Design Ranch carries collections from many of the world’s greatest classic and contemporary designers. New this season from Alessi: strikingly saturated bowls (in a variety of sizes) that will bring just the right pop of color to your counter and tabletops.
Akar curates the work of ceramic artists across the country, selling and displaying beautiful and functional pieces that elevate daily life. The selection of drool-worthy handmade ceramic mugs make an exceptionally thoughtful gift for anyone aesthetically inclined.
These high-quality, all-natural, vegan-friendly small-batch soaps are made from coconut oil, sustainable palm oil, sunflower oil and olive oil and make for the perfect kitchen accessory whether you’ve been busy meal-prepping or just reaping the benefits of your favorite home chef.
Ten Thousand Villages
105 S Dubuque St, Iowa City
Stocking fair-trade artisan gifts from around the world, Ten Thousand Villages is the place to go when looking for ethically and sustainably produced goods. Hand carved by artisans from Cambodia, this citrus reamer made from sustainably sourced palm wood brings an extra dose of beauty to your next batch of lemon bars.
Sweetopia Handmade Chocolates
4444 1st Ave NE, Cedar Rapids
These handmade and handpainted (!) chocolates make a beautiful host gift to bring along to your next dinner party or an indulgent treat for yourself. Boasting 20 flavors to choose from, Sweetopia’s truffles, creams and chocolate confections are almost too pretty to eat. We said almost.
Specializing in showcasing the work of Midwestern artists, Iowa Artisans Gallery offers outstanding handcrafted options for your tabletop. These cutting and cheese boards are smooth as butter and while made by hand there’s none of the usual tell-tale hand-hewn signs; these are perfect.
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Strengthen • Grow • Evolve is a collaborative campaign led by two Iowa City-based arts nonprofits, The Englert Theatre and FilmScene that seeks a major reinvestment to strengthen the arts through modern and historic venues, innovative programming, and new models of collaboration.