Molly’s bakes some of the tastiest creations in Iowa City and has an adorable storefront complete with board games, comfy pillows and swing seating. They are located in Iowa City and everything for sale is delicious. A personal favorite and one of their more popular items is the Crème Brule cupcake. They also have coffee, homemade ice cream, edible cookie dough, and will do special orders for events. Any cupcake can also be made into a large cake size treat (I have ordered a Crème Brule cake more than once.) The employees are all spectacular and you can’t beat the flavors and fun environment! - Bridget Campbell, SOS 2019
The Coral Ridge Mall Carousel is wonderful fun for kids! My daughter loves it and would happily ride it for hours at a time if I could stay on it that long myself. One of our monthly highlights is going to Free Family Fridays where you can ride it for free, but be warned, once you let your kids go on it they’ll want to ride it again every single time you go to the mall! -Shannon Squires, Social Media 2019
Coral Ridge Mall Ice Rink offers a fun-filled experience for the whole family. Our three year old has enjoyed his first attempts at skating. We have also enjoyed watching the Hawkeye hockey team play their games at the rink and watching other kids take skating lessons and perfect their acrobatics.
–Eric Dugdale, Web Manager 2019
The quaintest little shop – if you have a crowd, be sure to order ahead and eat elsewhere! This Iowa City favorite began as a popular food truck and the demand was so great, they opened a brick and mortar restaurant. They have eco-friendly flatware and to-go containers (they even compost!!) and you can find something on the menu for everyone! Delicious Asian-fusion. -Katelyn Sexton, Former Book Club Chair 2019
Prairie Lights is a wonderful local bookstore located on Dubuque Street in downtown Iowa City. They offer a great selection of books for all ages and are more than happy to order anything not in stock. They have a children’s club that gives a discount on all children’s books, which–if your kids love books as much as mine—you can’t pass up. Prairie Lights also has frequent readings which often feature local authors, so keep your eyes open for their upcoming events! -Ceric Keck, Secretary 2019
To be honest, I didn’t realize how hard it would be to describe Raygun in words when I signed up for this; and also, that’s the kind of sentence that they’d put on one of their t-shirts. Raygun is the Midwest’s weird kitschy souvenir shop. They sell things that make you feel like you’re on the inside of the joke, but maybe the people around you aren’t. They’re funny and odd and very liberal; once you see the inside of their store (on the corner of Washington & Dubuque in downtown Iowa City), you’ll realize that you’ve been seeing their t-shirts and bumper stickers everywhere, but they hadn’t quite registered yet. Check it out, or visit their website, which is a good place to get lost for a while. (Fun tip: I like to leave one of their “Someone in Iowa Loves Me” stickers in the guest bedroom when friends and family comes to visit!)
-Kelsey Sprowell, Book Club 2019
Mellow Mushroom is located in Coralville in the Coral Ridge Mall. It has a warm and friendly environment with delicious pizza! They also make it easy for those with food sensitivities by offering gluten free crust on ALL of their pizzas, and prioritize allergy-safe procedures on any of their gluten-free pies. They will cater your event and also offer online ordering for easy pick up! If you happen to be a beer lover, they also have a plethora of delicious and unique beers ON TAP at this location. They offer many fun events including: BINGO on Mondays 6-8 pm, KIDS EAT FREE Tuesdays starting at 5:30, TRIVIA Wednesdays 7:30, LIVE MUSIC Thursdays 8-10 pm, $2.50 pints Friday 7-10 pm. - Bridget Campbell, SOS 2019
Noodles and Company, also known as Noodles World Kitchen, is a delicious and convenient spot for lunch or dinner! Their menu embraces ingredients and dishes from all over the world and they have locations in both Iowa City and Coralville. If you are searching for lighter fare or healthier options, the zoodle dishes are very popular. They also have online ordering and easy pick up for those that need something quick and no waiting in line!
-Bridget Campbell, SOS 2019
Hy-Vee is the type of grocery store where there is a helpful smile in every aisle. Employees at Hy-Vee are always offering assistance and making themselves available to better your shopping experience. Whether it is too difficult to get out with the kids, winter has kicked up frightening conditions, or you just want to make life easy, Hy-Vee Aisles will make life so much simpler. Do your shopping online, select what time you want to pick up your groceries, or have their employees deliver your groceries directly to your house! Pick up is free with a minimum of a $30 purchase, and delivery is free if you join the $99 annual membership. Hy-Vee Lantern Park Plaza donated some awesome coupon books for the swag bags this year!
-Megan Pai, Vice President 2019
In 2008, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) designated Iowa City the world’s third City of Literature, recognizing the city’s creative programs and culture. As such, the public library here in town is an incredible resource and asset to Iowa City, serving its residents since 1896! The main library branch sits on the Pedestrian Mall across from Bread Garden Market, abutting South Linn Street. In addition to a collection of more than 266,000 items, the library has a large children’s section and play area, an accessible outdoor playground, several conference rooms, and frequent events. The library also services two remote drop boxes and a mobile Bookmobile, with several community stops per week. Check out more here. -Kelsey Sprowell, Book Club 2019