By Sean Leary Family tradition 
and community has kept this shoe shop alive through depression 
and wars since the 1920s. Walk within its doors and you enter a cramped kingdom, a taut narrow expanse of colorful cardboard towers soaring to the stucco...

By Tracy Jacks Downtown watering hole leaves the gimmicks and laser light shows behind. A night out in downtown Rock Island offers a multitude of options. There’s live theatre, improvisational comedy, microbrews, and thumping dance clubs to name a few. But sometimes...

By Sean Leary History cloaked 
cigar store and 
hookah lounge 
has always been an 
exclusive company. With a history that goes back to 1901, Hickey Brothers is a shop as bold, eclectic and robust as the cigars that line its shelves. Located...

By Sean Leary Yoga Shala stays true 
to the heritage of the 
most ancient and powerful personal transformative tradition. Evan and Kelly Harris believe Yoga is a gift, one that offers something for everyone.Quad-Citians can unwrap that gift at the Harris...

By Tracy Jacks Brandy VandeWalle swears her business isn’t haunted, but I’m not buying it. There might not be poltergeists going bump in the night, but everywhere you turn inside Rock Island’s Skeleton Key Art & Antiques, you can see the...

Our downtown is filled with an eclectic mix of entrepreneurs who are following dreams and passions or carrying on a legacy that has lasted generations. While a lot of the hard work, long hours, and energy spent being pillars of the...

By Tracy Jacks The latest arrival to the downtown Rock Island’s entertainment scene comes complete with all the bells and whistles, along with some beeps, bloops, plinks, plonks, and heroes on the half-shell. The Black Sheep is an arcade bar. It also...

By Ian Fox Taste Buds has teamed up to offer local artists and writers an opportunity to showcase their work in a sweet atmosphere. Get a taste of local art and literature while enjoying a taste of some delicious sweets and...

By Tracy Jacks If you think you have to live in a major city to be a fashionista, you’ve clearly never met Courtney Loftin. Courtney Loftin is the founder of The Gentry Boutique, downtown Rock Island’s home for fashion forward and...