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New life for the Hilltop Campus Village in Davenport. Seven new businesses have moved into empty storefronts in the last few months, with several more on the way.  

It's an area that's experienced ups and downs, but has been transforming over the past three years by the Main Street Iowa program and local volunteers, and most recently a 60-unit apartment complex went up at 15th and Harrison.     

Now several businesses are opening; adding new life to the neighborhood, like Gloria Henricksen's hat and wig shop. 

Henricksen has owned the shop for two and half years, but recently moved into a location on the hilltop two weeks ago.  

"I feel like they're going to build the hilltop more and more, so I liked where I came," she says. 

Henricksen says the space fit her needs, and seeing other new things pop up around the area helped too.  

"I think it's something they needed in this area, locally you hear everyone buzzing," she says. 

And it's not just Henricksen, but several others who've decided to open up nearby. 

"I just thought it was a good location, you have a lot of people walking around, and a barber shop around the corner, new apartment complex opening up across the street," Nicole Ross, owner of Nicole's Chicago Style Clothing, says. 

The Hilltop Campus Village organization says they've gotten an influx of interest for available apartments and business space in and around the Harrison Lofts. 

"I think the visibility of that has been responsible for a lot of people who've been looking at the hilltop saying, ‘Hmm, now is a good time for me to open a business,'" Hilltop Campus Village Director Scott Tunnicliff says. 

And it's helping other businesses continue to grow. Across the street from Harrison Lofts, Kearney Walker opened up One Walk Stop two months ago.  

Once new tenants start moving in across the street, he plans to bring in more convenience store items to cater to his new potential customers.  

"Hopefully it should keep building momentum from this project, hopefully it'll just escalate," Walker says, "I'm hoping for big things in the next year." 

Everyone hoping to fill up more empty store fronts on the hilltop.  

"You'll see better signage, new painting, more vitality, it's going to be less of a place to try and get through and more of a place to slow down and stop and say, ‘Hey, look!'" Tunnicliff says. 

Four other businesses are in talks to join others on the Hilltop Campus.    

Meanwhile the leasing office tells us they have about a third of the units here filled, and they hope to have the building finished with new tenants moving in by the end of August.