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Holiday Pop-up Market Brings a Festive Season to Iowa City
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Holiday Pop-up Market Brings a Festive Season to Iowa City

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 items

                        The Full Kit – hats, shoes, apparel and skateboards

                        West Music – musical instruments and lesson

            December 14-16


                        Textiles – dazzling clothing for women

                        Revival – curated collection of women’s new, used and vintage clothing

            December 21-23

                        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

Image credit: Author Image

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