If you’ve seen well-trimmed hedges or precisely cut patches of grass in the yards of greater Des Moines, there’s a chance you’re already familiar with the handiwork of the landscapers at Beautiful Lawns by Long's. The crew tackles all sorts of outdoor maintenance, trimming bushes and trees, fertilizing grasses, and cutting lawns down to size on a weekly or biweekly basis. In addition to caring for flora, landscapers also install fences, lay cement, and add stripes to parking lots and fallen barbershop poles.
Since 2005, Frontline Lawn & Landscapes has been breathing new life into grass and gardens with a range of lawn-care and landscaping-design services. Its seasonal approach to gardening incorporates several different collections of weather-specific services, such as snow removal in the winter, mulching in the spring and fall, and fluffing grass for comfortable picnics in the summer. Frontline's team of resident designers oversees small- and large-scale projects from conception to completion, from planting a single bush to re-landscaping an entire bocce court.
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.
Clean It offers a growing variety of cleaning services, including home cleaning, power washing, and gutter cleaning. Bonded and insured technicians clean each home from head to toe, making sure that windows, kitchens, gutters, and garage floors all sparkle. Technicians wipe both interiors and exteriors of windowpanes with home-safe cleaning products until they are free of dirt and streaks. Climbing their ladders higher, the technicians can also clean out gutters to remove clogs caused by leaves, mud, and stray bowling balls. When focusing on the interiors of homes, the crews clean kitchens, bathrooms, and bedrooms—wiping down counters and vacuuming floors during one-time deep-cleanings or regularly scheduled visits to keep homes ready for visitors.
Born of one woman's idea to create a store that is completely kid-centric and appeals to children, Simply for Giggles is a cheerful, welcoming place that’s filled to the brim with necessities for being young and bearing young. The stock crosses all categories and includes—but is not limited to—furniture, toys, books, bedding, strollers, diaper bags, bath supplies, and slings for wearing a baby or letting a friendly Yeti wear a baby. The Hedgehog Family hanging mobile ($29.99) gives children an alternative to counting sheep; the Snuggle Buddy Lambie ($23.99) gives them a sheep to snuggle; and Sandra Boynton's Bath Time book ($6.95) gives them information about bathing sheep. Simply for Giggles carries Little Twig organic baby-pampering products, as well as JuJuBe diaper gear.