Every June I look forward to the Aledo Rhubarb Fest in Aledo, Illinois. The Festival is pure Americana from the music to the homemade pies and food vendors. Aledo has mastered the art of the edible plant festival! For those that don’t know, “Rhubarb is a species of plant in the family of Polygonaceae and is a herbaceous perennial vegetable growing from short, thick rhizomes” that taste delicious when cooked with sugar.
Category Archives: Shopping
As a lover of popcorn, “Popcorn Charlie” & Company is one of my favorite destinations in the Quad Cities. Popcorn, cheese corn and caramel corn are the reason that I visit. Located on the north west side of Davenport, Iowa, this store is packed to the ceiling with various popcorn treats and candy in all colors and flavors. The moment that I enter the building I am greeted by the enticing aroma of freshly popped popcorn.
A few years back father and son duo, Chad and Nieko Summers, started Healthy Harvest Urban Farms in East Moline, Illinois. It’s an organic community garden and garden center. They have recently taken this venture and extended into a storefront in downtown Rock Island.
Sometimes people that don’t live in the Quad Cities anymore need a little taste of home. We understand that you can’t come back every week to get your favorite ice cream, chocolate, or pizza. Or maybe you’ve visited the Quad Cities and you don’t have taco pizza like we do. We have the info from the sources on the best way to order these items.
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.
Designer Carolina Herrera, once said, “A wedding dress is both an intimate and personal for a woman – it must reflect the personality and style of the bride.” Along with the love, care, and passion that is reflected in your relationship, a wedding dress also needs to reflect the nature of the bride as an individual. As a bride, you have a dream of what that dress will be, and the realistic budget that must come with it. Now as a bride-to-be myself, I can attest to how true this is — a dream dress and a budget aren’t always the easiest pair to find…. Or are they?
Small Business Saturday (Nov. 25, 2017) encourages people to support small, local businesses as you go about your holiday shopping. These businesses don’t have the millions of dollars to run national ad campaigns encouraging you to be there at 4 a.m. for an electronic gadget. And maybe you do need a specific electronic gadget this year, but don’t forget small businesses have some really great stuff too!
Here are some places in the Quad Cities to shop that our bloggers have recently covered so check out the links for more details on each place!
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.
I recently noticed a new business open up in the West End of Davenport, Chic Soiree, and decided to take a walk down to investigate. What I discovered was a delicious bakery with an amazing story behind it.
I was greeted by Sara Whelchel, a third generation cake baker, who kindly allowed me to hang out in her kitchen with her, while she frosted a cake and told me all about her new business.
Recently I took a Sunday afternoon drive to visit Miss Effie’s Country Flowers and Garden Stuff, located just outside of the Quad Cities in Donahue, Iowa. Nestled in the rolling hills of farm country, off a gravel road, is one of the most beautiful places you can visit.