December 9, 2023

The Peppermint Trail returns to The Avenues of Ingersoll & Grand and The Roosevelt Cultural District!
Are you a local business who wants to participate? Fill out this form.

(Note: Deadline for inclusion on the printed map was Nov. 13.)

The Avenues of Ingersoll & Grand

Shop & dine holiday specials all day and night on The Avenues of Ingersoll & Grand – plus these fun holiday festivities:

  • 10 a.m.–4 p.m.: Toys for Tots collection and The Avenues information table and merchandise sales (28th & Ingersoll)
  • 10 a.m.–4 p.m.: Gingerbread House Decorating Contest at Creme (543 28th St). Entries by local businesses – come vote for your favorite!
  • 10 a.m.–2 p.m.: Santa Claus will be strolling Ingersoll Avenue and visiting shops along the way! 
  • Noon–4 p.m.: Bee-Merry-Line holiday trolley rides! See map below for route.
  • All Day: Peppermint Tale – the contest winner’s short story will be posted along the sidewalk (near 2300 Ingersoll)
  • 10 a.m.–Noon: Carolers from the Roosevelt High School Choir (along Ingersoll) 

See below for all restaurant and retail specials!

Roosevelt Cultural District

Shop & dine holiday specials all day in the Roosevelt Cultural District – plus these fun holiday festivities:

  • 10 a.m.–Noon: Carolers from the Roosevelt High School Choir (various stops near Roosevelt Cultural District) 
  • Noon–4 p.m.: Bee-Merry-Line holiday trolley rides will pick-up/drop-off at Shops of Roosevelt! See map below for full route.

See below for all restaurant and retail specials!


Download a map of The Peppermint Trail 2023!
Printed maps will be available at select stops on the day of the event. 

The Avenues of Ingersoll & Grand

Stops listed in alphabetical order. More specials will be added each week! 
Audio Labs

Address: 2212 Ingersoll Ave

Hours: 9:30 a.m.–1 p.m.

Visit Audio Labs during the Peppermint Trail to take advantage of their 20% off speaker sale, including Paradigm & Monitor Audio brand systems.


Address: 3802 Ingersoll Ave

Hours: 7 a.m.–3 p.m.

The Peppermint Trail wouldn’t be complete without a scoop of Bauder’s famous peppermint ice cream. They’ll also be selling their famous Peppermint Ice Cream Bars and Peppermint Pies (Peppermint Ice Cream Bars in pie form!)

The Bartender’s Handshake

Address: 3615 Ingersoll Ave

Hours: 2 p.m.–2 a.m.

Stop by The Bartender’s Handshake for their (vegan) take on a classic Grasshopper cocktail: Creme de cacao, Creme de menthe, P31 (a green aperitivo that tastes like Aperol), Fernet Branca, Hennessy and Coconut milk.

Boesen the Florist

Address: 3801 Ingersoll Ave

Hours: 8 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

Let Boesen the Florist help you decorate your home or office for the holidays! Take advantage of 2-for-1 stems and 20% off poinsettias during the Peppermint Trail. 

Chain & Spoke

Address: 515 28th Street

Hours: 7 a.m.–6:30 p.m.

Visit Chain & Spoke during The Peppermint Trail and you can add peppermint syrup to any drink on the menu. Plus, check the pastry case for peppermint goodies!

The Cheese Bar

Address: 2925 Ingersoll Ave.

Hours: 11 a.m.–9 p.m.

The Cheese Bar will be featuring all-day $5 Sparkling Wine and $5 Bites during The Peppermint Trail. Plus, a Candy Cane Eggnog cocktail that is exclusive to The Peppermint Trail!

Chocolaterie Stam

Address: 2814 Ingersoll Ave

Hours: 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Stock up on sweet treats for the holidays at Chocolaterie Stam during The Peppermint Trail! Indulge in their specialty Peppermint Shivers (peppermint bark) while supplies last or sip on a “Haute Chocolate.” Stam will also be making *fresh* stroopwafels in-store on Saturday!

Copycat Prints

Address: 2415 Ingersoll Ave

Hours: 10 a.m.–4 p.m. (Special Hours)

Stop by Copy Cat Prints for free cookies, hot cocoa and a coloring book. Visitors will leave with a special discount on holiday card printing!

Cownie Furs

Address: 2819 Ingersoll Ave

Hours: 9 a.m.–4 p.m.

Visit Cownie Furs for a 25-50% holiday discount on purchases and to browse a $25 rack of vintage furs. Treats and hot cider will be served.


Address: 543 28th St

Hours: 10 a.m.–midnight

Visit Creme during The Peppermint Trail for free small peppermint hot chocolate and $5 chocolate-peppermint cake cups.

Creme is also the location of the Gingerbread House Decorating Contest – come cast your vote for your favorite! Voting ends at 4 p.m.

Des Moines Art Center

Address: 4700 Grand Ave.

Hours: 10 a.m.–4 p.m

Visit the Des Moines Art Center during The Peppermint Trail for hot cocoa and treats, guided tours, a family art activity, and a Museum Shop holiday sale.

Free Museum Tours: 11 a.m.–12 p.m. & 1–2 p.m. 
Hands-on Art Activity: 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

Des Moines Yacht Club hosts “Brilliant Craft & Wares Fair”

Address: 2617 Ingersoll Avenue

Hours: Noon-6 p.m.

The Yacht Club is transforming into a local vendor market during The Peppermint Trail. You won’t want to miss the return of the Brilliant Craft & Wares Fair! Follow their Facebook page for vendor announcements.


Address: 2817 Ingersoll Ave

Hours: 9 a.m.–10 p.m.

The DESPENSARY will have a variety of holiday themed products, specials, as well as free samples and infused beverages available for anyone who would like try them during The Peppermint Trail.

DZO Korean BBQ

Address: 2611 Ingersoll Ave

Hours: 11 a.m.–10 p.m.

DZO will be offering a free slice of hot chocolate cake and peppermint ice cream with any dine-in orders over $25 (while supplies last) during The Peppermint Trail.

Enchanted Mystical Boutique

Address: 3621 Ingersoll Ave

Hours: 11:30 a.m.–6 p.m.

Stop into Enchanted Mystical Boutique during The Peppermint Trail to enjoy peppermint treats while you browse their assortment of magical goods and gifts. 

Funky Finds Vintage

Address: 1731 Grand Ave

Hours: Noon–6 p.m.

Take a step back in time at Funky Finds Vintage during The Peppermint Trail. There will be discounts on peppermint sticks and more for customers!

Greenwood Elementary PTA

Address: 515 28th Street (in lobby area)

Hours: 10 a.m.–11:30 a.m.

Support the Greenwood Elementary PTA during The Peppermint Trail by visiting the Kids Craft Station. Greenwood students will then be caroling in the same location at 11:30 a.m.

Gusto Pizza Bar

Address: 2301 Ingersoll Ave

Hours: 10 a.m.–11 p.m.

Stop into Gusto Pizza Bar for brunch, lunch, dinner … or a drink! During The Peppermint Trail sip on a specialty Oatmeal Cookie Manhattan cocktail.

Junior League Des Moines – Bargain Basket 

Address: 3811 Ingersoll Avenue

Hours: 9 a.m.–3 p.m.

The Bargain Basket is a charity boutique specializing in gently used designer clothing and accessories. Stop in during The Peppermint Trail for special sales, coffee and treats.

Kari Taylor State Farm 

Address: 554 28th Street

Hours: 11 a.m.–2 p.m. (Special Hours)

The team at Kari Taylor State Farm is partnering with the Community Access Program staff at the Des Moines Art Center to host a DIY snowflake suncatcher station and a necessities drive for Families Forward, a family shelter in our neighborhood. Come do the craft and consider donating! Here is what Families Forward needs this holiday season: bath towels, all-purpose cleaning supplies, toilet paper, paper towels, laundry pods, full-size hygiene supplies, Size 4 diapers/pull-ups and wipes. 

Lachele’s Fine Foods

Address: 2716 Ingersoll Ave

Hours: 11 a.m.–9 p.m.

Lachele’s will be serving free peppermint White Russians to the adults, and milk and cookies for the kids during The Peppermint Trail alongside their regular menu and daily special.

Lucky Lotus

Address: 2721 Ingersoll Ave

Hours: 5-9 p.m.

Lucky Lotus is giving one of their fan-favorite dishes holiday twist for The Peppermint Trail – come try their Peppermint Chocolate Cream Cheese Rangoonies!

Miracle on Ingersoll

Address: 3124 Ingersoll Ave.

Hours: Noon–Midnight

Miracle on Ingersoll is a holiday pop-up bar and is the perfect stop along The Peppermint Trail for holiday cheer. In addition to Miracle’s menu of themed holiday drinks, you can also order a Peppermint White Russian that will be served in a custom holiday “The Station on Ingersoll” cup for guests to take home for $8. This special is also available at The Station on Ingersoll. 

Moberg Gallery

Address: 2411 Grand Avenue

Hours: 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

Moberg Gallery is celebrating 20 years! Browse their 20th Anniversary Exhibit while sipping on hot cocoa – peppermint for the kids and a kick for the adults. 

Palmer’s Deli

Address: 2843 Ingersoll Ave

Hours: 8 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

Palmer’s Deli will be hosting cookie decorating during The Peppermint Trail. No sign-up is required – just show up between 11 a.m.–1 p.m. to participate! Santa will be there to help from 11 a.m.–Noon. Plus, get 20% off on all wine, BOGO cookies and brownies and 10% off holiday candy.

Panka Peruvian Restaurant

Address: 2708 Ingersoll Ave Suite 200

Hours: 11 a.m.–2 p.m. (lunch) and 5–9 p.m. (dinner)

Stop by Panka during The Peppermint Trail for Peruvian Hot Chocolate with Paneton (a Peruvian sweet bread dessert), holiday jazz music and holiday decor.


Address:3815 Ingersoll Ave

Hours: Noon–4 p.m.

Pigott will be opening their showroom to the public for a fun and festive holiday open house including complimentary hot beverages from Iowa Coffee Company, a complimentary gift wrap station, plus a “pop-up shop” with One Sweet Kitchen who will be selling DIY cookie kits, mini cookie sets and individual cookies. Anyone who visits can be entered into a drawing for a MillerKnoll giveaway that will include a Muuto Restore Basket and Hay Borosilicate Mugs!


Address: 3619 Ingersoll Ave

Hours: 11 a.m.–5 p.m.

Visit Preservation during The Peppermint Trail and snag a candy canes with a discount attached! 

Renovation Jungle

Address: 607 37th St

Hours: 11 a.m.–6 p.m.

Get $10 of bonus cash on any gift certificate purchase at Renovation Jungle during the Peppermint Trail! Enjoy free holiday drinks and treats.

Smitten Kitten

Address: 549 28th St.

Hours: 9 a.m.–4 p.m.

Cat lovers: Be sure to visit Smitten Kitten during the Peppermint Trail for a free wool peppermint cat toy with a $5 purchase. 

Star Bar

Address: 2811 Ingersoll Ave

Hours: 9 a.m.–2 a.m.

Visit Star Bar during the Peppermint Trail for a variety of holiday drinks and desserts: Rosemary-Cran Aperol Spritz, Apple Cider Mimosa, Grinch Green Mimosa and Peppermint Cheesecake. Santa Claus will be making an appearance at brunch from 10–11 a.m.

The Station on Ingersoll

Address: 3124 Ingersoll Ave

Hours: 11 a.m.–Midnight

Visit The Station during The Peppermint Trail and order a Peppermint White Russian – it will be served in a custom holiday “The Station on Ingersoll” cup for guests to take home for $8. This special will also be honored at The Miracle on Ingersoll.

Stylin’ Paws Salon & Boutique

Address: 1905 Ingersoll Ave

Hours: 8 a.m.–4 p.m.

Stop into Stylin’ Paws Ingersoll with your pup during The Peppermint Trail and receive a free winter plush toy! All retail items will be 20% off so it is the perfect time to get gifts for your four-legged friends.

Tandem Brick Gallery

Address: 2722 Ingersoll Ave

Hours: 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Christmas is in the air! To celebrate their 47th holiday season, Tandem Brick will be fully decorated, carols will be playing and refreshments will be provided for shoppers. Find specials throughout the store! 

Ted’s Coney Island

Address: 3020 Ingersoll Ave

Hours: 10:30 a.m.–9 p.m.

Ted’s Coney Island will reward hungry shoppers on The Peppermint Trail with a bag of peppermint bark to go along with their purchase.

Tickled Turquoise 

Address: 745 33rd St (to access the tiny shop signs will guide you to the tiny shop in the backyard)

Hours: 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Tickled Turquoise will be hosting a Christmas Open House the weekend of Dec. 9-11 so include a stop at this Tiny Shop on your Peppermint Trail route to find colorful seasonal decor made from paper crafts. Don’t miss the 10-inch peppermint Christmas trees (pictured) – made especially for The Peppermint Trail – for $12.

Van Ginkel’s Athletic Co.

Address: 2208 Ingersoll Ave

Hours: 9:00-4:00 p.m.

Visit Van Ginkel’s during The Peppermint Trail for special discounts on in-stock merchandise and to purchase special Peppermint Trail merchandise! Hot chocolate and holiday goodies will be also provided.

Vanity & Glamour Cosmetics

Address: 547 28th Street

Hours: 10 a.m.–3 p.m.

Stop by Vanity & Glamor Cosmetics during the Peppermint Trail for a variety of specials on gift cards and best-selling mint lip products.

Wellman’s Pub Ingersoll

Address: 2920 Ingersoll Ave

Hours: 11 a.m.–2 am.

Looking for a party after a day of shopping on the Peppermint Trail? Wellman’s Pub will be offering three special holiday shots: Santa’s Milk (Rumchata Peppermint Bark & Tippy Cow Vanilla), Santa’s Little Helper (Rumpleminze, Ryan’s Irish Cream, Hot Damn) and Saints & Sinners Apple Pie (made by Iowa Distilling Company).


Address: 2718 Ingersoll Ave

Hours: 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Stop into Wildflower during The Peppermint Trail to purchase holiday floral wraps, gifts, holiday decor and wreaths. And don’t miss the festive photo opportunity outside Wildflower’s shop windows!

Zanzibar’s Coffee Adventure

Address: 2723 Ingersoll Ave

Hours: 6:30 a.m.–4 p.m.

Warm up with a warm beverage at Zanzibar’s Coffee Adventure. Add complimentary peppermint flavoring to any drink during the Peppermint Trail. Or try a Merry Minty Mocha: an espresso drink with white chocolate, mint & steamed milk, topped with whipped cream and peppermint sprinkles.

ZZZ Records

Address: 2200 Ingersoll Ave

Hours: 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

During The Peppermint Trail, all holiday-themed CDs and records will be 20% off at ZZZ Records. Don’t miss the sidewalk sale (weather permitting) for great deals.

Roosevelt Cultural District

Stops listed in alphabetical order. More specials will be added each week! 
By Wysteria

Address: 1208 42nd St. 

Hours: 10 a.m.–3 p.m.

Stop into By Wysteria during The Peppermint Trail for a free bar of peppermint soap with any purchase and a raffle for a free class!

Cabana Swim

Address: 835 42nd St. 

Hours: 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Stop into Cabana Swim during The Peppermint Trail for candy and drawing for a $100 gift certificate.

Campbell’s Nutrition

Address: 4040 University Ave.

Hours: 9 a.m.–6 p.m.

Receive a complimentary Iowa made organic peppermint lip balm with any purchase at Campbell’s during The Peppermint Trail.

Capital Chiropractic & Rehabilitation Center

Address: 900 42nd St.

Hours: 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

Join Capital Chiropractic for a special Winter Wellness Market during The Peppermint Trail! The office will host local vendors for a cozy, health-themed shopping experience. This event is free and open to the public! Vendors include Grade A Gardens, Mama Bare Botanicals, Crooked Gap Farm, Batch Balanced, Fresh Wheatgrass Girl, Catknot and Herb & Forage. 

The Cheese Shop

Address: 833 42nd St.

Hours: 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

Stop into The Cheese Shop during The Peppermint Trail for seasonal cheese samples and, of course, wine!

Des Moines Community Playhouse

Address: 831 42nd St.


11:00 a.m.: A Charlie Brown Christmas
1:00 p.m.: A Charlie Brown Christmas
3 p.m.: A Charlie Brown Christmas
7:30 p.m.:  All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914

Activity Hours: Stop into the The Playhouse lobby to take part in a Peanuts ornament craft between 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. or grab a York Peppermint Patty.

Huckleberry Home

Address: 1141 2nd St

Hours: 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

During The Peppermint Trail, the Huckleberry Home shop will be festive with holiday decor and there will be a drawing for visitors to win one of three gift cards ranging from $25-$50.


Address: 906 42nd St.

Hours: 3-6 p.m.

Stop into JOUJOU during The Peppermint Trail to purchase a special holiday gift package (below) and enjoy winter-themed play activities for kids age 0-6. 

Gift package – $55:

Copy of “New | Nuevo” by local author Lindsey Pallas-Madison and local illustrator Marissa Hernandez
Colorable Winter Table Runner by XO-LP, illustrator Laura Palmer
JouJou Canvas Tote bag
JouJou Day Pass

POP & NOD Boutique

Address: 847 42nd St

Hours: 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

POP & NOD will be decking the halls with 15% off all things holiday during The Peppermint Trail, including holiday gifts, stocking stuffers and holiday apparel!

Rogue Planet Music

Address: 4211 Chamberlain Ave

Hours: 11 a.m.–6 p.m.

Browse records during The Peppermint Trail at Rogue Planet Music while listening to holiday tunes on vinyl and enjoying holiday decor.

Rumors Vintage

Address: 4211 Chamberlain Ave

Hours: 11 a.m.–6 p.m.

Visit Rumors Vintage during The Peppermint Trail for an in-store vintage clothing pop-up market! Plus, decor and holiday music.

Travelin’ Tom’s Coffee

Location: The Playhouse’s west/42nd Street parking lot

Hours: 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Stop by Travelin’ Tom’s mobile coffee truck for a peppermint mocha or peppermint latte for the holidays during The Peppermint Trail.



The free holiday trolley is made possible by Beeline & Blue!



Mediacom parking lot – 2203 Ingersoll (turnaround stop)
Ingersoll Family Dentistry parking lot – 2800 Ingersoll (eastbound stop)
Two Rivers Bank parking lot – 3025 Ingersoll (westbound stop)
Boesen The Florist parking lot – 3801 Ingersoll (westbound stop)
Shops At Roosevelt Plaza – 42nd Street & Chamberlain (turnaround)