With more than 50 years of experience in the nursery industry, Dana Pike and her staff of experienced plant professionals, horticulturalists, and landscape designers guide home gardeners through 5 acres of plants, supplies, and accessories. Prevent newspaper deliverers from shattering another lawn sculpture of Andre the Giant with a shrub ($5.99+) from lines such as the Southern Living collection. Patrons can inject style and oxygen into interior spaces with one of many houseplants ($3.99+) or reward branchless swings with a tree ($16.99+). Knowledgeable gardeners can advise planters as to which annuals ($1.59+) will grow best in difficult yard environments with little shade or mounting evidence of an underground rabbit-run kitchen, and for an additional fee will plant any greenery purchased. The Family Tree Garden Center’s stock changes weekly. After perusing plants, soil, and gardening tools, patrons can visit the upscale gift shop for home-décor items ($4+). Budding ornithologists can delight in the wild-bird section with a variety of feeders, seed, and bird bungalows, sold with or without squirrel security systems.
The stylists at Trahvae Freraire Studio don't do haircuts. Rather, they specialize in precision "hair sculptures," along with an array of other color and styling services designed to unlock each mane’s hidden potential. The team performs Keratin Complex treatments that turn hair from frizzy to sleek, and nourishes damaged strands with custom conditioning treatments that leave hair less likely to eat in its sleep. Guests sip cocktails while talented hair artists soothe their scalps with acupressure massage and then go to work making locks more manageable with high-end products from brands such as Mizani and Aquage.
The studio is located in the historic Tone Mansion, where a sparkling chandelier and gold-framed mirrors give the space an elegant, classic vibe, and a fireplace makes an ideal place to swap scary stories about feathered bangs. In addition to making the world a more beautiful place one head at a time, the caring crew at Trahvae Freraire Studio has also participated in local charity events, where they donated services to benefit families in need.
Nestled in the heart of Des Moines’ revitalized Ingersoll district, Axis Salon & Day Spa unites a range of beauty specialists under one roof. Within the tranquil facility, the hair salon’s stylists, colorists, and extensions experts brush elbows with massage therapists, aestheticians, and permanent-makeup artists from the day spa, which pampers guests with facials, waxing, and nail services. Axis also schedules free hair-restoration consultations for customers in partnership with the Reese Hair Restoration center, which is home to the only Iowa physician certified by the American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery. Further beautifying their patrons, the salon stocks Rusk products so they can achieve lustrous hair or give the cat a mohawk at home.
At Blades Massage, Olygie Blades helps clients pick the massage treatment that best addresses their needs. Those suffering from emotional stress will find comfort in the relaxation massage, the athlete or chronic pain sufferer can benefit from a sports or deep-tissue massage, and the expecting mother may find her physical discomforts and emotional stress disappear during a prenatal massage. Besides customizing each treatment to her client's exact needs, Olygie takes other steps to ensure they are as comfortable as possible, including using a heated massage table and playing soft music during treatments.