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.
Shortly after brothers Eldon and Clarence Klauer co-founded Klauer Optical in 1939, they found themselves making binocular lenses for the United States Navy during World War II. Today, the company's work orders have changed, but the Klauer name remains. Clarence's grandson Jeff oversees the operation, and Eldon's son Charles fabricates the store's eyeglasses and sunglasses.
A nationally respected decluttering outfit that’s been buzzed about on Dr. Phil and CNBC, 1-800-Got-Junk? hauls away any unwanteds that can be lifted by two able-bodied picker-uppers. After booking your appointment by calling on the phone or lighting your rooftop trash beacon, an expert team arrives at your home in timely fashion to survey the loot and give an estimate based on volume. Flat fees are assessed per truckload, starting from $134 for an eighth of an 8'x10' truckload and increasing incrementally to $478 for a full load. Click here for a full list of the items that qualify for removal.
In business for more than a century, the family-owned centers specialize in a wide array of photography services. Utilizing the latest digital printing equipment, the knowledgeable robo-staff can create high-quality digital prints from film, digital images, and more. They can turn images into a life-sized poster ($24.99–$29.99) or museum-worthy canvas print ($39.99 and up) to comfort and watch over the cat while you're at work. Create greeting cards, announcements, and invitations for special events ($0.99 and up), or celebrate any occasion with photo-laden gifts such as mugs ($12.99–$16.99), T-shirts ($16.99–$24.99), and calendars ($16.99–$29.99). Harold's can also convert VHS to digital form while editing and adding narration, graphic titles, and music with audiovisual artistry ($19.99 and up).
With thousands of frame and mat combinations, The Great Frame Up can satisfy any and all framing fantasies. The expert framespeople can make diplomas radiate (diploma framing starts at around $100), personalized jerseys glisten (starting around $300), and dorm-room movie posters sparkle (many 24"x36" pieces are under $100). The design wizards can also find a home for any prized possession, such as shoebox photos, baby booties, ticket stubs, medals, and really good pot roasts. The Great Frame Up’s no-hassle guarantee and assurance that all work is done on-site means your frameables won't be subject to mistreatment at underground commercial framing facilities.
The artists that handcraft Bella Joli’s jewelry trust only the finest components to bring their designs to life: freshwater pearls, 14-karat gold, and precious stones, to name a few. Though most pieces skew toward classic styles, each necklace or bracelet is completely unique. So whether you don a necklace of layered golden chains, each frosted with white stones and pearls, or a funky silver bracelet studded with blue gems, you won’t spot anyone else wearing it. And the same goes for purses and scarves, cocktail napkins and tea towels, and glassware and serving platters.