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Lucky’s Market is closing

Lucky’s Market announced on Monday it will close its Iowa City location. According to a post on the store’s official Facebook page, its last day will be March 4. Lucky’s employees were informed of the closing at a 6:30 a.m. meeting on Monday. […]

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Hair Art’s one-woman show

When I tell Man Kwi Park, owner of Hair Art salon in downtown Iowa City, that I am travelling to Hong Kong, she tells me that I should stop by Korea on the way there. “My nephew lives there,” she tells me with a wink. He’s single. She calls her husband from the back and […]

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Uptown Bill’s may soon close

In a city with a surprising number of coffee shops, Uptown Bill’s stands out as a unique place. Part coffeehouse, part performance venue, part used bookstore, in the words of Tom Gilsenan, who ran it for eight years before his retirement in June, it’s “a place where everybody is welcome, no matter what their station […]

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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 Haunted Bookshop turns 40

Despite its spooky-sounding name and the fact it’s in one of Iowa City’s oldest buildings, any mysterious noise heard in the Haunted Bookshop is likely the work of the shop’s cats, not ghosts. The store’s name comes from Christopher Morley’s 1919 novel, ‘The Haunted Bookshop.’ The only unquiet dead in the novel are “the ghosts of the books I haven’t read,” the fictional shop’s owner tells another character. “That’s why I call this place the Haunted Bookshop.” […]

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