DAVENPORT, Iowa - A landmark Quad City business is unveiling a store and studios under one roof in Davenport.
Isabel Bloom just opened a new showroom at 736 Federal Street. From its industrial past, the Gordon-Van Tine Building is getting a fresh makeover.
"I feel like we are part of people's family traditions," said sculptor and co-owner Donna Young.
Isabel Bloom's new flagship showroom is a place where those traditions come alive. Now, they're creating and selling the concrete sculptures under one roof.
"It's fun to see the people come in and wave," said artist Kate Puck.
With new windows allowing visitors to look at the studio, it connects customers with the popular creations. Handmade in Davenport, the one-stop experience is designed to become a tourist destination.
"I think it really gives people a better sense of how these are made," Puck continued. "They're truly touched by everybody's hands."
All of this is part of a $38-million, multi-year, project from developer Joe Erenberger. It will transform historic, but under-used, buildings into loft space, retail and other uses. Isabel Bloom's presence adds variety to the mix.
The complex is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, and from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.
Stores in NorthPark Mall, Le Claire, Moline and Des Moines will remain open.
"When all the loft apartments get built, and we have a lot more people actually living down here, I think that will be great," Young said.
After decades in the Village of East Davenport, the new location is just a mile away. One brushstroke at a time, some 35 employees feel right at home.
"Every day, I find a reason why I'm so happy that everyone's here," Young concluded.
Everyone that's keeping art blooming in Davenport.