Downtown is The Place for Last-Minute Valentine's Shopping

    Let Us Help You With the Annual Scramble!

    All Week: Recycled Records is in the midst of their 36th annual Record Riot, which means everything in the store is on sale, including a great selection of gold, silver and costume jewelry.

    All Week: Dalliance Spa & Salon is offering Chocolate Decadence Body Treatment and Express Facial for $120; or just the Body Treatment for $75. Kendra and Maggie are also offering 20% off color services throughout February.

    Wed/Feb. 10: Let's Walk About Love Progressive Dining & Shopping Experience. Two retailers and a restaurant are teaming up to offer a progressive dinner. It will start after 5 pm at Urban Sassafras, where you can shop the entire store at 14% off and receive a free handmade arrow with complimentary refreshments. Next you will walk down to The Roost and shop the entire store at 14% off and collect your free handmade heart and have "more" complimentary refreshments. You will then walk down to Maldaner's and receive a complimentary dessert with a $25 purchase per person.

    Sat/Feb 13: Vintage Tour Self-Guided Shop Hop. 10 downtown and connected neighborhood locations are offering prizes, tidbits and charms as you shop -- including an embellishment at each location for a snazzy, new necklace!

    Sat/Feb 13: Take your honey on an insider's architecture tour at the Dana Thomas House. Longtime volunteer Larry Betz will discuss design principles behind Wright's "Prairie School" architecture and will show you the home in a way you may have never seen it before. Perfect timing, 10:15 am and 1:15 pm, to grab lunch downtown before or after!

    Weekend/Feb. 13 & 14: Augie's Front Burner will be open at 5 pm on both Saturday and Sunday, featuring a Special Dinner. (Augie's is usually closed on Sunday, but will be open on Feb 14).

    Weekend/Feb. 13 & 14: Valentine's Murder Mystery Weekend at the Inn at 835. A charity event ito support the American Cancer Society, Relay for Life. There are three dinner times to choose from, with a different murder mystery at each dinner. Tickets are $50.

    Sun/Feb. 14: Driftwood Cocktails & Eatery has a special Valentine's Day menu or you can purchase off their regular, tasty menu too.

    Meet Nathan Bishop

    DSI's New Program Director

    CLUE Group analysis of DSI and our downtown in Nov. 2012 strongly urged a new strategic course for our organization. As the "principal organization charged with revitalizing the downtown district," they wrote, "it is the logical home for expanded economic development services."

    This well-conceived report, along with the SDAT report --combined with feedback from our member businesses--led us to create a Program Director position that would be focused more on retailer foot traffic than festivals.

    With career stops in Denver and St. Louis, Nathan is an urban planner who moved to Springfield two years ago with his wife and daughter. When they lived in St. Louis, Nathan worked at the Redevelopment Corporation in The Grove Neighborhood. While there, he:

    • served as project coordinator for initiatives addressing economic development, urban planning, real estate, marketing and safety;
    • worked with neighbors, businesses and the large institutions (Barnes and Washington U) to create and implement programs;
    • and developed events that tied retailers and consumers together, including IndiHop (which DSI is going to check out via road trip this May. Let us know if you are interested).

    In Springfield, Nathan has worked at IDOT as a Planning Specialist, co-founded the online community Springfield Forward, and participated in multiple SDAT committees. He is raring to use his use his time and talents downtown, and we're thrilled to have them. He will start on February 15.

    DSI will release our 2016 Schedule of Events, including the Old Capitol Farmers Market, in February. If you’d like to be notified of the season calendar when it is announced, please email the office.

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