December always brings a bonanza of holiday shopping opportunities and temporary markets. One such event, the Holiday Pop-Up Market, organized by the Downtown Iowa City Association takes a little more permanent flavor this year. Instead of pop-up tents, there are pop-up buildings. They reside in downtown’s Black Hawk Mini Park and were designed by AKAR ARchiTecture.
The three structures, about the size of a railroad container, are open Thursdays through Saturdays for the rest of December. Already open the weekend after Thanksgiving, various merchants will be selling their wares according to the following schedule:
November 30 – December 1
Glassando – jewelry, Murano glass and other artisanal creation
Raygun – the wickedly humorous purveyor of Tshirts and other fun items
Molly’s Cupcakes – gourmet baked goods
December 7 – 9
AKAR – astonishing ceramics, artistic housewares, and other gift tiems
The Full Kit – hats, shoes, apparel and skateboards
West Music – musical instruments and lesson
Textiles – dazzling clothing for women
Revival – curated collection of women’s new, used and vintage clothing
Ten Thousand Villages – fair trade and handmade gifts “that do a world of good”
Whoa Nellie – natural cleaning products for the home
Catherine’s -- a boutique featuring women’s clothing and accessories
On Saturdays, December 2, 9, and 16 Hills Bank will sponsor free horse-drawn carriage rides.
If you make it to downtown Iowa City, you will be steps away from fabled Prairie Lights Bookstore and the Old Capitol Museum. You will be able to find wonderful gifts at Moss, Hand’s Jewelers and Iowa Artisans Gallery. Also be sure to reserve some time to take in a cutting-edge film at FilmScene.
A trip to Iowa City is always worthwhile - now in December it may be even more so.
Photograph: Iowa City Pop-up Holiday Market by Patrick Muller