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"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 NewBo City Market Expanding – NewBo City Market has announced plans to add 8-12 anchor merchants to its space in early 2015. The new tenants will be added to the north end of the building, which is currently being used as flex space and by guest vendors on the weekends. The market will be taking applications for the new spaces until Jan. 15, and will announce the new merchants in early February. Build-outs are anticipated to be completed by March 1, in time for a grand opening event tentatively scheduled for March 5. In addition, several anchor merchants have added second locations outside of the market. That One Cupcake Place opened its second location in Hiawatha off North Center Point Road, Caribbean Cafe opened just before Thanksgiving on 5th Avenue and 6th Street SE, and Greyhound Deli has expanded into the Cedar Rapids Public Library. Looks like our little incubator is working!

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Business Spotlight

213 FORD LUKES & CO

208 D 12th Ave. SE

213 Ford Lukes & Company is a handmade, specialty design and retail shop owned by Kate Ford and Nancy Lukes-Jirak, two artists with deep Czech ancestry and a great love of their community.

Kate was a retail/visual merchandiser for a number of companies early in her career and after moving to Cedar Rapids from North Carolina eight years ago, was a stay at home mother of three and wife of a soldier who was deployed to Iraq. She had her first sale out of her little garage in the back of her house. “I didn’t know five people here in town, but I knew one person who knew everyone,” she reflects.

The timing was far from perfect for her to venture out and open a shop, yet she was getting more and more requests for design. Her client list grew which inspired her to take part in the Downtown Cedar Rapids Farmer’s Market. She eventually approached New Bo Books about doing their window displays and did more interior design and wedding décor. “I always knew I wanted a retail space I just wasn’t sure where. Then I met Nancy,” Kate said.

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Upcoming Events

Feb
5
Thu
2015
all-day Matthew Underwood @ CSPS Hall, Digital Gallery
Matthew Underwood @ CSPS Hall, Digital Gallery
Feb 5 – Mar 1 all-day
Matthew Underwood @ CSPS Hall, Digital Gallery | Cedar Rapids | Iowa | United States
An artist reception is planned for Thursday, Feb. 5, 5:00 – 7:00 pm Rhode Island artist Matthew Underwood ‘s video works range from a “titillating unerotic work about surveillance” to a piece that sources plot[...]
all-day Russ Fagle @ CSPS Hall
Russ Fagle @ CSPS Hall
Feb 5 – Mar 1 all-day
Russ Fagle @ CSPS Hall | Cedar Rapids | Iowa | United States
An artist reception is planned for Thursday, Feb. 5, 5:00 – 7:00 pm Power to the People: The Poster Art of Russ Fagle highlights brand new work in an ongoing series.  Russ Fagle’s poster art[...]
all-day Thad Kellstadt @ CSPS Hall, Main Gallery
Thad Kellstadt @ CSPS Hall, Main Gallery
Feb 5 – Mar 29 all-day
Thad Kellstadt @ CSPS Hall, Main Gallery | Cedar Rapids | Iowa | United States
An artist reception is planned for Thursday, Feb. 5, 5:00 – 7:00 pm Inspired by personal mythologies, Midwest landscapes and psychedelic culture, Thad Kellstadt’s work considers how both the profane and the exalted allow for[...]
all-day Tom Christison @ CSPS Hall, Club Room Gallery
Tom Christison @ CSPS Hall, Club Room Gallery
Feb 5 – Mar 29 all-day
Tom Christison @ CSPS Hall, Club Room Gallery | Cedar Rapids | Iowa | United States
An artist reception is planned for Thursday, Feb. 5, 5:00 – 7:00 pm The 14 pieces in Tom Christison’s exhibit are “faceted collages of impressions and expressions that equally reveal and obscure.” Imagery (original and[...]
Feb
27
Fri
2015
8:00 pm Caladh Nua @ CSPS Hall
Caladh Nua @ CSPS Hall
Feb 27 @ 8:00 pm
Caladh Nua @ CSPS Hall | Cedar Rapids | Iowa | United States
Caladh Nua is a tightly-knit, vibrant group of musicians with origins deeply rooted in the Southern counties of Ireland. The five versatile musicians and singers play a variety of instruments–from banjo to fiddle, guitar to[...]

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