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One full year into his service as Alderman of the Fifth Ward, we caught up with the busy 29-year old who represents downtown and its historic near neighborhood areas. Now one year into your term as alderman, is it everything you...

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...

Wandering the streets and alleys of downtown Rock Island can be an amateur camera photographer's dream come true. Downtown is a cultural hub of arts and entertainment activity. You are bound to run into something Instagrammable with so much creativity spilling...

Not a week goes by where I don't hear that someone is surprised by a hidden gem in downtown Rock Island that they seemingly rediscovered, even though what they found had been lying right in front of them all along. As...

Heather Kanzaki has always made art, although she didn't realize she was truly an artist until college. Even then, it took a professor writing her a little note and sticking it her cubby that said, “You are an artist, did...

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...

By Tracy Jacks Great care and pride for ingredients sets this labor of love apart. They say opening your own business can be a labor of love. For Scott Krulik and his wife Pennapa, their business is the living embodiment of love...

By Sean Leary Self-care is the core of this downtown relaxation products shop. A new shop has “splashed” on to the scene in downtown Rock Island. Splash in the Shoppes on 2nd located at 1700 2nd Avenue, Suite 1, last year, and...

By Sean Leary Founding members always envisioned the gardens growing in Rock Island. Great things are always blooming at the Quad City Botanical Center.Over the past 20 years, the facility at 2525 4th Ave., Rock Island, has taken root and become one...