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  • Indianola Glass Creations
    A shimmering butterfly hovers suspended in a pink glass teardrop. Glass bands wind around each other like ribbons of pulled taffy to form a glass icicle. Intricate and distinct, the glass artwork at Indianola Glass Creations reflects the diverse specialties of the shops’ glassworkers. Shop partner and lampwork instructor Bobbi Oelmann says it’s this versatility that first drew her to the medium. On any given day, you can find her and her fellow artists slumping glass in the shop’s kiln, blowing glass in the torch room, or meticulously cutting panes of stained glass into adorable geometric shapes. Artists can easily customize these glass pieces to suit customers’ specifications—they create earrings to match a prized pendant, for instance, or fire custom-blown glass ornaments. Artists not only sell their artwork and jewelry, but empower budding artists to create their own one-of-a-kind creations with weekly classes. Groups of 3–10 students may learn to turn glass rods into beads during a lampworking class, or piece together a stained-glass ornament. To ensure a positive experience, Ms. Oelmann says that instructors strive to get to know each student and his or her goals for the class: “We want them to enjoy it just as much as we do.”
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    119 N Buxton St.
    Indianola, IA US
  • La Vida Loca Winery
    When the Putz family moved into its home in 1987, it discovered a trove of berries growing on the property. The family first picked the berries for homemade jellies, then Tony Putz began experimenting with winemaking. The hobby soon became a full-time job, and La Vida Loca Winery was born. The award-winning winery produces a variety of sweet, semisweet, dry, and cooking wines with hints of cinnamon, cherries, and blackberries. The winery also hosts numerous events, including dinners on an expansive deck that overlooks the vineyard, which was carefully bedecked to befit any wedding reception or divorce proceeding.
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    7852 Jesup St
    Indianola, IA US
  • Sweet 103 by Chocolate Dreams & Peppermint Wishes
    Hand-crafting a number of party-ready sweets, the masterminds behind Sweet 103 create beautiful treats that are as tasty as they are beautifully crafted. The seemingly inexhaustible menu, is full of made-to-order items such as hand-made truffles, shot pops infused with liqueurs, or candy sushi that impresses even for vegetarians. The bakers also make sugar-free desserts on request.
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    103 E Salem Ave
    Indianola, IA US
  • Grape Escape Winery
    Grape Escape Winery’s name isn’t simply a boozy play on a Steve McQueen movie. For its vintners, planting their own vineyard signified the chance to break free from the typical work routine and spend more time together. From their 8 acres of grapes—supplemented by pickings from 15 other Iowa vineyards—the crafters fill their casks with 13 varietals ranging from sweet to dry. Visitors to the winery may saunter through the pastoral rows of vines, savor tastes of a red, white, or blush over the fire pit, or, on Saturday nights in summer, take in a movie right in the vineyard.
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    1185 40th Pl.
    Pleasantville, IA US
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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.
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    online, IA US
  • Teddy Bear Connection
    At Teddy Bear Connection, children’s imaginations run wild as they dream up stuffed-animal friends and customize them with clothes and a full boutique of colorful accessories. After they pick out a bear, kitten, zebra, or other plush friend, they hand their future friend over to a staff member, who plumps the animal with fluff, maximizing cuddliness but minimizing its ability to slip under doors and raid the cookie jar. Animals leave the store as is or can peruse walls hung with outfits and shoes for any occasion, real or imagined, with their owner. Creators can add a song or sound to play when their stuffed animal is squeezed, or record their own 10-second theme song, catch phrase, or campaign slogan.
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    3850 Merle Hay Rd
    Des Moines, IA US
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