Snug in your bed, you awake with a jolt to a mysterious thump. Tossing aside the covers, you tip-toe out of your bedroom to investigate the sound. You hear another thump, and your heart races—it's coming from the attic. As soon as you pull down the stairs to climb up, a bat swoops down with a screech. But this is no horror movie—this is a pest-control problem.
Owner Aaron Steen knows just how to get those spooky critters out of homes safely and efficiently. He and his team of experts inspect the property for gaps, install eviction valves that allows bats to escape (but not reenter), and provide cleaning and sanitization of the indoor space as needed. They even offer a three-year guarantee where they will return to treat the structure whenever necessary.
A well-rounded company, Smart Pest Solutions can handle more than just bats. With their deep knowledge of local pests and free consultations, they can develop a customized treatment plan to handle everything from spiders and ants to hornets, cockroaches, and even raccoons.
There's a reason why the sandwiches at Keller's Deli and Cafe have brought local customers and food critics back for seconds and thirds. Owner and head baker Cameron Keller studied artisan and sourdough baking at the French Culinary Institute in New York City, learning the ins and outs of classic European recipes. He begins his bordalais bread with a 100-year-old German sourdough starter to impart maximum flavor, and he tops the hot, chewy bread with deli meats. Of the house-brined corned-beef brisket, Cityview Food Dude Jim Duncan says, "No other corned beef in town compares for tenderness and flavor." And after biting into the thick slices of it on the reuben sandwich, the author of the Distilled Opinion food blog remarked, "I was amazed because I’d never had corned beef quite like this." Other sandwiches of note include the handcrafted meatloaf, which boasts ground beef and an apple-cider-vinegar tomato sauce. The outdoor patio is an ideal spot to read a book or construct a sun visor out of a baguette.
City Furniture outfits abodes with furniture, mattresses, and an array of artwork and household accents. Its sizable showroom is stuffed with bonded-leather couches, dressers, button-tufted sofas, and handcrafted hardwood TV centers, all illuminated by an array of lighting fixtures beaming from shelves and tabletops. A variety of twin-, queen-, full-, and king-size mattresses fill the imagination with thoughts of nighttime slumber, also inspiring customers to take quick naps after rigorous afternoon wing-eating competitions.
The technicians at Tree Needs Tree Services care for flora throughout the Des Moines area. Staffers wield saws and clippers as they prune trees and shrubs down to size, and use hydraulic lifts to remove dead foliage or give hard-to-reach branches high-fives. Tree Needs also clears away debris and damaged branches after storms and other weather events.
Color Store stocks a 3,600-strong rainbow of Benjamin Moore shades, which spans a wide array of indoor and outdoor formulations, including low-odor and quick-drying paints. The shop's helpful associates guide patrons through every step of the paint-selection process, taking into account desired colors, finishes, and the room's previous experience as a cover model for Better Homes and Gardens. Quick-drying, eco-friendly Aura paints ($65.99/gal.) glaze walls in 144 complementary hues that resist fading and color ruboff. Coats of ben low-VOC, interior or exterior paint ($34.99/gal.) give new life to a bedroom or lackluster front door, and Regal washable paints ($45.99/gal.) resist mildew and sponge down flawlessly after a day of indoor puddle stomping.