LeClaire’s new Root 67 stores celebrate tonight 

Kimberly and Rodney Collier
Kimberly and Rodney Collier stand on the porch of Grasshoppers Guest House Too, 220 N. Cody Road, LeClaire. CREDIT JAN TOUNEY

Businesses are opening in the new Root 67 development on the north end of downtown LeClaire.

Owned and developed by Rodney and Kim Collier, the unique four-business retail building at 423-429 Cody Road is celebrating its grand opening from 4-8 p.m., today (October 20). Festivities will include live music by Lewis Knudsen, snacks, wine by the glass, and a chance to shop across the stores.

The 127-year-old downtown building has been totally refurbished and sports a trendy black-and-white exterior. While entrance to each of the businesses can be gained from the sidewalk, shoppers also can walk from store to store inside – where the spaces are separated by sliding barn doors.

The businesses at the new establishment are:

  • Buttercupp Candles, which offers patrons an opportunity to make their own candles from a large array of scents.
  • Nest – a Modern General Store, selling meats, cheeses, gifts and charcuterie board items.
  • Cody Rose Flower Company, a full-service floral business where visitors also can create their own bouquets.
  • THE Collective, a clothing boutique, which will open in November.

For many years, the brick building nestled alongside the Mississippi River housed Ewoldt’s Appliances and TV and later River Bend Antiques. But it has stood empty for many years until the Colliers purchased it this summer and began renovations.

The Colliers own two guest homes in LeClaire and are former owners of Grasshoppers gift shop. 

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