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The Quilt Capitol of Iowa

The city of Kalona is located 15 miles south of Iowa City perfectly nestled into the rolling countryside of southeastern Iowa, The city’s rich cultural heritage dates back to the 1840s when Amish settlers staked their claim to the land. The city was formally incorporated in 1870 during the booming expansion of the Burlington, Cedar Rapids, and Northern Railway (BCR&N).

Kalona is now better known as the “Quilt Capitol of Iowa” boasting a plethora of stores dedicated to preserving the art of quilt making. We’ve taken the title seriously, too, which is apparent through over 40 quilt designs paved into the downtown streetscape. The quaint downtown center features one-of-a-kind dining options, locally-owned antique and craft shops, and longstanding service establishments.

The Kalona Area Chamber of Commerce represents over 70 area businesses. Our mission is to promote and advocate for our members with the intention of strengthening the local economy. We serve as a catalyst for growth through local and regional advertising, the advancement of economic assets, and through leadership for special events and community initiatives.

The Chamber also serves as town’s central hub for visitor’s information. With expert knowledge of the attractions and businesses serving the area, the Chamber Visitor’s Center should be your first stop in Kalona.

On behalf of the Kalona Area Chamber of Commerce, welcome to Kalona! We’re glad you’re here.

tour the historic amish countryside

ByWays Bus Tours

Get an insiders view of Amish life. Travel the scenic back roads with our expert guides and discover the world of the Amish, who continue to flow with the seasons and live the simple, wholesome lives of our great grandparents. See their homes, schools, farms, and beautifully manicured gardens as you pass.


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Recent News

Member Spotlight: Woodin Wheel Antiques

This year’s quilt for the Annual Quilt Raffle is now on display in the Kalona Area Chamber of Commerce office. It is titled “Starry Patch” and  comes from the Woodin Wheel Antique shop, 515 B Avenue. Woodin Wheel co-owner Katie Karnes said the locally made quilt...

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2019 Quilt Raffle is on!

This beautiful quilt is now up for raffle! Stop by the Chamber Visitor’s Center to get your name in the drawing. #KalonaIA #Quilts Tickets are 1 for $2.00 or 3 for $5.00. The drawing will take place in October 2019 at the Chamber's Annual Banquet. Come see the quilt...

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Welcome to 2019… and the new Chamber Website!

Happy new year! We've been hard at work last year creating a new, user-friendly and intuitive website. And you've probably already seen some of the site if you're reading this! There are a few new features to note. Sign up forms for our email list, from which we send...

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(319) 656-2660
514 B Ave, Kalona, IA 52247