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El Rio Spa and Wellness - Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting - 11/20/14 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by LeClaire Chamber of Commerce   
Wednesday, 19 November 2014 08:58

El Rio Spa and Wellness - Area’s first luxury spa and wellness experience opening November 20, 2014

You are invited to attend the Grand Opening of El Rio Spa & Wellness, the area’s first comprehensive luxury spa and wellness experience on Thursday, November 20, 2014, 2 – 7 p.m.
El Rio is located at 1000 Stagecoach Trail in LeClaire, Iowa.

Ribbon Cutting by the LeClaire Chamber of Commerce will occur at 2 p.m. followed by guided tours and chances to win fabulous gifts! This event is open to the public.

About El Rio Spa & Wellness

El Rio Spa & Wellness is over 9,000 square feet, overlooking the majestic Mississippi River, dedicated to guest’s mind and body. Guests are invited to embark on their fitness path and to indulge in relaxation, peace, and renewal in the spa. El Rio is fully equipped with a spa, nail room, group fitness classes, café, and a boutique, locker rooms, and a cardio room. Coming by the end of the year, an 18x25’ indoor pool. El Rio goes far beyond equipment, services, and amenities. With a hand-picked staff, their team has remarkable skills and a genuine passion to provide the highest level of service to ensure everyone receives a signature experience.

Small Business Saturday, Nov. 29 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by QCCVB   
Tuesday, 18 November 2014 15:21
You can shop small this holiday season.  Small Business  Saturday is November 29th.  Founded by American Express in 2010, Small Business Saturday® is a day to celebrate the small businesses that help support your neighborhood and is held every year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.  Now in its fifth year, Small Business Saturday has been embraced as part of the holiday shopping tradition as each year shoppers, businesses and public officials come together to Shop Small® and show their neighborhood pride. #ShopSmallQC
- At checkout on Small Business Saturday, select one of the presents to reveal your savings!  Anywhere from 10% to 25% OFF your entire bill!

- The first 25 customers receive a canvas Shop Small tote bag!

- Enter into a drawing to receive a $50 gift card!
Quad Cities Gifts                      Union Station Visitor Center
1601 River Drive, Ste 110       102 S. Harrison St.
Moline, IL  61265                      Davenport, IA  52801
Phone: 309-736-6833             Phone: 309-736-6834

Small Business Saturday Hours: 10 am-4 pm
Show off your Quad Cities hometown spirit with our new hooded sweatshirts. Perfect for a holiday gift, they come in a variety of colors (red, brown, white, gray, pink, turquoise). Full zipper front with pockets. Sizes S, M, L, XL, XXL
Price: $20.00

What You Need to Know Before Reading New Social Security Statements PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jason Alderman   
Tuesday, 18 November 2014 15:00

No matter how far away you are from retirement, it's important to understand your Social Security benefits – and there's a particularly good reason to do it now.

The Social Security Administration (SSA) is bringing back annual paper benefits statements for the first time in three years. It stopped in 2011 to save money on printing and postage, but Congress and consumer advocates complained that workers needed better access to their data. In September, the agency reversed its decision and announced it's resuming the practice of mailing paper statements to workers in two categories:

  • Those who are not receiving benefits and are within three months of turning 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, 55, and 60. (After age 60, workers will receive a statement every year.)
  • Those who still haven't registered for a My Social Security ( online account.

Why is this important? First, if you've paid into the Social Security and Medicare system, you should understand the benefits you've earned. Second, as the SSA has been closing field offices and reducing services to the public, despite the fact that Baby Boomers are starting to flood the system. It's a good time to confirm and correct benefits due to the longer wait times on the agency's toll free telephone line and field offices.

Start by waiting for your next paper benefits statement or sign up at My Social Security website to review your current data. Here's a quick overview of what your statement tells you:

  • Introduction and your estimated benefits. This section covers four categories. The first is your retirement benefits, which are based on your age when you start drawing them. The calculations are based on three critical ages as examples: 62 (the earliest age you can draw retirement benefits), 67 (the full retirement age for anyone born after 1960) and age 70 (the oldest anyone can start drawing benefits, generally at the highest level if you can wait). The second is disability, which refers to the amount of your monthly disability benefit if you qualify. Third, your family/survivors benefits if a loved one dies. And lastly, your Medicare eligibility and the particular facts to support that conclusion.
  • Your Earnings Record. This is a summary of your earnings that you need to verify for accuracy. Pull your annual tax returns as far back as you can to confirm this information, and if you work with a tax or financial planning professional, double-check their conclusions if you plan to challenge any errors with the SSA.
  • Some Facts About Social Security. Provides additional definitions and guidelines to better understand your statement and includes key contact information.

Most experts will tell you that when it comes to retirement, time is your biggest ally – it gives you the opportunity to invest, save and adjust your plan strategy. Use your statement to do the following:

  • Spot and correct errors. If you and your tax professional spot disparities in your benefit statement make careful notes, gather your evidence and consult the SSA's contact page ( to start the correction process remotely or in person.
  • Blend Social Security into a broader retirement plan. Most experts agree Social Security alone won't provide a comfortable retirement. It's never too late to plan.

Bottom Line: Even if you're years away from retirement, make sure you understand your Social Security benefits, and that they're accurate and fit into a broader financial plan for your retirement.

Long-awaited opening of new Hilltop business November 15 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Scott Tunnicliff   
Monday, 17 November 2014 12:18

The building at 1329 Harrison Street stood neglected and vacant for many years, like too many of the buildings in the Hilltop Campus Village. Then, thanks to the vision and hard work of new owners, it was cleaned up and painted, brightening the Harrison corridor and making everyone who walked or drove by wonder

“What’s gonna go in there?” Now it can be told.

D’Allen Salon Suites and Bass Blessed Boutique will have an Open House on Saturday, November 15 from 1pm to 4pm. The owners, Martha and Alan Spears have been working on the interior spaces, separating the L-shaped building into distinct units that separates the clothing boutique from the D’Allen Salon Suites.

Martha Spears says “D’Allen Salon Suites represents the latest concept in Booth Rental Salons that provides licensed beauty professionals with the freedom and flexibility of their own private studio.” It will provide an upscale environment without the upscale price, featuring fully-equipped private studios with on-site management.

The Bass Blessed Boutique will carry the latest in fashion for men and women.“We have known for a while now what Martha and Alan were planning, and got ot see some of the interior as it was going up,.” Said Hilltop Campus Director Scott Tunnicliff. “This block has been the latest extension of the commercial corridor re-development, with improvements and expansions also made by Hilltop Grocery, Spears Resale (Brenda and Curtis, no relation to Martha and Alan) and the Hilltop Law Offices.”

The Open House will be an opportunity for everyone to have their curiosity satisfied. Join Martha and Alan on Saturday November 15.

Additional questions of the owner can be directed to Martha Spears, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 309-631-3891.

Iowa Finance Authority Board of Directors to Tour Davenport Projects PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ashley Jared   
Monday, 17 November 2014 12:13

DAVENPORT - On Tuesday, November 18 the Iowa Finance Authority Board of Directors and City officials will be touring Davenport projects and highlighting local developments.


TIME: 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Bus Tour of local housing, water quality and community development initiatives

The bus will depart from the Hotel Blackhawk, (200 E 3rd St.) at 12:00 p.m. and will return at 2:00 p.m.

There will be media availability before and after the tour at the Hotel Blackhawk.

Planned tour highlights:

  • Warehouse District, 500 Iowa St.
  • 5th & Brady Lofts, 501 W. 5th St.
  • Taylor Renaissance, 901 W. 15th St.
  • Jackson Renaissance, 1420 W. 16th St.
  • West Side Diversion Tunnel, 3040 N. Division St.
  • Fairmount Pines Phase I/II/III, 4205 N. Fairmount St.
  • Dover Court Project, 2905 Dover Court
  • Harrison Lofts, 1402 Harrison St

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