Shopping/Dining - Ames Downtown: Entertainment, Food, and Culture in Ames, Iowa
Main Street Cultural District


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With so many unique shops, there is no need to go anywhere else!

The importance of shopping local is now more vital than ever before. Shopping local supports the whole community. For every $100 spent in a locally owned business, $68 returns to the community through payroll, taxes, and other expenditures. With that same $100 spent in a national chain, only $43 stays within the local economy. Of any amount of money spent online, none of it comes back to the community. Support the community and shop local. Shop Downtown Ames!


The Main Street Cultural District is the perfect destination to spend an afternoon strolling along the beautiful sidewalks, visiting with the friendly shop owners, and grabbing a bite at any of the quaint restaurants. Some of the retail offerings include: 

Antiques, Clothing & Footwear, Art Galleries & Framing, Books & Music, Children’s' Toys & Clothing, Gifts & Collectibles, Consignment, Financial, Floral, Food & Drink, Furniture & Home, Grocery, Jewelry, Hair & Body, Pharmacy, Photography, Professional Services, Crafts & Hobbies, Sports, and Travel


The Main Street Cultural District has a fantastic selection of dining options, a few of which include Italian, Coffee, Brewery, Thai, Pizza, and even cupcakes!


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