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NEW Shoe Store Opens on College Hill in Cedar Falls, Iowa

NEW Shoe Store Opens on College Hill in Cedar Falls, Iowa

January 11th marked the opening day for one of the newest businesses on College Hill in Cedar Falls, Iowa.  Price Check Kicks opened their doors with a Grand Opening celebration.  The opening was complete with snacks, balloons and the perfect pair of shoes for all of you sneaker fanatics.  They are located on West 23rd Street right between Marsala Market and Icon Donuts and Sweetery.

We headed in on opening day to check out the selection and meet the staff.  Walking into the store we were greeted by customers and staff alike which isn’t surprising in a laid back professional atmosphere.  After looking through their selection of everything including Nike, YEEZY, Jordan’s and more we headed back to their lounge area where we found some customers enjoying some snacks and shooting some hoops in their relaxing lounge area.  This store like many of the College Hill Businesses offers a place for their customers to have an experience not just a place to buy shoes.

 

Price Check Kicks on College Hill in Cedar Falls doesn’t just sell shoes they buy, trade, and clean shoes. They even have consignment. They have also added vintage jerseys.  We really love their logo tees and sweatshirts that ask  “What’s your Price?” on the front with their logo on the back.

If you like to be in the latest style shoes we think you should head into Price Check Kicks.  They are located at 915 West 23rd Street on College Hill in Cedar Falls.  Head in Tuesday –Thursday 11-7pm Friday & Saturday 12-8pm.  Check them out on Facebook or Instagram too.

10 Highlights from the Past Year on College Hill

Perfect Way to Ring in 2019:  10 Highlights from the Past Year on College Hill

 

  1. Oktoberfest on the Hill

Held right after Mohair Pear’s Outdoor Indie Fair: Pear Fair the College Hill Partnership hosted our College Hill Oktoberfest event.  With the help of our volunteers, sponsors, and the Marketing and Promotions Committee, we were able to put on our 3rd Annual Oktoberfest.  With yard games, Chad’s Pizza sponsored beard contest, SingleSpeed Brews, and La Calle food selection our Third Annual Oktoberfest was a hit.  We look forward to continuing this event in September of 2019.

  1. The Opening of Greenhouse Kitchen & The Shakery Smoothie Bar

The College Hill Partnership is always excited to see new businesses fill the storefronts of College Street and West 23rd Street.  We were excited to see Greenhouse Kitchen open in March of this year at 917 West 23rd Street.  When you head into Greenhouse kitchen you can expect great service from a wonderful staff, fresh locally grown foods, and clean eating dishes.  Whether you choose a wrap, salad, or soup you know you are getting wholesome ingredients that can be customized for any preference or diet.  Check out all their protein-filled, gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian options.  For more details head over to their website.

In addition to Greenhouse Kitchen, we were excited to see the opening of The Shakery Smoothie Bar in May at 2125 College Street.  Locally owned by a 22-year-old entrepreneur, The Shakery offers smoothies, yogurt bowls, and protein iced coffees.  Their open layout lets you see how your smoothie is built and customized to fit your needs.  Order from their amazing menu or customize your own smoothie or bowl.  Check them out after your workout for the perfect post-workout meal or snack.  For more details check them out on Facebook.

 

  1. Welcome Week Panther Block Pawty

The College Hill Partnership can’t wait to see new students start out their college careers at what we believe is the best University (yeah we might be a bit bias).  We were fortunate to share our welcome week event the Panther Block Pawty with UNI now, and Community Main Street.  We believe putting our best foot forward and showing new UNI students that Cedar Falls has plenty to offer besides class and studying.  The Hill hosted our first King of the Hill Pizza Contest having the over 500 new UNI students rank pizzas from Chad’s Pizza, Kwik Star, Dominoes, and $5 Pizza to see who would come out on top.  We were honored to give the trophy out to Chad’s Pizza after such a close contest.  Hungry for pizza?  Well, the Hill has you covered.  Check out one of the following places for a hot slice today!  Details in the links below.

Chad’s Pizza

Kwik Star

Dominos

The Other Place

  1. Opening Day College Hill Farmers’ Market & Homecoming Week Panther Theme CHFM

In collaboration with the College Hill Farmers’ Market and the City of Cedar Falls, we worked to close College Street down for three farmers’ markets this summer.  By closing the street we had the small parking lot just North of Octopus open.  Having this open provides more parking for College Hill during the market.  It also provides a larger space for the market to increase their number of vendors.  We had wonderful turnouts for our Kids Day, the Homecoming Panther Themed market (complete with TC Panther), and our Opening Day Farmers’ Markets.

Kick-off Market

Our kick-off market was great as we were also abel to partner with our local Americorp divison.  In cooperation with Americorps, we were also able to support rainwater sustainability efforts.  We were able to do this by hosting the creation and auction of several rain barrels.  These barrels were purchased by local residents and installed at their homes by Americorp workers.

We’d Love your Feedback:

We would love to hear your feedback if you attended these street markets or any College Hill Farmers Markets as we are always looking to improve the ease of use, atmosphere, and selection at the farmers’ market.  We hope to continue the tradition of closing College Street for special farmers’ market during the CHFM season.  Remember the College Hill Farmers’ Market runs from June to October each year.  You can find more details about the CHFM on their Facebook page.

 

  1. Holiday Tree Lighting & Business Window Decorating

We love the Holiday Season, don’t you?  We had a great holiday season this year with many of the College Hill Businesses partaking in our annual window decorating contest.  A close contest again this year with the top slot taken by Sub City on the Hill.  We also want to thank the owners of Sub City, JoDee and Ken Neptune for helping us with our amazing Christmas Tree.  They picked up and delivered our beautiful tree in the patio of Milkbox Bakery and Sharky’s Funhouse just in time for our volunteers to decorate it with lights.

We hosted our tree lighting on December 1st at 7 pm with beautiful music from several members of the CFHS Choir.  We had special events hosted by Milkbox Bakery and Sharky’s Funhouse prior to the lighting.  Head over to Sub City on the Hill the current home of the traveling trophy for best window design, which has moved from Copyworks (winner of last year’s contest).

 

  1. Planning Sessions for Pettersen Plaza & Seerley Park

Pettersen Plaza

Do you know where Seerley Park is located, bet you do.   But do you know where Pettersen Plaza is?  Well if you have been to Kwik Star, Jimmy John’s, or The Hydrant you aren’t far.  There is a small paved pocket park located between The Hydrant and Jimmy John’s building on College Street.  There is a College Hill kiosk, a few trees, some cement benches, and a whole lot of sun in the summer months.  This is Pettersen Plaza, named after longtime Hill staple and advocate for the Arts, Hugh Pettersen. Over the past year a small but mighty group of art enthusiasts, Hugh friends, and the CHP got together to see how this space could be improved in order to make it more usable to the public.  Currently, the committee is reviewing designs and preparing to put them in front of the City Council for approval.

Seerley Park

As for Seerley Park, the CHP hosted a successful public forum at the Hearst Center for the Arts.  We had folks reflect on our public surveys, and questionnaires and develop a formal strategic plan for upgrades to Seerley Park.  If you would like to be involved in either project please contact us via email to join a committee.

 

  1. Annual Neighborhood Picnic in Seerley Park

Dating back to the days of the College Hill Neighborhood Association our Annual Neighborhood Picnic is one of our longest running traditions.  This year held in Seerley Park with music, games, and great food we celebrated the neighborhood with our annual picnic.  We are hoping we will encourage more neighbors to come attend in the upcoming years.  Picnic is held towards end of Summer or early Fall.

  1. Hill-ebration of Thanks

Another old event with a new twist.  The Hill-ebration of Thanks was a great success offering College Hill Businesses a chance to show their gratitude to their customers.  Offering discounts, promotions, and live music each business showed their appreciation to all their customers by offering something special to them for one day only.  On April 21st, Sidecar Coffee, The Razor’s Edge, Mohair Pear, The Library, Sharky’s, Octopus, Subcity, Chad’s Pizza, Balance Hot Yoga, and Limited Edition Comics all participated in the event.  There is always so much to be grateful for especially in a community like ours.  We can’t wait until our next customer appreciation event on the Hill.

 

  1. 12 Days of Hill-iday Cheer

The College Hill Partnership wanted to try something new this Holiday season and reward Hill customers with special deals from their favorite College Hill Businesses.  So, we did a play on the 12 Days of Christmas and hosted our 12 Days of Hill-iday Cheer.  Each day from December 3rd through the 14th businesses offered one special event or promotion.  Ten businesses participated and gave away everything from 15% off your purchase to discounts on College Hill Gift Certificates.  We want to thank the following College Hill businesses for making this event possible:

The Shakery Smoothie Bar

Sub City on the Hill

Milkbox Bakery

Copyworks

Third Eye Tattoo

Chad’s Pizza

Balance Hot Yoga

College Hill Partnership

The Other Place on College Hill

Hill Street News and Tobacco

 

  1. 40th Anniversary of College Hill Arts Festival

One of the highlights of every summer is the College Hill Arts Festival.  Bringing in artists from all over the country the College Hill Arts Festival is not the only staple of the summer on College Hill but a renowned event throughout the Midwest.  We enjoyed meeting new guests, amazing artists, and seeing old friends come by our booth at the Arts Festival.  We look forward to the 41st year of the College Hill Arts Festival this coming summer.

 

 

Thank you

2018 was a great year and we have big plans for 2019.  The College Hill Partnership is hoping you will join us in 2019 whether it be attending an event, enjoying one of the public spaces, serving on a committee, running for office as a board member, or heading up to the Hill to eat, shop, and play. Thank you all for a great year we look forward to 2019 and the years to come.

 

Annual College Hill Tree Lighting 2018

Annual College Hill Tree Lighting 2018

Join us for our annual tree Holiday tree lighting. Meet us in Sharky’s & Milkbox patio for music and a tree lighting.  A big thanks to JoDee from Subcity in helping us get the perfect tree for this Holiday Season.  We are excited to have some Cedar Falls students sing some holiday carols for us prior to lighting the tree.  Make sure you bundle up and bring a friend.

Tree will be lit a 7pm stay tuned for exciting events to follow at your favorite College Hill establishments.

  • Head over to Sharky’s to warm up before the lighting for Eggnog and Hot Chocolate
  • Head into Milkbox for a festive holiday celebration after the lighting

    And don’t forget to join us Dec 3-14th for our 12 Days of Hill-iday Cheer. Each day one College Hill business will be hosting a special event, promo, or special just for you during this holiday season. Thanks to the participating businesses: The Shakery, Mohair Pear, Copyworks, Subcity, The OP on College Hill, College Hill Partnership, Hill Street News and Tobacco, Balance Hot Yoga, Chad’s Pizza

 

College Hill Gift Certificates

College Hill Gift Certificates

Did you know that the Hill has gift certificates? copyworks cedar falls

Created by the College Hill Partnership, College Hill gift certificates can be purchased by cash or check at Copyworks on the top of the Hill (2227 College Street) and can be used at over 30 locations on the Hill.  These gift certificates are perfect for holiday gifts, birthdays or even for the avid UNI fan.  The gift certificates come in increments of $20.  They are great for anyone who spends a lot of time near the Hill.  Pick up your College Hill gift certificates today.

 

Not accepted at the following locations:

The Dragon’s Cave, Wild Hair Salon, Insomnia Cookies, Third Eye Tattoo, Domino’s, Asian Tuna

8th Annual Pear Fair on College Hill in Cedar Falls

8th Annual Pear Fair – On College Hill in Cedar Falls, Iowa

The Pear Fair is a curated showcase of the very best in local and regional handmade craft and design. Founded by Mohair Pear in the spring of 2010, we wanted to introduce our customers to the artists who make the handmade gifts we carry along with new and unique crafters and artists from Iowa and the Midwest each year.

The eight annual Pear Fair open air indie craft fair will be held Saturday, September 15th, from 11:00am to 5:00pm, on the corner of 22nd and College Streets, in “Cedar Falls Municipal Lot G,” right next door to Octopus.

For more information check out The Pear Fair Website.

or on Instagram!

 

2018 Vendors

CRAFTY SATURDAY

Sewn baby items like shoes, bibs, burp cloths, blankets, and handcrafted jewelry and home decor. 2 year vendor, Dubuque, Iowa.

 

HARLAN’S EMPORIUM OF THE CURIOUS & BIZARRE

Jenna and Cori, the creators of Harlan’s Emporium of the Curious and the Bizarre, have been making jewelry for 9 years. They travel throughout the Midwest sharing our aesthetic. The approach to their work is informed by a deep love for and appreciation of the Victorian era, a fascination with steampunk, and a devotion to whimsy and curiosity. They love to experiment with new designs. Everything they create is a one of a kind unique piece.

 

SMALL FOX STUDIOS

Small Fox’s functional pottery incorporates whimsical imagery, pattern, and color to amuse and delight the user. They incorporate flowing lines, candy colors, and texture elements into my ceramic service ware, encouraging exploration through use. The characters that star in the work dwell within fanciful floral landscapes, which activate the form and provide a sense of movement and place.

 

SUNSET SKATE

Is a Cedar Falls company, run by John Potter who makes handcrafted old school style skateboards, longboards, wall art, and misc. woodworking crafts. Most are built from recycled lumber or locally grown lumber.

Location: Cedar Falls, IA

Materials: New Materials, Natural or Found Materials, Upcycled, Recycled, or Repurposed

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TRADEMARK LETTERPRESS

Trademark Letterpress Co. is a new brand design studio and letterpress company in Waterloo, Iowa. They design and print letterpress greeting cards, stationery, and paper merchandise which are printed on 100% cotton paper with the use of a vintage 1963 Heidelberg or 1887 Golding Pearl platen letterpress printing press.

 

WHOA NELLI

At Whoa Nelli they create home cleaners and skincare products that perform beautifully for people who want goods they can feel good about.

 

EVERLEE CREATIVE

Everlee Creative creates beautiful handwoven wall hangings, woven home decor, fiber art jewelry.

 

THREE WITCHES & MAGPIE ALCHEMY AND ARTS

Psychic readings using Lenormand cards and pendulums. Intuitive readings, totem animals, and handmade gemstone jewelry. First year vendor, Cedar Falls, Iowa.

 

THE VELVET THUNDER SHOP

The Velvet Thunder shop is a jewelry, crystal, and art shop run mostly online from Evansdale, IA by Christy. Starting in 2016 The Velvet Thunder Shop has made crystal jewelry including necklaces, bracelets, earrings, keychains, and more. Christy also sells other arts and crafts such as hair pieces, makeup/pencil bags, clothing, paintings, drawings, and photography prints. We also sell crystals for display, new and old collectors, and altars.

 

BOHO GYPSY GAL JEWELRY

Handcrafted necklaces, bracelets, earrings with a boho flair.

 

PRAIRIE CLOTH COMPANY

Prairie Cloth Company specializes in hand made, eco-friendly items for your home! It all started with a decision to cloth diaper our daughter. From there they started making us all sorts of reusable items: wool dryer balls, cloth napkins & unpaper towels.

 

ZHANNA’S JEWELS

Zhanna’s Jewels has been creating, upcycling, repurposing and reimagining jewelry and curiosties since around 2013. Come see the latest creations…crowns, wands, treasure boxes and who knows what else.

 

SQUIDDIE ARTS

As a native CedarFallopian and veteran Pear Fairer, Kimberly makes fun stuff! She creates sock & yarn creatures. She also handbuilds and throws a variety of ceramic creations that are whimsical & functional. This year she is adding wearables!

 

JUST BUZZIN ART

Original mixed media paintings and screen printing by Jared Breyfogle’ from Parkersburg IA.

 

ULTRATERRETRIAL

Ultraterrestrial is a small shop run by Becca Kacanda out of Milwaukee, WI specializing in colorful and unique decorative vinyl stickers, pinback buttons, greeting cards, and patches. She is inspired by the 80s, mysticism, music videos, cartoons, textile design, and folk art from around the world.

Materials: New
Location: Dubuque, IA
Etsy: etsy.com/shop/ultraterrestrial
Instagram: @ultra_terrestrial

 

NO COAST PAPER CO.

No Coast Paper Co., Madison WI., offers a variety of greeting cards for every occasion but has a prominent focus on humor, minimalism, feminism and the lgbtq community.

Materials: New
Location: Madison, WI
Website: nocoastpaperco.com/
Etsy: etsy.com/shop/nocoastpaperco
Instagram: @nocoastpaperco
Facebook: facebook.com/nocoastpaperco/

 

NICOLE & DIME DESIGNS

From Des Moines, IA Nicole & Dime Designs specializes in creating hand-made, one of a kind, statement jewelry.

 

VANEZZAWITHTWOZZS

VanezzaWithTwoZZs brings a fantastic mix of vintage + modern to freshen up your jewelry collection. Her handmade creations are derived with vintage pieces & new metals. Styles both old & new come together in every piece to provide a unique look for years of enjoyment.

Materials: New, Thrifted, and Vintage
Location: Des Moines, IA
Years as a Pear Fair Vendor: 1

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vanezzawithtwozzs/
Instagram: @vanezzawithtwozzs

 

QUICKSILVER DESIGNS

Everyday jewelry handmade in Ames, Iowa. Pieces are made with sterling silver and electroformed copper.

Quicksilver Designs offers affordable handmade jewelry for any occasion. From sleek sterling silver pieces to copper and raw stone jewelry, find your next go-to accessory!

Materials: New, Natural, Found
Location: Ames, IA
Instagram: @byquicksilverdesigns
Facebook: facebook.com/QuicksilverMakesThings

 

PALOMA

Rose Montalvo is a Milwaukee based creative whose thoughtfully-designed Paloma bags and wallets are hand crafted from upcycled leather and vintage textiles. Paloma is inspired in large part by nature, her Iowan roots and Mexican heritage.

 

ECHO JEWELRY & GIFTS

Hand-painted glass pendants, graphic design bubble necklaces, upcycled jewelry and gifts using game pieces, dice, comic books, metal gears, pressed flowers and more.

 

OH MY HEAVENS

Oh My Heavens is out of this world.  They are bringing astrophotography framed, matted, and metal to Pear Fair.

 

TOASTLESS

Toastless specializes in unique handmade gifts. Started in 2014 by Cecelia Hotzler, Toastless is your place to find something a little different. From paintings to tooth ornaments, there’s something for everyone and every occasion.

Instagram: @Toastless
Facebook: www.facebook.com/toastless
Etsy Shop: www.toastless.etsy.com

 

MIDCOAST DESIGN

Midcoast Design brings women’s accessories: turbans, wire headbands, and scarves.

 

MOM & DOTS

Mom and Dots designs hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind children’s apparel, toys and quilts from Cedar Rapids.

 

PIPPA MOON STUDIO

Pippa Moon Studio creates alternative process photography, mixed media, painted photos, from Cedar Falls.

 

ARMFUL OF WOOL

Naturally hand dyed yarn for busy hands and full hearts. Natural dyes on 100% American grown and milled fibers including Alpaca, Merino and Domestic wool. Establishing a dye garden on a corner of our organic farm in Waverly.

 

MARY LOUISE TEXTILES

Mary Louise Textiles started as an avenue in her studio practice to make wall hangings, rugs, embroideries and clothing. She believes that there should not be such a strict delineation between fine art and craft, as they are one in the same. Art should be accessible to everybody, and the creation of textiles goes back to our essential human nature.

 

FLOURISH

Flourish means to grow in a healthy way, especially in the result of a particularly favorable environment. This is exactly what Esther & Dee want their works to encourage you to do. They will have some beautiful handmade plant holders, frames and so on created by Dee and also some watercolor prints, stickers, and signs created by Esther.

 

WILDSKY STUDIO

Wildsky Studio is currently making collage and mixed media works, that incorporate painting into the pieces. They use materials found from nature as embellishments, and all collage items are found as well. Wildsky Studio is out of Cedar Falls.

 

KETTLE ART

Handmakes wood Figures & paintings.

 

ARCTIC SUMMER HANDMADE

A past Pear Fair vendor, Arctic Summer’s handmade work includes Hemp bracelets, anklets, and necklaces; knit baby, kids and adult hats; knit scarves, headbands and reusable grocery totes.

 

ELAMENTS

Elaments offers an assortment of semiprecious pendants, keychains, necklace chains, and more. You can choose from an inventory of pre-made items, or she can give you a card reading and choose special items just for you based on the reading. Simple, beautiful items, handcrafted with love and a touch of magic.

 

KESALI CREATIONS

Sells nature-inspired jewellery and dreamcatchers. Hand carved mushrooms, feathers, samaras, acorns, and more.

 

TECHNO LUMNIA

Creates stickers, art prints/posters, buttons, original painting, Techno Lumina Starter Kits.

 

LA CALLE LATIN AMERICAN FOOD TRUCK

 

MILKBOX BAKERY

 

Make sure you stick around the Hill until 6:30pm-9pm for the College Hill Partnership’s Oktoberfest.  Several SingleSpeed Brews will be on tap, Chad’s Pizza is sponsoring a beard contest, La Calle will have an Oktoberfest Special, and there will be yard games and music.  #HeadtotheHill for OKTOBERFEST 2018.

Comedy & Cookies on College Hill: Guest Blogger Matty J

Comedy and Cookies on College Hill

Guest Blogger: Matty J

Hey College Hill!

It’s your Local Stand Up Comic Matty J I’m going to be a guide on the amazing choices of food and live stand up comedy that College Hill brings to you monthly. Our first featured comic this month is Liberty Belle Who can be seen at the Octopus, Chads Pizza, and The Library. She’s been heavily involved in the comedy scene for over Two years Liberty Belle not only does stand up comedy but she produces her own shows and is responsible for almost all internet flyers for local shows. Insomnia cookies… Cedar Falls very own Local Comic Liberty Belle Telephoned a delivery Order from Insomnia cookies… Wait did you just say they Deliver Cookies!!?! Amazing Right? She reported that “the ordering was superb, staff fantastic on phone and take care of business. Obviously not the best cookies in the world because they’re not your Grandma’s but good cookies. Highly recommend white chocolate macadamia cookie. Almost better the second day. The moose track ice cream was a surprise. Super good. Creamy, not too hard, not to soft. Get the quart, you won’t regret it.”

Catch Liberty Belle June 22nd at the The Library on the Hill in Cedar Falls @9pm Featuring southwestern Iowa comic Tiffany Buehneman.

 

 

40th Anniversary of College Hill Arts Festival — June 15-16th

40th Annual College Hill Arts Festival

Head to the Hill for the 40th Anniversary of the College Hill Arts Festival on the corner of College Street and West 23rd Street in Cedar Falls, Iowa.  June 15th and 16th view artwork from 75 Artists.  Artists come from far and wide to display their ceramics, fibers, glassware, graphics, jewelry, paintings,  sculptures, and more.  Special performances on Saturday by Eulenspiegel Puppets and new preforming artists including a Mariachi band.

To Celebrate the anniversary the College Hill Arts Festival will be holding two drawings for multiple $40 gift certificates.

June 15th 5pm: Drawing for fifteen $40 gift certificates

June 16th 12pm: Drawing for twenty-five $40 gift certificates

Local favorite La Calle Food Truck will be present along with many other local food vendors, and community clubs serving delicous foods.  Make a day out of heading up to the Hill and enjoy everything from a cup of Sidecar Coffee in the morning to all of the night life College Hill has to offer.

Check out the amazing selection of beers at our local bars such as Octopus, The Library, and Social House.  Want to rest your feet?  Take a break and grab something to eat in the newly rennovated Other Place or grab a smoothie to go at the NEW Smoothie Bar, The Shakery.

(Art Work by Gary Kelley)

For more information including all artists attending please head to the College Hill Arts Festival’s Website.

We hope to see you at the 40th Annual College Hill Arts Fesvial June 15th-16th.

Times for CHAF:

June 15th 12-8 pm

June 16th: 10-5 pm