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.
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.
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.
Sticks sprung from humble origins when, in 1992, Sarah Grant began carving ornaments and candlesticks from birch, poplar, and driftwood in a small studio in Des Moines. As her work began to attract national interest and demand for it grew, Sarah enlisted the aid of other local artists and expanded her inventory to include handcrafted heirloom-quality furniture, whimsical sculptures, and intricate keepsakes.
Today, the artists’ work is showcased in more than 100 galleries across the country. Their installation projects have even decorated the walls of Blank Children’s Hospital, the Animal Rescue League of Central Iowa, and the student center at Iowa State University.
Sticks artists can often be spotted by the shores of local rivers, gathering driftwood for their work. They assemble the wood into custom-designed tables, beds, and armoires within their spacious, light-filled studio before painting them with colorful, whimsical designs, from smiling suns and moons to lush landscapes. The versatile artists even take their tools and paintbrushes to homes, businesses, and underground mad-scientist labs to craft custom art installations and interiors.
Mattress Firm's large selection of beds from such brand names as Sealy, Simmons Beauty Rest, and TempurPedic ranges from the soft, cushy Direct Milan pillow top (starting at $398) to the firm-and-supportive Direct Havana (starting at $178). Browse the full selection on Mattress Firm's website using an Internet connection and Internet-ready navigation device.
Born of a marriage between Wright Tree Care and Heard Gardens, Wright Outdoor Solutions corners yards with a wide range of outdoor services and industry expertise stockpiled since 1928. Boasting a cornucopia of professional affiliations, including certification by the Iowa Society of Landscape Architects and the International Society of Arboriculture, the team handles a range of greenery groundwork. Landscape design starts via tree care, which can include pruning, controlling disease and infestation, or cleaning up after a treehousewarming party. The company's garden center lets green thumbs choose from many flower, shrub, and decorative options, and proffers expert advice to help bring envisioned environs to fruition.