"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

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

 

#1 CVNB Main Street Recognizes Outstanding 2014 Projects & Individuals Cedar Rapids’ Czech Village/New Bohemia Main Street District received the following state awards and special recognitions at the May 1st Main Street Iowa Awards Ceremony in Des Moines. Jill Wilkins was recognized as Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Honorable Mention for Total Rehabilitation under 5,000 sq ft was awarded to the Albert & Anna Herda House (1113 3rd St SE) with work done by Jelinek Companies LLC Honorable Mention for Best Business of the Year was awarded to Parlor City Pub & Eatery. In addition to the state awards ceremony, these projects along with several more were recognized at the CVNB Main Street annual Appreciation Event held on April 13th. Facade Improvement over $15,000: Park Fulton Filling Station (1390 3rd St SE) by Red Ball Route LLC Partnership: Preserve Iowa Summit Local Planning Team Congratulations! Read More

Business Spotlight

Village Meat Market & Café: 92 16th Ave SW

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

Upcoming Events

Apr
25
Sat
2015
all-day 2x2xU @ New Bohemia District
2x2xU @ New Bohemia District
Apr 25 – Sep 30 all-day
2x2xU @ New Bohemia District
Jul
1
Wed
2015
9:00 am 1 Million Cups
1 Million Cups
Jul 1 @ 9:00 am
1 Million Cups
The 1 Million Cups Iowa City/Cedar Rapids (1MC) program offers local upstart entrepreneurs an opportunity to present their companies to a diverse audience of entrepreneurs, advisors and community members.   To find out who is[...]
Jul
2
Thu
2015
11:00 am Lil’ Chicks Club @ NewBo City Market
Lil’ Chicks Club @ NewBo City Market
Jul 2 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Lil' Chicks Club @ NewBo City Market | Cedar Rapids | Iowa | United States
Bring the kids to play in a dedicated space in the NewBo City Market from 11am-1pm. This play time is perfectly sandwiched by morning nap time, lunch time, and afternoon nap time so bring the[...]
5:00 pm Meet Me at the Market @ NewBo City Market
Meet Me at the Market @ NewBo City Market
Jul 2 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Meet Me at the Market @ NewBo City Market | Cedar Rapids | Iowa | United States
Join the fun every Thursday evening starting May through September, from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm at the NewBo City Market. Check-in begins at 5:00 pm and continues through 6:30 pm.  Begin and end your[...]
Jul
3
Fri
2015
6:00 pm Music@ the Museum: Bob Dorr and ... @ National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library
Music@ the Museum: Bob Dorr and ... @ National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library
Jul 3 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Music@ the Museum: Bob Dorr and the Blue Band @ National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library | Cedar Rapids | Iowa | United States
Start your holiday weekend right with the sounds of Bob Dorr! He will be featured under the stars athe NCSML’s Rockwell Collins Amphitheater. Bring your lawn chairs and your dancing shoes for this Official Freedom Festival[...]

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