Beginning August 1st the Czech Village/New Bohemia Main Street District will offer a low-interest loan program for business startup and expansion efforts. For more information and application materials visit...Read More
Czech Village/New Bohemia Main Street District in partnership with Main Street Iowa, and the Iowa Economic Development Authority is pleased to announce the acceptance of applications for the latest round of Main Street Iowa Challenge Grants. Past recipients of the award in...Read More
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
Get your district Discount Card now! Now for only $5, you can get amazing deals at 19 local businesses through September 30, 2014. Just use it a couple times and you’ll make your money back and basically get paid to shop and dine in the district from there on out! Get...Read More
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
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.
Whenever I meet new people or reconnect with old friends, they ask “What’s the big event or big news right now in The District?”. I’d like to take this opportunity to share with all of you some of my favorite picks each month. These may be small wins, big exciting news, or little known facts. They are definitely worth sharing!
-Jennifer Pruden, Executive Director
Eclipse Trading Post opened on November 30, 2013, in a 10 x 10 foot space at NewBo City Market in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Since then, it has grown into a 15 x 10 space (in the span of three months), and six months after opening, hired its first paid employee. Modest gains, yes, especially in a culture that values doing things in a big, splashy way, but I believe that small actions and steps matter.
Read more about Bev Blasingame and her mission to help better women’s lives through fair trade.