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.).
Putt-putters of all ages can bask in the soothing, phosphorescent splendor of a Glowgolf mini-course as they navigate their illuminated golf ball through glowtopia. Courses contain sights such as light-defying blush corals, incandescent fishies, and lush foliage. Each pass is good for three 18-hole games, giving golfers ample opportunity to out-maneuver any vividly bright and very alive windmills that may appear. Equipment is available on the spot, so you won't risk bending your own putter when you chase after that pesky, good-for-nothing, hole-digging, ball-stealing, and most likely hallucinated gopher.
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.
Nagle keeps home improvers improving homes with a full line of tools, building materials, and constructible constructables. Pound roof nails ($9.49/5 lbs.) into roofs or Barbie doll arms into chocolate bars with a 13 oz. fiberglass handle claw hammer ($16.49). Or keep dampness out of larger rooms with an Eva Dry wireless dehumidifier ($34.99), or a 10 lb. pail of Waterplug Cement ($16.49), which seals running water out of cracks with a nontoxic, nonshrinking formula. A handy window thermometer ($6.99) will help you remember what season it isn't, while a fetching 20"x36" welcome mat ($25.99), will encourage visits from loved ones or mailmen any time of the year.
Backyard Candle Co. owners and votive lieges Tricia Whisler and Linda Messer hand-pour 100% soy candles into attractive container sets of numerous sizes (5–16 ounces, $7.99–$15.99). Before getting their candles, guests take in wafts of the scent menu, which drifts with 50 different aromas that include the sweet Pink Sugar, the delectable Coconut Cream Pie, and the soft Country Clothesline. Lotions and shower gels douse bodies in fragrances (two for $15.99), while tarts ($1.50) and scented room and linen sprays can be used to freshen up an office or mask the scent of a secret horse stable ($4.99). With creative graphics and images, Papaya cards greet loved ones with a nod toward style and a nudge toward creatively abandoning the envelope ($2.50). Under its vintage pressed ceilings Backyard Candle Co. also stocks a vast array of rotating eclectic home decorations.
Real Deals on Home Decor stays open two days a week, a rarefied time frame that suits its weekly changing collection of funky, one-of-a-kind clocks, wall art, lamps, mirrors, and other adornments. Every Thursday and Saturday, owners Danielle and Angela open the shop's doors to customers scouring the land for curious knick-knacks or creative holiday decorations. The domicile-decorating spot also carries Coaster Occasional chairs.