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Cool Beanz Coffeehouse

Cool Beanz Coffeehouse is located in the College Hill District in Rock Island, Illinois, at 1325 30th Street. It is a locally-owned, independently-run coffee shop but has so much more to offer. The shop serves fresh-brewed coffee, made-to-order espresso drinks, and a nice selection of teas and smoothies, with seasonal items available. You can also purchase coffee and tea by the bag for at-home consumption, as well as a few offered items to help you brew what you buy.

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Rockin’ Rock Island Murals: Tour the City via Wall Art

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.

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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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Meet the Unhuggables of the Forest: A Fantastic Family Event

Meet the Unhuggables of the Forest is a fabulous family event hosted by Citizens to Preserve Black Hawk Park Foundation and co-sponsored by the Sierra Club Eagle View Group. The annual event is an absolute delight featuring a variety of forest animals and the qualities that make them unhuggable/huggable and lovable/unlovable. My family attended for the first time this year and WOW! I was impressed. So were the three of my sons (ages 7, 4 and 2) that joined me.

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Pee Wee’s Restaurant. It’s Good for your Soul.

There’s a new (well, new to me) MUST-TRY eatery in Rock Island and it’s called Pee Wee’s Restaurant. This family affair is run by Rock Island native, Will Clay, and named after his father. His mother greeted us while we were there and was a lovely woman. Even though it opened in Spring 2017 we just recently had a chance to try it out. Boy, are we glad we didn’t put it off any longer!

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Carolyn Krueger and The ARTery

Over the past several years I have had the pleasure of meeting and getting to know Carolyn Krueger, local artist and owner of The ARTery, located at 1629 2nd Ave in Downtown Rock Island, Illinois.  The ARTery is an artist co-op, allowing artists to display and sell their works in exchange for a small rental free with the option to volunteer and run the space. There are about a dozen artists running the space currently.

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