Iowa River Landing News

Coralville Welcomes RAGBRAI to the Iowa River Landing


The Coralville RAGBRAI organizing committee welcomes RAGBRAI for an overnight stop on Friday, July 25, 2015.  The 2015 stop will be the fifth time the community has hosted this event. In 2011 the Coralville stop generated $23,895 in proceeds benefitting the Coralville Center for Performing Arts, the Coralville Community Fund, and the participating schools; Central, Kirkwood, and Northwest Junior High.

Committees and committee volunteers will be organized and gathered together in the next few weeks and anyone interested in learning more about the 2015 Coralville RAGBRAI efforts may come to the meeting at 6:00pm on Thursday, February 5 at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts, 1301 5th Street. This meeting will be the time and place where anyone interested can learn the entertainment, housing, food, planning, and other aspects of the event, or an opportunity to volunteer.

Plans are to develop a website to house everything about RAGBRAI in Coralville but until then, please follow Coralville RAGBRAI on Twitter and Facebook.

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Share Your #AfterBrrrFest Photos and Win!

BrrrFest Iowa River Landing Glasses  | Coralville, IowaLooking for something fun to do after BrrrFest? Several Iowa River Landing businesses are offering featured items for post-BrrrFest patrons.

And be sure to share your #AfterBrrrFest photos from around Iowa River Landing on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram using our hashtag. The person with the most creative photo will win a prize pack which includes a one-night stay at Homewood Suites, a gift bag from Von Maur, and pizza and sample trays for two from Backpocket Brewing.

The #AfterBrrrFest featured items list includes:

Massage Heights

BrrrFest attendees who visit Massage Heights and show their ticket stub can book an appointment for a $39.99 60 minute massage or a $49.99 60 minute facial.


Get a free pint with your purchase of a 30hop T-Shirt ($15). Supplies limited. (Saturday only)


2 day BrrrFest Blowout Sale, Friday and Saturday: 10% all Beer Sales (15% off for Beer Club members) and $2 off all Beer Draws

Backpocket Brewing

Come and enjoy Pork and Beef Sliders and a Beer Release – BrrrFest “The Beer,” a Backpocket/Big Grove collaboration.

Waterstreet Coffee Bar

Featured Item: V-60 Pour-Over. You select the roast, they freshly grind the beans and attentively make a fresh cup of coffee.  Customers can choose from a number of organic coffees from Kickapoo Coffee Roasters and Counter Culture.

Scratch Cupcakery

$22/dozen deal (buy 11 cupcakes, get the 12th free) 

True Style Boutique

Store-wide discount will be whatever the predicted high temperature is for that day according to Sale ends Sunday January 25.

Coralville Marriott

A few rooms remain at the Coralville Marriott Hotel & Conference Center for BrrrFest both Friday and Saturday nights. Take advantage of the $99 BrrrFest “Take the Elevator Home” rate (based upon availability) when you show your ticket! Stop by the front desk or call the hotel for reservations 319.688.4000.

Edgewater Grille

Edgewater Grille at the Coralville Marriott Hotel & Conference Center will be offering “The Iowan” this Saturday at the event and in the restaurant. This $6 sandwich is a must-try with pulled BBQ pork, bacon, and Maytag Blue Cheese all served on brioche.

You won’t want to miss these featured items, so be sure to visit as many of these establishments and use hashtag #AfterBrrrFest with your photos for a chance to win!

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Winter Fun in the Iowa River Landing

Winter weather has finally arrived, but that doesn’t mean you have to stay indoors until spring. The Iowa River Landing is here to help you beat the winter blahs with a fun-filled weekend in January featuring BrrrFest January 24th and WinterFest on January 25th.

Coralville BrrrFest

BrrrFest in Iowa River Landing | Coralville, Iowa

Coralville BrrrFest | Iowa River Landing | Coralville, IowaBrrrFest will be held in the Coralville Marriott exhibit hall on Saturday, January 24th from 1-4 PM. (Brewmaster events begin at noon.) BrrrFest celebrates the beers of winter, specializing in brews from Iowa and around the Midwest. Beer enthusiasts will have the opportunity to sample and purchase new beers including limited release brews that aren’t readily available. Proceeds from BrrrFest go toward Coralville’s 4thFest celebration as well as the Iowa Brewer’s Guild.

UPDATE:  As of 1-20-15, tickets for Coralville BrrrFest 2015 are SOLD OUT at all locations and online. BUT – You can still enjoy these great offers from Iowa River Landing businesses the day of:

Coralville WinterFest

WinterFest in Iowa River Landing | Coralville, Iowa

The fun will continue with WinterFest on January 25th. Also held in the Marriott exhibit hall, these free, family-friendly activities run from 1-4 PM. The line-up of activities for this year include:

thumbnail-1-Horse drawn carriage and trolley rides

-An indoor “snowball” fight

-Hands-on crafts and activities

-Professional ice sculpting

-Cupcake decorating station featuring Scratch cupcakes

-Police and fire equipment

-Balloon creations

-Face Painting

-Silent Auction

-Model Railroad

-Root beer tasting

-Live entertainment

-Door prizes

-A caricature artist

And much more!

Tickets for BrrrFest are available to purchase on the City of Coralville’s website. You can stay up-to-date on all of the WinterFest activities by following the event’s Facebook page.

And as always, be sure to share your photos using #iowariverlanding.

Here’s to a weekend of frosty fun in the Iowa River Landing!


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Happy New Year from The Iowa River Landing!

Happy New Year from the Iowa River Landing! We’re excited about the changes and growth the Landing experienced in 2014, and are looking forward to what’s in store for 2015.

Here are some highlights from our big year in the Iowa River Landing:

Massage Heights Grand Opening

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After a soft opening in December 2013, Massage Heights celebrated the grand opening of the franchise’s 100th retreat in the Iowa River Landing in January 2014. Since then, Massage Heights has become a go-to destination for relaxation and rejuvenation. As the first anniversary of their grand opening approaches, Massage Heights will be expanding their service menu to include facial peels and 90-minute facials.

30 Hop 

30 Hop

Opening in the summer of 2014, 30 Hop is an exciting addition to the restaurant scene in the Iowa River Landing. Featuring a rooftop patio, contemporary ambiance, a delicious menu and expansive beer selection, 30 Hop continues to be a popular attraction in the Iowa River Landing.



WineStyles Opens


WineStyles Tasting Station opened in the fall 2014. In addition to hundreds of hand-selected wines and craft beer, WineStyles features a large selection of unique merchandise you won’t find at an ordinary retail store. Shoppers can choose from a variety of gift baskets, delicious chocolates, gourmet food, and specialty items. Looking ahead to 2015, WineStyles is excited to continue to offer public tastings and special events for wine and beer enthusiasts in the area.

True Style and Brides By Jessa Open

It was a big year for fashion in the Iowa River Landing with the opening of True Style boutique and Brides By Jessa.

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True Style specializes in affordable, on-trend casual clothing and accessories for women. You’ll find  brands such as Free People, Big Star, and Lucky on the shelves at True Style as well as beautiful accessories created right here in Iowa.

Brides by Jessa | Iowa River Landing | Coralville, Iowa

Brides By Jessa has everything a bride needs to feel beautiful on her big day. The shop opened in late December 2014 and offers a wide selection of bridal and special occasion gowns, shoes, jewelry and accessories.



The Iowa River Landing was also the host of many events in 2014. Thousands of people visited the Landing for AnimeIowa, FRYFest, Border Hop, Oktoberfest, the Aisle of Lights Holiday Open House and more. 2015 will be just as busy for the Landing beginning in January. The Marriott will host the upcoming Iowa Wedding Expo as well as BrrrFest and WinterFest.

As we move into 2015, be sure to check back for the latest news and events happening in the Iowa River Landing. You can also stay updated by following the Iowa River Landing on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. And be sure to share your Iowa River Landing experiences using #iowariverlanding.

Here’s to a wonderful 2014, and we look forward to more growth and excitement in 2015!









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Merry and Bright: Holiday Open House 2014


Join the businesses in the Iowa River Landing in celebrating the magic of the season! On December 14 from 3-5 PM, several establishments in the Landing will be offering holiday-themed activities and specials in conjunction with Coralville’s annual Aisle of Lights celebration. Visitors will enjoy all of the trappings of the holidays, including cookies, cocoa, carols, and a visit from Santa. The events in the Landing will conclude with the tree lighting at Backpocket Brewing.

Be sure to visit these establishments for special holiday events:

Von Maur: Complimentary 5×7 photos with Santa

Scratch Cupcakery: Holiday-themed cupcakes

Waterstreet Coffee: Coffee and cocoa specials

Homewood Suites: Stories with Mrs. Santa Claus, hot cocoa

Massage Heights: Visitors between the hours of 3-5 are eligible for a drawing for a free massage and facial

Marriott Hotel and Conference Center: Cookie decorating, make your own hot cocoa, complimentary treat bags

30 Hop: From now until Christmas, guests will receive 1/2 off their first Lagunitas Brewing Company purchase when they donate a winter wear item.

True Style: Store-wide holiday sale

WineStyles: 6 for $60 on select bottles of wine

Backpocket Brewing: Donate an item to Toys for Tots and receive a FREE beer, brewery tours

After the tree lighting, the fun and festivities will continue throughout Coralville as the streets are transformed by the glow of thousands of twinkling luminaries. The Aisle of Lights a magical holiday tradition you won’t want to miss!

To learn more about Coralville’s Aisle of Lights celebration and events, visit the city of Coralville’s website.

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You’re Invited: Watts Development IRL Groundbreaking

Watts Group IRL Color Rendering Bldg II  - 11.24.14

On Friday, December 5th at 11:00 AM Watts Development Group, Inc. will hold an event to commemorate the groundbreaking for the newest real estate development in the Iowa River Landing. Community members are invited to join the Watts Group, Coralville Mayor John Lundell and members of the Coralville City Council in the kick-off of this project. Watts Development Group is collaborating with San Diego based developer Oliver McMillan and OPN Architects in Cedar Rapids on this $15 million venture.

The first multi-story building will feature 13 luxury townhouses with underground parking and first floor retail space. The townhouses will be available for purchase in 2016.

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The second building will include 64 stylish, contemporary condominiums over two floors and 4,000 square feet of retail space. A mix of efficiency, one and two bedroom units will be available for lease as of June 1st, 2015.

For more information, contact Watts Development Group. 


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Santa Claus is Coming to Town!

HIRL Social Media Post Santa Hourse’s back! The big man in the red suit (A.K.A. Santa Claus, Kris Kringle, Jolly St. Nick, etc.) will be visiting Von Maur in the Iowa River Landing Saturdays and Sundays in November beginning November 29th. All families who visit Santa will receive a complimentary 5×7 photo.

Get your Christmas lists ready! And if you’re still in need of items for your wish list, the friendly staff at Von Maur can help while Santa is busy.

To learn more, call Von Maur customer service at (319) 351-7720 or visit their website.

Let the holiday fun begin!


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WineStyles: Your One-Stop Shop for Gift Giving

Gift Basket StationIf you’re looking for the perfect gift, look no further than WineStyles Tasting Station. WineStyles features a large selection of unique and sophisticated merchandise you won’t find at an ordinary retail store. Shoppers can choose from a variety of gift baskets, wine club memberships, gift cards, as well as exclusive wines, craft beers, gourmet food, and unique specialty items.

Whether you’re selecting a gift for the holidays, an anniversary, a birthday or a housewarming, a customized gift basket from WineStyles is sure to delight. If time is of the essence, shoppers can choose from a lovely selection of pre-made baskets. For those looking for a more personalized gift, WineStyles Gift Basket Station allows customers to create their own baskets. And if you need additional assistance, the staff at WineStyles will assemble your items for you, creating a one-of-a-kind gift that is sure to make a bold impression. Green Bow

WineStyles monthly club memberships are truly the gifts that keep on giving. WineStyles offers several membership levels to suit a variety of tastes. Both the Wine Club and the Beer Club highlight an assortment of wines and craft beers from around the world that have been exclusively hand-selected for members to enjoy. In addition to the monthly selection of beers and wines, club members are allowed access to special events and tastings.

Visit WineStyles Tasting Room in the Iowa River Landing to learn more about finding memorable gifts for your friends and family.


Monday : 11:00am – 8:00pm
Tuesday : 11:00am – 8:00pm
Wednesday : 11:00am – 8:00pm
Thursday : 11:00am – 9:00pm
Friday : 11:00am – 9:00pm
Saturday : 11:00am – 9:00pm
Sunday : 1:00pm – 5:00pm

920 East 2nd Avenue
Coralville, IA 52241



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Massage Heights Introduces 90-Minute Facials

Massage Heights Iowa River LandingCommitted to providing Members and Guests with the best overall health and well-being, Massage Heights, a leader of professional, affordable and convenient therapeutic massage and facial services, will begin offering 90-minute facials on November 3, 2014.

“Many people believe that skin care is a beauty issue but it’s primarily a health issue. Our skin is our largest living organ and is purposed to protect us; we owe it to ourselves to keep this vital organ as healthy as possible. Making the commitment to take care of your skin every day is simple and the first step to whole body health. At Massage Heights we are committed to your health which is why we are elevating our commitment to you by offering 90-minute facials,” said Angela Linden, owner, Massage Heights Iowa River Landing.

The 90-minute facial experience will include all the benefits of the 1-hour treatment while also including one of the relaxing and detoxifying new customized facial massages: Pressure Point Facial Massage or European Facial Massage. Based on a Guest’s skin conditions, a licensed Massage Heights Skin Therapist will determine the facial massage that benefits and treats their skin care concerns and helps them reach their skin care goals quicker.

The Pressure Point Facial Massage combines acupressure, which is an Oriental technique of applying pressure to specific points of the body to release muscle tension and lymphatic drainage massage which stimulates lymph fluid to flow through the lymphatic vessels by using gentle, rhythmic pressure. This light massage technique helps to cleanse and detoxify the body. “Pressure Point massage is a great treatment for all skin conditions; however, it is especially beneficial for Guests with breakout prone, Acneic skin, sinus pressure and allergies. The lymphatic drainage massage included in the treatment will help remove the breakout-causing bacteria as well as reduce fluid retention in the face, which will relieve sinus pressure from allergies and colds,” said Linden.

The European Facial Massage combines a variety of massage techniques to deliver the necessary health benefits the Guest needs. It utilizes effleurage, a soft, continuous stroking movement applied with the fingers and palms in a slow and rhythmic manner; petrissage, a kneading movement that stimulates the underlying tissue; and friction which is a rubbing movement creating small circles with fingers and palms, pressure is maintained on the skin to create friction. Linden added, “European massage is a great treatment for all skin conditions and offers numerous benefits for each skin type. The techniques utilized help increase oxygen and nutrients to the skin, cleanse the skins impurities, improve skin texture and relieve tension and fatigue — it promotes total relaxation and reduces stress.”

The new customized facial massages are only available in the 90-minute facial.

Massage Heights offers a variety of custom massage modalities, including Deep Tissue, Swedish, Sports Therapy, Prenatal and Reflexology, as well as custom dermalogica® skin treatments, including Anti-Aging, Sensitive Skin, Clear Skin and Brightening. Therapeutic experience-enhancing add-on services called “Elevations” include a Reviving Foot Scrub, Revitalizing Face Massage, Hot Stone Therapy, Active Therapy, Skin Enriching, Skin Refining, Skin Purifying and all-natural aromatherapy.

Schedule your appointment now. 

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You’re Invited: Border Hop Tailgate

BORDER HOP TAILGATE | Iowa River Landing | Coralville, IowaIowa Hawkeye Fans Unite! The new Border Hop Tailgate is the best place to watch the Hawkeye away game against Minnesota on  November 8th. The Coralville Marriott’s exhibit hall will be turned into an indoor tailgate, bringing in a jumbo tron, trucks, food and beer. The beers will be brought in from MN, and will include many breweries that you can’t normally get here in Iowa.

When and Where

BORDER HOP TAILGATE | Iowa River Landing | Coralville, Iowa

Coralville Marriott Hotel & Conference Center

Backpocket Brewing | Coralville, Iowa300 East 9th St
Coralville, IA 52241

Saturday, November 8, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM (CST)

The event starts 1 hour before the game. We hope to see you there!

Have questions about the Border Hop Indoor Tailgate? Contact Backpocket Brewing.

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