Abernathy’s (new business)
314 E. 2nd Street
Total Investment: $25,900
Total Public Investment: $12,000 small business loan from City of Davenport
Private Funds Leveraged: $13,900
Status: Opening Nov. 9
Projected jobs created: 3
Downtown Davenport continues to be a destination spot for hip new business start-ups. Becca Clark and Nicole Adams – co-proprietors and first time business owners – are opening a vintage and hand-made clothing and jewelery store in a formerly vacant storefront on 2nd Street.
They describe their inventory as “unconventionally rustic apparel and accessories for the eclectic soul” and their store’s physical aesthetic matches that sense of style with cool dressing rooms made out of antique doors, unique art and quirky household items from many different decades.
Clark and Adams both have extensive experience in retail management, having been managers at the former 4 Miles 2 Memphis independent clothing store in LeClaire, which recently moved to Chicago. The pair decided to strike out on on their own rather than follow their boss to the Windy City, and chose downtown Davenport because of the growth and potential they see there.
“Our business and demographic market are blossoming at the same time downtown Davenport is blossoming, especially with all the people moving in down here,” said Clark. “We think of this as a lifestyle shop. A place for everything that’s eclectic and interesting.”
The brick building dates to the turn of the 20th century, and originally was a medical clinic. It most recently housed a Vera French clinic, but has been empty for several years. Abernathy’s has around 2,000 square feet of space, including a studio where Clark and Adams enhance clothes and create jewelry.
The grand opening is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 9, when the store will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The store will have regular evening hours to attract downtown residents returning home from work. There will be an open house with food from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. during the grand opening.