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Come see what we have to offer you and your business, and then consider becoming a part of the success of progressive Downtown Oelwein!


New retail space


The downtown business district shows marked improvement with the revamping of the former Gamble's building at 22 South Frederick. Oelwein Private Investment Company (OPIC) transformed the historic structure into several retail spaces and a lighted, secure walkway from the south parking lot to main street.

A group of 30 local members formed OPIC for the purpose of renovating structures to improve the appearance of downtown Oelwein to attract both business and consumers.

I-Wireless moved into the space that faces Frederick Avenue, with Donaldson's and Elliott's Tailoring occupying the other two spaces.



Downtown Revitalization

Oelwein's downtown has completed major improvements to sidewalks, streets, and lighting. OCAD's Revitalization Committee partnered with the City of Oelwein to plan and carry out the improvements. In addition to the sidewalk, street and lighting improvements, green plants add color and interest. Wrought iron benches and receptacles are conveniently placed on every downtown block. Individual business owners in the downtown area have been encouraged to redesign storefronts and make other improvements to their properties.



Our Objectives

  • Enhancing Oelwein's downtown and continuing the revitalization of our business community and entrepreneurial initiatives
  • Sponsoring training and workshops promoting good business practices
  • Attracting cultural and entertainment venues as well as restaurants, cafes, specialty shops and a variety of retail and service businesses
  • Creating a pedestian-friendly area with quality, convenient shopping and dining options
  • Hosting exciting Downtown events and attractions


City of Oelwein Revolving Loan Fund

The City of Oelwein Revolving Loan Fund became available in October of 2007 to make monies available to help businesses in downtown Oelwein improve their properties. Applications are available at the OCAD office at 25 W. Charles Street.

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Grand Theatre

The Grand Theatre of Oelwein, 26 South Frederick, reorganized as a locally-owned enterprise in May of 2010, taking the name of the original Grand Theatre which opened in 1923.

This community-based non-profit will continue to show first run movies on its twin screens, with seating for 300 and 200 respectively. Matt Vogel, president of The Grand Theatre, and Mary Frisch, theatre manager, thank the volunteers and ask for the continued support of the community. Visit to learn more about it.


Join Us!

We're getting things done in Downtown Oelwein. We're successfully renovating, refurbishing and renewing. We're attracting specialty shops and art galleries, we're improving signage and streetscapes. Ample parking is available.

For more information, please call Oelwein Chamber and Area Development at 319-283-1105, contact us by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or write to us at 25 W. Charles, Oelwein, IA 50662.