Serenity Couture stylists prepare for the fast-paced Fashion Week.

New York's Fashion Week Sept. 8-15 will feature more than the season's most au courant clothing. Also on display will be the creativity and skill of Serenity Couture Salon and Aveda Institute Des Moines. During the event, 20 local stylists will work with 50 models for the Concept Korea show, which will showcase several Korean designers.
Jon Reyman, an influential, nationally known stylist and the lead artist that represents Aveda at Fashion Week, invited Serenity to participate in the event. He has trained the salon's stylists, who have been prepping for the Fashion Week for months, and will direct them during the week.
Serenity operates two salons in Greater Des Moines and one in Ames. The salons, the Aveda Institute Des Moines and Aveda Experience Centers in West Des Moines and Coralville are owned by Doug and Jana Van Polen. For more info, visit the salon's website or Facebook page.
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Magnolia's fresh interior has a graceful, cream-and-aqua color scheme.


By Wini Moranville   
In over 750 dining reviews I've written over the years, I can't recall ever using the word "breathtaking" to describe a restaurant. Yet that's exactly the word that came to mind as I surveyed the surroundings at Magnolia Wine Kitchen from my tapestry wingback chair.
Magnolia opened last month in the space where Lurra Cocina came and quickly went. Gone is Lurra's edgy, industrial-modern feel; in its place is a graceful cream-and-aqua color scheme, shimmery gold curtains, classic still-life and landscape paintings, and some beautifully upholstered banquettes and chairs.
Somehow, the decor pulls all this off without feeling stuffy or rococo; rather, the space feels clean, modern and bright, with two-story floor-to-ceiling windows adding to these effects. I can't think of a better spot to drink a glass of wine than in the conversation clusters of soft seating looking out at the streetscape and the Pappajohn Sculpture Park beyond.
And hats off to fair wine prices: Find thoughtfully chosen values (e.g. La Marca Prosecco for $7 a glass) or splurge on a bottle of well-purveyed Napa Valley red--with plenty of styles and price points in between.
The food is definitely more bar-grill than bistro, but that's OK: It's nice not to have to splurge every time you want to dine somewhere dashing. The winner at lunch was the Cajun tuna sandwich, with good-quality medium-cooked tuna, tomatoes and Cajun crema on expertly grilled bread. The Salmon BLT was good (after all, it had bacon and a garlic aioli), though the salmon itself brought little flavor.
I'll be back soon, as there were plenty more draws on the menu. I'm eyeing the lobster roll and Cajun shrimp tacos, in particular.
Magnolia Wine Kitchen is at 1420 Locust St.; 515-635-0952;

Wini Moranville covers food and dining for dsm. Follow her at All Things Food - DSM Wini Moranville.
Bill Stowe has been CEO and general manager of Des Moines Water Works since 2012.

Bill Stowe of Des Moines Water Works has been the focus of withering criticism since leading a controversial lawsuit against three upstream counties over responsibilities for water quality. See this story from the new issue of dsm magazine for an inside look at this newsmaker in his own words, and discover the inspiration he has drawn from studying Catholic mystics, riding a Harley and taking care of his mother until her recent death at age 97.
Check out a Tesla Model S among electric cars on display downtown next week.

Get an up-close look at the variety of electric vehicles on the market during an electric car show downtown next Wednesday, Sept. 14. The event is one of nearly 200 being held across the country for the fifth annual National Drive Electric Week.
Electric vehicles will be available to see and experience, courtesy of local owners and dealers. The event is from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on 12th Street between Locust and Grand. Lunch will be available for purchase from local food trucks.
"For daily driving, it's just unbeatable," David Darrow of Grimes said of his Tesla Model S P85D, which he will display at the show. "It just makes other cars feel kind of clumsy and rough."
Approximately 1,000 plug-in electric vehicles are already in Iowa, according to show's promoters, who foresee the potential of that growing to 100,000 by 2040. Research suggests that the carbon footprint of an electric vehicle is about half that of a gasoline-powered vehicle.
In 1-foot-square images, 20 artists present their impressions of iconic local architecture in an exhibit that runs through Friday in Capital Square.

You have three great ways to gain a new appreciation for Des Moines architecture this month.
* Artistically: Twenty artists' impressions of iconic Des Moines buildings are on display through Friday, Sept. 9, at the Iowa Center for Architecture in Capital Square.
* Personally: Join one of four Architectural Walking Tours, also on Friday, Sept. 9, conducted by the Iowa Architectural Foundation. Tours will be guided by volunteer design professionals who will share intriguing stories to enrich your understanding of the history, details and significance of Des Moines' architecture.

  • North: Gain insight into contemporary architecture and famous architects. Some of the buildings included are the American Enterprise Group, former Home Federal S&L, Principal, Equitable, US Bank and St. Ambrose Cathedral. 
  • South: Walk through the Historic Court Avenue and East Village's warehouse and market district and learn about the history and future of this exciting entertainment and downtown living area, including the Rock Island Depot, the Riverwalk Hub and Saddlery. 
  • East: Experience the East Village and new developments there, including the Riverwalk's public buildings from the City Beautiful Movement, the World Food Prize building, the Teachout Building, 300 East Locust and the Civic Center. 
  • West: Learn about older, stately buildings as well as skyscrapers, including EMC, Polk County Courthouse, Central Library, Temple for Performing Arts and Fire Station One, now the Des Moines Social Club. 
All tours leave from the Iowa Center for Architecture in Capital Square. Each tour is $10. To reserve your spot, call 515-244-1888. Enjoy a complimentary glass of wine and light appetizers when you check in at 5 p.m. Tours leave at 5:30 p.m. A skywalk tour will be offered in case of rain or excessive heat.

* Culturally: The 2016 Des Moines Art Center Gala, "built," Sept. 17 will be a celebration of local architecture, including the Art Center's own facilities designed by rock-star architects Eliel Saarinen, I.M. Pei and Richard Meier. The event will be held in the newly renovated American Enterprise Group building (formerly American Republic Insurance), 601 Sixth Ave. The evening will include cuisine by Tangerine and music by Faculty Lounge, a horn-driven, jazz, funk and R&B band.

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