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  • April
    22nd

    Oh So Sweet – New Business

    Doing It In Davenport!- Last summer, Tiphanie Cannon took her tremendous baking talents to the Freight House Farmers Market for the first time. As they gobbled up her delectable cupcakes, cookies and other treats, about every fourth or fifth customer begged her to open a storefront where they could get her goodies more often, all year-long.

    This May, they will get their wish.

    Read more here…

  • April
    2nd

    Final RiverVision concepts draw good reviews

    The final RiverVision update was unveiled and we’re very excited by the results! From the pier and boat access to the redesigned Dock Building, active park/Skybridge plaza, and sculpture garden, the plan is setting our riverfront up to make a huge leap forward!  Check out the QC-Times article below for a nice summary, or click here to see the complete presentation.

    QC Times- From Skybridge Park with its long pier, to Brady Plaza with its water cannons, to Sculpture Park and a development that could include several restaurants where The Dock now sits, the final concepts of Davenport’s RiverVision plan include something for everyone.

    Many of those concepts were on view Tuesday during a public presentation by landscape and architecture firm Hargreaves Associates at the Figge Art Museum. They received glowing comments from members of the public, and city officials said the plan can start to be implemented once the Rhythm City Casino is removed and the former Dock restaurant building is torn down.

    Read more here…

  • March
    31st

    Davenport Beer Biz Booming

    QC Times- Davenport’s two breweries are showing signs of growth, but in different ways. Growth by Front Street Brewery, a downtown mainstay for 20 years, is more subtle, while Great River Brewery, celebrating its fifth year in Davenport, shows more obvious signs.

    Front Street, at 208 E. River Drive, recently received approval for an expanded liquor license that allows brewer Steve Zuidema to brew beers with higher alcohol content and serve them onsite.

    Read more here…

  • March
    28th

    Halligan Coffee Company Building- Redevelopment

    Doing it in Davenport- The second-largest, and arguably highest-profile and most visible of Davenport’s Warehouse District buildings, is at long last undergoing a massive renovation, adding 45 more apartments to the burgeoning residential neighborhood on downtown’s eastern edge.

    The project is another by developer Joe Erenberger and partners Y&J Properties, who recently renovated the Peterson Paper Company building on 2nd Street.

    Read more here…

  • March
    26th

    Chamberlin named as area’s 2014 Athena Award winner

    QC Times- Community leader and advocate Mary Ellen Chamberlin was honored by her peers Wednesday at the 2014 Athena Awards luncheon.

    Chamberlin, the president of the Riverboat Development Authority, was selected from four nominees for the award. The other nominees, also celebrated at the event at Jumer’s Casino & Hotel, were: Teri Johnson, founder of Jason’s Box and military affairs liaison for UnityPoint Health-Trinity; Meg Schebler, Ashford University’s athletics director; and Laura Swift, partner with Quad-Cities Investment Group.

    Read more here…

  • March
    26th

    Loft project planned for Hibernian Hall in Davenport

    QC Times- A downtown Davenport building steeped in history is about to enter a new chapter as loft housing.

    In a real estate deal that closed Tuesday, developers Manoj and Manisha Baheti purchased the Hibernian Hall from Ron Bellomy, the longtime owner and operator of Riverbend Antiques. Bellomy’s 43-year-old antique business, which occupies much of the collection of buildings, will close. The husband and wife team purchased six adjacent buildings, including a house, all in the 400 block of Brady Street. The purchase price was not disclosed.

    Read more here…

  • March
    19th

    St. Patrick Society parade draws thousands

    QC Times- For Amber Inskeep of Moline and many others, the St. Patrick Society’s Grand Parade through the downtowns of Davenport and Rock Island is a must-go event.

    “I come every year,” she said while standing along the Davenport route Saturday with friends. “I am 31 years old and I come every year. It is a tradition.”

    Read more here…

  • March
    18th

    RiverVision Plans Take Shape

    QC Times- Decades of concrete parking lots may be gone from Davenport’s riverfront, based on preliminary proposals in the updated RiverVision plan presented  Thursday.

    The series of proposals from Hargreaves Associates included a slightly elevated promenade to replace Beiderbecke Drive, an urban beach, a sculpture garden to the south of the Figge Art Museum, a pier into the river and water cannons. Also suggested was a dramatic light scheme for a tree-lined park at the foot of the skybridge.

    “Parking to park is a theme we came up with again and again,” said Mary Margaret Jones, president of Hargreaves.

    Read more here…

  • March
    18th

    Ryan Cos. no stranger to downtown Davenport’s landmark buildings

    QC Times- Greg Lundgren and Ryan Cos. have a special familiarity with downtown Davenport’s landmark buildings.

    The Davenport construction company has remodeled two prominent downtown buildings, built the Mississippi Plaza office building and now is the builder on the Union Arcade’s renovation, said Greg Lundgren, Ryan Cos. president.

    The $13 million Union Arcade project will transform the near century-old building into housing. It is being redeveloped by Rodney Blackwell and his Financial District Properties.

    Read more here…

  • March
    18th

    $13M renovation of Union Arcade begins

    QC Times- Already a downtown Davenport landmark, the Union Arcade building is getting a new lease on life with a $13 million renovation that will transform the office building into new housing.

    Quad-City developer Rodney Blackwell of Financial District Properties and city officials kicked off the major reconstruction project Monday by slamming gold-painted sledge hammers into an interior wall. Ryan Cos. of Davenport is the project’s builder.

    Read more here…

  • February
    26th

    Former hotel could be gone within 1 year

    QC Times- Demolition of the aged hotel at the east end of Davenport’s downtown could be completed within a year, if not sooner.

    Demolition Davenport president Curt Beason signed a purchase agreement for the property on Monday and said he wants to have “an aggressive timeline” to demolish the building at 227 LeClaire St.

    “We share the same goal as the city to get this property cleaned up and back into production,” Beason said Tuesday. “We’re going to move with an aggressive timeline to get this thing down and back to usable conditional.”

    Read more here…

  • February
    17th

    $500,000 grant to fund Davenport Creative Arts Academy

    QC Times- It’s almost “lights, camera, action” for a new creative arts academy in Davenport.

    The Davenport Community School District has received a $500,000, four-year grant from the Hubbell-Waterman Foundation to establish the Creative Arts Academy of the Quad Cities by August.

    “The thought is to capitalize on one of the major strengths of the district, that’s the arts program,” Superintendent Art Tate said. “If we can do that and give students even more exposure and more training and link them up with artists and musicians, we feel it will just make each of those students better at the craft.”

    Read more here…

  • February
    14th

    Davenport salon lights up clients’ lives

    QC Online- In Latin, the word luce translates to light, and for Craig and DaMel Smith, owners of Salon Luce and Spa Luce, the word signifies a “brightening and uplifting experience,” something they hope to bring to all their clients.

    “We have a saying that really is the embodiment of our attitudes toward life: It is ‘”In luce vive, vive in amore.’ It means ‘live in light, live in love,’” Mr. Smith said of the business at 400 N. Main St., Suite 106, Davenport.

    Read more here…

  • February
    5th

    Bret Dale Says He Has World’s Greatest Job: Opening Door to World of Music

    QC Online- Getting students excited about record players and early American music is no easy task, but for Bret Dale, the challenge lies in showing them there’s more to music than “Top 40 radio.”

    “Everyone has their favorite CD,” said Mr. Dale, programming assistant at River Music Experience, 129 Main St., Davenport. “You don’t have to play music to understand music is literally a way of life.”

    Read more here…

  • February
    5th

    RiverVision Update Kick-Off Meeting

    In case you missed the kick-off meeting for the first RiverVision  update, have no fear. Attached, you will find the presentation delivered at the first meeting. Be sure to mark your calendar for the RiverVision Public Workshop #2 on Thursday, February 13th, at Noon or 6 p.m. in the Gold Room of Hotel Blackhawk.

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  • January
    29th

    $2.5M Raised for Early Learning Center

    QC Times- It was an ambitious goal — raise $2.5 million to build a new Early Learning Center for the Scott County Family Y — but the Women’s Leadership Council proved it was up to the challenge.

    At a news conference Tuesday, council representatives announced that the campaign goal to build the child care center in downtown Davenport had been reached.

    Read more here…

  • January
    29th

    Lobby Ceiling is Artistic, Historic “Masterpiece”

    QC Times- After visiting Elissa Kuster for today’s story about the new apartments in the Wells Fargo Building, I stopped off in the lobby of the bank itself.

    I wanted to reacquaint myself with the huge space and its echoing marble floors, the hushed feeling that comes with such a tall ceiling, the walnut woodwork and the ornate iron teller cages.

    Read more here…

  • January
    29th

    Banking on it

    QC Times- Looking to start a new chapter in her life with a move to Davenport, Elissa Kuster is tickled to have landed in one of the just-finished apartments in the downtown Wells Fargo Building.

    A $7.5 million renovation project by building owner Financial District Properties has converted mainly unused office space on the bank’s fifth, ninth, 10th and 11th floors into 29 market rate apartments.

    Read more here…

  • January
    23rd

    Hotel Blackhawk Is Forbes Travel Guide 2014 Recommended Property – One of 82 Worldwide

    Hotel Blackhawk- Hotel Blackhawk management is pleased to announce its recognition as a 2014 Recommended Property by the Forbes Travel Guide – one of 82 hotels worldwide to earn that title and the only one in Iowa. The announcement is part of the guide’s 56th annual Star Awards for hospitality establishments worldwide (http://blog.forbestravelguide.com/the-2014-forbes-travel-guide-star-award-winners).

    The Forbes guide (originally known as the Mobil Travel Guide) was the originator of the prestigious Five Star Ratings and certifications. It has provided the travel industry’s most comprehensive ratings and reviews of hotels, restaurants and spas since 1958.

    This back-to-back honor for Hotel Blackhawk adds to its current status as an AAA Four Diamond Award-Lodgings, two-time TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence Award recipient, two-time Bix Bistro Wine Spectator Award of Excellence status as well as three-time Smart Meetings Platinum Choice Award recognition.

    “Retaining our status in a travel guide like Forbes is recognition earned by the team at Hotel Blackhawk,” said Tim Heim, Senior VP – Sales & Marketing, Innkeeper Hospitality Services – parent company of Hotel Blackhawk. “Continuing to meet the expectations of a prestigious rating organization is to again be part of a gold standard for hospitality excellence today.”

    Hotel Blackhawk re-opened December 15th, 2010. The hotel retains its 99-year-old historic character while featuring modern conveniences throughout the 130 guestrooms and extended-stay suites, six meeting rooms and up to 300-person banquet capacity in the signature Gold Room.

    Other features include wireless internet, a fitness center, business center, swimming pool, hot tub, Spa Luce (lu-CHAY), Milan Flower Shop, the Bix Bistro restaurant, the Beignet (been-YAY) Done That coffee shop and Blackhawk Bowl & Martini Lounge. The hotel is part of the Autograph Collection (http://www.autograph-hotels.marriott.com/) and the Historic Hotels of America network (www.historichotels.org).

    For more, visit www.hotelblackhawk.com or find us on www.facebook.com (Search: Hotel Blackhawk).

  • January
    22nd

    Icestravaganza provides cool sculptures for visitors

    QC Times- Saturday was a perfect day for Icestravaganza to take place in downtown Davenport: snowy and frigid.

    But then again, none of the ice sculptures were in danger of melting.

    A steady stream of people, including many families, made a visit to the River Music Experience/Skybridge Courtyard on 2nd Street to view the works of award-winning ice sculptor Dawson List. Many of the people made several stops for the various activities.

    Read more here…