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Wednesday, 13 February 2008 03:15

Best Locally Owned Store with Things You Can't Find at Chains

1. Isabel Bloom

2. Watermark Corners

3. K&K True Value Hardware

 

Best Place to Buy Local Art

1. Bucktown Center for the Arts

2. Quad City Arts

3. Isabel Bloom

 

Since it opened in July 2005, the Bucktown Center for the Arts, at 225 East Second Street in downtown Davenport, has been a haven for both artists and their patrons. Its 17 galleries/studios feature the work of roughly 100 artists, said MidCoast Fine Arts Executive Director Dean Schroeder.

What's surprising - until you think about it - is Schroeder's claim that Bucktown is "the largest retail presence in downtown Davenport."

Bucktown's mix of retail, programming (with gallery exhibits and monthly Final Friday events), special events (such as Venus Envy and MidCoast's Bash), and education has bolstered traffic in the building, and Schroeder said that there's been little turnover over the past two and a half years. All of Bucktown's second-floor tenants have been there from the beginning, as have half of the first-floor tenants. "We're full," Schroeder said. "There's got to be some good energy there."

- Jeff Ignatius

 

Best Musical-Instrument Store

1. Griggs Music

2. West Music

3. Guitar Center

 

Best Clothing Store

1. Kohl's

2. Von Maur

3. Old Navy

 

Best Furniture Store

1. American

2. Good's Furniture

3. Furniture Row

 

Best Department Store

1. Von Maur

2. JCPenney

3. Dillard's

 

Best Antiquing

1. River Bend Antiques & Gifts

2. Doodads

3. Banowetz Antique Mall

 

Best Electronics Store When You Want Advice and Straight Answers

1. Best Buy

2. American

3. RadioShack

 

Best Bargain

1. Wal-Mart

2. Goodwill

3. Gordmans