Throw some junk in your trunk with a Vintage Iowa road trip. Whether you are looking for antiques, items to repurpose, or that piece of something that fits your décor just right, you will find it nestled somewhere in Cedar Falls. We will show you the way.
Start out your day with some delightful pastries and coffee from their full coffee bar at Barn Happy. These delights are generous in size and made from scratch just for you. When done, browse this century old barn, remodeled as an Iowa gift shop and restaurant. Don’t forget to visit the loft and get in on all of the junkin’ fun you can have with the antiques for sale. Now head to Townie Vintage. Where antiques, industrial finds, vintage, retro, and other oddities come together to create a unique shopping experience.
When it's close to lunch time, Downtown Main Street has a great selection of locally owned restaurants. After some fantastic lunch fare, visit Little Prairie Girl, a self-described “Found and Rescued Home Goods & Clothing” store. Circle down to Pink Peony on State Street. They call themselves a family business with a farm full of treasures and an eye toward creativity. Your next stop might be Miss Wonderful. They carry an eclectic mix of mid-century modern furniture, housewares, lighting, clothing and accessories. Fig and Frolic believes that one woman’s trash is another woman’s treasure. Enjoy their one-of-a-kind, fun, recycled designs.
Enjoy our thriving downtown night life as you wrap up your first day here. After checking into the historic boutique-like Blackhawk Hotel, the oldest continuously-operating hotel site in Iowa, wander along Main Street until you find a place you might like to dine at. Whether elegant or casual dining, they have it all to offer. Relax with a drink and visit with your friends or make some new ones.
Soho Sushi Bar and Deli, connected to the hotel, offers a variety of items from fresh-baked pastries to various breakfast wraps as well as specialty coffees and juices for your breakfast. You will need the energy as you get started on the second day of your vintage road trip.
Spend some time browsing any shops you may have missed downtown, then drive over to Gilgen’s Consignment Furnishings. Filled with easily repurposed furniture and antiques, plus two levels, this is a fun shop to browse through. When finished drive over to Stew’s. They describe themselves as an occasional shop specializing in salvaged and industrial goods freshened up by new & handmade. They have no regular hours so you will have to call them or visit their facebook page to see what hours she has posted.
On your way out of town stop by Union Station, 3605 N. Union Road. The shop has shelf after shelf filled with antiques and vintage items. They are open most days 10am until 5 pm, the owners suggested that you call ahead at 319-266-3315.