About Us

How to find us:
WaterMark is located on the corner of River Drive and 15th Street in Moline, just off I-74 near the John Deere Commons, the iWireless Center, and the Radisson.
 
1500 River Drive
Moline, IL 61265
 
Our Store Hours:
 
January - February
Mon-Sat 10-5
Closed Sunday
 
March -Thanksgiving
Mon-Thurs 10-6
Fri-Sat 10-5
Closed Sunday
 
Thanksgiving to Christmas ~ Extended Holiday Hours
Mon-Thurs 9:30-6:30
Fri-Sat 9:30-5:00
Closed Sunday
 
WaterMark is closed on New Year's Day, January 2nd (for inventory), Easter, Mother's Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas to allow our staff time with their families.
 
What is the WaterMark?
WaterMark Corners & Stationers is an upscale gift store, full-service stationery store and a children’s bookstore and toy store all in one. Now celebrating our 17th year in business, WaterMark is located in three historic buildings in downtown Moline Centre on the John Deere Commons. We are family-owned and run by a mother-daughter team, Barbara Trimble and Amy Trimble.

Our gift department offers a wide range of items, from gourmet foods and coffees, to seasonal decorations, and unique and affordable jewelry and accessories. 

Our children’s area specializes in quality children’s books, games and toys for children of all ages.

Our stationery department features the area’s largest selection of paper and invitations, and we are the Quad Cities’ source for many premium stationery brands including Crane & Co., William Arthur and  Caspari. We offer custom printing on any of our boxed invitations, note sets or blank card stock, and our wedding department showcases wedding invitations and accessories which we custom design and print in house. With over 15 years of experience in the stationery business, we truly are stationery experts.

Our Vision:
Our goal is to provide customers with a completely unique shopping experience. Our talented staff members are dedicated to helping each customer find the perfect item, whatever their needs may be. We strive to find merchandise that you won’t find at other local shops, and are constantly searching for new lines to introduce to our store.

Our Story:
The story of WaterMark began in 1998, when Amy graduated from the University of Illinois with a not-very-useful degree in Art History and a dream of owning her own bookstore. My family had two other retail businesses at the time, Staack Florist and Wilson House Stationers, and were excited at the idea of expanding into a new area of retail.

Our search for the perfect location brought us to the John Deere Commons, with the newly opened MARK of the Quad Cities (now the i wireless Center), the John Deere Pavilion and the Radisson on John Deere Commons. The energy of the development in this area immediately captured our attention, and before long, we purchased the buildings on the corner of River Drive and 15th Street.

The buildings were not ready to be occupied, however. They had been unoccupied and abandoned for years, and it took a full year of extensive renovation before we could open WaterMark. See our renovation pictures below.

WaterMark Corners officially opened on September 15, 1999, and it’s been a whirlwind of fun ever since!

We are constantly moving and changing various aspects of the store to make it new and exciting for our customers. In 2001 we dramatically increased our jewelry and accessory department with great success. In 2004, we made the big decision to merge our sister store, Wilson House Stationers (named after Moline’s oldest house in which it was located for 9 years) into WaterMark. We reconfigured the store, and the newly renamed WaterMark Stationers took over the second floor loft area. The move proved so successful that only a year and a half later, we moved the stationery department to the more accessible first floor.

In 2006, we expanded our custom invitation offerings and added what we now call our “Wall of Paper,” which showcases over 20 colors of papers and envelopes in over 15 sizes and shapes.

In 2007, we introduced a bridal and gift registry department with several new lines such as Casafina Stoneware and Mariposa.

We are constantly on the lookout for new ideas and items so we can keep our store always changing and exciting. Be sure to visit often so you don’t miss anything!

The Renovation Project:
Main Entrance Before Renovation
Main entrance before renovation
Main entrance after renovation
Main entrance after renovation
Main entrance after renovation #2












Main entrance after renovation #2

Floor before renovation
This was the condition of the floor through most of the property.

Wall with arches before renovation


 







Opening between the corner building and middle building before renovation.

Wall with arches during construction














Here is the wall of arches during the construction.

Arch openings after renovation














The finished archway openings between the buildings.