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Downtown is the heart and soul of Davenport, Iowa, and within this urban core  resides our community’s unique character, history, and future.  Downtown Davenport is a hub for entertainment, business, art and culture, shopping, and civic service.  Whether you’re here to live, work, or play, there’s always something to do downtown!

Downtown Davenport sits proudly on the banks of America’s greatest river where the Mississippi runs east to west in the Quad Cities.  You might be surprised how much our growing neighborhood has to offer.

Check out our event calendar and discover something fun to do. Looking for an apartment?  We now have over 1,100 residential units with more on the way.  If you’d like to open a business here, the Downtown Davenport Partnership is eager to assist you.

Key Stats

  • 223M+ in new announced projects as of January, 2015 ($87M now in construction phase)
  • $52M invested downtown from 2013-2014
  • Over 1,100 residential units with 500 more units planned (168 now under construction)
  • $38M renovation of the Hotel Blackhawk completed in 2010

So dig in to our website, check out the map,  and learn something new about this Midwestern jewel we call downtown Davenport.

See you downtown!

  • Event Calendar

    Check out our weekly calendar featuring a brief description and list of the upcoming week's events!

  • Dining

    Peruse through the River Cities' Reader Dining Guide for a list of the many mouth-watering, taste-bud-tingling, unique bars and restaurants right here in downtown Davenport!

  • Festivals

    Festivals generate excitement annually downtown; see a list of the upcoming Summer and Fall festivals.

  • Apartments

    View our apartment listings! Downtown Davenport offers many unique locations to call home.

  • Available Downtown Properties

    Downtown offers a wide variety of office and retail spaces.

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2015
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2015
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  • May
    21st

    RDA awards nearly $900,000 in grants

    Quad-City Times– The Riverboat Development Authority awarded 49 grants totaling $883,000 Wednesday to area not-for-profit organizations.

     

    Read more here…

  • May
    19th

    How An Indie Idea Is Sparking A Renaissance In A Midwestern Town

    Medium.com- There’s no sign. Just an anonymous doorway on a glum street in downtown Rock Island, Illinois, wedged between Huckleberry’s Italian Restaurant and the boxy home of the local CBS affiliate.

    Read more here…

  • May
    11th

    Beaux Arts in Davenport, a Mother’s Day tradition

    Quad-City Times– At its heart, Mother’s Day is a holiday of not just procreation, but creation, of not just a being, but a life, a beautiful artwork. And so it was that human tapestry that was celebrated in the midst of a compendium of creations Sunday, as hundreds of mothers, children and other fans of creative works enjoyed Davenport’s annual Beaux Arts Fair outside the Figge Museum.

    Read more here…

  • May
    11th

    Hanging flower baskets returning to downtown Davenport

    Quad-City Times– The greening of downtown Davenport begins Saturday. The Downtown Davenport Partnership, a division of the Quad-Cities Chamber of Commerce, has arranged for the usual hanging flower baskets to be up by midafternoon.

    Read more here…

  • May
    8th

    These 30 whiskeys just took gold at an international spirits competition

    Business Insider– Every year, the International Whisky Competition brings together top whiskey experts to rate the best scotches, bourbons, blends, and other delicious spirits from around the world.

    Read more here…

  • May
    8th

    Davenport baker wins small business award

    Quad-City Times– Tiphanie Cannon and her Oh So Sweet by Tiphanie bakery in downtown Davenport have received a sweet award from the Iowa Small Business Development Center.

    Read more here…

     

  • May
    5th

    600+ Flower Baskets Color Downtown for Mother’s Day Weekend

    Nothing says summer is near like the arrival of iconic flower baskets in downtown Davenport on Mother’s Day weekend.  The Downtown Davenport Partnership (DDP) is proud to announce there will be over 600 flower baskets lining the downtown streets, ensuring the community looks its best for the summer festival season.  Filled with supertunias, the baskets will be in full bloom come July, with colors of purple, pink, and red.

    “This year, more flowers and plants will line 2nd Street providing more light and color to the downtown,” Manager of Operations for the DDP, Ryan Jantzi, explained.

    A Ribbon Cutting celebrating the arrival of the flower baskets will be held on Saturday, May 9, at 11:00 a.m. on the Figge Art Museum Plaza (225 W. 2nd Street).   The event will also serve to usher in Mother’s Day weekend downtown highlighted by the Beaux Arts Fair and the Freight House Farmers Market.

    DDP is responsible for purchasing and maintaining the flowers throughout downtown.  The staff from The Green Thumbers, who initially grow the flowers, will hang the highly anticipated baskets throughout the weekend.
    Beaux Arts Fair
    The annual Beaux Arts Fair takes place on the Figge Plaza 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 9, and 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 10. Artisans from 7 states in varied media including, pottery, stained glass, copper, and brass garden art will have works for sale.  With free admission, the fair is the perfect place to take Mom for her special day. www.beauxartsfair.com.

    Freight House Farmers Market
    The Freight House Farmers Market will be buzzing with spring activity on Saturday, May 9, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Sunday, May 10, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Bring Mom down to stroll through plentiful local vendors providing fresh baked goods, fresh produce, and local meats, cheeses, and sweets. www.freighthousefarmersmarket.com

    Mother’s Day Promotions Downtown
    Still in need of ideas to thank Mom for all she does this Mother’s Day? Look no further than Downtown Davenport, where you can dine with mom, shop for mom, and pamper mom. Shop downtown or take Mom to a unique local restaurant. Find some spectacular specials for shopping and dining that will show Mom your appreciation at www.downtowndavenport.com.

    Downtown Davenport Partnership, a division of the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce, provides leadership and advocacy for downtown economic development, planning, cultural vitality, events, marketing, and clean-and-safe initiatives.

  • May
    4th

    Union Arcade holds onto history in new life as apartments

    Quad-City Times– The year is 1915. Woodrow Wilson is president. Alexander Graham Bell and Thomas Watson make the first transcontinental telephone call. Thomas Edison invents the telescribe to record telephone messages. Ford rolls its 1 millionth car off the assembly line.

    Read more here…

     

  • April
    24th

    Wells Fargo to anchor new City Square

    Quad-City Times– Wells Fargo Bank will become the office and retail anchor in the renovated Parker Building, part of the new City Square project in downtown Davenport by the Restoration St. Louis development firm.

    Read more here…

     

  • April
    23rd

    Davenport OKs fire station contracts; 7 go to local companies

    Quad-City Times– The Davenport City Council unanimously approved Wednesday more than $4 million in construction contracts related to renovating the city’s 113-year-old Central Fire Station.

     

    Read more here…

    Photo from Quad-City Times website*

  • April
    23rd

    Davenport’s downtown continues to draw new residents

    Quad-City Times- Downtown Davenport continues to be a popular place to call home.

    Between 1,600 and 1,700 people already live in more than 1,100 units, and that number continues to grow, said Kyle Carter, executive director of the Downtown Davenport Partnership.

    Read more here…

    Photo by Quad-City Times*

  • April
    21st

    Halligan Coffee Company Lofts readying to open

    Davenport Today– Cleaning and painting crews are working long hours this week putting the final touches on downtown Davenport’s newest loft project, which will begin moving in tenants May 1.

    Photo provided by Davenport Today*

     

  • April
    21st

    Tax credits boost 3 Davenport projects

    Quad-City Times- Three Davenport redevelopment projects have received substantial “brownfield” tax credits from the Iowa Economic Development Authority to help move them forward.

     

    Read more here…

  • April
    9th

    JumpOnIt Mobile Deals

    Looking for the best deals at restaurants, shops, salons, and other businesses in the Quad Cities? JumpOnIt is here to help! As the newest form of savings, this mobile couponing source helps you save money by texting you the best local deals.

    Like them on Facebook or check out their website for more information on ways to save!

  • April
    9th

    Home of the River Bandits honored, again

    Quad-City Times– Davenport’s Modern Woodmen Park has been honored as one of the nation’s top minor-league baseball stadiums, again.

    Read more here…

     

  • April
    7th

    Warehouse district nearing capacity

    Quad-City Times- Two more downtown Davenport housing projects are about to put out the welcome mat, according to the Downtown Davenport Partnership.

    Read more here…

     

  • April
    7th

    Market Lofts brings new twist to Davenport’s warehouse district

    Quad-City Times– Imagine clicking a remote control to open a full-sized garage door and letting fresh air in — to your living room. That’s a reality for some of the tenants now living in the new Market Lofts, the latest historic rehabilitation project in downtown Davenport by Restoration St. Louis.

     

    Read more here…

  • April
    2nd

    Union Arcade Building: Coming May 2015

    Opening in May of 2015, the Union Arcade building will offer 68 loft, studio, 1-bedroom, and 2-bedroom apartment units.   Prices will range from $650 – $1,100 a month for a loft, studio, or 1-bedroom unit.  2-bedroom units range from $1,200 to $1,700.   Units come with quartz countertops, Bertch cabinetry, detailed plumbing and electrical fixtures, refrigerator, stove/oven, microwave, and dishwasher.   Community lounge and laundry facility will be located on the second floor.

    Located in center downtown at the corner of 3rd and Brady, tenants will enjoy the wonderful views and being part of the bix  7 and the many parades that come by the building.   Parking is in the city ramp next door and will be for an additional fee.

    Check out a video featuring the apartments here. 

    Contact Financial District Properties Management office at 563.324.9898 for more information.

  • April
    2nd

    Bechtel Trust boosts Arts Academy

    Davenport Today– Davenport Community Schools’ Creative Arts Academy received a big boost Tuesday with a $750,000 grant from the Bechtel Trust for operations, including staffing, facilities support and art experiences for students.

    *photo provided by Davenport Today 

     

  • April
    2nd

    Salon Luce: Live in Light Business Profile

    With a goal to offer the best customer experience by selling good feelings along with great hair and makeup services, Salon Lucé opened their 6-chair salon downtown in 2008. Knowing the downtown area was on the verge of redevelopment, owners DaMel and Craig Smith chose their location at 400 North Main Street with plans for an exciting future.

    “We wanted to be one of the pioneers to revitalize the downtown area,” DaMel Smith recalls, “and we had a vision from the beginning that we felt would fit in with the development to come.  We loved the history of downtown with the historic buildings, character, and urban feel. We knew we had to be here.”

    While specializing in hair cutting, coloring, smoothing treatments, extensions, and styling, along with make-up application, the salon now also places an even bigger emphasis on continuing education.   DaMel opened with a dream to expand from day one, and her new Lucé Académy is now open for business! Lucé Académy will offer classes for Salon Lucé stylists along with others in the industry to encourage the best service possible for customers and stylists alike.

    “We noticed the Quad Cities was lacking a place for industries to come and host conferences for young professionals to continue their education in a salon-based environment,” Smith noted. “With Lucé Académy, our number one goal is to focus on not only educating staff members, but also to encourage others in the industry to enjoy advanced education.”

    In addition to the opening of the academy, the inside of the salon saw grand renovations as well. From new service stations and equipment upgrades to additional design transformations, Salon Lucé underwent a huge overhaul to mirror the mission of the salon.

    Beyond educational classes, the salon is aiming to bring in speakers and educators from various product lines, host luncheons or meetings for businesses, and host private wedding parties for brides. Luce Academy is one step closer to the DaMel’s initial dream. As for the future of Salon Lucé and Lucé Académy? Stay tuned for a follow-up interview coming soon!
    400 N. Main Street
    563.323.1836,
    www.salonluce.com