Iowa River Landing News

Celebrate the Grand Opening of WineStyles

Help welcome WineStyles Tasting Station to Iowa River Landing with a full week of events and specials. Their Grand Opening Celebration week has something for everyone!

WineStyles Iowa River Landing Grand Opening Week

WineStyles Grand Opening | Coralville, Iowa

More About WineStyles

Choose from hundreds of wines and craft beers that have been sorted for you by style and taste, which complement the selection of handcrafted chocolates, organic teas, artisanal cheeses and gourmet food.

Great wines don’t need to be expensive. Whether you’re looking for an amazing $10-$25 bottle of wine or a unique gift, WineStyles Tasting Station strives to create the best shopping experience in town. Check their website and Facebook for opportunities to Taste, Learn and Enjoy® at events and weekly tastings, in addition to our latest product offers and promotions.


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Enjoy $8.00 Lunch Features at Edgewater Grille

Edgewater Grille | Iowa River Landing

Come enjoy a great lunch at the Edgewater Grille featuring new $8.00 daily lunch specials.  With a new feature each day you can get out of the office multiple times a week.  Ask about their private dining room and reserve it for your next lunch meeting.

Edgewater Grille Lunch Specials | Iowa River Landing | Coralville, Iowa

Do not forget Edgewater Grille is open breakfast, lunch and dinner daily and proudly brews Starbucks coffee in the lobby.  Need a new happy hour place?  Sneak down to River Bar and enjoy a beverage.  You can even head out onto our terrace to enjoy the best of the Iowa River Landing.

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Wine, Hop, & Shop to WIN!

Wine, Hop and Shop | Iowa River Landing | Coralville, Iowa

Visit Iowa River Landing soon to WIN BIG when you Wine, Hop, & Shop your way through many of the newest Iowa River Landing businesses! To help guide your way, we’ve created Wine, Hop, & Shop Passports to help navigate your travels through Upper Iowa River Landing locations. This passport will be “stamped” by the participating businesses upon visit.

Those who travel to all locations and complete their passport will be entered to win one of three Iowa River Landing prize packages. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.

Prize Packages:


  • 30hop | One $50 Gift Card + One $100 Gift Card
  • Massage Heights | 60-Minute Customized Dermalogica Facial | Valued at $115
  • Scratch Cupcakery | $50 Gift Card | Valued at $50
  • True Style | Happy Is The New Black Shirt + Baseball Cap | Valued at $88
  • Von Maur | Von Maur Tote, Chocolate + Popcorn
  • Waterstreet Coffee Bar | $20 Gift Card + ‘Damn Good Coffee Mug’ | Valued at $45
  • WineStyles | Private Tasting for up to 20 | Valued at $250


  • 30hop | Two $50 Gift Cards
  • Massage Heights | 60 Minute Massage | Valued at $80
  • Scratch Cupcakery | $25 Gift Card
  • True Style | Made Earrings + Baseball Cap | Valued at $65
  • Waterstreet Coffee Bar | Two $10 Gift Cards + One Pound of Coffee | Valued at $35
  • WineStyles | $50 Bottle Bucks


  • 30hop | $50 Gift Card
  • Massage Heights | 30 Minute Massage | Valued at $40
  • Scratch Cupcakery | $10 Gift Card
  • True Style | Baseball Cap | Valued at $27
  • Waterstreet Coffee Bar | Two $5 Gift Cards
  • WineStyles | $25 Bottle Bucks

Passports must be turned in to any of the participating businesses by September 27, 2014 to be entered to win. Winners of the three prizes will be announced on Facebook on October 1, 2014.

Share Your #IowaRiverLanding Experience

Iowa River LandingBe sure to share your experiences while traveling Iowa River Landing on Twitter and Instagram using #IowaRiverLanding! Your photo may be the next featured for Fan Photo Friday.

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30hop Now Open: Plan Your Next Visit

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The highly anticipated bar and restaurant, 30hop, had a soft opening August 10 and the traffic has been outstanding! The area’s first rooftop patio has brought many people to Iowa River Landing to experience all that this new attraction has to offer.

As with most new businesses, there are questions for those who plan to make a trip. We sat down with owner Erik Shewmaker to find out the answers to many frequently asked questions.

What food and beer can we expect? The contemporary menu will focus on simple, fresh, delicious offerings and will include 60 beers on tap on the main level and 30 beers on the rooftop.

What hours are you open? We plan to be open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. weeknights, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, bar open until 2 a.m. (Hours may be different during soft opening currently, call ahead before making the trip.)

Are you serving a full menu? We plan to open at 4 and will be serving a limited menu from 5-9.  Lunch coming soon, stay tuned on our 30hop Facebook page.

Do you take reservations? Sorry, we do not. We do have call ahead seating once we start a wait however!

What should we know about parking? The street parking limits are enforced after hours which has led to some tickets. To clarify: the bottom level of the UIHC parking ramp is open all the time for the IRL business customers and is 2 hour parking like the street. The top 2 levels of the ramp are UIHC but become 4h public parking after business hours.

Anything else to add? At the end of the day, we want to offer big city amenities in an up and coming development. It has been important to collaborate with the other businesses in the Iowa River Landing. We have a few beers by Backpocket Brewing, refer private dining groups to Vesta and the Marriott, and even bought a Scratch cupcake to surprise a guest for their birthday since we didn’t have dessert offerings at the time.

What a great addition to Iowa River Landing! Thanks to Erik for his time!

Have you been to 30hop? Make sure to share your photos with us for a chance to be featured! Use #IowaRiverLanding and #30hop.

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FRY Fest Tailgate Row Specials

FRY Fest Iowa River Landing

Does your heartbeat escalate every time you hear Back in Black by ACDC? Are black and gold clothing a part of your primary wardrobe? Do you simply love cheering on the Hawkeyes? If you answered ‘yes’ to one… or all… FRY Fest at Coralville’s Iowa River Landing is a ‘must experience for you!

In the spirit of all things Hawkeye, the businesses in the Iowa River Landing are prepping for the ultimate tailgate crowd. Most establishments are offering food and beverage specials for hungry Hawkeye fans. Check out the list of specials offered on “Tailgate Row”:

Scratch Cupcakes: 6 mini set cupcakes for $6, standard cupcake for $2

Vesta: brats, burgers, chips, drink: $5

Waterstreet Coffee Bar: $1 12 oz. hot or iced plain coffee

Marriott/Edgewater Grille: Hawaiian Style Slow Cooker Kalua Pork sandwich, on a Sweet Hawaiian Bread Roll topped with Asian Slaw. For $5.00

Konomi: Pulled pork, captain crunch, surf turf, $5

Backpocket Brewing: Pork roast meal deal: $11 burgers and chips, $7.40 brats and chips

WineStyles Iowa River Landing: $2 off pizzettes, cheese plates, wine by the glass, draws until 5 pm

30hop:  $1 off smalls, and various pours for $2, $3, and $4 from 3-6 all weekend long

Share what you enjoy this weekend online with #IowaRiverLanding!

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30 Hop Announces Chef, More Details on Opening Date

30 Hop 30hop will be the next business to open in the Iowa River Landing. It is a restaurant/bar with the area’s first rooftop patio. Located directly east of the University of Iowa Healthcare Clinic on the corner of 2nd Avenue and 9th street as guests turn to approach Von Maur.

After utilizing the owners’ network of Big Grove Brewery, BlackStone, Reds Alehouse, and Vesta in search of a chef with a fresh perspective, 30hop is excited to announce the hiring of Ryan Funk as Executive Chef.

Ryan is originally from Iowa City, graduated from the Art Institute of California-San Diego before helping Top Chef contestant, Brian Malarkey, open Burlap restaurant in San Diego. After the corporation shifted focus, Ryan was integral in the transition of Burlap restaurant to another concept, Searsucker. This is where he furthered his culinary skills working alongside voted San Diego best Chef Anthony Sinsay. During his time in culinary school, Ryan was a student worker allowing him to gain extra mentoring from some of the best Chef Instructors in the Nation.

Ryan will provide a refined perspective on modern American cuisine for 30hop. He will focus on introducing fresh & seasonal ingredients in a creative way, while making the dishes approachable and unique with an Asian inspired twist.

30hop is looking to open towards the end of July. The restaurant is currently looking to hire 130 employees. Please email Managing Partner Dan Blum at for questions, employment information, and to set up an interview. Ryan Funk is available at The website is under construction, but is available at

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UI Health Care Expands IRL Facilities

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During the same Chamber of Commerce luncheon, representatives of the University of Iowa Health Care’s Iowa River Landing Clinic announced updates related to the expansion of their facilities’ 4th and 5th floors.

As part of these renovations, UI Health Care is adding a procedure suite with five procedure rooms, four of which will be operational. The procedure suite will have private pre- and post-procedure rooms and a separate lobby area for family members. The second part of the build out will add an additional 40 exam rooms to the 4th and 5th floors, bringing the total number of exam rooms up to 140. When this expansion is finished, the building will be complete.

The primary procedure to be done at UI Health Care Iowa River Landing will be screening colonoscopies. The new procedure rooms will be designed with the flexibility to accommodate outpatient procedures that may be performed at this location in the future by Cardiology (Vascular), Urology, Ophthalmology, and Gynecology. The additional exam rooms will enable expansion of Cardiology, Urology, Internal Medicine, Diabetes, Endocrine, Digestive Disease (GI) and other Surgery Specialty areas.

After this latest expansion, daily patient volume is expected to be between 600 and 800 per day. Currently the IRL clinic is between 500 to 600 patients per day.

An early 2015 open house will be planned prior to the space being operational. For more information, please visit


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Summer in Full Swing at Backpocket with Border Hop Festival and Movie Nights

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Backpocket Brewing, Iowa’s largest craft brewery, has launched several summer events for area residents.

This Saturday, May 24th from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM Backpocket will hold the first ever Border Hop Fest on the rooftop of the Coralville Marriott Parking Ramp. This event celebrates breweries you can’t normally enjoy in Iowa with craft beers from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Nebraska, and Missouri.

“The Boarder Hop Fest is a unique fest to the state,” said Jacob Simmons of Backpocket. “It brings in beers from around the region that simply can’t be found in Iowa. Ticket sales are still going strong and we expect to have 300-400 with room to grow next year.”

Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. This gets attendees a 7 oz. Border Hop tasting glass and unlimited 5 oz. pours from participating breweries. Water will be available. The Marriott will also sell concessions.

Summer also brings the return of movie nights on Thursdays at the Backpocket beer garden. Guests can enjoy pizza and a pint of beer while catching classic movies such as Forrest Gump and Field of Dreams on a 17-foot blow-up screen. In case of inclement weather, movies are shown on Sunday evenings.

“Movies in the beer garden were a huge hit last year,” added Simmons. “Families would come with blankets and take up all the grass space we had. Both inside and out were packed.

Information on both events including the full schedule of movies at Backpocket can be found at

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30hop Announces July Opening, Reveals New Details

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30hop, the trendy and urban dining and drinking establishment set to open in Iowa River Landing, just released several new details about their restaurant. At an April Chamber of Commerce luncheon, 30hop co-owner Erik Shewmaker confirmed that they are targeting an end of July opening.

“We anticipate opening towards the end of July,” said Shewmaker. “It is important to us to make sure our systems are in place and our staff is appropriately trained in order to give our guests a great experience from the start.”

Once open, 30hop will seat a total of 430 people — 200 in the main-level dining area, another 100 on the main-level patio, and 130 on the rooftop patio. The rooftop patio will also be a first for the area. “30hop will have an abundance of seating compared to other area restaurants,” added Shewmaker. “Our goal is to provide a locally owned independent restaurant that makes our guests feel that they are in a big city.”

30hop will feature 60 beers on tap, with 30 of those being available on the rooftop. The restaurant has also been designed as a social gathering space with community tables and three fire pits on the rooftop, and two TVs on the main level.

30hop plans to hire a staff of approximately 130, a process that will start in early June. They have hired a chef and two sous chefs, who have begun menu development. More menu information will be coming soon. An updated website is also on the way.

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True Style Boutique Planned for 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. True Style is an independently owned and operated boutique specializing in affordable, on-trend casual clothing and accessories for women.

True Style carries products from Free People, Old Gringo, Peace Love World, Lucky Brand, Tees by Tina, Big Star, and more. True Style also carries many local products such as jewelry designs by Bare Root from Des Moines.

“We want our products to be unique, so we do not carry many of any one item,” said True Style owner Julie Kunze. “We receive shipments frequently, and our customers will likely find new items nearly every time they shop. To stay unique, we are always excited to find small, new companies with up and coming designers. True Style is the only place in Iowa where you can find Runway New York, EcoSkin, and Kate Mesta.”

Although a CPA by training, Kunze was involved in another start-up boutique as a renter in the Des Moines area when she was presented with an opportunity to open up her own store at Jordan Creek Town Centre in West Des Moines in 2011. As a native of Riverside and graduate of the University of Iowa, opening a second location at the Iowa River Landing presented another unique opportunity. Kunze also has many family members still in the area.

“We are excited with the plan and development of Iowa River Landing. The blend of retail, residential, and hotels, creates a great destination for local residents as well as visitors from outside the area,” added Kunze. “It’s a successful concept that we have seen in Kansas City, Omaha, and Boulder, Colorado.”

For more information on True Style, please visit:


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