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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.

3631 SW 61st St
Des Moines,
IA
US

A mother of six, Tiffanie Lloyd developed her photographic skills by taking pictures of each of her young ones. This hobby soon developed into Tiffanie Lloyd Photography, where Tiffanie uses her expert eye to snap shots of other people's newborns and children. Though happy to use props, Tiffanie mostly eschews bells and whistles at her on-location or in-studio sessions, preferring to capture childhood innocence with straightforward compositions. To preserve her client's favorite images, she offers a slew of products, from prints and framed wall portraits to photo coasters and stickers. Along with paid work, Tiffanie lends her talents to numerous charitable causes, such as taking free photographs of high-school seniors in foster care.

2902 1st Avenue Northeast
Cedar Rapids,
IA
US

Owned by Iowa residents Lisa Barillas and Twyla Tindall, Lyla's Boutique supplies well-known brands to Iowa's multifaceted fashionistas. The boutique stocks a bevy of pants, tops, skirts, and dresses from prominent labels such as Miss Me, Free People, BCBG, BB Dakota, Sweet Pea, Judith March, Level 99, and Vintage Havana. Covering colorful styles from hand to toe, Lyla's also houses a range of purses and functional, form-fitting shoes. Popular wearables currently include a braided-chain-and-jewel necklace and earring set ($32), Kinsie Girl Oliander wedges ($49), !iT Jeans ($69.95), and the wildly inspiring Free People zebra dress ($128) (see pictures of select clothing items here.

211 E Washington St
Iowa City,
IA
US

THE GRAND HARBOR RESORT AND WATERPARK IS THE HOMEOF IOWAS FIRST THEMED INDOOR WATERPARK. THERESORT IS AN INTEGRAL PART OF AMERICAS RIVER ATTHE PORT OF DUBUQUE FEATURING THE MISSISSIPPIRIVER DISCOVERY CENTER AND AQUARIUM, GRAND RIVERCONFERENCE CENTER, NATIONAL RIVERS HALL OF FAME,MISSISSIPPI RIVERWALK, STAR BREWERY AMPHITHEATERAND THE RIVERS EDGE PLAZA. FEATURING 193 GUESTROOMS WITH MAGNIFICENT VIEWS OF EITHER THE CITYBLUFFS OR THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER, THE GRAND HARBORRESORT IS CONVENIENTLY LOCATED NEAR DOWNTOWNBOUTIQUES AND BUSINESSES. GUESTS MAY SELECTSTANDARD DOUBLE OR KING ROOMS, LUXURIOUS ONEBEDROOM FIREPLACE AND WHIRLPOOL SUITES, AND OURUNIQUE TURRET SUITES WITH FLOOR TO CEILING GLASSWINDOWS, SHOWCASE PANORAMIC VIEWS. WITH 2,500SQUARE FEET OF FLEXIBLE HOTEL CONFERENCE SPACE,OUR STATE OF THE ART FACILITIES WILL ACCOMMODATEYOUR INTIMATE CLASSROOM AND BANQUET FUNCTIONS.THE SPECTACULAR CITY LIGHTS SEVENTH FLOOR MEETINGROOM OVERLOOKS THE BLUFFS OF HISTORIC DUBUQUE.HIGH SPEED INTERNET ACCESS IS AVAILABLE IN ALLMEETING ROOMS AND SELECT GUEST ROOMS. AN INDOORCLIMATE CONTROLLED WALKWAY CONNECTS THE GRANDHARBOR RESORT TO THE GRAND RIVER CONVENTIONCENTER. WITH OVER 120,000 SQUARE FEET OFCONFERENCE, MEETING, BANQUET AND EXHIBIT SPACE,9,000 SQUARE FOOT OUTDOOR RIVER TERRACE, AND AUNIQUE 2,500 SQUARE FOOT ALL GLASS RIVER ROOMFEATURING A SWEEPING VIEW OF THE MISSISSIPPIRIVER, THIS NEW CONVENTION CENTER IS READY TOMEET YOUR NEEDS. STATE OF THE ART DIGITALCONNECTION TECHNOLOGY INCLUDING FIBER OPTICS ANDSATELLITE LINKS IS AVAILABLE. WATERPARK ADMISSIONIS NOT INCLUDED WITH ROOM RATE. DISCOUNTEDTICKETS AVAILABLE FOR DAILY PURCHASE.

350 Bell St
Dubuque,
IA
US

The Avenue is a full Photography studio specilaizing in newborns, pregnancies, families, seniors, corporate, pets, events, sports and weddings. We are also a full framing store. Our art gallery features Iowa artists. We hold art and photo classes. We also have 30+ photo gifts where you can place your photo or ours on.

2755 86th Street
Urbandale,
IA
US

The sharp-eyed shutterbugs at Flash Digital Portraits take a timely and convenient approach to photography, but they never skimp on creativity. Inside their studios, flash bulbs pop as the photographer captures grins from a wide range of subjects including infants, high-school seniors, and entire families. To further personalize sessions, clients can choose from a variety of props and plenty of colorful backgrounds. They can even bring special items and mementos from home such as a favorite stuffed animal or a birthday cake. After the shutters snap for the final time, Flash Portraits’ photo technicians get to work on customizing the results, outfitting collages with unique borders and other enhancements.

1451 Coral Ridge Avenue
Coralville,
IA
US