The Cherry Building is a hidden gem in our community. It is right next to the New Bo Market, yet so many people overlook it. The building was built in the early 1900’s as a dairy equipment manufacturing plant. Today it is home to many small businesses, art studios, and retail shops. The first weekend in December is known as “A Very Cherry Holiday”, when the building is buzzing with fun, food, music, and laughter.
We toured the shops in the building during the event, spending several hours enjoying our time and speaking with various artists and business owners. Enjoy some of the highlights of our visit!
The Ceramics Center and Glass Studio was open for demos and for children to play with the clay. I knew we had a great ceramics center there—I had no idea the glass studio was there as well!
The Five Seasons Jazz Trio entertained us with beautiful music as we meandered through the building.
A surprise awaited us as we rode the freight elevator!
The Czech and New Bo Districts provided a free trolley for transportation between the two areas. We rode the trolley to the Czech Village for the Old World Market experience. Hay rack rides were available outside the Czech and Slovak Museum. Inside the museum, a vendor market featured lovely Czech handiwork, Christmas wreaths, chocolate truffles, beer tastings from the Lion Bridge, and so much more. Face painting was available free of charge for children. We were delighted to see children in traditional Czech clothing performing and dancing! There are so many more treasures that await when you visit the museum and library inside (more to come in a later post!).
The Cherry Building is located at 329 10th Ave. SE in Cedar Rapids. The National Czech and Slovak Museum is located at 1400 Inspiration Pl. SW. Current admission prices (as of 2017) are $10 General Admission; $9 Seniors; $5 Active Military; $5 Students; $3 Youth Ages 6-13; Children 5 and Under are Free.