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Raygun

400 E. Locust
Des Moines  Iowa  50309
United States
103 E. College
Iowa City  Iowa  52240
United States
(515) 288-1323
(319) 248-1258
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Midwest Living Review

Hannah Agran
We dare you not to burst out laughing when you see the clever T-shirts in this hip East Village boutique.

Kudos to the marketing team who comes up with the slogans for Raygun. These T-shirts are just plain hilarious. True, most of the tees are inspired by Iowa stereotypes, but by mocking the people who mock the Hawkeye state, they somehow fuel enormous community pride. One of the most popular shirts simply says “Des Moines. Hell yes.” Another cleverly mixes up Ohio, Iowa and Idaho—a common mistake of coastal-dwelling Americans.

You’ll see Raygun shirts at the farmers market, at downtown festivals and anywhere smart, interesting people with a good sense of humor are hanging out. For folks living in Des Moines and Iowa City (where a second Raygun recently opened), they've almost become something of a cliche. No matter. They're darn funny and a fantastic souvenir from the state that's (and we quote) “just outside the middle of nowhere.”

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