Considering opening a business or developing property in Cedar Rapids? Take a look at our market profile to see why the Czech Village/New Bohemia Main Street District is the right choice for you. Designated as an Iowa Cultural District, the Czech Village / NewBohemia Main...Read More
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While the District reaps the benefits of strong community support and investment, there is an urgent focus on creating a sustainable vision for the area. The Strategic Revitalization Plan (the Plan) for the District was created to help guide development while thoughtfully...Read More
Two main streets. One destination. the Czech Village – New Bohemia Main Street District. It’s where you go to connect with tradition, discover new beginnings, and immerse yourself in a district waiting to share its vibrancy. Get away from your daily routine and escape to...Read More
The Czech Village/New Bohemia Main Street District was formed in May of 2009 to breathe economic life into a historic area of Cedar Rapids. Established by emigrants, the District had suffered economic decline for many years and was nearly destroyed by record flooding in 2008. Despite these hardships, courageous business owners and residents began the task of rebuilding.
Optimism is evident throughout our District. Construction is prevalent and new investments are announced regularly. The creative cultural community has embraced the District and their events bring new and return visitors who spread the word about our exciting improvements. We are confident that the consistent application of Main Street’s Four Point Approach will transform Czech Village/New Bohemia into Cedar Rapids desired location to live, work, and play.
posted by Nicole Reyhle http://www.retailminded.com
1. Independent Retailers Need to Recognize They Aren’t “In This Alone”
Time and time again, I hear from retailers who feel isolated and alone in their retail journeys. While online resources such as social media help eliminate total isolation from other retailers, it’s not enough. I encourage retailers to embrace their communities, nearby retail neighbors, niche market retail associations, state level retail groups and other associations in the year ahead to feel more engaged, supported and not so alone in your retail journeys. Read More
100 16th Ave. S.W.
The Czech Cottage has been around since 1975 when owner, Bob Schaffer, and his mother decided they would open a store where they could sell their imported Czech goods. Bob and his mother were aware of the efforts to revitalize the Czech Village going on at this time and wanted to be a part of reviving the area. They found a location for sale, bought it, and have been in business ever since.
Bob has lived in Cedar Rapids his entire life, but his parents were born and raised in Czechoslovakia. The Czech Cottage is different from other businesses because they import all of their goods themselves and some of the products they import are not imported by anyone else in the entire United States. Bob and his mother also go on annual buying trips where they travel to the Czech Republic and search for beautiful artifacts to bring back and sell in their store. Read more