Monday, December 24, 2012
Following our mostly local theme, Patch suggests these Waukee area small businesses for your last-minute holiday shopping.
Yikes! You haven’t shopped for her yet? She’s been doing all this work to get the household ready for Christmas and you’re still still wondering about what to get her? Husbands and other men – and we say this with absolute love and affection for the male gender – have a reputation, earned or not, for waiting until the last minute. Trust Patch. This. Will. Get. You. Off. The. Hook. First off, buy her some flowers. For today, not for Christmas Day. You have serious ground to make up. A holiday poinsettia — say, from Waukee's Earl May Nursery — is a great choice and you should definitely buy one and present it as a thoughtful gesture, a prelude to the prelude to the prelude to the real gift. Say something like this, “Gee, honey, with all you’…
Saturday, December 10, 2011
Whether you're looking for a small gift for your favorite teacher or a garage filled with tools, you can find it here in Waukee.
1) Pin Oak Gallery: If you're looking for personalized customer service and a great selection of unique gifts, Pin Oak Gallery is the place to find it. They have a little bit of everything from jewelry, home decor, artwork, candles, holiday items and so much more. They also offer free gourmet coffee, home design consultation, gift wrap, gift certificates and even shipping and delivery. Pin Oak is on the downtown Waukee Triangle at 405 Sixth St. 2) Classic Floral Design Want to send flowers or balloons for the holiday season? Look no further than Classic Floral Design. The flower shop specializes in flower arrangements, plants and balloons but also carries a small selection of gifts and decor in their shop at 450 Sixth St. 3) Waukee …
Monday, November 7, 2011
A budding opportunity in Waukee 21 years ago led Lyn Schafer to set up shop. Today, on the day of her 21st anniversary in town, she couldn't be happier.
An anchor in the business district of the Waukee Triangle, Lyn Schafer set up shop at Classic Floral Design in Waukee 21 years ago today. She says she can’t imagine doing anything else. “I’m not very good at sitting still,” Schafer said. After graduating from high school in Davenport, Schafer moved around the country, eventually settling down in the Des Moines area. She quickly found out roughly 40 years ago that she didn’t like sitting at a desk and that working in a floral shop was a better fit for her. The move to Waukee was a relatively snap decision. After seeing a for-sale ad for a floral shop in Waukee, Schafer took a look. “On Sunday we talked, by the next Friday I had a flower shop,” Schafer said. “It was time to move on, to do …
Thursday, October 27, 2011
There's more to decorating for Halloween than just carving a pumpkin. We decided to shop Waukee for some spooky good ideas to deck the halls this Halloween.
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- Jody Gifford
Thursday, October 27, 2011
It used to be that come Halloween night, you bought a 99-cent paper pumpkin, taped it to your front door, put out your jack o'lantern and called it a holiday. Not so much anymore. These days, folks are going to great lengths to deck the halls with Halloween splendor that no paper pumpkin could possible compete with. According to the National Retail Federation's 2011 Halloween Consumer Intentions and Actions Survey conducted by BIGresearch, seven in 10 Americans will celebrate Halloween this year, the most in its nine-year survey history. The average person will spend about $72.31 on decorations, costumes and candy. More people than ever before will stock up on decorations for the home, spending an average of $19.79 per person, second only …