Spontaneous Boutique intertwines comfort and style with an eclectic stock of ductile yoga garments and designer apparel for women of all shapes and sizes. Customers can slip into a pair of i am Beyond yoga pants made from Supplex performance fabric for stretching and meditating in yoga class or sparking impromptu kickboxing battles for the last croissant ($59). A pair of DL1961 jeans ($149) swaddles knees in designer denim and can couple with a Red Haute top ($69) for flirty evening expeditions. With an OLovesM bag ($35), women can fashionably tote credit cards, car keys, and wallets or can fold into map pose and slip out of sight.
Me ‘n Mommy To Be owner Nettie Byerly understands little ones sprout in what seems like no time at all, so she eases the swift passage of time and inevitable outgrowing of clothes and toys with a stock of new and gently used items. Maternity wear outfits quickly growing bellies, and a vast selection of kids’ clothing for infants to teens—including designer brands such as Gap Kids, Abercrombie & Fitch, and Hollister Co.—covers fast-growing limbs. A rotating variety of toys are on hand to entertain youngsters as they move from a fascination with dinosaurs to an interest in tracking the fruit-snack futures market. In addition to toys for purchase, an in-store playroom packed with whimsical diversions occupies little ones as parents shop. Me ‘n Mommy To Be also rents strollers, cribs, car seats, and other child-friendly contraptions, letting parents test-drive different brands before making a purchase and helping grandparents prepare for energy-filled visits.
ZEN micro spa and salon’s highly trained and style savvy staff members snip and tousle locks to create masterfully chic cuts. Strands unwind in the lithe fingers of a mane maven who uses organic shampoos and conditioners to free hair from dirt, oil, and clown wigs before enlisting scissor-wielding hands to dance freely across cranial landscapes. After the attentive shearing, stylists employ a round brush to blow-dry locks into a smooth, voluminous finish or twist tresses into bouncy curls. For an additional charge not included in this deal, grooming genies can grant fancier finishes in the form of elegant braids, hair wraps, or extensive flat-ironing to smooth wrinkles from hair or forehead.
In 1966, Jack Miller founded a nursery. Originally, it was dedicated to landscaping work, but it slowly evolved beyond stocking a few shrubs in tin cans. Now, several shade houses occupy the land, and a bustling collection of northern-grown trees, shrubs, and perennials sprawls over 8 acres in the nursery. The landscaping services, which range from building garden walls and patios to arranging plants and outfitting geraniums with party hats for special occasions, include installation by specialists and instructions on self-installation.
Sticks sprung from humble origins when, in 1992, Sarah Grant began carving ornaments and candlesticks from birch, poplar, and driftwood in a small studio in Des Moines. As her work began to attract national interest and demand for it grew, Sarah enlisted the aid of other local artists and expanded her inventory to include handcrafted heirloom-quality furniture, whimsical sculptures, and intricate keepsakes.
Today, the artists’ work is showcased in more than 100 galleries across the country. Their installation projects have even decorated the walls of Blank Children’s Hospital, the Animal Rescue League of Central Iowa, and the student center at Iowa State University.
Sticks artists can often be spotted by the shores of local rivers, gathering driftwood for their work. They assemble the wood into custom-designed tables, beds, and armoires within their spacious, light-filled studio before painting them with colorful, whimsical designs, from smiling suns and moons to lush landscapes. The versatile artists even take their tools and paintbrushes to homes, businesses, and underground mad-scientist labs to craft custom art installations and interiors.