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At Glazed Expressions, a large stock of pristine canvases await a painter's touch. Owner Laura Riegel and her knowledgeable team of artists encourage creativity during studio sessions, when visitors spend time designing and painting their own works of art as experienced and helpful staff members offer advice on the best painting techniques. Alternatively, fused-glass projects meld shards into kaleidoscopic pendants or clients can decorate pottery items such as vases, picture frames, and animal figurines. A BYOB policy enhances a festive atmosphere within the studio, keeping the mood as bright and colorful as the decor.

8826 Swanson Boulevard
Clive,
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Since 1932, Lumbermen's family of businesses have aimed to fulfill their motto of bringing quality to life—expertly cutting stone for projects including the face of The Village of Ponderosa, PF Changs, Scheels, Fleming's, and a tiny fireplace for Barbie’s upscale dream house. Their most recent store, Fireplace and Stone Center, specializes in hardscaping materials as well as stone veneers for home and commercial façades. The center’s vast display area also boasts an array of outdoor-living merchandise, such as outdoor fireplaces, kitchens, and stylish patio furniture.

4671 121st St
Urbandale,
IA
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Meander beneath the leaves of the more than 30,000 trees that grow at Bentley Ridge Tree Farm & Nursery, and you’ll see pines and serviceberry bushes. The sprawling 30-acre farm is home to more than 20 different species of locally grown trees, along with five varieties of shrubs. A team of attentive farmers cares for this lush forest, paying special attention to the plants’ roots to ensure they grow to be healthy and strong.

5398 170th Street
Waukee,
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Sticks sprung from humble origins when, in 1992, Sarah Grant began carving ornaments and candlesticks from birch, poplar, and driftwood in a small studio in Des Moines. As her work began to attract national interest and demand for it grew, Sarah enlisted the aid of other local artists and expanded her inventory to include handcrafted heirloom-quality furniture, whimsical sculptures, and intricate keepsakes.

Today, the artists’ work is showcased in more than 100 galleries across the country. Their installation projects have even decorated the walls of Blank Children’s Hospital, the Animal Rescue League of Central Iowa, and the student center at Iowa State University.

Sticks artists can often be spotted by the shores of local rivers, gathering driftwood for their work. They assemble the wood into custom-designed tables, beds, and armoires within their spacious, light-filled studio before painting them with colorful, whimsical designs, from smiling suns and moons to lush landscapes. The versatile artists even take their tools and paintbrushes to homes, businesses, and underground mad-scientist labs to craft custom art installations and interiors.

5445 Mills Civic Parkway
West Des Moines,
IA
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Ticket stubs, needlework, oil paintings: the experts at The Great Frame Up have handled them all, turning them into wall-ready hangings. Their selection of hundreds of frames, matting options, and varieties of glass makes it easy for clients to find the right colors and textures to complement their artwork. In addition to custom framing, the professionals offer conservation framing for paintings with monetary value or used napkins with sentimental value. Three-dimensional objects are also a specialty: The experts can slip hockey pucks and musical instruments into acrylic cases or send clients home with one to keep empty in anticipation of finally acquiring that unicorn horn. Inside the store, customers can peruse a selection of ready-made frames and framed art work.

5515 Mills Civic Pkwy
West Des Moines,
IA
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Howell's Dried Floral & Greenhouse is nestled in 800 acres of farmland that's been tended by the Howell family for six generations. There, the family grows more than 50 varieties of flowers, grains, and pods on a 15-acre plot. Inside the greenhouse, guests can peruse vibrant hanging floral baskets or pick up containers and yard plantings for home gardening.

When the leaves start changing color, the farm does too, transforming itself into the family-friendly attraction known as Howell's Pumpkin Patch. Antique tractors begin crossing the fields, transporting visitors by wagon to a pumpkin patch where they can choose the one they want to take home and name Fluffy. In addition to exploring the patch, families can navigate the corn maze or visit the barnyard to get nose-to-nose with goats, sheep, and chickens. Smaller children engage in farm-themed play in the Kiddie Korral, where they commandeer pedal tractors, clamber to the top of hay stacks, and dive into the corn bin play box. The onsite Greenhouse Cafe refuels visitors with a selection of snacks, including homemade ice cream.

3145 Howell Ct
Cumming,
IA
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