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A new decade dawns at Obelisk Home

January 10, 2019

Springfield felt a collective lump in its throat when it saw the email subject line: Obelisk Home is Closing. Thankfully it was somewhat of a false alarm. Obelisk Home took a few days off in early November to reboot. The result? A whole new retail experience for the longtime Downtown Springfield retailer. “The store closed… Read More


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2018: The Year of More in Downtown Springfield

January 03, 2019

Quick! Pick one word to describe your 2018! Not easy, is it? We did this exercise ourselves and came up with one word to describe this past year: more. Here are five things that made this a year of growth for Downtown Springfield. 1. More construction It started early. January 16 to be exact. That’s… Read More


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Countdown of the top 10 ways to ring in 2019 in Downtown Springfield

December 13, 2018

It’s almost time for the final countdown of 2018. Looking for a festive way to ring in 2019? There are plenty of places to take a cup of kindness for auld lang syne. So in keeping with the spirit of the night, here’s a countdown — from 10 to 1 — of ways to celebrate… Read More


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“It’s A Wonderful Life” and other gifts from the historic Gillioz Theatre

November 29, 2018

In this season of giving, the historic Gillioz Theatre has a special gift for Springfield. On Saturday, Dec. 9, the theatre will host a free screening of the Christmas classic “It’s A Wonderful Life.” Yes. Completely free. Tickets are available the day of the event. “It’s A Wonderful Life” was released in 1946. Frank Capra… Read More


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Get in the holiday shopping spirit at Christmas On Campbell

November 08, 2018

Low temperatures are slipping past the freezing point and snow is in the forecast. Are you starting to catch the holiday spirit? Indulge it from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at Christmas On Campbell Holiday Gallery Walk and Holiday Open Houses in Downtown Springfield. And you can support local artists and crafters while you’re… Read More


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Treat yourself this fall in Downtown Springfield

October 18, 2018

Fall has arrived in Downtown Springfield, and not in a subtle way. Cooler temperatures. Rainy skies. Chilly winds. A lot of folks are in need of a pick-me-up. There are plenty of ways to treat yourself at any of Downtown Springfield’s retailers. Here are just a few. New gear from 5 Pound Apparel The new… Read More


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Fall means fun in Downtown Springfield

September 20, 2018

The forecast calls for cooler temperatures to come to the Ozarks, but Downtown Springfield isn’t ready to hibernate. Not by a longshot. This week kicks off a busy autumn on Park Central Square and it all starts tonight, Thursday, Sept. 20. Patio Parties 92.9 The Beat is throwing a free Thursday-night Patio Party on Park Central… Read More


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“Where there is cake there is hope. And there is always cake.”

September 06, 2018

World Suicide Prevention Day is Sept. 10. To mark the event, a special bake sale is coming to Downtown Springfield. Burrell Behavioral Health and Springfield bakers are working in collaboration with First Friday Art Walk to put on the 2nd Annual Depressed Cake Shop. The bake sale will take place Friday, Sept. 7, from noon-8… Read More


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Your 2018 guide to watching football in Downtown Springfield

August 30, 2018

September is here. That means it’s time for three things: football, football and more football. Missouri State kicks off the 2018 season Thursday, Aug. 30, with a 7 p.m. trip to Oklahoma State. Mizzou and Arkansas both host home games Saturday, Sept. 1, at 3 p.m. The Tigers play Tennessee-Martin. The Razorbacks play Eastern Illinois…. Read More


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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… Read More