Global Culture Goes Local

Lu Spaine, the owner of Zumi, enjoys the restaurant Haiku and performances by Gateway Dance Theatre. 

As owner of Zumi at 42nd Street and University Avenue in Des Moines, Lu Spaine immerses herself daily in the arts and crafts of Africa, Asia and South America as part of her fair-trade business. Spaine, who celebrates her 20th year in her current location in November, shares some of her favorite diverse spots to explore in the Drake neighborhood and beyond. 

Ethnic Eats

The Asian restaurant Haiku “has great sushi and the best egg rolls in town,” Spaine says. “As a vegetarian, I really appreciate their willingness to modify some of their dishes on my request.” She also likes the vegetarian options at Gursha Ethiopian Grill, also in the Drake neighborhood. 

Cultural Attractions

“Gateway Dance Theatre is near and dear to my heart,” she says of the East Village organization. “Penny Furgerson is the artistic director and creates exciting experiences in dance for young and old.” Spaine also recognizes CultureAll for their events and work in the schools. 

Art and Frame Shop

For Iowa and national artwork as well as framing services, stop by the Great Frame Up in West Glen Town Center. “The owner, Angela [Jackson], is a wonderful asset to our community. … Beyond that, she is a powerful community activist in championing minority businesses. 

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