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Altoona's cookie bouquets add a touch of sweetness to already special occasions by bundling 14 colorful, individually wrapped cookies into one scrumptious bundle. Each baked bunch arrives on the recipient's doorstep bursting with a rainbow of eye-catching hues, complete with a chic bow, basket, and a heartfelt note from its birth oven. Hands unwrap the candy-colored rounds to reveal the dessert staples in a single flavor such as sugar, chocolate chip, peanut butter, or ginger. For an additional cost (not covered by today's Groupon), buyers can further accessorize their cookie cluster with mylar balloons, stuffed animals, or clumps of broccoli to render them Santa-proof.

509 8th St
Altoona,
IA
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A haven for fresh flowers and all manner of plant life serving the Des Moines area since 1948, Doherty’s Flowers transforms backyards into arboreal havens and lends fragrant, colorful accents to front porches and gardens. Guests can also peruse the greenhouse and nursery at their own leisure, picking out lilies with which to beautify their home gardens and carnivorous plants to hide in their coworkers’ cubicle drawers. The shop’s florists stroll down the paths of their garden and nursery, carefully selecting bouquets of local and tropical flowers for weddings, gift baskets, and delivery to loved ones.

1536 2nd Avenue
Des Moines,
IA
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Cigar Source welcomes visitors into a world of fine cigars, handy accessories, and a knowledgeable staff eager to lead new arrivals through the rows of high-end tobacco products. At the BYOB lounge in The Club, aficionados enjoy their fine smokeables in the company of friends, watching movies and television as they relax on plush leather sofas.

3305 Ingersoll Ave
Des Moines,
IA
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We are a locally owned and operated DirecTV retail store with over 20 years of experience; which provides honest and knowledgeable sales, service, and installation of DirecTV satellite service, Qwest High Speed Internet, and Qwest home phone to both residential and commercial customers within 150 miles of Des Moines.

2217 East University Avenue
Des Moines,
IA
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There's a reason why the sandwiches at Keller's Deli and Cafe have brought local customers and food critics back for seconds and thirds. Owner and head baker Cameron Keller studied artisan and sourdough baking at the French Culinary Institute in New York City, learning the ins and outs of classic European recipes. He begins his bordalais bread with a 100-year-old German sourdough starter to impart maximum flavor, and he tops the hot, chewy bread with deli meats. Of the house-brined corned-beef brisket, Cityview Food Dude Jim Duncan says, "No other corned beef in town compares for tenderness and flavor." And after biting into the thick slices of it on the reuben sandwich, the author of the Distilled Opinion food blog remarked, "I was amazed because I’d never had corned beef quite like this." Other sandwiches of note include the handcrafted meatloaf, which boasts ground beef and an apple-cider-vinegar tomato sauce. The outdoor patio is an ideal spot to read a book or construct a sun visor out of a baguette.

623 Grand Ave
Des Moines,
IA
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The German words vom fass mean from the barrel, an apt description of the concept at Vom Fass, where balsamic vinegars, oils, spirits, and liqueurs are aged in ceramic or wooden casks. Customers can sample any of the precious liquids—including Spanish balsamic vinegar and ginger sesame oil—before choosing a glass jar in which to bottle their selection.

All of Vom Fass's olive oils are made with the first cold press of Tuscan olives, which yields the most intense flavor. Some of the oils are unfiltered, which is responsible for the green hue and an abundance of minerals and vitamin E, giving the body the advantage of more vowels during games of Scrabble. Pistachios, hazelnuts, and almonds, picked by hand in France, flavor the nut oils, and in addition to cooking oils, patrons can find wellness oils packed with nutritional and therapeutic benefits.

833 42nd Street
Des Moines,
IA
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