Iowa Outdoor Products harbors a staff of experienced landscape designers and nursery staff to guide yard sculptors through various aesthetic accessories that can beautify their outdoor space. Customers can opt for a free design consultation for their yard, whether they’re hoping to fill an empty pot with a rainbow of perennials ($3.95+), or help the dog hide car keys under a new selection of shrubs ($34.95+). More ambitious lawn design can benefit from the panoply of hardscaping and waterscaping supplies. Meanwhile, fragrant bags of hardwood mulch ($35/cubic yard) protect against pesky weeds, and a soft cushion of topsoil ($35/ton) can help rusticate bedrooms.
According to the photographers at Jones Image Design, a successful photo shoot captures not only an image but a unique essence as well. That's why they prefer to hold detailed, in-person consultations at their studio before each session. After designing a wholly customized experience, they may snap candid shots of laughing infants sitting side by side, a family walking near a placid lakeshore, or a high-school senior posing in both casual wear and glamorous attire. They even guarantee that anyone who isn't charmed by the resulting images will receive a refund or new pictures.
In addition to their commercial, family, and senior portraits, Jones Image Design hosts photography classes. These lessons tutor beginners on the basics of working with an SLR camera, from snapping still frames of a model to shouting the specific types of cheese that elicit a bigger grin.
Since 1932, Lumbermen's family of businesses have aimed to fulfill their motto of bringing quality to life—expertly cutting stone for projects including the face of The Village of Ponderosa, PF Changs, Scheels, Fleming's, and a tiny fireplace for Barbie’s upscale dream house. Their most recent store, Fireplace and Stone Center, specializes in hardscaping materials as well as stone veneers for home and commercial façades. The center’s vast display area also boasts an array of outdoor-living merchandise, such as outdoor fireplaces, kitchens, and stylish patio furniture.
The staff at Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt strives to bridge the gap between rich, creamy desserts and icy varieties of frozen yogurt with their self-serve offerings. Healthy treats come in more than 60 inventive yogurt flavors, ranging from classic tart and grapefruit to snickerdoodle and white-chocolate raspberry. After guests fill their cups with as many flavors of yogurt as they please, they can load up desserts with fresh fruits, cereals, and Oreo cookies from the expansive self-serve toppings bar or the emergency Oreo pouch attached to their belt.
Meander beneath the leaves of the more than 30,000 trees that grow at Bentley Ridge Tree Farm & Nursery, and you’ll see pines and serviceberry bushes. The sprawling 30-acre farm is home to more than 20 different species of locally grown trees, along with five varieties of shrubs. A team of attentive farmers cares for this lush forest, paying special attention to the plants’ roots to ensure they grow to be healthy and strong.
Attached to the glitzy show rooms and sports-car-stuffed lots of BMW Des Moines, European Motorcars keep automobiles in top condition with meticulous detailing packages. Technicians treat wheels and paint jobs with coats of Black Magic Tire Shine, wax, and clay-bar treatments that remove blemishes to create a bright, glossy sheen that dazzles friends and blinds enemies.