Carpetland USA drapes floors in high style with a wide selection of tiles, laminates, hardwood, and carpets from popular brands such as Shaw, Mohawk, and Mannington. Carpets can tie together a stuffy walk-in closet (starting at $0.89/sq. ft.), and vinyl acts as a bulletproof vest for kitchens prone to blender explosions and bullet spills (starting at $0.79/sq. ft.). Alternately, homeowners looking to catch feet with hardwood can choose from a range of exotic woods, including acacia and tigerwood (starting at $4.99/sq. Ft.).
After handing off household duties to her stepdaughters in order to teach them the responsibilities of maintaining a home, Stephanie Howard longed for the feel of a sudsy sponge in her hand rather than relishing the break. Thus, she opened The Dusty Daisy Green Cleaning Service, and along with her insured and bonded crew including twin sisters Heather Smith and Holly Smith, she scrubs the gunk from inside clients' bathtubs, mops floors till they shine, and ousts dust bunnies from underneath beds, among other cleaning services. The team also uses eco-friendly cleaning products to ensure services are gentle on pets and kids, handling regularly scheduled cleaning sessions as well as one-off appointments before or after events or for move-in or move-out cleaning.
Sponges and brushes glide across unfinished works of art beneath shelves brimming with more than 150 forms and 60 glazes at The Potters’ Obsession. Visitors thumb through inspiration books and wield stencils to color and paint mugs, bowls, and Gumby when he is going into witness protection. In the art-dappled space, warmth bleeds from a kiln, where the staff completes pieces and locks glazes into a sleek finish. The Potters’ Obsession also hosts special events, birthday parties, and painting packages to help Girl Scouts and Brownies to earn art badges.
The expert mechanics at Hill Motorbikes service 50cc–250cc mopeds and scooters from companies such as Lance Powersports, Puma Cycles, and BMS MotorSports. Safety-conscious riders can pick up a new helmet from the store to defend their craniums from bumps, scrapes, and segway-riding sharks ($50–$100), or order an oil change that douses engines and rear ends in lubricant to keep street prowlers purring ($35). Bike bosses kick off tune-ups with a test drive to check on-road performance before cosseting crafts with an oil change, a sparkplug replacement, and an inspection and adjustment of the valves, carburetor, brakes, and clutch ($75). Hill Motorbikes' knowledgeable staff can also dispense useful advice, such as how to winterize your bike by teaching it to hibernate in a hollowed stump.
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.