The Ruby Slipper, a downtown shoe boutique, will open Friday in Davenport.
Owner Christine Reyhons said opening the boutique combines two of her passions: women’s footwear and downtown Davenport’s vintage architecture.
She said the store at 312 Main St. will offer upscale footwear, clothing and accessories.
“I have a passion for downtown Davenport and its architecture,” Reyhons said.
She said there is a resurgent interest in the downtown’s renovated loft condominiums, apartments and Hotel Blackhawk, which she said is generating a new energy downtown.
Reyhons’ goal is to fill a niche she believes is not being addressed.
“I felt Quad-Cities’ women’s needs weren’t being met, and there aren’t a lot of choices,” she said. “Enough of traveling to Chicago to shop … I wanted to keep it downtown.”
Brands the store will carry include Frye, Aquatalia and Miz Mooz. Designer denim clothing lines include DL 1961 and Joe’s. Most of the shop’s items range in price from $100 to $500.
Reyhons previously worked as a shoe buyer for Von Maur department stores and in sales for the Frye Co., a footwear manufacturer.