The Czech Village/New Bohemia Main Street District awarded the annual CVNB Main Street Improvement Grant May 23 to Little House LLC for their work at 1301 3rd Street SE. The goal of this grant is to provide financial assistance to district property owners and sponsored tenants who demonstrate a strong dedication to the community.Read More
The local Open 4 Business Competition for Czech Village New Bohemia Main Street District concluded today and the decision was made to send Lion Bridge Brewing Company on to the regional competition led by Main Street Iowa and the Iowa Economic Development Authority. Lion Bridge...Read More
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
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
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
Lou Oettinger Thompson, owner of Village Meat market & Cafe, began her career as a food and beverage manager for several restaurants. She became a Food and Beverage Director and opening permit team member for Gulf Coast Casino Properties in New Orleans from 1992-2000. She went on to manage the Village Sports Club, until Hurricane Katrina ravaged the region Aug. 29, 2005.
That devastating event prompted Lou to return home to Cedar Rapids, which was hit by massive flooding just three years later, wiping out the long-standing Pohlena’s Meat Market. The market had stood for over 100 years in Czech Village.
“After the flood of 2008, I purchased the building in Czech Village that now houses The Village Meat Market and Café,” said Lou, adding that she was drawn to the neighborhood by her childhood memories of Czech Village and a desire to keep a meat market in the neighborhood. Read More