Sportsplex West helps serious athletes and recreational weekenders train, practice, and compete year round in a modern, indoor sports facility. The 36-foot high, 1,050 square foot rock-climbing wall allows climbers to strap safely into harnesses and muscle their way up using ropes and footholds. Friendly and knowledgeable staff members are on hand to address questions of all types, from clambering queries to crises over what color to paint the neighbor’s dog. Put Everestine ambitions into action with the all-day rock climbing pass and scale the massive monolith at your own pace, or choose the six-month pass for half a year of unlimited scrambling.
Ready to heft furniture and boxes seven days a week, the uniformed teams from Iowa Moving 1 shuttle out to homes or offices across central Iowa. Once there, they load customer-provided moving trucks with the efficiency of an Olympic Tetris medalist, maximizing the use of space while protecting loads with furniture pads and securing them for transit with tie-downs. Though clients provide and drive their own trucks, the movers tote along their own dolly and a set of tools for disassembling beds or taking mirrors off dressers.
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.
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.
At Matthias Arabians, seasoned horse trainers Leon, Lon, and Kim Matthias teach visitors the art of steed steering in a scenic setting. In one-hour riding lessons, students of varying equine aptitude can take the reins of safe learning mounts, absorbing instructors' wisdom until their horses glide over terrain as smoothly as refurbished hovercrafts. Topics covered may range from horse-care fundamentals to proper discipline or mastering a stately trot, but all are presented with expertise and a sense of humor.