Adriana’s Advice

Listen up, guys! Scratch that. Watch and learn what Adriana Lima says about Valentine’s Day. Those of you who need something a bit more concrete than “give and you shall receive,” here you go. Flowers + Dinner + Sweets = Romance. One more (very important) tip. We know you’re excited and we know you’re posing [...]

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Cake Balls in 2012

So it’s 2012, late January at that. I know what you might be thinking. Expecting the apocalypse this year is the best reason EVER for giving up on your New Year’s Resolutions! I mean, how can you beat that?! And…what better says “I’m-having-fun-because-the-world-is-coming-to-an-end-anyway” than eating daily cake balls at Cache Bake Shoppe? Are you with me!? Reminds [...]

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Freshening up!

Is it already that time of year? Oh, yes. The time to start thinking about how I’ll be better, thinner, and all-around happier in 2012… As a chronic offender of weak resolve come January 15th, I have decided to take a different approach for this coming year and narrow down all my lofty goals into [...]

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Beyond the Prius

When Toyota of Des Moines opened its doors years ago, people came to recognize (the late) Charles Gabus as a man who gave much to his community. All too often stories coining the loss of a great leader end in the demise of an organization and a loss of its customers. Perhaps this is where [...]

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Nuts for Local

Writing about a health food store can be as bland as the homemade bran muffins they’re selling inside, however, Campbell’s Nutrition is everything but. As a Des Moines local you have to know Diane Lahodny, her store is a hidden gem and her (carrot) bran muffins are actually quite tasty. Until recently, Campbell’s was my [...]

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Groupon: HOT. Coupon as a gift: NOT.

It’s days before Thanksgiving which is also known as crack cocaine for the extreme couponers and bargain-buyers. Ok, I admit – curiosity killed the cat. I ventured out at midnight last year to see the madness for myself and was nearly mauled by the crazed night owl shoppers and Apple groupies. My conclusion? What you [...]

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Laura Ludwig is heading to Cabo!

It was life as usual for Laura Ludwig of Beaverdale until she got a call from the Urban515 office to let her know she was our Local BINGO Grand Prize Winner! A substitute teacher by-day, and a local foodie by-night and weekend, Laura did her homework after picking up a Local BINGO card at her [...]

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Local BINGO ends, but the deals keep on coming!

Local BINGO has now come to a close. We had  so much fun at Urban515 putting it on and thought it was great to see so many all-star brands come together. We’re busy behind-the-scenes today organizing our winners and plan to announce publicly on Friday who they are, so stay tuned. Another reminder that just [...]

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One Week Left! Prepare Your Victory Dance.

By this time next week, it’ll be business-as-usual in the Urban515 Office, but not before we crown our Local BINGO Grand Prize Winner! Turns out many Des Moines Localites dig a fun challenge and a chance to win a trip to Cabo San Lucas to escape the snow (not our best local feature) for a few [...]

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“Good Trade.”

This winter Urban515 and Local BINGO are giving you the opportunity to trade this…. For this… this… this… this… And this… Ahhh….Now, get back to work! Before you do – register to win a trip for two to the 4 1/2 star Pueblo Bonito Resort and Spa in Cabo San Lucas! If you haven’t already [...]

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