During the 2019 Flood in Davenport, Iowa, our family like many others in the Quad Cities headed towards the wettest places. We found other Quad Citizens supporting the businesses near the flooded streets. Our family safely checked out the flood from the downtown Davenport Skybridge and then headed to a Quad Cities local favorite: Antonella’s Ristorante.
Quad Cities Still Open for Business Despite Record Setting Flooding on the Mississippi River
The Mississippi River at Davenport, Iowa, has reached flood stage. The barrier protecting the eastern portion of downtown Davenport from the Mississippi River flooding was breached on Tuesday, April 30, 2019. Several blocks in downtown Davenport are under water, but the majority of the downtown remains accessible. While the floodwaters are impeding certain areas along the river’s edge, the majority of businesses in the downtown areas remain open for business, for residents and visitors alike.
ROAM recently opened up in Downtown Davenport at 210 East River Drive and it is unlike any other place around. It labels itself a Brasserie, a French term meaning an informal restaurant with small bites and a mature cocktail list. The drink selection and execution there does not disappoint!
392 Caffe has opened up its second brick and mortar location in downtown Davenport at 502 W. 3rd Street. The original coffee shop is in Clinton, Iowa, and currently they also have a “pop-up location” inside of Baked Beer & Bread Co. in the Village of East Davenport. Though the Davenport location is new, the coffee shop already has a cult-like following.
Hot Glass Inc. in downtown Davenport renovated their space now with an expanded area for glass production, private classes, couple classes, and corporate team building events. The industrial feel of the exterior seems dark and mysterious, but the interior is warm and alive. With the excitement of the artisans demonstrating glass blowing, it was like entering another world of blazing fire and vibrant art glass.
Two creative arts events should be top on your shopping experiences in the Quad Cities this year. Both Rock The Arts and OMG BeckyFEST promises to work their shopping mojo on you!
I love living in the Quad Cities, and in Rock Island specifically. One of the reasons is the murals that are literally almost around every corner. A few months ago, our family drove by the new mural on the corner of 14th Ave. and 30th Street every day to see the progress.
If you haven’t toured the murals of Rock Island lately, let me be the first to invite you to check out the artwork! It’s pretty rockin’. Here are some of my favorites.
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.
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.