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Old 09-16-2009, 01:58 PM
 
Location: Des Moines
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Default Services for People of Color

I am moving to Des Moines from Atlanta and when I visited Des Moines, I did'nt notice businesses that cater to African-Americans as far as barber shops, salons, restaurants... but there is such a rich African-American history there. Des Moines is beautiful but how will I survive if I can get a simple haircut? I admit... the locals are very nice compared to the people in Georgia!!!
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Old 09-16-2009, 02:44 PM
 
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Go to the areas of Des Moines that are predominantly black. If you don't know where those areas are, just ask.

I know that sounds snotty, but I live in North Omaha - which is predominantly black. There are barber shops & Baptists Churches on every block. I'm pretty sure Des Moines is not much different.

Good luck!
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Old 09-16-2009, 03:14 PM
 
Location: Downtown Omaha
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Iowa is the 4th whitest state in the country and Des Moines has a very small black population. Des Moines is the only city I've ever experienced open hostility about my race and being called an N word in public just walking in a mall. This was many years ago though and I would hope it was an isolated incident.
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Old 09-16-2009, 08:39 PM
 
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^ you've got to be kidding. When were you there last? 1955?

I've been to Des Moines hundreds of times, and have multiple black friends there. I can't imagine that openly being called the N word in Des Moines would ever happen any more than it would happen in New York City or central Atlanta. It was most likely an isolated incident.

There are well over 20,000 black people in the Des Moines area these days, and it's never been known as a particularly racist area by any means. Iowans are a fairly tolerant bunch, and have been since its founding.
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Old 09-16-2009, 09:52 PM
 
Location: Des Moines, IA
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I think there are a handful of black barbershops. Off the top of my head I can think of Platinum Kutz (their spelling, not mine) on University and I think 21st. There's also one called B-Sharps or something to that effect sandwiched between Sherman Hills and Oakridge. Platinum Kutz looks like a pretty big operation and I think it does serve as something of a focal point of the local black community so that would be a good place to start. I'm not their biggest fans though, they used to go to a bar next door that I would go to (Hairy Mary's, RIP) and try to buy $1 draws of PBR for 74 cents. Kind of obnoxious.

There are some other black owned and themed businesses nearby but like others have said Des Moines doesn't have a very big AA population. I believe there's a soul food restaurant in the strip mall on E 14 & University. Nightclubs that cater to blacks don't do so hot here, they usually get shut down after a couple weeks.
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Old 09-17-2009, 09:09 AM
 
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(AABA) African American Business Association of Des Moines, Iowa (http://www.aabaofdesmoines.org/index.html - broken link)

African American Business Association of Des Moines might have something.

The 2008 estimates for the Des Moines metro list almost 25,000 black people so I'd imagine that's a large enough community to foster specialized retail/services.

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Old 09-18-2009, 02:20 PM
 
Location: Des Moines
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Thanks for all the responses.... very helpful. I was scared at first from the one reply but... Chicago60614 and El Rhino relieved that Whew! That took me way back in time. Very informative
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Old 09-19-2009, 07:09 AM
 
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Maybe I am ignorant here , but shouldnt about any barber shop be able to cut the hair of any person of any race ?
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Old 09-19-2009, 09:22 AM
 
Location: Rock Island
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Its not a question of can any barbershop cut the hair of any person of any race. Because we all know that's what a barbers job is. The reason this person would want a black barber or black hair stylist is because if your black you want somebody that is familiar with our hair. Style our hair the way we want it styled and waaaay more often than not going to a barber or hair stylist who is not black when your black you are going to be disappointed. Although there are exceptions to this and the people of other races I have seen that cater to black hair identified more with African Americans than their own race anyway.
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Old 09-19-2009, 10:21 AM
 
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Originally Posted by Mercruiserdr View Post
Maybe I am ignorant here , but shouldnt about any barber shop be able to cut the hair of any person of any race ?
Did you ever notice the massive difference between a black persons' hair from basically everyone else on the planet??

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