Mark your calendars for the best event of the season, The Main Event February 21st 6-9pm! Put on your best red carpet attire, grab your co-workers, family, & friends and join Czech Village/New Bohemia Main Street as we escape the winter doldrums and gather to celebrate the...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
1400 Inspiration Pl SW
photo from www.ncsml.org
Are you looking for the perfect gift or Christmas ornament? The Museum Store is in the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library at 1400 Inspiration Place, SW, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. You will find a great selection of unique jewelry, books and music, ornaments, Czech glass and egg art. It’s a great place to find a unique gift that showcases Czech Heritage.
Czech glass has century’s long history of being internationally recognized for its high quality, craftsmanship, beauty, and often innovative designs. Hand-cut, engraved, blown and painted decorative glassware ranging from ornaments, champagne flutes to chandeliers, figurines and other glass items are among the best known Czech exports, and the museum carries a variety of beautiful pieces. Read More