For licensed massage therapist Christopher Hulsebus, the hands are a just a small part of the massage experience. The Amma Shiatsu practitioner incorporates the forearms, knuckles, and elbows to alleviate deep-seated pains and counters constricted muscles with stretching techniques. Christopher also pulls from six other modalities—including Swedish, deep tissue, and prenatal—during sessions that take place within a tranquil, private room.
Since 2000, the Remodelers Council of Greater Des Moines has sponsored the Tour of Remodeled Homes, a journey through area homes that have undergone design and construction transformations. This year’s tour highlights 13 residences of different styles, ages, and price ranges, with projects that ranged from kitchen updates to full remodels. At each stop on the tour, the remodelers will be onsite to answer questions, and most of the sites will also have representatives from the sponsors or suppliers who worked on the projects. All of the featured craftsmen are members of the council, and this year’s flipbook gives a preview of their handiwork.
Lawns Plus Inc.'s licensed and insured technicians nurture the turf surrounding homes and businesses. These qualified landscapers protect trees and grass plots from insects and drought with pest control and irrigation systems and feed hungry lawns by spreading fertilizers with baby spoons. During the winter months, technicians also shovel snow and hang holiday lights.
Dog Days & Cat Naps maintains a welcoming environment where pets can feel safe and secure while away from home. The knowledgable staff watches over dogs, cats, birds, and other animals of all sizes with its boarding service and offers half-day and full-day daycare options. It also keeps pets clean with various bathing packages, some of which include care for nails, ears, and glands.
Mojos on 86th gives time-tested classics a contemporary twist, serving up a menu of locally sourced, seasonally shifting dishes. A generous lunch spread sports selections such as Wirth Farms lamb sliders ($10), laden with roasted shiitake mushrooms, roma tomatoes, and herb aioli, snackily sided with sweet-potato fries. A pre-dinner starter of rock-shrimp ceviche makes a compelling case for heatless cookery ($12), and innovative entrees tout the tastiness of flame-kissed, neighborhood-grown ingredients. Flavorful options include Iowa-raised pork medallions, served with savory chorizo-raisin bread pudding and ample lip-smacking flavors ($21). Vegetarians can seek beyond the salad horizon with crispy caramelized-onion and wild-mushroom polenta cakes with tomato and basil ragout ($19). The dessert menu offers continually shifting flavors, ensuring flighty sweet teeth are kept on their toes.
Open 24 hours a day, The Laundry Place conserves customers' time with speedy dry cleaning and attentive wash-and-fold services. After sorting laundry orders into piles of similarly colored items, friendly staffers pretreat stains and bathe clothes in a luxurious lather, which can be customized with a favorite detergent, softener, or smoothie mix-in (a small fee may apply; call the shop for details). One to two days later, duds return to their owners washed, dried, and folded. The dry-cleaning team evicts spots, smells, and wrinkles from a wide variety of garments, including wool suits and silk wedding gowns. Hangers are available for purchase upon request for most services, and coin-operated laundry machines regale guests with ocean sounds and legal advice as they clean T-shirts and sheets.