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"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

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

#1 NewBo City Market Expanding – NewBo City Market has announced plans to add 8-12 anchor merchants to its space in early 2015. The new tenants will be added to the north end of the building, which is currently being used as flex space and by guest vendors on the weekends. The market will be taking applications for the new spaces until Jan. 15, and will announce the new merchants in early February. Build-outs are anticipated to be completed by March 1, in time for a grand opening event tentatively scheduled for March 5. In addition, several anchor merchants have added second locations outside of the market. That One Cupcake Place opened its second location in Hiawatha off North Center Point Road, Caribbean Cafe opened just before Thanksgiving on 5th Avenue and 6th Street SE, and Greyhound Deli has expanded into the Cedar Rapids Public Library. Looks like our little incubator is working!

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Business Spotlight


208 D 12th Ave. SE

213 Ford Lukes & Company is a handmade, specialty design and retail shop owned by Kate Ford and Nancy Lukes-Jirak, two artists with deep Czech ancestry and a great love of their community.

Kate was a retail/visual merchandiser for a number of companies early in her career and after moving to Cedar Rapids from North Carolina eight years ago, was a stay at home mother of three and wife of a soldier who was deployed to Iraq. She had her first sale out of her little garage in the back of her house. “I didn’t know five people here in town, but I knew one person who knew everyone,” she reflects.

The timing was far from perfect for her to venture out and open a shop, yet she was getting more and more requests for design. Her client list grew which inspired her to take part in the Downtown Cedar Rapids Farmer’s Market. She eventually approached New Bo Books about doing their window displays and did more interior design and wedding décor. “I always knew I wanted a retail space I just wasn’t sure where. Then I met Nancy,” Kate said.

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Upcoming Events

all-day Andrew Brehm @ CSPS Hall, Digital & Club Room galleries
Andrew Brehm @ CSPS Hall, Digital & Club Room galleries
Dec 4 – Feb 1 all-day
Andrew Brehm @ CSPS Hall, Digital & Club Room galleries | Cedar Rapids | Iowa | United States
Join us for an opening artist reception Thursday, Dec. 4, 5-7 pm Hominine and Mr. Lips: Two Works is an exhibition by New York-based artist Andrew Brehm. The sculptural installation and video series deal with[...]
all-day Adam Burke @ CSPS Hall, Commons Gallery
Adam Burke @ CSPS Hall, Commons Gallery
Dec 5 – Feb 1 all-day
Adam Burke @ CSPS Hall, Commons Gallery | Cedar Rapids | Iowa | United States
In five videos, a performer uses a wooden stick to push on the wavy membrane between air and water. These “drawings” create a ripple effect that eventually expands to cover several square miles. Adam Burke[...]
all-day UI 3D Design Students @ CSPS Hall, Main Gallery
UI 3D Design Students @ CSPS Hall, Main Gallery
Dec 11 – Feb 1 all-day
UI 3D Design Students @ CSPS Hall, Main Gallery | Cedar Rapids | Iowa | United States
Students from the University of Iowa 3D Design Program won this year’s CONNECT competition at SOFA CHICAGO, the world-renowned art fair dedicated to functional art and design.  Schools were invited to create a series of[...]
11:00 am Lil’ Chicks Club @ NewBo City Market
Lil’ Chicks Club @ NewBo City Market
Feb 5 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Lil' Chicks Club @ NewBo City Market | Cedar Rapids | Iowa | United States
Bring the kids to play in a dedicated space in the NewBo City Market from 11am-1pm. This play time is perfectly sandwiched by morning nap time, lunch time, and afternoon nap time so bring the[...]
8:00 pm Chris Yon @ CSPS Hall
Chris Yon @ CSPS Hall
Feb 6 @ 8:00 pm
Chris Yon @ CSPS Hall | Cedar Rapids | Iowa | United States
Minneapolis-based, dance couple Chris Yon and Taryn Griggs ”interact with droll humor and deadpan slapstick as they create an entire world constructed from precisely splintered images” (City Pages) in the Iowa premiere of The Very[...]

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Window Wonderland 2014

Catch a sneak preview of the 2014 Window Wonderland displays.  Click here for a program...

The Main Event tickets on sale now!

Get Tickets Mark your calendars for the best event of the season, The Main Event February...

CVNB Main Street District Launches Revolving Loan Fund

Beginning August 1st the Czech Village/New Bohemia Main Street District will offer a...

Develop in our District!

Considering opening a business or developing property in Cedar Rapids?  Take a look at...

Window Wonderland

With a record 550+ votes in this year’s competition, we are excited to announce the...