Shopping in the Quad Cities has grown into a diverse array of options for people. From city mall settings to downtown areas 0r off the beaten path small towns, from new wares or second-hand treasures, there’s something for every type of shopper around.
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Early May is hoppin’ in downtown Rock Island! Spring is in full bloom and Rock Island is excited to share the downtown with visitors.
Living in Moline, Illinois, I remember as a teenager going to Katy’s Import Foods for brats for cookouts. You can’t miss the red and white striped building on 7th Street. Katy’s, open since 1938 in this location, has a been providing European foods to the area since the early 1950’s.
Last Friday night was the bi-annual Gallery Hop in downtown Rock Island, Illinois. I always attend this community arts event held in December and May. Gallery Hop highlights local artists and their work by featuring them in the businesses. This December event was an opportunity for my sister and I to check out some new shops, as well as some of the well known shops in the District area.
The QCCA (Quad City Conservation Alliance) Expo Center is a finely constructed vintage building made of huge timbers from the mills that once were on the Mississippi River in the Quad Cities. I always take the time to look up into the rafters to admire the size and workmanship of the support beams in the Expo Center in Rock Island, Illinois. The center features a 60,000 sq. ft. Exhibit Hall and a 4,600 sq. ft. Auditorium with a seating capacity of 500.
Small Business Saturday encourages people to support small, local businesses as you go about your holiday shopping. They don’t have the millions of dollars to run national ad campaigns encouraging you to be there at 4 a.m. for a ginormus TV. And maybe you do need a ginormous TV this year, but don’t forget small businesses have some really great stuff too!
Here are some places in the Quad Cities to shop!
It was one of those fantastic fall days on Sunday so Brian and I decided to take a day trip to try the Candlelight Inn in Clinton, IA. Clinton is 51 minutes from the Quad Cities if you go through LeClaire, Iowa, along the river. The Inn is located on the Mississippi River with a wonderful view of birds and river traffic. There is a nice marina, too. The location is next to the City of Clinton Showboat and I would like to go to a performance there in the future.
This is a magical time leading up to the holidays. In the Quad Cities and surrounding communities, many of the historic downtown districts decorate for the season and celebrate with events, parades, shopping, fireworks, living windows, and Christmas walks. Thousands of people come to ring in the holiday season at these events.
There’s nothing better than a great shopping experience that is full of small businesses – that’s why I’m so excited about the newest outdoor shopping event in Geneseo, Ill.
And this isn’t the same ol’, same ol’ street market. You’ll want to check out the unique and unexpected items – for gifts or for yourself.
The first annual State Street Market is Saturday, Oct. 8, 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. in downtown Geneseo (only a short 25 minute drive from the Quad Cities). Continue reading Don’t miss State Street Market on October 8