Another Rolling Ribbon Cutting in RI

August  26, 2014

      With help from the city, nine businesses have expanded or opened for the first time in downtown Rock Island. And to celebrate, on Tuesday Renaissance Rock Island held what it calls a "rolling ribbon cutting."

      One of the nine is Tapas Yoga Shala, a yoga school owned by Evan Harris and his wife. He says the business opened in the McKesson building 3 years ago. And with help from Renaissance, it moved to new space in the building that's twice as large. 

      "There's restaurants downtown, the park is just across the street, and we have a great scenic view. In addition, it's owned by Renaissance Rock Island which offers a lot of incentives and help for growing busineesses so they're very supportive."

      Other new or expanded businesses include Small Wonders Photography, Inland Home Mortgage, and a restaurant - East Town Chinese.

      Renaissance Rock Island president Brian Hollenback says supporting small businesses like these is a good way to re-build the local economy.

      "We know that growth is strong among small businesses. It's also a diversity in the type of business we're bringing to our downtown - almost a re-renaissance, so to speak."

      Just last April, Renaissance held its first "rolling ribbon cutting" for 11 businesses, and has now helped a total of 20 open or expand this year in downtown Rock Island. 


(photo: Evan Harris cuts the ribbon to celebrate the expansion of his business, with help from (l) Renaissance RI president Brian Hollenback and (r) RI Mayor Dennis Pauley.)