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We hope you enjoy this guide and will make plans to come downtown to make new memories throughout the holiday season with your family and friends.

Table of Contents Gifts that Give Back . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

Gift Guide

Authentic and personal at a great value – what else could be more perfect for the holiday season? This guide is designed to highlight the fun and eclectic variety of gifts, foods, and experiences that are available in downtown Springfield. Shoppers also receive the heart-warming feeling that their purchases support local shop owners and restaurants.

Home for the Holidays . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Gifts for Her . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Gifts for Him . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Gifts for Kids . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Downtown Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Downtown Business Directory . . . . . . . . 17 Holiday Recipes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Holiday Cocktails . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Local Tastes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Holiday Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 After the Holidays . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Holiday Events Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . 29

Acknowledgements – The Downtown Springfield Association would like to thank the following people for their support of this fifth annual Holiday Guide. Springfield Business Journal · Jennifer Jackson · Heather Mosley · Valerie Pister · Alisa Lawler · Mary Warner · Karen Ross · Kevin Connolly

Blue Sky Design · Eric Baker

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Gifts that Give Back

FIVE POUND APPAREL Out of Print & Local Tees $19

The name Five Pound Apparel comes from the fact that for each branded item sold the company donates 5 pounds of nutritional treatment to Nepal Nutrition.

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The holiday season is about giving. These gifts all serve a dual purpose. A gift for someone you love and a brighter future for someone in need.


Handmade Christmas Cards $6 each or 5 for $20 Art Inspired is a new business that turns normal paper waste into creative and usable pieces of art while also creating employment opportunities to empower individuals with developmental disabilities.


Premium Chocolate Peppermint Bark Large Balsa Box $29 Small Balsa Box $12.50 Sipping Chocolate $15.50 Askinosie Chocolate is a small batch bean to bar chocolate manufacturer that practices A Stake in the Outcome™. Cocoa farmers receive higher than Fair Trade prices for cocoa beans, and receive 10% of the net profits from the chocolate made from the beans grown on their farm.


With every pair of TOMS shoes purchased, TOMS gill give a new pair to a child in need.

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Home for the Holidays

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Holidays are the perfect time to update, refresh and put the finishing touches on your home.

NOMAD HOME Shell Lamp $29-49


Frames with Easels $49-129

SPRINGFIELD HOT GLASS Decay Series $150 and up


Accessories-Throw Pillows/ Candles $39 and up

FRESH GALLERY Ann Marie Rausch Hand Painted Accessories $35-60

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OBELISKHOME.COM 417.616.6488 214 W. Phelps, between Boonville & Campbell

Tuesday –Friday 11am –7pm & Saturday 11am – 5 pm

Gifts for her From high fashion to vintage repurposed gifts that are guaranteed to be as unique as her.


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Knitted Headbands $14


Tunic Length Tee + Scarves $18 & $12-26


Prada Sunglasses $325


Toykomilk Body Products $22-38


Handmade Mittens $22


E.L.F. Makeup $5-7

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Turn your paper waste into art! Secure and non-secure document disposal services that help the environment while also creating employment opportunities to empower individuals with developmental disabilities.

Stop by and visit us First Friday Art walk participant 310 S. Campbell Ave. Downtown Springfield (417) 868-8084

Contact Wendy Kuehnel at 417-225-8664 to schedule an appointment today

Gifts for him

Gifts that will set any guy apart from the crowd.



RVCA Men’s Casual Tops $34-48

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Springfield Tees $23

NOMAD Wallets $34-89


Kona Bicycle Commuter Series Dr. Good $899

FIVE POUND APPAREL WeWood Watches $119


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Spill-Proof Baby Plates $12


Handmade Bali Street Doll $19

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Kid’s TOMS Shoes $29-38

HOOVER MUSIC Guitar and Lessons Starting at $99

DISCOVERY CENTER Family Membership $75


Mens Shirts with Tiny Replicas $74 mens/ $29 children

The Downtown Experience SPRINGFIELD LITTLE THEATER Flex Season Tix $99

“Dinner and a Movie 5” will run for a limited time from Thanksgiving through Valentine’s Day 2013. Patrons can enjoy $5 movie tickets from participating downtown restaurants with purchase of an entrée. $5 15 Downtown Springfield Guide

Well worth the time, this delicious cheesecake is a stunning show stopper. It serves a crowd and is a decadent finale to your holiday dinner. Garnish with fresh raspberries and mint leaves for a festive flair.

FILLING INGREDIENTS: 1 lb. dark chocolate ½ cup butter 4-8 oz. packages cream cheese, softened to room temperature 1 cup sour cream 1/3 cup granulated sugar 1/3 cup buttermilk 1 fl. oz. red food coloring 4 eggs 2 egg yolks

Holiday Recipes


CRUST INGREDIENTS: 1 ¼ cups crushed chocolate graham crackers 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips 1 cup slivered almonds ½ cup brown sugar ½ cup butter, melted

Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 250° F. Wrap the exterior bottom and sides of a 10” spring form pan with heavy-duty foil. 2. Melt 1 lb. of dark chocolate and ½ cup butter in saucepan on low heat. Set aside. 3. To make crust: Place chocolate graham cracker crumbs, chocolate chips, almonds and brown sugar in food processor and process until well ground. Add melted butter and continue to process until mixture starts to come together. Pour into a 10” spring form pan and press evenly along the bottom and three quarters of the way up the sides. 4. To make filling: In a large mixer bowl add cream cheese, sour cream, sugar, buttermilk, red food coloring and melted chocolate/butter mixture. Beat on medium to high speed until smooth. 5. Add eggs and egg yolks and beat on low speed until just combined. Pour into crust-lined spring form pan and spread around evenly. 6. Place the spring form pan into a shallow baking pan and carefully pour very hot tap water into the baking pan until it comes up the sides of the cheesecake pan about one inch, taking care not to splash water into the cheesecake. 7. Bake for one hour, until set on the sides or the cheesecake reaches an internal temperature of 160 degrees. 8. After removing cheesecake from oven, carefully remove from water bath and let cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Run a small knife around the edge to loosen the sides. Let cool for another 30 minutes on rack, and then remove the side of the pan. Loosely cover and refrigerate for 4 hours before serving.

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With a presentation this impressive, your guests would never guess just how simple this holiday beverage is to create. This quick and easy holiday recipe is essentially a liquid candy cane in a glass that any party goer would enjoy.

INGREDIENTS: 1 ¼ oz. of vanilla vodka 1 ¼ oz. of white creme de cacao (must be white) ¾ - 1 oz. of peppermint schnapps 2 ½ oz. of half and half

OPTIONAL GARNISHES: Grenadine or raspberry sauce White or red sugar


Shake vanilla vodka, white creme de cacao and peppermint schnapps vigorously in a shaker. Pour half and half into shaker and stir. Drink will become frothy if you shake it with the half and half. Wet rim of martini glass with water and dip in white or red sugar for added sweetness. Swirl grenadine or raspberry sauce down the middle of the glass. This makes the glass look like a candy cane. Pour liquor and half and half mixture into martini glass.


Parlor 88’s spin on a classic yuletide concoction is sure to help you reflect on holidays past, spent with loved ones near a twinkling tree. Our Christmas Vacation inspired cocktail is easy to create and comes served in a special-edition moose mug, which is yours for the keeping! Happy holidays from the Griswold’s and Parlor 88 Lounge & Eatery!

INGREDIENTS: 1 oz Captain Morgan Spiced Rum .5 oz DeKuyper Buttershots Liqueur (or other Butterscotch liqueur) .5 oz Bailey’s Irish Crème .5 oz Bailey’s Hazelnut Liqueur 2 oz Eggnog Whipped crème and cinnamon to garnish


Combine all liquors and eggnog in a martini shaker with ice. Cover shaker, and shake vigorously until well mixed. Pour drink, over a strainer, into your favorite holiday glass. Top with whipped crème and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Enjoy!

Mother’s Brewing Company

Local Tastes

Stainless Steel Grower $22 empty or $30 full 6-packs $8.49 each


Fresh-Roasted Coffees: $13.99/lb and up Mudhouse Mug $12

Springfield Brewing Company 6-packs $7.99 each

Askinosie CollaBARation Bar

CollaBARation Bars $9.00

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Holiday Loft Walk – Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the holidays to experience what it’s like to live in Downtown Springfield. Tour 7 lofts, beautifully decorated for the Holiday season, and just steps away from fine-dining, live entertainment and great shopping!

Downtown Events

Downtown for the Holidays Shopping Event – Shop local! With 15 participating retailers, you’ll enjoy festive window decorations and the chance to find one-of-a-kind gifts for everyone on your list. Plus, don’t miss your chance to win a $1,000 shopping spree, courtesy of the Downtown Springfield Association!

The Nutcracker - This holiday season Springfield Ballet proudly presents the perennial family favorite The Nutcracker. This timeless holiday classic follows Clara and her Nutcracker from an extravagant Christmas party to a fierce battle with the evil Mouse King, then off on a magical journey through the Land of Snow and Kingdom of Sweets. For more information on these and other holiday events visit 25 Downtown Springfield Guide

601 North National Avenue #114 Springfield, MO 65802 (417) 368-4421

Balance Fitness Studio focuses on strengthening all the muscles of the body, from big to small. Its trendy dĂŠcor, modern tunes, and energetic instructors create the ultimate exercise experience. Balance offers the TRX suspension training system that leverages your own body weight to achieve whole body strength and flexibility, the Barre method using elements of ballet, Pilates, yoga, and isometrics to create long and lean toned muscles, the dynamic Super Sexy Sculpt and the deep relaxation of UNWIND. Beyond the scheduled classes, Balance offers a full Organic Massage and Spa, Holistic Nutrition, personal training, and child care.

Downtown YMCA 417 South Jefferson Avenue Springfield, MO 65806 (417) 862-7456

After the Holidays

Balance Fitness

The Downtown Y is a full-service facility featuring an indoor track, indoor pool, sauna, steam room and whirlpool, a Wellness Room, a massage therapist, two basketball courts, racquetball court, a cardio floor, group cycling area, a weight room with a full line of free weights and Cybex Machines, and a three-story climbing wall. Its historic building underwent a $2.5 million renovated in 2003, allowing for an entire floor of corporate offices that overlook the climbing wall.

Strong Gym Jefferson and Elm Springfield, MO 65806

Scheduled to open just in time for the New Year, Strong Gym focuses on STRENGTH as the primary basis of functional health, body recomposition, and athletic and sport performance. They forge strength through basic barbell and bodyweight training that is simple and effective, but grounded in hard, yet rewarding work, impeccable form, and injury prevention. The grand opening of the newly renovated facility at the southeast corner of Jefferson and Elm will be January 5. 27 27 Downtown Springfield Guide


SINCE 1956

In 1956, Empire Bank started with a single location and one simple idea. Over the years, we’ve branched out with 21 locations and over 35 ATMs in the Ozarks.

But, we

haven’t lost sight of what made us successful from the very start—superior customer service and a commitment to providing quality financial solutions at a competitive price. So if you ever need anything, or have any questions, we’re always here to help. Always will be.

EMPIREBANK.COM | 417.881.3100 | MEMBER FDIC | Recognized by Forbes Magazine as one of America’s Best Banks three years in a row.

Center City’s 2012 Holiday Celebration

For more information on holiday events, call 864-1010 or visit

The Skinny Improv’s Mainstage Show – 7:30pm Nov. 15, Dec. 6, Dec. 20; 8:00pm and 10:00pm Nov. 16-17, 23-24, 29-30, Dec. 7-8, 14-15, 21-22, 28-29. The Skinny Improv. Admission: $10-$12. Sponsor: The Skinny Improv. More information: 831-5233 or Avenue Q – 7:30 pm Nov. 16-17, 23-24, 30-Dec. 1, 7-8; 2:00pm Nov 18, 25, Dec. 2, 9. Vandivort Center Theatre. Admission: $20-$25. Sponsor: Springfield Contemporary Theatre. More information: 831-8001 or

Festival of Lights Kick-off Celebration, Saturday, November 17th Mayor’s Tree Lighting Celebration – 5:30 pm Sat., Nov. 17, Jordan Valley Park. Admission: FREE. Sponsor: City of Springfield. More information: 864-1010 or Cardinals Christmas & Fireworks – immediately following Mayor’s Tree Lighting Celebration, Hammons Field. Admission: Free. Sponsor: Springfield Cardinals. More information: 863-2143. Festival of Lights FREE Ice Skating – 6:00 - 8:00 pm Sat., Nov. 17; 5:00-6:00pm Thurs., Nov. 22; 5:30-6:30pm Fri., Nov. 23; 3:00-4:00pm Sat., Dec 8; 5:30-6:30pm Sat., Dec. 15; 5:00-6:00pm Tues., Dec. 25. Mediacom Ice Park. Admission: FREE (Skate Rental $2.50). Sponsor: Mediacom Ice Park. More information: 866-7444 or 27th Annual Festival of Trees Benefitting the Discovery Center of Springfield – 6:30pm Sat., Nov. 17, Discovery Center of Springfield. Admission: $100. Sponsor: Discovery Center of Springfield. More information: 862-9910 or The Nutcracker Children’s Workshop – 3:30pm Sun., Nov. 18, The Creamery Arts Center, Admission: $10. Sponsor: Springfield Ballet. More information: 862-1343 or

18th Annual Turkey Trot 5k Run/Walk –

8:00am Thurs,. Nov. 22, Springfield Expo Center. Admission: $25, Register Nov. 21 at Springfield Expo Center. Sponsor: Springfield-Greene County Park Board. More information: 837-5817 or Carriage Rides – 6:00-9:00pm, Nov. 23-24, Dec. 1, 7-8, 14, 21-22. Park Central Square. Admission: $20 per carriage load. Sponsor: Shires for Hire. More information: 848-4648 or


It’s a Wonderful Life – 7:30pm Nov. 23-24, Nov. 29-Dec. 1, Dec. 6-8; 2:30pm, Nov. 24-25, Dec. 1-2, 8-9, The Landers Theatre. Admission: $10-$12. Sponsor: Springfield Little Theatre. More information: 869-1334 or WINTERFEST Visual and Performing Arts Festival – 5:00-10:00pm Fri., Nov. 30; 10:00am-10:00pm Sat., Dec. 1; Noon-5:00pm Sun. Dec. 2, Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts. Admission: FREE. More Information: 836-7678 or Midtown Victorian Christmas Homes Tour – 5:00-9:00pm Fri., Nov. 30; Noon-5:00pm Sat., Dec. 1, Midtown Neighborhood. Admission: $10-$12. Sponsor: Midtown Neighborhood Association. More information: Downtown for the Holidays Shopping Event 6:00pm Fri., Nov. 30, Downtown Springfield. Admission: FREE. Sponsor: Downtown Springfield Association. 831-6200 or

Free Carriage Rides – 6:30-9:30pm Fri., Nov. 30;

Sat., Dec. 15. Park Central Square. Admission: FREE. Sponsor: Downtown Springfield Community Improvement District. More information: 831-6200 or Cirque Dreams Holidaze – 8:00pm Nov. 30 – Dec. 1; 2:00pm Dec. 1, Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts. Admission: $15-$55. More information: 836-7678 or The Jingle Bell Run – 8:00am Sat. Dec. 1, Mediacom Ice Park. Admission: $20-$25. Sponsor: Arthritis Foundation. More information: 314-991-9333 x1305 or Playhouse! An Improvised Kids Show! – 11:30am, Dec. 1, 8, 15, The Skinny Improv. Admission: $5, includes popcorn. Sponsor: The Skinny Improv. More information: 831-5233 or

Candyland at the Footbridge – Noon-2:00pm Sat., Dec. 1, Jefferson Avenue Footbridge on Historic C-Street. Admission: FREE. Sponsor: The Kitchen, Inc. & Urban Districts Alliance. More information: 831-6200 or SMAS Concert: Holiday Sounds – 7:30pm Tues., Dec. 4, National Avenue Christian Church. Admission: FREE. Sponsor: Springfield Mid-America Singers. More information: 863-7464 or SLEEPING BEAUTY as told by David Gonzalez – 7:00pm Thurs., Dec. 6, Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts. Admission: $12-$18. More information: 836-7678 or First Friday ArtWalk – 6:00-10:00pm Fri., Dec. 7. Downtown Springfield. Admission: FREE. Sponsor: First Friday ArtWalk. More information: 849-8255 or

A Christmas Carol – 8:00pm, Dec. 7-8, The Skinny Improv. Admission: $10-$12. Sponsor: The Skinny Improv. More information: 831-5233 or Free Art Day – 10:00am - 12:00pm, Sat., Dec. 8, at The Creamery Arts Center. Admission: Free. Sponsor: Springfield Regional Arts Council. More information: 862-2787 or “Swing into Christmas” with the LES BROWN BAND OF RENOWN- 2:00pm Sat., Dec. 8, Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts. Admission: TBA. More information: 836-7678 or

Downtown Springfield Christmas Parade –

2:00pm Sat., Dec. 8, Downtown Springfield. Admission: FREE. Sponsor: Urban Districts Alliance. More information: 831-6200 or Sugarplum Soiree (The Nutcracker Preview Party) – 5:30pm Thurs., Dec. 13, Ernie Biggs Dueling Piano Bar. Admission: $35. Sponsor: Springfield Ballet. More information: 862-1343 or The Nutcracker Children’s Party- 4:00pm Sat., Dec 15, The Landers Theatre. Admission: $5. Sponsor: Springfield Ballet. More information: 862-1343 or The Nutcracker – 7:30pm Dec. 14-15; 2:00pm Dec. 15-16; 6:00pm Dec. 16, The Landers Theatre. Admission: $16-$24. Sponsor: Springfield Ballet. More information: 862-1343 or Holiday Loft Walk – 4:00-9:00pm Saturday, Dec. 15. Downtown Springfield. Admission: $12-$15. Sponsor: Downtown Springfield Association. More information: 693-0827 or Festival of Lights Ice Skating Show – 1:30pm Sat., Dec. 15, Mediacom Ice Park. Admission: $5. Sponsor: Springfield-Greene County Park Board. More information: 866-7444 or Springfield Symphony Holiday Pops Concert: “Home for the Holidays” – 7:30pm Sat., Dec. 15, Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the- Performing Arts. Admission: $10-$33. Sponsor: Springfield Symphony Orchestra. More information: 864-6683 or White Christmas - 8:00pm, Sat., Dec. 21. Gillioz Theatre. Admission: $5. More information: 863-9491 or

First Night Springfield – 5:30pm-Midnight Mon.,

Dec. 31, multiple downtown venues and Jordan Valley Park. Admission: In advance - $8, $30 family 4-pack; Night of - $10, $35 family 4-pack, kids under 3 free. Sponsor: Springfield Regional Arts Council. More information: 831-6200 or

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2013 Downtown Springfield Holiday Gift Guide  

Authentic and personal at a great value- what else could be more perfect for the holiday season? This guide is designed to highlight the ful...