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
Celebrate and explore the art and legacy of lifelong Cedar Rapidian Marvin Cone. The Czech Village New Bohemia Main Street District is celebrating Cone’s birthday at and around Little Bohemia (the site of his famous art and an establishment he often frequented). This...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
May 15th and 16th were sunny, successful days in the Main Street District. Thirty-two raised planters are ready for summer! Thank you to the Green Iowa Americorp, local business owners, Main Street volunteers and Franklin Middle School’s sixth and seventh grade student...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.
The holiday season is quickly approaching, and the time is now to make sure you get the most of your marketing efforts to help secure sales success in the coming months. Here are a few budget-friendly ideas, from the Small Business Administration, to help get you started.
Social Media Contests
If your small business has a social media presence, contests on Facebook and Twitter are often a popular way highlight your brand and engage with customers, reminding them that your product or service is available – and a potentially great gift idea. With a few rules, a clever hashtag and incentive such as a prize or discount on your offerings, you can drum up excitement about – and draw people in to – your business. Read More
Big Boy Meats (NewBo City Market 1100 3rd Street SE)
Nathan Lein was raised on a small diversified family farm outside of Arlington, IA. The Lein family has raised sheep for 45 years. They have always raised purebred and registered sheep while also helping to protect and grow the population of several endangered breeds.
When asked what makes his business unique, Nathan replied, “Our product lines are able to be traced to the farm. Our offerings are diverse. Most of our products come from within a 1-2 hour drive from Cedar Rapids. We are putting the local back into the local economy. Our quality of meat is unmatched. Visitors are welcome at our producer locations.It is amazing the volume of product we move through the store that comes from local small producers here in Iowa. Our business is living proof that one does not need huge centralized feed lots to make “production agriculture” work.” Read More