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
The Rieckhoff family has deep ties in Cedar Rapids with connections to several local organizations. Owners of a vegetable farm (Morgan Creek Fresh Produce), they were selected to be the vegetable vendor for the opening of the NewBo City Market. After researching several public markets, Bill and Robyn found popcorn and ice cream shops are some of the favorite vendors around the country. Coupling this research with the desire to teach their children about business ownership. Sydney, then age 14, started the Chill ice cream shop, and Carter, then age 10, started CR Popcorn. When the family had the opportunity to graduate from the NewBo City Market’s incubator program, they found the perfect spot in the historic Jacobs Buidling with enough space to make popcorn on-site and expand hours to 7 days a week. The kids combined their businesses to form Great American Popcorn in June of 2014.
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.