Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Prairie Pointe Student Living at Discover DMACC Days

Last Friday on January 25, Prairie Pointe Student Living set up shop at Discover DMACC Days.  Here, students could stop by our booth to get a sneak peek of what the apartments will look like and pick up information.  

Love rustic?  See that dark red barnwood display?  The Prairie Pointe clubhouse's ceiling is covered in the same barn wood!  When combined with modern and industrial touches, the clubhouse will have a cool and cozy atmosphere perfect for hanging out or studying.

Kacy Bass (On-site Resident Manager and Leasing Agent) and Michelle Ogden (Community Manager) hang out at our booth ready to answer questions and provide information on Prairie Pointe Student Living.

Prairie Pointe Student Living was a hit at Discover DMACC Days in Ankeny.  

We hope know you'll find Prairie Pointe Student Living as refreshing as Kacy does!

Discover DMACC Days occurs at the Ankeny DMACC campus Student Center on these dates:
Feb. 9, 2013, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. 
 Mar. 29 2013, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. 
 Apr. 10, 2013, 5:30-7 p.m. 
 Apr. 12, 2013, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. 
 Apr. 19, 2012, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Students and parents enjoyed food and refreshments at Discover DMACC Days.

 After checking out our booth, students and parents could cross the road to visit our mobile leasing office.

 Have we piqued your interest?  Check out the Prairie Pointe Student Living website for more information!

Friday, January 25, 2013

Lunch Date at The Cafe in Ames

Looking for an unforgettable dining experience in Ames?  Look no further than The Cafe.  Located at 2616 Northridge Pkwy in Somerset, The Cafe believes that "good food, good drink, and good company are some of the most rewarding ingredients life has to offer."  

The Cafe specializes in serving up an ever-revolving menu of unique, exciting, and tastebud-pleasing dishes as well as decadent pastries and deserts for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

The Cafe doesn't overlook the little details... like serving water in elegant glass bottles.  We started off our lunch with the Daily Bread, a petite baguette with butter for spreading and flavored olive oil for dipping.  

For lunch, Haleigh couldn't resist ordering a beloved comfort food: macaroni and cheese.  The Cafe's Mac N'Cheese is a scrumptious, combination of three cheeses and macaroni with toasted breadcrumb topping.  Salad green and garlic bread comes on the side.  I opted for one of today's specials: Cranberry Salmon.  Everything was delicious, of course!

Read more about the restaurant's story and check out the online menu on The Cafe's website.  To keep up-to-date on new dishes, events, and specials, "like" The Cafe on Facebook.  (Just be prepared for stomach growling when their mouthwatering photos pop up in your feed!  Don't say we didn't warn you...)

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Inspiration Board: Vintage Industrial Loft

Love the look of an urban loft?  Do exposed brick walls, galvanized metal surfaces, and city views make you swoon?  Just because your apartment is located in a small town doesn't mean it can't have big city style.  We've rounded up 20 items to integrate into your space to achieve that vintage, industrial, urban look that is oh-so-very cool.  Industrial and vintage decor is popping up in stores all over the place, but you'll also find treasures at architectural salvage dealers, vintage stores, thrift shops, and garage sales.  Mix different metals (iron, copper, bronze).  Combine different textures (brick, burlap, rustic wood).  And include art and accessories that call to mind city vibes (skylines, maps, street signs).  

Get the look: 

1. Pull a few metal work stools up to your kitchen counter/bar.  Don't worry about matching the shapes or colors.  The more eclectic, the better... as shown with this pairing of a round-seated stool with a rectangular stool.

2. Store everyday essentials within sight and close at hand using metal wire baskets. In the bathroom: bath, hair, and beauty products or toiletry items.  In the kitchen: olive oil, spices, oven mitts.  In the living room: remote controls or magazines.  

3. Keep cool and look cool with a vintage-inspired but totally modern fan like this oscillating, oil-rubbed bronze fan.  

4. In the bathroom or kitchen, lather up with soap from a mason jar dispenser.  

5. Scope out antique stores and Etsy for vintage city maps to hang on your walls as art.

6. Lighting choices may seem small, but make a big difference. Illuminate your desktop workspace with an industrial task lamp in a shiny, polished nickel finish.

7. Besides maps, typographic prints featuring simple quotes will blend in nicely with your urban-industrial theme without overwhelming or cluttering the walls.  

8. It's all in the details.  Ditch the standard electronic version and place a vintage metal alarm clock on your nightstand instead.  

9. Stow away dvds, chargers, extra office supplies, and even toiletries in small metal trunks or lockers.

10. Enjoy your cup of coffee or tea in style... drink it from a white porcelain cup rimmed with bold, cast iron gray.

11. Swapping out your plastic hampers in favor of industrial mesh hampers is a small feat that will make even your dirty laundry look more citified and chic.  

12. Avoid any fussy, floral, or frou-frou patterns on your textiles.  Instead update your floor with a rug featuring clean lines, bold stripes, and masculine tones.

13. To spruce up the couch or bed, opt for burlap or linen pillows printed with mechanical or vintage illustrations.  

14. Use gears as sculptural art or accessories throughout your space.  These industrial gear bookends are ideal.  

15. Don't have a bustling, urban landscape outside your window?  Instead, outfit your wall with a large photograph of your favorite cityscape.  

16. A worn leather sofa or chair in warm brown tones or black will fit right into your "urban" apartment.

17. Look for rustic furniture made from salvaged industrial materials like carts and wagons, or that is inspired by such.

18. Street signs are perfect small-scale pieces of art for nooks and crannies in your place.  Hang one in the bathroom over the mirror or above the cupboards in your kitchen.

19. Brighten up with a vintage marquee sign that doubles as accent lighting and wall art.  (This arrow is a statement-making symbol, but marquee signs come in letters as well!)  

20. Wish your apartment had exposed brick wall?  Fake it a little with faux brick wallpaper.  Don't wallpaper your walls!  (That's probably not allowed in your lease.)  Instead, cut a large portion and frame it as big, bold art that calls to mind the brick walls you so envy.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Bento Boxes at Taki Japanese Steakhouse

For this week's Des Moines Hot Spot, we paid a visit to Taki Japanese Steakhouse in Urbandale.  Located at 2677 86th Street in Westmark Plaza II, Taki has been serving up fresh sushi and teppanyaki since 2002.

The word "taki" comes from the Japanese term for "waterfall."  A large stone waterfall installment greets you upon entering the restaurant.  Diners can sit at a traditional booth or table or settle in at the sushi bar.  

We loaded up on several delicious items from Taki's menu.  For appetizers we started with hot, salted edamame and gyoza (pork and vegetable dumplings).  We both opted for bento, which are traditional Japanese compartment lunch boxes.  The bento boxes came with rice, salad, sushi rolls, and soup.  I went with the shrimp tempura and miso soup while Haleigh chose the chicken teriyaki and clear soup.  

To check out the full sushi, lunch, and dinner menu, visit the Taki Japanese Steakhouse website or Facebook page.  

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Haverkamp Properties Donates Over $750 to Make-A-Wish Iowa!

Back in early December 2012, we announced that Haverkamp Properties would be raising money to make spirits bright and make wishes come true.  Our four offices (Ames, Ankeny, Cedar Rapids, and Des Moines) came together to donate funds to Make-A-Wish Iowa.  From December 7th through 21st, employees and residents donated $377.80.  Haverkamp pledged to match the donation total dollar for dollar... bringing us to a grand total of $755.60!  Natalie, Director of Special Events for Make-A-Wish Iowa, stopped by our Ames office today so that we could hand over the check.  Pictured above: Brent Haverkamp, owner of Haverkamp Properties, presents the check to Natalie of Make-A-Wish Iowa.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions.  Making wishes come true, the foundation enriches the human experience and spirit with hope, strength, and joy.  The Iowa Chapter grants the wishes of Iowa children ages 2 1/2 to 18 years who qualify with a life-threatening medical condition... in all 99 counties of Iowa!

Thank you to everyone who donated and supported our fundraiser to make spirits bright and wishes come true!  

Monday, January 14, 2013

Emerald: Pantone Color of the Year

Every year, Pantone selects one color to trend over them all.  Last year, we received a much-needed energy boost from Tangerine Tango. In 2013, we're seeking balance, harmony, and well-being in vibrant, verdant Emerald.  

"The most abundant hue in nature, the human eye sees more green than any other color in the spectrum," said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute.  "As it has throughout history, multifaceted Emerald continues to sparkle and fascinate. Symbolically, Emerald brings a sense of clarity, renewal, and rejuvenation, which is so important in today's complex world.  This powerful and universally-appealing tone translates easily to both fashion and home interiors."  (-Pantone website)

Precious stones. Rolling fields. The Emerald City. (The Wizard of Oz was onto something...)  Lucky clovers. This hue deserves to come out for more than just St. Patty's Day and Christmas.  This is Emerald's year.  And there's no better time than winter to start bringing the color into our interiors to remind us of the lush spring and summer to come.  

Whether you're looking to turn your apartment into an all-out Emerald City abode or just add some accents of verdant color here and there, here are 15 ways to bring shades of green into your home:

1. Swap out your plain old end table for one in a bold hue, like this green LACK side table.

2. Go a step further with an attention-grabbing coffee table like this slim cocktail table in green that can be used indoors or outdoors.  

3. Collect perfume bottles, remote controls, and other clutter (or treat yourself to breakfast in bed) on a lacquered square serving tray in evergreen.

4. Switching up your bedding makes a big change in your bedroom with minimal effort and cost.  We love this SMÖRBOLL duvet cover and pillowcases.  

5. The turning of the new year is an ideal time to get organized.  And these Clover cabana bins will do just the trick.  Made of tightly woven plastic, they'll go anywhere and store anything from magazines and school supplies to toiletries and pantry items.  (The pretty green pattern is a plus, too!)

6. We love the cozy idea of an LED flameless candle flickering in this gorgeous, old-fashioned glass.  

7. Don't you just love love love green?!  Express that adoration with this 8x10 Love Stencil typography print.

8. Shake things up with the salt and pepper. This pair of retro shakers will make a cute addition to your kitchen counter while adding a pop of green.

9. Coffee tastes even better when sipped from a stylish mug... like this bistro ribbon mug with green and white stripes.

10. Love an expanse of green but can't paint the walls?  Throw down this dark green wool rug for instant color saturation and chic style in your living room or bedroom.  

11. Pillows are an easy, inexpensive way to bring color and pattern into your space without totally committing.  (You can swap them in and out as you like!)  We're crushing on this floral green-and-cream pillow for a feminine feel and this abstract zebra-print pillow for a little more pizzazz.

12. Impress guests by serving up martinis in these emerald glasses.  (They'll be green with envy over your hostess-with-the-mostess or host-with-the-most skills!)  

13. Scavenge antique stores and thrift shops for old bottles made of green glass.  They'll look great lined up along your bookshelf or mantle. 

14. Looking to spruce up your bathroom?  Ditch the boring white towels for a little bit... and bring in vibrant green towels instead!

15. Since our properties are located throughout the wonderful state of Iowa, we can't help but swoon over this sweet Iowa print. It's perfect to share with your significant other, best friend, or a roommate that became a close buddy.  

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Q&A: What do I need to know about renewing?

Depending one which property you live in and when your current lease is up, the start of the new year may mean you need to start thinking about renewing.  There are several perks to renewing your current lease.  For one, it can benefit you financially since you won't need to come up with another security deposit for a new apartment and new lease elsewhere.  Another blessing is not having to move!  Moving out of one place and into another can be stressful, time-consuming, and costly.  On top of those reasons, our different properties have additional incentives for you to renew the lease and continue calling Haverkamp Properties your "home sweet apartment."

We checked in with our property managers in Cedar Rapids, Ames, Ankeny, and Des Moines to see what they had to say about renewing.  


What do I need to know about renewing?

Aaron Hill, Kirkwood Living & Campus View Manager (Cedar Rapids)

"It is time to start making plans for next year. If you renew by March 15th 2013, you will receive our lowest prices and protect yourself from a rent increase. If you would prefer a different apartment or roommate for next year, we can provide you with options. Advantages to renewing include hassle-free living and utilities included. Plus, you won't have to worry about moving! We also have renewal specials going on for residents who return the sign leases by March 15, 2013. Stop by the office or call 319-363-8388 with any questions or to get the renewal process started."

Dave Hyman, Ames Property Manager

"For those of you unfamiliar with the Ames rental market, it is already that time to ask residents about their renewal intentions for August 2013. We have several incentives in hopes of keeping you as a resident in our Ames communities. Have your housing needs changed?  Enjoy the convenience of staying with Haverkamp Properties and ask about our $100 Transfer Bonus! If you're planning to move but will be remaining in the Ames area, please remember that we have over 550 studios, 1, 2, 3, and 4 bedroom apartments and townhomes to choose from throughout Ames. Short on Money? No need to find extra funds needed for a new deposit. Haverkamp Properties can transfer your existing deposit to your new apartment. Why pay the extra expenses to move to another company? Stay with us and find out how we can save you money.  We have a special Fun Money promotion for renewing as well! Stop by our office and talk to one of our friendly leasing agents to find out the Fun Money promotion, renewal deadlines, leasing rates and terms, and anything else you have questions about."

John Peterman, Des Moines Area Manager

"In the Des Moines and Ankeny area, our office will typically provide you with a renewal invitation about 2 months prior to your lease and date. Within the renewal invitation packet there will be material pertaining to any current specials that we may be offering and other important information that we would like you to be aware of. Additionally, there is an enclosed form for you to fill out and return to us stating your plans for renewing! Be sure to read through all of the information provided for you. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your renewal invitation, be sure to contact the leasing office for more details.  If you decide that you will not be renewing your lease with us, the renewal invitation will serve as a reminder for you to provide us with your 30-day written notice. You are required to provide us with a full 30-days written notice prior to moving out. Remember, notices are not prorated so they must be received no later than the last day of the month preceding your last month of occupancy. You should have about a month from the time that you received the invitation to submit your notice to us! Keep in mind, if you have any specific questions regarding your renewal, do not hesitate to contact the leasing office for more information!"

Thanks to our expert property managers for their information and insight!  We hope you'll be renewing your lease with us and call Haverkamp Properties your "home sweet apartment" for another year!

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Construction Zone Tour

Construction at our newest Haverkamp Properties community is moving along!  Yesterday Robert J. Denson, President of DMACC, took a tour of Prairie Pointe progress along with members of our Haverkamp team: Brent Haverkamp, Todd Wuestenberg, Michelle Ogden, Corey Harms, and Kacy Bass.

Above, Todd explains to President Denson how the clubhouse will be set up. 

The clubhouse construction is coming together!

Drywall has gone up in Prairie Pointe units. This is a kitchen area picture above!

More photos of the construction process at the Prairie Pointe site.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Antique & Vintage Decor at Tangerine Zebra

This week we're featuring a local Hot Spot that serves as a great shopping destination for decorating your apartment.  Located at 219 Main Street, Tangerine Zebra is new to the Ames downtown district and has turned out to be a real gem since opening in July 2012.  

The shop sells antiques and vintage decor.  It's packed with plenty of fabulous furniture and accessories to deck out your place... as well as lots of inspiration when it comes to decorating and accessorizing a space.  

Overhead hangs an illuminating array of antique chandeliers, vintage ceiling lamps, and industrial lighting revamped and fashioned by owner Robert Hague.  

Love vintage and retro?  You'll find it here.  Bottles of all sorts: milk, perfume, medicine.  Mason jars.  Vases and Depression glass.  Vintage clocks, fans, and typewriters.  It's all here and for great prices.

Besides furniture and decor accessories, the store also offers a dazzling case full of vintage and antique fashion accessories.  Clutches, pocket watches, cuff links, and sunglasses.  And a big variety of jewelry including necklaces, watches, rings, bracelets, earrings.  (We had quite the hay day trying on all the lovely rings!)  

Whether you're a devoted collector of vintage signs, typewriters, fans, or cameras... Or are just looking for a unique dresser, ceiling light, or picture frame to set your place apart from the rest.  Tangerine Zebra should definitely be at the top of your list for a Main Street shopping excursion.  

Be sure to check Tangerine Zebra out on Facebook and give them a "like!"  (The shop just passed 400 likes and will be holding an in-store promotion when it hits the big 500!)  

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Inspiration Board: Snowed In

For this board, we looked to the outdoors... specifically the blanket of white snow.  Creamy ivory, crisp white, and soft grays come together to turn your space into a wintry wonderland.  

1. Sheers aren't just for summertime.  Let the winter sunlight in with flowing ivory curtain panels

2. Make wall art seasonal and bring in scenic, wintry artwork like this snowy landscape print.  

3. Spruce up the sofa with a pretty pillow featuring an icy scene such as this frozen river cushion.

4. Alabaster or bust. We love the look of integrating a classic white bust into your decor.

5. Can't get enough of the snow?  Throw snowflake pillows onto your bed for a lovely touch.

6. It's a New Year and this "Be Awesome" print can serve as a New Year's Resolution inspiration.  

7. Vintage white accents like this alarm clock will have a place in your space any season of the year.

8. Hey there, Gorgeous. We think you need this simple, mood-boosting print somewhere in your place.  

9 & 10. What can we say?  Snowflake pillows are just too pretty to have just one.  

11. These tall, LED, flameless, pillar candles in white are elegant and flicker like the real deal!

12. Keep jewelry or trinkets in this classy white box by Nate Berkus for Target.

13. Display a favorite holiday photo in this shabby chic, cream-hued picture frame.

14. Get organized and keep clutter at bay for the New Year with these multi-sized ivory baskets.  

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy 2013!

Hope you had a fun, safe, and very happy New Year!  Cheers to 2013!