It Happened this year at The Create Exchange- a little review

November 6, 2016


Two years ago today, The Create Exchange opened it's doors for the very first time. Looking at the pictures from our little 800 square foot shop on 9th St., it's easy to see how much we have grown.  We moved to our wonderful Czech Village location after only 5 months, and expanded into the building next door one month later. Nov. 5, 2015, after just 6 months in the village the now 3000 square foot store was filled to the brim! September 22, 2016 we received the news, a major flood was coming! With the help of countless volunteers we evacuated the building in just 3 short days (actually 3 very long days). It took a lot longer to get everything back in order but we re-opened better than ever on Oct. 8th.


It was been a great year, full of new friends, cool crafting and, inspiring and challenging moments.

Thank you, thank you, thank you for your continuing support and generosity!

Thanks to all of you, we have kept 10’s of THOUSANDS of items from the landfill and, made arts and craft supplies more accessible to more people.

Thanks to you, we have donated 10’s of THOUSANDS  of items to local teachers, churches and individuals for charity work, and have participated in many community projects and activities.

Thanks to you, more people are more inspired to create beautiful, interesting and useful things.

Remember, it's not what you have, it's what you make of it. We are looking forward to making year number 3 even better, thanks to you.



We are thankful for many, many things. Here’s just a few…

  1. Fun Customers and New Friends 




  2. Great Community- Czech Village/ New Bohemia Historic Main Street District, GoCR, City of Cedar Rapids, Czech Village Association 



  3. Talented Makers 

  4. Flood Volunteers and No Water


  5. Quirky Fabrics

  6. Snow Removal 









Fun stuff we have done this year…

  1. Groups and Class including- Beginning Knitting, Beginning Crochet, Glass Etching, Needle Felting, Book Wealth Class, Harry Potter Necklace Class, Adult Coloring and Zentangle Group, Art Journaling Group, Fiber Arts Group, Card Making Group 

  2. Make and Takes- Alcohol Ink on Glass, Bracelet Making, Gelli Printing, Upcycle Glass, Sugar Skull Wall Hanging

  3. Community Art Projects- Window Wonderland Hand Made Ornaments, Ugly Sweater Contest, Houby Days Make and Take, CzechFest Scare Crow Contest, Share It on Sunday










Favorite Projects This Year…

  1. 11/6/2015, Crystal Bozeman created a stunning comb for her wedding 



  2. 4/19/2016  Flapper Headband 



  3. 7/16/2016 Sarah Parmenter took a bunch of pieces and without a pattern, finished this beautiful afghan 



  4. 8/10/2016 Window Display 



  5. 8/14/2016, Lindsay Marie Klienmeyer’s 7 year old daughter was inspired, by our window , to create a colorful window hanging of her own.

  6. Private Group Sand Art Project 

  7. Flood Fish  

















Here's the Top 2 from Oct 23, 2016



 1. Mug Rug- super cute and useful Coffee Mug Rug by Mari Bruner. Go Hawks!


2. Christmas Card- A beautiful Christmas card done by Cindy Hightower.



















Oct. 30, 2016 Top 1


1. CHristmas Card- another great card from Stephanie AtKisson Severin 

 Coming Up 

Oct. 16- Card Making Group 6:30pm-8:30pm 

Oct. 24th Closed  for Thanksgiving

Oct. 26th- Small Business Saturday

Oct 27th- Holiday Hours begin 10-6 Tuesday through Saturday, 10-5 Saturdays, Noon-4 Sundays


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