Local Services in Des Moines

$135 for $300 Toward a Holiday Party for up to 15 people including Set-up, Table Preparation and Decor

Uptown Event & Design

Redeem from Home

$300 $135

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$79 for an Online Oracle Database Administration Course from e-Careers ($840 Value)

e-Careers

Online Deal

$840 $79

Online course covers skills needed to install and maintain Oracle databases; earn an Oracle-certified professional certificate at the end

$39 for a One-Hour Boudoir Photo Shoot at Kliks Photography ($95 Value)

Kliks Photography

Downtown Des Moines

$95 $39

All-female photography team has captured sensual images during boudoir photo shoots for more than 1,100 women

$69 for CompTIA A+, Network+ and Security+ IT Certification Training Bundle from Career Academy ($1,485 Value)

Career Academy

Online Deal

$1,485 $69

Online courses with video instructions help IT professionals attain certifications in networking and corporate security

120-Minute Photo Shoot with Up to 50 Edited Images at Angelo Scharf Photography (75% Off)

Angelo Scharf Photography

Redeem from Home

$150 $38

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$113 for $375 Worth of Lifecycle Photography — Shea McGrath Photography

Shea Mcgrath Photography

Redeem from Home

$375 $113

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$8 for $15 Worth of Pet Care — Leah's Pet Sitting

Leah's Pet Sitting

On Location

$15 $8

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

Basic or Senior-Portrait Photo Package with Copyright-Released Digital Images from Indelible Images (Up to 68% Off)

Indelible Images

On Location

$150 $49

On-location photo shoot captures families or high school seniors; includes copyright-released digital images on CD

$99 for a Complete Cisco Certification IT Network Training Bundle from IT University Online ($3,295 Value)

IT University Online

Online Deal

$3,295 $99

Bundles contain hands-on exercises, multimedia presentations, and exam simulators to help students prepare for CCNA and CCNP certification

$20 for a 30-Minute In-Studio Shoot with One 8"x10" Print at Craig Carroll Photography ($100 Value)

Craig Carroll Photography

On Location

$100 $20

This photo studio boasts 30 years of experience and specializes in senior and graduation photos

$12 for $25 Worth of Dry Cleaning at Crisp and Clean Dry Cleaners

Crisp and Clean Dry Cleaners

Easter Lake Park

$25 $12

Dry cleaners lift out dirt and stains from fabrics with eco-safe solvents and soft water

$99 for an IT Database Admin Online Training Bundle from Database Training Academy ($3,595 Value)

Database Training Academy

Online Deal

$3,595 $99

More than 150 hours of training in all areas of database technology ranging from SQL to Oracle

Two-Hour On-Location Family Photo Shoot for Up to 12 or 12 or More from The Suburban Paparazzi (Up to 70% Off)

The Suburban Paparazzi

On Location

$280 $109

Photographer Kevin Russo snaps shots of families during on-location sessions that yield a disc of digital images and three prints

$99 for a 90-Minute Photo Shoot with One 8”x10” Print and Five 4”x6” Prints (70% Value)

Black Dress Boudoir

Des Moines

$327 $99

Husband-and-wife team empowers women to strike poses that capture their sexy, seductive side during private photo shoots

Select Local Merchants

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.

521 E Locust St
Des Moines,
IA
US

In Stuart Alexander's perfect world, every garden is a wonderland. Blades of grass form an undisturbed carpet of green, flowers burst with intense color and fragrant smells, and trees provide shady havens for weary travelers. Now, after spending years as an event planner and designer, Stuart works his artistry outside as part of 5th Room Landscapes. Working with seasoned landscapers and garden experts, Stuart's team oversees all facets of domestic plant life, from designing and installing gardens to maintaining creations throughout all seasons yet to come. Their spaces are as usable as they are beautiful, encouraging homeowners to spend more time barbecuing in the summer, leaf-peeping in the autumn, and protecting the yard from territorial hockey players in the winter.

323 E Locust St
Des Moines,
IA
US

Originally opened in 1927, the Genesee Theatre slowly deteriorated over the course of the century until its closing in 1989. But starting in 2001, a $23 million cash infusion from the city allowed 120 volunteers to restore the theater to its Gilded Age splendor. Its elegant trappings include authentic wall fabrics, an exact replica of the original marquee, and a 2,200-pound chandelier that gently spotlights the grand lobby and every audience member passing underneath to show how everyone is a star if you really think about it.

1501 Woodland Ave
Des Moines,
IA
US

The thread scrubbers at Dixie's eradicate stains and rejuvenate garments with the help of environmentally friendly processes and materials. The devoted frock fresheners invigorate apparel with a locally produced starch—made from Iowa corn-starch—that is water soluble, clear, and tastes great with a buttery topping. Future businessmen can prepare interview ensembles by cleaning a suit ($12.35) and shirt ($2.25) or go casual by donning a pair of slacks ($6.25) and their favorite business poncho. Fashionable femmes can enrobe themselves in newly freshened blouses ($6.40), skirts ($8.95), and dresses ($12.85). Large-scale hamper harvests can be divested of dirt with wash and fold laundry service ($1 per pound), whose by-the-pound pricing makes it an ideal way to refresh cellophane sweaters and tin-foil tuxedo jackets.

3401 University Ave
Des Moines,
IA
US

The year was 1902, and young Edwin Thomas Meredith was about to get married. His grandfather had a special nuptial gift to give: a handful of $20 coins to buy a controlling interest in the family newspaper, the Farmer's Tribune. Attached to the paper's debt-filled finance sheet was a note that said "Sink or swim," so E.T. Meredith strapped on his proverbial scuba flippers. Just over a decade later, subscriptions for Meredith's debut magazine Successful Farming were up from 500 to more than 500,000. In 1922, the company launched Fruit, Garden and Home—renamed Better Homes and Gardens in 1924—and a publishing powerhouse made its national debut.

More than a century after its founding, Meredith Corporation remains rooted in the old-fashioned ideals that E.T. held to on his wedding day. Their line-up, however, has evolved to suit the times. Alongside Better Homes and Gardens, Meredith publishes the wellness-oriented cooking magazine Eating Well, regionally focused magazines such as Midwest Living and Country Life, and the Spanish-language monthlies Siempre Mujer and Ser Padres. Of course, they stick with the stuff that works, too. Successful Farming is still going strong, and Talkin' Bout Talkies only folded last year when silent pictures made a comeback. Rooted in the past, but always reaching toward the future, Meredith's magazines keep old traditions alive and vibrant.

1716 Locust St
Des Moines,
IA
US

The handlers at Iowa Reptile Rescue handle reptiles and amphibians with attentive foster care. While their reptilian guests vary, the shelter may house tokay geckos, bearded dragons, and russian tortoises, as well as the occasional orphaned rose-hair tarantula or a velociraptor who's burnt out after years of typecasting. Once animals are deemed ready for reentry into loving homes, the staff adds the animal to their list of current adoptables. To help fund their operation, the Iowa Reptile Rescue team organizes events, such as benefit concerts, and recruits the support of local business sponsors.

3800 Merle Hay Road
Des Moines,
IA
US