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Crowded Closet Thrift Shop - Iowa City

Crowded ClosetThe mission of the Crowded Closet is to share God's love and compassion in the name of Christ by supporting Mennonite Central Committee world relief, service and development programs, as well as local community relief agencies. The thrift shop provides an opportunity for persons to donate good quality used goods which otherwise might be discarded, as well as a place to purchase used but useful items at reasonable prices. The gift shop provides a marketing outlet for artisans from developing countries all around the world, enabling them to improve the economic well-being of their families and communities. For more information about Mennonite Central Committee visit their website at www.mcc.org.

1213 Gilbert Court, Iowa City

HOURS:
9:30-5:00 M-F
9:30-4:00 Sat
​Closed Sunday

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Pierson's Flower Shop & Greenhouses Inc

Pierson's"Since 1928 Pierson's Flower Shops have served the Greater Cedar Rapids area with distinctive floral gifts. The Pierson name has become synonomous with quality and service in the floral business. Four generations of the Pierson family have worked to provide the very best in flowers for our customers. Our two Cedar Rapids Florists locations offer delivery all around Eastern Iowa.

Our customers include Fortune 500 corporations, universities and thousands of individual customers who expect the very best in flowers. For over 80 years, Pierson's has provided our customers the very best."

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Sobaski Abbey Carpet & Floor

Sobaski abbeyWelcome to Sobaski Abbey Carpet & Floor! We know that selecting the right flooring for your home can be overwhelming. We make choosing the right items for your home...simple!

At Sobaski Abbey Carpet & Floor, you will discover one of the largest floor covering showrooms in the Iowa City area.

Come in and see our wide selection of carpet, hardwood, laminate, vinyl, tile, area rugs, and window treatments.

Let our expert staff guide you every step of the way and our professional installation team will pamper your home from start to finish.

When choosing comfort, fashion and style for your home, please visit Sobaski Abbey Carpet & Floor today.

As the one of the premier floor covering showplaces in Iowa City, Sobaski Abbey Carpet & Floor is your one-stop showroom for all of your floor covering needs.

Our desire is to provide the best and largest selection of carpet, hardwood, laminate, vinyl, tile, area rugs, and window treatments in a friendly, comfortable and helpful atmosphere.

Sobaski Abbey Carpet & Floor
600 Hwy 1 West
Iowa City, IA 52246
Phone: (319)337-4054

Mon 9am-7pm     Tue 9am-5pm
Wed 9am-5pm     Thu 9am-7pm
Fri 9am-5pm     Sat 9am-3pm

 

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Destiny Cruises and Tours

Destiny From groups to resorts to cruises - we specialize in connecting you to the world's best destinations - in the best ways possible.

About Destiny Cruises and Tours

Pam Thompson | CTA | ECC-CLIA Elite Cruise Counselor

pam@itraveldestiny.com

In today’s internet society, travel agents are essential in defusing the “information explosion” that we are all confronted with.

With over a decade of professional travel industry experience, Pam is committed in providing personalized customer service.

Plan your vacation getaway with Pam and you’ll receive superior destination knowledge, expertise and unbiased travel information.

She has extensive experience in planning all-inclusive vacation packages, such as Sandals and Super Clubs.

Call today and start turning your vacations dreams into memories!

Destiny - PamPam achieved  Elite Cruise Counselor Certification,  though completion of a comprehensive program of cruise and sales training and product instruction, delivered through a combination of extensive classroom training and personal cruise experience. CLIA’s Certification program graduates are widely recognized as the foremost cruise vacation experts among American travel agents.  In the cruise industry, an Elite certification is  the equivalent of  a PHD!

Trina Thompson | Travel Consultant

destinytrina@yahoo.com

With almost 15 years specializing in customer service, the last 6 being in the travel industry, one of the best parts about being a professional travel consultant to me is the personal relationships built with clients. Most gratifying however is working out all the small details and sometimes complex, confusing travel decisions so that our clients can realize their dream vacation!

I find it very important in today’s internet savvy world of “do it yourself” travel, having the expertise, priceless information, the attention to detail, reliability, & trust in a professional travel agent is beneficial in every aspect of travel for our clients. Our clients have fun planning and purchasing their vacations with our travel agency while having the added benefit of security.

I enjoy planning every aspect of any vacation imaginable, from a Caribbean family vacation to a private canoe trip through the calm waters of Mozambique. Rest assured if you have a trip idea that I’m not familiar with, with my enjoyment & thirst for knowledge, I will research the destination until every option is exhausted.

AMResorts Master Agent
Certified Sandals Specialist
Certified Beaches Specialist
Superclubs Super Agent
Carnival Cruise Line Certified Specialist
Couples Resorts Preferred Travel Agent

721 Oakland Ave
Iowa City, IA 52240

Toll Free: 866-312-7600
Phone: 319-351-7600
Fax: 319-351-7601

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Doors by George

Doors by GeorgeDoors by George is a privately owned overhead door and operator company with over 25 years experience in both residential and commercial fields. We work closely with both our customers and manufacturers to ensure high quality overhead door products and customer service.

Residential Doors

Doors by George offers a variety of residential overhead doors. Whether you are looking for a certain style such as carriage, ranch or modern garage doors, or for a specific garage door material, such as fiberglass, steel, or wood, we have your needs covered.

Operators

Our operators are available with a variety of horsepower levels and drive systems for all types of residential and commercial applications. They offer the ultimate in safety and security.

Commercial Doors

We offer a large variety of commercial garage doors, parts and service for industrial, agricultural and manufacturing clients.
 
Call Us Today! (319) 377-6756 |910 Robins Road | Hiawatha, IA 52233
 

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Every Bloomin' Thing

Every Bloomin' Thing is an English garden style store where all of our orders are custom made.

EverybloominthingWe’re a local Iowa City, IA florist proudly serving the area for over 30 years with a lovely variety of fresh flowers and creative gift ideas to suit any style or budget. Our professional designers can create one-of-a-kind custom designs just for you. We specialize in upscale, quality flowers and tropicals. Whether vibrant or monochromatic, every arrangement is artfully composed.   We hope you enjoy your online shopping experience with secure 24-hour ordering right at your fingertips. If preferred, you may call us to place orders direct at (319) 351-7242 or 1-866-351-7242. It is our pleasure to assist you with any local, as well as nationwide deliveries. Corporate accounts are always welcome. For your convenience, we offer daily floral delivery to local funeral homes and hospitals.

EVERY BLOOMIN' THING
2 Rocky Shore Dr
Iowa City, IA. 52246
phone: (319) 351-7242
toll free: (866) 351-7242
Mon: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tue: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Wed: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thu: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Fri: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Sat: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Sun: Closed

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Emerald Green Lawncare

Emerald Green LawncareExperience

Emerald Green Lawncare will care about your lawn like it's our own. If you are looking for lawn care, look no further, we are a fully-licensed and insured lawn care company.

Member, Iowa Professional Lawn Care Association

Range of services

Landscaping, lighting, aquatics weed control and coloring, waterscapes, irrigation repair, pergola, stone patios, fireplaces and pits, fencing, retention walls, fertilizing and weed control, organic fertilizer, tree and shrub care, insect and disease control, mowing, rough mowing, trimming, aeration, seeding, spring, fall and storm clean ups.

Guaranteed satisfaction

Our goal is to offer our clients dependable lawn care services performed by an experienced and knowledgeable staff. We are known for our distinct attention to detail and dedication to customer satisfaction. We will work directly with you to ensure that all your needs and desires are met by us. We take great pride in providing our customers with quality lawn care with a personal touch.

319-455-3050

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Chalupsky Landscaping and Nursery

Chalupsky landscapingHere at Chalupsky Landscaping and Nursery, we pride ourselves in keeping a wide variety of the highest quality plants, trees, and materials. Our greenhouse is always stocked full plants and flowers to beautify and add that special touch to your lawn, patio, deck, or whatever project you happen to working on. We also have several varieties of trees to choose from right on site. We can load you up to plant them all yourself or, for your convenience, we can schedule a time to plant them for you.

Need suggestions on what to plant, where to plant it and how to care for it once you have it in place?

Chlaupsky Landscaping & Nursery is happy to assist you in any way we can.,even after your purchase.

PH: 319-848-7402

Address:  1178 Club Road, Shueyville, Iowa 52338

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Bachelor on the cheap: A review of the Serta 18" Queen External AC Pump Airbed

Mike Thayerby Mike Thayer

I purchased this bed to get me by until I can get a decent queen size mattress and box spring set.  I've owned air mattresses in the past, the cheap, low profile kind that just aren't comfortable, leak air (becoming almost flat by morning) and just aren't easy to get in and out of for a big guy like me.  So with low expectations going in, I purchased the Serta 18" Queen External AC Pump Airbed for $75 at Target.  The bed was easy to inflate and I found it pretty comfortable.  I've been sleeping on it every night for nearly a month now and have had to put a little additional air in it a couple times.  It's a temporary bed situation, an air bed getting everyday use.  This Serta airbed has exceeded my expectations.

I give it 4 out of 5 stars


Bachelor on the cheap: Don't buy jar spaghetti sauce, make your own

Mike Thayerby Mike Thayer

Ragu, Prego, Bertolli, Classico, Emeril's, Newman's Own, and so on....   They come in an array of flavors (many of which you've probably never tried before) and an array of costs, $3, $5, $7 a jar and so on....  Sure, they're convenient, but don't buy them.

Make your own, it's so easy and WAY cheaper than buying the jar stuff.  The best part, you control the flavor!

Here's a quick sauce you can make, use it as a base to incorporate your favorite flavors.

Ingredients

  • One Tablespoon olive oil
  • Half a medium onion, finely chopped (alternative - dried minced onion or onion powder)
  • Two cloves of garlic, finely chopped (alternative - garlic powder)
  • One 6 oz. can of tomato paste
  • One cup water
  • One Tablespoon dried oregano
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

Heat up a medium sauce pan over medium heat, put in the olive oil and onion.  Saute until translucent.  Add the garlic, stir for about a minute.  Add in the tomato paste, water, oregano and stir.  Salt and pepper to taste.    This is a base sauce, take the flavors where you want to go from here.  Add some red chili flake, or some Parmesan cheese.  Try a beef or chicken bouillon cube.  Basil is a great add.  Melt a tab of butter into the sauce just before serving.  Personally, I like to add some sliced mushrooms and Cookies Flavor Enhancer to my sauce.  The flavor profile is all up to you, it's easy to do and you didn't have to spend $5 or $7 bucks to bring it to your table!  A 6 ounce jar of tomato paste costs around 75 cents.  We're talking bargain provided you've got some basic seasonings in your pantry.