Main Street Iowa

The mission of the Main Street Iowa Program is to improve the social and economic well-being of Iowa’s communities by assisting selected communities to capitalize on the unique identity, assets and character of their historic commercial district. The Main Street Approach® was developed by the National Main Street Center, Inc. with the goal of economic development within the context of historic preservation.

Central City

From the moment you turn off Highway 13 toward historic downtown Central City you’ll feel the calmer, healthier quality of life that pervades this recreation-focused community.   Leave those crowded streets and overpriced retailers behind to enjoy the beautiful 1890’s buildings which house “mom-and-pop” businesses.  A rural Main Street community, Central City is the essence of small-town Iowa. Surrounded by four county parks, Central City is the perfect hub for your outdoor adventures such as camping, boating, hunting or fishing. Additionally, it is home to a lush golf course, a scenic nature trail, and even a splash pad for the little ones.  Shopping, restaurants and friendly folks complete your visit to this family-friendly community.  Visit for information on upcoming events. Come see what all the fun is about in Central City. You may even want to stay!

Cedar Rapids

Czech Village-New Bohemia Main Street, an urban neighborhood district in the heart of Cedar Rapids has been voted Best Cultural Attraction by Corridor Business Journal and a 2016 Great American Main Street Award semi-finalist.

This hip, historic district is host to cutting-edge artists from around the globe, world-class cultural museums, fantastic shopping, gastronomic pleasures and lively nightlife.


The Uptown Marion District captures the hearts of many, providing a sense of small-town charm in a growing community. Our 19th Century buildings serve as a backdrop to many community events held throughout the year in City Square Park. Uptown Marion provides the opportunity to “escape” while you shop and explore its more than sixty boutiques, restaurants, galleries, and entertainment venues. From your morning latte to evening lager, Uptown Marion offers a full itinerary for strolling, savoring, and spending hours with friends.

Uptown Marion Main Street’s mission is to drive continued revitalization, growth, and preservation of historic character through appropriate design, promotion, and economic strategies that improve our community.



Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon and Lisbon, Iowa, where the past, present, and future meet to bring the discerning shopper an eclectic mix of vintage treasures, fine cuisine and exceptional art. In our uptown districts, the discerning shopper will find an eclectic mix of vintage treasures, modern furnishings, and exceptional art.

For your dining pleasure, offerings include fine cuisine, ethnic selections and fast fare. Grab a bite to eat at one of our restaurants, enjoy fine and funky art at our galleries, or find the perfect extra touch for your home and friends at our terrific stores.