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Best of the CRANDIC Spotlight: Artifacts

Artifacts was voted Best Vintage/Consignment Store in Little Village’s 2020 Best of the CRANDIC awards. Todd Thelan has owned Northside corner store Artifacts since 2003. This year he knocked a hole through a 150-year-old brick wall in the shop, tripling his space in the process. “It still freaks me out when I walk through that […]

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Cortado: La jukebox del Fox Head

Fue en la revista Dossier de Santiago de Chile (2015) en donde por primera vez escuché sobre la existencia del bar Fox Head de Iowa City. El autor del artículo era el escritor boliviano Maximiliano Barrientos, quien hace unos años vivió y estudió en esta ciudad. Luego de leer su texto―una mezcla de crónica y […]

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Artifacts to expand into former El Banditos space

After 25 years in Iowa City’s Northside neighborhood, vintage and consignment shop Artifacts is tripling its space. The business, located on the corner of Market and Gilbert streets, is known for its narrow aisles packed with artwork, tchotchkes, vintage clothing, toys, tools, instruments, kitchenware and much more. Owner Todd Thelen said he’s long dreamed of […]

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Iowa City Council rezones Northside property despite concerns about building height, senior housing

Following news during the Tuesday Iowa City Council meeting that designated senior housing would no longer be possible at a planned multi-use building on the corner of Linn and Market streets, city council members nearly denied rezoning the plot. The council ultimately approved the change in a 4 to 3 vote, with Rockne Cole, Pauline Taylor and John Thomas voting no. Mayor Jim Throgmorton changed his previous vote from no to yes, tipping the balance in favor of approval. […]

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