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Downtowner Patty Smulski Wins Bridal Stylist of the Year

February 08, 2018

Normans Bridal, one of downtown’s celebrated bridal shops known for its impeccable window displays, celebrates its 38th anniversary this year. That’s definitely something to be proud of, but Normans has another big reason to celebrate. Normans recently took to Facebook Live to announce that Sales Manager Patty Smulski was named the 2018 Bridal Stylist of… Read More

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McQueary family, downtown business owners honored at annual Downtown Awards

February 05, 2018

The Downtown Springfield Association hosted the annual Downtown Awards and Auction on the evening of February 1, 2018. The event, which attracted nearly 200 Downtowners, recognized several individuals and groups for their contributions to downtown—including the McQueary family, the 2018 recipients of the Tom Billionis Lifetime Achievement Award. The Tom Billionis Lifetime Achievement Award was created… Read More

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6 Ways 2017 was the Best Year Ever for Downtown Springfield

January 31, 2018

More people are living, working and playing in downtown Springfield than ever before. In honor of tomorrow’s Downtown Awards and Auction, we’re looking back on a major year of development and growth for the downtown community. Between increased housing and some new faces around the Downtown Springfield Association office, we’ve been busy. Here are some… Read More

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2018 Downtown Auction Packages Announced

January 23, 2018

Champagne at the ready: The Annual Downtown Awards and Auction will take place Thursday, February 1. We’re excited to unveil the winners of our Downtown Awards, but we’re equally jazzed about the awesome packages we’re auctioning off. These packages are your ticket to the best food, beer, art and experiences downtown Springfield has to offer…. Read More

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Pint-Sized Art Available at Upcoming Rosette Studios Miniature Art Show

January 22, 2018

Lovers of tiny art, unite: Rosette Studios will host a miniature art show featuring 3” x 3” works in February and March. According to Rosette Studios owner Bridget Koonce, the show is focused on “bringing art to everyone.” Community members are invited to submit regardless of their artistic background. Each piece will be priced at… Read More

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Hotel Vandivort Announces Expansion

January 16, 2018

Hotel Vandivort is expanding. Hotel representatives announced today that the expansion will include the construction of an additional 42,000 sqft building. The adjacent building will feature 48 additional guest rooms with upscale design, meeting space and the addition of valet service. Crowning this new development will be The Vantage, a five-story rooftop bar open to… Read More

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5 Ways to Warm Up in Downtown Springfield

January 10, 2018

We’re in the middle of a major cold snap (outside of this week’s freaky upper-fifties temps, that is). When it’s cold outside, it can be tempting to lock yourself in your house with a cup of tea and a Netflix marathon. However, there are plenty of ways to warm up that don’t involve a hermit-like… Read More

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Ring in the New Year in Downtown Springfield

December 15, 2017

2017 has been quite a year. Welcome 2018 the downtown Springfield way with live music, glittery parties, stand-up comedy and more. Noon Year’s Eve Head to the Discovery Center for groovy vibes and disco dancing for the whole family. Celebrate the “Science of the Seventies” with this daytime New Year’s party occurring on Saturday, December… Read More

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Downtown Springfield: A Holiday Tradition

December 01, 2017

By Sony Hocklander, 2017 Christmas Parade Grand Marshal Christmas storytelling has been a tradition in my family since long before we moved to the Ozarks. That tradition has flourished in Springfield. When my grown sons were young, we’d gather nightly around the lighted tree where I’d weave a continuing holiday story, making it up as… Read More

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The Winter Blues are No Match for Sculpture Walk

November 28, 2017

By Shannon Hruska, Sculpture Walk Springfield It’s true what they say—there’s no place like downtown for the holidays! Last weekend’s Park Central Square tree lighting kicked off a bevy of holiday fun downtown for the whole family. The Christmas tree is lit, and Springfield is invited downtown to enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides, ice skating, Christmas… Read More