Clock Tower in Campustown

Ames, Iowa

Welcome to Campustown

Whether you live, work, eat, shop or play in the Campustown District, we strive to provide you with the best experience possible. Campustown is home to unique shops and a variety of restaurants and bars featuring cuisine from all over the world. No matter how you choose to enjoy the district – Campustown is for you.

Since 2010, the Campustown Action Association has worked to make Campustown a destination district for the entire Ames community. CAA seeks to create and foster a vibrant Campustown District that blends new development with old traditions and where everyone is welcome.

Campustown Action Association

What we do

Make Campustown Shine

A clean up program designed to encourage a sense of pride by maintaining an attractive, inviting Campustown District.

Campustown Facade Grant

This program is designed to encourage investment in Campustown properties, while maintaining the diverse aesthetic the district is known for.

Campustown Events

From small gatherings to larger festivals, CAA events bring thousands of people to the Campustown District every year.


CAA is here to support our members, our district and our community. Let us know how we can help.


We want to help promote your business. Because every time one of you succeeds, the Campustown district gets a little better.


CAA partners with Iowa State, the City of Ames and many other community organizations. We’d love the opportunity to partner with you!


Upcoming Events

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We Want You

Become a Member

The Campustown Action Association (CAA) is looking for businesses, non-profits, and individuals interested in helping shape the growth of Campustown. Joining CAA will give you a voice in guiding policy in the area, aid you in finding allies in your neighbors, and help you promote your business or organization as well as the entire Campustown District.

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Love all the options we have to support our small businesses!Greetings Cyclone fans! We are continuing to evaluate the current conditions related to Iowa State, the return of staff and a plan for the fall. For now, please continue to shop the online store. Once we see some departments and events returning to campus, we'll post open days and hours here. We're still working on all custom screen print and embroidery orders, so send 'em this way! ... See MoreSee Less

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Lot X (yellow arrow) will remain open for parking. There is also on street parking along Hayward and Chamberlain, plus Lot Y at the corner of Welch and Chamberlain. Thanks to Copyworks - Ames for the great visual!We are about to find ourselves a little short on parking as the city updates our streets, but those visiting us are still able to access our back lot!

Check here for updates as we head into the summer.
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#tbt Campustown Court ... then and now. ... See MoreSee Less

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We are excited to have this option to shop local. Nice work Ames Main Street Farmers' Market!The Store is open!! Shop the Ames Main Street Farmers' Market from the comfort of your home, car, or cabin. Order from work, or swinging in a hammock, we don’t care where, just order!! It’s fast, fun, convenient, and it supports fresh, local business. Our Store hours are from Tuesday morning until Thursday evening at 9 pm. Pick up times will be Saturday morning from 10 am until 12:30 pm. at the Ames Chamber of Commerce at 304 Main Street. Check Us Out at: ... See MoreSee Less

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What the Welch?

After much planning, the new Welch Avenue is much closer to reality. The project is beginning on Monday with upgrades to 100-year-old water and sewer lines under Lincoln Way. Traffic on Lincoln Way will be funneled to one lane in each direction for the next 3-4 weeks. Then work starts on Welch Avenue.

Follow the progress and get updates at:

#WelchAve #underconstruction #WTW #CrewsAtWork #SmartChoice
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