Chew on this: New bookstore and coffee shop planned in Iowa City; plus, how to sign up for a doughnut subscription

Sidekick Coffee & Books

Iowa City is getting a new bookstore and coffee shop. Sidekick Coffee & Books is slated to open One University Place, 1310 Melrose Ave., this fall.

According to it’s website, “Sidekick Coffee & Books will be a community coffee shop and bookstore that seeks to be a hub for residents in our walkable community, as well as a destination in the corridor and beyond for those looking for exceptional coffee, food, books, and conversation. It will provide a full-service coffee bar that offers pastries, ice cream, and more. Its book collection will focus on children and young adult books while also offering a selection of bestsellers for adults.

“We are planning events such as fall festival, Harry Potter Trivia Night, a Nutcracker Tea, and story time every day. We can’t wait to talk books and sip coffee with all of you. Be sure to stop by on Hawkeye football game days!”

District Donuts

Cedar Rapids doughnut lovers rejoice, for now you can get doughnuts delivered right to your workplace on a regular basis.

District Donuts, owned by Cait Klenk and Paul Desmond, has been hosting pop-up doughnut sales at Early Bird Coffee Shop as they plan for a permanent location. They are now offering to take the cake right to area doors.

Subscriptions of two dozen doughnuts a month plus delivery in the Cedar Rapids metro area start at $45, with additional dozens $19 each. Gluten free and vegan doughnuts are available. To learn more, call (319) 929-7644 or email

Textile Brewing

Dyersville has a new brewery. Textile Brewing Company opened at 146 Second St. NE, Dyersville, with a grand opening July 26. The brewery and tap room is named in honor of the building’s origins as a textile factory. It first opened as Dyersville Gasoline Engine Factory in 1906, then was a sewing factory, where seamstresses stitched pajamas, in 1910. According to the brewery’s website, in 2018, The Dyersville Economic Alliance and the city of Dyersville collaborated to win a $100,000 State of Iowa community catalyst grant to assist Carol and Tom Olberding in renovating the space. They removed panels to reveal original shiplap, cleaned the maple floors and kept many of the factory’s artifacts on display.

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