The technicians at A+ Automotive correct misaligned tires and conduct thorough automotive inspections to ensure vehicles remain in pristine shape. During the approximately one-hour alignment and inspection, the shop's auto experts adjust the camber, caster, and toe of all four wheels, improving the perambulator's steering and ballroom-dancing abilities. After putting ball joints back on the straight and narrow, a 27-point inspection determines whether other maladies lurk within the car's crannies, safeguarding vehicles from unforeseen muffler mishaps or bouts of mechanical meningitis. Click here to check the shop's hours and a list of makes serviced for the smoothest, speediest experience.
At Skate South, wheeled boots are put to good use. Families and friends lace up pairs for roller-skating, speed skating, and roller hockey. To get even more out of their skates, they can also join roller-derby classes and host birthday parties at the rink. Those parties get festive with light sticks and pizza, as well as skate time with Skate South's mascot, Roller Roo. On Wednesday Ramp Nights, guests can even swap their skates for boards and grab some air.
Farm & City Supply's friendly staff dedicates itself to stocking empty garages and bathroom cabinets with name-brand tools, pet supplies, housewares, and farm equipment. Do-it-yourselfers can wrap their opposable thumbs around a vast array of hardware, such as a window shrink/seal kit to guard households against winter blasts or a new hammer to finally pound that unsightly tree stump back into the ground. Armor All cleaner ($3.59) brings out cars' shiny personalities and Purina-wild-bird chow ($18.95) keeps feathered-kitchen invaders at bay. A vast array of automotive supplies keep horseless carriages galloping smoothly. While perusing the aisles, patrons can feel free to consult Farm & City's staffers, who can locate items throughout the store using high-tech divining rods as well as answer any questions and dole out expert advice.
With more than 175 locations nationwide and more than 35 years in the business, Car-X Auto Service has earned a prime spot in the parking garage of quality car care and customer service. Started in 1971 by a team of seasoned muffler-shop owners, the service centers have blossomed from their beginnings as specialty exhaust shops to providers of nearly any repair or maintenance service imaginable, from installing performance-enhancing accessories to treating cars to therapeutic trust falls. In addition to promoting safety and long, healthy engine life with brake services and speedy oil changes, Car-X Auto Service reaches out to the surrounding community with regular philanthropic activities, such as recycling drives and participation in the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk.
Fleur Pet Hospital, helmed by veteran veterinarian Dr. Lisa Williams, provides comprehensive medical and dental care for small animals with an onsite surgical suite, a pharmacy, and radiology equipment. Beyond immediate medical needs, Fleur also offers dietary and behavioral counseling, flea-control programs, and day and overnight boarding - including an indoor area to accomodate pets rain or shine - , and their on-staff groomers can make pets look sharp for their next World Series of Puppy Poker final table.
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.