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An historic Cedar Rapids theater is becoming its coolest new saloon and music venue

Once on the brink of demolition, a building constructed over 100 years ago is about to be reborn as Cedar Rapids’ newest bar and music venue. First opening as the Ideal Theatre over a century ago, the building at 213 […]

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Belle’s Basix, Cedar Rapids’ only LGBTQ bar, is closing — unless a new owner steps up

After a quarter century, Belle’s Basix, an iconic Cedar Rapids bar and one of only a handful of LGBTQ night spots in eastern Iowa, may soon close for good. “Unless someone buys the business, the bar will be permanently closed […]

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Cedar Rapids looks to boost arts and entertainment industry this summer

A new initiative from the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance aims to rally support for arts, culture and entertainment venues in the city this summer. The CR Summer Rally program is the latest phase of the Economic Alliance’s Buy Local […]

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Earn prizes for shopping local through Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance’s new COVID-19 recovery initiative

The Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance announced a new initiative Monday morning that focuses on supporting local businesses that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Rally C.A.P. — which stands for Rally Champion and Protect — is a “community-wide, […]

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As Linn County reopens, Cedar Rapids businesses decide how to move forward

As an owner of a small business, Ashleigh Derby has had to make decisions during the COVID-19 pandemic she couldn’t have imagined. “I would have never thought in a million years I’d have to make these decisions, ever. Let alone […]

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Local businesses in Iowa City and Cedar Rapids will offer special deals on Small Business Saturday

For the most ambitious shoppers (who often make the rest of us look bad), the end of Thanksgiving means the start of the holiday shopping season. But because sales on Black Friday and Cyber Monday — the two biggest shopping days of the year — typically benefit big retailers the most, American Express started Small Business Saturday in 2010. The shopping event encourages people to support their local economy. […]

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