FREE Parking Downtown for Shoppers

From December 3-22, 2018, people who want to shop downtown during the holiday season won’t have to put coins in parking meters. Thanks to a partnership with the City of Springfield and Downtown Springfield Inc., residents and visitors who choose to shop downtown can park for free Monday through Friday, 10 am – 5 pm, through December 22.

As a reminder, metered parking on Saturdays and Sundays is already free all year long– and parking is also free during every scheduled day of the Old Capitol Holiday Walks.

The area where shoppers can park for free during weekdays is at meters between 4th Street to 7th Street and Monroe Street to Washington Street. However, parking illegally or in unlawful areas including bus or loading zones, yellow curb, no parking, and accessible spaces is not allowed at any time.

Shoppers simply need to get a parking permit labeled “Shoppers” from one of the participating businesses listed below and put it on their car’s dashboard nearest the curb to enjoy this holiday parking perk. Merchants will date and sign the permit, which is only good for that day.

Online-Only Deals to Give the Downtown Experience

 

Make memories this year with our curated experience packages by gifting time, not stuff! Our options feed the community economy by supporting local shopping, dining and services. We’ve hand-selected the best places to visit for those hard-to-buy for friends and relatives. Share the beauty of our neighborhood with those you love!

 

 

 


Includes dinner for 2 at Vele ($75), a performance of your choice at Hoogland Center ($50), and a gift card to the SAA Collective Gallery ($25).
Total $150

Includes brews at Buzz Bomb Brewing Co ($20), drink in or carry out at Craft Beer Bar ($25) and dinner & drinks at Obed & Isaac’s Microbrewery $40.
Total $85







Includes coffee & breakfast at Cafe Andiamo ($25), a blowout for 2 at Willow & Birch Salon ($70), and 2 ($15) gift cards to Wild Rose.
Total $125

Includes Kidzeum passes for 4 ($36), Kiddos by Urban Sassafras gift card for Take & Make Project ($25) and lunch for 4 at Cafe Moxo ($40).
Total $100







Includes gift card to Robbie’s for drinks during Friday night jazz ($25), gift card to Recycled Records ($25), and dinner & drinks at Augie’s Front Burner ($100).
Total $150

Includes gift cards to The Roost, Murphy’s Loft & Studio on 6th ($25 each) and lunch & wine at Maldaner’s.
Total $150









Old Capitol Holiday Walks Underway

It’s a tradition of the season that all of Springfield looks forward to…

The Old Capitol Holiday Walks kicked off on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 24, and will run every Saturday afternoon from noon to five pm and every Wednesday evening from 5-8pm through December 22. Many shops are also staying open for convenient Sunday hours from noon to 3 pm.

Plan your visit by checking out the business specials and the activities by date.

Join us on Small Business Saturday for shopping & dining, Santa in the Old State Capitol and more, and stay for the ceremonial Christmas Tree Lighting at 5:30 pm. This year’s tree is a magical creation by Ace Sign Co; wonder and delight will definitely take you over when you see it!

Downtown is charming enough on its own with the historical architecture, brick roads and quaint boutiques, but this time of year, the magic of the season is illuminated throughout the neighborhood. As you stroll down the streets, you are greeted with carolers, a 12-foot Christmas tree, and the horse-drawn carriage circling the Old State Capitol every ten minutes (free for you to jump on and take a ride yourself outside of Del’s Popcorn Shop!).

The downtown shops are always adorable and perfect for finding unique gifts, but shop owners put on quite the display for the holidays with stylized windows and darling decor. Most offer complimentary snacks & beverages during the walks.

Restaurants are filled with familiar faces as you are reminded what a small, big city we live in. (Make your reservations now because this is a very popular time of year for dining out with friends and family!) The City of Springfield’s Public Works Department decorates the street poles with white lights that sparkle against the sunset each evening. Union Station (across from the Lincoln Presidential Museum) puts on a special light show and plays holiday music that echos for blocks and blocks. The Springfield Jaycees host their annual Light Parade on Saturday, December 8 at 5:30 pm.

Be sure to grab your family and friends and make these events part of your holiday tradition. There is nothing more charming than our beautiful downtown neighborhood during the Old Capitol Holiday Walks!

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SPECIAL ACTIVITIES

2018 Holiday Walks Guidebook
Pick up this book full of a comprehensive listing of activities during all of the Holiday Walks at participating downtown shops and partner locations.

Community Christmas Tree Lighting
Saturday, Nov. 24 at 5:30pm

Watch the magic come alive as we light our neighborhood tree, designed and manufactured by Ace Sign Co.

Santa at the Old State Capitol
Saturdays 2pm – 5pm & Wednesdays 5pm – 8pm

Thanks to our friends at the Old State Capitol, visiting Santa is a free “warm” experience with crafts and games along the way so children don’t get bored waiting in line to say hi to Mr. and Mrs. Claus. Candy cane included!

NEW!! Insta-Holiday Photo Room
Saturdays 12pm – 4pm & Wednesdays 5pm – 8pm

Grab your selfie stick and head inside the new Visit Springfield Visitor’s Center (located inside the Lincoln-Herndon Law Office at 6th and the Plaza) for DSI-produced holiday-bedazzled backgrounds for your Instagramming pleasure. Be sure to use the hashtags #holidaywalks and #instalol

Horse Drawn Carriage
Saturdays 1pm – 4pm & Wednesdays 5pm – 8pm (except no carriage on Dec. 1 and 2-5 pm on Dec. 8)

Thanks to DSI’s generous sponsors, hop on this free 10-minute carriage ride with the folks and horses from Red Gate Farm. Pick up is outside of Del’s Popcorn Shop on Sixth Street.

Musical Performances
Saturdays 1pm and 4pm
Wednesdays 6pm

Find some of the area’s best singing groups either inside the Old State Capitol or outside on the Old State Capitol Plaza for their holiday performances.

Festive Union Park Lights & Music
Through January 6, 2019

Drive by the park west of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum to enjoy the display. Inside the Museum, you can take pictures with their giant Christmas tree as the background from 4-5 pm every day and tour the special exhibit (with entry fee), “Holidays at the White House: A Presidential Christmas Exhibit.”

Holiday Windows
The shops are decorated beautifully for the holiday season.

Downtown Guide to Getting Pampered

For many of us, we watched the kids head back to school this week. This brings a little anxiety, as homework is sure to follow, along with running them all over town to club & sport activities. However, it also brings a sense of relief as we settle into a routine. Being that the end of summer can bring so many mixed feelings & stresses, it is the perfect time to spoil ourselves and enjoy a little pampering! Our downtown neighborhood provides opportunities from massage, to manicures, to even an old-fashioned clean shave for men.

 

Moxie Massage

107 S. 7th : 217.725.6597

www.moxiemassage.com

Part of the appeal of Moxie is that they are not a Mega-Spa. You are greeted and treated by the owner and her small staff. It is a hidden gem among a quiet street snuggled in between law offices and empty buildings. When you walk in, the atmosphere is quiet, cozy and tranquil. Moxie offers services different from any other place downtown, including couples massages, and a chocolate wrap that uses actual chocolate (and the natural oils in it) to moisturize skin. Their service menu also includes the basics like deep tissue, swedish massages and a variety of facials. This month, they read our minds and are offering a “Back-to-School Special” that consists of a 30 min massage & mini facial for just $60.

 

 

Dalliance Spa & Salon

314 E. Adams St : 217.303.5242

www.dalliancespasalon.com

Dalliance is popular for their hair & make-up services, although their service list also includes waxing, lash & brow lift & tents, and facials & body treatments. Owner Shandi Brown has created a fun & laid back atmosphere in her salon that is usually filled with chatting & giggling customers. The most unique and stand-out service this salon provides is definitely the make-up options. Their portfolio of airbrush techniques is impressive and you will definitely want to ring them for your next costume party, as their Special Effects Make-up talents are jaw-dropping.

 

Willow & Birch Salon & Boutique

521 E. Washington : 217.726.7050

www.willowandbirchsalon.com

This is your full-service go-to for downtown. Willow & Birch offers everything from expert hair services, to manicures, to body & facial treatments, to even a boutique. Their massive 3-story location is newly renovated and overlooks some of the most beautiful sites in our neighborhood. When you walk in, you immediately feel that you have been transported to a large city salon with a sweet, outgoing staff. The main floor houses check-in and a boutique filled with spa products, trendy clothing, accessories, & home decor. If you are there for hair or nail treatments, you head up to the third floor with a large atrium that looks over the boutique. Their stylists travel to the east & west coast for training to bring you the most up-to-date techniques. If you are there for a facial or waxing, you take the elevator down to the bottom floor where you can enjoy a dim & calming relaxation area while you wait. Willow & Birch uses chemical free & vegan friendly offerings in all of their services.

 

Hair of the Dog Bar/bershop

323 E. Monroe St : 217.670.0699

www.hairofthedogbarbershop.com

“Blades & Bottles” is the tagline of this unique downtown business that pampers Dad in all the right ways. They offer full-service barbering with a full-service bar. Their services include traditional scissor & razor cuts, hot shaves and beard trims. You get the feeling you stepped back 60 years when you walk in, as the vintage, rockabilly atmosphere welcomes you. Through a swing door, you can sit and enjoy craft beer, artisan spirits and/or a glass of fine wine while you wait for your appointment.

 

 

The Roost Adds to their Product Line (and it’s a dream come true…)

Last year, local jewelry maker & shop owner, Rachel Bonney was ready to change up her “Roost” a bit and began thinking of ways to enhance her product offerings. At that point, she had success selling handmade home goods, gifts and artisan jewelry. “I looked around at what Downtown was offering, and I realized there was need for quality, trendy clothing.” explains Bonney, “There are plenty of shops that sell handmade clothing, but because of the extensive work that goes into creating those, the cost is high”.

She started researching wholesale markets and vendors to find the style of clothing that would match her customer’s needs. It’s easy to see that she studied the market well and has brought the latest fashion to her shop. Now, when you walk into The Roost, you will find an entire wall of beautiful dresses, tops, and skirts. The best part? It’s extremely affordable.

As a downtown business owner, you get to know your customer base and Bonney says her main shoppers are urban-styled women who enjoy “simple with a twist”. “Over the years, I’ve had a few people compare The Roost to a local Anthropologie but with more unique offerings.” she says, which is certainly true in her fashion choices. We decided to show just how amazing her new clothing line is below and threw in a few comparisons along with it!

 

A wrap dress is a classic. It accentuates every woman’s curves, is comfy and will never go out of style. This one in particular flaunts warm colors that will easily carry you into autumn evenings. Anthro’s price is $168, The Roost’s price… $30

 

 

Here’s a similar comparison: geometric is huge right now in trends, as is the asymmetrical hemline. The dresses above feature both of these, but Anthro’s price is $158 and The Roost’s price is just a fraction at… $30

 

 

Embroidery isn’t just for our grandmothers’ hand-towels anymore. This intricate art has been showing up in fashion for the last couple years and makes it’s boldest statement in simple black & white. Anthro’s price (on sale) is $59.95. The Roost’s… an easy $24

 

 

Next up, we have the romper… comfy, feminine, and oh so darling in pink! Throw over your swimsuit as a cover-up, or brave the hot summer evenings and wear as a sexy statement. We found a comparison for this one at Free People ($88), versus The Roost… $30

 

 

Fringe & flow is the perfect way to make your cozy weekend stylish. Above, in shades of blue & green, you can take your choice at the details of how to pull it off. But, at Free People’s price of $128, and The Roost’s price of $26, we think we know which way you’ll go.

 

So, forget any misconceptions that downtown boutiques are expensive and limited… nothing could be further from the truth! Stop by The Roost next time you need a little retail therapy and shop owner, Rachel Bonney will help you find your best style without breaking your wallet.

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