Downtown Sidewalk Sales

Be the best-dressed one at the party or your mom’s favorite kid on Mother’s Day! Come experience Downtown Springfield’s Spring Sidewalk Sale timed perfectly for spring fashions and gift-giving. With dozens of stores needing to restock inventory, there’s never been a better to time to score a deal downtown than during Sidewalk Sales! We’ll make it a memorable time like we always do, with our unique boutiques, restaurants and breweries.

The following stores are participating:
Itty Bitty Fashion Truck
Kiddos by Urban Sassafras
Springfield Vintage
Daisy Jane’s
Dumb Records
Corrine’s Closet
Studio on 6th, the Original Art Co-op
The Roost
Murphy’s Loft
Willow & Birch
Wild Rose
Abe’s Old Hat Antiques & Country Store
Merchant House
The Pharmacy Gallery & Art Space
Recycled Records

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.

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.

Downtown Springfield Shop Hop

Shop the Best Downtown Springfield has to offer. In this guided shop hop, participants will hop from shop to shop, meeting the owners, getting behind the scenes looks, and meeting the artists behind the works in our amazing art co-op shops.

This completely complementary tour, will give you chance to visit shops with a new perspective! Grab your friends, your family, your kids and make it a Saturday on the town or a mother-daughter day and enjoy Historic Downtown Shops!

Downtown Springfield Shop Hop

Shop the Best Downtown Springfield has to offer. In this guided shop hop, participants will hop from shop to shop, meeting the owners, getting behind the scenes looks, and meeting the artists behind the works in our amazing art co-op shops.

This completely complementary tour, will give you chance to visit shops with a new perspective! Grab your friends, your family, your kids and make it a Saturday on the town or a mother-daughter day and enjoy Historic Downtown Shops!

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