The Holidays are here! And you may be feeling the impending stress of finding that perfect gift for your friends, families, and loved ones.
Luckily, the Cedar Valley is filled with unique and special shopping spots.
Shopping local both strengthens the community and provides the opportunity to find a unique gift to bring home for yourself or a friend. Whether it’s a restaurant, boutique, or other local shops, buying local brings many benefits. Grab some friends and plan a shopping trip to support our local businesses on this year’s Small Business Saturday happening November, 27th. For cheerful customer service, the opportunity to bolster the Cedar Valley’s economy, and unique shopping choices, check out this list of local shops to stop by this holiday season.
Looking for more options? Check out links to even more local shops below this list!
Located in Cedar Falls, Driftless Style provides ethically sourced and handmade products through partnerships with artisans around the globe. Bringing in products from both national and local markets Driftless Style promotes small businesses across the nation. Know someone who is looking to revamp their home decor and style? Driftless Style is the perfect place to find a beautiful statement piece for a home. Check out their Facebook page for updates!
Opened in 2012 in downtown Cedar Falls, Miss Wonderful brings classic vintage style to life with its beautiful mid-century modern pieces. Owner, Ann Eastman, states opening the store was a dream come true and loves sharing her and her husband’s vintage finds with the Cedar Valley. Miss Wonderful offers beautiful greeting cards to vintage decor. Here you can find the perfect gift for anyone on your shopping list. Looking to get rid of any mid-century housewares? Miss Wonderful buys kitchenware, clothing, lighting, costume jewelry, and more! Stay up to date with all of their wonderful finds with Miss Wonderful’s Facebook page!
The Cedar Valley has got you covered if you’re looking for fun, trendy, and stylish clothing and accessories. At Spotlight Style Boutique, the Mother and daughter team work just off Mainstreet Cedar Falls to bring you unique clothing, shoes, purses, and accessories for every budget. Can’t make it in person? Check out their online store with daily shipping
Stone Feather Road
Stone Feather Road, located on Mainstreet Cedar Falls, features original and unique designs by both the owner, artisans she has met on the road, and local talent here in Cedar Falls. Find beautiful unique designs and jewelry that make a perfect gift here.
What began in 2011 as an aspiring art space has flourished into a non-profit venue where people in the community can gather and share their artistic talents. Initially providing an art and music venue, The Space has broadened its horizons to include fiction readings, clothing swaps, and amateur yoga. Stop by The Space to see which local artists have their work showcased and see if you can find the perfect piece to complete your home.
Looking for a special signature piece to spruce up your home? Epic Finds in Waterloo provides a mix of furniture and decor from the Art Deco era and post-modern 1970’s. Find unique and vintage wonders here or maybe even the perfect gift for a friend.
Not sure what you are looking for? Find a little bit of everything at Ivy Trellis in Waterloo. From collectibles, decor, food, jewelry, and seasonal items you won’t be leaving empty-handed. Ivy Trellis features local art, unique jewelry, handmade decor, and a constantly changing inventory. This one-stop shop is the perfect place to fulfill all of your shopping needs.
Pretty Good Co.
Looking to give the perfect gift that showcases your own personal style? Pretty Good Co. in Waterloo uses a vintage letterpress to bring your work a special quality. Along with their studio check out their retail store in downtown Waterloo. Pretty Good Co. offers letterpress cards, art, creative goods, and a selection of gifts and home goods. Stay up to date with their art and designs on their Facebook page!
Take advantage of all the outdoor recreation the Cedar Valley has to offer by visiting CrawDaddy Outdoors in Waverly, Iowa. CrawDaddy Outdoors carries a wide selection for your next outdoor experience including kayaking, backpacking, camping, biking, or river adventure. Talk to their experienced staff to find the perfect gear for your next exploration. Check out their selection and give the never-ending gift of adventure to your partner this holiday.
Find beautiful local works of art here at Red’s Barn in Grundy Center. The inspiration of Red’s Barn lost her battle with brain cancer in 2020, however, her spirit lives on in the special boutique. Featuring beautiful vintage and new home pieces ranging from one-of-a-kind furniture to small accessories you will find the perfect gift to take home.
Since 2002 Brick Bungalow has brought premier gifts to Wellsburg and surrounding towns. Find children’s toys and games, home decor, essential oils, jewelry, women’s clothing, kitchen goods, greeting cards, and much more. Brick Bungalow has a gift for any occasion.
This N That Vintage Store
Located in Allison, Iowa This N That Vintage Store features household decor, kitchen goods, and glassware. With Christmas shopping coming quickly This N That Vintage store has beautiful decor and gift items for any hard-to-shop-for friend.
Looking for more shops to visit in the Cedar Valley? Check out Cedar Falls, Waterloo, and Waverly’s community websites for all they have to offer. Also, check out Cedar Valley Strong for a list of great local businesses all across the Cedar Valley!
Take advantage of these beautiful days and plan a day trip with some friends and check out all the shops and boutiques around. Visit a local restaurant and have a drink along the way. You won’t be disappointed with one-of-a-kind finds and designs from local artists from communities all over the Cedar Valley.