This guest editorial was published Dec. 1, 2022, in the Quad-City Times. Authors: Arron Sutherland, President/CEO, Illinois Casualty Company, and Chair, Downtown Rock Island Steering Committee; and Nicole Watson-Lam, Owner, Ms. BriMani’s Hair & Beauty Supply and The Urban Reserve,...

The process to establish a downtown Rock Island Special Service Area (SSA) as a vehicle to stabilize investments and revitalize the greater downtown has entered the public comment phase. Downtown Rock Island Steering Committee leaders in July formally requested City Council...

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...

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 & 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...