Brooke Happe stepped away from her career as a Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2015 to stay home with her two boys and soon to be newborn daughter. She wanted to keep her hands strong, as she used manual therapy for most of her rehabilitation techniques, so she challenged herself to learn something new for this new season of life: crocheting. After countless yards of yarn and many hours of teaching herself to crochet via the internet, she made her first hat! She continued to practice the … [Read more...] about b.e.happe Designs – Bringing happiness to children in hospitals
Did you know that Mason City is home to the last remaining hotel designed by American architect Frank Lloyd Wright? Wright on the Park, Inc., is the nonprofit organization that restored, owns and preserves the Frank Lloyd Wright’s Historic Park Inn Hotel. The iconic building was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and originally opened in 1910. The design greatly influenced architecture in Europe and is as striking today as it ever was. According to an article in the Des Moines Register, the building … [Read more...] about Wright on the Park – Preserving a legacy
The best cheese begins with the best milk. And it doesn't get any more farm-fresh than Hinterland Dairy Farmstead in Donnellson, Iowa. They make fresh cheese every week in their on-farm processing facility with milk from their own dairy herd, where the cows are milked and graze on the land. They are proud to make the highest-quality cheese from the milk of their cows. They grow the crops that feed the cows, milk the sweet cows twice a day, and use that rich, creamy milk to make the best cheese. … [Read more...] about It doesn’t get any more farm-fresh than Hinterland Dairy Farmstead
Flint River Home Decor is a family business that started in 2017 by Josh and Melissa (Missy) Dean. Their mission is to connect people to handmade home decor that is beautiful, high quality, functional, and simple. They want to help people decorate their homes with rustic decor that will help friends and families connect and enjoy each other’s company. All of their products are handmade, by Josh and Missy, from hardwoods and reclaimed wood. They also offer free customization on several … [Read more...] about Flint River Home Decor – Connecting people to handmade home decor
Inked Regards, a Dubuque based, online handmade greeting card store is bringing simple tokens of kindness and the joy of snail mail back to the present. Initially, Inked Regards owner, Melissa Chipperfield, used her creative skills to make clean and simple greeting card designs to share with fellow crafters. As time went on, she noticed the need for truly unique cards in an overly saturated market of mass production. After designing for several stamp companies and having a design … [Read more...] about Inked Regards – Kindness isn’t complicated
Allison Cabay knows something about herself: she loves to create. After a decade of being a full-time mom, Allison decided to reignite her passion for creating. Full days and nights of child-rearing had been fulfilling in many ways, but the creative passion that had fueled my younger years had faded to embers. I was more than ready to reignite it." - Allison For years, Allison used handmade soaps from farmers' markets because of the very noticeable effect on her skin. She also loved the … [Read more...] about Ember Tree Artisan Soap: The Full-Sensory Experience
Take a look at the Fine Art category on Shop Iowa and you will see, talent is not hard to come by. Nancy Cameron, who currently resides in Ottumwa, is one of the many talented artists in Iowa. Nancy has wanted to paint watercolor all of her life … but there was never enough time. Nancy began her watercolor journey just a few years ago following a career of teaching music. Nancy and her husband lived in Iowa, North Dakota, Montana, and Arkansas and traveled mostly in the western United … [Read more...] about Join Nancy Cameron on her joyful watercolor journey!
Honor and Respect started in 2018 when current Marion Police Officer and U.S. Air Force veteran Ron Slagle prayed about how he and his family could help first responders and military personnel with the current mental health crisis. It began small with the family coming together to design a shoe that would allow others to show their support, and has grown into a bigger plan that God had His hand on. In July of 2019 Honor and Respect was featured on Fox and Friends and the response was very … [Read more...] about Honor and Respect – Making Mental Health a Priority for Our Heroes!
A fascination with bees sparked decades ago turned into keeping a few hives... then a few more. Andy Joseph, Catherine Rihm and their son live in the Beaverdale neighborhood of Des Moines and currently care for about 200 hives. While the bees are located in and around Polk County including Madison, Warren and Dallas Counties, they run their small business out of their home. MeadowBlazing Star honey is 100% raw wildflower honey, a blend of honey their bees produce as they forage on the … [Read more...] about Meadow BlazingStar Honey – Straight from the hive!