The Niabi Zoo houses 900 animals from 160 species hailing from a quintet of continents on its 40-acre grounds. Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, this Midwestern menagerie abides by rigorous standards for bird and beast welfare. Traverse the educational trails, sighting zebras, ostriches, and giraffes trying on oversized bowties in the African exhibit or large cats such as the jaguar, leopard, and bengal tiger. The Niabi Zoo also protects 200 acres of area land for native wildlife preservation and bocce-ball tournaments.
Art & More provides a plethora of options for Hawkeyes fans to display their devotion without resorting to elaborate Alan Alda tattoos. Hang a locker-room jersey print on a wall or coat rack ($29.99), or spot yourself in the crowd of the Kinnick Stadium triple-view print ($24.99). Baseball, basketball, and racing fans can find abode adornments at Art & More, as can the non-athletically inclined, with architecture, humor, inspirational, vintage, and movie prints also available. Art & More will custom frame any artwork for an additional fee, saving the trouble of licking the backs of posters before pasting them on envelope-thin walls.
A nationally respected decluttering outfit that’s been buzzed about on Dr. Phil and CNBC, 1-800-Got-Junk? hauls away any unwanteds that can be lifted by two able-bodied picker-uppers. After booking your appointment by calling on the phone or lighting your rooftop trash beacon, an expert team arrives at your home in timely fashion to survey the loot and give an estimate based on volume. Flat fees are assessed per truckload, starting from $134 for an eighth of an 8'x10' truckload and increasing incrementally to $478 for a full load. Click here for a full list of the items that qualify for removal.
Saplings and shrubs sprout from Land of Lincoln Tree Farm and Nursery's rich soil, which has nurtured greenery for yards, parks, and arboretums alike for more than 22 years. The founding father-son team oversees acres of trees, including deciduous varieties, such as english oaks, October Glory maples, and cherry trees, which can only be chopped down by a pair of wooden teeth. Evergreens, such as blue spruces and junipers, as well as silky dogwood shrubs, round out the leafy collection.
The team at PPG Pittsburgh Paints has dedicated 90 years to sprucing up homes with its revered brand of vivid paints, stains, and primers. Multiple sheens of Manor Hall ($61.38+/gal.) and Manor Hall Timeless ($67.65+/gal.) paint stand ready to replace previous exterior embellishments, such as presidential portraits painted in mustard. Sun-Proof, whose penetrating formula provides long-lasting UV protection ($58.41+/gal.), helps to prevent al fresco fortifications from cracking and peeling during super-soaker season.
Iowa Book outfits University of Iowa students and sports fans with UI-centric gear and books. Within the shop’s stacks, textbooks can be purchased, rented, or sold, and a host of newly released and signed books fuel extracurricular reading or book-fort-building sessions. Hawkeye supporters of all ages can announce their athletic allegiance by donning black-and-yellow apparel from brands such as Nike, Russell, and Under Armour, or doling out team-branded gifts such as jewelry, tailgating accessories, and holiday decorations.