College Hill District: Neighborhood Businesses with Eclectic Vibe

On the top of the hill in Rock Island, Illinois, near Augustana College is a wonderful neighborhood shopping and dining area called the College Hill District. This area is perfect for eclectic shopping and dining. It is also an excellent area for serving your other daily needs through numerous service related businesses. It is easy to walk from place to place while enjoying the ambiance.logo

Fred & Ethel's Retro Antiques
Fred & Ethel’s Retro Antiques

When I go to College Hill, I often go with friends and visit the various antique and vintage shops including Dar-Jac Antiques & Jewelry, Estate of Grace, Fred & Ethel’s Retro Antiques, GV’s Stuff, Jackson’s Antiques, and Vintage Rose Antiques. If I need something to add to my collections or to just browse…this is a fun place to explore!

Jackson's Antiques where you will find antiques and original creations by the Jackson family.
Jackson’s Antiques where you will find antiques and original creations by the Jackson family.

 Estate of Grace where the antique shop is a work of art!Estate of Grace where the antique shop is a work of art!

 Vintage Rose Antiques where you will find treasures!Vintage Rose Antiques where you will find treasures!

 

Dar-Jac Antiques for more treasure hunting!
Dar-Jac Antiques for more treasure hunting!

If I get hungry or need a coffee or cocktail when I am shopping, Cool Beanz is a perfect choice as well as Radical Effects Brewerks. Other excellent options include the Corner Tap, Happy Joe’s Pizza & Ice Cream, Harris Pizza, Kavanaugh’s Hilltop Tavern, La Rancherita, Lee’s of 14th, Mulkey’s Restaurant, Taste Buds, and the Quarter Til Tap.

Cool Beanz for coffee and cocktails and conversation.
Cool Beanz for coffee and cocktails and conversation.
Interior of Cool Beanz
Interior of Cool Beanz

 Radicle Effect brew pubRadicle Effect Brewerks

Taste Buds is new to the area and has fabulous fresh ground coffee and tea, nuts, candy and protein drinks!
Taste Buds is new to the area and has fabulous fresh ground coffee and tea, nuts, candy and protein drinks!

 Harris PizzaHarris Pizza

Other retail shops include Bike & Hike, Handy True Value Hardware, Lamps Flower Shop, M & M Hardware, Gallery Portofino, Rock Island Diamond Co., Sports Depot, Sunshine’s Performing Arts, Tim’s Corner Comics, and the Vaporosity Shop.

pumpkins by Vap shop

There are also a number of service related businesses to meet your needs. From hair and beauty to bike and camera repair, you can find it in the College Hill District.

Bike & Hike
Bike & Hike

The College Hill District Organization sponsors several community events during the year. The Retro Rally in the spring is a celebration of the era of poodle skirts, bobby socks and hot rod cars; College Hill-O-Ween, which will be held October 31st is geared towards families with children to trick or treat; the annual Christmas Walk is a perfect time to do your holiday shopping in style. It’s always fun to shop on the hill!

event sign

trick or treat hours sign

Getting ready for Hill-O-Ween festivities!

Getting ready for Hill-O-Ween festivities!

For more information: www.collegehilldistrict.com

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Deborah Doehler As a life-time resident of the Quad Cities, Deborah is a multi-media artist who works in jewelry, painting, pottery, drawing, collage, and design. Deborah is retired from Black Hawk College after working for 35 years in Marketing as an award-winning graphic designer, writer, supervisor and graphics coordinator. Since 1975, she has had her own design company and studio. You’ll find Deborah serving on the Visual and Public Arts Committee for Quad City Arts where she was a board member for 8 years. She supports art and cultural events in the Quad Cities area including volunteering for events at MidCoast Fine Arts Bucktown Center for the Arts where she leases a gallery space. She served as Marketing Director for Riverssance Festival of Fine Arts for 15 years.

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