Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

Valentine’s Day is approaching fast and we are very aware that there are probably quite a few procrastinators out there that are scrambling to find the perfect gift. The good news is, the staff at DSI have made your job easy. Below are a list of the retailers right downtown with some awesome ideas to get your wheels turning.

Whether your significant other is fun and flirty or dark and mysterious, quirky and cool or spunky and playful….WE HAVE GOT YOU COVERED! Check out these amazing Valentine’s Day finds, you only have 2 days left. What are you waiting for?

Abe's Old Hat-His:
111 N. 6th Street

Handcrafted Vintage Hat
Abe's Old Hat-Hers:


Handcrafted vintage handkerchiefs
The Cardologist-His:
627 E. Adams Street

Valentine's Day cards-$3.50+
The Cardologist-Hers

Quirky Necklace Duos-$15
Chartruse-His:
229 S. 6th

Handcrafted ceramic and clay guitar-$90 (Call for availability)
Chartruse-Hers:

Lucky clay and ceramic coffee mugs-$25
Daisy Jane's-His:
424 E. Monroe Street

Vintage Record Clocks-$45
Daisy Jane's-Hers:

Bath Bombs-$9
Dell's Popcorn-His:
213 S. 6th Street

Sports Fan Popcorn Gift Baskets-$22+
Dell's Popcorn-Hers:

Popcorn Gift Baskets-$16-$32
Elf Shelf Books and Music-His:
413 E. Adams Street

Music by Nat King Cole & Barry White
Elf Shelf Books and Music-Hers:

Poems by Pablo Neruda & Mary Oliver as well as recipes to send the heart fluttering!
Jade's Far East Emporium-His:
631 E. Adams Street

Saki Set-$19.99
Jade's Far East Emporium-Hers:

Silk Robes-$27.99
Merchant House-His:
625 E. Monroe Street

Wooden Wine Rack-$337.50
Merchant House-Hers:

Soap and Dish Set-$18.75
Salad Spoons-$25
Serving Platter-$25
Milk and Honey-Traditional Dinner Option:
223 S. 6th Street

Milk and Honey bag, 2x ribeye steaks(local),rainbow carrots, 2x baked potatoes, Bunn Gourmet Chocolate Cake and a recipe card- $40
Milk and Honey-Vegiterian Dinner Option:

Milk and Honey bag, spaghetti, organic lemon olive oil, asparagus, mini tiramisu, cannoli, parmesan cheese and a recipe card-$40

Vegan Dinner Option:

Milk and Honey bag, mushrooms, red sauce, yellow onion, zucchini noodles, Almond Dream Ice cream and a recipe card-$20
Murphy's Loft-His:
210 S. 6th Street

Mens Accessories-$11-$20
Murphy's Loft-Hers:

Women's Accessories-$10-$20
Old Capitol Goods/What the Shirt-His:
2 E. Adams Street

T-Shirts-$20-$25
Old Capitol Goods/What the Shirt-Hers:

Women's vintage brooches-$12.99-$29.99
Prairie Archives-His:
522 E. Adams Street

Vintage TIME Magazines-$5-$10
Prairie Archives-Hers:

Springfield Book-$22.99
Recycled Records-His:
625 E. Adams Street

Men's Vintage Watches-$265-$400 (Pictured price ranges)
Men's Pocket Watches-$125-$195 (Pictured price ranges)
Recycled Records-Hers:
Women's Vintage Rings-$300-$600 (Picture price ranges)
Women's Bracelets-$175-$450 (Pictured price ranges)
The Roost-His:
216 S. 6th Street

Handcrafted Bird House-$20-26
The Roost-Hers:

Succulent Dolls-$23-$38
Springfield Vintage-His:
215 S. 5th Street

Sweater-$20
Shirt-$16
Groovy Pants-$18
Springfield Vintage-Hers:

White Faux Fur Coat-$50
Studio on 6th-His:
215 S. 6th Street

Decorative Sports Bottle Caps-$50 each
Studio on 6th-Hers:

Various Valentines Day Gifts-$5-$16 (Pictured price ranges)
Wild Rose-His:
115 N. 6th Street

Recycled Barn Wood Paintings-Call for pricing
Wild Rose-Hers:

Hand Painted glassware-call for pricing
Urban Sassafras-His:
110 N. 6th Street

Recycled Tire belts-Call for pricing
Urban Sassafras-Hers:

Handcrafted layered necklace-$55

UIS Downtown Nightlife Shuttle Starts

Tonight a new shuttle launches between the University of Illinois Springfield campus and downtown Springfield. It was an initiative of the UIS Student Government Association, which is partially funding the program. The program is also receiving financial support from downtown establishments The Remedy, The Alamo and The Gin Mill, with some financial and staff assistance from DSI.

“The Student Government Association at the University of Illinois-Springfield is dedicated to bringing students closer to the greater Springfield community. We have a large population of students on our campus who are unable to enjoy Downtown Springfield because they lack transportation. This latest initiative allows our students to not only get a taste of downtown Springfield but also serves as a way the University can form partnerships with local downtown businesses,” said Austin M. Mehmet, President of the UIS Student Government Association.

DSI has contracted with Gracious Cab to run four 16-person shuttles every Friday and Saturday night throughout the spring semester (except March 17-18, which is spring break).

The shuttle will pick up students for free with a valid ID from TRAC on the UIS campus and drop them off downtown. Pick up times at TRAC are 10 pm, 11 pm, midnight and 1 am.

The downtown drop-off and pick-up location is:

Remedy Nightclub at 5th and Adams: January 28 through February 26

The Alamo at 115 N 5th St: March 3 – April 1 (excluding March 17-18)

The Gin Mill at 235 S 5th St: April 7 – May 6

The last shuttle leaving downtown for campus is at 2 am.

Downtown Business Priorities Going into 2017

At the end of 2016, DSI conducted a needs assessment of our downtown district business owners so that we could set priorities as an organization for the coming year. A majority indicated that they were optimistic heading into the new year. Respondents indicated their 2017 priorities as filling vacancies, permanent directional signage, launching a new district brand and educational campaign, a parking app, adding family-friendly amenities to the Old State Capitol Plaza and determining a collective vision for the next 10-15 years.

Who Responded to the Survey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(“Other” consisted of: non-profits, hotels, property managers, etc.)

Morale Going into 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What were your best months in 2016?

  1. December
  2. May
  3. April
  4. July

What were your worst months in 2016?

  1. January
  2. December
  3. November
  4. February

Was the year “normal” as far as sales?

The majority of businesses were split between lower sales than normal and maintaining sales levels compared to 2015, with a few businesses that expanded their footprint or amended their offerings seeing a gain.

What DSI activities in 2016 helped your bottom line?

  1. Old Capitol Holiday Walks
  2. Publicizing businesses in all communication channels
  3. Farmers Market
  4. Work to decrease panhandling annoyances

2017 Priorities for DSI

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What are some other ideas to help downtown grow?

Community Music School and Performance Venue; changing all parking meters to 2 hour meters; changing parallel parking back to diagonal; guaranteed water mains sized to supply required sprinkler systems; slow down the traffic; local talent night on the Plaza; vacant Peases building get national retailer like Crate and Barrel or IKEA; movie theater; additional shopping (women’s trendy clothing, shoes and kids); healthy eating restaurant; dog park; new park/green space with playground and bandshell close to downtown (Y-Block); pull more workers from medical district by promoting labs and doctors to set up in downtown spaces; launch a moving billboard on a downtown shuttle; incentives for start-up businesses; down payment assistance and/or grants to encourage purchase of downtown condo space.

 

City of Springfield Budget Discussions for FY18

The FY 2018 budget workshops will take place in the City Council Chambers located on the 3rd floor of the Municipal Center West, 300 S. Seventh Street. The budget workshops will be broadcast live on the city’s cable station, Channel 18.  Residents will be able to view the complete budget information beginning Monday, January 9 on the city’s website.

 Date: Time: Topic:
Tuesday, January 10

 

After Committee of the Whole Office of Budget & Management overview; Human Resources; Public Works
Tuesday, January 17 After City Council Treasurer; City Clerk; City Council; Convention & Visitors Bureau; Office of Planning and Economic Development; Library
Thursday, January 19 5:30 p.m. CWLP

 

Monday, January 23 5:30p.m. Police Department and Fire Department

 

Tuesday, January 24

 

After Committee of the Whole Office of Budget & Management; and Mayor’s Office

 

Tuesday, February 14 During Committee of the Whole meeting starting at5:30p.m. Public Hearing

 

2016 Best of Downtown Award Nominees

Alex Block (center) was named DSI’s Volunteer of the Year for 2015.

The Annual Dinner Committee is excited to announce this year’s nominees for downtown’s annual awards featuring the people and places that raise the bar in downtown. This year’s process included soliciting nominations from the public, so thank you!

The recipients, including DSI Volunteer of the Year and Lifetime Achievement Award–and the first-ever Window Decorating Contest winner–will be announced at DSI’s Annual Gala “Downtown Springfield’s Blooming” on Wed., January 18.

Reserve your tickets today>

 

 

Best Facade/ Signage

Lincoln Herndon Exterior Renovation

Floyd’s Thirst Parlor

Urban Sassafras

Public/ Private Partnership

Frank Lloyd Wright Mural

Springfield Art Association & Ace Sign Co. Art Bus Benches

UIS & Villas of Downtown

Best Event

SOHO Music Festival

Downhome Festival

Blues and BBQ

Best Retail Business

The Card*ologist

Urban Sassafras

Wild Rose

Best Restaurant

JoJo’s Street Cuisine

Obed and Issac’s Brewery

Stop and Roll Sushi

Best Nightlife

Floyds Thirst Parlor

Obed’s Beer Garden

The Hoogland Center

Creative Promotion

Arlington’s Murder Mystery Dinner

Floyd’s Thirst Parlor “Make Cocktails Great Again”

Urban Sassafras Insta-Sales & Thanksgiving Giveaway Event

Downtown Advocate

Alicia Bibb

Brian Wojcicki

Rep. Tim Butler

Innovative Business Concept

Stop and Roll Sushi’s Hours and Offerings

Business Incubator Innovate Springfield

Milk & Honey Fresh Market for Growing Veggies & Reusable Bags

Best Not for Profit Initiative—

Springfield Black Chamber’s Pop-Up Happy Hour

100+ Who Care Fundraising Event at the Gin Mill

Illinois Stewardship Alliance Farm to Table Series

 

 

Pop Up Development during Holiday Walks

A 40 percent-plus commercial vacancy rate doesn’t exactly make for holiday cheer. The official city of Springfield measure of downtown vacancies was among the inspirations for a “pop up business” venture during the annual Holiday Walks in the historic commercial district. Volunteers also decorated more than 60 storefronts, including those that are vacant, for the Wednesday and Saturday walks. Read more of the State Journal Register’s article by Tim Landis>

Springfield Gears Up for Downtown Holiday Walks

Downtown Springfield, Inc. the City of Springfield and Illini Bank have announced the 2016 Downtown Holiday Walks.  This years theme is “Through the Years.”  The kick off is Saturday the 26th, Small Business Saturday.

Activities start at noon and run into the night.  More than 60 storefronts will be decorated.  There will be Horse Drawn Carriage Rides.  Mr and Mrs. Claus will be there to meet and greet children and adults alike, in addition, there will a mailbox for Santa.

Then at 7:30 PM the Jaycee’s  Annual Christmas Parade steps off.  For more information and dates and times of other 2016 Holiday Walks in Downtown Springfield click here. Thanks to WAND for their coverage of the 2016 Holiday Walks!

Main Street-Style Shopping Preferred by Springfield Residents

Springfield has enough auto dealerships, banks and liquor stores, but could use more artisan and specialty food shops and bookstores, according to residents who responded to a recent survey.

More than 880 residents filled out a Springfield-Sangamon County Regional Planning Commission questionnaire about the city’s economic development, transportation, land use and public amenities.

The results will inform a plan for how the city develops and uses land over the next 20 years. The comprehensive plan, which was last completed in 2000, helps set zoning codes to determine where residential, commercial or other development should be. Read the entire story by Mary Hansen in the State-Journal Register>

Downtown Business Nominees for Best of Springfield 2016

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Do you have a favorite downtown bar, restaurant or event? Now is your chance to let your voice be heard. Vote for all your downtown favorites today. Voting ends October 2.

ARTS, CULTURE & MUSIC

ART STUDIO/GALLERY

The Pharmacy
Springfield Art Association Collective
DEMO Project
Studio on 6th
LIVE MUSIC VENUE-TICKETED SEATING

Prairie Capital Convention Center
The Hoogland Center for the Arts
The Legacy Theater
LIVE MUSIC VENUE-OPEN SEATING

The Alamo
Bar None
MUSIC FESTIVAL

SOHO
Old State Capitol Blues and BBQ
Downhome Music Festival
OPEN MIC

Bar None
PAINT NIGHT EVENT

Springfield Art Association- Canvas and Cocktails
PLACE FOR KAREOKE

Café Brio
Club Station House
THEATER PRODUCTION

Sister Act, The Legacy Theater
Godspell, The Hoogland Center for the Arts
Love is Eternal, Edward’s Place
FOOD AND DRINK

BEER GARDEN

Boone’s Saloon
Obed and Isaac’s Microbrewery and Eatery
BEER SELECTION

Obed and Isaac’s Brewery and Eatery
Craft Beer Bar
Floyd’s Thirst Parlor
Brewhaus
BLOODY MARY

JP Kelly’s Pub
Boone’s Saloon
BURGER

Arlington’s
CHEAP DRINK

Boone’s Saloon
COCKTAIL MENU

Driftwood Cocktail and Eatery
Floyd’s Thirst Parlor
CHILI

Dew Chili Parlor
COFFEE HOUSE

Van’s Coffee House
Custom Cup Coffee
Café Andiamo
COLDEST CHEAP BEER

Floyd’s Thirst Parlor
FINE DINING

Maldaner’s
Nick and Nino’s Penthouse Steakhouse
Augie’s Front Burner
HORSESHOE

Obed and Isaac’s Brewery and Eatery
ICECREAM/FROYO

Cold Stone Creamery
ITALIAN

Mangia Pasta Steak and Seafood
Saputo’s
OUTDOOR DINING/PATIO

Obed and Isaac’s Microbrewery and Eatery
Maldaner’s
STEAK

Nick and Nino’s Penthouse and Steakhouse
SUSHI

Stop and Roll Sushi
LOCAL LIFE

ABRAHAM LINCOLN HISTORICAL LOCATION

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum
Old State Capitol
BEST NEIGHBORHOOD FOR 20 SOMETHINGS

Downtown Springfield
BEST USE OF PUBLIC MONEY

Public Arts Projects
CHARITY EVENTS

Fat Ass 5k and Street Party for Charity (Downtown)
SOHO Music Festival (Downtown)
Fight for Air Climb (Wyndham Hotel)
Paint the Street (Downtown)
CUTOMER SERVICE

Troxell Insurance
FARMER’S MARKET VENDOR

Custom Cup Coffee
HISTORIC PLACE IN SPRINGFIELD NOT RELATED TO ABRAHAM LINCOLN

Dana-Thomas House
Edward’s Place
Vachel Lindsey Home
LOCAL FAMILY FUN SPOT

Springfield Art Association
LOCAL FOOT RACE

Fat Ass 5k and Street Party for Charity
PICK UP BAR

Floyd’s Thirst Parlor
The Gin Mill
Club Station House
PLACE TO GO FOR A BUSINESS LUNCH

Obed and Isaac’s Brewery and Eatery
Café Moxo
Augie’s Front Burner
Maldaner’s
PLACE FOR A FIRST DATE

Obed and Issac’s Brewery and Eatery
Driftwood Cocktails and Eatery
Maldaner’s
PLACE TO CATCH A POKEMON

Downtown Springfield
PLACE FOR A LAST- MINUTE GIFT

The Cardologist
Studio on 6th
PLACE TO WORK

Troxell Insurance
HSHS Medical Group/ St. John’s Hospital
REASON TO GO DOWNTOWN

Old Capitol Farmer’s Market
Bars and Nightclubs
Poke’mon Hunting
Arts and Culture
Dining
SUNDAY FUNDAY SPOT

Obed and Isaac’s Microbrewery and Eatery
WEDDING VENUE-INDOOR

The Inn at 835
Arlington’s
PEOPLE

BARISTA

Kendra Boesdorfer- Custom Cup
Sarah Gilbert, Café Andiamo
Anna Holliday, Wm. Van’s Coffee House
BARTENDER

Joel Roush, Driftwood Cocktails and Eatery
Graham Nicholson, Floyd’s Thirst Parlor
Andrew Denton, Floyd’s Thirst Parlor
BOSS

Betsy Dollar, Springfield Art Association
Greg Floyd, IL National Bank
HAIR STYLIST

Sarah Moore, Dalliance Spa and Salon
LAWYER

Ryan Cadigan
PHOTOGRAPHER

Kari Bedford
ARCHITECTS

John Schafer
Tim Smith
Paul Wheeler
Carl Fischer
Chuck Pell
Jeff Sommers
BANKER

Brenda Poston, Bank of America
Jay Cook, Marine Bank
Mark Donovan, IL National Bank
CLERGY PERSON

Paul Hemenway, Trinity Lutheran
GENERAL CONTRACTOR

Michael von Behren Builder, Inc.
Buraski Brothers
O’Shea Builders
INSURANCE AGENT

Kevin Timoney, Troxell Insurance
INTERIOR DESIGNER

Lois Moore
LANDSCAPE DESIGNER

Massie Massie and Associates
Copper Tree Landscaping and Fencing
PLACES

BANK

Marine Bank
IL National Bank
CAR DETAILING

Isringhausen Imports Inc.
DIVE BAR

Bob’s Butternut Hut
FLOWERSHOP

5th Street Flowers
GARDEN CENTER

Farmer’s Market
HOME REMODELING COMPANY

Michael von Behren Builders
Buraski Brothers
Seth Molen Construction
LATE NIGHT EATS

Stop and Roll
MASSAGE

Moxie Massage
MEDICAL FACILITY

HSHS/ St. John’s Hospital
Memorial Medical Center/ Koke Mill Medical Association
SIU Healthcare
NEW CAR DEALERSHIP

Isringhausen Imports
NEW HOME CONSTRUCTION COMPANY

Michael von Behren Builders
Buraski Brothers
PLACE TO BUY HOME FURNISHINGS

Merchant House
THRIFT/ VINTAGE STORE

Recycled Records
USED CAR LOT

Isringhausen Imports

September Has the Most Produce at Old Capitol Farmers Market

The Old Capitol Farmers Market is still going strong through October 29! In fact, you may have not realized that Illinois harvests are most abundant during September.

This month, our friends at Buy Fresh Buy Local are celebrating this abundance during the month of September by offering up a September Local Foods Challenge – to spend $20 a week on locally-grown food. It’s that simple! And when you sign up you’ll receive a free tote bag, weekly recipes and event updates, and opportunities to win great local prizes.  Sign up now>