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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 Gold Medal Brew Lion Bridge Brewing Co. won a Gold medal for Workman’s Compensation in the English Mild category at the Great American Beer Festival on October 4th. The 2014 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) competition awarded 268 medals to some of the best commercial breweries in the United States, this festival is presented by the Brewers Association. GABF is the largest commercial beer competition in the world and a symbol of brewing excellence. We are proud to have one of the best beers in the country right here in Czech Village/ New Bohemia Main Street District. If you haven’t been to Lion Bridge yet, be sure to check it out! Read more about the 2014 winners here: http://www.brewersassociation.org/press-releases/2014-gabf-winners/

 

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Business Spotlight

Studio U Photography

One of the earlier storefronts to open in New Bo after the flood, Studio U Photography offers a wide range of services, including weddings, high school senior portraits, babies, family sessions, and other corporate/event photography. Owners and Iowa natives Heidi and Troy Eiffert opened the NewBo studio location shortly after moving to Cedar Rapids after operating a studio in Omaha.
 
Drawn to the historic charm of Valley Junction in West Des Moines and the Old Market of Omaha, Heidi and Troy knew they wanted that same experience after moving to the Corridor. When they found the building they’re currently in, Troy knew that “[This was] where it was going to happen.”
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Upcoming Events

Oct
2
Thu
2014
all-day Frank Hansen @ CSPS Hall, Main Gallery
Frank Hansen @ CSPS Hall, Main Gallery
Oct 2 – Dec 28 all-day
Frank Hansen @ CSPS Hall, Main Gallery | Cedar Rapids | Iowa | United States
Young Frank cut wood, bailed hay, fed cows, had a tumor, and dreamt big, on a small farm near Des Moines. His childhood formed his artistic vision early. The old rusty junk he was surrounded by made[...]
all-day Lauren Tucci @ CSPS Hall, Club Room Gallery
Lauren Tucci @ CSPS Hall, Club Room Gallery
Oct 2 – Dec 28 all-day
Lauren Tucci @ CSPS Hall, Club Room Gallery | Cedar Rapids | Iowa | United States
Lauren Tucci’s dark, fantastical ceramic pieces tell half-stories… the viewer supplies the rest. “My attempt is to connect viewers with something they may have experienced and let them resonate with a story that they can[...]
Nov
6
Thu
2014
all-day ‘Aliens: An Isle’ by Nick Twemlow @ CSPS Hall, Digital Gallery
‘Aliens: An Isle’ by Nick Twemlow @ CSPS Hall, Digital Gallery
Nov 6 – Dec 31 all-day
'Aliens: An Isle' by Nick Twemlow @ CSPS Hall, Digital Gallery | Cedar Rapids | Iowa | United States
This quartet of films by Nick Twemlow remixes images from home movies, televised memorials and stock footage to illustrate the different ways in which we alienate and feel alienated. “I don’t think how people experience[...]
all-day Go Figure @ Black Earth Gallery
Go Figure @ Black Earth Gallery
Nov 6 – Nov 28 all-day
Go Figure @ Black Earth Gallery | Cedar Rapids | Iowa | United States
This open-call juried exhibition invites submissions that explore issues surrounding the human body. From classic nudes to contemporary interpretations of the human form, the figure remains a vital and viable subject of exploration for artists[...]
Nov
8
Sat
2014
all-day Add A Book @ New Bo Books
Add A Book @ New Bo Books
Nov 8 – Dec 10 all-day
Add A Book @ New Bo Books | Cedar Rapids | Iowa | United States
Beginning Saturday, November 8, you can “add-a-book” to donate to the Young Parents Network. Our goal is to have a “sleigh-full” of books to donate in support of YPN’s literacy programs. We’ll have an array[...]

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Shop Small Business Saturday- Nov 29th

Come to the Czech Village – New Bohemia Main Street District for your holiday...

Save the Date!

Mark your calendars for the best event of the season, The Main Event February 21st...

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...