards, cheese slicers

Price Range: $20 – $200





DSM Foundry, Des Moines, IA

Ornaments, lanterns, signs, maps, and any other decorations we can cobbler together. Hand made in Des Moines with a laser cutter, woodworking, and a host of other mediums.

Offering: Lanterns, ornaments, decorative signs and maps, laser cut artwork

Price Range: $1 – $100




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, soaps, salves, salts, and balms.

Offering: Herb-infused olive oils and vinegars, 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 – $25



Held Companies, Corcoran, MN

At Held Companies we make handmade wooden snowmen and deer of all sizes. We also create laser cut decor such as; signs, ornaments, coasters and magnets.

Offering: Birch Snowmen, Birch Deer, Repurposed wooden signs, ornaments, wooden trees, etc.

Price Range: $2 – $150

Three In One Artworks, Urbandale, IA

Three In One Artworks offers unique, hand-crafted functional and decorative clay mugs, trays, boxes and bowls. Designs include agricultural and rural heritage, Celtic, Christian and contemporary designs.

Offering: Ornaments, coffee cups, mugs, serving trays, serving bowls, trinket boxes, trinket dishes, candle holders, vases, kitchen utensil holders, decorative trays, plates and bowls. (Celtic, agriculture and contemporary designs)

Price Range: $15 – $100

Danish Windmill, Elk Horn, IA

Authentic 1848 historic Danish Windmill located in Elk Horn, Iowa. The Windmill was built in Denmark in 1848 and reconstructed in Elk Horn in 1975 to working condition and stands as a memorial to the areas Danish Heritage.

Offering: Danish Christmas giftware celebrating old world traditions. Prepackaged Danish candy and Danish food

Price Range: $1 – $100

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

Andy Klindt creates using wood and iron, utilizing anything from chainsaws to traditional hand tools when working in wood and time honored methods of blacksmithing when working with metal.

Offering: Chainsaw carvings, Wooden ornaments, Hand forged kitchen ware, decorations, tools, knives, jewelry, Hand carved wooden kitchen ware, Handmade wooden boxes, totes, tables

Price Range: $7 – $3000





Nymph In The Woods, Boone, IA | DEMONSTRATION

Nymph in the Woods creates one-of-a-kind jewelry combining fused glass and wire wrapping! See how the pieces are created during wire wrapping demonstrations!

Offering: Jewelry combining fused glass and wire wrapping – necklaces, earrings, bracelets, rings and more!

Price Range: $15 – $150

Indianola Glass Creations, Indianola, IA | DEMONSTRATION

We make everything we sell in Indianola, Iowa. They are one of a kind fused and stained glass jewelry and home decor pieces. Will be demonstrating blown glass ornaments.

Offering: Fused glass pendants, earrings, bracelets, hair accessories, pop sockets, tie-tac’s, tie-bars, money clips & key chains. Fused glass plates, bowls, soap dish, spoon rest, business card holder, napkin holder Christmas ornaments. Stained glass Christmas ornaments pendants, earrings, picture frames and small panels. Blown glass ornaments, hand painted glass Christmas ornaments and hand painted wine bottle lights with winter scene.

Price Range: $8 – $150

Wild Cherry Spoon Co, Rock Island, IL | DEMONSTRATION

Handcarved wooden home, kitchen, and lifestyle goods made from ethically harvested urban lumber.

Offering: Hand-carved wooden: spoons, spatulas, kitchen utensils, cutting, serving, and presentation boards and trays, pizza cutters and paddles, shaving razors, shaving brushes, shaving stands, baby spoons, coffee scoops, beer flights, bottle openers, muddlers, wooden bowls.

Price Range: $5 – $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, pierced tin candle covers, tin candle sconces, tin cups, and tin candle lanterns.

Price Range: $5 – $150





Quilted Gardens Nursery, Des Moines, IA | DEMONSTRATION

Specializing in fresh made wreaths and greens bundles, seasonal decor, Iowa made leather door bells and bell straps, glass bird and Fair trade gourd ornaments.

Offering: Fresh Wreaths and Greens, Glass Christmas Ornaments, Iowa-made leather Christmas Door Bells, Ice Globe Kits, German inspired Paper Cutout art, Fair trade gourd ornaments and boxes.

Price Range: $15 – $75





Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2019 Food & Beverage Vendors



Bratwurst Imbiss am Markt

Support Des Moines European Heritage Association (DMEHA), the non-profit that produces Christkindlmarket Des Moines with a purchase from this stand.

Offering: Usinger Brats, Käse Spätzle and bottled water

Price Range: $1 – $5


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: Perogie, pelmeni, cabbage rolls, candy, sweets

Price Range: $1 – $10




Chocolaterie Stam, Des Moines, IA

Fine European chocolates and confections.

Offering: hot chocolate, prepacked chocolates, stroopwafels handmade, speculaas

Price Range: $3 – $40



Top of the Hill Nuts, Grinnell, IA

Offering: Cinnamon or maple flavored roasted almonds, cashews, pecans

Price Range: $5 – $8




Curbin Cuisine, Granger, IA

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

Offering: The Hogfather sausage Sandwich, Corned Beef Reuben Sandwich or The Rachael W/ Turkey, German Style Mac N Cheese “Spatzle”, German Skillet Bowl, Garlic Parm Pretzel Bombs W/ Cheese Sauce, CinnaBomb Pretzel Bombs W/ Frosting Dip, Coffee & Water.
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: German Gingerbread and cookies. Lebkuchen, pfeffernuss, springerle, spritz, spicy pretzels, cupcakes, sugar cookies, gingerbread houses , sentiment hearts and scotch-a-roo Santas.
Price Range: $2 – $40

Ruhland’s Strudel Haus, St. Paul, MN

Fresh baked sweet and savory strudels, handmade pretzels

Offering: Strudels and pretzels, Hot drinks
Price Range: $5 – $8

Cheese Bar, Des Moines, IA

Cheese Bar DSM will be unveiling our newest addition, Cheese Cart. We will be featuring Raclette prepared in the European Traditional Method of scrapping melted cheese over potatoes and sausage.

Offering: Raclette on Potatoes and Sausage
Price Range: $8 – $12

K & S Kitchen LLC, Des Moines, IA

French Style Crepes with a sweet or savory filling

Offering: Crepes with either a sweet or savory filling
Price Range: $5 – $7

The Kringle Man (Village Cafe), Elk Horn, IA

The Kringle is made of very high quality dough folded and buttered 81 times to get all the lightness and air pockets associated with Danish Baking. We blend Almond Paste with all our Fruit to come up with an irresistible, melt in your mouth flavor.

Offering: Danish Kringle, Letters, Cream Horns Krispies, Turnovers
Price Range: $2 – $12

The Big Red Food Truck, Granger, IA

Offering: Beef and Lamb Gyro, Brats and Tots, Irish Stew, Wienershnitzel, a British Bacon Butty Sandwich, and English Breakfast Tots
Price Range: $5 – $10


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