Ames, IA. Gotta give the hometown some love. I have lived in Ames since I was born and it has been a big part of my life. Whether you’re a prospective student at Iowa State University or just browsing, I hope you’ll find something special to see and do.
- Mucky Duck Pub:
I love going to the Mucky Duck Pub! I can enjoy a nice meal and find treats from Europe. While I was in France, my mom introduced me to her favorite candy bar called, the Lion Bar. I was happy to find it again at the Mucky Duck Pub! YAY! My favorite event of their’s occurs on Saint Patrick’s Day! They serve a buffet style Irish breakfast. *My Irish ancestry is thankful, but unfortunately, my diabetes is not *
- Grandpa Noodle Gallery:
If you haven’t been, you should definitely go! This restaurant was opened by two former Iowa State University students who were from China. They use locally sourced ingredients and their menu is amazing! My favorite thing to do is the create your own noodles option! I always mix different sauce combinations and vegetables. It’s fun and always delicious. Plus, the restaurant’s open design really sets the vibe!
- Hugo and Mump’s Heroic Ink:
This is the only place in Ames that I trust to get piercings or tattoos. Tracy is my artist of choice and she always does an amazing job. I have never left misinformed or with regret.
Plus, every once and a while Hugo will be at the Workspace in the Memorial Union to teach you how to draw monsters. The Workspace is another thing that I enjoy! Almost every Friday they have a Paint Your Own Potter workshop and it’s a lot of fun.
- Pure Luxe Salon and Spa:
One of my favorite salons in Ames! They truly care about the community and are so welcoming. The staff is fire and you can trust them to do a good job. On Friday’s, they have $5 waxes and it’s such a great deal, especially if you’re on a beauty budget.
Check out this talented artist. He has does custom work and has done jackets, shoes, murals, you name it. Check out his Facebook page that features some of his work. #SaveTheArt
I have so many other places to write about, but maybe that’ll be for another day. There are lots of gems in Ames, and I hope you’ll enjoy them as much as I do.
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