Sioux Falls Heritage Museums preparator Eli Show gets to work directly with all of the objects patrons see daily at the Old Courthouse Museum. Show is currently coordinating the next big exhibit, “Toys,” which opens November 29 from 5-8 p.m. and will be full of nostalgic toys from the 1920s through the 90s and 2000s.

Also a well known artist himself and one of the masterminds behind local band We All Have Hooks for Hands, 605 got to get a look at what a typical day in his life looks like.

I really enjoy stopping at Queen City Bakery before work or when I’m out running errands. I’m obsessed with their doughnut muffins. I’m currently working on my dad-bod, so I need baked goods.

I usually buy most of my clothes online, but if I’m looking for a good pair of “mom jeans” to lounge around in, I’ll hit up a few thrift stores. My OG faves are St. Vincent de Paul or Union Gospel Mission Thrift.

Being an artist and building exhibits for the Old Courthouse Museum, I constantly find myself at Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore. A gem of a place to find eclectic and cheap items for builds like industrial lighting, institutional furniture, and weird fixtures.

My wife and I live in central Sioux Falls, so we are always at The Co-op [Natural Foods]. Forever stocking up on Breaks Coffee, Breadico bread, and their made-in-store peanut butter.

When we eat out it is usually at Pho Quynh. Their pho plus iced coffee is the perfect combo.

I love seeing interesting art around town, and Ipso Gallery at Fresh Produce has by far the best curation. Always stretching what art and community can do in Sioux Falls.

I love live music, and my favorite place to go for that is Total Drag. It’s like seeing a house show with your friends. Very intimate shows that help build our music scene.

On First Fridays I’ll usually hit up Vishnu Bunny Tattoo & Piercing for some weirdness and Coffea Roasterie for something to drink.

During nights on the town, I love going to Carpenter Bar, and it seems like everyone else does as well. Best drinks in town.

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I lived in Brooklyn for 2 years.

I once performed the 90’s hit How Bizarre for actor Josh Hartnett and the lead singer of Phoenix

I’m a sucker for gummy anything. My favorite is the Albanese Mini Gummy Bears. The problem is you can only order them online, but, on the other hand, you can get them in 5 lb. bags.

Through a loophole I legally changed my name to Ely for like 2 years. Got it fixed in Brooklyn, back to being just Eli.

I am afraid of public speaking.

My email address straight out of college claimed my middle name was “Party.”





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