PRESS RELEASE / New Store on "The Blok"

PRESS RELEASE / New Store on "The Blok" Mainframe Studios & The Blok DSM | 02/18/2021

February 18, 2021 (Des Moines, Iowa) – The Des Moines Metro has a new art supply store specializing in high quality professional grade supplies and custom services. It’s called The Blok DSM and Mainframe Studios made for a natural location for the business according to its owners Coleen and Dale Carper.

“It’s been a blessing to be inside Mainframe,” Coleen says. “We’ve had so much support from the artistic community. Most of our customers have been artists with studios here. I think if we had tried to open anywhere else this year we wouldn’t have made it this far.”

Mainframe Studios is located at 900 Keosauqua Way is the largest nonprofit creative workspace in the nation. The five-story building opened in 2017 with 75 non-residential studios and next month it opens 58 more, most of which have already been pre-leased to artists of all disciplines.

Des Moines has been without a dedicated art supply store for years now. And, unlike chain stores, The Blok offers curated materials, expert advice, and showcase work from local artists. The Blok works with artists looking for specific supplies. For instance, they quickly expanded their clay inventory, carrying a range of clays and glazes from MN Clay Supply based on customer demand.

The Blok also sells hand-built canvases, and plans to expand their offerings to include custom built easels, drying racks, paint carrying cases, and more. With a small woodworking shop, 3D printer and CNC Machine inside the store Dale says that the possibilities are really endless. “We’re here to support artists, in whatever form that takes,” he adds.

Despite the economic downturn, owners Coleen and Dale felt compelled to start their dream business this year. “It's amazing how the world coming to a halt can make you reconsider life and what you're putting your efforts towards,” Coleen shared.

The Blok is open for in-person shopping in suite #101 at Mainframe Studios. Customers can also order online and request in-store pick up. Learn more at


CONTACT: Coleen Carper / 515.305.6404 /