Jan and Cliff Tappa must have felt like the queen and king of the Iowa State Fair as they received the first-ever Friends of Iowa Hereford Association award. 

The couple, who own Tappa's Steakhouse, tucked in west Davenport, were honored last week for their exclusive use of Hereford Beef in their neighborhood restaurant/bar. 

Cliff, a 51-year restaurateur, admitted tearing up when he saw their award prominently displayed in a glass case in the Stalling Barn the day before it was awarded. "I couldn't believe it," he said. "This is the very first award they've ever done." 

Jan, who meets every customer entering the restaurant at 1620 Rockingham Road, said " it was just overwhelming." A crowd of 200 Hereford association members were on hand as the award was presented Thursday. "Now it's something they want to do every year to thank people who take (Hereford Beef) from the pasture to the plate."

Becky Simpson, the association's administrative secretary, said the group had a Hall of Fame to honor its producers who are influential in the breed. "But this is for those who promote our product," she said, adding honorees could be restaurants, packers or other non-producers.

After wrapping up an Iowa tour with a lunch meeting at Tappa's last spring, she said "it was a unanimous decision to honor Cliff and Jan."

The association is made up of 165 members in Iowa and five other Midwest states. 

Cliff and Jan have owned the restaurant, formerly The Sports Page, since 1982. "When you think of porterhouse (steaks) and lobster, the name Sports Page doesn't pop into your head," Cliff said of their decision to rebrand it as Tappa's Steakhouse in 2005. The move has drawn in a new following of customers.

"Our No. 1 asset is our employees," he said of the nine or 10 dedicated crew, including daughter Lorrie, who kept the food coming as Tappas played at the fair.

Thrifty Chick's 'shack' opens

In time for the back-to-school shopping, Thrifty Chick's Resale Shack has opened its doors at 1505 15th St. in the heart of Moline's Uptown neighborhood.

The store is owned and operated by Cheryl Humphrey, a lifelong Moline resident.

In addition to fulfilling her dream of owning her own shop, she also is proud of her role in helping the environment by recycling and repurposing household items.

Thrifty Chick's can be reached at thriftychicksresaleshack@gmail.com or 309-292-5006.

Theisen's joins fight against Alzheimer's

Theisen's Home Farm Auto store, Davenport, is helping the local Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's campaign by selling forget-me-nots in their stores.

All proceeds from the sales of the flowers will be donated directly to the local Alzheimer's Association. The month-long campaign runs through Sept. 7. After the sale, Theisen's also will make an additional donation to help the cause. In 2016, sales of forget me nots and Theisen's donated nearly $41,000. 

The Quad-Cities'  Walk to End Alzheimer's will be Sept. 16 at the iWireless Center, Moline.

Hobby Lobby gets settled

In case you missed the Quad-City Times story last week, Hobby Lobby has moved north.

The craft and home decor retailer opened for business at 5611 Elmore Ave., Davenport, just up the road from its longtime Bettendorf location. Dave Houk is the new store's manager.

Part of the Davenport Commons shopping complex, it now enjoys the high traffic of neighboring retailers including Dick's Sporting Goods, Field & Stream, Golf Galaxy and a Walmart Supercenter.

Biz Bytes is a weekly column by Quad-City Times reporter Jennifer DeWitt. Contact her at 563-383-2318 or jdewitt@qctimes.com.

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