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Downtown Business Spotlight

Your 2018 guide to watching football in Downtown Springfield

August 30, 2018

September is here. That means it’s time for three things: football, football and more football. Missouri State kicks off the 2018 season Thursday, Aug. 30, with a 7 p.m. trip to Oklahoma State. Mizzou and Arkansas both host home games Saturday, Sept. 1, at 3 p.m. The Tigers play Tennessee-Martin. The Razorbacks play Eastern Illinois…. Read More


Historical photo of Park Central Square
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Impress your friends with five facts about Park Central Square

August 29, 2018

You’ve been to countless events at Park Central Square. You’ve probably strolled through a few times on a gorgeous Ozarks evening.   But how much do you know about the centerpiece of Downtown Springfield? Here are five facts. The square is 183 years old. A Kickapoo chieftain gifted John Polk Campbell a good-sized tract of… Read More


A mom jumps for joy in front of her embarassed children
Downtown Business Spotlight

A Downtown Springfield back-to-school guide. For parents.

August 16, 2018

Back-to-school time can bring mixed emotions for parents. There’s the emotional strain of watching our babies grow up and move on to the next grade. There’s also the sigh of relief that comes with some freedom in our schedules during the day. If you’re looking to beat the blues or enjoy some me time, Downtown… Read More


Classic cars driving down Route 66 in Springfield
Downtown Business Spotlight

Six ways to get your kicks at the Birthplace of Route 66 Festival

August 09, 2018

A crowd of more than 53,000 people will come to Downtown Springfield Aug. 10-11 for the Birthplace of Route 66 Festival. That’s more people than live in nearby Nixa and Ozark combined. And there will be plenty to entertain everyone at the free event. We’re talking car and motorcycle shows, a BBQ Throwdown, 6.6K run,… Read More


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Downtown Springfield restaurants chow down on Feast 50 awards

August 02, 2018

Downtown Springfield establishments cleaned up in the 2018 Feast 50 Awards. Feast Magazine announced the winners in its August 2018 issue. Downtown restaurants won 19 first place honors and 13 runners-up across 26 of the 50 categories. The Order is first Leading the way in awards is The Order, located inside Hotel Vandivort. That restaurant… Read More


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Do good in Downtown Springfield

July 26, 2018

“What is the essence of life? To serve others and do good.” — Aristotle Downtown is a great place to live, work and play. It’s also a great place to volunteer. There are plenty of opportunities to give back to the community and help others. Saturday, July 28, Finnegan’s Wake is partnering with the James… Read More


Pencil sketch of Wild Bill Hickok's 1865 shootout with Davis Tutt
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Wild Bill Hickok and Davis Tutt made Wild West history on Park Central Square

July 21, 2018

  James Butler “Wild Bill” Hickok and Davis Tutt made odd friends. Hickok had been a scout for the Union Army. Tutt was a Confederate Army veteran. Maybe it should be no surprise the friendship soured and ended in the first recorded one-on-one quick draw shootout in the United States. And it happened on Park… Read More


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Walnut Street’s evolution continues

July 19, 2018

Downtown Springfield’s evolution continues. A stroll down Walnut Street makes that obvious. Owner Chris Slater moved The Albatross Hookah Lounge & Fine Tobacco Emporium down the street, from 320 East Walnut to 406-A and 408 West Walnut. That move tripled his business in size to 6,000 square feet. The new location allowed Slater to separate… Read More


Guardians of the Galaxy platinum record
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Why does a platinum record hang in a Downtown Springfield business?

July 12, 2018

Walk through the restored original doors at 309 East Water St. in Downtown Springfield. Peek at the wall behind the long, wooden counter. You’re not imagining things. A platinum record hangs on the wall at National Audio Company. It’s a thank-you gift from The Walt Disney Company. Disney wouldn’t have sold 1,000,000 copies of the… Read More


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Downtown is abuzz with activity after weird midweek holiday

July 05, 2018

It was a little strange celebrating Independence Day in the middle of the week. A lot of Springfieldians didn’t get the luxury of a long weekend. Bummed? Don’t be! Head Downtown for lots of fun July 5-8, including two more fireworks shows! Fireworks at Hammons Field The Springfield Cardinals are finishing up a six-game homestand…. Read More