Shop local for the holidays: our top Quad Cities picks!


Christmas is fast approaching and the quest for the perfect gift is underway. Make your search easier by checking out some of our favorite establishments right here in the QC! Find unique and locally-sourced items that will make even the Scrooges on your list smile.


Dot's Pots

2822 16th St, Moline, IL


Mon-Sat until 5 pm

Tucked away in a cute little house in Moline, you will find beautiful handmade pottery at reasonable prices. Here you can find something for just about everyone on your list, including whimsical animal figurines for the kids and exquisite pitchers and platters for even the most discerning mother-in-law.

Picture and description contributed by Kaci Stirling

Flaherty’s The Irish Candy Co.

3535 Utica Ridge Rd, Bettendorf, IA


Mon-Fri 9 AM-3 PM

With authentic Irish roots and recipes, owners Joy and Dennis Flaherty have long been mainstays in the candy community. From their kitchen table to their current store, the pair has been whipping up tasty treats such as caramels, fudge, toffees, and brittles for 25 years. They also offer an array of gift sets with candies and drink mixes that will delight all those on your Christmas list.

Check them out on Facebook here and visit their website here.

Star Wars: A New Hope™ in Concert

Quad City Symphony Orchestra at the Adler Theater

136 E 3rd St, Davenport, IA


June 1, 2019 @ 2:00 pm

Give the Star Wars lovers on your list an unforgettable experience with tickets to hear the iconic music of John Williams live from the Quad City Symphony Orchestra. Star Wars: A New Hope™ in Concert incorporates the magical visuals of the original Star Wars film with the force of the QCSC to transport you to a galaxy far, far…well, you get it the picture.

Visit the website here.


Wild Cherry Spoon Co.

1700 2nd Ave, Suite 6, Rock Island, IL

Wed-Sat 10 AM-5 PM

Handcrafted wooden utensils, platters, and home products can be found at Wild Cherry Spoon Co. All made from ethically-sourced wood and finished with olive oil and beeswax, these one-of-a-kind pieces make stunning and unique gifts.

Learn more at their website here and check out their Facebook page here.

Crafted QC

217 E 2nd St. Davenport, IA


Mon-Sat 10:30 AM-6 PM; Sun 10:30 AM-3 PM

Described as “a walk-in Etsy shop,” Crafted QC will not disappoint. The home of local and indie pieces by more than 100 artists, this store has options for even the quirkiest of uncles and aunts. Crafting classes, with options such as calligraphy and knitting are also available, so if you’re looking to go the truly hand-made route, Crafted QC will help you out.

Check out the website here and their Facebook page here.

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Escape Goat Soaps

1018 Mound St. Davenport, IA


Tues, Thurs, Friday 10 AM-5 PM; Wed 11 AM-4 PM; Sat 10 AM-4 PM

Using a mixture of locally-sourced goat milk and quality ingredients, all wrapped in aesthetic label, there’s no better way to keep your friends and family clean and moisturized. Escape Goat Soaps come in a variety of delicious scents, such as lemongrass, tea tree & peppermint, cedarwood & citrus, as well as in an unscented version. Stop by the Village of East Davenport to see (and smell) for yourself! They also carry many other brands for both men and women, including items from Davenport-based men’s grooming brand, C.F. Maidlow.

Check out their website here and their Facebook page here.

One last gift option: an altSTATES Travel QC brewery tour gift card! These can be easily purchased online and redeemed for any of our public brewery tours that take guests to 4 area breweries. They make perfect gifts for the craft beer lovers in your life! Learn more and buy here.