Friday, December 28, 2012

Chicago Dogs & Gyros at The Flying Wienie

This weeks Cedar Rapids is as fly as it gets.  We stopped by The Flying Wienie for a fast and scrumptious lunch.  

The Flying Wienie's building was originally a gas station back in 1929.  The structure retained its garage doors by integrating them as windows.  Much of the interior echoes back to an earlier era, too, with wooden floors, original architectural elements, and vintage character.

Airplanes galore hang throughout The Flying Wienie.  Parachutes and planes overhead.  Vintage prints and flight posters.  Vintage character is alive and well here, too.  Arcade games, an old gas tank, and retro chairs.  In the dining room, you can even play old-school PacMan or Mario while eating if you sit at one of the two arcade game tables.  

The Flying Wienie serves up a variety of sandwiches, hot dogs, and soups.  They also make their own Brat, Italian, and Polish sausages.  Haleigh ordered the (massive!) gyro and fries on the side, while I went for the famous Chicago Dog (a Vienna All-Beef dog topped on a fresh bun topped with mustard, dill spears, onion, tomatoes, relish, sport peppers, and celery salt) with fries.  We also got to sample two soups: chicken & dumplings and beef & bean.  Fast, filling, and delicious!

For the fans, The Flying Wienie even offers "Wienie Water" and lip balm sporting their catchy logo.  

Have a hankering for a hot dog?  The Flying Wienie is located at 103 8th Avenue SW (the corner of 1st Street and 8th Avenue, one block south of the police station) in Cedar Rapids.  For more information and a look at the full menu, check out The Flying Wienie website.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Have a Holly Jolly Christmas!

From all of our Haverkamp Properties locations,
we're wishing our residents and their loved ones
a holly jolly Christmas and happy holiday season!

Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Fired Up at Cactus Bob's BBQ

Who can resist mouthwatering, all-American BBQ?  Definitely not Haleigh and I.  While in Johnston, we zeroed in on Cactus Bob's BBQ Corral to feature as a Hot Spot that's literally... well, hot!  Cactus Bob's began as a love of competition style BBQ shared by two best friends, Robert Prince and Craig DeDecker.  For two years, the BBQ connoisseurs perfected their rubs, sauces, and recipes. Cactus Bob's opened in June of 2005 and has been serving up delicious, homemade BBQ ever since.

Enjoy the feeling of your tongue being on fire?  Cactus Bob's offers the popular Showdown Challenge.  For a $6 challenge fee, you attempt to eat a brisket or pork sandwich smothered with "showdown" sauce... in 10 minutes or less without taking a drink. Winners go down in BBQ history, get featured on the "Wall of Dangerous Eating Desperadoes," and receive a free Cactus Bob's t-shirt.

Haleigh and I went halfsies on The Big Pig (succulent sliced pork shoulder) and The Longhorn (tender Texas-style beef brisket) sandwiches. Plus, we gobbled up fries and slaw on the side.

Next time you get a hankering for BBQ, we highly recommend you head straight for Cactus Bob's located at 5955 Merle Hay Road in Johnston, Iowa.  To find out more about the restaurant's story, mouthwatering menu, and catering options check out the Cactus Bob's BBQ Corral website and give them a "like" on Facebook.

We're Still Taking Donations for Make-A-Wish Iowa!

For the past couple of weeks, our Haverkamp Properties offices have been raising funds to donate to Make-A-Wish Iowa.  Haverkamp will be matching every donation dollar for dollar to help make spirits bright and wishes come true for children in Iowa with life-threatening illnesses.  

So far, we have Ankeny in the lead with $163 followed by Des Moines with $95, Ames with $11, and Cedar Rapids with $3.  We'll still be accepting donations through the end of today so stop by your local Haverkamp office if you'd like to join in on the holiday giving!

Make-A-Wish Iowa Chapter

Ames Haverkamp Properties

Ankeny & Des Moines HP

Kirkwood Court & Campus View HP

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Providence Pointe West Donates Cardboard to Boat-Building for Summit Middle School Regatta Race

Providence Pointe West donated lots of cardboard to a local middle school.  Instead of throwing the cardboard away, Summit Middle School students will be recycling and refashioning it into boats for  it will be recycled and refashioned into cardboard boats for their 3rd annual Regatta Race.  The race is to be held this coming Friday.

Check out how happy we made these Summit Middle-Schoolers by donating the cardboard to their boat-building efforts!  (Photos provided by Summit Middle School.)

We wish the best of boat-building luck to these crafty students!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Gift Wrapping + Open House at Providence Pointe Tomorrow!

Join us tomorrow anytime between 8:00 AM and 6:00 PM for cookies, gift wrapping, and Christmas cheer. For a $5 minimum donation, we'll wrap your presents for you!  Or you can wrap your own presents at our complimentary gift wrapping station.  

We'll be saying farewell to Michelle and welcoming our new leasing agent Jane.  See you there!

Monday, December 17, 2012

12 Lovely Gift Ideas for Her

1st Row
The girly silk bows on these finger-less, knit mittens are absolutely darling.
Remind your best friend or sister to be "her own kind of beautiful" with this sweet print.
This gorgeous green pashmina infinity scarf does double duty as a cozy shawl.

2nd Row
Give the fashionista in your life several pairs of knit bootwarmers to peek out of her boots.
Brighten up the decor-lover's space with a colorful pillow cover like this floral beauty.
This red embroidery mini metal frame purse makes a pretty stocking stuffer for any girl.

3rd Row
These blue star flower earrings are lovely---and so is the tiny, handmade tree box they come in.
A burlap feedbag, floral-lined purse is perfect for toting to-and-from campus in style.
Your friend or sister won't dare misplace these too-pretty-to-lose rose bobby-pins!

4th Row
Help the organizer get 2013 off to a fresh start with an ombre dip dye weekly planner.  
The bookworm techie will appreciate this Alice in Wonderland booksi for iPhone or iPod. 
Pamper her spa-style with a set of soothing lavender, sea salt, Macadamia nut bath bombs.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Come & See: Sneak Peek Inside Prairie Pointe

Prairie Pointe Student Living is the newest Haverkamp Properties community.  Construction began in 2012 and we'll be opening up August 2013!  Packed with modern luxuries, amenities, and perks, Prairie Pointe is designed for hassle-free, convenient, and enjoyable student living right next to the DMACC Ankeny campus.

The Ankeny DMACC campus is our neck of the woods.  For residents, that means a 120-second commute from the front door to class.  Besides being close to classes and campus events, residents will live nearby plenty of shopping, entertainment, and dining options.

Coffee-lovers can perk up with a cup of java from our coffee bar (at right). Just beyond that door and window at the back of the room is a theater room!  A nearby popcorn machine ensures that moviegoers will never have to watch on an empty stomach.

There are lots of seating options in the clubhouse.  Residents can bring their laptops over and settle in at the wi-fi bar (at left), meet with friends around one of the round fireside tables, get comfortable on the wrap-around couch, or take a seat at the rustic wood dining table near the coffee bar.

During the cold months, residents will enjoy cozying up to the blazing fireplace while lounging on the comfy, wrap-around couch.  The couch is outfitted with conveniently located USB and electrical outlets for charging laptops and other devices.   

Modern, industrial, and rustic design come together in the gorgeous Prairie Pointe clubhouse.  The inviting space offers plenty of options for studying, socializing, and relaxing.  Residents can hit the books, hang out with friends, drink coffee, catch a movie, go tanning, or get a workout here.

Prairie Pointe Student Living spaces feature beautiful laminate hardwood flooring in the living room, tile in the bathroom and kitchen, and carpet in the bedrooms.  The kitchen is stocked with two refrigerators, too.

Living rooms at Prairie Pointe come furnished with a stylish, modern, microfiber couch and loveseat as well as a wall-mounted, 50'' LCD HDTV television, sleek coffee table, and four bar stools.  

Follow Prairie Pointe Student Living on Facebook to stay up-to-date on all the exciting developments and news about our newest Haverkamp Properties community!