On Friday, November 25, the iconic Isabel Bloom officially relocated to the newly renovated Gordon Van Tine Building, and the Quad Cities Chamber is proud to have helped this local, small business transform their operations. In a nod to the way the company was founded, their new facility is the global headquarters for all Isabel Bloom operations, and Quad Citizens can now witness artisans creating sculptures in real time.
Two years ago, owners Donna Young, Cathy Nevins and Bill Barrett recognized they didn’t have the space they needed to realize their vision for what they wanted the company to be.
“We had this vision to bring back the old Isabel Bloom experience, where customers could see the artisans at work,” says Bill Barrett, Co-Owner and Director of Operations with Isabel Bloom. “We wanted our customers to have an intimate view of the production, and to see that this art really is made here in the community and they are purchasing a part of that.”
Yet, their space wasn’t set up for efficient operations or to support their growth in the future.
“As we began our plans for the future, the Quad Cities Chamber was one of the first resources we turned to,” says Barrett.
The Quad Cities Chamber maintains a network of over 150 subject matter experts available to help companies with growth projects just like Isabel Bloom’s.
“The Chamber connected us with two factory master planners who are both retired from the manufacturing industry,” says Barrett. “With their help, we were able to accomplish something that is typically outside the realm of what a small business like ours can afford to do.”
The master planners analyzed the existing space and shop flow, taking into consideration historical monuments that couldn’t move, and came up with a layout that will allow Isabel Bloom to grow well into the future.
“I’m excited about what the future holds for Isabel Bloom,” says Donna Young, Sculptor and Co-owner of Isabel Bloom. “I feel like we’re now set up to handle whatever comes our way. We have room to grow, to serve more customers, and to welcome more tours.”
Isabel Bloom held a ribbon cutting on Friday, December 9 to welcome the public to their new showroom and manufacturing facility. Be sure to see their new space for yourself, located at 736 Federal St., Ste. 2100, Davenport.
Find out more on how the Chamber can help your business grow, contact Tami Petsche.