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...

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 Contributed by Look Better Center Looking our very best is almost every person’s goal, especially when it comes to the time in our lives when we began to show our age. The Look Better Center is conveniently located in...

WORDS & PICTURES Beth Payne & Erik Reader Jodie Kavensky was inspired to create public awareness, promote early detection, and support research for ovarian cancer after losing her mother, Norma and her Aunt Leah to ovarian cancer. “I couldn’t save their lives,...

WORDS & PICTURES Erik Reader The fast success of the bridal and formalwear shop has led to a recent expansion of its storefront and exponential growth of the business. "I set the bar too high sometimes," exclaims Sheleigh Martin, owner of Celebrate. No,...

WORDS & PICTURES Downtown Rock Island Partnership The Shoppes on 2nd is a retail incubator located a 1700 2nd Ave. in downtown Rock Island. Many communities have created retail “incubators” as a means of nurturing new businesses, affording them the opportunity to...

Need a drink to beat the heat and chill out with this summer? The Daiquiri Factory's array of frozen adult beverages has just the right mix of ice and inspiration for your weekend in downtown Rock Island. Snag a seat out...

Contrary to popular belief or the movie "Saw," escape room games have little to nothing to do with being locked in a room or a life or death scenario. In fact, they are actually quite family-friendly and make for a...

By Rita Toalson Royal Neighbors of America quietly stands guard over our neighborhood Standing proudly at the corners of Sixteenth Street and Second Avenue, the Home Office of Royal Neighbors of America has been part of the downtown landscape since 1928. Unique...