Downtown Springfield Inc polled downtown businesses and non-profits from March 31-April 3 to find out what impact COVID-19 has had on our neighborhood.
More than 40% of respondents have experienced a drop in revenue above 75%. At least 20% of the downtown workforce has been laid off, mostly in the hospitality sector. This number is likely under-representative, as our survey broadly asked for “layoffs over 20 individuals” as a category, far below the number of employees likely impacted through 5% occupancy at our downtown hotels.
The need for rapid distribution of stimulus dollars is apparent in the survey results. Most restaurants can survive only 1-2 months in the current state; a majority of businesses can make it 3-5 months before being at risk of closing permanently.
Gap financing varies by sector as well — a majority of downtown retailers need gap financing through June 1 of less than $10,000, with a majority of bars and restaurants needing $20,000-$50,000 to make it through to that date.
If you are able, please keep supporting the businesses and non-profits who make Springfield a unique and wonderful place to live through takeout, gift cards and shopping for upcoming special occasions like Easter and Mother’s Day. You can find a list of Sangamon County businesses and their hours at SpringfieldZoom.com.
Economic development organizations in Springfield and Sangamon County are working in tandem to help all of our businesses make it through the current COVID-19 shutdown.
A new website, donated by a local Springfield business, will consolidate business information across Sangamon County to keep consumers apprised of the status of their favorite local businesses and their services in one, easily searchable, place.
Any Sangamon County business or organization can simply click on “Register My Business” to get started. It takes less than three minutes for a business to create a free account. Plus they can update their status as the situation changes.
For the public, they can easily search for their favorite businesses to find out their status and whether they can purchase gift certificates, get take-out, etc.
This one-stop website was built and is being donated by Springfield businesses GoWeb1 and AlertsMadeEasy.com, who built it in two days. They are donating this effort for the entire business community in Sangamon County as a free tool to help businesses and organizations quickly communicate their operational status to the public.
All of the partner economic development organizations will market this site as Sangamon County’s one-stop information source for consumers to look up business openings and closings throughout the COVID-19 public health crisis.
CONTACT Val Yazell, City of Springfield Office of Planning and Economic Development Josh Collins, Sangamon Springfield Growth Alliance Chris Hembrough, The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce Lisa Clemmons Stott, Downtown Springfield Inc Katie Davison, Innovate Springfield | Macarthur Boulevard Association Chris Long, Local First Springfield Kevin Lust, Illinois Small Business Development Center at Lincoln Land Community College
To celebrate the St Patrick’s Day holiday, the City is allowing plastic or aluminum containers of alcohol outside from 11 am – 5 pm on Saturday, March 14th. Drinks must be purchased at a participating downtown bar as outdoor sales are not allowed.
Buzz Bomb Brewery opens at 10 am on Saturday and for Boozy Brunch on Sunday
Club Station House opens at 9 am on Saturday
Anvil and Forge opens with new releases at 8 am on Saturday
Craft Beer Bar opens at noon on Saturday
Gin Mill opens at noon
Celtic Mist opens at 10 am on Saturday
Floyd’s Thirst Parlor opens at 7 am on Saturday
JP Kelly’s opens at 7:30 am on Saturday
Frankie’s Brewhaus opens at 8 am with breakfast and beverages on Saturday
The Incubator opens at 10 am on Saturday
The Alamo opens at 8 am with breakfast burritos on Saturday
WetBar opens at 11 am on Saturday
Try Terra Ferment from 2 – 11 pm on Saturday
Obed and Isaac’s from 11 am – 11:30 pm
Boone’s Saloon opens at 8am with breakfast
Robbie’s Restaurant will be open 11am-3pm Saturday serving their corned beef & cabbage along with potatoes & Irish soda bread
Long Nine Junction open from 11 am – 3 pm
VELE will be open for regular dinner service on Friday and Saturday (4 pm bar 5 pm dinner – 11 pm)
Cafe Moxo open 6:30 a – 3 pm on Saturday and free delivery for orders over $30 (every day except Sunday)
La Piazza open 11 am – 10 pm on Saturday
Di Piero’s open 5 -10 pm on Saturday
Order online from Head West
Maldaner’s Restaurant is open from 5 – 10 pm on Saturday
Tacology 101 open from 11 am – 5 pm
Anchors Away open from 11 am – 10 pm
Try the new Jerk Shop Go from 11 am – 9 pm
Saputo’s open starting at 5 pm
Springfield Carriage Company 8 am – 8 pm with green eggs and ham and free mimosas
Enjoy Coffee Cake Donuts with green icing and Green Tea Cupcakes from Wm Van’s Coffee House from 7a-7p
Willow & Birch’s online store offers 17% off through Sunday
Springfield Vintage is open 11 – 5 pm with 20% off all day Saturday
Dumb Records is open 10 am – 8 pm with bands starting at 7 pm (all ages show)
Murphy’s Loft is open from 10 am – 5 pm on Saturday
Corrine’s Closet is open from 10 am – 7 pm on Saturday
Studio on Sixth is open from 10 am – 5ish
Wild Rose is open 10 am – 5 pm
Reverie Apparel is open 10 am – 2 pm
Itty Bitty Fashion Trunk is open 10 am – 2 pm
The Elf Shelf open 10 am – 3 pm
Our neighborhood understands that some people may be social distancing right now. If you choose to go out, please keep your hands washed & clean and don’t shake hands.
Whatever you decide, we encourage everyone to please continue to support local business. Please consider taking one of these actions this week:
-Buy Gift Certificates
-Order Restaurant Delivery for a Friend Who Is Freaking Out
-Donate Your Ticket Costs Back to the Venue if Event Has Been Cancelled
-Fill A Growler and Take It Home
-Give to Cultural Institutions
-Give to Social Service Agencies
-Be Mindful with Your Health and Health of Your Neighbors
Generous tipping is also very much appreciated. People working in Springfield’s very important hospitality industry don’t always get sick leave and very small businesses don’t have an army of staff.
This is going to be tough going for a while and we appreciate your support!
Downtown Springfield, Inc.
3 W Old State Capitol Plaza, Suite 15
Springfield, IL 62701
P: (217) 544-1723