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Main Street Hiring New Executive Director

by Ben White, Director 12. December 2019 15:15

Main Street Chillicothe is looking for a new Executive Director.  You can reference the following two links.  Applications will be taken until 5 p.m. on Friday, January 3, 2020.

Any questions can be answered by calling the Main Street Office at 660-646-4071.


Main Street Chillicothe Exec. Director Posting 12-11-19.docx (19.41 kb)

2019 Revised Executive Director Job Description - 12-11-19 (4).pdf (715.92 kb)


Director's Message

by Ben White, Director 28. August 2019 08:41

What a whirlwind of a quarter! This time of year is filled with such color and vibrancy downtown, and it's always amazing to see the crowds of people enjoying all of the different businesses and amenities.

We've had some amazing successes just in the past quarter. Much of the work in the Kelly Poling Arts District has been completed with hanging lights and other small amenities on the way. You may have noticed the test strand already up; look for more to come in the upcoming months! We look forward to the continued revitalization of this corridor of Locust Street. 

We received word that we are semi-finalists for 4 state Main Street awards, which will be announced at the annual Main Street conference on July 25th. Those four categories are: Best Large-Scale Project: Purchase and Renovation of 504 Washington St.; Heritage Travel Award: Sliced Bread Day; Outstanding Community Education Campaign: Historic Preservation; and Volunteer of the Year: Kelly Poling. We are excited to honor these four nominees! 

The newest mural was completed and plans for the 2020 mural are already underway. Also, be on the lookout for a facade renovation coming to the Edward Jones building in the next few weeks that will breathe new life into this beautiful building. 

As always, support local business and shop downtown. There's a lot downtown has to offer, so come out and explore! 


New Business Spotlight- The Charmed Nook

by Ben White, Director 28. August 2019 08:39

Main Street wishes to welcome Wendy Wilson owner of The Charmed Nook as a new business to downtown.  The Charmed Nook opened in April 2019. 
Wendy and husband Michael Wilson live in Chillicothe.  Wendy has 2 children and 3 grandchildren.  She loves dogs and has two.  She worked at Hy-vee for 25 years.  They moved to Chillicothe in 2013.  
Wendy's love and hobby of painting signs and creating flower arrangements grew in the last few years, and she began getting requests for custom orders.  Her business, Me & My Brush was formed and soon it was taking over her garage.  After about two years working from home, she  began looking for a space to expand.
Her niece Kristy Lauhoff found her the perfect building at 611 Locust St. Wendy decided she wanted to create a store where other talented people could showcase and sell their own goods.  She changed the name from Me & My Brush to The Charmed Nook and began looking for vendors that could fill the store.  She also had the upstairs apartment renovated, bringing the apartment entry from the back ally to the front of the building.  The Charmed Nook received the facade renovation and upstairs renovation grants from Main Street.  They put in new store front windows and doors, which look great.  The upstairs apartment is gorgeous and provides a great place to rent, with great views of downtown.  
The store now houses 27 vendors, who offer a variety of items ranging from hand painted signs, home decor, primitives, pet treats and supplies, floral arrangements, jewelry, quilts, gifts and more.  A lot of the vendors take custom orders, including Wendy herself, who loves creating custom gift baskets.  Wendy will even deliver for free inside city limits.  Wendy and her husband Mike reside in Chillicothe.  Wendy has one employee, Laura Davenport, who also creates custom hand painted signs, available in the store.
I asked Wendy what she wanted people to know about her and the store and Wendy stated that her goal has always been to create a welcoming environment for vendors.  She strives to give a personable experience to customers.  She loves being a part of downtown and enjoys assisting customers and working with the talented vendors that fill her store.
Her store is a fun place to shop, and gives a down home feel as soon as you walk in the door.  There is something for everyone, and the store has already received great reviews on its facebook page.   Her store hours are Monday-Friday 9-6, Saturday 9-5, closed Sundays.  You can find The Charmed Nook on Facebook


Director's Message

by Ben White, Director 9. April 2019 17:09

Are you as ready for spring and warm weather as I am? This happens to be my favorite time of the year downtown as the daffodils spring up in the permanent planters and flower pots are spread out all throughout downtown, creating this amazing array of colors that marks the start of spring. Take a walk downtown; you never know what you will find!

Our organization has been busy promoting downtown Chillicothe as a great place to work, visit, and play. In March, we gave a talk at the Missouri Conference on History on our successful strategies in preserving our downtown through partnerships. We also received an award from the Missouri chapter of the American Planning Association in recognition of Silver Moon Plaza being a Great Public Space. Finally, we just got back from our national conference in Seattle where we were recognized as a Great American Main Street Award semi-finalist, an honor only given to ten Main Street communities in the nation.

We’re also excited to showcase some awesome new projects! As the weather warms up, you will begin to see some building façade work downtown as these old buildings receive some new life. The Arts District on Locust Street will also see significant improvement as more creative elements are added down that corridor in addition to the benches and trees already installed. A few new businesses will be opening up here in the next few months that will fill a need in our community that we will be excited to announce when the time comes.

We will also be starting work soon on the newest mural downtown on the side of Klinginsmith Chiropractic. We’ve been fortunate to work with a new mural artist that will try and match Kelly Poling’s style as much as possible. Kelly was an amazing asset, volunteer, and friend to our organization, and we will continue to promote his legacy for years to come.

As always, reach out to me if you have any questions/concerns concerning downtown. Be sure to visit our website for a full list of our upcoming events and to get more information on starting a business or how to support our not-for-profit. Until next time!



Main Street Chillicothe Wins Great Public Space Award

by Ben White, Director 9. April 2019 17:05

The Missouri Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA) presented three Great Places in Missouri awards on March 6th, 2019, at the State Capitol in Jefferson City, Missouri.  The honorees were Silver Moon Plaza, Chillicothe; High Street, Jefferson City, and Downtown Lee’s Summit, Lee’s Summit, MO.  Awards were presented to the recipients by Jason Ray, AICP, President, APA Missouri.
The Great Places in Missouri program was started in 2014 to recognize neighborhoods, streets, and public spaces throughout Missouri that demonstrate exceptional character, quality and planning that enrich communities, facilitate economic growth, and inspire residents and visitors alike.  The Great Places in Missouri program was modeled after APA’s Great Places in America Program that has recognized 290 neighborhoods, streets, and public spaces around the country since 2007.
“The 2019 Great Places in Missouri are extraordinary examples of what good planning can do for communities,” said Jason Ray, AICP, APA Missouri President. “This year’s award winners are high quality public spaces that encourage community building, create connections between people and their City, implement multiple elements of planning efforts, and promote economic growth.  APA Missouri is proud to have such great examples of what good planning can create in our state. We congratulate the communities on this well-deserved honor.” 
Silver Moon Plaza in Chillicothe, Missouri was honored as a Great Public Space in Missouri.  It is considered to be a single lot oasis in the heart of Chillicothe’s downtown, which makes it an excellent example of planning in a small community.  A result of the Missouri DREAM Initiative, Silver Moon Plaza was a vacant lot and eyesore in downtown, in the early 2000’s but was transformed into a dynamic and active community space.  In 2009, the community and planners worked through a process to identify desirable uses for the lot.  The final plan and subsequent design and engineering resulted in Silver Moon Plaza.   The Plaza is a go-to location for prom and senior photos, marriage proposals, weddings, band and choir performances, and downtown festivals, and seasonal holidays.
Silver Moon Plaza is maintained, and programmed by Main Street Chillicothe and located on land donated by a local agribusiness individual.  The agricultural identity has been continued through the corn, wheat and soybeans metalwork on the entry archway, the focal point of the plaza.  Silver Moon Plaza characterizes a “great public space” through its plan implementation and as a gathering place for the community that reflects the character and heritage of Chillicothe.
Proclamations were presented to Main Street Chillicothe by our State Representative, Rusty Black, and our State Senator, Dennis Hoskins.   The delegation from Chillicothe that was on hand to be a part of the ceremony were:  Ben White, Executive Director, Main Street Chillicothe; Mayor Reed Dupy; Darin Chappell, City Administrator; Mr. Ed Robertson, Main Street Board President; Jay Saucedo, Assistant Director for Main Street Chillicothe; Crystal Narr, Executive Director for the Chillicothe Area Chamber of Commerce;  Amy Supple; Tourism Director; and Robert Smith, Main Street member and Manager of Fairfield Inn Chillicothe. 


Main Street Chillicothe- Great American Main Street Award semi-finalist!

by Ben White, Director 22. August 2018 08:40

Main Street Chillicothe has been named a 2019 Great American Main Street Award (GAMSA) Semifinalist by the National Main Street Center. Winners will be announced at the opening plenary of the Main Street Now Conference in Seattle, Washington, March 25, 2019.

The 2019 Great American Main Street Award recognizes exceptional Main Street America programs whose successes serve as a model for comprehensive, historic preservation-based commercial district revitalization. This year's 10 Semifinalists were selected from a nationwide pool of accredited applicants by a national jury based on their successful and innovative uses of the Main Street ApproachT. Criteria includes: strength of the Main Street America program in creating an exciting place to live, work, play and visit; commitment to historic preservation; implementation of model partnerships, and demonstrated success of the Main Street Approach. Over 90 communities have been recognized as winners since the award's inception in 1995.


Downtown Chillicothe is the venue for events and attractions like wine walks, Boofest and the 24 murals displayed throughout.  But the national jury is more interested in the successes associated with the development of downtown, since 2006.  Since that time, there have been 75 building rehabilitations, 54 net new businesses established, 213 net new jobs, over $11M in public and private investment, and 30,657 volunteer hours.

Executive Director, Ben White, credits the community for that success. "It's a credit to the people and the organizations that we partner with," said White, "It's a lot of work to maintain all of the projects that result in our success and we couldn't do it without the help of our partners, sponsors and volunteers."

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About the National Main Street Center and Main Street America:

The National Main Street Center has been helping revitalize older and historic commercial districts since 1980. Today's network consists of more than 1,600 neighborhoods and communities, rural and urban, collectively known as Main Street America, which share both a commitment to place and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development. Main Street America is a program of the nonprofit National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.



Mad Toppers, Downtown Chillicothe's Newest Restaurant!

by Ben White, Director 6. August 2018 16:11

Main Street Chillicothe welcomes Mad Toppers to our downtown Main Street family.  The restaurant is owned by Mickey and Chrisi Criner.  They have three daughters, Jaime, age 19 who attends college at Northwest Missouri State University;  Madeline, age 17, will be starting her senior year at Chillicothe High School, and Emily, age 11 will be going to Chillicothe Middle School. Mad Toppers is located at 455 Locust Street, Chillicothe, MO, across the street from the library. 
The Criners moved to this area from Flagstaff, Arizona seven years ago to be closer to Mickey’s mother, Sandy Rowland, who had moved from the state of Arizona ahead of Mickey and Chrisi. 
The Criners are “Foodies” and they felt there was a need for good food made from scratch in their area. Never being in the restaurant business, their new venture was the purchase and opening of the Chula Bar and Grill in 2015.  Chrisi stated that learning the business came through trial and error by finding out what worked and what didn’t.  Currently, their Chula business is closed and undergoing renovation but will be reopening around Halloween of this year.
Because of the success of the Chula Bar and Grill, they wanted to expand into the Chillicothe market. When looking at available spaces, they fell in love with the Winkelmeyer Building.  In mid-April of 2018 they started making the building theirs.  Most of the work has been done by Mickey and Chrisi. They had a soft opening on the night of our May 18th wine walk.  The art work on the wall as you enter the inside has been done by the Criner’s two oldest daughters, Jaime and Madeline. They will be able to change out the art work from time to time. When asking Chrisi how they came up with the name Mad Toppers, she stated “we wanted a name that represented our food and we are crazy about our toppings”.   
For the Chillicothe location, Mickey’s and Chrisi’s first thought was to serve pizza only, (home of the 28” pizza) but the demand for serving more of their Chula foods has been great so they are meeting those requests.  On Mondays they will be serving the one half pound hamburger, made to order. Currently they are serving wings with 4 different sauces, which will eventually be part of their buffet, and the Chula tenderloin is soon to be introduced.  In 7-10 days they will be receiving their liquor license. Mickey said they will be serving a wide variety of craft beers.
Mad Toppers will be expanding their hours, Monday – Saturday will be open 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. and on Sundays, 11 a.m. – 12 am. .  
A question was posed  to Mickey asking if a person came to talk to them about wanting to start a restaurant and had no prior experience, what would he say to them?  His response: “Keep family first and don’t overdo yourself.  If you try to do too much early on, you will burn yourself out. Big menus all at once not good.” Crisi added, “Listen to people’s comments and reviews, good or bad," “Should there be a not so favorable comment on their Facebook page, they will talk to their staff, and respond to the customer”.
Main Street Chillicothe welcomes the Criner family and their restaurant, Mad Toppers to Chillicothe, with wishes for much success.


Wine Walk and Concert

by Ben White, Director 6. August 2018 16:10

You asked and Main Street delivered by bringing back the MEMBERS ONLY -THE 80'S TRIBUTE BAND to entertain you.  They are going to compliment our October 5, 2018 wine walk, by performing at our beautiful Silver Moon Plaza stage in downtown Chillicothe. 

Members Only is the nation's premier 80's tribute band playing your favorite classics from the decade that gave us the Rubik's Cube, Atari, and BIG HAIR!  Members only has been playing regionally since the "Summer of 69" (no wait, 2008) with experienced musicians Brent Thornton on lead vocals, Sam Adkins on bass guitar, Will "The Prodigy" Clark on the keys.  Seth Jaeger and Zach McClease playing guitar, and Justin Gabossi keeping the beat on the drums.  Members only is a high-energy band from Springfield, MO, that is sure to get you in the party mood.

Their high-energy, trademark performance merges an incredible light show with music that spans the decade: Journey, Michael Jackson, Def Leppard, Prince, Bon Jovi, G&R and many more artists.  So put on your party gear, and let these masters of the 80's remind you that the 80's will always live on.

The wine walk begins at 4pm and ticket sales end at 7:30pm. The cost of a ticket is $20.00, and you may purchase advanced tickets by going to or calling the Main Street Office to guarantee your spot on the wine walk.  We have 300 spots available. You may pay over the phone with your debit/credit card or pay for your reservation the night of.  Walkers will receive an engraved wine glass along with a map of the merchants participating in this event.

MEMBERS ONLY will be doing a free concert and performing for three hours.  They begin at 7:30p and will play until 10:30p.  People may reserve priority seating for 8 for the evening by going to, for  $50.00.  Tables are already being reserved with a limited number available.   


It passed!

by Ben White, Director 25. June 2018 13:48

The Historic Preservation Ordinance passed at City Council on June 11! This is a HUGE deal for property owners and the City of Chillicothe. By passing this ordinance, Chillicothe is now eligible for grants through the State Historic Preservation Office for preservation planning, building renovations and more. This ordinance will:

  • Help Increase Property Values
  • Protect Historic Resources
  • Promote Economic Development in Chillicothe
  • Increase Tourism
  • Promote Historic Preservation Ethic
  • Provide Technical Assistance

Thanks for the City of Chillicothe and Downtown building owners for coming together to make this happen!


Farm to Table a Success

by Ben White, Director 25. June 2018 11:11

Main Street Chillicothe, in partnership with the Chillicothe Farmers Market and Uprooted Kitchen, held the second annual Farm-to-Table Awards Banquet Fundraiser on June 22nd on Webster Street in front of Silver Moon Plaza. Guests were treated to an all locally grown meal, catered by Uprooted Kitchen with Silver Moon Plaza serving as the backdrop for a beautiful evening.

Downtown Awards were given to supporters of the organization, businesses that have had a positive impact on downtown Chillicothe and for significant projects. Congratulations to all of the award winners and thank you for making downtown Chillicothe a great place to live, work, play, and visit!

Promotions- Jersey's Sports Bar and Grill 

Economic Vitality- Lea Anderson, The Sip

Design- Beth Weidner, Weeds Greenhouse


  • Downtown Supporter- City of Chillicothe
  • Contributing Business- Uprooted Kitchen
  • Volunteer of the Year- Ed Robertson

Cooperative Spirit Award- Chuck Haney


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