DSM SURJ is pushing economic equality by using our large network to thoughtfully support people of color owned businesses and other enterprises in the Des Moines area. This strategy has been used in many cities to redirect resources to companies that have had additional burdens towards developing sustainable businesses.
- Safari Restaurant
Owner: Amina Dualle
2734 Douglas Avenue. Des Moines, IA 50310
This food is primarily East African, especially Somalian and Ethiopian. Many dishes show the influence of food from India. They are open 9 am to 9 pm every day, unless they run out of food before 9, in which case they close early that day. If you go on a weekend day, it’s best to go early!
- The Great Frame Up
Owner: Angela Jackson
5515 Mills Civic Parkway, Ste 150
West Des Moines, IA 50266
The Great Frame Up is dedicated to supporting local artists and creating awareness of noted African American artists. It currently features originals, prints, sculptures and framed artwork of numerous African American and Iowa artists.
- Smith’s Auto Detail
Owners: Edina Dedic and Thomas G. Smith III
1985 NW 94th St. Suite E150
Clive, IA 50325
Vehicle detailing, offering various packages (Smith Special, Executive Detail, and Presidential Detail) or à la carte services.