Mullets To Mars Benefit Ride Extravaganza!

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

Mullets To Mars!

Are you looking for something fun to do this weekend?  We were, too…so we joined forces with Mullets, The Royal Mile, and Gusto Pizza Co. to bring you an end of winter bicycling event to coax you from the warmth of your winter cubby holes, and to benefit the Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

Yes, grab your bike (maybe dust it off/air up the tires) and meet us at Mullet’s (1301 SE 1st
Des Moines, IA 515-244-1443) this coming Sunday, March 13th at 10 a.m. for a short ride from lovely downtown Des Moines, through the Sherman Hill district and on to Dogtown!  Along the route we will be stopping for libations at the Royal Mile on beautiful 4th Street, some more refreshments and pizza at Gusto Pizza Co, then some sort of musical entertainment and more celebrating at Mars Cafe.

There is a $25 registration fee which can be paid at Mullets (registration will be open from 10 to 11) the morning of the ride.  Wait? Registration fee?  Yes, and all proceeds from the registration are going directly to the ICADV to raise awareness of and help put a stop to Domestic Violence.  You don’t walk away empty handed, though…

Your registration fee nets you a drink ticket for Mullet’s to help get the party started, another drink ticket for Mars Cafe to keep the party rockin, one raffle ticket, and a ride t-shirt designed by Dan Koenig of Yankee Doodle Tattoo/Ichi Bike and printed by our friends over at 8/7 Central.  The Shirt looks amazingly just like this picture.

And what is this about a raffle?  There will be a raffle drawing at Mars Cafe with prizes provided by Back Country,, Rasmussen Bike Shop, and more.  You receive one ticket with your registration, and have the option to buy more raffle tickets along the way, with one hundred percent of the ticket dollars going directly to ICADV.

Four easy miles, four great stops, fun, prizes, and one great cause.  Dust off your bikes, grab a friend, and get in on the first year of this soon to be legendary annual event!

*Again, all proceeds from registration, raffle tickets, and private donations will go to benefit the Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence.  Please help us reach our 2011 goal of raising $1000 to help this great cause.


Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010


I’ve been digging this band for a little while now. Really not much longer than they came into existence. This group consists of a mash-up of other bands, all greats in of themselves. Scott Yoshimura, Erik Knudtson, Becca Smith, Wayde Stover and frontwoman Dana Halferty bring jangling guitars and indie-pop melodies to the Des Moines scene.

Bands like these make me feel like Des Moines has its very own Broken Social Scene circle of musicians. And we do.

Parlours are playing at Mars Cafe coming up this November 27. Facebook event: here.

Vote Mars!

Monday, November 22nd, 2010


It’s that time of year: Cityview’s annual Best Of Des Moines survey!

Please take a moment to show your support of your favorite local coffee shop. Vote Mars Cafe for Best Coffee, Best Coffeehouse and for any other categories you feel applicable.

Here’s the link to the survey:

Or find it on:

Thanks for your ever-loyal support and love,


Cranksgiving 2010!

Friday, November 12th, 2010

cranksgiving2010It’s coming…

We’re doing it again! And thank GAWD! We have had so much fun at the previous Des Moines Cranksgiving events that we had to bring it back.

You bring a fun attitude and your bike (road, cross, hybrid, or mountain) and we’ll provide you with a map of local stores and a list of 12 items to buy around the Des Moines area (one item per store).

All products purchased for the event will be donated to DMARC and The Pet Project. There will be top prizes, such as a gift certificate to Yankee Doodle Tattoo, as well as a raffle for a new bike! If you have any questions, please email Sara Broek at

We hope to see your happy holiday faces!

November 21, 2010
1 p.m.
Mars Cafe
Be there or be square

YPC Happy Hour

Friday, November 5th, 2010


Join YPC for its monthly get together where there will be social networking and complimentary appetizers.

We’ll be visiting a great Drake neighborhood location: Mars Cafe. Appetizers will be provided from nearby Jethro’s BBQ!

Featured organizations: Drake Connect and a food drive! (more details to come)

For more information, please click here.

Seedlings + Jacob Tyler Wolfgang

Saturday, October 16th, 2010


These folks artists aren’t just musicians. They are community focused, and passionately driven. And they’re good. Don’t pass up this free opportunity to hear their music live.

ps. I’ve always wanted to know if Jacob Tyler Wolfgang’s “Tigers” hoodie is just a part of his performance. I’ve never seen him perform without it. Check out the show this weekend and see if I’m right.

Watch Jacob Tyler Wolfgang + Seedlings perform this upcoming weekend (Friday, Oct 22) at 7:30pm.


Latte Art Demo!

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

What’s that weird design thing in the top of my drink? Find out Saturday, September 25 at 5pm during our special Latte Art Demonstration during Dogtown Fest 2010! Totally free, as usual.