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Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2024
Good morning to you!

The word “best” is used quite frequently in today’s world. Everyone seemingly has a best recipe or a best route or a best friend. The dictionary defines “best” as “the highest possible state of excellence” or “the best quality or property of a person or thing.” I agree with that.

We have a unique scenario with the word “best” when it is used with the following three words: “of Des Moines.” When I purchased CITYVIEW two decades ago, I also bought the registered mark “Best of Des Moines.” Registering that phrase was a smart move the prior owner made to ensure others didn’t benefit from the success of the CITYVIEW readers’ poll. A mistake I made was agreeing to allow the mark to be used with the Business Record publication. I did not, however, allow other publications or organizations to use the phrase “Best of Des Moines.” Each year, some continue to try. And, each year, I remind them that I own the phrase, and that I will take the necessary measures to make sure they don’t benefit from it.

Some have gotten “cute” with their efforts to copy us but have properly avoided using the actual Best of Des Moines words. Others appear to have benefited from our phrase, including Catch Des Moines, the Des Moines Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. Their “Des Best of Greater Des Moines” promotion may seem quite similar to our Best of Des Moines promotion because it is. Not according to CEO Greg Edwards, though. “We in no way even thought that the slogans of ‘Des Best of Greater Des Moines’ and ‘The Best of Des Moines’ were in conflict,” he told me in an email back in March, just a month after our Best of Des Moines issue published and our award certificates were delivered.

You can decide on your own. I like Greg, and we do have a common goal of helping to improve Greater Des Moines, so I haven’t pressed it further. Not yet anyway. Even so, I hope the creative person on his staff who stole our idea was creatively shown the door.

Meanwhile, let’s focus on the positive, the one and only CITYVIEW Best of Des Moines readers’ poll that has its results in this month’s issue. A record 22,969 votes were cast in this year’s poll that recognized more than 800 people, businesses, places and events in 271 categories. One of the winners approached me after our announcement event and told me, “A lot of other people try to copy your promotion, but this is the only one that matters.”

I appreciate her comment, and I agree with it. I am glad so many of you do, too. Congratulations to all the winners who continue to do their part in making Des Moines and central Iowa the best! Check out the winners at www.dmcityview.com or pick up a copy of CITYVIEW at nearly 800 locations across central Iowa.

Have a wonderful Wednesday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
515-953-4822, ext. 305

See Shane Goodman's previous columns here.


Your Clear Mortgage forecast

Warmer weather is ahead starting today and into the weekend. We’ve got slight rain chances Friday and Saturday.

For help with pre-approvals or refinancing, get in touch with Originating Branch Manager Carrie Hansen at carrie.mortgage.

CITYVIEW's Best Of Des Moines®
The results have been tallied and will be published in the February issue and at www.dmcityview.com today!
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• Tallgrass Theatre Company. “Equus.” Feb 2-18. The 9th Annual Frank and Balcombe Dream Project.
• Des Moines Community Playhouse. “Our Town.” Feb 2-18.
• Tallgrass Theatre Company. “Broadway Karaoke.” Feb 4.
• Des Moines Performing Arts. “Company.” Feb 6-11.

FIRST FRIDAY – Friday, Feb 2.
Get every month started with cultural immersion in the celebrated Mainframe Studio’s First Friday. A growing number of Central Iowans make this a monthly adventure, as continually changing themes and a wealth of exceptional artists make it impossible for one visit to fully capture what is offered at Mainframe. Add music, food, drink and a celebratory atmosphere, and this becomes a fantastic date night, family adventure, or cultural consumer event.

George Washington Carver Day at the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates, 100 Locust St., Des Moines, Feb. 1, 8:30-11:30 a.m. 
Explore the extraordinary life and legacy of Dr. George Washington Carver, a polymath with a profound curiosity about the world.

Fleur Cinema & Café returns with an event-filled “Fleurish
Fleur's "Films That Inspired Me," begins anew Wednesday, Jan. 31 at 7 p.m. Iowa filmmaker Bruce James Bales introduces the 2017 film, “The Rider,” written and directed by Chloé Zhao. Bruce will also be showing a short trailer of his own film that was heavily influenced by “The Rider.”

— John Busbee, The Culture Buzz

From Iowa Living magazines

Meet Beth Burrow
Joins district as talented and gifted teacher.

By T.K. West

The daughter of a pastor, Beth Burrow moved several times during her youth but considers herself an Iowan through and through. After graduating from Phillips Exeter Academy, she attended the University of Iowa before transferring to the University of Northern Iowa, where she earned her degrees. Since that time, Burrow has taught at Hawkeye Community College, UNI, Janesville and Waverly-Shell Rock, and she has served as the assistant director of the Waverly Public Library.

She recently began her first year as the 7-12 talented and gifted teacher for the Bondurant-Farrar Community School District. Burrow says the best thing about working with the district is the students.


The Clydesdales are going to Vegas — not the male strippers either. Anheuser-Busch is going all in to recover from last year's tragic advertising campaign by signing Lio Messi to endorse Michelob Ultra and bringing their famous draft horses to Sin City to deliver Bud Light around town. (WSJ)

Elite bars in the United Arab Emirates are sourcing ice from Arctic glaciers off the coast of Greenland. Arctic Ice of Greenland is advertising the "world's purest ice." It has little to no taste and melts much slower than other ices. The ice is harvested from "icebergs already naturally detached from the glacier and floating in the Nuuk fjord," the company claims, making its impact on the environment "very insignificant." ( Katherine Tangalakis-Lippert - Lippert Insider)

Matt Steigerwald has a Valentine's Day dinner special at Wilson Orchard in Iowa City that respects this year's rare coincidence of Valentine's Day falling on Ash Wednesday: Oysters on half shell or crawfish pistolette, Nola turtle soup, plus Magret duck or scallops in lobster butter. An amuse bouche and dessert will bookend the menu. (Magret is the breast of a Moulard duck that has been raised for foie gras.) Wilson is one of America's best ciderhouses and is coming to Des Moines later this year. ($100 menu) 

— Jim Duncan, jd91446@aol.com

CITYVIEW's Best Of Des Moines event was held yesterday evening at the DMACC FFA Enrichment Center in Ankeny President and Publisher Shane Goodman welcomes the crowd to the celebration.

FROM KCCI: Has Amelia Earhart's long-lost plane been found? Here's what we know

Could one of the world's greatest mysteries finally be solved? Amelia Earhart's plane vanished in 1937 – 87 years ago – while she and navigator Fred Noonan were flying over the Pacific Ocean in an attempt to circumnavigate the globe. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Special election date set for Des Moines’ at-large city council seat

DES MOINES, Iowa – The date for a special election to fill an at-large Des Moines City Council seat has been set. The Polk County Election Office has scheduled the election for March 19th. The seat was vacated by Connie Boesen when she was elected mayor last November...READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Iowa bill would remove protection against gender identity discrimination as a civil right

The proposed legislation, HF 2082, would also classify gender dysphoria or any condition related to gender identity as a disability.....READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

Birthdays and notables

Happy Birthday Steve Goodman!

These celebrities were born on this date: Kelly Lynch, Anthony LaPaglia, Minnie Driver, Bobby Moynihan, Kerry Washington, Justin Timberlake, Marcus Mumford, Tyler Hubbard, Julián Álvarez, Nolan Ryan

SUBMIT: Send your birthday greetings and congratulatory notes to: tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com

Morning chuckle

The answer to yesterday's riddle:

What is the name of Darth Vader's corrupt brother? TAX E. VADER! - Kris Laurson, Judy Anderson, Gail Tomlinson. Or, perhaps, OndaTake Vader! - Rex Post.

Today's riddle

How do you know pigeons are wealthy?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com


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