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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.   


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