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Craig Wagoner poses with his Tom Billionis lifetime achievement award, standing between Michelle Billionis and Vance Hall.
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Big surprises make 2020 Downtown Awards a night to remember

February 07, 2020

The 2020 Downtown Awards, the Downtown Springfield Association’s night of celebration, included a pair of big surprises. The biggest came courtesy of Central Bank President and CEO Russ Marquart. After Craig Wagoner, of Brentwood Management, received the Tom Billionis Lifetime Achievement Award, Marquart took the microphone in the Hotel Vandivort ballroom to say a few… Read More

Event poster for Super Bowl Party — at Luna Bar
Downtown Business Spotlight

Celebrate Super Sunday in Downtown Springfield!

January 31, 2020

There are a lot of great reasons to throw a Super Bowl at your house. There are also a lot of great reasons to leave the house and go to a watch party. Instead of cleaning, cooking, watching, then cleaning up again, you can just show up, have fun and head home. Sounds pretty great,… Read More

A disco ball hangs in the tasting room at Mother's Brewing Company
Downtown Business Spotlight

Say hello to 2020 in Downtown Springfield

December 26, 2019

How do you want to ring in the next decade? Looking for some family fun? More interested in dancing the night away? You will find your fun in Downtown Springfield. We’ve picked five great ways to say goodbye 2019 and hello to 2020 in our beautiful neighborhood. Here they are, arranged chronologically. Noon Year’s Eve… Read More

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Guest Posts

Spring Valley Veterinary Hospital: Keep it clean, Downtown Springfield!

December 19, 2019

What’s up with all this poo? You see it on the sidewalks. You see it in the grass. Why does Downtown have such a poo problem? When nature calls for our furry four-legged friends, they’re just going to stop and squat. And let’s face it, dogs lack the opposable thumbs us two-legged owners have, so… Read More

A Santa mug sits on a counter with Santa Claus toys
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Pop-up events bring holiday cheer for grownups to Downtown Springfield

December 05, 2019

The holiday season is a great time to be a child. There are Christmas lists to make, visits to Santa, classroom parties, delicious treats and so much more. Don’t grownups deserve a little fun? Spoiler alert: they do. The good news is there are some great pop-up holiday events in Downtown Springfield to help you… Read More

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Five tips to help you win this Small Business Saturday

November 27, 2019

Small Business Saturday is coming up! This Thanksgiving-weekend tradition allows you to buy your holiday presents for loved ones while also supporting the locally-owned, small businesses that make Downtown Springfield such a great place. There will be plenty of things happening downtown this Small Biz Saturday. Here are some pro tips to make sure you… Read More

Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus pose for a picture with a young child
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Ready to kick off the holiday season? Downtown Springfield is the place to be this weekend!

November 21, 2019

Do you need a little Christmas, right this very minute? Downtown Springfield is ready to get you in the spirit this weekend! Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker It starts Friday evening when the Historic Gillioz Theatre hosts Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker. The show starts at 7 p.m. The Moscow Ballet puts on a fantastic… Read More

A barista prepares a pour over coffee drink at Rove Coffee Roasting & Tasting Room
Downtown Business Spotlight

Rove Coffee Roasting & Tasting Room strengthen’s Downtown’s coffee scene

November 14, 2019

No neighborhood can caffeinate you quite like Downtown Springfield. The coffee scene is even stronger now with the addition of Rove Coffee Roasting & Tasting Room. It’s the second location for Rove, which started at Springfield-Branson National Airport. This shop will be a little different. It will offer pour-overs, brewed coffee and retail bags of… Read More

A piece of dog poop in a sidewalk with a paper flag stuck in it. The flag reads "No poo on the feet keeps our city neat."
Guest Posts

Spring Valley Veterinary Hospital Guest Blog: An introduction to Jeana and Dr. Skinner

November 07, 2019

“How do you even blog?”, followed by a chorus of laughter from the conference room. This would be the first question among many that Dr. Skinner and myself asked when we met with Jeff Kessinger, communications manager at the Downtown Springfield Association.  When we agreed to write a blog for our partnership with the DSA,… Read More

Park Central Square fountain
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$21 million dollar BUILD grant will help connect Downtown to Wonders of Wildlife

November 06, 2019

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt’s office announced today that the City of Springfield will receive $20,960,822 to create the Grant Avenue Parkway. The major multi-modal transportation improvements will run along Grant Avenue in the heart of Springfield. Funding is from a BUILD Transportation Grant. BUILD stands for “Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development.” These are Transportation… Read More