Stop and Shop in the historic Hilltop on Small Business Saturday!


Come out the Saturday after Thanksgiving and support all the great small businesses that make up the Hilltop Campus Village neighborhood.

Check out this huge list of specials and deals from Hilltop businesses!

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Hilltop Campus Village Annual Meeting May 19th

Presentations show progress, provide vision for the future

The annual meeting of the Hilltop Campus Village Corporation will be held on Thursday, May 19, at 6pm in the Fellowes Room of the Vickie Anne Palmer Hall, located at 115 West 7 th Street on the campus of Palmer College of Chiropractic. All persons interested in its redevelopment, restoration and revitalization are welcome.

The meeting will feature two presentations of large scale redevelopments going forward in the southern part of the Hilltop Campus Village, the resurfacing work commencing this month on Brady Street, and the unveiling of plans of Palmer College of Chiropractic for the physical enhancement of its campus from 6 th Street to Palmer Drive, along Brady and Main Streets.

In addition the Hilltop Campus Village Board of Directors will recognize the businesses that have opened in the Hilltop area over the past 12 months, introduce a new staff person, and hold the election for a slate of board members to three-year terms.

Vice-President of the Board and Organization Work Group chair, Kelly Young of Bluffstone L.L.C. has helped organize the annual meeting. “A lot of great things have happened over the last year, and more will be continuing to happen.” she said. Board of Directors President Robert Lee added that “these changes are essentially giving new shape and vitality to the Hilltop Campus Village district initiative. In addition to recognizing those changes and the awards that we as an organization have received, we want to look forward to what the future holds, and how volunteers can help shape it.”

Light refreshments and snacks will be available. There is no charge for the event. A raffle and art work give-away will be held immediately following the meeting. RSVP requested to

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Hilltop Campus Village reaches $50M investment milestone

Media Release

May 6, 2016 contact: Scott Tunnicliff

Main Street Iowa Celebrates 30 years of Outstanding Achievements

Hilltop Campus Village recognized for Leadership
and Million Dollar Reinvestment Milestone

Main Street Iowa celebrated 30 years of downtown and commercial district revitalizations at their Annual Awards Ceremony in Des Moines last Friday. Approximately 450 people from the state’s 51 districts attended a celebration dinner and award presentations .

The honors were presented by Governor Terry E. Branstad and Debi Durham, Director of the Iowa Economic Development Authority.

This year, there were four award categories, and three subgroups in each, for rural, mid-sized and larger communities. The categories were Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Gamechanger and Innovation.

Dale Owen, CEO of Ascentra Credit Union, was honored with a Leadership Award for his role in establishing a multi-million branch location in the Hilltop Campus Village, its key sponsorship of the Hilltop Campus Village Fall Music Festival, and his developing an agreement with the HCV that allows them to manage and occupy their former branch at 122 East 15 th Street.

“I am honored to have been nominated by the HCV Board to receive this award. It means a great deal to me and to Ascentra to have its role in the Hilltop acknowledged state-wide for its commitment to community reinvestment”, said Mr. Owen. “We anticipate doing more significant things within this area in the near future.”

The Hilltop Campus Village District was also singled out for a special Reinvestment Milestone Achievement. 9 Iowa communities were honored for reaching new Million Dollar Benchmarks in 2015. Davenport’s Hilltop Campus Village exceeded $50 million this year, the largest milestone so honored.

“This is a really stunning achievement for our district.”, said Scott Tunnicliff,Director of the Hilltop Campus Village. “Main Street Iowa does a very thorough job of tracking private dollars invested in rehabilitation and acquisition. We help by monitoring activity in the area on a monthly basis, tracking sales and building permits, along with categories such as job creation, business attraction and progress of our four volunteer Work Groups .”

Robert Lee, Hilltop Campus Board President, also attended the ceremonies and received the award from Gov. Branstad and Ms. Durham. He said, “To me as a volunteer, this is gratifying, particularly when you look at all that is occurring. Nothing is counted until it is completed, and we have a lot more coming.” Mr. Lee, who has been President of the Board since 2012, added that “From a big picture perspective, one of the great values of this ceremony comes from seeing examples around the state of building rehabilitation and community revitalization. The innovation and energy of some communities, of all sizes, is incredible.”

Terry Buschkamp, Main Street Iowa’s Urban District consultant, said in the presentation that “Hilltop Campus Village has been on a roll since 2009, when they were designated as one of the first of our urban neighborhood districts. They were recognized for surpassing the $20 million benchmark in 2012, and the transformation of this historical district that serves as one of the main arteries in the city of Davenport continues.”

For more information about Main Street Iowa, e-mail or call 515 725 3051. For additional information on Hilltop Campus Village, contact Scott Tunnicliff, Director at 563 370 2098 or

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Cupid Comes to the Hilltop 2016

We’re thrilled to be able to celebrate Valentine’s Day in the Hilltop Campus Village, and many of our amazing small businesses are joining the celebration with special events, promotions, discounts, and offers. Check out to stay up to date on all the newest additions to this fun February event!

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HCV Office Open House

Hilltop Campus Village Office Open House!
Thursday, January 28,
5pm to 7pm
122 East 15th Street

Join friends and neighbors and along with those who are curious about HCV plans and activities.

Snacks and savouries provided by local businesses. Soft drinks, coffee and water available.

Housewarming beverages and such are not necessary but would be most welcome.

This soiree is an informal social gathering to celebrate the first anniversary of the HCV’s being in their present offices. This is our third home, and we are very happy to be here. Our first office was in the Professional Arts Building, which was torn down to make way for the new Ascentra Credit Union, and the new Sanitary Suds. Our second location was in the Prester building at 6012 Brady which, with help from a Main Street Iowa Innovation grant, was converted into Studio Space for Start up businesses and not for profit corporations. This effort met with such success that a new business asked if they could have our space, so we moved again. We are deeply appreciative of the generosity of Ascentra Credit Union, which has allowed us to occupy and manage this facility. We have also been happy to welcome a recent co-occcupant, the Women’s Connection. They are a great organization that will bring much additional vitality to 122 East 15th. But that’s another story.

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Fall Music Festival 2015 coming September 19th!

Please join us for the 6th Annual Hilltop Campus Village Fall Music Festival!


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Cupid Comes to the Hilltop Campus Village

cupidstupidLooking for something to do for this upcoming Valentine’s Day? Spend it in the Hilltop Campus Village, where Cupid has set up a number of special events for the holiday. We’re working with all of the HCV vendors, and new specials will show up on this page as they’re announced!


Greatest Grains Sweetheart Dinner

Greatest Grains’ Events Center will be hosting a Valentine’s Day Sweetheart Dinner on Friday, February 14th from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Couples are welcome to bring their own beer or wine, no corking fee. The night will be full of great food, fun, and live music.

The cost per couple is $65, RSVP required by February 11th. Ticketing is available online, through, or by calling 563-323-7521 and mentioning the Sweethearts Dinner Event.


The Backroom Comedy Theater Valentine’s Showcase

The Backroom Comedy Theater inside Stickman’s will have a special Valentine’s Day comedy showcase featuring Scott Long, a national touring comic featured on NBC, Comedy Central and Fox. He is also very well-known for his appearances on the Bob and Tom show. The show starts at 9PM, and tickets can be ordered here.


Big River Bindery’s Pint and Print: Pressure Print Valentine

Get an amazingly unique experience and print your own Valentine’s card using the pressure print method at Big River Bindery. This shop in the heart of the Hilltop Campus Village celebrates the art of the book. Learn about printing methods and then get set up the printing of your own card!

Enjoy a FREE local beer (21 and older) while you work the presses.
Participants will take home 4 handmade prints and bragging rights that you printed it yourself. $20 for the evening (additional prints $1 each). This event is Thursday, February 5, 7pm to 9pm. Register now by sending an e-mail to Your registration fees can be paid on-site via cash or check.


Heart-Shaped Treats Available at East Side Bakery

Stop in early in the week or on V-Day itself and buy your sweetie some handmade sweets. East Side Bakery will be offering heart shaped cookies, little cakes and even pizzas from Tuesday, Feb 10 through Saturday, Feb 14. One of the Hilltop Campus Village’s popular new businesses, the East Side Bakery is located at 1501 Harrison St.


Valentine’s Day Special at Superstars and Superheroes

Stop in to Superstars and Superheroes at 1527 Harrison St. and buy your sports or comic fan something special. Mention this ad to get $2 of comic books or sport cards free with $10 purchase on Valentine’s Day! Larry’s shop has been a fixture in the Hilltop since 1982!


Puppy Love Special at Rocket Resale and the Estate Sale Shop

Rocket Resale, at 1228 Brady, and The Estate Sale Shop, at 1326 Brady, have a Puppy Love deal. They love their pets and their specials will be 25% off of any purchase if you bring in a donation of pet food (or cash) to go to King’s Harvest new “no-kill” pet shelter in Davenport. This offer is good Thursday, February 12 through Saturday, February 14


More events and specials coming soon!

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Hilltop Altar Crawl 2014

May 4th is our 2nd annual Hilltop Altar Crawl. This was a huge success last year, and we’re making it even better for 2014! We have some amazing history and architecture in the heart of Davenport. This year St. Paul Lutheran and Sacred Heart Cathedral have joined the lineup, along with many of the great Hilltop-area churches that participated last year. Check out the brochure below, or download it here.


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HCV Fall Music Festival 2013

Join us for our annual Fall Music Festival, featuring the Tons ‘O Fun Band, from 5-10PM on September 14th in the Hilltop Plaza on Harrison.

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Altar Crawl 2013

Tour Davenport’s Historic Churches During The First “Altar Crawl”

 May 19th Event Features Hilltop Places of Worship

Event Brochure (PDF)

Doors of the churches of some of Davenport’s most historic congregations will be open to visitors, Sunday, May 19th for the Hilltop Campus Village Altar Crawl.  Six churches in and around the boundaries of The Village will welcome visitors for the free, first-time event.  Hours are 1-5PM. Participating churches include: Bethel A.M.E., First Baptist, First Christian, First Presbyterian, St. John’s United Methodist, and Trinity Episcopal.

May is designated as Preservation Month by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  All of these churches are home to some of Davenport’s earliest communities of faith, tracing their roots to the city’s beginnings. Their first meetings were in homes and buildings located in early Davenport.  As the city grew, the congregations moved to the hills above downtown.  Most of the structures, built between 1867 and 1964, were designed by master architects from Davenport, Chicago and New York.  Five of the six are individually listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Not content to rest on their historic foundations, these congregations continue to give back by hosting many social programs benefitting people living in Davenport. “Churches have always been secure cornerstones of villages, and we are privileged to be home to some of the most historic, architecturally significant and deeply-rooted places of worship in the Quad Cities. We think people will find this unique and attractive feature of the area very interesting,” said Scott Tunnicliff, Director of Hilltop Campus Village.

The May 19th open house will allow the churches to showcase the architecture of their buildings, history of the churches and their congregations, as well as current community programs and services.  Visitors may begin their tour at any participating church where guides will be on hand to welcome guests and direct them to points of interest.

A tour brochure with map and more information will be available at all locations or can be downloaded at the Hilltop Campus Village website beginning May 1st.

What: The Hilltop Campus Village Altar Crawl.
When: Sunday, May 19th, 2013, 1-5PM.
Where: Participating churches in and around the boundaries of Hilltop Campus Village, Davenport, Iowa.
Tickets:  No tickets required, free to the public.
Parking: In church lots and surrounding streets.

More Information:  visit or Marion Meginnis, 563-326-3290,

Participating Churches &History of their Congregations:

BethelAMEBethel A.M.E. Church, 323 W. 11th St.*-  Bethel A.M.E. traces its roots to its founding in 1866 when four men came together to organize the African Methodist Episcopal Church of Davenport. It was the first African American congregation in Davenport and among the earliest in the state of Iowa.  The stucco and half timbered building, designed by the noted Davenport architectural firm of Clausen and Clausen, has been in service since 1908. The interior features a barrel vaulting over the nave and a domed apse behind the altar; the stained glass windows were donated by members of the congregation.

FirstBaptistFirst Baptist Church, 1401 Perry St.*-   The cornerstone of the present church building was laid in 1889 during the 50th anniversary of the founding of the congregation. Then called “Calvary Baptist,” the sanctuary was designed in the Romanesque Revival style by John S. Wollacott of Chicago. Wells Glass Company of Chicago created the stained glass windows. Davenport’s Baptists held their first service on September 13, 1839. The congregation’s first church was built at the corner of 4th and Brady on land donated by Antoine LeClaire, making the congregation the oldest continuously meeting Protestant congregation in Davenport. During the tour there will be historical items on display and refreshments available in Fellowship Hall.

FirstChristianCroppedFirst Christian Church, 510 E. 15th St. – With its current building constructed in 1964, this congregation will celebrate its 175th year in Davenport in 2014. Davenport’s First Christian Church began in a house at 3rd and Main on July 28, 1839, with 21 charter members. The first church home was in the Tapley carpenter shop at 2nd and Brady. As the congregation grew, it moved to different locations, building two churches in the process. First Christian is affiliated with the Christian Church, also known as the Disciples of Christ. The Christian Church is a denomination that grew out of the Scottish Presbyterian Church and is recognized as having its roots in the United States. The tour will feature music, visits to the sanctuary, prayer chapel, fellowship hall and gymnasium as well as an historical display and refreshments.

First Presbyterian ChurchFirst Presbyterian Church,* 1702 Iowa St.-  Built 1897-98 in the classic Romanesque style, First Presbyterian’s sanctuary was designed by the Galesburg architectural firm of Gottschalk & Beadle who designed a nearly identical church on Galesburg Square that was completed one year prior. Its stained glass windows are by J and R Lamb Studios of New York City. The founding congregation met in April, 1838, in a small building on Ripley Street with 10 members. During the past 175 years, the congregation has worshiped at five different locations and built three churches. Altar crawl visitors are invited to tour the sanctuary, balcony, chapel and elaborately decorated original pastor’s study, as well as enjoy an organ demonstration and refreshments in the Fellowship Hall.

St.John'sMethodistSt. John’s United Methodist Church, 109 E. 14th St.*- The cornerstone for today’s church was laid in 1902, and services began there in 1903. It was designed by Parke T. Burrows with F. G. Clausen serving as the supervising engineer. Davenport Methodists trace their beginnings to a small congregation in Rockingham, a settlement located on Davenport’s southwest side. The first services in Davenport began in 1837, and the first Methodist church was erected in 1843. During the 19th Century, several Methodist congregations formed and additional buildings erected. Two churches came together to form the congregation that dedicated St. John’s in 1903. Highlights of the May 19th tour include the sanctuary, a conference/history room, the downstairs of the former parsonage, plus refreshments at The Center, located across 14th Street and home to the popular “Skate Church” and many other community activities.

Trinity springTrinity Episcopal Cathedral, 121 W. 12th St.*- Built 1867-1873, this Gothic-style church is the oldest on the tour and was consecrated as Grace Cathedral. It was the first cathedral of the Episcopal Diocese of Iowa. It was designed by Edward Tuckerman Potter of New York City, one of the leading church architects of his time. The first Episcopal parish was established in 1841.  Its first church was a small frame building erected at Fourth and Main Streets, with a crude altar, plank benches and a round stove in the nave; a second church, destroyed by fire in 1873, featured the first pipe organ in Iowa. Congregations from the old Trinity Episcopal Parish and Grace Cathedral merged in 1910 to form Trinity Cathedral. Visitors will tour the sanctuary and rarely opened original sacristy.

* Individually listed on the National Register of Historic Places

Sponsored by:

Hilltop Campus Village:  An Iowa Main Street Community located in Davenport, Iowa. Its goals include creation of a revitalized, mixed-use neighborhood that is family friendly, clean and safe, alive with activities and excitement, and retention of a diverse population living and working in the established district.

P.U.N.C.H. (People Uniting Neighbors and Churches): Formed in 2004 by the churches in the Brady Hill neighborhood of Davenport, its goal is to make the neighborhood a better place to work, worship and live in.

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