Art Pop-Up Comes to Downtown Alley

Get ready to experience local art in the most unexpected venue. Downtown Springfield, Inc. (DSI) invites you to a one-night takeover and transformation of a boring downtown alley into a big city art club. The Art Alley Pop-Up takes place on Thursday, June 29 from 5-9 pm. Enjoy art, syncopated music and light show, an interactive mural, plus appetizers by Augie’s Front Burner and Floyd’s Thirst Parlor beverages!

Tickets are $15 at the door, which include admission and appetizers with proceeds benefiting downtown revitalization. All ages are encouraged and welcomed to attend. Our first ever alley party in the alley between the Reisch Building & the Old Town Mall between 4th & 5th Streets, just west of the Old State Capitol.

This event is made possible with partnership from Springfield Art Association and generous support from Neuhoff Media, Solomon Colors, AARP Illinois, Crawford Murphy and Tilly, Don Smith Paints and PPG Paints.

A music and light show will be produced in coordination by Neuhoff and Chicago light artist Brandon Mojica of ProSource. Art Alley will include a paint by colors mural for event goers to leave there own mark downtown. The south wall will feature 30+ local hanging art pieces with the north wall comprising of two larger scale murals by local artists Laura Zuniga and Immanuel Ahiable.

Laura Zuniga is ART BY ZUNIGA.  She is an emerging artist currently residing in Springfield, IL.  Zuniga attended Benedictine University in Springfield. She completed her Bachelor’s in Studio Arts at Benedictine University in Lisle, IL.  Zuniga is a museum full of potential art projects that hopes will open people’s eyes.  She looks to bring many more creations that will tell stories and be appreciated by individuals who admire art just as much as she does.  Her mural Lion Chaser was inspired by Chase the Lion, a book about pursuing your dreams, given to her by a close friend who believes in her dreams as an artist.  The book is about going after your dreams.

”It inspired me and gave me the courage to pursue what God has placed in my heart,” Zuniga says. “Since I came to Springfield in the summer of ’08, it has always been a dream of mine to paint a mural downtown. The mural depicts this opportunity that I was blessed with and I hope that it will encourage other generations to do the same, to chase their lion.”

Immanuel Ahiable, a new exhibiting member at the SAA Collective gallery in Springfield, has incorporated visual art into his life. His mural, In Loving Memory, is inspired by the recent passing of his grandfather and his families roots in Ghana, West Africa. His passing brought new perspective to Ahiable’s life. The mural prominently featured the words of If a poem by Rudyard Kipling.

“Ever since the age of 4, and even before as a young boy who had just moved to the US, I always had a strong desire to create,” says Ahiable. “Visual arts always had a certain consistency in my life. It made sense to me that that this was my way of communication. I will use it to make the most beneficial impact on the world that I live in.”

Zuniga and Ahiables work has already in progress on the alley walls…So if you love art, murals, experiences, downtown or just want a big city feel for one night, drop in after work and kick-off the Fourth of July weekend in a new unique hip way!

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Lavender & Laine Vintage Market Comes to Washington St. this Saturday

Rebekah Lindvall and Family

Scouring flea markets for antiques has long been a favorite pastime for Springfieldians Chelsea Ewald and Rebekah Lindvall; however, it wasn’t until a year ago that the two realized they were constantly driving OUT of Springfield to attend such events. According to Lindvall, “Once we had that epiphany, it struck us that perhaps bringing a market to Springfield might be a worthwhile endeavor.” After mulling it over, Ewald and Lindvall decided to give it a shot and the Lavender & Laine Vintage Market was born.

Neither of the two organizers has a background in business and readily admit that they have been learning as they go. One of the first decisions they needed to make included selecting a location for their market. Ewald states that there was only ever one location they were truly interested in.

Chelsea Ewald and family.

“We knew immediately that downtown Springfield would be the most ideal place to host this event,” she says. She explains that the downtown vibe was exactly what they were looking for. “We love downtown Springfield and have long been patrons of its shops and restaurants. But its history is what really made us land on this area for our location.”

The market will be located right in front of the Old State Capitol Building on Washington Street. The two believe it will be the perfect place for their 30 vendors to sell antiques, vintage and handmade items. Should this year’s market thrive, they plan to make it an annual event.

The Lavender & Laine Vintage Market makes its downtown debut this Saturday, June 10 from 9am-4pm. Admission is $5 at the entrance (found at both 5th and 6th Street) and children under 12 are free. The Market will feature great shopping, live music, décor demonstrations, a photo booth, a kids craft area and more.

Learn more by going to the Lavender and Laine website or by visiting their Facebook page.

Lavender & Laine Vintage Market is a great addition to your downtown weekend! The Old Capitol Farmers Market takes place from 8 am – 12:30 pm, and there are Frank Lloyd Wright birthday commemoration concerts and more. Plus all of our special shops, restaurants and bars. Check out DSI’s events calendar for all of the details.

Frank Lloyd Wright’s 150th – and his relationship to Downtown

Downtown Springfield is super lucky to be chock-full of history and significant historical buildings — including the Dana Thomas House at 4th and Cook.  It was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, whom some consider America’s finest architect of all time. The Dana Thomas House Foundation and Springfield Historic Sites staff are giving you multiple opportunities to celebrate the great architect’s birthday this month (It is tomorrow, June 8!). Plus DSI is dedicating the most recent mural in our ARTification Public Art Project – which pays homage to Wright and his Dana Thomas designs in a big way, this month.

The Dana Thomas House is located at 301 E Lawrence Ave. Tours are available 9 AM – 4 PM, Wed-Sun, 10 AM – 2 PM Mondays and Tuesdays. All of these events listed above the ** line take place at the House.

Thursday, June 8 – THE BIG DAY
Enjoy refreshments in the Sumac Shop; Take a birthday photo with Frank Lloyd Wright; Now available, all new Wright in Springfield 2018 Calendar.

Friday, June 9, 10:15 AM and 1:15 PM Tour: Wright Concepts
All events are free however reservations are required and donations are suggested. Contact the House at 217-782-6776 for concert and tour reservations.

Saturday, June 10, 1:15 PM NEW Tour: The Restoration of the Dana-Thomas House
All events are free however reservations are required and donations are suggested. Contact the House at 217-782-6776 for concert and tour reservations.

Saturday, June 10, 6 PM Concert: Frank Lloyd Wright in Words and Music — Join acclaimed musicians David Cain and Larry Gray for an exploration of Frank Lloyd Wright’s legacy through music and words.
All events are free however reservations are required and donations are suggested. Contact the House at 217-782-6776 for concert and tour reservations.

Saturday, June 24, 1:15 PM NEW Tour: The Restoration of the Dana-Thomas House
All events are free however reservations are required and donations are suggested. Contact the House at 217-782-6776 for concert and tour reservations.

Sunday June 25, 11:15 AM and 1:15 PM NEW Tour: Animals and Architects — Designed for families. Animals and Architects is a 30 minute tour that will begin with an activity in the courtyard and explore representations of animals inside the house.
All events are free however reservations are required and donations are suggested. Contact the House at 217-782-6776 for concert and tour reservations.

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Thursday, June 22 from 4-5 pm
Join DSI for the Public Dedication of the Frank Lloyd Wright window mural on the back of the building at 5th and Monroe. Say you’ll be there on Facebook>

“Prairie Sumac,” painted by Springfield artist Troy Freeman, is from a Frank Lloyd Wright window design that can be seen locally at the Dana-Thomas House. Thanks to the City of Springfield, sponsorship from AIA Illinois, building owner Curtis Tillett, and the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation for making this mural a reality.

The Man Behind the Mail

Everybody knows OJ, the mail carrier for the Old State Capitol Route! But how MUCH do you know about OJ?

Harry Crowder AKA “OJ” delivers mail and packages to many of us in the downtown area. But mail is not all he brings with him — we are also the daily recipients of his generous and warm spirit! No matter what kind of day one has, OJ’s standard good mood is sure to brighten it. With his big smile, warm heart, and listening ear he is always a joy to see.

OJ was born and raised in Chatham, and graduated from Chatham High School in 1990. He got his nickname from his Mom, who didn’t want to have him come running every time she yelled for his Dad, who he shares his first name with.

From Chatham, he went on to join the Air Force, where he worked as a Fuel Systems Specialist. When his Air Force base closed in 1992, he decided to join the postal service. That means that OJ has worked for USPS for 24 years. During that time, he has been gifted with three children; Jordan 23, Kaitlyn 20, and Braiden 14.

OJ also is the proud bearer of a bowling record that still stands six years later: 34 out of 36 strikes during a game at Laketown Lanes for a score of 886.

What does OJ like most about downtown Springfield? It’s definitely the festivals. One event, especially, holds a special place in his heart: Old Capitol Blues and BBQ (which DSI ran for many years). OJ was there at the very first Blues & BBQ Festival in 2004 to cook up some delicious barbeque. You can still find him at several downtown festivals, volunteering to serve you a cold one at the beer truck.

OJ also loves downtown during the Christmas holidays and is a fan of too many local eateries and bars to mention. “I’d like to see more growth in local tourism, and hope that word will continue to spread about all that downtown Springfield has to offer,” he says with a grin.

DSI’s Downtown Architectural Walking Tour

Lincoln’s law office was in this building above the Tinsley Grocery Store.

DSI’s popular and free architecture walking tour will fascinate people of all ages. The 1-1/2 hour walk is led by Anthony Rubano of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, who discusses downtown Springfield’s architectural styles, materials, and treatments. Rubano also points out design successes and areas for improvement along the way in an entertaining presentation that covers six different areas of downtown over the course of the season. Just as nice, a downtown establishment hosts the tour participants for a complimentary reception at the end of the walk. Cheers to that!

Thanks to the Illinois Realtors for being our 2017 season sponsor!

When: 5:30 pm on the 1st Wednesday of the month, May-October

Where: Meet at the Lincoln family statutes on the southeast corner of the Old State Capitol State Historic Site EXCEPT FOR JULY* when participants should meet at 2nd and Capitol in front of the Lincoln Statue.

Details on the rest of the 2017 season:

June 3: (South on 6th)

  • historic Tinsley Dry Goods
  • Maldaner’s Restaurant
  • Booth and Ferguson Buildings
  • Firestone
  • Hoogland Center for the Arts

Reception: Obed and Isaac’s

The August reception will be held at the renovated headquarters of the state’s American Institute of Architects association.

*July 5: (Capitol Campus)

  • New State Capitol
  • State Armory
  • Supreme Court
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Centennial Building

Reception: Pasfield House (ice cream!)

August 2: (West on Washington)

  • West on Adams/Plaza
  • North on 5th/ Myers and Broadwell
  • West on Washington/ St. Nick Apartments
  • 3rd Street Train Station

Reception: AIA Illinois

September 6: (West on Adams)

  • Kidzeum in former Schnepp and Barnes Printing
  • 400 Block of Adams
  • Sangamo Club
  • State House Inn

Reception: Arlington’s

October 4: (South on 5th)

  • former Herndon’s Department Store
  • First United Methodist Church
  • Jackson Street
  • AT&T Building

Reception: The Pharmacy

 

 

Farmers Market is HERE!

Wonder what’s fresh for the 2017 season of the Old Capitol Farmers Market? “Lettuce” tell you!

This market season–in addition to the fresh, local, in-season produce and value-added products you are used to–we’ll offer music, chef demos, family workouts, and more!

We’re so pleased that the great staff of Illinois Stewardship Alliance are once again managing the day-to-day operations of our Market, which was voted the #1 Reason to Come Downtown by Illinois Times readers last year. We’re also glad to welcome the Springfield Area Arts Council as a partner, who has lined up a whole season of Saturday music for you to shop by.

Join us Wednesday and Saturday mornings, from 8a – 12:30 pm, all spring and summer and fall, through Halloween at the Market on October 28.

ON SALE THIS WEEK
locally grown and delicious asparagus, cabbage, greens, leeks, lettuce, onions, peas, radishes, rhubarb, spinach, sprouts, squash, strawberries and tomatoes picked at peak ripeness by our fantastic growers

WED. MAY 17 ACTIVITIES
Enjoy a t-shirt tote-making station, a “pop-up Library” courtesy of Lincoln Library, and a 7:30 am group bike ride from Washington Park to the Market as part of “Curb your Car” week.

SATURDAY CRISS-CROSS LAYOUT

Click the link to the right to download this map in a version you can actually read!

On Saturdays, the market goes all “cross-cross!” In addition to vendors on Adams Street from 3rd to 5th, our Market Advisory Committee suggested we ramp up the safety by closing the 4th Street “crossing” and host vendors on 4th Street as well, from the alley west of the USPS, to the alley west of Resource One. Patrons are invited to park for free again in the Resource One parking lot, entering using 3rd Street, on Saturdays only. The city parking garage at 4th and Washington will be open for $5 as well, accessible by Washington Street. Download the map>

SAT. MAY 20 ACTIVITIES

WNNS FM will be broadcasting live when the Market opens at 8 am.

At 9 am: You and the kids can participate in a free family workout hosted by the YMCA.
Or watch and learn how to prepare fresh whole food from Chef Higgins in the Hy-Vee Healthy Cooking Tent.

At 10:30 am, we’ll host our official ribbon cutting with Mayor Langfelder and the Iles Middle School marching band. Don’t forget to say hi to your favorite returning vendors and meet some new ones AND have a free piece of Opening Day Cake provided by Incredibly Delicious.

After the official ribbon cutting,  From 10-noon, Mike Anderson will be serenading shoppers.

NEW SERVICE – CHEF CREATED, MARKET INGREDIENT, MEAL KITS!
Do you love a meal kit delivery service, but wish you could support local farmers while you eat it?! Have your rhubarb cake and eat it too by trying out the Farmers Market version prepared by Chef Ryan Lewis. On Saturday, May 27, he will have a take and make meal option for sale featuring herb roasted chicken and asparagus and sorrel salad with raspberry and rhubarb vinaigrette. For veggie lovers, he will have cornmeal pancakes and fried egg sauteed asparagus and radish with lemon and chive.

See you at the market!

The Old Capitol Farmers Market is sponsored by HSHS St. John’s Hospital and managed by Illinois Stewardship Alliance on behalf of Downtown Springfield Inc. Springfield Area Arts Council is partnering this year to provide live music on Saturdays.

DSI Announces Details for Summer Festival July 14-15

VIP Tickets and Online Deals are Available Now>

Last year after Downtown Springfield Inc.’s successful-but-sizzling Bacon Throwdown festival, the organization polled restaurants to find out which ingredient or style of food they wanted to compete over in 2017. The resounding response was, ‘Let us do our own style and showcase our signature dishes.’ So this summer, DSI is moving its long-time food and music festival back to a “Taste” format.

However, downtown has added a lot of new, creative entrepreneurs to the scene since the last time DSI hosted the “Taste,” and going back to that same concept didn’t feel quite right to the committee.

“We’ve been actively looking to sprinkle the weird and wonderful in downtown,” said Lisa Clemmons Stott, DSI’s Executive Director. “We’ve also been on a mission to remind Springfield why it has always loved its downtown. One of our committee members remembered that Springfield’s own Vachel Lindsay had written one novel, a utopian story of Springfield set in 2018, and the idea flew from there.”

The Amaranth Apple is a mystical fruit in Lindsay’s 1920 novel, “The Golden Book of Springfield,” which grew from seeds planted by Johnny Appleseed in the deceased (or was he?) skull/body of the fictional founder of Springfield, Hunter Kelly. Lindsay’s future Springfield shows socially and religiously awakened residents who have transformed his hometown into a utopian paradise that could serve as a guide to all of America.

And “he who eats of the Amaranth Apple” is filled with love for the eternal beauty of Springfield.

ISRINGHAUSEN RETURNS AS PREMIER SPONSOR

Isringhausen Imports returns as premier sponsor of the summer festival. The money raised at the event funds DSI’s non-profit mission to champion and revitalize the downtown district. “We love downtown and we appreciate the work that DSI is doing to revitalize the neighborhood. We couldn’t be more pleased to support this festival which brings thousands of people to the district,” said Geoff Isringhausen, President and CEO.

Vachel Lindsay was born in a home at 5th and Edwards, which is still maintained by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency as a historic site. Lindsay became famous in his day as a traveling bard whose dramatic delivery in public readings helped keep appreciation for poetry as a spoken art alive in the American Midwest. Today he is not only considered a precursor of modern spoken word and hip hop but also of film critique.

“We’re excited to partner with DSI to raise the profile of native son Vachel Lindsay, who impacted the world of art and culture significantly,” said Lisa Higgs, board president of the Vachel Lindsay Association. The Association is programming the new Lindsay Lounge and a second stage to feature the arts and culture of Springfield.

DSI is also seeking sponsors for a Whiskey Lounge and a Wine Lounge, in addition to Coors and craft beer products provided by Beverage Sponsor Chick Fritz Distributing. Contact us for the Festival Sponsor Deck.

Organizers expect at least 25 restaurants to take part this year, with a “hint” of the mystical fruit in each bite. The registration materials are going out soon.

MUSIC HEADLINER

This year’s Saturday music headliner is Matthew Sweet, whose 1991 album “Girlfriend” is heralded as one of the decade’s most critically acclaimed albums and is known for such hits as “Girlfriend,” “Ugly Truth,” “Sick of Myself,” and “Time Capsule.”

After spending the ’80s as a jangle pop guitarist with Oh-OK and Lloyd Cole, as well as a solo artist, Matthew Sweet emerged in 1991 as the leading figure of the American power pop revival. Like his British counterparts Teenage Fanclub, Sweet adhered to traditional song craft, yet subverted the form by adding noisy post-punk guitar and flourishes of country-rock, resulting in an amalgam of the Beatles, Big Star, R.E.M., and Neil Young. Recorded with guitarists Richard Lloyd and Robert Quine, Sweet’s third album, Girlfriend (1991), became a word-of-mouth critical and commercial hit over the course of 1992, with its title track reaching the Top Five on the Modern Rock charts. For the next five years, as alternative rock was the dominant commercial force in rock & roll, Sweet became a very popular concert attraction and solidified his reputation as the premiere alternative pop singer/songwriter. His next two records, Altered Beast (1993) and 100% Fun (1995) were both critically acclaimed and successful albums, reaching platinum status and making many year-end best-of lists.

Sweet recently completed his new album Forever Tomorrow, recorded at his new studio – Black Squirrel Submarine – in Omaha where he now lives. Matthew engineered, performed on guitars, keyboards, bass and god knows what else, sang lead and background vocals and mixed the recordings. The record was mastered for CD, vinyl and download at the famed Abbey Road Studios in London by Sean Magee, a long time veteran at the studio. Sean won a Grammy for his Beatles reissues, and has recently won accolades for his remastering of the John Lennon solo catalog reissues. The record will be released on June 16, 2017 on Sweet’s label – Honeycomb Hideout – with label support and distribution provided by Sony/ RED Distribution, LLC.

He also backed Mike Myers as Austin Powers (along with Susanna Hoffs) in the faux band Ming Tea in two Austin Powers movies. The Lincoln, Nebraska native also was hired as a consultant on the 2014 Tim Burton film “Big Eyes,” with many of the Margaret Keane paintings in the film coming from Sweet’s extensive collection.

FULL MUSIC LINEUP

Friday, July 14
Josh Reilly (Springfield native)
Amy Benton (Springfield)
Miles Nielsen and the Rusted Hearts (Rockford)
Chuck Mead (Nashville)

Saturday, July 15
Bruiser Queen (St. Louis)
The Starter Jackets (Springfield)
Captain Ivory (Detroit)
The Handcuffs (Chicago)
Matthew Sweet (Omaha)
The Cold Stares (Nashville)

Meet Downtown’s New NPO- Brian Harhausen

Brian Harhausen was born and raised in Mason City, IL. He later moved to Williamsville, where he attended high school and graduated from in 1996. Shortly after, Harhausen moved to Springfield, where he attended a few community colleges and finally settled down at the University of Illinois- Springfield where he finished his four- year degree in Psychology in 2003.

Harhausen’s first job right out of school was at a special education school in Sangamon County called SAS Ed. He served as a teacher’s aide. “Back then I had no intentions of becoming a police officer,” he said. Harhausen’s career goal was to become a school psychologist, which would require an extra four years of school. He had to make the decision to either further his education and spend more time in school or start a career.

Teacher’s Aide Turned Neighborhood Police Officer

After many conversations with the school police officers at SAS Ed, Harhausen learned that there were multiple job opportunities available at the Springfield Police Department and he decided to go for it. Harhausen applied for a position and landed his first job with the police department in 2007 with their Street Crime Unit, later moving to midnights and finally ending up as Downtown Springfield’s newest Neighborhood Police Officer (NPO) at the start of 2017.

What Role Does an NPO Play?

An NPO is designed to address ongoing issues in specific neighborhoods. Harhausen is responsible for Beat 200 which encompasses the Downtown area. He works with all the businesses, organizations and merchants with whatever issues they might be having. The job was essentially created to be a liaison between a neighborhood and the police department so that there was someone whom people would feel comfortable contacting whenever an issue arose.

According to Harhausen, it is vital for residents and merchants to have a good relationship with the police department because it builds up a trust between the two and it speeds up the process of solving any issues in the area. He urges merchants and individuals to relay any issues to the police department the instant that they occur, so that police know what they are dealing with right away and can quickly address those issues.

The Springfield Police Department has made many efforts to keep Springfield a safe area to live, work and play. Some of these efforts include: bar closing details to ensure that bars close smoothly without incident, alcohol and tobacco stings which reinforce legal protocols, and neighborhood walks so that officers can meet residents individually and introduce themselves to the community. Harhausen believes that Downtown is safe overall. “There is always room for improvement. As businesses continue to thrive, the amount of patrons coming downtown will increase and this in turn will give the perception that downtown is a safe place,” he said. His hope for the future of downtown and the city as a whole is to do anything that helps to facilitate business growth.

Downtown homelessness and panhandling is something that is brought up a lot among business owners and residents. Harhausen believes that downtown partners are on the right track to addressing this nationwide epidemic. “From a police officer’s perspective, there are resources available for those that might be homeless downtown… we can refresh DSI’s program so that people know to donate money to organizations in Springfield that provide services for the homeless, that way residents aren’t giving money directly to panhandlers,” said Harhausen.

Officer Harhausen loves his job regardless of some of the unappealing issues he deals with on a regular basis. “I enjoy tackling difficult issues. One of the things that drew me into education at the beginning was that I could be a part of a person’s personal life, in the sense that I could help them out. In police work I tend to come into people’s lives when they are not in the best situation. It feels good to be able to try and help people out of what ever situation they are in whether it’s good or bad,” he said.

Officer Harhausen is married to Angela and has three children. Hannah is 14, River is 12 and Ava is 8. On his day off, Harhausen enjoys taking his children to the President Abraham Lincoln Museum and going to Obed and Isaac’s with his wife. He has served as a Springfield police officer for ten years.

Contact

The non-emergency number at the Police Department is 217-788-8325. If you are a downtown business and don’t have Officer Harhausen’s digits in your own phone, contact the DSI office at 217-544-1723.

All the Female Entrepreneurs

For International Women’s Day, we did a Facebook collage of nine of our female proprietors. The community responded with more names of their favorites, so we decided to make a blog post that encompasses more of Downtown’s #ladybosses. “Who runs the world, GIRLS!”

Jeannie from Wild Rose-PASSIONATE
Address: 115 N. 6th
Contact:(217) 572-1884
Hours: Mon-Fri 10am-5:30pm, Sat 10am-5pm, Sun- Closed

A beautiful artisan boutique filled with handcrafted items and art work by local artists. "We were built on a foundation of friendship and creativity."
Tuyen from Sobi Sushi-CREATIVE


Address:420 E. Monroe
Contact: (217) 718-0350
Hours: Mon-Sat 11am-2pm; 4pm-9:30pm, Sun-Closed

A unique sushi restaurant with a modern interior. "Take your sushi game to the next level. Sobi it!"
Cassie from Urban Sassafras-COURAGE


Address: 100 N. 6th
Contact: (217) 210-2303
Hours: Mon- Closed, Tues-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun Closed

A fun whimsical store with a little bit of everything from fine art to delicate vintage pieces. "Each one-of-a-kind artistic piece is created right in the shop in the back studio."
Julie from Daisy Jane's-BRAVE


Address: 424 E. Monroe
Contact: (217) 622-7183
Hours: Mon-Closed, Tues-Sat 10:30am-5pm, Sun- Closed

A quaint little store with beautiful handcrafted gifts and art work. "Find fabulous handcrafted gifts for everyone, art, unique home decor, and a little bit of vintage!"
Jenny from Milk and Honey-AUTONOMY


Address: 221-223 S. 6th
Contact: (217) 210-2240
Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-7pm, Sat 9am-5pm, Sun-Closed

A fresh market filled with local produce and other grocery items. "Fresh produce and herbs are grown on location in our indoor garden."
Megan from Café Andiamo-UNIQUE


Address: 204 S. 6th
Contact: (217) 523-3262
Hours: Mon-Fri 7am-4pm, Sat-Sun 8am-3pm

A coffee house and restaurant with a fun and whimsical interior with friendly staff.
Kendra from Custom Cup-COMPASSIONATE


Address: 321 E. Monroe
Contact: (217) 652-7279
Hours: Mon-Fri 7am-1pm, Sat 8am-1pm, Sun- Closed

A lovely coffee shop serving fresh roasted coffee. "At Custom Cup, we only roast your order after it is received. Each individual order is unique so roasting only small batches allows us to see the progress and transformation of the coffee."
Linda from Springfield Vintage-SUCCESSFUL


Address: 215 S. 5th
Contact: (217) 652-8413
Hours: Mon-Closed, Tues-Sat 11am-5pm, Sun-Closed

A vintage treasure trove with hidden gems in every corner. "Vintage, Retro, Kitsch! Colorful, Eclectic, Fun!"
Melissa from Your Corner Office-FEARLESS


Address: 427 E. Monroe
Contact: (217) 679-4653
Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat-Sun Closed

"A shared working space that provides resources business professionals can leverage to collaborate, meet with clients, and host productive meetings. This co-working environment is designed to help yield higher productivity while encouraging you to grow personally and professionally."
Rachel from The Roost-COURAGEOUS


Address: 216 S. 6th
Contact: (217) 528-2234
Hours: Mon-Fri 10am-5:30pm, Sat 10am-5pm, Sun- Closed

A fun and trendy artist co-op with loads of handcrafted items and art work by local artists.
Shellie from Dell's Popcorn


Address: 213 S. 6th
Contact: (217) 544-0037
Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-5:30pm, Sat 10am-5pm, Sun Closed

A gourmet popcorn shop with many other tasty treats. "Caution: This isn't some mamby pamby popcorn stand!"
Ellen from JP Kelly's


Address: 300 E. Adams
Contact: (217) 753-7933
Hours: Mon-Closed, Tues-Fri 3pm-1am, Sat 10am-1am, Sun-Closed

An Irish Pub that feels like a real slice of Ireland. "We Proudly Fly The Irish Flag 365 Days A Year!!!"
Alicia from Studio on 6th


Address: 215 S. 6th
Contact: (217) 522-8006
Hours: Mon-Fri 10am-5:30pm, Sat 10am-5pm, Sun-Closed

An original artist co-op with a little bit of everything. From jewelry to artwork and much more! "One-of-a-kind items from more than 60 artists are here."
Trudy from Abe's Old Hat


Address: 111 N. 6th
Contact: (217) 414-3320
Hours: Mon-Tues 11am-5pm, Wed-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat 10am-4pm, Sun-Closed

A store filled with antique royalty! "Abe's Old Hat Antiques and Country Store specializes in quality Americana including Folk Art, Advertising, Civil War, Arts and Crafts, Pottery and Paint."
Dana from Old Capitol Goods and What the Shirt


Address: 2 Old State Capitol Plaza
Contact: (217) 525-1825
Hours: Mon-Sat 9am-5pm, Sun-Closed

"Stop in to this charming shop for the area's largest collection of Lincoln busts & souvenirs, and home to items from the 2015 Lincoln Funeral Coalition." The store also boasts loads of custom T-shirts that are made right on site!
Sharon from Augie's Front Burner


Address: 109 N. 5th
Contact: (217) 544-6979
Hours: Mon-Fri 11am-2:30PM; 5pm-9:30pm, Sat 5pm-9:30pm, Sun-Closed

"Augie’s Front Burner offers a unique dining experience for the adventurous in palate and spirit. Offering a distinctive blend of experiences engaging all senses, diners will be seduced by the sight, smell and taste."
Karen from Conn's Hospitality


Address: 625 E. Monroe
Contact: (217) 744-3735
Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-5pm

"A 4th generational family owned and operated company that specializes in business research and development, historic asset conversions, and operation management of dining facilities, beverage production, specialty fruit and vegetable farming, unique retail outlets, and special events production."
Shandy from Dalliance Salon


Address: 314 E. Adams
Contact: (217) 303-5242
Hours: By Appointment

A beautiful full service salon. "Whether you want to enhance your natural beauty or just escape from the trials of a long day, We offer a retreat tailored to your specific needs."
Heather from Moxi Massage


Address: 107 S. 7th
Contact: (217) 725-6597
Hours: By appointment

"The atmosphere is nothing like what you are used to. How can we describe it? Tranquil, Serene, Quiet, Relaxing, Cozy, a Hidden Gem. Part of the appeal is that we are not a Mega-Salon."
Michelle from Yoga7even


Address: 605 E. Washington
Contact: (303) 882-1225
Hours: Mon-Thurs 7am-7pm, Fri 7am-5pm, 7am-11am, Sun-Closed

"We aim to cultivate peace of mind so each student can find and retain their strength while growing and aging with grace. Yoga is always better....TOGETHER!"
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Pajama Brunch and Toy Drive This Sunday at Balen’s

7-year-old Lexi Sonneborn is on a mission to collect and donate 2,000 toys for kids at HSHS St. John’s Children’s Hospital. A Pajama Brunch and Toy Drive will be held on Sunday from 11:00am-2:00pm at Balen’s Bar and Grill (217 S 5th) with food, music, and fun for the whole family.

Lexi is no stranger to the hospital. She was born premature at only 27 weeks, and spent her first three months in St. John’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, and subsequently, her next three Christmases in their Pediatric Care Unit. Her mom Beth is a communications professional and her dad Josh owns several downtown establishments.

Help Lexi keep her New Year’s resolution to give 2,000 toys to kids in the hospital!! Sunday’s event will include a special brunch menu, live entertainment by local musician Dave Littrel, a bloody mary bar, selfie booth, and plenty of chances to win fun prizes.

At 1:30 pm a pajama contest will take place with local celebrity judges awarding prizes for “Most Creative,” “Best Couple or Group,” and “Fan Favorite.” Celebrity judges include 5th Ward Alderman Andrew Proctor, Gina Gemberling (Director of Visit Springfield Convention and Visitor’s Bureau), and Dave Newton (HSHS St. John’s Children’s Hospital Program Coordinator, formerly of WDBR-FM).

Free Press Coffee House’s pop-up cart will be on hand to keep guests caffeinated and the Itty Bitty Fashion Truck mobile boutique will be set up outside so guests can enjoy some retail therapy.

All toys and monetary donations will be donated to HSHS St. John’s Children’s Hospital.