Bent River Brewing Co. opened its brewing distribution center, bar, and special events room in downtown Rock Island in the spring of 2012. Since then, the team that brings you the classic favorites Uncommon Stout and Mississippi Blonde continues to...

The entrepreneurial journey for Tim McGuire has been filled with exciting moments and has recently come with growth into a retail storefront at The Shoppes on 2nd . Tim's company, Wild Cherry Spoon Co. is the newest addition to the...

You can’t go too far in downtown Rock Island without seeing The ARTery’s Carolyn Krueger at an arts event or finding out that she has helped create a scene that radiates outward from the quaint gallery space located at 1629...

Along with their reputation as the best record shop in the Quad Cities, Ragged Records & Music literally, and figuratively, brings the music back to downtown Rock Island.   When asked how he decided on downtown Rock Island for a second location,...

The Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference Center located in the heart of downtown Rock Island just completed a more than $5 million full renovation earlier this year. The renovations include refreshed guest rooms, state-of-the-art meeting space, indoor pool, fitness center,...

Skateboarding is like a never-ending puzzle with a ton of variations and combinations. You can do the same trick over and over, but it’ll never feel the same.    Quad City area native James “Sean” Farley Jr. first got into skateboarding around...

WORDS & PICTURESQuad City Botanical CenterPhotography by Trent Foltz The Quad City Botanical Center invites you to come and explore Winter Nights Winter Lights – a winter garden in bloom, in lights! This extraordinary light display features over 80,000 shimmering, glimmering,...

WORDS & PICTURES Erik Reader Much to the delight of their patrons, not a month goes by without another noteworthy beer hitting the Wake Brewing menu board. The Brothers Parris are constantly busy at work brewing up new creations that keep the...

Words & Pictures: Erik Hansen In October 2018, Tim Johnson, owner of Mellow Blue Planet Comics and Collectibles, will celebrate his 18th year in business and 15th year located in downtown Rock Island. “We were a bit hesitant to move our business...

WORDS & PICTURES Erik Reader The historic streets of downtown Rock Island are lined with magnificent structures full of rich architectural details. Whether you are visiting for the very first time or are a long-time resident, take time to stop, look up,...