Person: Kim Wessel, owner
Places: Calla (home furnishings and interior design) and Mezzanine Boutique (women's clothing and accessories). Both are located at 1026 Mound Street, Davenport; the boutique is accessed via a stairway within Calla.
As of writing, both stores are open Tuesday-Friday 10 am - 5 pm and Saturday 10 am - 4 pm (closed Sunday and Monday).
Brendan took at seat on one of Calla's beautiful and comfortable couches to chat with Kim, the store's owner.
The first thing that I thought when I walked into Calla was, "This looks like an apartment that I would love to live in." The store sells furniture, home decor, gifts, and even toys, and also provides interior design services at all price ranges (this Millennial was glad to hear that). It's also much more spacious than the storefront might let on, and I was surprised by how much furniture Kim has managed to fit in the store while keeping it cozy and stylish.
Kim opened Calla in 2002 after a career as a commercial interior designer; she likes to call it her "own little spin on Crate and Barrel and similar stores." She started out with a store in north Davenport and moved to the Village of East Davenport in 2007.
After the building's upstairs tenant moved out last year, Kim thought, "What are we going to do with this mezzanine space?" She and her family wanted to do something different from Calla, but follow the same thought process of modern, high-quality, and affordable goods. With that in mind, Mezzanine Boutique, selling women's clothing and accesories, opened in June of this year.
Kim said Mezzanine is a family endeavor. "I wanted a way for my daughters, Nicole and Lindsey, to get involved, and this has been a fun way to let them put their stamp on it from a style point of view." Nicole manages Mezzanine, which carries clothing and accessories for women in their 20s, 30s, and beyond. The store gets new designs in weekly, and with often only get a few units of each size, "If you see something that you like, you should probably get it," Kim said.
One of the myths that Kim wanted to dispel is that shopping locally for high-quality goods is always expensive. "We try really hard to find a solution for people based upon where they're at in their lives," she said. Especially regarding furniture, she aims to provide items that people can grow with and enjoy for a long time - for example, a couch that can be upholstered over the years rather than thrown in a landfill.
Kim loves to plug the Village of East Davenport and all of the new shops and restaurants that have opened there recently - she mentioned BREW and Baked Beer and Bread Co. as a couple of her favorites. She encourages folks to check out the Channel Cat, a water taxi on the Mississippi River that takes riders to stops around the Quad Cities (including the Village!).
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