Local Spotlight: Angry Goldfish

Image Source: Angry Goldfish Facebook Page. Follow them here.

South-Side Treat!

You can’t miss this red building when driving down SW 9th street. If you’re downtown, just head south and you’ll see it!

The patio on the north side of the building is covered, breezy, and delightful! If you’ve been to Angry Goldfish or already heard about them then you probably already know that they’re known for their huge, delicious burgers. They did not disappoint!

Merlot Mushroom Burger
Bruschetta Chicken Sandwich

Parking was easy – there is a lot behind the building. If that lot is full then you can park across the street (it’s easy to find and marked with signs). SW 9th is pretty busy, but we found it easy and safe to cross with no issues.

You can check out their menu and daily specials on their website.

Thank you for the delicious meal and amazing service, Angry Goldfish!

Local Spotlight: Cook Plumbing Corporation

In Business Since 1978

Cook Plumbing is located in West Des Moines and serves the Des Moines metro and surrounding areas. Their plumbing work includes new construction and the service of residential and commercial projects. No doubt you’ve seen their trucks around Des Moines!

Mark Cook, owner of Cook Plumbing Corporation, started his professional career by graduating from Des Moines Technical High School in 1967. From 1967 to 1969 he was in the U.S. Navy Reserve, and shortly after graduated from Architectural Drafting at DMACC. Mark attended a 5-year Apprenticeship Trade School and graduated in 1975. After trade school, Mark was employed by several mechanical contracting firms, and then started Cook Plumbing Corporation in 1978. We’re so glad he took the leap to start his own business!

Cook Plumbing is a local company that prides itself on providing quality products and services at a fair price to members of their community. Visit cookplumbing.com to see a list of their services and to contact them today. For on-going updates and to connect online, follow them on Facebook.

Local Spotlight: Sugar Lane Soap Co.

There’s a hidden gem in Waukee you need to hear about!

Nothing beats the luxury of enjoying the fresh scents and silky textures of handcrafted bath and body care products. For the past two years, Sugar Lane Soap Co. has been crafting small batches of unique sugar scrubs, lotions, and bath bombs right here in Central Iowa.

Crafting is a passion for Angela Lahr of Waukee. She created the business after a post of one of her creations went viral on Instagram. Since then requests have continued for more of her custom products.

“Each recipe is formulated and tested with your skin care needs in mind, “ Lahr said. “I believe presentation and quality are of the utmost importance.”

Must-have Products

One of the first things we noticed about Angela’s products is how GORGEOUS they are! (Just like Angela! Have you met her? She’s gorgeous inside and out! And so much fun to be around.)

The photos on Instagram and Facebook will make you want EVERYTHING. Whether you’re looking to indulge in comfort or need a one-of-a-kind gift for someone special, these body care items are all available from Sugar Lane Soap Co. We asked Angela to list out the products that have been the most popular …

  • Goats’ milk body bars for men, women, and children (available with loofahs!)
  • Whipped body mousse – a best seller
  • Exfoliating sugar scrubs
  • Facial masks
  • Moisturizing lotions
  • Soothing heat wraps
  • Lip balms
  • Effervescent bath bombs
  • Bath salts
  • Body wash

Each product is available in a variety of scents from the calming lavender heat wraps to the energetic lemon-poppy seed scrub. Don’t see the scent you want? No problem – custom orders are available!

Where to Shop

Have we mentioned how GORGEOUS these products are? You’ll feel proud giving these as gifts and you’ll feel pampered buying them for yourself. Sugar Lane Soap Co. hosts several pop-up events through the year along with in-home shopping (follow on Facebook for her event schedule). All products are also available online through www.sugarlanesoapco.com. A special Birthday Par-tay will be from 6 to 9 p.m. May 31 at Sugar Lane Soap Co. to celebrate 2 years of business with food, drinks, and shopping.

And of course, we had to ask if she had any special products for Mother’s Day … she does! Check out the Mother’s Day JO.y boxes!

All images in this post are courtesy of Angela at Sugar Lane Soap Co.

Local Spotlight: Stensland Sod, Inc.

Sod Farm & Installation

Stensland Sod is a family owned and operated sod farm and sod installation business. They specialize in residential new construction in central Iowa, and also do a few bigger commercial jobs each year including local golf courses, and collegiate and city football, baseball and soccer fields.

In 2002 owner, Justin Stensland, was working for another sod company and decided he thought he could run things better himself …

“Being inexperienced and young, I started a sod company in the Fall, right before the Winter shut down in Iowa. Luckily, I was able to recover from that first bad decision and grow with my company for the last 17 years!”

… and we’re so glad he took the jump and started his own business! We’ve enjoyed working with Stensland Sod and love the way our properties look when he’s finished.

“People are always surprised at how having grass in their yard just finishes their home. We love giving people the curb appeal and finish they desire so they can instantly enjoy the way their new home looks.”

Want to learn more about Stensland Sod? Visit stenslandsod.com to learn more about their services and see examples of their work.

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We’re proud to use local contractors and suppliers from the communities that we live and work in. With Greenland Homes, you’re not just a number. You’re a name and a face that we’ll run into at school events, on the street, or at the grocery store. And that’s why we love what we do!

Greenland Homes is building value-packed, warranty-backed custom and production homes throughout the Des Moines area. Plus, we have a 2-year Builder Warranty on ALL homes!

Find a home in a location you love! We’re currently building in Ankeny, Adel, Altoona, Bondurant, Elkhart, Granger, Grimes, Norwalk, and Waukee.