Shop Local: Iowa City

iowa_aptWell kids, it’s official. I live in Iowa (new apartment above — painting, ceramics and blanket handmade by me, my mom made the pillow). If you’re like 99% of the people to whom I’ve announced my move, you’re picturing a corn field right now. However, if you’re one of the select few in the know, you’re just a little bit jealous. Iowa City is a great little city that boasts a thriving art scene (in fact, the Arts Festival is this weekend), lots of good restaurants and unique shopping to boot. Of course, you do have to drive through a lot of corn fields to get here.

To celebrate the move, I thought I’d feature some of the many talented artists and craftspeople who are now my neighbors!

The In Touch Clutch ™ by Downstairs Designs is a unique fabric carryall designed to travel with you and keep anything it holds safe and sound. (Letterpress notecards perhaps?)

Dawn Frary of Dewey Street Photo Company not only has the ability to capture the spirit of a place in a photo, she also has a very unique style that adds a sort of magic to her subjects.

4th Ave. Soap Shop offers some of the most intricate soaps I’ve ever seen. Sure to please your nose and hands as well as your eyes, she describes her work as “too pretty not to use!”

One thought on “Shop Local: Iowa City

  1. Join us for the 2nd annual CR Mini Maker Faire, April 27th, 10am-4pm, Cedar Rapids Science Center, Lindale Mall, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. We are the only Maker Faire in Iowa! We are still accepting applications for exhibit space. We’d love to have you represent! For more info go to and apply!

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    Jim Jacobmeyer

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