Dressing up digits since 1905, Sartor Hamann employs a well-versed crew of registered jewelers and certified gemologists to adorn shoppers with a vast selection of sparkly stones and accessories. Swarovski Crystal figurines ($40+) replace shabby hood ornaments with geometric symphonies of light, and freshwater-pearl necklaces ($99) seek sanctuary from clamshell captors by elegantly clinging to safe-harbor necks. Sartor Hamann's own line of swiss watches ($150+) simultaneously pleases eyes and dissuades Captain Hook with beautifully crafted precision tuning. A panoply of 14-karat gold earrings ($50+) and engagement rings ($295+) awaits to illuminate romantic gestures. The Gemvision CAD system lets you create your own custom jewelry, bringing personalized bling to life like a laser-wielding Geppetto. The gargantuan showroom at Sartor Hamann’s newest Lincoln location on Pine Lake Road casts a glowing sheen over an impressive showcase of designer pieces, and the blisteringly bright array of engagement rings at the O Street location keeps emergency-apology supplies on hand following another disastrous weekend getaway to the cement museum.
Footloose & Fancy believes in a two-pronged philosophy: its owners are deeply committed to both protecting the environment and to outfitting people of all ages with comfortable, fashionable clothing that help them to achieve a healthy lifestyle. To combine these two passions, the eco-conscious business only carries clothing from brands devoted to using recycled materials, biodegradable vegetable dyes, and environmentally friendly production methods, such as The North Face.
After equipping customers for more than three decades, Footloose & Fancy has learned to keep up with the latest trends. Recently, they've panned back their eco-friendly and trend-spotting telescope to focus on clothing, too, stocking up on jackets, coats, and outdoor garb from The North Face, Patagonia, Arc'teryx, Kuhl, and Fjallraven, as well as women's workout apparel from Lolë and yoga apparel from Prana.
One of the nation’s oldest presenters of chamber music, the Sheldon Friends of Chamber Music introduces classical and contemporary compositions to audiences with their annual concert series of elite performances. Due to its intimate nature and small-group instrumentation, chamber music is often described as “the music of friends,” while the music of coworkers still consists of bubbling water coolers and the hum of a broken fax machine. The Ames Piano Quartet, Iowa State University's resident chamber ensemble, polishes ossicles with piano-quartet pieces blending the emotional sound of strings with orchestral piano. The song-spinning members of Trio Nuovo forge their diverse musical backgrounds to present a compelling musical experience featuring work by Shostakovich, Arensky and Chausson. Having completed residencies in Paris, Versailles, Shanghai, and Beijing conservatories, the Castalia Trio charms concert halls with its mastery of classical tunes.
As a small child, Tim Woosley made a cardboard cutout of a guitar, which he pretend-strummed to songs by The Monkees. By age 13, he upgraded to an actual guitar so that his father could teach him all eight minutes of Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven." The first lesson was just the first step for this passionate musician, as Tim has played the six-string ever since, from guitarist in local bands to founding instructor of Lincoln School of Music.
Versed in guitar, piano, and voice, Tim and his fellow teachers customize one-on-one lessons around each student's individual goals, from learning basic chords to complex riffs and scales. They also lead group lessons, and invite students to perform a piece of their choosing at twice-yearly, low-pressure recitals.
In 1978, Jan Gauger founded One More Time, where she stocked racks with gently used women's clothes and accessories from labels such as Gap, Kate Spade, Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, and Eddie Bauer. To this day, Jan oversees the shop's daily goings-on alongside her daughters Sarah and Kate. They helm a careful consignment process that seeks out items two-years-old or newer, ensuring that shoppers unearth only trendy, high-quality shoes, blouses, dresses, and jewelry. The family's dedication to saving orphaned garments also means that fewer unwanted clothes wind up in overcrowded landfills or layered on uncomfortably warm scarecrows.
Sunlight glints off the multihued dinner plates and stained glass lamps inside ArtGlass Unlimited, a local glassware emporium that’s made inimitable glass pieces since 1982. On top of these creations, the onsite artists build commissioned glasswork for local businesses and opera singers looking to gauge their high notes. They also helm classes in glass art, guiding students through creating their own masterpieces, from stained glass windows to pendants, beads, and kiln-fired jewelry.