Our shop is located in a historic district of old West Des Moines, Iowa called Valley Junction - a charming, renovated railroad district, with a collection of more than 150 retail businesses, including art galleries, fashion boutiques, antique shops, restaurants and specialty stores. We are in our 8th year! And I love being in our shop but truly, I would rather be out digging for pyrite in the Colorado Rockies! Or on the north shore of powerful Lake Superior searching for agates! Fun stuff! So back to the shop... over the years we have had the pleasure to meet so many people. I have heard soooo many stories! Sad, terribly sad stories and beautifully happy ones! I've shared the tales verbally with friends over the years and now want to share with those who will take a few minutes to read these lines. I'll absolutely change the names to protect the innocent so don't worry about me calling you out if you are the main character of the day!