Diamond Dreams Baseball and Softball Academy's athletic facilities double as classrooms for players of all ages. A 10,000-square-foot arena houses indoor pitching mounds, technique cages, and throwing tunnels with Iron Mike and curveball pitching machines. An adjoining 2,000-square-foot performance center caters to youth and adult development programs.
Helming these facilities, experienced instructors adhere to a philosophy known as Life-Sport-Connect. As implied by its title, Life-Sport-Connect emphasizes the link between athletics and the real world. As athletes learn how to maintain a positive attitude, work as a team, and douse their coach in sports drink, they develop virtuous characteristics that affect their personal lives.
Classes, workshops, and camps primarily emphasize baseball, softball, and football. Regular baseball tournaments provide game time between local and regional teams, and a chance to show off with home-run derbies and throwing competitions.
Acupuncture of Iowa's certified practitioners draw on their varied backgrounds in ancient Chinese medicine and athletic training to alleviate a cornucopia of modern ailments, such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, and back pain. After a presession assessment pinpoints the best pin points for your physical complaint—be it tennis elbow or a migraine from Iowa City's new "everything's fine" siren—Laura strategically places tiny ultra-thin needles in precise locations on the body, which stimulate a natural internal healing process. The relaxing treatment corrects any kinks in the body's energy flow, and Chinese herbs and traditional medicines help speed up the healing. The National Institutes of Health concluded in 1997 that acupuncture is an effective treatment for a variety of conditions, including asthma, allergies, and menstrual cramps.
Family-owned Sueppel's flourishes with an abundant selection of plants, flowers, and gifts, which are delivered seven days a week. Whether its an iris arrangement ($14.95) or an individual rose ($3.50), Sueppel's flowers add a vibrant accent to living rooms, kitchens, and nuclear fallout shelters. For the environmentalist who cannot deign to watch flowers wither, Sueppel's also supplies compositions of silk flowers ($29.95+). Holiday arrangements ($24.95+) embody this festive time of year by adorning yuletide tables with a fragrant display of wintertime flora, while the Sueppel's poinsettias ($11.95+) and greeting cards ($0.99) can add the final touch to holiday plans.
The same venue that hosts weddings and upscale dinners also welcomes established comedians and rock bands, making First Avenue Club a go-to destination for all manner of events. Inside, a full-service bar overflows with 12 draft beers, 40 bottled beers, and a wealth of mixed drinks. Further behind the scenes, the kitchen fires up hearty entrees such as roast pork loin and baked cod.
The staff at Varsity Cleaners wants to take the stress out of laundry day. Customers with a load of dirties can drop them off at any of nine area locations and have their clean clothes delivered free of charge. They can also escort their clothes to the laundromat, where for a few coins, the machines will wash and dry their garb without the use of a garden hose.
The licensed massage therapists at Massage Advantage dote on visitors with a slew of custom massage techniques, including Swedish, prenatal, and deep tissue. Armed with warm blankets and a credo to respect patients' privacy, therapists begin each 30- or 60-minute session with a discussion on clients' specific aches and ailments. Therapists can also haul their equipment to office buildings for workplace chair massages that help reinvigorate fatigued employees or stressed-out water coolers during 5–15 minute stints. Each succession of kneads is designed to alleviate stress, muscles soreness, and various medical conditions, such as high blood pressure.