Belmond’s unique arcade, clean appearance and friendly attitude offers everyone a pleasant shopping experience. Shoppers will find pleasant employees who have a real dedication to offering the customer the service desired and the goods needed. A wide array of businesses make Belmond an enjoyable town for shopping or dining.

Retail Assistance Program (RAP)

RAP Loan Application Form

Community spirit is normally a hard thing to measure, but Belmond provided a handy yardstick. In October 1997, the town’s citizens formed the Business Development Committee (BDC) of the Belmond Area Chamber of Commerce (now the Belmond Growth Alliance.) The BDC set to work by establishing the Retail Assistance Program (RAP) through generous donations and a $15,000 Revitalization Assistance for Community Improvement (RACI) grant for the Iowa Department of Economic Development.

The purpose of the RAP fund is to remodel existing store structures to conform with new-expanding business requirements and City of Belmond building codes. The Belmond Growth Alliance has been actively working to attract/create businesses to fill the empty storefronts and community needs. The repayment terms of the loans are anticipated to be from three to ten years with an interest rate of approximately five percent. The fund is administered by the City of Belmond.

The RAP fund has been in place for 20 years. Since that time, 17 loans have been made totaling $171,083 with several of those loans already paid back. The Belmond Growth Alliance is able to make loans to qualified businesses at this time.

Businesses and Shopping

Belmond is proud to be the home of Kinseth’s Plumbing & Heating, a mechanical contractor and family owned business in its third generation of ownership, which celebrated its 70th year of business in 2021. In addition to the Main Street district, Belmond has other locally owned businesses including True Value celebrating their 50 year anniversary in 2023, The Black Dahlia, Sugarpie Bakery, House of Treasures, The Belmond Independent,  Bloemke Pharmacy, The Golden Hopper, Threads & Company, Ramsay Boutique, El Padrino 2 Night Club and Baldwin’s OK Tire among many others.

Belmond has everything you could need with a safe and friendly, small town atmosphere. If food is what you’re looking for we have it all. Try all the sweet treats at our bakery, an all-American burger and fries at one of our bar-and-grills, the award-winning pork tenderloins at the Drive-In, an authentic Mexican meal at one of many locations, or an amazing Sunday brunch that’s sure to please everyone. Looking to kick back with a drink? We have you covered with everything from locally roasted coffee to a craft brewery.

Maybe shopping is more your thing? We’ve got you covered there too! Belmond offers many gift shops, clothing stores, florists, and more. 

Belmond is truly one of the most unique small-town business districts in the state. We also have two convenience stores, a grocery store, a discount store, a hardware store, self-service storage, and two dance studios. Need a car, we can sell you one. Does yours need some work? We have many service shops, auto body repair shops, and even tire sales. 

Shop these fine businesses and you see why Belmond has everything you need to make you want to be here, build here, belong here.