Advertisement

Hot Cocoa Crawl to bring winter shoppers downtown

  • 29
    Shares

Hot Cocoa Crawl

Downtown Iowa City — Friday, Jan. 18 at 5 p.m.

The 2018 inaugural Cocoa Crawl invades Catherine’s. — courtesy of the Iowa City Downtown District

Many of Iowa City’s downtown businesses are keeping doors open late this Friday, Jan. 18 for the second annual Hot Cocoa Crawl. They’ll be offering drinks, treats and special sales for ticket-holding shoppers.

The event begins at 5 p.m. and is open to all ages with a $15 ticket purchase, giving all members of the Iowa City community a chance to find a downtown small business favorite.

“It really is a shopping event, and [our] aim is to get customers into the shops to discover what downtown has to offer,” Christopher Hunter, director of events for the Iowa City Downtown District (ICDD), said in an email. “We’ve heard a lot of feedback on attendees walking into shops they had never seen before. It’s nice because each shop is getting a mix of new customers they might not normally get, so the exposure is great”.

Last year’s mug design. — courtesy of the ICDD

With 20 participating businesses, the Hot Cocoa Crawl will resemble the Summer and Fall Shop Crawls, with the ICDD offering a mug and custom tote to ticket holders and with businesses providing snacks and hot beverages, including adult drinks like boozy hot chocolate for shoppers over 21.

After previous years’ success of the Summer Shop Crawls, last year saw the ICDD add the first Hot Cocoa Crawl in January, followed by the Fall Shop Crawl in October. However, this years’ Hot Cocoa Crawl will be different in that “the attendees get a little extra gift with their ticket purchase,” Hunter said.

Even with chilly weather, a high turnout is expected. In his email, Hunter said, “The Shop Crawls have been a huge success. Over the past year, we have sold out at each [of] the Hot Cocoa Crawl, the Summer Shop Crawl and the Fall Shop Crawl.”

Limited tickets are still available. More information on tickets and participating businesses is available on the Facebook event page.


  • 29
    Shares
Thoughts? Tips? A cute picture of a dog? Share them with LV » editor@littlevillagemag.com

Advertisement

Summer Programs 2020

Get 150+ local restaurants delivered to your door in the Iowa City & Cedar Rapids areas!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO US!

July 2020 marks Little Village’s 19th anniversary. With our community of readers alongside us, we’ll be ready for what the next 19 have in store.

BECOME A SUPPORTER:

Regular

$10/mo or $120/year
(AUTO-RENEW)
The cost of doing this work really adds up! Your contribution at this level will cover telephone and internet expenses for one month at the LV editorial offices.

Italic

$20/mo or $240/year
(AUTO-RENEW)
$240 is enough to cover one month’s costs for sending out our weekly entertainment newsletter, The Weekender. Make a contribution at this level to put a little more oomph on your support and your weekend.

Bold

$30/mo or $360/year
(AUTO-RENEW)
LittleVillageMag.com connects eastern Iowa culture with the world. Your contribution at this level will cover the site’s hosting costs for three months. A bold move for our boldest supporters!

All monthly and annual contributors receive:

  • Recognition on our Supporters page (aliases welcome)
  • Exclusive early access when we release new half-price gift cards
  • Access to a secret Facebook group where you can connect with other supporters and discuss the latest news and upcoming events (and maybe swap pet pics?) with the LV staff
  • Invitations to periodic publisher chats (held virtually for now) to meet with Matt and give him a piece of your mind, ask your burning questions and hear more about the future plans for Little Village, Bread & Butter Magazine, Witching Hour Festival and our other endeavors.