Ten businesses open in downtown Rock Island

April  17, 2014

      There was a celebration in downtown Rock Island today. A ribbon cutting was held to welcome ten new businesses along 2nd Avenue, between 16th and 18th streets. Five of them are part of a new health and wellness incubator. 

      Brian Hollenback, president of Renaissance Rock Island, says the openings show there was a lot of activity in downtown Rock Island despite the long winter. 

      "Part of what we're doing is implementation of our strategic plan that involves not only the addition of additional house rooftops and housing options, but also the diversity in businesses we support."

      The ten new businesses range from a night club and a tattoo parlor, to a juice bar and a cancer screening facility. 

      Dr. Sarah Sterling, owner of Purple Tree Chiropractic & Wellness, says there are many benefits to locating in the new business incubator.  

      "It provides us with an affordable space. Being a wellness incubator, we get several businesses in here and we can have a really nice space. And it's economically feasible for new businesses." 

      Another new business is the Mad Roots Juicery, owned by Julia Thomas. 

       "I've been bartending for 13 years, so it's a little bit different, but I'm serving something healthy instead of something unhealthy. There's no alcohol at this point."

      In addition to the new businesses, the thirty-year-old Panther Uniforms, used city assistance to buy and renovate its building on 2nd Avenue.