Shop the Downtown District

posted on Tuesday, April 30, 2024

Cedar Falls Downtown District

by Megan Bannister @OlioInIowa

The Cedar Falls Downtown District is full of small businesses worth shopping for — no matter the occasion. 

Searching for the perfect gift? Sprucing up your home? Or do you need a way to treat yourself? Look no further than the shops in Cedar Falls’ Downtown District. Not only is this area full of incredible small businesses, adorable boutiques, and epic eateries, but it’s also supremely walkable, making it the perfect place to park your car once and spend an afternoon exploring everything the area offers. 
Here, you’ll find unique local retailers that sell everything from clothing and home decor to stationery and antiques. Whether shopping for a gift or treating yourself, you will find something worth taking home at these incredible small businesses. 

Discover Unique Home Decor 

There are plenty of places to find one-of-a-kind home decor in downtown Cedar Falls. No matter your style or space, you will find things to brighten your home here. 

Driftless Style

@Driftless Style

This shop has some gorgeous housewares, and Driftless Style (106 Main St.) offers ethical and sustainable items that support the shop’s artisan partners. This boutique is full of responsibly sourced gems, from plants to kitchen utensils to vintage rugs. If you’re looking for a thoughtful host gift or looking to invest in little at-home luxuries, this is the shop for you. 
If you want eclectic home decor or the perfect host gift, head to Vintage Iron Co. (104 Main St.). This shop is jam-packed with items from pots and planters to unique garden decor, jewelry, and apparel. You’ll be surprised by the variety of gifts to discover here. 

Spark Your Creativity 

Whether you’re a natural artist or just looking for a little added creativity in your daily life, Cedar Falls has small businesses sure to fit the bill.  
School supplies aren’t just for kids going back to school. At Pretty Good Co. (226 Main St.), you’ll find a wide variety of notebooks, pens, greeting cards, and myriad other things sure to bring some delight to your desk. This letterpress print studio offers custom design and print services, perfect for a special occasion.  

Update Your Wardrobe 

In need of a style refresh? There are plenty of storefronts along Cedar Falls’ Main Street to help you achieve the wardrobe of your dreams. 

RAYGUN Cedar Falls


It’s no secret that RAYGUN (205 Main St.) is an Iowa staple. Thankfully, you can now find their signature snarky T-shirts, apparel, and more at various Midwest stores, including downtown Cedar Falls. If you’re looking for a Cedar Falls-themed souvenir or a Midwest-inspired gift, this shop is for you. 
Put a retro spin on your style at Square One Vintage (100 E. 2nd St., Suite 105). This vintage clothing store focuses on accessible, retro styles emphasizing T-shirts and hoodies.  

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