When I am running errands in downtown Moline, Illinois, my place to go is Cup A Jo Cafe. Open for over 12 years, Cup A Jo serves breakfast, lunch, and bakery items with coffee and tea specialties as well as Italian soda, hot chocolate, and organic Oregon black Chai tea. Their menu offers fresh salads, 14 sandwiches, soup, and various hot and cold breakfast/bakery items.
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Jimmy’s Pancake House in both Moline, Illinois, and Bettendorf, Iowa, are family owned restaurants where “everything is made to order with fresh, quality ingredients using Jimmy’s perfected recipes.” My artists breakfast group likes to go monthly to the Moline location to enjoy lively conversation, new idea exchanges, and the delicious food.
My feeling is that it is important to explore the past to understand the present and to prepare for the future. With this in mind, I went with my antique club to take a tour of the Rock Island County Historical Society. Located since 1962 in the historical area of Moline, Illinois, across from the Deere-Wiman Home and Butterworth Center, the volunteer-run historical society has been in existence since 1905. In the past decade, there have been many changes and additions to the museum and research facilities.
With an abundance of shopping choices for the holidays, I was happy to be able to find many gifts at one of my favorite locally owned stores, WaterMark Corners. Owned by mother-daughter team, Barbara and Amy Trimble, WaterMark Corners is a specialty gift and stationery store. The store is in three historic buildings on the John Deere Commons across from the John Deere Pavilion in downtown Moline, Illinois. It is always a pleasure to shop in the beautiful surroundings.
When the leaves start to turn and the weather gets cooler, it is a good time to get in your car or jump on your bike and visit various sculptures located across the Quad Cities. I take advantage of the weekly adult clay studio on Monday nights at the Bettendorf Family Museum so I often enjoy the sculptures at Faye’s Field which is just south of the museum.
Quad City Arts, a local nonprofit arts organization, has done a wonderful job of introducing public art to the area through the Public Sculpture Program. Quad City Arts has been coordinating the process of bringing outdoor sculpture to the area for 14 years. Their public sculpture program “allows cities, organizations, or businesses to have the opportunity to lease sculptures for a one-year period. All sculptures are for sale.” The 2017-2018 sculptures are located in Rock Island and Bettendorf.
Downtown Moline, Illinois, is alive with restaurants, brew pubs and locally owned shops. The area has been rejuvenated over the past several years with attractive signage and equally attractive businesses. Moline is the home of John Deere and the John Deere Pavilion is only a few blocks from one of my favorite restaurants, LemonGrass Cafe.
It is a rare occasion when you enter a hotel and think that you are in an art gallery. This is the experience that my friends and I had when we went to the new Current hotel in downtown Davenport, Iowa.
When I saw the information for the first OMG BeckyFest, I knew it would be outstanding because the folks from Crafted Quad Cities are organizing it. Everyone knows that they have the scoop on what is “on trend” in the makers market.
In the past two months I have had family in town visiting and this is always a special time to show off what the Quad Cities has to offer on the restaurant scene. I had always wanted to try Hemispheres Bistro in Bettendorf so I chose it for two family culinary experiences; a late lunch and an evening dinner.