Two main streets. One destination. the Czech Village – New Bohemia Main Street District. It’s where you go to connect with tradition, discover new beginnings, and immerse yourself in a district waiting to share its vibrancy. Get away from your daily routine and escape to...Read More
May 15th and 16th were sunny, successful days in the Main Street District. Thirty-two raised planters are ready for summer! Thank you to the Green Iowa Americorp, local business owners, Main Street volunteers and Franklin Middle School’s sixth and seventh grade student...Read More
Geonetric is a Great Fit for Your Neighborhood Geonetric is an innovative and creative company. We build websites and online marketing campaigns for hospitals around the country – including Mercy Medical Center right here in Cedar Rapids. We’re a growing company, and we...Read More
After much anticipation, NewBo City Market opened its doors for a grand celebration weekend. The two-day event, October 27th and 28th, drew huge crowds with an estimated 20,000 people taking part in the festivities. It showcased the market’s twenty-five anchor vendors as well...Read More
The Czech Village/New Bohemia Main Street District was formed in May of 2009 to breathe economic life into a historic area of Cedar Rapids. Established by emigrants, the District had suffered economic decline for many years and was nearly destroyed by record flooding in 2008. Despite these hardships, courageous business owners and residents began the task of rebuilding.
Optimism is evident throughout our District. Construction is prevalent and new investments are announced regularly. The creative cultural community has embraced the District and their events bring new and return visitors who spread the word about our exciting improvements. We are confident that the consistent application of Main Street’s Four Point Approach will transform Czech Village/New Bohemia into Cedar Rapids desired location to live, work, and play.
from The Gazette 22 May 2013 | 6:30 am in B380
Since its inception in 1986, Main Street Iowa has helped create 11,500 jobs and 3,800 net businesses throughout the state, according to a recent economic impact study.
And these 3,800 businesses in turn have generated about $43 million in sales taxes for fiscal year 2012.
The study, conducted by Washington, D.C.-based consulting company PlaceEconomics and released through the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA), analyzed 26 year’s worth of data from Iowa’s 49 Main Street communities. Read More
Sykora Bakery has been operating out of its 16th Ave location since 1903. Sykora’s owner John Rocarek, grew up in the district, has been an active volunteer in the community for over 30 years, and his family has lived in the Czech Village/Newbo area since 1854. His background is in banking and finance, and he was development director at the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library for 4 years. So owning a business with such history and heritage requires no stretch of the imagination for John. Both John and his wife Susan bought and restored Sykora to its former beauty in September of 2001.
John and Susan bought Sykora because of their love for the traditional pastries. The rohliky, a wonderful bohemian crescent roll made with soft yeast-raised dough, sprinkled with either poppy seeds, sesames, caraways and/or salt. The danishes, turnovers, houskas, cinnamon rolls, kolaches and mushroom tarts just to name a few. Read more…