The Kalona Area Chamber of Commerce
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 late 1830s when pioneers began immigrating from the east. The Amish arrived in 1846 when Iowa gained statehood. 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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Very interesting. A fun afternoon. The personal stories were fun.
Alumni of the Kalona High School and the general public are invited to the celebration of the “Re-opening” of the Kalona High School Alumni Room in the New Wahl Museum on April 16. The “Re-opening” celebration will start with a reception at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 16,...read more
Over 200 new and antique quilts will be on display and for sale at the 48th Annual Kalona Quilt Show and Sale on April 25, 26 and 27. The Quilt show will move to the new Kalona Community Center –YMCA gym this year. There will be a gift shop plus various quilts will be...read more
Fisher Insurance Agency, a division of AW Welt Ambrisco able to expand services and add staff through affiliation
Gary Fisher, President of Fisher Insurance Agency, Ltd., said he is pleased that by joining forces with AW Welt Ambrisco Insurance, Inc. of Iowa City, the Kalona based independent agency is now better positioned to serve the continued growth in Kalona and surrounding...read more