As the region’s retail hub, North Iowa is a dynamic epicenter of suburban shopping. The historic downtown areas of both Mason City and Clear Lake offer a blend of stores in an upscale, hometown environment. Specialty shops and boutiques mingle with national retailers in a walkable circuit of shopping delights.
Designated as an Iowa Cultural and Historic District, Downtown Mason City serves as a community gathering place where annual events such as concerts, festivals, sidewalk sales, and holiday-themed programs flourish. In the heart of downtown is Southbridge Mall, an enclosed mall that houses large chain stores and an array of small retail and service-oriented shops. Downtown Mason City has earned the national Main Street designation.
Several shopping centers and other areas of the city complement the central business district with unique and varied products from clothing and furniture to quilting and jewelry making.
To the west of Mason City, shoppers rely on a large contingent of big box stores to make shopping for everyday and specialty items convenient and pleasurable.