Since its humble beginnings in 1935 as a small health-food store that specialized in yogurt, GNC has evolved into the world's largest specialty retailer of nutritional products. The chain's more than 4,800 retail locations throughout the country stock numerous vitamins and supplements, all of which meet the company's strict standards for truthful labeling, ingredient safety, and product potency. They carry supplements that aid in sports nutrition, protein intake, diet, digestion, and beauty. Equally as dedicated to customers' shopping experiences as it is to product quality, the company created GNC University, an online learning platform, to help staff members bone up on nutrition and fitness knowledge. The knowledgeable sales associates field questions about everything from weight-management plans to stacking supplements for optimum earlobe strength. GNC Ankeny is located in front of Super Target.
CL!X Portrait Studios permanently preserves memories of mugs by locking them away in digital time capsules. Today's photo-fashioning deal leads you straight into a private studio, in which a quick-clicking shutterbug will turn the camera's eye in your direction and rack up a collection of 40 or more shots. Then, the photographer will help models choose their three favorite high-resolution images, ensuring no one picks a photo plagued with red eyes, exposed tongues, or ghosts giving you rabbit ears. Pictures come with full copyright release and are delivered promptly, often catching up to you on the same day as the shoot.
Hoping to provide their energetic children with a healthy alternative to video games, a group of local Des Moines parents came together to create The Playground for Kids. Its 9,000-square-foot facility abounds with inflatable play structures, towering slides, and a colorful treehouse jungle gym complete with tunnels and secret coves. In between clambering up and down play structures, youngsters scamper to the onsite concession stand to refuel with hot dogs, popcorn, and fruit cups. Throughout the year, the indoor playground plays host to themed events, such as Easter egg hunts or wacky sock. The center also offers up its facilities for private birthday parties and rents out its bounce houses as attractions for special events or reenactments of the of the last scene from The Three Little Pigs.
For licensed massage therapist Christopher Hulsebus, the hands are a just a small part of the massage experience. The Amma Shiatsu practitioner incorporates the forearms, knuckles, and elbows to alleviate deep-seated pains and counters constricted muscles with stretching techniques. Christopher also pulls from six other modalities—including Swedish, deep tissue, and prenatal—during sessions that take place within a tranquil, private room.
The aestheticians at The Cutting Edge pamper the fingers, foot-fingers, and faces of their guests with attentive services. Manicures treat damaged digits to a careful filing and shaping, and a cleansing soak reaches under nails to shed accumulated grime and old phone books. Once properly groomed, cuticles receive a meticulous application of fresh nail polish, while feet anxiously await their own, parallel beautification.
Zen Salon for Men’s lock clippers earned the Chicago Reader’s 2008 Best Hairstylist for Men award with their quick, deft coiffure crafting. Each Cut on the Go kicks off with a shampoo, lulling shaggy locks into a false sense of security before scissors and razors shape them into high-and-tight fades, precisely clipped mops, or business-ready looks. Gents relax in black leather thrones surrounded by exposed-brick walls and hardwood floors as they gaze upon Zen’s flat-screen TVs in the elegant salon devoid of typical frills and atypical tin-foil doilies.