Stern Center grand opening

September  13, 2012

   A former department store and furniture store in downtown Rock Island has re-opened as a wedding and banquet facility. The Stern Center is located on 3rd Avenue, and hosted a ribbon cutting and grand opening party this afternoon.
    For decades it was the site of McCabe's Department Store, until it closed in the mid-80's, then served as Hyman's Furniture main store until it closed two years ago.
    Michael Stern says extensive renovation and remodeling began last year, and he hosted the first events in the spring. The large hall has room for up to 800 people, plus parking, boasts a ten-foot crystal chandelier, and has special suites for brides and grooms to prepare for their weddings.
    Remodeling of the former furniture store included installing new lights, new heating and air conditioning, new bathrooms, and a new kitchen.
    Stern has already booked events for next year, including his 30-year high school class reunion.