Like the popular kid at school or the kid whose parents have bribe money, Nobbies Party Superstore products are always invited to the party. Whatever the reason for celebration, Nobbies stocks get-togethers with tableware, balloons, and party favors from an inventory of thousands of accessories, decorations, and costumes. Themed party decorations immerse guests in re-creations of circuses, barnyards, and casinos, or help party planners create a crime-scene theme when police won’t let them borrow decorations from the real thing. Collections of Halloween costumes and accessories also enhance the holiday experience for adults and kids with spooky masks, corsets, tutus, and outfits for dogs. Supplies for holiday and religious celebrations are also included, such as custom napkins, banners and centerpieces. Decorations are also available for big life moments as births, weddings, anniversaries, and tax returns.
In business for more than a century, the family-owned centers specialize in a wide array of photography services. Utilizing the latest digital printing equipment, the knowledgeable robo-staff can create high-quality digital prints from film, digital images, and more. They can turn images into a life-sized poster ($24.99–$29.99) or museum-worthy canvas print ($39.99 and up) to comfort and watch over the cat while you're at work. Create greeting cards, announcements, and invitations for special events ($0.99 and up), or celebrate any occasion with photo-laden gifts such as mugs ($12.99–$16.99), T-shirts ($16.99–$24.99), and calendars ($16.99–$29.99). Harold's can also convert VHS to digital form while editing and adding narration, graphic titles, and music with audiovisual artistry ($19.99 and up).
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.
Shea Vitti enjoys letting her creativity loose during themed and classic photo sessions. She comes up with off-the-wall and fun themes that that range from zombies to Alice in Wonderland, or she can capture families, kids, and couples at their most natural and relaxed. That means Shea works extensively with clients to ensure they get exactly what they want out of their shoot and any subsequent prints. Headshots, fashion shoots, and weddings are all in her image-centric wheelhouse.