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.

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!  

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.  (We've highlighted the Ames section especially for this blog post!)


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!

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!