Accomplished photographers at Clix Portrait Studios capture elegant portraits of families, children, and beloved pets in their sophisticated studio. During sessions, the photographers put subjects at ease to lure out genuine smiles, natural-looking poses, and honest opinions about cheese. In addition to snapping classic-style portraits, the informal sessions provide the opportunity to customize shots with props or the inclusion of a favorite pet dressed in its favorite floppy hat. At the studio, clients can migrate from photo shoot to design center to turn their images from pixels to photo books, gift cards, and other portrait-bearing crafts with optional assistance from staff members.
Hoping to provide their energetic children with a healthy alternative to video games, a group of local Des Moines parents came together to create The Playground for Kids. Its 9,000-square-foot facility abounds with inflatable play structures, towering slides, and a colorful treehouse jungle gym complete with tunnels and secret coves. In between clambering up and down play structures, youngsters scamper to the onsite concession stand to refuel with hot dogs, popcorn, and fruit cups. Throughout the year, the indoor playground plays host to themed events, such as Easter egg hunts or wacky sock. The center also offers up its facilities for private birthday parties and rents out its bounce houses as attractions for special events or reenactments of the of the last scene from The Three Little Pigs.
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.
Unlike many of its competitors, CCW Pros is not necessarily interested in selling you a handgun. In fact, many of the family-friendly business's beginner-level courses are designed with safety in mind, catering both to those who own their own firearms as well as to those who may never purchase one. In doing so, the instructors cover basic handgun-safety principles such as how the fight-or-flight instinct can affect variables in self-defense situations and the benefits of the Center Axis Relock technique. At the same time, they foster a non-intimidating environment that welcomes teens and seniors.
At Heart of Ankeny, Dr. Stacey Munger and her staff care for family dogs and cats. The expansive space includes boarding facilities, an in-house laboratory, and exam rooms. Inside these rooms, Stacey and her staff provide preventative services, such as vaccination and microchipping, and even offer monthly prevention plans. The staff also keeps teeth clean with dental care and offers routine and elective surgeries, such as spaying and neutering, declawing, and minor orthopedic procedures.
Drawing upon eight years as a U.S. Army Ranger and a career in Washington state law enforcement, Larry R. Kolontar teaches students the skills and knowledge necessary to safely own a firearm. During his two- to three-hour sessions at Common Sense Firearms Training, the NRA-certified instructor maintains a low-key, unintimidating atmosphere where students can feel comfortable asking questions. Though catered to women, his class imparts basic firearm knowledge to any pupil, ranging from proper grip to care and maintenance.