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.
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.
Fall is here and beautiful weather means that I want some comfort food in an outdoor setting. My sweetie and I took a drive to LeClaire, Iowa. LeClaire is a fun shopping destination river town in the area. It is also known as the home of The American Pickers from the History Channel.
We chose to stop at Big Dave & Holly’s restaurant along the Mississippi River just east of the LeClaire shopping area.
Jamie Watters, the manager of Wine and Spirits at the Rock Island Hy-Vee, located at 2930 18th Avenue, is doing some neat things at their store. Earlier this year he began hosting educational classes in order to not only promote different products available, but also to inform customers of their options in an ever-growing craft-centric market. It can be very overwhelming these days to walk into a craft beer and spirits section of a store. Mr. Watters is providing fun ways to try out a variety of different things.
It’s been a great first year for our blog about the Quad Cities. The first blog post was in March and over 100 blog posts followed. This year the team of 5 bloggers has covered food, family fun, festivals, outdoor recreation, shopping, gardens, music, and more. What was the top 10 of 2015?
Bald Eagle days has been a monumental part of Quad Cities tradition for as long as I can remember. My parents would get us bundled up and put the snow boots on to drive along the Iowa Mississippi Riverfront from the Arsenal Bridge in Davenport to the LeClaire Lock and Dam to spot the eagles soaring in the gray winter skies.
I’m sure you’re aware of how many shopping days until Christmas (9 by the way). This weekend is the last Saturday before Christmas which can be the biggest shopping day of the year.
To give you some local help on where to look (and you won’t have to worry about shipping), here’s where our bloggers liked to shop this past year.
Remember in gym class when you would all line up for a classroom versus classroom (or boys versus girls) tug-of-war? You pulled with all your might, struggling to keep your feet planted on the ground. For a brief moment in time, you were having the time of your life. And now, even when out of required recreation classes, you can still have that fun while supporting a great cause.
The once quiet river community of LeClaire, IA, located just north of Interstate 80 on Highway 67 used to be known for 2 things: NEVER speed, and don’t wear a necktie into Sneaky Pete’s Steakhouse or your server will cut it off and hang it on the wall!