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A Downtown Springfield back-to-school guide. For parents.

August 16, 2018

Back-to-school time can bring mixed emotions for parents. There’s the emotional strain of watching our babies grow up and move on to the next grade. There’s also the sigh of relief that comes with some freedom in our schedules during the day.

If you’re looking to beat the blues or enjoy some me time, Downtown Springfield is the place for you. Here are five ways for parents to enjoy the back-to-school season.

Treat yourself

All parents deserve a little pampering. Downtown Springfield has a great spot for chiropractic care, massage therapy, acupuncture and more.

“At A Hip Joint, all of our parents are loving to come get their massages without their little ones in tow,” Dr. Tania Reavis said. “Message is super relaxing, but not quite the ‘nirvana’ is reached with your 10-year-old in the massage room playing their iPad.”

That said, your little ones are welcome at the family-friendly A Hip Joint.

“We have accommodated a lot of parents getting their alternative services this summer with kids. We love baby hippies and showing them the ropes of feeling better naturally,” Reavis said. “It’s the parents who are loving to unwind in our massage chairs, snack it up and get relaxed by the talented therapists and doctors at A Hip Joint without the ‘Mom, how do I watch the next show on YouTube?’”

Home Improvement

While the little ones are at school, while not spruce up your home? There are plenty of places to do that in Downtown Springfield. That includes Rosette Studios: Arts & Letters.

“We have lots of local art, both originals and prints,” Bridget Koonce, co-owner of Rosette Studios, said. “We even have an option to turn your own photos into art with our laser photo engrave.”

Koonce said the photo engrave is available both in-store and online. You can call her at 417-987-9155 with any questions.

There are many other Downtown stores featuring home decor. They include:

You can also do some redecorating on yourself at Rosette Studios. They feature henna temporary tattoos.

“I get a lot of parents right after school starts that want to get tattoos,” Koonce said. “It’s a fun way to mark the occasion of some me time without any commitment. They only last about two weeks. We have both traditional henna (red) and genipa (blue).”

A laser engraved photo of newlyweds standing next to a giraffe

Learn Something New

Many parents already know about Hoover Music. If not, here’s a quick introduction to the Springfield Institution. Founded in 1912, Hoover is now in its fourth generation of family ownership. Paul Hoover introduced a rent-to-own instrument program in the 1950s. It was one of the first in the United States.

Hoover still has that rent-to-own program, on all kinds of instruments. It’s a great way to get your children started in band or orchestra. Hoover Music also offers repairs, lessons, sheet music and accessories.

But they’re not only for children. Why not pick up a new skill? Hoover’s instrument lineup includes guitars, ukuleles and more. You can also sign up for music lessons from their talented teaching staff. Call Hoover Music at 417-862-3573 for more information.

Give Back

“It’s better to give than receive” isn’t just for Christmas. Why not use your free time to help out your community? United Way of the Ozarks is a great place to give back.

“We can use volunteers in the office or out in the community to help raise funds for health, education, and financial stability programs that impact nearly 300,000 children and adults in the Ozarks each year,” Cindy Beecher, Director of Administration for United Way of the Ozarks, said. “School fundraisers are a great way to educate kids on the importance of giving back to their community — we can even connect parents with the United Way representative at their school if they’d like to help their child’s class or school fundraise this year.”

You can email the United Way at to find out more. That’s far from the only way to give back.

“Another great place to find volunteer opportunities is, a collaboration between KY3, United Way of the Ozarks, Community Foundation of the Ozarks, United Way of the Ozarks’ Give 5 program, and Drury University’s Center for Nonprofit Leadership,” Beecher said.

Logo for United Way of the Ozarks


Grab a drink and spend some time in conversation with a friend, or in quiet reflection. Downtown Springfield has plenty of delicious options, from coffee to craft beer.

“Our suggestion to parents with kids that have gone back to school is to go out and live free again,” said Tyler Hoke of Lost Signal Brewing Company.

Lost Signal has a new beer coming in honor of back-to-school. It will release Atomic Wedgie #2 Friday, Aug. 17.

“This beer takes a childhood favorite and turns it into the adult beverage we all need this time of year,” Hoke said. “This year’s take is on breakfast and brought the flavors of a strawberry (toaster pastry) to beer.”

Mother’s Brewing Company is releasing a new pale ale, called Hands Down. They’re throwing a Field Day party in their backyard Saturday, Aug. 18 to celebrate.

Event poster for Atomic Wedge #2 Release Party

There are plenty of more ways to enjoy back-to-school time in Downtown Springfield. Check our website’s events calendar and business directory. Even better, come see for yourself why we say, “It’s all Downtown.”