Whenever we need to make a big purchase such as a new car seat or stroller I always check here first! It is located on the lobby level of the Children’s Hospital and they sell a majority of the major brands for much cheaper than you can find online or in most stores! They also sell safety items such as helmets, light switch covers, etc. at a discounted price. Next time you’re at the hospital visiting your significant other I would suggest swinging in here and seeing what they offer! -Lindsay Norvell, President 2019
If you’re new to Iowa and looking for a place to stock up on some Hawkeye gear, Iowa Book has you covered. They have great options for men, women, children, babies, and even pets. Anytime I’m looking to get my girls new Hawkeye gear for the upcoming sports’ seasons, this is my first stop. They also have a good selection of books, children’s books, and children’s toys (including some pretty neat Melissa & Doug stuff that my girls love).
-Ceric Keck, Secretary 2019
Clinton Street Social Club calls itself “Iowa City’s Premier Gastropub”, and they’re not wrong! Located on the 2nd and 3rd floors above Clinton Street, across from the Old Capitol lawn, the bar boasts handmade cocktails, live jazz, weekly specials and a great menu. Come for the drinks, but stay for the people-watching. -Kelsey Sprowell, Book Club 2019
Our little small town has an amazing recreation system! They offer so many classes/activities for all the different ages. We love our pool pass in the summer and spend a lot of time at their indoor (and free) campsite in the winter months. For preschool ages the Tippi Toes dance and PeeWee are two of our favorites. My BIG tip for the activities is to know the registration dates as classes and swim lessons usually fill up within a day of opening registration. August, December, and April are usually the sign up months but check with the rec front desk and they will get you all the upcoming info! -Lindsay Norvell, President 2019
I love Core Fitness! I started out as a volunteer in the child care (2 hours a week in the childcare for free membership!). I loved how the director was so flexible and easy to work with when I had sick kids, or had to be out of town. I love that Core has two locations so you can switch up the classes, and the child care, depending on what works best for your schedule. They have such a great variety of classes, and I love all the instructors! There are several of us who are instructors there from IMP! If you have any questions or want to join feel free to reach out! -Lalana Rogers, Children’s Activities 2019
The Java House is a great little cafe with lots of personality and a homey feel. They're always ready to support local groups like ours and I never regret a trip to head over to support them. If you're looking for a great cup of coffee that is hand poured, a comfortable work location, a place to meet with friends for board games or just a lovely smelling lunch place, this is always a sure bet!
-Allison Cascio, Entertainment Club 2019
Not just a movie theater! It is a nonprofit with a mission to enhance cultural vitality in the area through the art and discussion of film. You’ll find the best popcorn in town as well as lots of really neat indie and documentary films. -Katelyn Sexton, Former Book Club Chair 2019
The Falafel Joint! You can find their AMAZING hummus in all area HyVee stores, but it’s cheapest and freshest from their restaurant on the north side of downtown IC. Little known fact, they have the absolute best french fries in the area. (My recommendation is to get the north side special – fries at Oasis and a burger from George’s Bar down the street). Their falafel is amazing and so is their chicken shawarma and cabbage! I’ve never had anything bad here and the owner is a really nice guy. Support local!!! (Also a plug because they are friends, the owner’s wife has the cutest flower shop ever just across the street called Willow & Stock.)
-Katelyn Sexton, Former Book Club Chair 2019
This local coffee shop is a must-see on the list of Iowa destinations! Not only is their coffee fresh and delicious they also offer a huge selection of gelato that they make in house. If you or your significant other needs a quiet coffee shop to study (or escape) I would definitely suggest stopping here!! They have some yummy variations of the common drinks such as the Alpine Mocha and Turtle Mocha that are worth giving a try. -Lindsay Norvell, IMP President 2019