"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
24
Thu
2014
6:00 pm Intro to Glass Fusing Workshop @ The Ceramics Center
Intro to Glass Fusing Workshop @ The Ceramics Center
Apr 24 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Intro to Glass Fusing Workshop @ The Ceramics Center
This is an introductory class in glass fusing. You will learn the fundamentals of glass fusing: cutting glass, laying it out in creative ways, and [...]
6:00 pm Wheel II Workshop @ The Ceramics Center
Wheel II Workshop @ The Ceramics Center
Apr 24 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Wheel II Workshop  @ The Ceramics Center
This class is a continuation of Beginning Wheel. You will learn more advanced techniques such as making multiple-part pieces, altering forms and working with larger [...]
7:00 pm John Gorka w/ Antje Duvekot @ CSPS Hall
John Gorka w/ Antje Duvekot @ CSPS Hall
Apr 24 @ 7:00 pm
John Gorka w/ Antje Duvekot @ CSPS Hall
John Gorka has been part of the new folk movement since the late ’80s, steadily carving out a distinctive niche. Rolling Stone called him “the preeminent male [...]
Apr
25
Fri
2014
8:00 pm Kris Delmhorst & Peter Mulvey @ CSPS Hall
Kris Delmhorst & Peter Mulvey @ CSPS Hall
Apr 25 @ 8:00 pm
Kris Delmhorst & Peter Mulvey @ CSPS Hall
A sweet voice, spiked with a shadowy growl…  A folksy sound, peppered with punchy piano and sharp vocals…  Kris Delmhorst is not your typical folk [...]

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