Uptown & Waveland

Just minutes from Drake University you'll find the Uptown Shopping Center and Waveland Area

Something for everyone!

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Uptown Shopping Center is a multi-used neighborhood shopping center with a diverse mix of tenants located at the intersection of 42nd Street and University Avenue. There is something for everyone at the Uptown Shopping Center which is anchored by Hy-Vee and Campbell's Nutrition which recently celebrated its 80th Anniversary. There are also some unique shopping and dining opportunities including Zumi Collection and Louie’s Wine Dive.  The Uptown Shopping Center has plenty of parking and is just minutes from Drake University.

The Waveland area is a vibrant and active community on the Des Moines West Side that has many unique architectural, cultural and environmental features. The Waveland Park neighborhood is home to mainstream and ethnic/specialty grocery stores, hardware, restaurants and coffee shops plus other community services and retail outlets.  A highlight in the area is the Waveland Golf Course, the oldest municipal golf course west of the Mississippi. This 18-hole course was built in 1901 and has a traditional layout. Waveland, probably one of the nicest municipal course in the state of Iowa, is located at 4908 University Avenue in Des Moines.

Campbell’s Nutrition is Iowa’s first and oldest health food store! Campbell’s Nutrition was founded as a natural food store by the Campbell family in 1937. While the country was trying to pull out of the Great Depression, the concept of a health food store was WAY ahead of its time.

The Campbell family had a passion for nutrition and dreamed of a healthier community. Their first store location was downtown on Locust Street. Diane Lahodny, a Drake student from Hawaii, took a job at Campbell’s Nutrition while attending college. She fell in love with the business and purchased the store.

Thanks to the community’s support, Campbell’s has been running strong for over 80 years!