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Downtown Business Spotlight

Heatwave got you down? Fight back in Downtown Springfield.

July 18, 2019

Summer is back. With a vengeance. The temperature is in the 90s and let’s not even talk about that heat index. We all need to take a break and cool down. As luck would have it, Downtown Springfield is a perfect place to do that.

We’ve compiled a list of five ways for the good people of Springfield to beat the heat. Nearly all of them are unique to downtown!

1. Ice cream sandwiches at Druff’s

Locals know Druff’s (311 Park Central East, Suite 101) as the purveyors of the finest grilled cheeses on either side of the Mississippi. Not satisfied to stop there, Druff’s is aiming to take over the ice cream sandwich game as well. Here are there latest offerings: Basil Ginger Ice Cream on Sugar Cookies and Strawberry with Strawberry Balsamic Reduction Ice Cream on Chocolate Chip Cookies. We assume you’ve already headed out the door to get one, so read the rest of the list while you chow down.

2. Slushies and beers in the Mother’s Tap Room

Just because you’re an adult doesn’t mean you have to give up slushies. The fun-loving crew at Mother’s Brewing Company (215 South Grant Ave.) understands this. They bought a slushie machine and have started Slushie Saturdays in their tap room. Last week it was a non-alcoholic blackberry lemon slush. Sounds great, right? Folks that wanted to kick it up a notch could also mix it with any of the beers on tap. This Saturday it’s time for a Cherry Limeade and Rosemary Gin Rickey. Sounds like a perfect sip while you browse the 1st Annual Mother’s Craft Fair.

3. Gelato at Maes Gelateria

We’ll be honest. We don’t exactly know what gelato is made of and we’ve been too busy to Google it. All we know is it’s delicious and that Maes Gelateria (334 East Walnut) has the best gelato in all of the 417. Maes features 30 homemade flavors of gelato and sorbet, so you’re bound to find something you like! Check out their mobile app to make ordering easy.

4. Fountain drinks at Park Central Market

Nothing beats an ice cold soft drink (or pop, soda or whatever you call it) on a hot summer day. Park Central Market (331 Park Central East, #100) is the perfect spot to do it. They offer a 32-ounce plastic cup for $1.99 and refills are just 99 cents! They carry Coke and Pepsi products, so your favorite is sure to be on tap.

5. A splash in the fountain and picnic in the shade at Jordan Valley Park

The Springfield-Greene County Park Board spoils us with their beautiful greenspaces. Take Jordan Valley Park on the east side of downtown, for example. There are shade trees perfect for a picnic, and a water feature — with fountains — that are great for cooling down little ones. Pack up the family and make an afternoon out of it. Don’t forget the sunscreen!

What’s your favorite way to beat the heat in Downtown Springfield? Share it on social media (like Facebook, Twitter or Instagram), tag us and we might feature you in our feed!

Slushies in Mother's Brewing Company glasses