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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!"
Kari from Kari Bedford


Address: 314 E. Monroe
Contact: (217) 836-5623
Hours: By appointment

"Way beyond "candids," but more alive than traditional portrait photography, her work truly reveals the connection she forges with each client."

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.

Downtown Restaurant Week Menus

2017 Downtown Restaurant Week Menus

$10 Lunches$20 Dinners
411 Bar and Grill at 411 E Washington

411 Prime Rib Sandwich
Slow roasted prime rib cooked to your liking served on a hoagie roll and topped with melted provolone cheese and homemade horseradish. Served with a side of Au Jus and our homemade potato chips.

Smothered Chicken
Marinated boneless skinless chicken breast smothered in melted provolone cheese, topped with sautéed onions and mushrooms. Served with homemade mashed potatoes and gravy, and seasoned green beans.

*Either selection served with choice of soup or garden salad.
Arlington’s at 210 Broadway

Course I
Choice of soup or salad

Course II
Arlington’s Pork Tenderloin Sandwich with Choice of Any Side: Our breaded pork tenderloin sandwich topped with homemade horseradish dijonaisse, lettuce, tomato, onion, and bread and butter pickles. Served on a Brioche Bun.
OR
“Grill ‘Em All” Burger with Choice of Any Side: 8 ounces of fresh Angus beef topped with a honey/Sriracha chicken tender, bleu cheese, bacon, and jalapeno cream cheese. Your choice of a pretzel or brioche bun.
OR
Southwestern Black Bean Burger: Our homemade black bean burger topped with lettuce, tomato, onion, roasted red peppers and garlic jalapeno goat cheese. Your choice of a pretzel or brioche bun.

Course III
Snicker and Apple Dessert Salad: Snickers, vanilla pudding, cool whip, fresh apples.
OR
Homemade Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies with Sea Salt Caramel Drizzle
Arlington’s at 210 Broadway

Zesty BBQ Pulled Pork and Cheddar Wrap with Choice of Any Side
Our slow roasted pulled pork, marinated in homemade zesty BBQ sauce surrounded by lettuce, onions, and bread and butter pickles wrapped in a flour tortilla.

Savory Herbed Burger with Choice of Any Side
8 ounces of fresh Angus beef topped with cumin bacon, sage aioli, and pickles. Your choice of a pretzel or brioche bun.
Balen’s Bar and Grill at 217 S 5th

Course I
Soup or Side Salad or Small Pretzel Balls with Cheese Sauce

Course II
Asian Napa Salad - Shredded Napa Cabbage • Toasted Ramen Noodles • Candied Almonds and Sesame Seeds • Green Onion • Sesame Soy Vinaigrette • Sweet Chili Glazed Chicken Breast
OR
Mel-O-Burger -8 Oz. Burger Patty • American Cheese • Bacon • Mel-O-Cream Glazed Donuts • House BBQ-Spiced Potato Chips

Course III
Choice of one of our 8 Booze Infused Milkshakes.
Augie’s Front Burner at 109 S 5th

Course I
Caesar Salad with garlic herb croutons – romaine lettuce – parmesan cheese tossed in Augie’s legendary Caesar dressing.

Course II
Pork Belly Stir-Fry
Asian vegetables – basmati rice – house pork belly

Course III
Lemon Curd Chocolate Shell
Maldaner’s at 222 S Sixth

Course I
Vegetarian Option
OR
Non-Vegetarian Option (Both to be decided)

Course II
Caesar Salad: Classic combination of romaine, asiago cheese, garlic croutons and homemade Caesar dressing.
OR
Wedge Salad: Little gem lettuce, bacon, chopped tomatoes and house blue cheese dressing.

Course III
Vegetarian Risotto: Wild mushroom ragu finished with parmesan cheese.

Course VI
Lemon Curd Tart: Topped with whipped cream and toasted almonds.

*MENU SUBJECT TO CHANGE- based upon local availability of ingredients
Balen’s Bar and Grill at 217 S 5th St

Asian Napa Salad - Shredded Napa Cabbage • Toasted Ramen Noodles • Candied Almonds and Sesame Seeds • Green Onion • Sesame Soy Vinaigrette • Sweet Chili Glazed Chicken Breast

OR

Mel-O-Burger – 8 Oz. Burger Patty • American Cheese • Bacon • Mel-O-Cream Glazed Donuts • House BBQ-Spiced Potato Chips
$35 Dinners
Café Andiamo at 204 S 6th St

Lasagna served with garlic bread

or

Avocado Turkey Melt served with fries

Or

Build Your Own Calzone - up to three ingredients

Or

New York Pastrami Sandwich served with fries
Augie’s Front Burner at 109 S 5th

Course I
Soup of the Moment
OR
Poached Pear and Candied Walnut Salad: bleu cheese crumble – mixed greens – champagne vinaigrette
OR
Caesar Salad: garlic herb croutons – romaine lettuce – parmesan cheese tossed in Augie’s legendary Caesar dressing

Course II
Half Roasted Miller Farms Chicken: mashed potatoes – baby vegetables – aged balsamic vinegar
OR
Faroe Island Salmon: butternut squash risotto – brussel sprouts – cucumber & tomato vinaigrette
OR
Flat Iron Steak: roasted red potatoes – broccoli – bleu cheese bacon butter

Course III
Crème Brulee
OR
Apple Crisp
The Globe at the President Abraham Lincoln Hotel at 701 E Adams St

French Dip: ½ pound of savory thinly sliced rib-eye, horseradish aioli, on a toasted hoagie roll served with au jus for dipping served with house made chips

or

Cattleman burger: ½ pound of local certified Angus beef, bourbon-chili BBQ sauce, cheddar cheese, tobacco onions on toasted brioche bun served with house made chips
Driftwood at 11 W Old State Capitol Plaza

Course I
Shrimp Scampi Tacos: Purple cabbage garlic slaw and scallion pesto with chili flake
OR
Veggie Tacos: Purple cabbage garlic slaw and scallion pesto with chili flake

Course II
Corn Chowder: Onions, bell peppers, jalapenos and lime with basil sour cream
OR
Kale Salad: Shaved kale, lemon preserved Caesar, crispy parmesan and chickpeas

Course III
Seared Pork Chop: Balsamic glazed mushrooms, seared pork chop and mushroom risotto

Course IV
Bonnie mini whoopee pies (1 each) – red velvet, Boston cream and chocolate.
The Grill at City Centre at 700 E Adams

The Classic Club with layers of turkey, ham, Swiss and cheddar cheeses, lettuce, tomato and basil mayonnaise served on toasted sourdough bread. Pair with either a soup or salad.
The Globe at the President Abraham Lincoln Hotel at 700 E Adams

Course I
Red pepper and Gouda bisque
OR
Mixed greens, crumbled bleu cheese, crumbled smoked bacon, grape tomatoes, ranch dressing

Course II
Frisco Melt: ½ pound of local certified Angus beef, Swiss cheese, sauteed onions, Thousand Island dressing on grilled Sourdough bread served with house made chips
OR
Garganelli Alla Vodka: Onion, dill, smoked salmon, peas, cream sauce with touch of tomato, parmesan cheese

Course III
Brownie alla mode
OR
New York cheesecake with brandied cherries
Obed and Isaac’s at 500 S 6th St

Chicken Salad Sandwich: Homemade chicken salad sandwich served on wheat berry bread with a bowl of vegetable barley soup.

OR

Chicken Parmesan Sandwich served with your choice of side.
The Grill at City Centre at 700 E Adams

Course I
Apple Cranberry Spinach Salad: Sliced Granny Smith Apples, sun dried cranberries, toasted almonds, goat cheese, baby spinach and a honey balsamic vinaigrette
OR
Loaded Baked Potato Soup with Bacon

Course II
Grilled Shrimp Skewers: Marinated in zesty Chimichurri, grilled and topped with a fresh Pico de gallo over Rice Pilaf and Green Beens
OR
Maple Grilled Pork Chop:Topped with a warm apple compote, Buttered Mashed Potatoes and Sautéed Vegetable

Course III
New York Style Cheesecake served with raspberry sauce and whipped cream
OR
House Made Bread Pudding: Rich bread pudding with a bourbon caramel drizzle
Z Bistro at 220 S 6th St

Crunchy Southwest Poor Boy
Crunchy southwest egg rolls, lettuce, tomato and Z Bistro’s poor boy sauce all topped onto a toasted hoagie. Served with homemade garlic parmesan chips and a drink.

OR

Cilantro Lime Burger
A quarter pound burger topped with Swiss cheese, tomato, jalapeno, lettuce, cilantro aioli and finished with a fried onion ring on top of a paesano bun. Served with the soup of the day and a drink.
Jojo’s Street Quisine at 213 S 5th St

Course I
Appetizer Platter: Assorted cheeses and fresh fruit

Course II
Mixed greens with almonds, apples, bleu cheese and a cranberry vinaigrette

Course III
Roasted tomato and basil soup with parmesan frico

Course IV
Pan seared tenderloin of beef with mushroom thyme risotto and basil pesto

Course V
Lobster tail with sautéed asparagus and garlic butter sauce

Course VI
Caramel apple bread pudding with ice cream
Maldaner’s at 222 S Sixth

Course I
Vegetarian Option
OR
Non-Vegetarian Option (Both to be decided)

Course II
Caesar Salad: Classic combination of romaine, asiago cheese, garlic croutons and homemade Caesar dressing.
OR
Wedge Salad: Little gem lettuce, bacon, chopped tomatoes and house blue cheese dressing.

Course III
Filet of Beef With chef’s choice of accompaniments.

Course VI
Lemon Curd Tart: Topped with whipped cream and toasted almonds.

*MENU SUBJECT TO CHANGE- based upon local availability of ingredients
Mangia at 518 E Adams St

Course I
Mangia Insalata:Field greens, dried cranberries, almonds, mozzarella, cherry tomato and strawberry vinaigrette.
OR
Pasta Fazool:Ditalini pasta, cannellini beans, Italian herds and spices and tomato broth.

Course II
Veal Osso Buco: Braised veal shank and risotto alla Milanese.
OR
Lobster Carbonara:Vermicelli, shrimp and lobster, pancetta, shallots, English peas, roasted garlic cream, egg and fresh grated romano.

Course III
Tiramisu: Espresso soaked ladyfingers, sweet mascarpone and cocoa.
OR
Spumoni Bomba: Spumoni gelato coated with a chocolate shell.

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

President Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday Celebration

Downtown Springfield is celebrating the birthday of one of its most beloved presidents by hosting celebratory events at multiple Springfield historic sites. Here is the full line up:

 

Old State Capitol State Historic Site

Feb. 11 – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The site will celebrate the contributions that women on the home front made during the Civil War. Women portraying the Soldiers’ Aid Society will demonstrate rolling bandages, knitting warm clothing for sick soldiers and more.

Noon – 2 p.m. There will be supplies for visitors to make Valentine’s cards with a discussion on Victorian courting customs

6 pm – There will be a free presentation about Lincoln’s surprising support for a constitutional amendment that would have protected slavery.

Feb. 12 – 1 p.m.-4 p.m. The Old State Capitol welcomes the Springfield International Folk Dancers. They will present the music and dance of Lincoln’s era, complete with chances for visitors to join the performance if they want.

 

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum

Feb. 12 – Free admission to the Museum. Lincoln’s stovepipe hat and a 28-diamond necklace he gave to Mary will be on display that day and for the rest of February.
1 p.m. – 2 p.m. The Liberty Clarinet Quartet, part of the U.S. Air Force Band of Mid-America, will perform. Actors portraying characters from history (such as Mary Lincoln and a Civil War soldier) will greet museum visitors and answer questions.

Noon – There’s a $30 luncheon with a presentation by the author of “Lincoln’s Greatest Journey.”

2 p.m. –  A free presentation with two authors of books (one of them a murder
mystery) introducing readers to daily life at the executive mansion.

Feb. 13 – Living history interpreters will visit.

Lincoln Home Federal Historic Site at 426 South 7th Street

Author Dan Van Haften will be signing copies of his newly released book, The Ultimate Guide to the Gettysburg Address.

Feb. 11 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Feb. 12 from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm

 

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.