Iowa City, Iowa: Community Story AKAR Among Iowa City’s historic buildings, restaurants, and traditional architecture sits AKAR ARCHITECTURE DESIGN. Known around town for its high‐ end home goods and clean lined design. “You wouldn’t expect this kind of store in Iowa City, maybe in a city like Chicago,” said Rachel Heieke, office manager and store clerk. AKAR originally started out as an AKAR Design Studio, a product design company that designed ceramics, furniture and other housewares. AKAR was an idea of now co‐owner Sanjay Jani, a then college student living in India. But, AKAR has since taken off into more than designing and selling products. Now married, owner Sanjay and his wife Jigna Jina have exposed AKAR to the world. Here in Iowa City two AKAR can be found at two locations. One, the original location located at 257 E. Iowa Ave. features an upper level gallery run by Jigna Jani; displaying items like jewelry, pottery, kitchen items, all the way to baby clothes and designer pens. No product is off limits. If it is modern, you can find it at AKAR. “It’s unique, it is something different than other stores around town,” said one shopper The lower level is the location of AKAR ARCHIECTURE, operated by Sanjay. Sanjay’s architecture can be found all around Iowa City. He has and continues to design office buildings and residential homes. Since beginning as a design studio, AKAR’s ceramics have become known worldwide. Each moth they have a pottery in one of the stores and online.