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5 ways to celebrate romance on Valentine’s Day, and 2 ways to avoid it, in Downtown Springfield

February 01, 2019

Can you feel it? That’s love in the air. Valentine’s Day is now less than two weeks away, so it’s time to show your special person how much you love them. Struggling to come up with a plan? Here are five ways you can give your sweetheart the date they deserve Feb. 14. Dinner at… Read More


Auctioneer Kirk Emlquist at the 2018 Downtown Springfield Awards & Auction
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Bid on fun, benefit charity at 2019 Downtown Awards & Auction

January 24, 2019

The 2019 Downtown Springfield Awards & Auction is a night to celebrate the people and businesses that make downtown so special. It’s also a night to give back to the community. Both silent and live auction items will be up for grabs during the event, Jan. 31 at The Old Glass Place. The live auction,… Read More


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Four ways to beat the winter blahs in Downtown Springfield

January 18, 2019

Have the winter blahs got you down? That’s understandable. It happens to millions of Americans every year. But you don’t have to suffer, not when there are so many things to do in Downtown Springfield. Here are four ways to brighten your world as we wait for spring to arrive. 1. Challenge your brain Get… Read More


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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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Have a New Year’s health resolution? Head Downtown to make it a reality.

December 27, 2018

New Year, who dis? A study by Statista found that 45 percent of Americans who made New Year’s resolutions for 2018 wanted to lose weight or get in shape. Is that on your list for 2019? There are plenty of great resources in Downtown Springfield to help you get on track in the new year…. Read More


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Give the unexpected this Christmas

December 20, 2018

You could get your favorite movie lover a gift card to their favorite theater, and that would be a pretty swell gift. But what if they wanted a more immersive movie experience? And, no, we don’t mean like 3D, IMAX or Smell-O-Vision. We’re talking about the Rated SGF Film Festival, a uniquely Springfield experienced, dedicated… 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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We’re Hiring a Member Relations Coordinator!

December 11, 2018

Do you have top-notch organizational skills? Are you a creative problem solver who loves working with people? You might be just the person we’re looking for! The Downtown Springfield Association seeks qualified applicants for its Member Relations Coordinator position. It’s a part-time, contract position that runs from early January through June 30, 2019. The successful… Read More


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The 2018 Downtown Springfield Christmas Parade: Behind the numbers.

December 06, 2018

A holiday tradition returns at 2 p.m. Dec. 8 when the 2018 Downtown Springfield Christmas Parade marches through Park Central Square. The parade is presented by Penmac Staffing. This year’s parade theme is “Wonders of Christmas.” It honors the incredible accomplishments of Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium. That venue drew 1.6… Read More