Small Business Saturday

Join us in Supporting Local Businesses

As you know, we love supporting local business and even have a “local spotlight” category on our blog. Small businesses benefit the local economy, build personal relationships throughout town and help build up the community. They’re always the first to donate to local causes. Being locally owned ourselves, we know what it’s like to absolutely love the community we live in and the enjoyment owners feel while connecting with the community – after all, you’re our friends and family, too.

Start with this list …

We’ve been asking around for recommendations of businesses to visit on Small Business Saturday (and every day!). We think you’ll be delighted to hear about businesses not only in the Des Moines area, but in surrounding communities as well. We’re ready for a road trip!

We know this is a short list and would love for you to comment either on our blog post or on Facebook and let us know which businesses you would add to the list.

Beauty & Personal Care

Sugar Lane Studios (shop the website or watch for pop-up shops)
Website | Facebook

salonREDboutique & Day Spa in Osceola

Clothing, Shoes, Jewelry

Maria Vincent Boutique (shop the website or watch for pop-up shops)
Website | Facebook

Worn Consignment Shop in West Des Moines
Website | Facebook

Norma Jeans Threads in Winterset (on the square)
Website | Facebook

MintL.A. Boutique in the East Village
Website | Facebook

Spoons Full of sugar in Winterset
Website | Facebook

Mainstream Boutique Waukee
Website | Facebook

Gifts & Unique Finds

The Grassroots Home in Osceola

RJ Home in Earlham
Website | Facebook

JandS Salvage Decor in Earlham (Grand opening on Small Business Saturday!)

Danish Windmill Elk Horn
Website | Facebook


Madison County Candle Company (watch for events or order from Facebook)

H.Prall and Co. (home styling consultant works directly with you)
Website | Facebook

THE COLLECTIVE Downtown Des Moines
Website | Facebook

Art Terrarium Downtown Des Moines
Website | Facebook

Changing Places Consignment in Urbandale
Website | Facebook


Rusty Duck in Dexter

Latin King on Hubbell in East Des Moines
Website | Facebook

Sonny’s Pizza Bistro in Des Moines

The Fletcher Kitchen + Bar in Ankeny
Website | Facebook

Sakari Sushi Lounge on Ingersoll Ave
Website | Facebook

JJ Jasmine ThaiCuisine in downtown Des Moines

Tumea And Sons Restaurant & Lounge on the Southside of Des Moines
Website | Facebook

Mi Patria in West Des Moines
Website | Facebook

Olympic Flame in the East Village
Website | Facebook

How We Choose Floor Plans: Client Needs

One question we’ve been asked before is – how do we choose floor plans?

There are a few factors that go into choosing a floor plan that will go on to represent Greenland Homes. We’re going to spend some time over the new few weeks giving you an inside look at how we evaluate floor plans and make sure they meet our criteria.

Today’s post is going to talk about Client Needs. This is a huge factor in choosing a floor plan!

Our clients are in different stages of their lives and looking for a home that meets different needs. Some are upgrading for more space, some are downsizing to a townhome, others are just beginning the home ownership journey and are looking for their very first home.

We keep all of this in mind when looking at floor plans. We’re always on the look-out for layouts that make a busy family life a bit easier.

  • Things like, drop zones for coats/bags/shoes when you enter from the garage
  • Laundry on the same level as the bedrooms
  • Eat-in kitchen that’s perfect for making dinner while helping with homework
  • Basement that’s ready to finish so you can keep adding livable square footage as you need it

We also choose floor plans that are perfect for first-time home buyers.

  • We understand that many first-time homebuyers are different than they were a few years ago and “family” looks different now. Clients are looking for their own home so they can finally get the pet they want. Some are buying, knowing they will have roommates with them.
  • Plus, one thing we hear the most – many first-time homebuyers are looking for something affordable. Our American Dream Series is designed with all of this in mind.

Another reason why clients choose a new home, is they are looking to downsize.

  • Some clients want a home that easier to move around in, which would make our ranch plans perfect for them.
  • Other clients aren’t worried about mobility, but they are ready to relax and not worry about things like lawn maintenance and snow removal. This makes our townhomes a perfect fit for them!

Are you ready to find a home that’s perfect for you and your family? Contact us today to start touring floor plans and to view lots in your area.

Who’s still renting?

3 Steps to Take If You’re Still Renting

Who’s still renting? You won’t be after this! We have townhomes in Ankeny and Waukee that are READY for you to move in.  Townhomes are such an easy transition to home ownership! You  will enjoy the same conveniences you already have with an apartment, like no lawn maintenance or no snow removal (nice!) PLUS MORE. Your money will go toward your OWN mortgage instead of  your landlord’s … and often times your monthly mortgage payment is cheaper than your rent payment!

Take these 3 steps so we can get you into your own home:

  1. Call our preferred lender, Dave Lewis with HomeServices Lending. He’ll walk you through the process of getting pre-approved and ready to take the next steps.
  2. Tour townhomes in Ankeny and Waukee to find your favorite.
  3. Let your real estate agent know you’re ready to write an offer!

Let’s make this happen!

Local Spotlight: Olympic Flame

Authentic Greek Food

Olympic Flame is a delicious restaurant in the East Village serving authentic Greek food since 1987. The owner and chef is from Olympia, Greece! They are open for lunch and dinner (or call for take out).

Their gyros and baklava are soooo good they keep us coming back for more! Plus the fact that we’re always greeted with a smile and on Fridays you might get to see a performance from belly dancers (how fun is that?!).

Check out their menu on their website.

Thank you for the delicious meal and amazing service, Olympic Flame!

Community Spotlight: Wolf Creek in Bondurant

Wolf Creek is a great development with a pond and plenty of trees and is in Bondurant where residents can enjoy the small-town feel but have easy access to the Des Moines metro area.

  • Prices starting at $179
  • Enjoy the community clubhouse and pool provided by the association!
  • Close to schools
  • Quick commute to Des Moines

We’re building our most popular floor plans in Wolf Creek and we have a few homes ready for you to tour TODAY. Call Tammy Heckart, Realtor with RE/MAX CONCEPTS at 515-778-8807 to learn more!

View Greenland Homes listings in Wolf Creek. Don’t delay in contacting us! We’re in different stages of building for each home, but for many of the homes RIGHT NOW is the perfect time to pick out paint colors, features, and talk about upgrades.

“Wrap it up” before the holidays

Close in 30 Days!

All of our homes are in different stages of the building process and many of them are move-in ready! That means they are ready for you and your family TODAY. So, let’s get everything lined up so you can close in 30 days and celebrate the holidays in your new home!!

If you haven’t been pre-approved yet, make sure to contact our preferred lender, Dave Lewis with HomeServices Lending right away. We offer financing specials when you use our preferred lender – ask for details while touring homes or ask Dave when you meet with him.

Start touring our homes today!