Bringing wine to school is typically frowned upon, but the team at Dale Valley Vineyard turned the rebellious act on its head: They brought a 19th-century schoolhouse to their vineyard. Nowadays, it serves as the tasting room for the vineyard that Cityview readers named the Best Local Iowa Day Trip for two years in a row. In the schoolhouse's single room, visitors sample award-winning wines such as White Schoolhouse—a catawba with citrus notes and an evocative chalkboard minerality—and V’s Berry, whose cherry and apple flavors commingle with raspberry and vanilla aromas. Live music entertains visitors most Saturdays from May through September, and the winery’s annual festival, dubbed Winestock, commences in July.
Backed by the Verizon Wireless network, Shock City Cellular's service stretches through the nation’s airwaves. To support this expansive service network, each of Shock City’s physical locations operates according to three core principles: provide great customer service, do business ethically, and commit to staff development. With these guiding principles, staff members can help customers customize the retailer's two-year plans to accommodate how often they text, use data, and talk on the phone. Staffers are also always on hand should patron’s need a hardware update, with a selection of accessories and phones from venerable brands such as Samsung, Droid, and Two Tin Cans and a String.
Eight types of grapes grow along twisting vines at Penoach Vineyard & Winery, a family-owned winery 12 miles west of Des Moines. Just meters away from the vineyard stands the winery's tasting room, housed within a restored barn originally built in 1917.
Visitors can lounge by the barn's flickering fireplace while sipping wine, or head to its covered patio to watch the sunset. Sipping options include varietals such as the semi-dry Iowa Frontenac Ros? and the Dallas County apple wine, which is made with locally grown apples and can be sipped hot or cold. Sweet and savory snacks, winery tours, and events such as live concerts are other reasons to visit.
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.