The friendly staff at Zen Spa Lounge—located in The Sedgefield Shoppes between Marisol Restaurant and Blossoms—pampers clients with a lengthy list of massage, skin, and nail treatments. Therapists knead away tension and improve immune systems with deep-tissue massages and reflexology treatments. Aestheticians customize four kinds of facials to combat acne, dehydration, and dullness, perking up treatments with specialty masks full of football-movie pep talks and vitamins A and C.
CL!X Portrait Studios permanently preserves memories of mugs by locking them away in digital time capsules. Today's photo-fashioning deal leads you straight into a private studio, in which a quick-clicking shutterbug will turn the camera's eye in your direction and rack up a collection of 40 or more shots. Then, the photographer will help models choose their three favorite high-resolution images, ensuring no one picks a photo plagued with red eyes, exposed tongues, or ghosts giving you rabbit ears. Pictures come with full copyright release and are delivered promptly, often catching up to you on the same day as the shoot.
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.
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.