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December 28th, 2016 | Filed under , .

Quad City Times – Bret Dale knew it would be a rough day at work.

Monday marked his first day back at the River Music Experience, or RME, after the passing of his boss, friend, mentor and father figure, Ellis Kell.

Read the full article here.

Photo Credit: Andy Abeyta (Quad City Times) 

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  • Oct
    25th

    Halloween Happenings

    Get spooky in downtown Davenport. From Trick or Treat, parades, haunted speakeasys, and showings of the Rocky Horror Picture Show – here’s the list of everything Halloweenish happening downtown this week:

    Friday, October 27

    6 – 9 PM  •  Artoberfest Final Friday at Bucktown Center for the Arts

    Combining Fall, Halloween and of course, Art, for this month’s Final Friday, there’ll be a chili cookoff and artist decorated Halloween/Autumn glasses with craft beer from Front Street Brewery.

    Sara Slee Brown’s work is on exhibit in the MidCoast Gallery, Central High School students will sing a medley of tunes from Little Shop of Horrors (8 – 9 p.m.) and Heidi Brandt is launching the third Art Meets the River calendar.

    And of course, there our great artists will be on hand to visit and talk about their work! More info>

     

    Saturday, October 28

    10:30 AM  •  The Darker Side of Davenport Ghost Tour, German American Heritage Center & Museum

    Join the GAHC for the much anticipated and inaugural, haunted walking tour! After much success with the summer historic house tour, they thought it only appropriate to create a tour that’s a little spookier just in time for Halloween. So grab your walking shoes and a water bottle and join them every Saturday at 10:30 as we explore downtown Davenport and share the many haunts, murders, and mysteries that Davenport holds!
    Tours are $5 per person More info>

    2 PM  •  City of Davenport Halloween Parade 

    Looking for the parade route? Click here.

    8 PM  •  Howl UP at the moon

    Head to UP Skybar at The Current Iowa for a Halloween party & costume contest!  $800 in prizes for costume contest, Winners announced at 11pm.
    Free appetizers 8pm-10pm. Live DJ with DJ Tom X. Price: $20.00 per person. More info>

    8PM  •  Haunted Speakeasy Party

    Join Cru for their 3rd annual Haunted Speakeasy party! Costumes are encouraged but not required. Featuring some devilish drink specials throughout the evening! More info>

     

    Sunday, October 29

    Noon – 5 p.m.  •  Day of the Dead Family Fiesta

    This traditional Mexican holiday, The Day of the Dead, is celebrated with great joy, laughter, music and dance as we remember the lives of lost loved ones. Enjoy free admission all day as you join us to celebrate the rich cultural traditions of El Día de los Muertos through art projects, live performances, music and food. More info>

     

    Monday, October 30

    6 – 9 PM  •  Eat the Treets

    If you haven’t been to Eat the Streets yet, it’s a social gathering with lots of cool cars, and awesome food trucks happening at the foot of the Davenport Skybridge. More info>

     

    6 – 9 PM  •  Halloween Group Run

    Brought to you by Fleet Feet Sports Davenport who says… Don’t come to this. It will be boring. Don’t show up in a costume. Don’t win free shoes from Altra Running for having the “best” costume, OR, the “least runable” costume. Certainly, do not have fun while running a bridge loop with friends. And please, do NOT drink a beer afterwards at Great River Brewery. Finally, certainly refrain from bringing a spooky snack for our petrifying potluck in the reserved side room. Stay home. More info>

     

    Tuesday, October 31

    5 – 9 PM  •  6th Annual Rocky Horror Picture Show

    happening at Fresh Deli by Nostalgia Farms, Dinner Buffet from 5pm until 7pm when Rocky Horror starts, The first movie showing starts at 5pm with Practical Magic starring Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman followed by the Rocky Horror Picture Show!

    Menu includes:
    7-layer salad
    Hot German Potato salad
    Chicken Pot Pie
    Tuna casserole
    Acorn Squash
    Assorted Appetizers and Desserts

    More info>

    5:30 – 7:30 PM  •  City of Davenport Trick or Treat

    7 PM • Frankie and the Witch Fingers w/ Native Harrow

    at Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel. Get tickets>

    8 PM   The Dawn presents: Halloween Show

    at Dayrotter. Get tickets>

     

    Know of a Halloween event happening downtown that is not on the list? Shoot Alisha a note at aespey@quadcitieschamber.com and we will get it added!

  • Sep
    20th

    5 Reasons to Love Third Thursday Downtown

    Every month, the small businesses of Downtown Davenport team up to stay open a little bit later (9PM), hold special events, and offer special discounts on a ton of pretty rad stuff. We’ve deemed this occasion “Third Thursday” because, well, it’s on the 3rd Thursday of the month and why complicate things?   We highly suggest you come down and celebrate all things downtown!  Here’s why:

    1. Deals, Steals & Freebies – DUH!
      Downtown Davenport businesses offer serious benefits during third Thursday. Nearly every month you can find a shop giving away free drinks, find all day happy hours, or significant percentage off unique retail items.
    2. Local, Unique Entrepreneurs Build Communities
      By now you’ve probably seen the “Every time you buy something at a small business, a real person does a happy dance” quote. Well, it’s true. When you shop downtown, you’re actually fueling someone’s dream and HARD work while keeping your money in town. Support the local entrepreneurs busting their butts to make cool stuff and provide awesome service- not people sitting in a corporate board room hundreds of miles away. Supporting downtown biz fosters creativity and pushes OUR community forward!
    3. It’s Thirsty Thursday, Too
      In addition to boutiques, shops and restaurants offering steals, deals and discounts… THE BARS DO TOO! 2 for 1’s; $2 off, all day happy hours,1/2 bottles of wine…the list goes on! If there’s one thing for certain, downtown is not lacking on drink specials during Third Thursday.
    4. Special Events
      Almost every month one of our venues host a concert/comedy night during third Thursday. So not only can you shop/eat/drink without hurting your wallet, but you can make it a full-fledged date night complete with a show. This month we even have a magazine release & fashion show!
    5. Because Downtown Rules!

    With all that said, GET DOWNTOWN!

    September 2017’s Third Thursday specials:
    • Barrel House (211 E 2nd St) –Don’t miss out on ½ priced fall martini’s and bottles of wine! Half priced appetizers start at 9 pm!
    • Energized Café (226 W 3rd St.) – Energized Café is hosting an Open Mic Night! Sing a song, share a poem or just enjoy LIVE music and great coffee from 6-8pm.
    • Figge Art Museum (225 W 2nd St.) – Take a moment to appreciate the new exhibit “Endless Flight” with the artist who created it, Edouard Duval-Carrie. The opening reception starts at 5:30pm with Duval-Carrie’s talk starting at 7pm.
    • Me & Billy (200 W. 3rd St.) – Get ready for fall with a $5 Pumpkin Mule! Support local and your wallet with $2 off any local drink!
    • River Music Experience (129 Main St.) – The Tillers are opening for the post-modern bluegrass group Head for the Hills! Music starts at 8pm!
    • The Phoenix (11 E 2nd St.) – The Phoenix is teaming up with Strung by Shawna and The Project of the Quad Cities for a string art benefit! (Registration is through Eventbrite) Let your waitress know that you’re there for Third Thursday and receive exclusive happy hour prices all day long!
    • Salon Luce (400 N Main. St) – RELEASE OF THE EDITORIAL QC MAGAZINE 3RD ISSUE & FASHION HAIR/MAKEUP SHOW W/ GUEST DJ HIGGYY!!!!!
    • Sippi’s American Grill & Craft Beer – Show your waitress this Facebook post and receive a 25 oz mug of one of our 22 craft beers for the price of a pint.
    • Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel (304 E 3rd St.) – Detroit-based rock band, Jessica Hernandez and the Deltas are headlining the night! Music starts at 7pm! Be sure to stick around for the free Triple Crown Comedy night that starts at 9:30!
    • What A Gem (218 W 3rd St.) – Use the code “editorial” for 10% off your purchase!

  • Sep
    19th

    ‘Talking Art’ With Johnnie Cluney

    Longtime WVIK listeners might remember the program Art Talks. It was hosted by the late Bruce Carter and featured interviews with local painters, musicians, and writers.

    Now, as part of our efforts to enhance coverage of the local art scene, we’ll bring you Talking Art, a segment during Morning Edition.

    Listen to the full story here.

  • Sep
    19th

    Scott Community College’s New Urban Campus On Schedule To Open Soon

    If you’ve been to downtown Davenport recently, you’ve probably noticed a big transformation taking place on 3rd Street between Brady Street and Main Street.

    It’s the future site of Scott Community College’s Urban Campus and we learned that it’s on schedule and under budget when WQAD News 8 had Breakfast With…” Eastern Iowa Community Colleges Chancellor Don Doucette on Thursday, September 14th live on Good Morning Quad Cities.

    Read the full story here.

  • Sep
    19th

    Ruby’s shifts Q-C bar scene in new gear

    If you’re checking to see if downtown Davenport’s newest bar and restaurant is hoppin’, don’t just look for cars in the parking lot.

    At Ruby’s Beers, Bikes & Brats, which opened on Sept. 1 at 429 E. 3rd St., you can bet plenty of diners arrived on two wheels.

    Read the full story here.

    Photo Credit: Kevin E.Schmidt (Quad City Times)

  • Sep
    6th

    Our scene isn’t like anywhere else, and we should embrace that

    “A football game and family time were the initial reasons for my trip to Austin, Texas, last week.

    But after hearing so much about the city’s booming music scene, I made it my mission to go to a show one night when I was free.”

     

    Read the full story here.

     

    Photo Credit: Amanda Hancock (QC Times)

  • Sep
    5th

    Artist takes on tall task, creates downtown Davenport welcome sign

    “Iowa-bound drivers on the Government Bridge soon will be greeted by a vibrant piece of art as they enter downtown Davenport.

    The 12-by-24-foot mural at the foot of the crossing will be unveiled Thursday afternoon.”

    Read the full story here.

    Photo Credit: Jeff Cook

  • Sep
    5th

    Inaugural Alternating Currents ‘exceeded expectations’

    “It’s nearly impossible to track how many people attended the inaugural Alternating Currents, which filled 16 venues in downtown Davenport with music, comedy, film and art over the weekend.

    Still, the Downtown Davenport Partnership crew, who organized the festival that replaced River Roots Live, say Alternating Currents’ first run “exceeded expectations.”

    Read the full story here.

    Photo Credit: Jeff Cook (QC Times)

  • Sep
    5th

    The Big Story: Making progress on Davenport’s riverfront

    “The canvas for the nine miles of city-controlled land along Davenport’s riverfront is so wide that Mayor Frank Klipsch’s map barely can contain it all.”

    Read the full story here.

    Photo Credit: Kevin E. Schmidt (QC Times)

  • Sep
    5th

    New festival marks a new kind of momentum in downtown Davenport

    “Alternating Currents, the mega two-day festival that kicks off Friday in downtown Davenport, wouldn’t have worked here just a year or two ago.”

    Read the full story here.

    Photo Credit: Jeff Cook (QC Times)

  • Sep
    5th

    First-ever Alternating Currents is this weekend: What you need to know

    “If you’re still wondering when River Roots Live is this year, you have some studying up to do about Alternating Currents. ”

    Read the full story here.

     

  • Sep
    5th

    Summer 2017 Galleries: Davenport welcomes the inaugural Alternating Currents festival

    “Labor Day weekend is here and summer draws to a close. But we’re not quite ready to say goodbye to the season just yet. Throughout the weekend, we’ll be giving you a look back at the summer that was. This summer saw the inaugural Alternating Currents music, art, comedy and film festival in Davenport, Iowa Saturday August 26, 2017.”

    Read the full story here. 

     

    Photo Credit: Jeff Cook (QC Times)

  • Sep
    5th

    Follow-Up File: Ellis Kell won’t be forgotten at RME

    “Standing on the Adler Theatre stage last Saturday, Bret Dale had one minute and a microphone.

    Before Ben Folds performed, as part of the inaugural Alternating Currents festival, Dale wanted to honor the Quad-City music icon Ellis Kell.”

    Read the full story here. 

    Photo Credit: Kevin E. Schmidt (QC Times)

  • Aug
    1st

    Ribfest joins Street Fest to feature bands, barbecue

    Bigger and busier than ever, Street Fest took over downtown Davenport this past weekend closing off July with barbecue and live music.

    Read the full story here.

    Photo Credit : Meg McLaughlin (QC- Online)

  • Aug
    1st

    Big Story: Introducing the Current Iowa

    Davenport’s original skyscraper is rising again as The Current Iowa hotel.

    In the former Putnam Building at Second and Main streets, Amrit and Amy Gill’s Restoration St. Louis has renovated a tired downtown office building into a modern luxury hotel that champions the building’s past and will be a showplace for the Midwest art scene.

    Read the full story here.

     

    Photo Credit : Kevin E. Schmidt (Quad-City Times)

  • Aug
    1st

    Luxury hotel, rooftop bar opens in downtown Davenport

    DAVENPORT, Iowa — A luxury, boutique hotel complete with rooftop bar and restaurant has opened in downtown Davenport.

    On Wednesday, July 26, developers and city leaders cut the ribbon on The Current Iowa.

    Read the full story.

  • Jul
    31st

    Bix Beiderbecke Gets a Museum in America’s (Other) Birthplace of Jazz: Iowa

    By many jazz experts’ accounts, the genre had two grandfathers, separated by a little less than a thousand miles along the Mississippi River: Louis Armstrong, in New Orleans, and Leon Bismarck “Bix” Beiderbecke in Davenport, Iowa. They both played the cornet, both established styles unlike any of their contemporaries and both left an indelible mark on American music history.

    Read the full story.

  • Jul
    31st

    Quad-City Times Bix 7 : What’s new along the course?

    If you haven’t noticed all the new development around the Quad-City Times Bix 7 course, you may want to take another look.

    Read the full story here.

  • Jul
    31st

    New luxuray Davenport hotel shoes off art, amenities

    DAVENPORT — The sleek, stylish Current Iowa hotel, 215 Main St., is as much a sprawling modern-art gallery as it is the area’s newest travel and culinary destination.

    The $35-million yearlong transformation of the 1912 Putnam Building (designed by famed architect Daniel Burnham) — featuring the area’s first rooftop bar and restaurant overlooking the Mississippi — was done by the owners of Hotel Blackhawk, 200 E. 3rd St., Davenport. The 1915 Blackhawk reopened in late 2010 after a $46-million renovation and addition by Restoration St. Louis (RSL), and the nine-story Current Iowa opened Wednesday.

    Read the full story here.

     

    Photo Credit: Meg McLaughlin (QCOnline)

  • Jul
    27th

    Streetfest hosts the newest form of mobile vendor

    The Downtown Davenport Partnership is a huge fan of incorporating the newest and best forms of salesmanship at the annual Street Fest. For years, Street Fest has hosted traveling vendors who spend their summers jumping from festival to festival, and most recently, we made the push to bring in the latest trend, food trucks.  But now there is a new kid on the block, Thirteen West Trolley.  The nine-ton mobile gift shop is changing the vendor sales game in the Quad Cities, so we made sure it was parked on 2nd St for the biggest party of the year!

    We sat down with Haley Bunting, the owner of Thirteen West Trolley, to chat about her business model, coming home to the QC, and what it’s like driving a giant store on wheels.

     

    bix7 weekend (11)
    First off, why a trolley?

    I was living in Denver and they were using old UPS trucks as their boutiques.  I loved the concept that you could travel to people; you could travel to big street fests, but have it put away on your own time. When I was in them I felt very claustrophobic though, and the light made it hard to see the products, because most of them didn’t have lighting or electricity. When I was on vacation in Charleston, on a trolley, I was kind of like “Wow! It is super bright in here. You can see out the windows.” That’s where the idea came from. It is so neat if you were able to go these big events and still be able to see outside and not feel trapped in this tiny area.

     

    bix7 weekend (1)How did you decide on your product?
    I have always just loved little gift shops. I have a very modern bohemian and very eclectic style, so I wanted a hodgepodge of different things. There was no way to do that without doing a little bit of everything. I did decide on baby, a little bit of clothing, stationery and papers, jewelry, women’s gift, and a little bit of home goods, just because there are such fun products available. Those groups make the best gifts when you’re looking for house warming gifts or bridal gifts or birthday gifts. It’s also easier to find small makers who produce those types of items. I love the idea of having different sections. You can make a full gift box of just bath items or a full box of just baby items and it makes gift giving super easy when it can all be done in one spot.

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    What companies do you go through to order your product?
    After college it was my dream to have a gift shop. I didn’t think I would be 28 and have a gift shop though; I thought I was going to be 45-50 with a gift shop. After college, when I would go to street fests, or flea markets or what not, I’d grab the business cards from makers that I loved. Whether it be from jewelry or stationery or flour sack towels or baby clothes, I’d grab their business card. So when this idea exploded in my head, I had 200 business cards that I had saved in an old cigar box and I started going through them, sending them emails, “Do you still make this product? I contacted all of those people and only 25% of them were still in business. Some had blown up and gotten too big to respond, so I had to go through their websites.  I also use a lot of Etsy wholesale. I love the backside of it because you get to see so much that’s not on the front, and you get to talk to those makers directly. You can be like “Is there another color available? Or a different scent? Or a different fabric?” They’ll actually work on it for you. For example I saw a follower on Instagram who made pillows with the outline of Iowa on them and I shot her an email and asked “Do you still make these?” I already have them in, and I sent her that about week ago. It’s just easier to work with small makers. I am fascinated by peoples craft and wanted to give them the opportunity to sell their stuff. Small makers! I LOVE THEM!

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    Why did you come back to the QC?
    Denver has a really big market for fashion mobiles. There are only 2 or 3 gift mobiles, but there’s over 15 fashion trucks selling men’s wear and women’s wear. It would have been hard to compete with the market there. They do have a lot more opportunity to sell at large events in Denver and are very open to mobiles, but why not bring something fun back to the Quad Cities?! I had been gone from the Quad Cities for 10 years and I missed crucial time with my family. I was using vacation time from a job to come back for things like funeral and weddings. I’ve missed tons birthdays and just different celebrations. Yes the market was amazing for it Denver, but I needed the support and help from my family and friends. I wasn’t able to do this by myself. And knowing the QC didn’t have anything remotely close to this was a huge push!

    bix7 weekend (4)What is it like being a small business owner?
    It is challenging. I didn’t know very many small business owners when I started this.  I always thought that I wanted to be my own boss, I just didn’t think it would be this soon. When the trolley opportunity presented itself I was just like “I’m doing it!” As a small business owner you are the marketer, the web site builder, the buyer, you are the remodeler, you answer all the emails, it’s just endless the amount of hats you wear. You have to be extremely creative and a problem solver. But the reward for all of it, nothing beats it. It comes with immense challenges, and it’s really hard work, but especially in the QC, there is such a great community of small business owners. The amount of people, who have reached out to me, is unreal. There’s so many people doing what they love, but it’s because they are small and keeping it small. It’s more fun to support the small stuff. If we could encourage more people to find their own whole in the wall, or start that online shop, or start in a truck, imagine how cool the Quad Cities would be?!

    The city of Davenport was so helpful through the Small Business Department, they hopped on board faster than I thought anyone ever would. They were super supportive and easy to work with.

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    How many festivals have you done? How many do you plan do to?
    I’ve been at nine, but right now I have six more planned. One of the events I did this past week, the organizers invited me and built their event around shopping with me.  I’d love to do more events like that. I’m still getting my bearings of what events to be in, because there are still event fees to pay and regulations on commercial vendors. I have people asking me where I’m going to be, if my online shop is going to be up soon, if I’m available for party’s soon and I’m like “yes yes yes!” I want to be out at a ton of events.

    bix7 weekend (2)What is driving the trolley like?
    LOOK OUT! At first I was super nervous, but the company I bought it from let me drive it around an empty parking lot and that made a huge difference! Honestly when you’re in it, you have to watch your right corner, but that is about it. It’s only a 2004 so it’s not super old. If you forget that there’s 30 ft attached to you, it’s not that bad. I didn’t have to get my CDL (commercial driver’s license) if you were taking passengers, or had air brakes, or over 26001lbs, you had to. The trolley weighs 18000lbs, I’m not taking passengers – unless you count the stuffed animals – and I don’t have air brakes. So sure enough, I didn’t need a license and I got in and drove it. I’m getting more used to it.

    Stop in the giant Trolley for a unique shopping experience during Streetfest 2017! Follow Thirteen West Trolley on Facebook and Instagram for updates on where Haley and her goods are parked!