"An Arts & Culture District in the Heart of Cedar Rapids!"

About The District

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.

 

From the Director’s Desk

The Main Street Advantage – 4 Steps to Win

posted by Eric Groves www.alignable.com

Unlocking The Main Street Advantage puts local businesses in a highly competitive position versus big box and online mega retailers.  Here’s how it’s done:

Number 1: The Experience Advantage

Competing on price is not a recipe for success.  Rather, by focusing on your expertise to provide unique customer experiences you’ll attract the attention and business of local consumers:

  • Host product demonstrations that showcase your knowledge where customers can learn how to use the products or services you provide; or
  • Invite a well-known local industry connection to share their expertise to provide a uniquely local customer experience. Read More

Business Spotlight

Lion Bridge Brewing Company 59 16th Ave SW

Lion Bridge Brewing Company opened earlier this month to great crowds. Cedar Rapids native, Quinton McClain, says the brewery went through nearly 450 gallons of beer in their first week (38 hours) of being open. For those doing the math, that equals about 1.6 pints every minute.

McClain said Lion Bridge Brewing, named after the bridge that crosses the Cedar River, will start with five different craft beers produced in-house. The brewpub will be open 3-10 p.m. Wednesday through Friday; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays, with private events scheduled on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Upcoming Events

Apr
19
Sat
2014
12:00 pm Iowa Humane Alliance: Tour for Life @ NewBo City Market
Iowa Humane Alliance: Tour for Life @ NewBo City Market
Apr 19 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Iowa Humane Alliance: Tour for Life @ NewBo City Market
Live remote broadcast from KHAK 1pm to 3pm Iowa Humane Alliance and North Shore Animal League America’s Tour For Life present a Mega Pet Adoption Event [...]
1:00 pm Curator Guided Tour of “Celebration! Rituals and Revelry of Life” @ Petrik Gallery National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library
Curator Guided Tour of “Celebrat… @ Petrik Gallery National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library
Apr 19 @ 1:00 pm
Curator Guided Tour of "Celebration! Rituals and Revelry of Life" @ Petrik Gallery National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library
Join NCSML Curator Stefanie Kohn for a guided tour of our newest exhibition, on loan from the National Museum in Prague. Learn about Czech traditions, [...]
2:00 pm Glass Wind Chime @ The Ceramics Center
Glass Wind Chime @ The Ceramics Center
Apr 19 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Glass Wind Chime @ The Ceramics Center
Make a glass wind chime for melodic breezes. **kids ages 8 and under MUST be accompanied by an adult**
8:00 pm Jeremy Kittel Band @ CSPS Hall
Jeremy Kittel Band @ CSPS Hall
Apr 19 @ 8:00 pm
Jeremy Kittel Band @ CSPS Hall
With the drive of Celtic fiddling, spontaneity of jazz, soul of the blues and intricacies of chamber music, the Jeremy Kittel Band consistently captivates audiences [...]
Apr
21
Mon
2014
6:00 pm Beginning Wheel Workshop @ The Ceramics Center
Beginning Wheel Workshop @ The Ceramics Center
Apr 21 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Beginning Wheel Workshop @ The Ceramics Center
This class is an introduction to working with clay on the potter’s wheel. You will learn the basic techniques of working with clay and explore [...]

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