Greenfield, located about an hour southwest of Des Moines and less than 20 miles off Interstate 80, has one of the most charming and historic town squares in Iowa. Surrounding a beautiful red brick county courthouse, the shops, restaurants and historic buildings welcome visitors year-round, but a particularly great time to visit is during the holiday season. Visit these six stores on the Greenfield square to finish your holiday shopping list.
1. Ed & Eva's
Located in the first floor of the Warren Cultural Center, Ed & Eva's features only Iowa-made art, gifts and clothing. The store has jewelry (including a line made with salvaged pieces of copper from the building’s façade), wood and metal sculptures and home décor, fine art, candles, baskets and more. One of the most popular items are their map magnets – a fun gift item to show your Iowa hometown pride.
As one of the most unique stores you'll come across anywhere in Iowa, Long's Market is part farmers' market, part old-fashioned bulk general store. From Amish-made jams to boxes of fresh produce, shoppers will find a little of everything in the simple, unassuming store. It's an especially great place to find stocking stuffers and unique items for hard-to-buy-for people – like Iowa-grown popcorn, bulk candy, and a variety of pickled foods, sauces, salsas and preserves. They also carry hand-made bibs, towels, aprons and doll clothes.
Antique shoppers will love browsing 1st Street Antiques while chatting with owner Patsy. Walking around the store with her is like getting a history lesson – she knows detailed information about each item, the time period in which it was created and what makes it unique. In addition to selling a variety of great antiques, she also appraises and buys items that shoppers bring in.
4. J's Variety
A variety is exactly what you’ll get when you step into J’s Variety on the north side of the Greenfield square. Home décor, antiques, collectibles, kitchen items, Melissa & Doug toys, baby clothing, primitives and more can all be found.
The colorful flowers and accessories spilling out of the aptly-name Colors Floral & Home Decorating on the southwest corner of Greenfield’s square definitely draw the eye. Gift ideas abound as the store includes both fresh-cut flowers along with a variety of unique and affordable home items.
Stop in for lunch or an afternoon pick-me-up at The Corner Coffee & Antiques, where you can peruse a curated collection of antique furniture and collector’s items while enjoying a latte or an old-fashioned ice cream malt. The lunch menu includes a variety of soups and sandwiches and is a perfect comfort food stop on your shopping adventure.
If you’d like to make a weekend of it, the Hotel Greenfield is a perfect spot to rest. The boutique hotel originally opened in 1920 and the lobby has been restored to its original glory. The hotel provides a variety of renovated rooms and two suites with kitchenettes.
For an even more unique stay, reserve the Balcony Bedroom Suite inside the Warren Cultural Center – located on the third floor of the former opera house, the balcony of the suite overlooks the cultural center’s stage.
More to Do
- Country Consignments & More - Antiques, collectibles, beautifully repurposed home décor and furniture, plus a huge selection of gently-used clothing.
- Turquoise Door - Arts, crafts, jewelry, furniture and lots of novelty items.
- Olive Branch Family Restaurant - Large menu of Greek and American food wtih sandwiches, salads and entrees; proudly owned and operated by the Galanakis family.
- Iowa Aviation Museum - Tour pre-WWII aircraft and memorabilia and more.
- The Freedom Rock® - The original Freedom Rock is located north of Greenfield.
- Warren Cultural Center - Catch a show in the historic opera house.
- Greenfield Lake & Nodaway Lake - Fishing, boating and beautiful views at these parks just outside Greenfield. The two are even connected by a short walking and biking trail.