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Me & Billy: Redefining the Social Experience

June 10th, 2015 | Filed under .

“Our goal is to redefine the social experience locally by striving to encompass the timeless values of friendly service and a lively atmosphere.” And that they do. Me & Billy, a family owned and operated bar with great food, opened … Continued

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Art on Third: Beyond the Abstract

May 11th, 2015 | Filed under .

From banks and bars to restaurants and retailers, 3rd Street in downtown Davenport is lined with many distinct spaces. Aside from finding delicious food and great drinks, one will also find unique, local art hidden underground at Art on Third. … Continued

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Salon Luce: Live in Light

April 2nd, 2015 | Filed under .

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 … Continued

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Antonella’s Pizzeria: It Feels Like Home

February 27th, 2015 | Filed under .

“We hear people saying ‘It’s the place to go…it feels like home.’” Antonia and John Sgro, owners of Antonella’s Pizzeria, have a habit of feeling more like welcoming parents while working than business owners. From creamy garlic sauce to handmade … Continued

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Hot Glass, Inc.: A New Form of Team Building

January 6th, 2015 | Filed under .

With a mission to promote self-confidence, leadership, and teamwork through instruction and direct experience with glass art, Hot Glass brings a new form of teambuilding to downtown Davenport.  This art studio located in the Davenport Printing Company building provides participants … Continued

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Abernathy’s: It’s About the Experience

November 20th, 2014 | Filed under .

Not far from the corner of 2nd and Iowa Street sits an eclectic vintage store full of unique, hand-made items. With various pieces of jewelry and accessories to vintage clothing and home décor, Abernathy’s has a little something for everyone. … Continued

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Jonathan Folker – Director of Nerds

April 19th, 2012 | Filed under .

“In 2003, I founded Nerdwerx, with just sheer determination and the desire to turn my ideas into reality. Fueled by my passion for technology and innovation, I worked 80-plus hour weeks to grow my one person start-up venture into a … Continued

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  • 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.

     

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    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!

  • Jul
    27th

    Can’t Miss Happenings of Bix7 weekend 2017

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    Kickoff to BIX Weekend Party!
    Join the team at Coworkqc for an early bird Bix party! Tonight, from 5-8pm, stop in for a happy hour or full night of cocktails, apps, swag, music and more!


     

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    CINEMA AT THE FIGGE Vol 6 – Bronson
    Ford Photography is hosting a film program focused on identity via cinema and exploring violence at the Figge Art Museum. Cocktail hour starts at 5pm, while a trio of short films begins at 6pm. The feature film of the evening – Bronson – will begin promptly at 7:15pm!


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    2017 Running Wild Sports and Fitness Expo
    All runners, walkers, sprinters, volunteers, families, people in general are encouraged to stop into the RiverCenter over the weekend to check out all things health and fitness. The expo runs from 5-9pm tonight and 9am-9pm on Friday. This two day show will include running apparel, gear, nutritional products and injury prevention.


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    2017 Brady Street Sprints
    Starting at 7pm, watch men and women compete in the quarter mile climb! Two men’s and women’s open races (29 and under and 39 and under for each), two Masters’ races (40 and over, men’s and women’s), High School relays (boys’ and girls’) and the Bix 7 Sponsors Race (Bix sponsors only) will take place starting at 7pm!


     

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    STREETFEST Presented by Cobham
    Grab the family and head down to 2nd St. for the Quad Cities biggest homecoming party! Come prepared with your stretch-iest party pants for all the food your heart could desire and some seriously dance worthy tunes! Music starts at 11:30a.m. on Friday and 10a.m. on Saturday, just after the Bix7 race!
    *RIBFEST AT STREETFEST
    It’s safe to say we’ve taken over Arby’s current marketing slogan, we in fact do “Have the Meats.” Check out our meat lovers row on 2nd St between Ripley and Harrison St. and try out BBQ from 6 vendors, including last year’s RibFest triple crown winner, Smokin’ Butt BBQ! Don’t forget to vote for your favorite vendor for the people’s choice award!


     

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    Liza Anne
    Head to Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel Friday night, for tunes by Liza Anne and Chris Coleslaw! The Curls are opening the set at 7pm!


     

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    43rd Annual Bix7!
    This year Bix will host the USA Track and Field 7 mile American national Championships. You and your friends and neighbors can run alongside the best American athletes including our own Bill Rodgers, Olympic Gold Medalist Joan Samuelson and Olympic Silver Medalist Meb Keflezighi. Join the mass of runners and walkers as you brave the hills and experience the thrills of Bix 7.


     

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    Freight House Farmers Market
    Davenport’s weekly farmers market will still be in full swing Saturday and Sunday! You can expect your favorite kombucha makers and the freshest of locally sourced produce ready for the taking! At 10 a.m. the River Music Experience’s EK Winter Blues All-Stars will be taking stage!


     

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    Bixfest Community Event
    Bring your whole family to the City Church Saturday morning at 7 a.m. for cold coffee and special Bix7 energy drinks. Live music will start at 11 a.m. and go on until 8 p.m.


     

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    Bix Bash
    Continue the party down 2nd St. at Barrel House! The drink specials start at 8 a.m.!


     

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    Bix Line-Up
    Celebrate Bix weekend with Me & Billy, starting at 10 a.m.! Throughout the day hear live music from We Two Fools, Doug Collins and the Receptionist and Rude Punch!  Bask in the glory of air conditioning, cold beer and great food!


     

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    Bix: Raising the Roof – Music & Brews
    Make a pit stop before heading down to Streetfest at Great River Brewery! Live music starts at 10:30 with The Velies and continues until 4 p.m. with Winterland and Ty Webb & the Swingers!


     

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    Too White Crew @ the Best DAM Bix Party!
    Bust a move to your favorite 80’s – early 2000’s tribute band, Too White Crew. This entertaining group will hit the stage at 8 p.m. behind the Dam View Inn!


     

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    The Coathangers
    Daytrotter is hosting the sassy punk group, The Coathangers, Saturday night. The show starts at 8 p.m with opening acts Residuels and Archeress!


     

    **BIX Recovery**
    We’re sure your body will need a little TLC after this weekend! Don’t forget that the Freight House Farmer’s Market is still open on Sunday!

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    Tippi Yogis
    Sooth those aching muscles with some yoga…and a little hair of the dog! Front Street Brewery Taproom is prepped for all you beer drinking/yoga loving people! The $10 class starts at noon, and don’t forget to bring your own mat!


     

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    Dagmar
    Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel is supplying your Sunday night jams! Grab a drink and relax with Dagmar, Subatlantic, and Travis Linville starting at 7pm!


     

  • Jul
    18th

    Mid-century store finds niche in Davenport

    Mid-century and Danish modern furniture may be a niche market, but Joe and Michelle Stroehle believe they have nailed it with their River Bend Retro store in Davenport.

    Read the full story here.

  • Jul
    12th

    Warehouse District loft project wins preservation award

    The 5th Street Lofts, located at 500 Iowa St. in Davenport’s historic warehouse district, has won an award from the State Historical Society of Iowa for outstanding historic preservation.

    Read the full story here.
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  • Jul
    12th

    Bringing investments to Downtown Davenport

    DAVENPORT, Iowa – The Downtown Davenport Partnership is a division of the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce that’s dedicated to building momentum to growing Downtown Davenport’s economy.

     

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  • Jul
    12th

    More to life than just crepes for this chef

    A Davenport chef already has made a name for himself as The Crepe Guy, but he no longer wants that identity to define his culinary prowess.

    Read the full story here.