Watermark Corners is offering customers an opportunity to sip on a drink while perusing gifts with a new, in-store bar, opened just in time for the holiday shopping season.
The Corner Bar will have its grand opening 4 p.m. Thursday inside the Moline store, 1500 River Drive. Watermark Corners co-owner Amy Trimble said the goal is to create a fun and casual atmosphere that anyone can enjoy, whether they're shopping or just stopping by for a drink.
"We want people to come in and say, 'You know what, let's go to lunch and then go to Watermark and shop and have a drink,' or, 'Let's stop at Watermark before we go out to dinner," Trimble said.
After a three-week soft opening, the bar's grand opening will coincide with Watermark Corner's annual holiday open house, which begins Nov. 10. Trimble extended the open house to last until Nov. 13, to allow for less crowding.
Trimble said she had the idea in January, when she was trying to envision how the store would look after the COVID-19 pandemic cut down on visitors.
"I just kept going back to our normal holiday open house feel, where we fill the store with people, they're walking around with a glass of wine and snacks, and they shop and there's just music and joy the throughout the store," Trimble said. "How can we come up with that feeling, that atmosphere, more often?"
Wine and beer are available starting at noon every day the store is open. Bartenders will be on-hand Wednesdays through Saturdays to make cocktails, starting at noon Wednesday through Friday and all-day Saturday.
Many of the drinks offered at the Corner Bar have a unique aspect, from flights of frozen slushies to wine made with grapes that taste of the sea to women-owned, women-made tequila.
"We want items that tell a story or that have a purpose," Trimble said.