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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!
 

 

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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. 

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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."

Learn more on mainstreet.org.

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.

 

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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.

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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 downtownchilli.com 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 downtownchilli.com, for  $50.00.  Tables are already being reserved with a limited number available.   

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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!

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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

Organization

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

Cooperative Spirit Award- Chuck Haney

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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.
 
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/downtown-wine-walk-and-concert-tickets-44818128228
 
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.  http://abbeyroadwarriors.com/demo-video/
 
People participating in the wine walk must be 21 years of age.

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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.

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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!

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