Iowa River Landing News

You’re Invited: Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce Business PM and 2nd Ave Block Party


Mark your calendars! On October 22nd Massage Heights will be hosting the Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce Business PM from 4:30-6:15 PM.

In conjunction with this event the Iowa River Landing will host a 2nd Ave Block Party. Guests will have the opportunity to visit the participating businesses on 2nd Avenue in the Iowa River Landing for complimentary services such as a chair massage at Massage Heights, cupcakes at Scratch Cupcakery, tasting at WineStyles, drinks at 30hop, and more.

To help guide your way, we’ve created special passports to help navigate your travels through the participating Iowa River Landing locations. This passport will be “stamped” when a guest visits the business. (No purchase is necessary to receive a stamp.) Individuals who visit all locations and complete their passport will be entered to win special prizes from the Iowa River Landing.

The winners will be drawn at 6:15 PM at Homewood Suites. You must be present to win.

Be sure to join us on October 22nd!


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FRYfest 2015 Specials

Excitement is building in the Iowa River Landing for FryFest 2015. On September 4th thousands of devoted Hawkeye fans will arrive at the IRL for the ultimate “high porch picnic.” In addition to the scheduled events, the businesses at the IRL are excited and ready to serve the members of Hawkeye Nation!

Check out these featured FRYfest specials:

Vesta: $3 Tall Boys

Scratch Cupcakery: Buy 3 Cupcakes, Get 1 for Free from 10-2, Hawkeye decorated cupcakes while supplies last

Massage Heights: One hour massage: $49.99, One hour facial $59.99, 25% off all retail

Luxe Interiors: Luxe Interiors will be featuring the officially licensed Hawkeye artwork of Jeff McNutt. A former Herky the Hawk mascot, Jeff  creates artwork using remnants of Kinnick Stadium with an Iowa Hawkeye focus. Original pieces and prints of all sizes will be available for immediate purchase.  

All in store product excluding wine will be 30% off 

Winestyles: $5 Bottle Bucks (store credit) for purchase of $50 or more; $10 Bottle Bucks for purchase of $100 or more

Brides By Jessa: Summer Sample Sale: Up to 65% wedding and prom dresses, free hem on prom dresses

Waterstreet Coffee Bar: Homemade pumpkin spice lattes (hot or iced)

30hop: Weekend Brunch; Saturday and Sunday 10-2

Edgewater Grille: FRYfest Concession Menu:
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Hawktoberfest Release Party and Tailgate Contest

IMG_9328It’s hard to believe, but football season is just around the corner! To celebrate the return of their popular Hawktoberfest beer and the upcoming Hawkeye football season, Backpocket Brewing will host a special release party and tailgate event on Saturday, August 8th beginning at 11:00 AM.

If the weather is cooperative, the grill will be fired up and ready to prepare your favorite fall football foods. The Alumni Marching Band will be on hand, and there will be tailgate games including a bags tournament. (Participants can sign up the day of the event.)

In addition to the great food, fun and music, four local Hawkeye fans will have their tailgates set up. Visitors to Backpocket’s taproom will have the chance to vote on their favorite tailgate beginning at 11:00 AM. The contest winner will receive a season’s supply of Hawktoberfest beer, and of course the ultimate honor of having the best tailgate!  

A black and gold keg of Hawktoberfest will be tapped at noon to the sounds of the Iowa Fight Song played by the Alumni Marching band.

Be sure to wear your favorite Hawkeye apparel to show your spirit. We’re looking forward to another great football season! GO HAWKS!

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UIHC Expands Iowa River Landing Facilities, Opens Floors 4 & 5


University of Iowa Healthcare recently completed and opened the fourth and fifth floors of their Iowa River Landing location. This new expansion added forty-two exam rooms to the current facility, increasing the number of clinic exam rooms from 99 to 141.

“The completion of the fourth and fifth floors has dramatically increased our ability to serve our patients in the Iowa River Landing,” said Steve Woodward, Administrator University of Iowa Healthcare. “Prior to completion, we were seeing approximately 500–600 appointments a day. With the completion of the fourth and fifth floors, that number will rise between 700–900.”

IMG_7293In addition to the increased capacity, the UIHC-Iowa River Landing location features numerous innovations designed to offer patients the highest level of care, convenience, and privacy. These features include a patient tracking system designed to reduce wait times, acoustic features to reduce noise in exam rooms, private lobby areas, and separate hallway and exam room entrances for staff and patients. Appointments, procedures, and lab draws can all be completed in one location. When lab draws are done prior to the appointment, given the on-site lab facility, results are often available to the provider during the clinic visit.

The new procedure suite space on fifth floor has 18 private-prep / post-recovery rooms for the five procedure rooms. Screening colonoscopies will be the majority of the procedures completed with Gynecology and Urology also utilizing the space for outpatient procedures. “Access and location were two of the factors for locating the procedure suite at Iowa River Landing,” Woodward said.


“It’s very important for us to do everything we can to increase the convenience for our patients, since over one-third of the people we see every day are traveling an hour or more for our services,” Woodward added. “We’re excited by the possibilities that this expansion offers for our patients and their families.”

To learn more about the services offered at the UIHC-Iowa River Landing Location, visit their website.

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Join Us for a Pre-RAGBRAI Party with BF Burt

RAGBRAI is just a few weeks away, and we’re gearing up for the excitement with our Pre-RAGBRAI party featuring Kevin “BF” Burt on Friday, June 19th. Everyone is encouraged to ride their bikes to the Iowa River Landing for an evening of great food, great music, and a lot of fun!

The concert portion of the event will begin at 5 PM, with BF Burt playing at Backpocket Brewing until 6:15 PM. After a 30 minute break, the concert will resume on Iowa River Landing’s retail main street until 8:15 PM.

As always, be sure to share your photos using #IowaRiverLanding.

See you there!

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Tacopocalypse to Open in the Iowa River Landing

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The Iowa River Landing is pleased to announce the latest addition to this exciting retail, dining, and entertainment district. Tacopocalypse, a vibrant counter-serve restaurant featuring Asian-inspired tacos, will be opening in the Iowa River Landing later this summer.

Currently a popular dining destination in the East Village of Des Moines, Tacopocalypse’s menu features items that combine flavors from the East, West, and the American South. All items are made from scratch, and the menu includes selections for vegan/vegetarian diners as well as gluten-free and other special diets. The unique style of Tacopocalypse caught the attention of the Food Network, and the restaurant was featured on the Food Network’s popular show “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” in January of 2015, which catapulted the establishment into national attention.

“I started cooking on my own when I was about 6 years old, and have always been curious about food, and how it could be done better or differently,” said Sam Auen, owner of Tacopocalypse. “At 17, I began cooking at a Chinese restaurant in Denison, Iowa where I started learning about Asian food and technique. This was the beginning of what people are experiencing now at Tacopocalypse.”

Auen says the menu at the Iowa River Landing will be very similar to what is offered in Des Moines, with a few minor changes.

“My vision goes beyond just executing a menu and coming up with a new special. I always need to be doing something new, creating new concepts, and expanding my business. I’m very excited for this new opportunity to bring Tacopocalypse to the Iowa River Landing.”

You can learn more about Tacopocalypse by visiting their website:

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Thursday Night Carriage Rides in the Iowa River Landing

The summer fun is about to begin in the Iowa River Landing! We’re very excited to announce the first round of events happening in the Landing this summer.

Beginning June 4th, the local chapter of Miracles in Motion will be offering horse-drawn carriage rides through the Iowa River Landing. The rides will be available all four Thursdays in June and will run from 6:30-8:30 PM.

After you’ve taken your scenic tour of the Landing, the fun will continue with Backpocket Brewing’s weekly outdoor movie nights.

The carriage rides are sponsored by the Watts Group and MidWestOne Bank, with all proceeds going to the national chapter of Miracles in Motion.

About Miracles in Motion


Miracles in Motion is a non-profit organization devoted to increasing the health and well-being of individuals with physical, emotional and social challenges. This unique program utilizes therapeutic equestrian techniques to enhance their students rehabilitation and therapy routines. These services include hippotherapy, therapeutic riding, grooming lessons, and more. Locally, Miracles in Motion partners with students from such organizations as the Children’s Center for Therapy, the Wounded Warriors Project, and other at-risk youth and populations.

You can learn more about this wonderful organization by visiting their website. 

We’re looking forward to kicking off an exciting summer with this fun event! And as always, be sure to share your photos with us using #IowaRiverLanding.


Miracles In Motion Carriage Rides (Sponsored by Watts Group and MidWestOne Bank)

Thursday nights in June, beginning June 4th

6:30-8:30 PM


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Celebrate Mom in the Iowa River Landing

Mother’s Day is just around the corner! The Iowa River Landing has everything you need to pamper Mom on her special day.

Give Mom the Gift of TLC

Give the gift of relaxation with spa services from Massage Heights in the Iowa River Landing. Choose from massages, facials, aromatherapy, and a comprehensive line of skin care products to keep mom feeling pampered.

Right now Massage Heights has some special offers to help Mom maintain her self-care routine. When you buy 3 gift cards, you get the 4th free, and all Dermalogica skin care products are 15% off.


Mother’s Day Brunch

Edgewater Grille will be offering a delicious Mother’s Day Brunch from 10 AM-2 PM. Cost is $26 per person, with kids 12 and under $12. Be sure to call for reservations, as the chefs are planning a truly mouth-watering menu that is sure to be a hit!

View the full Edgewater Grille Mother’s Day Brunch menu.

Vesta will also be offering a Mother’s Day brunch, but brunch isn’t part of your plans,  the Iowa River Landing offers a variety of dining establishments guaranteed to suit Mom’s appetite. The trendy and comfortable vibe at 30hop makes it a go-to dining destination for families. If Mom is a fan of sushi, she’ll love Konomi Grill and if she’s in the mood for beer and pizza Backpocket Brewing is the perfect place for a relaxing, casual meal.

Shopping and Gifts



If you’re still looking for the perfect Mother’s Day gift, look no further than the Iowa River Landing! Mom will love the beautiful and unique clothing and accessories from True Style. Von Maur also offers a wide variety of gift ideas, and if she’s a wine enthusiast the staff at WineStyles can help put together a perfect gift pack to suit her special tastes.


And as always, be sure to share your Mother’s Day photos on Twitter and Instagram using #IowaRiverLanding.



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Family Fun in the Iowa River Landing

Looking for some family-friendly ways to spend your weekend? Check out these fun attractions for all ages in the Iowa River Landing!

Johnson County Historical Society and Antique Car Museum of Iowa

Travel back in time with stop at the Johnson County Historical Society Museum. Visitors of all ages will love learning about the rich history of our community and county as it has evolved over the decades. The Museum is home to more than 10,000 historic artifacts that portray the diverse and vibrant heritage of the Johnson County.


After you’ve browsed the Historical Society Museum, the nostalgia of the open road awaits in the Antique Car Museum of Iowa. Auto enthusiasts and history buffs will enjoy the collection of over 90 vintage automobiles, ranging from 1899-1970’s.

Admission to both museums is $5, and the hours of operation are:

Tuesday – Saturday:

10 a.m. – 5 p.m


12 p.m. – 5 p.m

Iowa River Landing Wetland Park


The Iowa River Landing Wetland Park is the perfect spot for a leisurely stroll with your family. Located between the Marriott Hotel and Conference Center and the Iowa River, the Wetland Park consists of a two-acre pond surrounded by five acres of wetlands. A series of elevated walkways circle the pond and traverse the park, making the park an ideal location for nature walks, bird watching, and wildlife sightings.

Wetlands Park worksheets can be used in conjunction with park signage to provide visitors with a fun, educational nature experience. And if you’re wondering how many questions you answered correctly, answer sheets are available at the Coralville Recreation Center upon request.

Iowa River Landing Sculpture Walk


The Iowa River Landing is home to 11 permanent sculptures that create the Iowa River Landing Sculpture Walk. Each piece was crafted by an Iowa artist and is based on a text in the Iowa Writers Library (located in the Coralville Marriott Hotel and Conference Center.) A map of the sculpture locations can be downloaded here. 

Dining, Treats and More


Taking the family on an outing can be hungry work, and luckily the Iowa River Landing is home to several great restaurants. And if you still have room for dessert, a cupcake from Scratch Cupcakery is the perfect treat!

As always, be sure to share your fun family weekend photos with us using #IowaRiverLanding. Your photo may be chosen for our next Fan Photo Friday.



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The Luxe Zone to Open Second Location in the Iowa River Landing



The Iowa River Landing is pleased to announce the latest addition to this exciting retail, dining, and hospitality district. The Luxe Zone will be expanding into a new location in the Iowa River Landing, occupying the space between Winestyles and 30hop. Owners anticipate an opening date of June 2015.

The Luxe Zone offers professional interior design services for commercial and residential design. Their studio showroom features unique accessories, lighting, and home furnishings. The Luxe Zone is well known for their specialty offerings. They are Eastern Iowa’s exclusive Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams furniture dealer, and the new Iowa River Landing location will feature a large in-stock offering of their product line. This new space will provide The Luxe Zone with a larger location, allowing for an expanded variety of product lines and additional room setting examples.

In addition to expanded home furnishing offerings, the new Iowa River Landing location will feature an increased gift and accessory inventory as well as a new bridal registry.

This location will provide The Luxe Zone with expanded space to host larger events for various charities and organizations, as well as their monthly wine club which is a hallmark of their current store.

“The Luxe Zone is more than a furniture studio — it’s a lifestyle center,” said Jan Finlyason, President and Principal Designer. “Our goal is to provide our clients with exceptional service, while creating a path to a more inspired lifestyle through great design.”


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