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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.



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


Wine Walk

by Ben White, Director 9. May 2018 14:49

Main Street Chillicothe and Chillicothe Area Arts Council have planned an exciting evening starting at 4 p.m. on Friday, May 18, 2018.  This annual event starts in front of the Commerce Building at 514 Washington Street where you can purchase a beautifully engraved Main Street wine glass for $20.00.  You can register ahead of time on line and we will check your name off when you arrive. People can also call the Main Street office at 660-646-4071 to register.
Sixteen downtown merchants are participating in this year’s event.  A map will be provided to guide you to those businesses. The merchants also provide a food item that pairs with the wine they will be serving.  Merchants participating are:   Country Corner Craft and Antique Mall; Madison Avenue; Friends; Cliftons; Lauhoff Jewelry; The Sip; Sensenich Jeweler; Hometown Health Mart; Hometown Pharmacy; Beemers; Robertson Insurance; Cultural Corner and Art Guild; Coconut Grove; and the Mad Toppers. 
The wine walk runs until 8 p.m.  At 7:30p Abbey Road Warriors will be playing your enjoyment in our downtown Silver Moon Plaza.  This is a Beatles Tribute band that plays all of your favorite Beatles music.  They are a tribute band and not a look-a-like.  The band comes to us from St. Louis, MO.  They will be playing until 9:30p.  Jersey’s Sports Grill will be on hand in Silver Moon Plaza with a cash bar.  Hy-Vee will have their grill fired up. The concert is a free concert.  Should the weather not be cooperative, the backup site will be moved to Celebrations at the bowling alley.
People participating in the wine walk must be 21 years of age.


Great America Main Street Award Semi-Finalist

by Ben White, Director 20. September 2017 13:46

We are a semi-finalist for a national award! The Great America Main Street Award promotes and recognizes communities that have done an exceptional job in promoting downtown as a great place to live, work, play, and visit. It is because of Main Street Chillicothe's sponsors, partners, and stakeholders that this is even possible. This is exciting news for the community! Check out below what Main Street America wrote about our community and be sure to tune in next March to see if we are a winner!


Main Street Chillicothe (Chillicothe, MO) is a 2018 Great American Main Street Award semi-finalist!

Chillicothe, nestled in the green, rolling hills of Northern Missouri, is a vibrant community brimming with small town hospitality and charm—as well as all the amenities and conveniences of a larger locale. Did we also mention that it was the first city in the world to offer commercially sliced bread to the public in 1928?

Main Street Chillicothe attributes its many successes to strong partnerships with local government, the business sector, and community stakeholders. For example, Main Street partnered with the Chillicothe Farmers Market on Sliced Bread Saturday to help educate and promote residents of the importance of using local, fresh goods. And thanks to an award-winning retail incubator, Main Street Holiday House, a once blighted area of downtown has been transformed into a hub of commerce and activity.


Main Street Building

by Ben White, Director 25. July 2017 15:25
It's completed! A huge shout out to Copeland Development and Kelly Poling of Original Arrtwork by Kelly for fixing the outside wall and bringing the Graham's Mill mural back to life. What a great entrance into downtown!


Main Street Building

by Ben White, Director 25. July 2017 15:25
It's completed! A huge shout out to Copeland Development and Kelly Poling of Original Arrtwork by Kelly for fixing the outside wall and bringing the Graham's Mill mural back to life. What a great entrance into downtown!


Historic Preservation Ordinance

by Ben White, Director 25. April 2017 13:39

Main Street Chillicothe is working with the City of Chillicothe to consider the approval of a Historic Preservation Ordinance and we would like your feedback! The Historic Preservation Ordinance promotes the protection and preservation of historic buildings and gives building owners technical and financial resources to use when planning restoration work. Here are some additional benefits:

·         -Legal Protection for Historic Buildings

·         -Increased Property and Resale Value

·         -Eligibility for Preservation Tax and Grant Incentives

·         -Local Job Creation

·         -Increased Tourism Revenue

·         -Promotion of Community Revitalization and Economic Development

·         -Better Quality of Life


Attached below you will find the full proposed ordinance. Please let us know your thoughts on this matter!

Draft Chillicothe Preservation Ordinance 11-13-17.doc (110.50 kb)


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