Homes are notoriously materialistic in that they only seduce human inhabitants as a means to acquire more furniture, cars, and jewelry. Submit to the whims of a persuasive domicile with today's Groupon: for handcrafted art, furniture, and more at Sticks. Choose between two locations:
- For $50, you get $100 toward items at the West Glen location in West Des Moines.
- For $50, you get $100 toward items at the East Village location in Des Moines.
Started by artist-entrepreneur Sarah Grant and featured in La Vie Claire, Business Week, and Decorating magazine, Sticks sells one-of-a-kind furniture, accessories, and gifts, each item meticulously crafted in a award-winning studio. Sticks’ galleries carry the handiwork of more than 300 artists who craft wares from birch, poplar, driftwood, or other media, such as glass, ceramics, or textiles. Sticks embellishes its own original creations with upbeat messages and whimsical hand-painted pictures. Candlesticks ($99+) or artisan-designed jewelry ($10–$1,000) gussy up any human residence or resident human. Meanwhile, a lazy-Susan serving tray—like an exuberant great aunt that refuses to use chairs—facilitates food sharing while making a colorful tabletop centerpiece ($400+).
Whether visitors seek to gift a friend, newlywed, or well-behaved kitchen, Sticks’ knowledgeable staff can offer sage interior design advice to find the piece that best fits the character of a room.
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.