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Valley Junction

Address: 217 Fifth Street, West Des Moines, IA 50265
Phone Number: 515-222-3642
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West Des Moines, Iowa
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

On Thursday afternoon/evenings Valley Junction hosts a farmers market (When in Season). You can purchase local produce, crafts and art. There is also live outdoor musical entertainment and cold beer to be enjoyed. There are also many unique antique,art, restaurants and boutiques and specialty shops for you to purchase unique gifts or simply have some good eats and drink.

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Sergeant Bluff, Iowa
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

The historical Vally Junction area is unique. It has Wicker and More which is a store with anything you can think of for your home and for gifts! It has bars, unique boutique shops, places to eat, antiques, crafts shops and much more!

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West Des Moines, Iowa
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

In 4 or so blocks, lots of fun and one-off antique, art, niche, and boutique shops. There are also a couple of really good restaurants and a couple of main street, old school bars. My only wish is that Valley Junction stores had "friendlier" hours, with most open during the narrow window of 10-5. Given expanded hours, I would visit... More 

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Omaha, NE
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119 reviews 119 reviews
45 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Very quaint. Fun shops~ antiques, specialty kitchen, doggy gourmet, candy, chocolates, jewelers, theatrical costumers, The Tavern for great Grinder thin crust pizza, clothing & consignment stores. Especially lovely during the Christmas Season~ beautifully decorated store fronts & outdoor décor. Highly recommend.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 via mobile

Valley Junction in the last couple of years has totally declined. I was so disappointed to visit it this year. So many shops that I love have moved away from Valley Junction or been forced to shut down due to the very poor business climate in Valley Junction. The streets resemble a ghost town. No one is there shopping anymore.... More 

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Omaha, Nebraska
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56 reviews 56 reviews
23 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

From antique shops to boutiques and places to eat, this little place puts a smile on your face. The scrapbook shop is always a stop, and if you like burgers and beer you can get it here. When your pallet is thirsty at cocktail time just cross the street for a glass of wine. A quaint little place in the... More 

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THORNTON
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37 reviews 37 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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
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18 reviews 18 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
23 helpful votes 23 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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