Hy-Vee Fast & Fresh

The first ever Hy-Vee Fast & Fresh store has opened in Davenport, Iowa, at the corner of Elmore Avenue and East Kimberly Road. It is the first of its kind with so many features for the quick-stop shopper.

On the outside, one first encounters 14(!) gas pumps outside the store.  Hy-Vee Fuel Saver cards are accepted here.  Attached is a new Starbucks location with a drive-through. There is also a spot outside for the Hy-Vee Aisles Online program to pick up pre-ordered groceries. For more information about this feature, click here.

Inside there are the standard gas station features, plus so much more.  You can find just about any beverage.  There is a giant wall dedicated to fountain sodas, many coffee drinks and kombucha offerings, and a whole wine and spirits section, complete with beer cooler. However, that coolest things is their Growler Station.

The Growler Station features 12 beers on draft that you can order in a 32-ounce crowler (giant can) or a 64-ounce growler (glass jug), price vary depending on the beer ordered. You can also bring in their own growler and get it filled for just the price of the beer.

The Hy-Vee Fast & Fresh also has lot of meal options for those on-the-go or with limited time. There is a wood-fired pizza available to-order or as a take and bake option, or Sushi, cold sandwiches, hot dogs, and other warm roller grill specialties. There is a cafe area for travelers to sit and enjoy a hot bite.

For those headed home, there are also meal-kits, oven-ready options, a bakery, as well as some groceries items with select items from the dairy and produce section.

The Hy-Vee Fast & Fresh store is an impressive establishment that will be able to help those that are on the road for one reason or another.


Set sail on word travels and STEM exploration with the Putnam

The world is an enormous place. We begin learning about the world starting with the landscape and history of our own country. Then we move on to learn about countries outside of our own.

In the world population of 7.53 billion individuals, only 325.7 million people reside in the U.S., compared to the nearly 7.2 billion that live in other parts of the word. It’s important to begin culturally competent learning and critical thinking at a young age, something the Putnam Museum strives for in their Explorers and Explorers Junior (Jr.) programs. Whether on a mission exploring the ocean or engaging in the worldly travel that comes with this next program, the museum has children “examine, investigate, create, and invent”.

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Argrow’s House: Turning Domestic Violence Survivors into Entrepreneurs

Argrow’s House of Healing and Hope is a safe space for women survivors of violence and abuse. Their services empower women to take the steps needed to protect themselves and move forward successfully.

Offering daily opportunities for healing, the organization meets women where they are and encourages them to accept the support they need. “Argrow’s House is also a bath and body business where women healing from violence and abuse create beautiful bath products that provide a living wage for themselves in a safe space that celebrates who they are.”

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Ho, ho, ho! Catch the Holiday Light Tour before it’s gone!

The hassle of putting up holiday lights can disguise itself as both a blessing and a curse. While the bright lights look beautiful as the twinkle in evening among the layers of Midwestern snow, being able to string the lights on a house with a working GFCI-grounded outlet can be a pain. Even my fiancé and I have settled with solar lights we can throw up quickly for just a bit of bright, cheery light. As an alternate, we’ve traded in the show at our own home for the show others throw around the Quad Cities area. Driving through local neighborhoods and seeing the beautiful lights has become quite a tradition not only in our area, but around the country. AltSTATES Travel has taken this concept to the next level this year with their three-hour Ho Ho Holiday Light Tour on the Iowa side of the Quad Cities.

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Heroines of Literature – Get Lost In Its Brilliance!

The new exhibit, Literary Heroines: Their Times, Their Fashions, at the Putnam Museum is a brilliant blend of literature, fashion and book art. My monthly book club, Reading Between the Wines, decided that this was a fun way to celebrate literature. One of our members made our reservations at the Putnam Museum for the special luncheon which was designed specifically to attract book clubs.

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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.

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Literary Heroines exhibit at The Putnam

Strong and independent women have graced literature for centuries, leading the way for so many modern-day women, including myself. Of course, my parents raised me to be an intelligent and strong-willed young woman, but Harper Lee’s Scout Finch and Jane Austen’s Elizabeth Bennett only led me to become a more academic, social-justice oriented, and empowered female.

These are the stories the Putnam Museum’s latest exhibit on literary heroines sets out to tell in their new exhibit.

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The Figge’s Dia de los Muertos event returns Oct. 28th

The beautiful blend of cultures is a quality that makes our great Quad Cities a wonderful place to live. The music, art, and heritage is high quality in our community, as we celebrate, honor, and delve into cultural appreciation. Local events are no exception, and the Figge Art Museum hosts a free Dia de los Muertos fiesta on Sunday, October 28 from 12-5 p.m. 

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