Step into the new store, Objects of Desire, and be prepared to take in some intriguing eye candy. From vibrant fused-glass art, to fun-themed cufflinks, beautiful canvas and print art, to colorful jewelry and even high-end sinks and faucets, they have an expansive variety – and it is all unique.
“The concept here is, ‘Wow,’” said Co-Owner Paul Sears. “We’re trying to create an experience here and add meaning to people’s lives, whether it be a piece of art or a fun thing. This is art as an experience – and we want it to be one that brings people back.”
Objects of Desire opened in November and Sears, who is dean of the College of Business at The University of Findlay, co-owns the store with Odette Monaghan. Monaghan and Artistic and Marketing Director Kristen Dukat create a number of art pieces sold in the store.
The trio travels the country attending international trade shows to find special items with the “Wow factor.” Many of the products in their store would otherwise not be found in Findlay, but there is a price range for everyone. They also form partnerships with artists of an array of media, often exclusively, to sell and display their work.
To add to the “artful living” experience, the store hosts a free ladies day one Sunday a month from noon to 5pm, during which ladies can make a craft, receive giveaways and enjoy refreshments. Keep an eye on Facebook for details for ladies day as well as art classes for adults and kids.
Sears said the name of the store came as an inspiration. When he Googled the term, most of the things he saw were related to art, music and theater. Objects of Desire is ever-evolving, always being re-organized with new merchandise.
Open Tuesday to Saturday 11am to 6pm, 214 W. Front St. 567-301-2486.