It’s A Winner! That Dam Shopping Trip

It’s the holiday shopping season again. If you are like me, you are looking for a different shopping experience. Join in the fun of the 4th annual That Dam Shopping Trip. Named for Lock and Dam 15 , this “shop hop” experience is a 2-day event held on Black Friday, November 23 and on Small Business Saturday, November 24 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The brain child of local marketing guru, Brandy VandeWalle, this bi-state shopping event joins the downtown areas of Rock Island, Illinois, and Davenport, Iowa.

Shop On Both Sides Of The River

From my past experience, start on either side of the river and take the Government Bridge or the Centennial Bridge (The Master Sergeant Stanley Talbot Memorial Bridge) to your destinations. This year’s shopping includes 12 businesses that have given $100.00 each in gift cards. Shoppers who go to all 12 stores and get their play card stamped and turned in will be in a drawing for $1,200 in gift certificates. Only one lucky person will win, and the odds are much better than the lottery!

The Skeleton Key Art and Antiques                  520 18th Street, Rock Island, Illinois
A Peek Inside The Skeleton Key

I look for special things for my friends and family. These shops meet the requirement for a variety of one-of-kind art, bath products, antique and vintage items, hand-crafted items, food gifts, fair trade gifts, clothing, and chocolates. Bring your shopping wish lists and enjoy the quaintness and originality of small shops.

Other Rock Island, Illinois, Shops

The ARTery Gallery/MidCoast Gallery 1629 2nd Ave., Rock Island, Illinois
Taste Buds Exterior                                               150 16 1/2 Street, Rock Island, Illinois
Taste Buds Candy Selection
The ARTery/MidCoast Gallery West and Taste Buds Exterior
Splash Exterior                                                    1700 2nd Ave., Suite 1, Rock Island, Illinois
Splash Interior
Wild Cherry Spoon Co.                1700 2nd Ave., Suite 6, Rock Island, Illinois Grand Opening!


Vintage Varieties Window
323 18th Street, Rock Island, Illinois


Davenport, Iowa, Shops

Interior Crafted QC
Artists’ Market in Bucktown Center For The Arts
Bucktown Center For The Arts
225 E 2nd Street, Davenport, Iowa
315 E 2nd Street, Davenport, Iowa
Abernathy’s Interior


Chocolate Manor
110 E 2nd Street, Davenport, Iowa
Chocolate Manor Double Dipped Toffee
SIS International Shop
Fair Trade

Shoppers can pick up their stamp sheet at any participating location. Completed stamp sheets can be turned in at their last stop.

It’s the start of the holiday shopping season so bring your friends on a new adventure.

That Dam Shopping Trip is a winner!

For further information, check out That Dam Shopping Trip on Facebook at or contact Brandy VandeWalle at Skeleton Key Art and Antiques or at (309) 314-1567.


About the author

Deborah Doehler As a life-time resident of the Quad Cities, Deborah is a multi-media artist who works in jewelry, painting, pottery, drawing, collage, and design. Deborah is retired from Black Hawk College after working for 35 years in Marketing as an award-winning graphic designer, writer, supervisor and graphics coordinator. Since 1975, she has had her own design company and studio. You’ll find Deborah serving on the Visual and Public Arts Committee for Quad City Arts where she was a board member for 8 years. She supports art and cultural events in the Quad Cities area including volunteering for events at MidCoast Fine Arts Bucktown Center for the Arts where she leases a gallery space. She served as Marketing Director for Riverssance Festival of Fine Arts for 15 years.

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