Living Windows

Dozens of downtown storefronts will come to life during the 18th annual Living Windows celebration on Thursday, December 8 from 6 to 8 PM. The event includes ice sculpting, carolers, puppet shows, treats, marshmallow roasting with the Burlington Fire Department, crafts, the festival of trees at the Burlington Apartments, storytellers, free horse drawn trolley rides, and much more. Visitors can stop by Santa's Cottage in Nancy Neafie Park, sample some holiday goodies, and do some shopping, too. Thanks to presenting sponsor Two Rivers Bank & Trust for making the Downtown Partners holiday events possible.
Holiday Shop Hops Continue

Every Thursday evening until Christmas, many downtown merchants will be open late to fit customers' busy schedules. The great majority of retail shopping takes place after 5 PM. Happily, we are seeing more businesses embrace evening and weekend hours (which also plays off the restaurant traffic), making downtown even more of a destination.
Here Comes Santa Claus!

The jolly old elf himself will be greeting visitors in downtown Burlington at Nancy Neafie Park on the corner of Sixth and Jefferson. Santa will be at his cottage during the Holiday Shop Hops on December 15 and 22 from 6 to 8 PM, as well as during Living Windows. There is no cost, and cameras are welcome. Creating fond memories of downtown for families today helps build support for downtown tomorrow! Many thanks to Carl A. Nelson & Co., Beames Welding, and Dick Keith for their assistance with Santa's Cottage.
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By now, you've probably heard the great news about the former Typewriter Shop! Downtown Partners has been awarded a $65,400 Main Street Challenge Grant to help put a new roof on the building, as well as a $4900 technical assistance grant to have measured floor plans done. This funding is available because of our status as an accredited Main Street organization. Asbestos abatement is being completed with the help of an Iowa DNR grant, and repairs to a roof drain and truss will be done this winter with emergency grant funding from the state historical society. Locally, the Heritage Trust has also pledged $10,000 in support of the project to resurrect the building. Many thanks to the Southeast Iowa Regional Planning Commission for their excellent work on securing these funds.
The Latest News...

  • The Lightscape Project has a new website! Visit for photos, information about the various lighted locations, and a map of our suggested walking/driving tour route. Thanks to the SCC students and Cindy Larson of Klingner & Associate who assisted with the creation of this website. 
  • Our board has taken an important step by establishing a Downtown Partners endowment through the Community Foundation of Des Moines County. Funds in the fa├žade loan account are being used as the seed capital, ensuring that downtown will see the benefits in perpetuity. Beginning later in 2017, individuals will be able to donate or bequeath money to the endowment and receive a special Endow Iowa tax credit. For more information, contact us at 319-208-0056 or .       
  • Thanks to outgoing Downtown Partners board members Todd Darnall of McConnell Lofts and Ryan Gerling of Cray Law Firm. Their service has been instrumental in making downtown Burlington a better place for all. We greatly appreciate their invaluable support.
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Get the scoop on live music and events, business openings, building rehabs, and more - visit Downtown Burlington, Iowa on Facebook!  And while you're Liking us online, don't forget to check out all the great downtown businesses that have their own Facebook page as well.  
"The mission of Downtown Partners is to preserve and revitalize downtown Burlington by enhancing its economy, infrastructure, and historical and cultural features."
A Main Street Iowa Program

A Division of the Greater Burlington Partnership
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610 N. 4th Street, Suite 200
Burlington, IA  52601

Steve Frevert, Director of Downtown Partners, Inc.  -  319-208-0056