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Valley Junction

217 Fifth Street, West Des Moines, IA 50265
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Type: Historic Sites
Most recent review
- Sep 10, 2014
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English first
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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

This is a real mix of nice restaurants and shops to average thrift type of places. It is a good place to spend a few (2-3) hours alone or with family including kids. Based on what you like you may find a few shops you will want to visit on a regular basis.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Family enjoyed walking through Valley Junction. Shopkeepers were very friendly. Especially enjoyed the antique shops. Stopped at G.Migs for lunch. It was extremely busy but we received excellent attention from the bartender and other servers. Food was amazing! Enjoyed it all the way around.

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Des Moines, Iowa
16 reviews 16 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

I enjoy the farmers market on Thursday evening but the parking situation sucks. The shops seem fine but it is a lot of hipster crammed in one area.

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Northville, Michigan
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44 reviews 44 reviews
21 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Seems these days places don't have that small town feeling w/local shops, but this place does. Loved all the different variety of shops. I would have stayed longer if I didn't have a 6 & 4 yr old with me. Since I was from out of state I had to check it out.

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Top Contributor
165 reviews 165 reviews
49 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Valley Junction has something for everyone whether it is antiques or another quaint shop that suits you. It is a nice way to spend a day with friends or family. Take in a relaxed lunch as well.

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West Des Moines, Iowa, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

If you are looking for a classic "small town" main street, check out Valley Junction for a step into the past with the conveniences of today. Fun shopping and good food.

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Sedona, Arizona
3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Well, if you have time just to wander and browse then this is a wonderful little place. The boutiques are wonderful for finding something unusual.....pricey but so worth it! There were 8 of us women and those that did not want to shop could lounge in the coffee shop.....however when we caught up with the one that just wanted to... More

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Top Contributor
62 reviews 62 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

We wandered through the various shops and had lunch at the General Store. It has a great atmosphere and is worth the visit. They don't serve a wide variety but what they do serve is very good.

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Des Moines, Iowa
14 reviews 14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Okay, so I grew up in valley junction, ran around the streets during farmers markets, antique street events and the like, so I am biased and will always love valley junction and 5th street, but as an adult now ill do my best to give a straight forward review. Antiques, art gallerys and new niche stores are nice for browsing,... More

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West Des Moines, Iowa
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46 reviews 46 reviews
5 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

Every time I am there, I see something or find something new. My first visits were on farmers markets Thursdays, last summer. I enjoyed it so much that I helped a friend open her business there.

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