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Downtown Business Spotlight

Lost Signals’ Mattney-Schmitz to compete against planet’s best chefs at World Food Championships

August 15, 2019

More than 1,500 of the best chefs in the world are headed to Dallas for the World Food Championships this October. And there, standing shoulder-to-shoulder with them, will be one of Downtown Springfield’s finest. Chef Kymberlee Mattney-Schmitz is the executive chef and general manager at Lost Signal Brewing Company (address). She punched her ticket to… Read More

Classic cars driving down Route 66 in Springfield
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Fun, free and family-friendly. Don’t miss the incredibly-growing Birthplace of Route 66 Festival this weekend!

August 08, 2019

When you plant a seed in Downtown Springfield, there’s no telling how much fruit will grow. The first Birthplace of Route 66 Festival, back in 2011, was a “glorified block party” when it started, Downtown Springfield Association executive director Rusty Worley told the Springfield News-Leader. The 9th Annual Birthplace of Route 66 Festival, Aug. 9-10,… Read More

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Downtown Business Spotlight

365 days, 7,500 containers. SOAP Refill Station is making a big difference Downtown.

August 01, 2019

Anne Dezort is proof you can make a difference right where you live. In just one year, her SOAP Refill Station has refilled more than 7,500 containers with various soaps, shampoos, lotions and more. That’s 7,500 plastic containers that didn’t end up in the landfill. It’s quite an accomplishment and Dezort wants to celebrate with… Read More

A crowd watches a movie at Founders Park in Downtown Springfield
Downtown Business Spotlight

Summer will be over soon, but there’s still time to enjoy it in Downtown Springfield.

July 25, 2019

Don’t look now, but it’s almost time to flip the calendar to August. Feel like summer is slipping away from you? There’s still time to enjoy yourself in Downtown Springfield before the kids head back to school and life resumes its typical chaos. Here are seven picks, including some free and family-friendly options! Springfield Cardinals… Read More

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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… Read More

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Are you the next incredible DSA intern?

July 11, 2019

Last fall we introduced you to Rachel McGrath, our events intern for Rated SGF. She’s an intern this summer, too, but not with us. And we’re OK with that. That’s because McGrath is currently an intern at National Public Radio in Washington, D.C. She’s working with the NPR team on events and having an incredible… Read More

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July’s First Friday Art Walk features expressive art

July 03, 2019

Summer is here and in high gear! Experience arts this month with interactive activities like a live Raku firing at Millet & Hammer, or an audio/visual media artspace with Here are four featured galleries in Downtown Springfield. MILLET & HAMMER WITH KADEN MEYERS, A RAKU FIRING FOR THE WALK Millet and Hammer come watch… Read More

A sign listing walking times to various Downtown Springfield locations
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I saw the sign, and it helped me navigate Downtown Springfield

June 27, 2019

Your day in Downtown Springfield is going great. The food you just ate near Park Central Square was fantastic. You decide to walk down to the shops on Walnut Street while your food digests. Or maybe you want to check out the Brewery District. Now you have a dilemma. Do you drive your car to… Read More

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Don’t feel guilty for filling your belly at Taste of SoMo

June 20, 2019

Do not feel guilty about filling your belly at Taste of SoMo this Saturday, June 22, from 1-5 p.m. You’ll be helping fill someone else’s belly, too. Go ahead and stroll around Park Central Square for a while. Listen to the music. Spend your tasting tickets at your favorite restaurants, or check out some new… Read More

Downtown Business Spotlight

Don’t give crummy gifts: A Downtown Springfield Father’s Day Guide

June 13, 2019

Father’s Day is this Sunday, June 16! Dad may say he doesn’t want you to spoil him, but he’s not going to say no to a thoughtful expression of love and gratitude on this day. There are plenty of ways you can spoil your pops in Downtown Springfield. Here are just a few. Dining Brunch… Read More