"SHOP `TILL YOU DROP" IN THE QUAD CITIES
Major-league "shop-portunities" await the Quad Cities visitor.
For a truly unique shopping experience try the VILLAGE OF EAST DAVENPORT (319-322-0546), just off of River Drive at Mound Street, Davenport.
The East Village, as it's known locally, has a heritage as a mercantile center going back more than 150 years. Today the East Village is a 120-acre Historic District encompassing over 500 homes, many dating from those pioneer days, and a six-square-block business district.
The business district has developed into a unique collection of over 50 restaurants and specialty shops, offering contemporary and designer women's clothing, antiques, original and print art, gourmet food and coffee, unusual gifts, jewelry, books and new-age items.
In recent years, downtown Rock Island has transformed itself into THE DISTRICT (309-788-6311). The area features unusual shops and art galleries, unique restaurants and brew pubs and exciting night life. The District hosts a full schedule of ethnic and theme festivals throughout the summer season. Call for a calendar of events.
If your idea of fun is a never-ending quest through the wilds of antique shops in search of unexpected treasures [yes!--ed.], you've come to the right place. The Quad Cities area is home to several dozen antique shops, from specialty dealers that are among the largest of their kind in the country, to quaint little shops tucked away in historic neighborhoods.
A good starting point is ANTIQUE AMERICA MALL (319-386-3430), on Davenport's West 76th Street, near the I-80 and Brady Street interchange. It features 22,000 square feet of exhibit space, with more than 150 dealers of quality antiques (no crafts or reproductions). There's a display rack with brochures from many of the local antique shops to help you plan your "quest." (Open 7 days a week except major holidays, no admission). Don't miss RIVERBEND ANTIQUES (319-323-8622) with a half-block of antiques and collectibles at 425 Brady Street, Davenport.
If contemporary shopping is more yo your taste, the Quad Cities is a home to two major regional malls--NORTHPARK (319-391-4500) at 320 West Kimberly Road, Davenport, and SOUTHPARK (309-797-9070) at 4500 16th Street, Moline.
Northpark is Iowa's largest mall and Southpark is the largest "downstate" mall in Illinois. Both feature five anchor department stores -- including Von Maur, Younker's, JC Penney, Sears and Montgomery Ward -- and more than 175 specialty shops and restaurants. Both are open 10am-9pm, Monday through Saturday; noon-5pm, Sunday.
Southpark boasts a dramatic food court, with a domed skylight towering 50 feet above the seating area.
Northpark recently completed a major addition that includes Pocket Change Park -- which features a children's entertainment center with a mini roller coaster, a three-story soft play area, and a 36-foot Dentzel-style carousel, and Carousel Cafe, a 600-seat food court.
DUCK CREEK PLAZA (319-359-0303) at 852 Middle Road, Bettendorf, offers 45 specialty stores plus Marshall's, Talbots, Von Maur, and Younkers.
Finally, State Street Landing features 40 manufacturer's outlet stores, including footwear, home products and family apparel. Also planned is an indoor family sports complex.
Other unique shops include COSTUMES BY PATTI JO (309-762-1013) with thousands of costumes to be rented at 2339 Fifth Avenue, Moline; QUILTS BY THE OZ/FABRICS TO GO (309-762-9673) with unique quilts and fabrics at 1626 Fifth Avenue, Moline; QUAD CITEE SHIRTS (319-326-5618) with the area's largest selection of souvenir T-shirts at 517 Main Street, Davenport; and TRASH CAN ANNIE (319-322-5893) with antique clothing and accessories from the 1850's to the 1950's, all at 421 Brady Street, Davenport.|
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