There's a reason why the sandwiches at Keller's Deli and Cafe have brought local customers and food critics back for seconds and thirds. Owner and head baker Cameron Keller studied artisan and sourdough baking at the French Culinary Institute in New York City, learning the ins and outs of classic European recipes. He begins his bordalais bread with a 100-year-old German sourdough starter to impart maximum flavor, and he tops the hot, chewy bread with deli meats. Of the house-brined corned-beef brisket, Cityview Food Dude Jim Duncan says, "No other corned beef in town compares for tenderness and flavor." And after biting into the thick slices of it on the reuben sandwich, the author of the Distilled Opinion food blog remarked, "I was amazed because I’d never had corned beef quite like this." Other sandwiches of note include the handcrafted meatloaf, which boasts ground beef and an apple-cider-vinegar tomato sauce. The outdoor patio is an ideal spot to read a book or construct a sun visor out of a baguette.
Operated by a family with more than 80 years of experience in furniture retail, Artis Home Gallerie outfits homes with opulent chairs and tables from upscale brands such as Stickley and Harden. Elegant interiors find the ideal appointments with leather or stylishly patterned sofas ($3,000–$3,600), and bodies weary from holding floors in place find comfort in chairs with intricate Morris upholstery and tiger-print styles ($1,900–$2,500). Knowledgeable designers squire visitors around geometric coffee tables bearing colorful glass vases and fluid sculptures, and a fanciful wine-barrel lamp ($625) illuminates abstract paintings and landscapes. Meanwhile, dining room tables admire their silky dark-wood reflection in mirrors framed by metallic curlicues.
Waukee Beds’ packed showroom displays a breadth of spine-supporting mattresses from brands such as Ideal Bedding, Symbol, and Serta. Memory-foam bed toppers—the store’s specialty—conform to body shapes better than a latex onesie, and contain pressure- and temperature-sensitive materials to ease tossing and turning. Helpful staffers make themselves available seven days a week and until 7 p.m. on weekdays to answer questions and help customers determine the ideal mattress fit for their sleep style, be it on their back, side, or with both eyes open. Also available for purchase, framed wall art, including prints and photos, hangs along the showroom’s walls.
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.
With members certified by the American Lighting Association, The Ar-Jay Center’s staff of seasoned illuminators shine a new light on hum-drum homes with stylish accessories including lighting, ceiling fans, and mirrors. Brighten shadowed corridors with the aerial radiance from an oil-rubbed bronze mini pendant light ($38), or pinpoint bodily smudges underneath the cascading effulgence of a three-bulb bath light ($47). Halogen desk lamps keep work on schedule with brilliant light and built-in clocks ($30); the blades of a bronze 52-inch ceiling fan supply rooms with the wind power required during hot summers or indoor parasailing practice ($75). The center's experienced design staff stands ready to assist with any furnishing inquiries, helping customers tease out the personality of otherwise bashful roosts.