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Mother, Wife, and Small Business Owner During the Pandemic

Annette Hutto

Annette Hutto grew up on the south side of Chicago, and majored in geology at Augustana College. During her junior year she came up with the idea to open a coffeehouse on the corner of 30th Street and 14th Avenue, near the campus in Rock Island. And in August 2009, she opened Cool Beanz, fell in love with the College Hill District, and has been a key to its revitalization. 

She married her husband, Ian, an ICU nurse at Unity Point Trinity in Rock Island, and welcomed their first child, Lydia, born on February 3rd. Then came the pandemic.

She spoke with Jonathan Turner about her journey.

Annette Hutto, mother, wife, and small business owner, on her life during the pandemic. Cool Beanz continues curbside pickup for now and you can get information at the Cool Beanz website.

While not asking for donations, Hutto does encourage customers to donate $10 so Cool Beanz can provide free bags of coffee to first responders and hospitals in the area.

And we thank Jonathan Turner for helping us tell the stories of Quad Citizens affected by the pandemic.

Formerly the arts and entertainment reporter for The Dispatch/Rock Island Argus and Quad-City Times, Jonathan Turner now writes freelance for WVIK and QuadCities.com. He has experience writing for daily newspapers for 32 years and has expertise across a wide range of subject areas, including government, politics, education, the arts, economic development, historic preservation, business, and tourism. He loves writing about music and the arts, as well as a multitude of other topics including features on interesting people, places, and organizations. He has a passion for accompanying musicals, singers, choirs, and instrumentalists. He even wrote his own musical based on The Book of Job, which premiered at Playcrafters in 2010. He wrote a 175-page history book about downtown Davenport, which was published by The History Press in 2016. Turner was honored in 2009 to be among 24 arts journalists nationwide to take part in a 10-day fellowship offered by the National Endowment for the Arts in New York City on classical music and opera, based at Columbia University’s journalism school.
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