Iowa Startup Accelerator is helping launch the careers of nine entrepreneurs. For the past three months, these business owners have been working with Iowa Startup Accelerator mentors to validate their business models, testing their ideas in the marketplace, and getting...Read More
The Czech Village/New Bohemia Main Street Discount Card is here! Czech Village/New Bohemia Main Street has partnered with the popular BlendCard and Czech Village/New Bohemia businesses to offer a discount on products and services. For just $10, you can start enjoying the many...Read More
The Czech Village/New Bohemia Main Street District now offers 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. In case you missed our tour July 29, here are some of the available properties:...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
Czech Village is home to a variety of businesses. And while many are similar in nature, each one has a style all its own.
Czech Village Antiques, owned by Pam and Ken Lewis, is a multi-dealer shop that is run like a co-op.
“Each of the dealers rent a space and keeps their area filled with interesting items,” said Pam. “They also help to staff the shop, working at least one day a month. We all work together to make the shop successful and consider ourselves to be a family.”
“It’s nice for the customer, too,” Pam added. “Because they are greeted by someone who knows about antiques and collectibles.”