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Kelly Sharp – Owner

Kelly Sharp an Iowa native  lives in Downtown Des Moines, along with her husband Denny and dog Annie.  They have four children, Ryan, Cory, Abbra and Josh and granddaughter Mia.  One of her great passions is her dog Annie and horse Aria (From the Heart), along with biking, running and spending time with her family and friends. Kelly worked for over 25 years in marketing, business operations and retail and always hoped to one day own her own business.   In 2011 she realized this dream with the purchase of the Heart of Iowa Market Place.

“The great thing about the store is that I get to meet so many interesting people who are proud of Iowa and want to share that pride with their friends and family. We are a small business, but we reach people across the country and nationwide, leaving them a “Taste of Iowa”.


Abby Rodewald – Manager

Wisconsin transplant Abby Rodewald joined the Heart of Iowa team in March of 2017. Abby moved to Des Moines in 2012 after graduating with a Bachelors in Landscape Architecture degree from Iowa State University. Abby loves being active in the community where she currently serves as the President for the Young Professionals Connection. In her spare time, Abby enjoys being outside, whether it be biking, running, hiking, or taking her white lab, Emma, to the dog park.

“I’ve lived here quite a while now, so I know the pride that Iowans have in their state is something that really shines through. I also know what a unique opportunity it is to manage a venture as special as the Heart of Iowa Market Place”.