Green Grounds Cafe
A gathering place for locals to refuel, Green Grounds Cafe stocks its pantry with fair-trade coffees, chewy sandwich breads, and a selection of regular and gluten-free pastries. In addition to serving up paninis, grilled wraps, and seven kinds of soup, baristas furnish mugs with Java Joe’s locally roasted coffee and sketch pleasant shapes or the first chapters of their memoirs into frothy espressos. The locally minded café also sells accessories, notebooks, and handbags from artists around Des Moines, including original jewelry from Bare Root Designs and CM Talisman. The enthusiastic sounds of karaoke singing draw friends and families like a caricature artist who can’t leave his work at work.