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Raygun’s new Iowa City location is open

The bold, capital letters on the sign in the window of Iowa City’s Raygun are familiar, but the message, like the location across from the Ped Mall, is new: “I assure you we’re open.” Raygun, purveyor of fine T-shirts, bumper stickers and other items on which clever messages can be printed, took over the space […]

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The Shop Iowa City, selling vintage and repurposed home decor, is opening downtown in August

Update: The Shop Iowa City is officially opening for business Sunday, Aug. 26. There will be a grand opening event 12-4 p.m. that day. Kay Boyer, Kate Dreyer and Jessica Meyer have been hard at work peeling away layers from the downtown space that, until recently, housed University Camera for 48 years. In the past […]

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Takanami will become a Mexican restaurant (Updated)

July 20, 2018: This article was updated with new comments from Valentina Carrero. After 15 years serving sushi, teppanyaki and Asian-infused entrees, Iowa City’s Takanami will become a Mexican restaurant, new owner Valentina Carrero announced Wednesday. The rebranded business is set to open Aug. 2 in the same location at 219 Iowa Ave. “I have […]

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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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