Waukee Beds’ packed showroom displays a breadth of spine-supporting mattresses from brands such as Ideal Bedding, Symbol, and Serta. Memory-foam bed toppers—the store’s specialty—conform to body shapes better than a latex onesie, and contain pressure- and temperature-sensitive materials to ease tossing and turning. Helpful staffers make themselves available seven days a week and until 7 p.m. on weekdays to answer questions and help customers determine the ideal mattress fit for their sleep style, be it on their back, side, or with both eyes open. Also available for purchase, framed wall art, including prints and photos, hangs along the showroom’s walls.
Meander beneath the leaves of the more than 30,000 trees that grow at Bentley Ridge Tree Farm & Nursery, and you’ll see pines and serviceberry bushes. The sprawling 30-acre farm is home to more than 20 different species of locally grown trees, along with five varieties of shrubs. A team of attentive farmers cares for this lush forest, paying special attention to the plants’ roots to ensure they grow to be healthy and strong.
The blossom specialists at Coe’s Floral and Gifts arrange flowers for spontaneous gestures and a host of special occasions. A 12-stemmed pink-rose bouquet nests in a shapely vase with ample greens, and a dozen roses in assorted colors keep semioticians guessing. Tulips slap smiles on faces with 15 cheerful stems, and any buds in the store may be combined to create hypnotic palettes or floral supergroups. The store, which has been in business since 1932, hosts floral-design workshops on a variety of topics each month, including seasonal decorations and how to conceal a trebuchet in a bed of roses during a siege.
Since 1932, Lumbermen's family of businesses have aimed to fulfill their motto of bringing quality to life—expertly cutting stone for projects including the face of The Village of Ponderosa, PF Changs, Scheels, Fleming's, and a tiny fireplace for Barbie’s upscale dream house. Their most recent store, Fireplace and Stone Center, specializes in hardscaping materials as well as stone veneers for home and commercial façades. The center’s vast display area also boasts an array of outdoor-living merchandise, such as outdoor fireplaces, kitchens, and stylish patio furniture.
Award-winning Reiman Gardens—a public enclave nearing its centennial—blankets 14 acres in lush flora and fauna. Equipped with a supporter membership, families consisting of two cohabitating adults, children under 17 years of age, and wisecracking imaginary friends can frolic amongst well-manicured natural resources for a full calendar year and commemorate their jaunts with discounted souvenirs and educational programs. The sprawling facilities encompass numerous courtyards and flower patches, dotting the verdant landscape with a breathtaking glass conservatory and a butterfly house packed with up to 800 colorful winged arthropods. With enough space to accommodate a new botanical adventure each visit, members can spend one sojourn observing the serenity of Lake Helen and another admiring the garden's collection of vintage Rose Parade floats during a saunter through the rose garden.
Mattress Firm's large selection of beds from such brand names as Sealy, Simmons Beauty Rest, and TempurPedic ranges from the soft, cushy Direct Milan pillow top (starting at $398) to the firm-and-supportive Direct Havana (starting at $178). Browse the full selection on Mattress Firm's website using an Internet connection and Internet-ready navigation device.
The fauna enthusiasts at SunGreen Lawncare and Landscaping turn flat, lackluster lawns into scenic vistas with fetching botanical designs. Then they maintain the masterpieces by mowing, fertilizing, overseeding, and aerating landscapes. To keep yards hydrated during sweltering summer months, they install irrigation systems and help spirit water to the root systems with aeration services. They also eradicate invasive plants by trimming tree branches, extracting trunks, and plucking weeds. As soon as snow covers lawns and flower beds, they trade in their mowers for shovels and plows to keep walkways free of ice and loitering snowmen.