Hello there! I'm Dina Bechman.
Five Monkeys Inc is my passion, I am a one woman show. I have finally attained a title I've tried to claim in many past jobs, C.O.E. - Chick Over Everything! I handle every detail of this business. I work hard, I believe in it and I want every experience at Five Monkeys Inc to be a positive one.
I have always been a creator. About 15 years ago I started painting on glass on reclaimed windows. My work is constantly evolving and it is one of my favorite parts of my life. The other favorite is my family. I have an amazing, supportive husband and five equally amazing children, four boys and one girl. My daughter is mother to my two grand-daughters.
I started Five Monkeys Inc in March 2014 in a little 400 sq ft, not so perfectly located, storefront on the west end of downtown Des Moines. In August of 2015 I moved to a new storefront seated in the community that I grew up in. In fact when I went to high school down the street my location was a restaurant where I'd come for lunch a couple times a week. September of 2017 I sublet half of my retail space to my oldest son and his business partner and they run an amazing vintage vinyl business called Rogue Planet Music.
I started this business not only as an outlet for my own work but to give other local artists a place to display and sell their work. It is also my goal to have Five Monkeys Inc firmly seated in the community connecting people with their creative side. I tend to host entry to mid level artists. Many artists will 'graduate' from here. I encourage it, I anticipate it. I want to help give them confidence, sales, marketing advice, connections to an audience and success.
I offer community events from freezer meal prep to free clothing swaps.
I foster everyone's creative side by offering classes.
I am truly thankful for all of my customers and the support they show my business and the artists I represent.