By: Kylen Mills
Business is booming in downtown Davenport.
A new shop called Abernathy's is the latest addition, opening its doors next week.
Co–owners Rebecca Clark and Nicole Adams have been making jewelry and clothes together for the last 7 years, all in hopes of one day opening their own boutique.
"We take used pieces and we repurpose them into brand new hand made items, we make a lot of pieces from scratch and then we also do vintage clothing," said Clark.
2 young women with passion. Both Rebecca and Nicole started testing their creativity at an early age.
"I was in 4H as a kid and did sewing trough there, and it just kind of blossomed," said Clark.
"I probably got started with all of this when I was in high school," said Adams.
And it was only a matter of time before their paths crossed.
"Then in 2007 I met Becca and we worked at the same shop we produced a lot of hand made items such as greetings cards, clothing and bags and stuff like that and then from there we just kept it going," said Adams.
The duo started collaborating and selling their pieces online, and they even took their act on the road.
"This summer we did a lot of traveling which was extremely hard, you know. We did a lot of sleeping in the car or cold nights and hot days. But we traveled did all sorts of different car shows, music festivals, street festivals basically wherever we were welcomed," said Clark.
But the goal was always to settle down in a place they could call their own.
"We're constantly creating new things and finding new things that we want to get to the public and that blossoming has kind of matched with downtown Davenport's blossoming as well," said Clark.
The pair decided to set up shop on East 2nd Street in downtown Davenport. They're filling their store with all kinds of eclectic pieces, and finally everything is coming together; their years of hard work paying off.
"All of 2013 we've been working towards this and we've been shot down and we've been discouraged, and we finally have something that's really beautiful and we love it," said Adams.
"Just happy every day, just to be able to come in and like make things from scratch and to be able to make things real that come out of your head every day, is a dream come true," said Clark.
Abernathy's opens on Saturday at 11:00AM with an opening celebration at 4:00PM. The two say they still have some work to do this week to get everything ready for the big day.