Red Dirt RubyConf 2011

  • Keynote
    Aaron Patterson
    Open source contributions include:
    ARel, Nokogiri, and Mechanize
    Aaron Patterson - AT&T Interactive
  • Keynote
    Dr Nic Williams
    Open source contributions include:
    Hudson.rb, RoR Textmate Bundle, and ChocTop
    Dr Nic Williams - Engine Yard
  • Conference Themes
    nike store r mall thane
    ´╗┐snapbacks and skateboards fill up The Full Kit Mitch Dettman knows his sneakers. No surprise the business owner makes his living selling rare athletic shoes at The Full Kit, his men's apparel shop in downtown Davenport. Initially, the Davenport Central High School grad never even considered opening a shop in his hometown. In 2001, Dettmann opened his first store in Iowa City on University of Iowa's campus. "Fourteen years ago, downtown Davenport was a ghost town; it wasn't really a reality for me," he said. "I don't think what I do fits a strip mall atmosphere and I don't picture myself out on Elmore Avenue." Impressed by the recent development in downtown Davenport, however, the 40 year old found a second location to call home just a few blocks from where he grew up. In February, Dettman opened his downtown Davenport store, where he serves a niche market of shoppers men in their late teens to their early 30s at 312 N. Main St. Hank Davis, a member of Dettman's target demographic at 34, said Dettman offers product that no one else in the area has. "There's nothing else like it in the Quad Cities," said Davis, a stylist at Salon Luc, 400 N. Main St., who also cuts Dettman's hair. "I wish we could trade haircuts for shoes I'm still working on that." Referring to his selection of Asics, New Balance, Nike and Saucony shoes, Dettman said he offers an exclusive line of gear. "A lot of stuff we have you can only get at our location," added Dettman, who also sells pants, shirts, hats and skateboards at his specialty shop. "There are other places you can buy Nikes, but the Nikes you find at our store are unique to our store." In efforts to draw more people downtown, Dettman hasbegun hosting special events every third Thursday at his shop. Last month, for example, he set up a collection of eastern Iowa artist Mike Stenerson's paintings on the walls nike y20 inside his shop. Organized by the Downtown Davenport Partnership, Third Thursday promotes the downtown shopping scene, which features extended nike z samotraki retail hours, events and sales. Dettman, who commutes to his Iowa City store three times a week, said he hopes to display new work from local artists every third Thursday. "We all have common goal of bringing people downtown," he said. "Because we're still getting that up nike 30 off off the ground, we're encouraging people to come downtown, hang out and meet new people." Kyle Carter, director of the Downtown Davenport Partnership with the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce, said The Full Kit is a great fit on Main Street. Twenty three businesses are offering unique specials for the evening. Be on the lookout for Santa sightings and score deals on gift card purchases throughout downtown.