The Ruby Slipper – New Business

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Total Investment: $100,000
Davenport Small Business Loan: $20,000
Private Funds Leveraged: $80,000
312 Main Street
Status: Complete
Projected jobs created: 5

The Ruby Slipper clothing boutique was one of the first new businesses to go into the 300 block of Main Street.

A passion for downtown Davenport and its architecture inspired Christine Reyhons to locate her upscale shoe and clothing boutique in a long-vacant building in the 300 block of Main Street in the city’s urban core.

The start-up business has seen a steady stream of customers, despite being on a block that currently has little other retail. (We hope to help change that soon!)

Originally constructed in 1916, the building housing The Ruby Slipper is one of the few in downtown Davenport to employ architectural terra cotta. It originally housed a series of small shops, including a cigar store, shoe shop, optical shop and candy store.

Based on The Ruby Slipper’s success, we think the remaining spaces in this beautiful old building would be ideal locations for the return of small shops, especially as downtown population continues to expand.

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