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27th annual Jazz Fest hits Iowa City this weekend

Jazz Fest takes over downtown Iowa City this weekend with art, activities, food and drink and dozens of musicians. The event features a main stage with national and international performers, and three side stages to showcase a variety of local acts. Performances will rotate between stages throughout the festival. […]

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Accessibility survey of downtown Iowa City restaurants in the works

Local disability rights activists Harry Olmstead and Geoffrey Ford are teaming up with University of Iowa students, city officials and other community partners to survey downtown Iowa City restaurants for accessibility. The project may eventually expand to include other businesses as well. […]

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What’s next for Scout Men’s Store?

Scout Closing Sale Scout Men’s Store — Thursday, Nov. 10 through Sunday, Nov. 13 The Scout Men’s Store has added a dose of contemporary men’s fashion and energy to the downtown Iowa City retail scene. Since September, they have offered high quality, “Made in America” menswear brands and hosted visiting trunk shows and even a […]

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Staff picks: 2016 Witching Hour festival

  Downtown Iowa City — Friday, Nov. 4 – Saturday, Nov. 5 Tickets available here Let’s just preface this by saying you should attend as many Witching Hour festival events as you possibly can. You may not know every artist or be familiar with every topic, but for those that choose to completely embrace the festival […]

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Moss urban garden boutique to open in downtown Iowa City

Moss Soft Launch Moss (112 E. Washington St.) — Saturday, Oct. 29 at 5 p.m. Moss, a new decor store, is opening up in downtown Iowa City on Washington St., offering shoppers a selection of indoor plants, pots and nature-inspired gifts and decor. The store is opening earlier than expected, starting at 10 a.m. this […]

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Men’s clothing store opens this week in downtown Iowa City

Scout Men’s Store, Sneak Peek Scout Men’s Store (124 E. Washington St.) — Thursday, Sept. 8 at 6 p.m. A new contemporary men’s retailer is coming to downtown Iowa City — but only for a short while. Scout Men’s Store, a menswear pop-up co-owned by Catherine Champion (of Catherine’s Boutique), Jaime Boling and Jil Dasher, […]

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Protesters gather on the Ped Mall to take action against Donald Trump

Undeterred by the blistering heat, a group of protesters took to the Ped Mall today to protest against the Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and his divisive rhetoric. Members of Next Gen Climate Iowa, CREDO, United We Dream and People’s Action were in attendance, helping to register voters for the 2016 general election. “We want […]

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Frugal Finds: Your guide to enjoying the after-happy hour in downtown Iowa City

In my years at the University of Iowa as an under-paid student employee, I developed a keen eye for the frugal finds of Iowa City’s downtown. As a young professional crawling out from under the pile of construction debris that I now realize is my student loan debt, I need even more drinks in a […]

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Police: Armed Missouri man pulls out loaded gun magazine at Ped Mall bar, gets into scuffle with staff

A man from Bowling Green, Missouri was arrested Wednesday night in the Ped Mall after allegedly pulling out a loaded gun magazine while being kicked out by bar staff, according to the Iowa City Police Department. Police were called to the Ped Mall shortly after 10 p.m. after receiving a report about a man with […]

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Op-ed: A year on the job with the Iowa City Downtown District

Imagine you’re a time traveler visiting current-day downtown Iowa City from an earlier time. Upon exiting your DeLorean, parked in front of the Airliner, you walk south and hang a left on Washington St. passing the beautifully restored MidWestOne Bank building. As you walk east you focus on the architecture of the buildings around you: […]

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Lineup announced: Little Village presents Mission Boutique on Saturday, April 9

On Saturday, April 9 an exciting mix of musicians and writers will offer free pop-up readings and performances at downtown retail locations, presented for the second year in a row by Little Village and the Mission Creek Festival. Check out the lineup below, and keep your eyes and ears open next weekend for these intimate, […]

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