Shopping in Cedar Rapids

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With more than one million book titles to choose from, Barnes & Noble stocks one of the retail world's largest selections of bound pages, along with a huge assortment of educational toys and games. Keep sprightly scribes from using walls, furniture, and siblings as writing surfaces with the help of LeapFrog’s Scribble & Write ($24.95 online), or indulge kids’ natural passions for outer space and solid detective work with a LEGO Space Police Smash ’n’ Grab set ($19.95 online).

333 Collins Rd NE
Cedar Rapids,
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The chefs at HuHot Mongolian Grill stand around a giant, round grill, preparing sizzling heaps of stir-fry. Unlike at other restaurants, every serving is different because, instead of the kitchen staff, the customer preps each bowl. The bowls may be brimming with chopped vegetables, seafood, and noodles, or they may be composed entirely of water chestnuts. The spice level of each dish varies based on the eater's preferences; MSG-free sauces range from barbecue to sweet teriyaki to five-alarm Kung Pao Yow! Since HuHot Mongolian Grill is an all-you-can-eat affair, diners get the chance to mix and match different ingredients with each trip to the grill.

4444 1st Ave NE
Cedar Rapids,
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Think Safe fosters deeper knowledge of emergency preparedness with first-aid products and training available in-person or online. Curriculum is designed to teach ordinary citizens to administer CPR and use AEDs to help minimize the threat of emergencies at home, in school, or in the workplace.

4080 1st Avenue Northeast
Cedar Rapids,
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All About Pictures’ inventory encompasses a vast collection of card-making and scrapbooking supplies selected by brother-and-sister team Richard Kells-Pitlik and Diane Pitlik. Specialized paper in a spectrum of hues and textbook of textures ($0.79–$2.59) showcases family photos, tissues of sentimental value, and other lovingly flattened keepsakes. Flowers ($1.99+), ribbon ($0.50+), stickers ($1.99+) and other embellishments enhance pastiche pages. Heighten a project’s style with texture and design using Cuttlebug and Sizzix embossing folders ($4.99–$9.99), or by gluing it to a ceiling fan with a range of specialized adhesives ($4.99–$9.99).

3901 1st Ave SE
Cedar Rapids,
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Named Best Florist by CityVoters, Pierson’s is a family-owned-and-operated flower shop boasting a cornucopia of blooms to complement tabletops, occasions, and sentiments of every sort. Celebrate a birthday in the company of a vibrant Teleflora fresh blossom potpourri ($29.99), or help a friend get well soon by gifting a daisy day dreams basket ($29.99) in place of a grab-bag of cybernetic implants. Season-savvy sniffers can sort through a large selection of autumnal options, including the fall for daisies arrangement, which serves up red and yellow daisies in a clear glass vase ($27.95), and the sugar maples arrangement, which flaunts nearly every warm, rustic tone of fall ($29.99) but never takes a chilly tone of voice.

1800 Ellis Blvd NW
Cedar Rapids,
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Over a career that spans more than 20 years, owner and photographer Michael Ask has captured key moments in clients’ lives with striking, professional portraits of families, couples, children, and high-school seniors. Michael’s experience gives him the confidence to offer a “no nonsense” 100% guarantee—if customers do not like their finished portraits, Heartscape Studio will refund their money—and pay them an additional $20 for their trouble.He creates what he calls a "journey" for his clients by beginning every portrait session with a complimentary ideas consultation to review the client's hope for the shoot. Michael also advises clients on the most effective clothes and locations for their photo sessions, considering factors such as lighting, color, and whether portraits will be used as cover art for forthcoming Bjork albums. He is able to place his subjects at ease during the actual shoot, and he carefully retouches images to make his clients look their absolute best.

329 10th Ave
Cedar Rapids,
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