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.
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.
For helping them feel so much better, Cityview readers picked Blades Massage Therapy for the Best Massage Therapist award in 2012. The Blades Massage Therapy partners express their passion for improving the well-being of others by using relaxation, deep-tissue, and couples massages to help their clients unwind. In addition, they offer sessions on a thermal massage bed, which infuses the body with infrared heat.
Licensed cosmetologist Sammy’s hair-color education spans the country, with trainings at both Wella Academy locations in New York and San Francisco. Not wanting to offend either coast, she has settled nearly smack dab in the middle of the country, where she dispenses expert cuts, color, updos, and perms inside Studio S. Sammy also tickles toes during pedicures and detaches face fuzz using a vat of warm wax.
At Sunsation Spa, a team of highly trained tanning consultants assists patrons in choosing from a succinct yet diverse selection of UV tanning beds. Twenty-minute sessions in the SunStar bed gently tan unsunned skin, and the 48 lamps and quartet of facial tanners in the SolarForce beds maintain golden hues in 12 minutes or less.