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Rock Island's Shoppes on 2nd Opens

Updated: Dec 7, 2012 09:24 PM CST

New businesses are opening in Downtown Rock Island. Six new businesses are setting up under one roof at Shoppes on 2nd.s

"She had a dream to start a new type of business supporting local artists," says Andy Skadberg, Owner of QC Collective.

Sarah Ford and Andy Skadberg wanted to expand and relocate their business. They felt Shoppes on 2nd was the perfect fit.

"It always stuck in my mind as something that was a great idea and could help someone like me," adds Sarah Ford, Owner of QC Collective.

Shoppes On 2nd is a retail incubator. Those who set up shop in the building will receive a subsidy on their rent for 3-years.

"It's great, because coming into it I'm not paying full market price," says Lindsay O'Brien, Owner of Good Karma Shirt Co., "I'm getting a really great deal on it, so it really helps you start your business and get your foot in the door."

O'Brien is getting ready to open her shop in a few weeks.

"I always see people peeking in and I say we're not open, but soon," adds O'Brien.

She says sharing one utility bill and working on marketing as a group is a huge help for a new business.

"They've helped me out tremendously. I actually opened up an Instagram account for my business and I'm helping them start one too, so we're helping each other with our weakness," says O'Brien.

$380,000 in public and private funds was used to help develop Shoppes on 2nd. By helping start up businesses grow, the city and Renaissance Rock Island are hoping that after the 3 year lease is up, the businesses will move to their own stores downtown.

"I would really like to grow into a bigger space," says O'Brien.

The first Shoppes on 2nd store says they already have plans to expand their business.

"Sarah is urging me to open a book store, a reading room, it's a unique idea," adds Skadberg.