Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Apartment Pest Control

The thought of having unwanted pest in your home in an unsettling one.  Luckily there are several easy ways to prevent pests from attaching themselves to your property. Find more information on pest prevention and treatment  at domyownpestcontrol.com.

What steps can you take to keep your apartment pest free?

Keep the kitchen as clean as possible – The primary reason bugs decide to stay is easy access to food.

  • Wash dishes right after use
  • Wipe down counters tops consistently
  • Rinse and dry sinks at night to eliminate water source
  • Empty toaster crumbs and clean appliances
  • Thoroughly sweep the floor to get rid of crumbs
  • Mop at least once a week
  • Use a trashcan with a tight fitting lid

Get rid of clutter – the more clutter you have the more places pests have to hide.

  • Throw out old cardboard boxes
  • Eliminate unneeded papers or store securely
  • Don’t keep lose blankets, clothes, or papers on the floor – secure in containers
  • Get rid of unused items – clothes linens, food, and papers

Check for moisture problems.  Almost all pests need water to sustain itself.

  • Fix leaky faucets
  • Check for sweating pipes
  • Check seals around doors and windows for moisture

What’s the first thing to do if you already have pests?

Find the source.  Inspect your apartment thoroughly and look for anywhere pest can enter.  Look for gaps, cracks, or holes around appliances, cabinets, cables, doors, windows, and even under baseboards.  Also look for signs of pests like gnawed holes in walls, feces or urine.
Identify the problem.  It’s important to know exactly what kind of pest you’re dealing with.  Treatments vary drastically depending on the type of pest or insect.  You can usually identify pests from sightings or droppings.  If you’re unsure contact a professional before continuing.
Seal up any entry points you found with copper mesh, Pur black foam, caulk, hardware cloth or sheet metal.
Next choose a treatment that’s appropriate for the pest you’ve identified.  Here are some treatment methods for common pests.
Infographic from pestcontrol-phx.com
 Infographic from loveinfographics.com
For our residents we always recommend Ortho Home Defense, which can be purchased at Lowes, Home Depot, & Walmart and works very well for general pest control purposes. It's safe for pets and children once the product dries. IF a resident has attempted to treat themselves with no luck, we then encourage them to call the office so we can assist with their pest control concerns.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Style Spotlight: Hollywood Glamour

HGTV breaks down the glamour inspired Hollywood Regency style.  Get the scoop on why this style is associated with the rich and famous and where it all started.  Learn designer tricks on how to add some Hollywood glamour to your style. 

Hollywood Regency Style: Get the Look

When designers from Hollywood's Golden Age, like William Haines and Dorothy Draper, encouraged West Coast film luminaries to decorate their home with overtones of glitz and glamour, a new design style emerged. The 1930s Hollywood Regency style was a favorite of celebrities ranging from actress Joan Crawford to the future First Lady, Nancy Reagan.
Hollywood Regency design, however, is not a relic of the past. The over-the-top style is not just for the rich and famous; a modern version is surging in popularity, fueled by designers like Kelly Wearstler. Shawn Henderson, design director for the online auction site www.eBay.com, says there's no denying the high Hollywood style is back. "Hollywood Regency has spiked in sales," Henderson says. "Recently a William 'Billy' Haines cabinet sold on eBay for $7,500."
Not everyone can afford original Haines pieces, but elements of Hollywood Regency style are within reach for even the most budget-minded decorator. Here's how to adapt a few Hollywood Regency elements to your home decor.
Going Hollywood Regency is all about the details, says interior decorator and furniture designer Barclay Butera. "The wonderful fabrics, fringe on lampshades, chandeliers with crystals — Hollywood Regency style is about glamour, but so much is found in the wonderful details," he says.
Designer Kristan Cunningham, star of HGTV's Design on a Dime, says for those working on a budget, jazzing up thrift pieces is also about having an eye for detail. "If your grandma gave you an over-the-top brass chandelier, replace the flame-tip bulbs with mod opaque globe bulbs," she says. "It creates the juxtaposition of 'super clean with super fussy' that is so relevant in Hollywood Regency."
Design by Barclay Butera
Lovely Lacquer
Hollywood Regency focuses on making the home a showpiece for guests, and classic designers spared no shine, glitz or glamour in making that happen.
"Lacquer everything!" says Henderson. "Hollywood Regency style used a lot of bright, glossy colors on furniture. So, have furniture lacquered or buy some super glossy spray paint and do it yourself."
For her den, Cunningham did just that, purchasing an inexpensive white lacquered TV credenza and adding her own Hollywood Regency design style. "I replaced the knobs with brass Chinese medallion hardware, and I added brass corner details to each door," she says. "It's so glam, and the best part is, no one else will have the same piece!"
Lots of Luxe
Velvet drapes, silk lampshades and thick, sculpted carpets mark the Hollywood Regency design style. "In the era when Hollywood Regency evolved, people really wanted to impress each other with their homes," says Butera. "Homes were really destinations." Butera says adding showy fabrics into a decorating scheme gives any home the sense of scale and glamour that Hollywood designers of the era strived for.
Watch the Scale
In the era of overstuffed sectional sofas and imposing double-chaise lounges, the idea of small-scale furniture is a bit of a novelty. But that is exactly what Hollywood Regency design calls for, says Karen Figilis, publicist for William Haines Designs. "It's hard to get the scale right," she says. "The furniture is supposed to really fade into the background, because Hollywood Regency design is all about the people."
Butera notes the design's emphasis is not on the furnishings or accessories, but the feeling they create. "It's about entertaining, from before we all had great rooms and large televisions and open floor plans," he says. "Centering a room around the furniture and the way people will interact with each other is the idea."
Design for the Individual
Because Hollywood Regency design is meant to be an eclectic mix of styles with one overarching luxurious theme, people sometimes make the mistake of thinking that they can just throw any flea market find into the mix. Karen says while the style lends itself to mixing and matching, it's important to remember coordinating elements.
"The whole concept is that this is a suite of furniture for an individual," she says. "It's classic furniture that never goes out of style. It's back because it's luxurious and glamorous, and because you can create an individual look because it allows you to mix and create your own living space."
Invest in Classics
For those who truly want to imitate the masters, however, investing in a few classic pieces can be a real point of pride. "Any pieces from Dorothy Draper or William Haines are a great investment," says Shawn, noting the high prices these items fetch online.
If the price tag for a vintage Hollywood-design table is too intimidating, however, Henderson recommends looking to the supporting furniture cast. "Start with smaller pieces like lamps or side tables," he says. "To create balance, introduce some bold colors and layer in some chinoiserie pieces as part of the artwork and accessories."
And Kristan says even if you don't want to go full-out Hollywood, that's OK. "Hollywood Regency is a perfect style for a younger generation to be able to mix vintage, borderline-tacky pieces, and have them live in harmony," she says, adding that even if you love modern lines, you can still incorporate something like a high-lacquered Queen Anne chair.
Glitz, Glamour and Gorgeous
While Hollywood Regency design is a throwback to another era, it's still incredibly modern and relevant to today's hurried lifestyle, where people view homes as havens where they can relax.
"The whole style is about enjoying people, enjoying time [together]," says Butera. "It's about glamour and getting a glimpse of those bygone days where TV was less important and it was about cocktail hour and company."
Now that you know how to get the look, here's where to shop for Hollywood Regency style:
Inside Avenue
Brocade Home
655 Home
Councill Furniture
Jayson Home & Garden
1st Dibs

Friday, July 26, 2013

Housewarming Gift Guide

It's that time of the year again...unwanted furniture lines the streets and everyone you know is moving. Settling in a new location can be a fun change of scenery but let's not pretend it isn't a stressful.  If you have friends who are making a big move or maybe just moving across town, consider putting together a housewarming gift.  These are a ton of fun to shop for and can make a stressful transition easier.  You know what they say, it's better to give than to receive. We agree with that whole heartedly. Housewarming gifts are perfect for your newly wed neighbors, recent graduates, family, friends, or anyone who whose starting a new chapter with a new home. So what do you get new home owners? Well we've got a list of traditional housewarming gifts and even a few unique ones that everyone will love.


Wine and Accessories

Get your friends some much needed wine after a long day of unpacking.  Nothing goes better with wine than cheese and water crackers.  Think about throwing in a few wine glasses or a serving tray.  You can even add a fun flair with playful bottle stoppers or corkscrews.

Cooking Basket

In the hustle and bustle of moving it's hard to prepare a good home cooked meal.  Get your new home owners a cooking basket with all the ingredients for a romantic dinner.  Or if they like to bake throw in some artisan cake mixes with cute cupcake holders and baking accessories.  It's always a good idea to add some colorful dish towels and cooking utensils to the mix.

Monogrammed gifts

These are easy to find or make and are the perfect touch to make their new house a home.  You can find about anything with a monogram on it.  We suggest wine glasses, candle holders, napkins, or even custom prints to hang on the wall.

Fancy Toiletries

Bath products are something that everyone uses, at least we hope.  Pamper them with fancy hand soaps, bubble bath, or if you're crafty make your own custom bar soaps.  These are a fun and clean way to say I care.


Candles are always welcome in new homes.  If you're going the candle route, go all the way and get something nice, $5 may not cut it this time.  Candles are a great way to fill their new home with warms and adds a nice ambiance.

Something Green

Nothing makes a home cozier than bringing in a little nature.  Plants are beautiful gifts that will be around a while.  We recommend gifting commonly used herbs like Sweet Basil, Oregano, Lanendar, or Cilantro.  It's nice to have fresh ingrediants at hand.

Patio Decor

Patio decor is something many people may overlook, but is a great gift none the less.  If your friend are moving out of a 3rd story apartment into a home with a lawn this is the perfect gift.  Outdoors decor will help them build their home inside and out.


Games are a fantastic way to kick off a housewarming party and break the ice with new neighbors. Gifting games can help your friends make memories in their new home.

Tool Bucket

Everyone needs tools for little fixes or to hang decor.  Save them the trouble of constantly running to the store by getting them everything they need in one useful gift.  A hammer, nails, caulk, Measuring tape, Goo Gone, Elmer's Glue, felt furniture pads**, and an extension cord.  The possibilities are endless.

Entertaining Supplies

This is also a handy gift for housewarming parties.  Get them this beautiful chip and dip dish set from Crate and Barrel or a pretty carafe.  If you're on a budget Target has stylish entertaining sets for an affordable prices.

Unique Gift Ideas from Apartment List (it's an awesome site, check it out!)

Photo from Apartment List

1. Pink Flamingos - Once the symbol of trailer trash nonchalance, now the epitome of irony.  $18.46 for a pair on Amazon.com.
2. Terrariums – Found locally or ordered on Etsy or more niche retailers like Twig Terrariums, a low maintenance splash of green will be a welcome addition in any hipster’s home. Prices vary.
3. Virgin of Guadalupe Scented Candle - Whether or not your friend is religious, the novelty of this candle is too much to pass. Found at dollar stores, flea markets, and Walgreens everywhere. Also available on Amazon Prime.
4. Backgammon – I dare you to get further from the mainstream. Game pictured is unfortunately a unique work of art by Ara & Jack Peterson, but games are available for as low as $4.99 on Amazon. Bonus points for picking up a vintage set at the flea.
5. HoneyJam, or Hand Pickled Goods – Supporting local makers is something hipsters do well, and handing over a jar of locally-made-something will be very well received. Prices vary, but you shouldn’t be looking at more than 10 bucks. Try hitting up weekend farmer’s markets or craft fairs.
6. Thrill Murray – A Bill Murray Coloring Book - Who wouldn’t want this? $18.99 on Amazon.
7. Gramophone Docking Station – For the eclectic music lover with vintage nostalgia but one who can’t bare put down his iPhone. $129.00 at Pottery Barn.
8. City Towel – It’s my understanding that even hipsters are bad about laundry. This hand drawn urban city scene printed with non-toxic water based inks on 100% cotton would be well received by any recipient. $15 online and made by a husband and wife team in St. Louis, Missouri.
9. Kitty Chia Pet – You thought I’d stop at the Pink Flamingos? $17.99 at drugstore.com.
10. Wall Prints – Whether it’s a vintage poster of a band your friend likes, a geometric print, or a homemade Pinterest project, everyone’s got walls that need covering! This print by Tony Kuchar is not available for sale (womp, womp) but with a bit of Etsy hunting you’ll surely find something fitting of your friend.
11. Lawn Gnome – This little guy would be much more apropos if he weren’t branded as the “Travelocity Roaming Gnome”. In order to avoid any potential adverse reactions at the involvement of a major corporation in this gifting, in this case only I give you permission to remove all packaging before handing over said gnome. What they don’t know won’t hurt um. $29.95 online.
12. Scattegories – Just a great gift. $24 online or I’m sure it’s on sale at Target.
13. Air Plants & Succulents – Svpply is a great source of inspiration for what’s hip with “plants”. Otherwise Etsy or farmer’s markets will be a hit here too. Prices vary, but even with a cute little planter you’re looking at less than $20.
14. Coasters – These handmade wooden coasters are etched to represent starry constellations. $28 on Etsy, or you’re sure to find some cheaper ones that are equally rad.
15. Good Candle – It’s a soy candle, in a mason jar, made in Brooklyn. Friends, if this isn’t the hipster trifecta than I don’t know what is. Available at select retailers.
Have you given or received the perfect housewarming gift?  Tell us about it at allysonm@haverkamp-properties.com

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Friendly Reminder: Keep Us Updated

Keep your property management updated on your phone number and email address.  It's important to have current information so we can contact you in case of an alarm, repair, or emergency.  If your contact information has changed call your office today to update it.  Thank you for choosing Haverkamp Properties!

Monday, July 22, 2013

Style Spotlight: Urban

Bustling city environments inspire urban interiors, but thankfully you don’t have to live in a big city to get the urban look.  Open spaces, clean lines, and minimal but functional décor characterize urban interiors.  Be prepared to get rid of your clutter and utilize a few non-traditional materials to pull off this industrial inspired style. 

What's Urban All About?


The primary function of urban design is to create space. It’s common for these spaces to be designed as open floor plans with multifunctional rooms and innovative space solutions. It’s also typical to create a dual work and living space, common in industrial settings.


Urban interiors often feature non-traditional home materials.  Industrial inspired design often includes galvanized steel, concrete floors, metal siding, exposed beams and unfinished surfaces that create a modern eclectic look.  There are also more upscale urban interiors that exchange unfinished surfaces for sleek polishes and designer fixtures.


Furniture tends to be modular and minimal.  Shelving units are popular in urban design in order to utilize vertical space.  Décor is more utilitarian, including items like mirrors, lighting features, window treatments, textiles and occasionally large works of art as a focal point.

Sources from eHow HomeOnlineDesign Teachersfengshui2design.

Here's some awesome urban inspired home decor.  I'm not sure how comfortable a concrete arm chair would be, but anyone could make their own innovative wardrobe. I love the creative solutions you find in urban interiors!

Check out these 7 easy steps to get the urban look inspired by Freshome.

Modern Furniture

Keep your furnishings minimal.  Clean lines are key for urban design and crucial for you to take full advantage of your space. 

Expose It

Look for inspiration in warehouses and industrial buildings.  In these settings high ceilings with exposed ductwork are the norm.  If you have exposed pipes or ducts don’t try to hide them! You can paint them black, dark brown, or just leave them metallic for a chic urban look.  You can also leave cords exposed.  Hanging lights with exposed cords will continue the industrial theme. 

Bare Bones

It’s common for surfaces in urban spaces to be unfinished of exposed.  Leave your floors bare as well.  This can visually open up space in tight apartments, and might even save you money.

Keep it Simple

Any excess textiles you use should be simple.  Window treatments, pillows, throws, and rugs should be minimal.  But simple doesn’t mean boring.  It’s a great idea to bring in pops of color through your textiles. 

Smart Storage

You want your space to be as open and as declutterd as possible.  This means you need to make some smart storage choices.  Try finding multifunctioning ottomans, and other ways to hide your storage.  If you’re using shelving units don’t over crowd them.  Keep them against walls so they don’t interrupt the flow of your open floor plan.

Art and Color

Urban interiors don’t have to stick solely to the grays and blacks of industrial finishes.  Choose furniture with bold color or a statement art piece. This will amp up your color palette and keep your space from looking drab.

Natural Finish

Urban design can come across a little sterile.  It’s a good idea to balance the space by bringing in live plants and other natural elements.  Just because you want the down town loft feel doesn’t mean your cutting all ties to nature.

I'm loving the pop of color in the dining chairs above! Learn how to give your chairs a makeover here! 

Do you have any urban inspired spaces? Share them with us at allysonm@haverkamp-properties.com.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Hot Spot: Dogtown University

Our latest Hot Spot is Dogtown University, located at 217 Welch Ave in Ames.  Dogtown University specializes in classic Iowa State apparel at FANtastic prices, because the FAN always comes first. Their convenient location in the heart of campus town makes it easy to keep up-to-date on the latest ISU styles and trends.  Football season is just around the corner so make sure you stock up on trendy gear for Iowa Staters, by Iowa Staters.  The faculty at Dogtown University is dedicated to bringing you the highest quality at the best prices. Dogtown also accepts Fun Money! Now you can get the apparel you want at even lower prices.    
Open Monday - Friday
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
10:00 am - 5:00pm
12:00 pm - 5:00pm

Connect with Dogtown University on Facebook for information on specials or check out their apparel online!
Take a look at some of our favorite items for the 2013 season! 

Thursday, July 18, 2013

10 Steps to an Organized Fridge

Organizing your fridge seems like a daunting task...we've all been there.  But there are a few things you might not know about food storage that can keep any fridge neat.  Knowing how to properly store food is the first step in keeping a tidy fridge and preventing waste.  Check out Lauren Conrad's helpful tips on how to organize your fridge and cut down on your grocery bill here. She's also got a few must know tricks for making your food last longer that you probably didn't learn from your mother. For more clever ways to organize your fridge check out Buzzfeed, they have great ideas for storage, labeling, and mess prevention.  Here are 10 easy steps to keep an organized fridge:

Clean it out!

The first thing you need to do is give your fridge a good cleaning.  This means take everything out, yes
everything.  As you’re doing this it’s a good idea to check the dates of all food items and toss
anything that’s expired.  If you find any spills now’s the time to wipe down the shelves and
drawers to help keep your food at its freshest. 

Check the temp

Did you know your refrigerator should run around 40ºF?  Any higher and harmful bacteria could begin to grow, any lower you run the risk of your food freezing. So do it right from the start and set your fridge right at 40ºf.

Got Milk?

Milk should never be stored in the fridge door.  Since the door is constantly opening and closing temperatures tend to fluctuate.  Milk does best in a stable temp so keep in on a interior shelf towards the middle back where it’s coldest.

Eggs in the middle

Like milk, eggs need a steady temperature.  They should be placed on the middle shelf in their original container or a hard plastic egg holder like this one from SpaceSavers

Don’t Over Do It

Know how much food you actually need and don’t over buy.  This can strain your wallet and actually make your food spoil faster.  In order for cool air to circulate there needs to be a little breathing room.  If you find yourself constantly throwing out spoiled food try making smaller grocery runs. 

Designate Drawers

Those drawers in your fridge are there for a reason, not just to divide up between roommates.  An article by Shine gave us some insight on how to store food properly. Deli meats belong in a shallow meat drawer where it’s typically cooler, if your fridge doesn’t have one try the bottom shelf.  Fruits should be stored in low humidity drawers or a "Crisper" in plastic bags (citrus is fine without bags).  Veggies do best in humidity.  If you have a drawer labeled “Vegetables” or “High Humidity” that’s their place.  You can store them in their original packaging or a plastic bag loosely tied.

Don’t let it Drip

Meat’s tend to drip if not stored properly.  In order to stop contamination securely wrap meats and place them on the bottom self so they can;t drip onto food below.

Whole Foods

Meat, fruit, and veggies last longer when they aren’t cut up.  Keep your foods whole until you’re ready to eat them.

Know what you need

While you’re making your grocery list take a peek at the back of your fridge.  Older items tend to be pushed to the back so it’s always a good idea to know exactly what you have before you spend your money. It’s a good idea to have an “Eat First” basket in your fridge.  Just place the items that are nearing their expiration date in it so you know what needs to go. 

Keep it clean

Don’t let spills sit in your fridge.  The longer you wait the bigger mess there is to clean up.  Keeping a tidy fridge will help your food last longer and save you time in the long run.

Here's a great visual aid form Squawk Fox.

How long does your food last? Image from Daily Savings.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Color Wheel: White

White is a powerful color, but often underutilized.  When we see a white room we tend to think blank, empty, or lack luster.  But if you know how to use white to your advantage it can make a statement. It’s important to remember that white is a color with a huge range.  Designer Benjamin Moore offers over 200 different shades of white, some with blue, pink, and green undertones.  White also has the ability to unify a room.  Harsh colors can divide a space where white "harmonizes the space and establishes continuity from one room to another".  Designer Suzanne Kasler puts it this way, " White white, everything stays simplistic and strong."

Keep it Warm

White could easily look cold and sterile if you pair it with modern furniture and minimalist style.  Don’t get us wrong we love minimalist design but it’s not practical for everyone to live in.  So instead we’ll focus on making you’re white inspired space comfortable and livable.  Rachel Ashwell, creator of Shabby Chic, tells us that it’s important to keep white rooms warm.  She suggests avoiding hard, modern pieces.  Instead look for fluffy cushions and distressed finishes for a warm and airy feel.  

White is Versatile

Do you have your heart set on one particular color but don’t know how to pair it?  Use white as your base, it can make any hue pop.  It also leaves room for you to switch up your style every now and then.  All it takes is changing out a few throw pillows! Or try a colored rug or a cool new art piece to completely change the space.


It’s important to add on the layers in a predominantly white room.  Look for different textures and patterns to add interest to the space. Using natural wood can bring warmth into any room.  Decorating with wood is trending, so much so it can be considered a sort of subtle print.  It brings a natural element into the room and softens harsh whites.  You can also add interesting fabrics, try finding tone-on–tone chevron or herringbone patterns.
See how Rachel Ashwell and the other Designers mentioned in this article decorate with white here!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Care Package 101

Here's a great resource for preparing a care package for a loved one over seas or just a friend going away to college.  They are perfect for holidays or just whenever to remind someone you care. Here's a great list of ideas when your putting together a care package for your special someone.  Our list was inspired by Sheknows for more advice on making care packages take a look at this article.

What's good to put in a care package?

Sweet Treats

Care packages usually contain food or snacks.  If you're sending the package to a student think outside of the box.  Students typically eat off meal plans and that can get old ofter awhile.  Send your loved one their favorite treats, cookies, candy bars, or just snacks.  Or pack some healthy snacks for your college friend, let them know that you're thinking about them.  College dorms sometimes have shared kitchenettes so think about packing some non perishable items like mixes or soup.  Here are some common food items to send your loved one:

Beef jerky
Bottled water
Candy bars
Canned Soup
Cereal & Oatmeal
Granola bars
Brownie mix
Rice crispy treats
Homemade cookies
Ramen noodles
Pretzels or trail mix
Protein bars
Tea or lemonade mix

Consider giving them gift cards to their favorite restaurant.  It's easy to pack and a great change of pace for students who can't get out much.  


Sending general hygiene products is always a good idea.  And when flu season starts it's always a good idea to send preventive care items like antibacterial spray.  Think of other items your loved one might need of the regular.  Pack items like bath products, a colorful loofa, or fun new shower shoes.  Send them something to do in their spare time like reading material or an iTunes gift card.  Here's a good list of items to pack:

Antibacterial spray
Cleaning products
Hygiene products
New bedding items
New towel and wash clothes
Fun loofa
Shower shoes
Contact solution
Fun lotions
First aid kit
Air freshener

School Supplies

School supplies are a constant need for college students.  Think about sending your loved one some basic supplies before midterms or finals.  Get fun accessories like funky erasers, colored notecards, or fun shaped paper clips.  If you're not sure what kinds of supplies your student needs get a gift card to their campus bookstore.  Here are some school supplies that everyone needs:

Brightly-colored floders
Printer ink
computer accesories
Fun-shaped paper clips
Gift cards

Friday, July 12, 2013

Hot Spot: Cafe Diem

Cafe Diem in Ankeny is our latest Hot Spot and our newest Fun Money vendor! Located at 2005 S Ankeny Blvd Ste 800 is the perfect place to grab a cup of coffee in a warm and welcoming environment. Cafe Diem offers a variety of coffee based drinks as well as smoothies and decaf drinks! Not to mention the full lunch menu, reubens, grilled chicken, and italian three cheese melts are just a few options! 

They're a coffee shop that offers an assortment of beverages and menu items, enjoy Coffee, Lattes, Cappuccino, Chai, and even Decaf. This is a coffee shop in Iowa that offers an atmosphere that is suited to the casual coffee drinker, students getting homework done, freelancers, or just a place to lounge in solitude or with a group of friends. Townsfolk and newcomers alike will love this family owned coffee shop. Head over to Cafe Diem in Ankeny and let their friendly baristas make you a delicious cup of coffee. 

Why choose Cafe Diem? 

Free Wifi
Friendly knowledgable staff
Booths, chairs, tables to work or just hang with friends
Locally owned 

Come in and find your new home away from home! 

We recommend: 

Chai Banana Smoothie
Alpine Mocha
Salted Caramel Latte
Pumpkin Pie Mocha - Only available in the Fall, but it's worth the wait! 

Ask their Baristas about the seasonal specials! 
Not a fan of coffee? No problem! Cafe Diem offers plenty of coffee free drinks like Hot Chocolate, Italian Sodas, Smoothies, Steamers, Hot or Iced Tea, and Soda.  There is something for everything at Cafe Diem.  

Hot Spot: Kingpin Pizza

Kingpin Pizza located at 1320 Dickinson Ave, Ames inside Perfect Games.  You can go get a great meal while bowling or playing laser tag! It's a great way to unwind after a long week.  Get your friends together at Perfect Games and try the fresh baked pizza's at Kingpin.

Kingpin Pizza is a full-service restaurant.  Their made-from-scratch pizza crust is prepared fresh every day. Then only use fresh ingredients to create a masterpiece pizza and bake it to perfection in stone ovens.  They don’t stop there!  They also carry pasta, paninis, sandwiches, and mouth-watering burgers, all prepared fresh when you order.  Need something on the side?  They also have an assortment of appetizers and salads.

View Kingpin's menu here!
Kingpin Pizza is getting great reviews: 
"Love it!!!! This Pizza is "the King" of all pizzas in Ames. The variety of specialty pizzas they have is awesome. Favorit pizzas are the Scareface (meatlovers) and Fly me to the Moon(taco). Another member of my family really enjoys their paninis His favorite is the cousin Eddie. Been there many times and plan on returning over and over. What a great Family place."

"I tried this pizza last night and it was amazing. I didn't know what to expect from a place that serves food out of a family entertainment center but Kingpin Pizza has pulled it off. Their crust is awesome, not thin but not thick, just right...and crispy. I had the Scarface which is their version of the meatlover but the bartender told me to try the Boss or the Canadian Bacon and Sauerkraut which I will next time, and that can't come soon enough. Good work Kingpin, see you soon!"

Friendly Reminder: No Charcoal Grills

Summer is here, and so is the season for grilling.  Just a reminder that you can use electric and gas grills on your decks and patios, but charcoal grills are not permitted. Thank you for your cooperation!

Monday, July 8, 2013

Style Spotlight: Cottage

Cottage style originates from costal and country cabins (or cottages).  These cottages weren't a main living space and were often decorated with old furniture from larger homes.  For this reason cottage style has an antique and eclectic feel to it.  Furniture is typically worn or recovered with slips and throws.  It's known for simple and casual design.  Find out more about Cottage Style decorating at HGTV.


Even though this look is eclectic, you should take the time to establish a color palette.  Keep the colors soft, use pale green, pink, blue, soft grey, cream, and white.


Cottage is a great style for recycled or repurposed furniture.  The pieces should be comfortable and casual but still eloquent.  When you're decorating a cottage style room look for items that are "well loved". Your furniture should be soft, comfortable, but also a little weathered.    


Floral print is common place in cottage style designs.  Think about throwing in a fresh vase of flowers to amp up the feminine feel.  Lace and ruffles work well in cottage spaces, they add to a cozy comfortable atmosphere.  The fabrics you pick out can be worn but stay away from tattered.  You're space should look cozy not dated. Feel free to display your favorite trinkets just be sure not to clutter the space.  Be inspired by vintage antiques, go to your local thrift shop and pick out unique items. 

Cottage Characteristics 

  • Slipcovered, overstuffed furnishings
  • Painted/distressed furnishings
  • Fresh flowers and florals 
  • Vintage or handmade items
  • Worn or faded fabrics
  • Carefully controlled clutter
  • Mix of patterns and plaids
  • Lace and Ruffles
  • Collectables
These are great examples of cottage style spaces by HGTV! 

Friday, July 5, 2013

Hot Spot: AAMCO

Have you been having car trouble this summer but don't know where to start? Give AAMCO of Ames a try! They're now excepting Fun Money which means that you can save big on tune ups, or lighten the load on serious car trouble.  Ames AAMCO is located at 220  South Duff Avenue  Ames, IA  50010.  There here to meet all of your cars needs in a helpful and trusting environment. Give them a call at 1 (877) 79-AAMCO to schedule an appointment today! Click here to find out more about Ames AAMCO.At AAMCO of Ames they stake their reputation on an award-winning customer service. As your local, independent AAMCO dealer, they want to make sure you're satisfied with the service you receive.  

AAMCO offers a wide variety of services including:

  • External and Computer Diagnostic Services.
  • Towing Available, call our center for details.
  • We Honor Most Extended Warranties.
  • Nationwide Coverage on All Transmission Services.
  • Specialists in Automatic, Manual, Front Wheel Drive, Overdrive, and 4x4's.

Ames AAMCO Hours:

Monday - Friday.........8:00am - 5:30pm
Saturday................8:00am - 12:00pm

AAMCO provides factory recommended maintenance like your dealer at less than dealer prices.

AAMCO represents Trust, Quality, and Value.
AAMCO is the world's largest transmission & car care specialist with over 850 locations in North America, more than all other chains combined. AAMCO has nearly 50 years of experience servicing and repairing transmissions and has worked on more than 20 million vehicles. Customers can rely on them for:
·       Quality workmanship
·       Superior service
·       Trustworthy, honest service

AAMCO Technicians are Experts in the Field.

Their certified, trained technicians employ the latest, state-of-the art diagnostic tools and techniques so that you can drive worry-free. With over 150 types of transmissions on the road today, you can count on AAMCO technicians, who keep their knowledge and skills up-to-date through ongoing technical training and certifications.