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Free parking, free trolley rides, elves (and their boss) and bears: The holiday season starts Saturday in downtown Iowa City

Free parking in the ramps isn’t exactly a holiday miracle, but it is a nice, stress-free part of the season. Starting this weekend, parking in the downtown ramps will be free on three out of the five Saturdays before Christmas. […]

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Tickets for the 2018 Farm to Street Dinner go on sale this weekend (updated)

“It will probably sell out within an hour,” said Betsy Potter, director of operations for the Iowa City Downtown District (ICDD). The Farm to Street Dinner is hosted by ICDD, along with the City of Iowa City and Johnson County. […]

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A new hotel and delivery service are changing the game in downtown Iowa City

The health of downtown Iowa City’s economy and a plan to bring almost anything for sale downtown to people’s homes were discussed during the Iowa City Downtown District’s (ICDD) annual State of Downtown presentation on Wednesday night. “Retail sales have held firm over the past year,” ICCD Executive Director Nancy Bird told the audience. Iowa […]

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Live at the Market: Bringing the funk to the Ped Mall for free

Live at the Market — Saturday Nights Downtown Iowa City Ped Mall, across from Bread Garden Market & Bakery — Saturdays at 7:00 p.m. Live at the Market — Saturday Nights Downtown is bringing the funk to the Ped Mall this Saturday night at 7 p.m. This is the third week for the free summer […]

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‘Death by a thousand cuts’: University Camera is closing after 48 years

University Camera, which opened in 1970, is the last full-service camera store in Johnson County and one of a handful of such stores still remaining in the Midwest. When it closes its doors for the last time on April 15, a wide range of photographic services will disappear in Iowa City. […]

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Pop-up shops planned for the Iowa City Ped Mall this holiday season

Pop-up shops are coming to the Ped Mall for the holidays. The Iowa City Downtown District (ICDD) is hosting its third annual Downtown Holiday Market, and this year it will feature a variety of shops in three temporary structures that will be built in Black Hawk Mini Park. […]

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