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01 ............................................................................................................................................................... 02 ................................................................................................College Night @ Big Whiskey’s / 9 pm 03 ............................................................................................................................................................... 04 ........................................................................ I Love America / 11:00 am / Springfield Underground 05 .................................................................... Thurday Night Power Jams @ Jordan Creek / 9pm-close 06 ...................................................................... First Friday Artwalk / 6:00 pm / Downtown Springfield 07 ........................................................................................ The Ten Spot @ The Skinny Improv / 10pm 08 ........................................ Springfield Cardinals vs. Frisco RoughRiders / Hammons Field / 6:10 pm 09 ........................................ Springfield Cardinals vs. Frisco RoughRiders / Hammons Field / 7:10 pm 10 .............................................................................................................................................................. 11 ................................................................... Founders Park Concert Series / 12:00pm / Founders Park 12 ........................................................................................ Mincks & Miller / 8:00 pm / Bar Next Door 13 ......................................................................... Founders Park / Movie: Open Season / Starts at Dusk 14 .............................. Einstein On Ice Annual Fundraiser / 10:00 am / Discovery Center of Springfield 15 ............................................................................................................................................................... 16 ..................................................................................................... DJ Lush / 10:00pm-Close / Harpo’s 17 ............................................................................................................................................................... 18 ........................................................ Founders Park / Featuring The Skinny Improv / Starts at “noon” 19 .......................................Chocolate Blues Networking Festival / 2:00pm / Knights of Columbia Hall 20 ...................................................................................... The Big Show @ The Skinny Improv / 10pm 21 ......................................... Springfield Cardinals vs. Witchita Wranglers / Hammons Field / 6:10 pm 22 ......................................... Springfield Cardinals vs. Witchita Wranglers / Hammons Field / 6:10 pm 23 ............................................................................................................................................................... 24 ................................... Tuesday Night Jam at C-Street Market / 5:30pm / Commercial Street Market 25 ....................................... Founders Park - Missouri State University’s String Fling / Starts at “noon” 26 ............................................................................................................................................................... 27 . DOWNTOWN BEAT FALL FASHION SHOW @ ICON NIGHTCLUB / 9PM 28 ........................................................................................... Outdoor Cinema @ Founders Park / Dusk 29 ............................................................................................................................................................... 30 ........................................................... OOVVDA Wine Tasting / 12:00pm-Dusk / OOVVDA Winery 31 .......................................... Springfield Cardinals vs. Arkansas Travelers / Hammons Field / 7:10 pm
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Cherry Bomb
1 1/2 oz Cherry Vodka 1/2 oz Cherry Brandy Your favorite shot turned drink! Place ingredients in highball on ice and fill with Redbull. The Brandy is the secret ingredient that elevates this drink to Downtown Beat status; so don’t get cheap!

Fierce Grape
1 1/2 oz Grape Vodka 1/4 oz Raspberry Liquor 1/4 oz Blue Curacao Tastes just like the Gatorade flavor bearing its name. Is it in you?

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What is the purpose / mission of the Urban Districts Alliance? Urban Districts Alliance is a non-profit community development corporation providing leadership, programs, and services to preserve and strengthen the economic vitality of Center City and each of its distinctive historic business districts. What exactly is your role at the UDA? Our staff supports many of the Center City organizations, including the Downtown Springfield Community Improvement District, Downtown Springfield Association, Historic Walnut Street Association, Commercial Club, Springfield Finance and Development Corporation, Jordan Valley Marketing Council, and the Hospitality Resource Panel. We manage several of Springfield’s favorite community events (such as Artsfest, Artsfiesta, C-Street Jam, Tour of Missouri, Cider Days, Miss Merrie Christmas Pageant, the Christmas Parade, and First Night.) We assist prospective business owners invest in our historic business districts through our Business Opportunity Package and financial incentives. Finally, as Executive Director I represent Center City in many civic functions such as ribbon cuttings for new businesses, presentations to community groups, and information sessions with City Council. Do you feel that the revitalization of downtown Springfield has been a success thus far? Center City’s revitalization is remarkable. We’ve had over $217 million in investment since 1997 with another $155 million in current projects for a total of $372 million in ten years. The number of residential units has increased from 71 in 2002 to 294 in 2006, which translates into over almost 600 residents in urban housing units. With that said, there is still much work to be done. Retail recruitment, the attraction of new major employers, and encouraging the expansion of loft and condo living remain goals in each of our business districts. What could be done to continue the growth of downtown and increase its appeal? There are several projects currently underway – Wilhoit Plaza, the Gillioz Theatre, College Station, the arena site, Jordan Valley Park, and Cox North – which will be catalysts for future growth. We are

exploring financial incentives to help new businesses consistent with our revitalization strategies with additional working capital. We are actively marketing our Center City districts to broader demographics to encourage patrons of all ages to enjoy our restaurants, art galleries, and retail. Do you think that there is a problem with violence in the downtown area, or is it a relatively safe place to frequent? Center City is a safe place. I say that not only as a worker, but also as a husband and father of two small children who lives only three blocks from College Station. The Springfield Police Department and the Community Improvement District work very closely to add lighting whenever needed, to encourage businesses to follow the Hospitality Resource Panel’s best practices, and to develop a downtown ambassador program (which will start again in the fall). As our districts continue to develop with new residents and businesses, we anticipate a need for additional officers over the next few years who are trained in entertainment policing.

“Center City is a safe place. I say that not only as a worker, but also as a husband and father of two small children who lives only three blocks from College Station.“
What is your favorite thing about downtown Springfield? I love the opportunity to work and live in an area that is rich in history and vibrant with new investment and culture. What would you like to see in the future as far as entertainment and nightlife? I look forward to more live music venues on Commercial Street to once again make it a regional entertainment destination. I’m excited to see downtown expand its options for all ages with College Station’s 14 movie screens, the library’s new location on Park Central Square, and our new community events such as “Taste of Springfield” debuting this October. I foresee Walnut Street continuing its development to connect it closer and closer to downtown and serving as a link between the Missouri State campus, Hammons Field, and Jordan Valley Park. As generations of Springfieldians grow up cheering on the Springfield Cardinals, learning at the Discovery Center, and skating at the Jordan Valley Ice Park, Center City will be the place they look to for great dining, sporting events, art galleries, theatre, film, and community events. Thanks Rusty! You have definitely given us some excellent insight, and we look forward to speaking with you again soon!

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Acoustic Cafe

re you tired of hitting up the same spots day after day? Perhaps it’s time to step out of that routine you’ve got going and take a few adventuresome chances. If nothing else, just do it to show your friends that you can make executive decisions too. We think these are some great places to start…

Uncle Fudd’s
Uncle Fudd’s is a mom and pop restaurant that’s been around for 22 years now. Though ownership has changed hands a few times, this burger shop is still known for their small-business feel and affordable meals. Uncle Fudd’s, located at the corner of St. Louis and Park Central East in the Woodruff Building, is one of only two restaurants in downtown Springfield that serves breakfast and lunch. Uncle Fudd’s serves its customers Mon-Fri from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and offers meals from $2.60 to $6.00.

You probably drive by this place every day without realizing that it has some of the best burgers in town! The Acoustic Cafe, a quaint building located on 434 S Jefferson, is a chilled out spot where you can relax, listen to some good tunes, and drink Ozark Mountain Coffee. They even serve up a great “homestyle” breakfast. Acoustic Cafe is a perfect place for breakfast or lunch; so stop driving by and stop in! Business hours are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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Merle’s Hot Dog Emporium
Merle’s is obviously known for their variety of dogs, but they also offer a mean breakfast for the early-risers. If you aren’t in the mood for a hot dog, try a wrap, sandwich, or their best-seller, the Frito Chili Pie. Located at 319 ½ E. Walnut St. for about 5 years now, Merle’s also includes Sweet Susie’s to satisfy the more dessert-oriented crowd. If you’re in the area, ask about their famous Gooey Butter Cake. Open from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Merle’s is prepared to serve you breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Oh, we almost forgot to mention the best part... Merle’s is now serving St. George’s doughnuts- some of the best doughnuts in town!!

Chicago-style pizza to Springfield’s residents, and two-and-a-half years later, we can’t get enough. Located at 301 W. Park Central Sq., Marco’s serves its customers from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekends for the late-night pizza lovers. Lunch and dinner specials are offered daily.

Wellspring Café
The Wellspring Café is one of Springfield’s only vegan restaurants. For those of you who are new to the lifestyle, that means no egg, cheese, dairy, or meat. It might seem a little boring for some, but when you try the Wellspring’s famous grilled Reuben, or their falafel wrap, you won’t be missing the meat! Located at 300 W. McDaniel, the Wellspring has been whipping up their vegan dishes for 10 years now and is open Mon-Fri from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Meals at the Wellspring include dine-in and take-out specials for $7.95, sandwiches for $6.95, and salads from $4.95-$8.95.

Springfield’s Hot Glass Studio
This Hot Glass Studio is Springfield’s only glass-blowing facility. Open for four years now at 314 S. Campbell, it’s a great place to go for some outside-the-norm entertainment. The Glass Studio offers live demonstrations of glass blowing all day on Tues, Thurs, and Sat from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and bead making Mon-Sat. Not only do you get to watch the artifacts being made, but they are offered for sale in the studio as well. Anything from bowls and vases to glass beads and jewelry, the Hot Glass Studio is a one-stop shop for entertainment and art.

Bakehouse
The Bakehouse is downtown Springfield’s catering stop for pastries, pies, and bread, etc. All made from scratch, these baked goods will leave you wanting more. The Bakehouse has been around for 25 years and is currently located at 308 W. McDaniel. Hours of operation for the Bakehouse are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Mon., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tues-Thurs, and 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Fri. On Saturdays, the Bakehouse crew goes to farmer’s markets and they participate in Arts Fest as well.

Marco’s Pizzeria
Marco’s is Springfield’s only Chicago-style pizza parlor. The owner, a Chicago native, decided Marco’s would introduce true, authentic, thin-crust

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Monday

Harpo’s – Dirt cheap draws and Music by DJ Lush Big Whiskey’s – Great deals on pints and Starburst shots

Tuesday

Trolley’s - Domestic and Beer Bucket deals until midnight

Wednesday Thursday Friday

Ernie Biggs – Mug Night and Coors Light special

Jordan Creek – The Party Patio is open with cheap drinks all night long!

The Boogie – Insane Pint Specials Harpo’s – High Life Pitchers

Cheap Saturday Drink The Boogie - Domestic bottles and well specials Spots 7 Days Sunday Springfield Brewing Company - Pizza & Pitcher or of the Wings & Pitcher Week! We can’t give the exact prices on these amazing drink specials, but, trust us, they are definitely worth checking out... We wouldn’t steer you wrong when it comes to cheap booze! 30/ DOWNTOWNBEAT DOWNTOWNBEAT / 31

What’s something unique or interesting about your place that you would like to share?

puter, and custom changes are quicker than ever.

GRAIN Modern Furniture did an excellent job at making our shop look great and gave me the look I had anticipated in my tattoo shop. Our place is clean, sterile, and is a board certified shop. We have amazing customer service, and we specialize in custom artwork.

Why did you choose downtown?

Great outlet for artistic exposure. We needed a spot that not only would highlight our tattooing talents, but expose our other artistic talents through the gallery and our clothing line.

What’s something unique or interesting about your place that you would like to share?

Name of owner(s):

Jason Hix, Dash Pierce

Type of business:

Our shop is an eclectic mix of design, and you won’t feel like you’re in an average studio. With the help of the 308 Workshop and interior designer Erin Hicks we developed a comfortable atmosphere that won’t scare you away from the needles. We’ll also soon be adding the Lucky 13 brand and Reverse Logic Clothing to our retail area. Both of these brands compliment our Prix Apparel line.

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Owner:
May 28th

Apparel, Tattoo, and Gallery

ecently, a few of our staffers (we won’t say who) lost a bet and had to get a “DB Rulz” tattoo in times new roman font somewhere on their bodies. But before we sent them out to get inked, we checked out a few new downtown tattoo shops to see which place could draw it on biggest. Here’s what we found out…

How long in business?
1 week June 8th, 2007

Date you opened downtown? Location:
420 S. Campbell - downtown

So it turns out that both places could draw it on bigger than we would ever want to see it. We decided to split up the business and send one guy to each place. Each unlucky staffer both reported an all around enjoyable and comfortable experience. And we can’t imagine “DB Rulz” looking any cooler. Who knows, maybe we’ll even post some pics of the new tats in our August issue! Make sure and pick up a copy to see that!!

Ethan Jackson

Opened: Location:
12:00-9:00 212 W McDaniel St. - downtown

Every aspect of tattooing: artwork, meeting people, and the opportunity to travel. A career doesn’t get any better than that.

Hours of operation:
Tues-Thurs 11-9 Fri-Sat 12-11

What sets you apart from other tattoo artists? Why did you choose downtown?

Why you chose this type of business venture?

Dashing good looks. Oh, our work also speaks for itself.

It was a chance to combine the talents of Prix Tattoo with Czar Graphics which we couldn’t ignore.

Hours of operation: Why did you choose this type of business venture?
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What sets you apart from other tattoo artists?

We like the downtown vibe. Chance to show our work to a broader clientele.

We’ve brought different aspects of art into our tattooing. Graphic design, illustration, advertising, printing, and tattooing coming together. We invite all of our customers to venture into the custom tattoo world and not just choose a random piece of flash. The graphic design experience allows your tattoo to be created with a com-

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Need something designed? Contact us today!

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