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Isabel Bloom To Leave Village Of East Davenport

Architectural rendering of new Isabel Bloom building
Isabel Bloom
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Architectural rendering of new Isabel Bloom building
Original Isabel Bloom location
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Original Isabel Bloom location

After decades of doing business in the Village of East Davenport, Isabel Bloom will move this Fall. The company announced Tuesday it will consolidate its retail showroom and mold-making operation with production in Davenport's former Harborview building.

Donna Young, Bloom co-owner and sculptor, says for years, she and the other owners searched for one site for sales, tours, and production. 

The local developer, Joe Erenberger, is with Y and J Properties. Young says the former Harborview building will feature loft apartments, offices, and businesses. It will be called the "Gordon-VanTine Building." Isabel Bloom offices are already being moved to the third floor.

Artist Isabel Bloom
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Artist Isabel Bloom

  Young says four employees who make molds will move next month, and the retail shop in the village won't close until the end of September. That will affect about seven sales employees.

Isabel Bloom, the artist, always claimed to be the first to "put up a shingle" in the Village of East Davenport, about 60 years ago. 

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Young says the company will continue to support the neighborhood by hosting its annual "Village in Bloom Arts Festival." Isabel Bloom also sells concrete sculptures and other products at shops located in Northpark Mall, downtown Moline, LeClaire and West Des Moines.