Chocoholic Frolic!
Downtown Partners presents the sixth annual Chocoholic Frolic on Saturday, February 8. From 1 to 5 PM, samples of a wide variety of chocolate treats will be available at 13 businesses in downtown Burlington.  Advance tickets are $10 at the Iowa Store, Weird Harold's through February 8, or may be purchased online at   . Tickets are $12 the day of and during the event at the same locations.
  • The following locations will host tastings:
    • Art Center of Burlington, 301 Jefferson
    • Drake Hardware & Software, 211 N. Fifth
    • Gypsi, 312 Jefferson
    • Hopefully Yours, 617 Jefferson
    • The Iowa Store, 400 Front
    • LOFT Market, 416 Jefferson
    • The Medium/Weird Harold's, 411 Jefferson
    • Myrtle Vera's Hallmark, 604 Jefferson
    • Napoli Pizza & Restaurant, 113 N. Third
    • Natural Inspirations, 213 Jefferson
    • Nature's Corner, Inc., 423 Jefferson
    • Red Screen Door, 301 Jefferson
    • Wake N Bake Breakfast Co., 713 Jefferson
For more information, call Rachel Lindeen at 319-208-0046 or visit

Thanks to Kodiak Cakes for making the Chocoholic Frolic possible.
Farmers Market Vendors Sought
Although it's still winter, Downtown Partners is already looking forward for the 2020 season of the Jefferson St. Farmers Market! The market will take place in the 300-500 blocks of Jefferson on Thursdays from 4:30 to 7 PM beginning May 7.
The Jefferson St. Farmers Market steering committee is offering a discount to returning seasonal vendors who sign up in advance, as well as for new seasonal vendors - only $110 a space for the entire 21-week season. If you are interested in being part of the region's most successful farmers market, download the application and guidelines at , or call Downtown Partners at 319-208-0056.
Downtown Open 4 Business Competition
With Main Street Iowa and the Iowa Economic Development Authority, Downtown Partners presents the Open 4 Business competition for a for-profit business located in the Main Street district. Each of the state's Main Street organizations can nominate one business. Downtown Partners will hear pitches from local applicants, with the winner chosen for the semifinals in May for a chance at $8000. The five finalists will present their ideas in a statewide contest in July for up to an additional $20,000 in funding.
To apply for the Open 4 Business competition, visit or contact Downtown Partners at 319-208-0056. The deadline is April 2.

The Latest News...    
  • At long last, Downtown Partners is about to get repair work started on the corner of 300 Washington. We expect to release specifics very shortly.
  • The deadline for early bird discount registration for A Very Vintage Market on July 18 is February 7. The event committee is busy selecting vendors. Interested in being one? The application is online at
  • Thanks to the downtown merchants who are keeping their sidewalks cleared of snow for the comfort and safety of their customers. Everyone appreciates the effort!  
  • Leap Day is Saturday the 29th - grab some friends and spend an extra day shopping and dining in downtown Burlington!
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Downtown Events


7 - Czech-Slovak Influence
in Iowa
Burlington Public Library
10 AM

Jera & the Absoluts 
Memorial Auditorium
5 PM

Jared Rouggly
Gallery Lounge
6 PM

8 - "The Hershey
Chocolate Company,"
Burlington Public Library
10 AM

Chocoholic Frolic
1 - 5 PM

J.W. Shane book signing
Burlington by the Book
1 PM

Battle of the Brushes
Art Center
4 PM

Middle Western &
Brian Johannesen
The Washington
8 PM

10 - Valentines for Seniors
Burlington Public Library
6 PM

13 - Tween & Teen
Chess Night
Burlington Public Library
6 PM

14 - Rom Coms & Popcorn
Burlington Public Library
10 AM

Heartt Heartt Golf
Art Center
6 PM

Burlington Bent River
Brewing Co.
8 PM

15 - Lego Club/P.I.E.C.E.S
Burlington Public Library
9 AM

Chess for Adults
Burlington Public Library
9 AM

Date Night Done Right
Des Moines Co. Heritage Center
5:30 PM

Russian National Ballet's Sleeping Beauty
Memorial Auditorium
7:30 PM

Richie Lee & the Fabulous '50s
Capitol Theater
7:30 PM

Paul Nelson Band
The Washington
8 PM

17 - Angry Birds 2
Burlington Public Library
2 PM

19 - Lunchtime Chamber
Music Series
First United Methodist Church
12:15 PM

21 - Family Night Unplugged: Fort Night
Burlington Public Library
5:30 PM

Not an Exit
Gallery Lounge
6 PM

The Washington
8 PM

22 -  From NBC's The Voice - Cali, Katie, Max & Alex
Memorial Auditorium
8 PM

Brandon Miller Band
The Washington
8 PM

28 - History Round Table
Des Moines Co. Heritage Center
9 :30 AM

Jive Radio
Wake N Bake Breakfast Co.
7 PM

Jeff Shaw
Capitol Theater
7:30 PM

29 - Ghost of Judas
Wake N Bake Breakfast Co.
8 PM

David Kroll & Heartland
Memorial Auditorium
8 PM

Downtown Partners, Inc. 
Board of Directors 2020

Becky Anderson - Chair
Legacy Partners
Julie Lehman - Chair Elect
Laura Beckman - Past Chair
Alliant Energy
Ryan Nagrocki - Treasurer
Midwest Realty Group
Megan Bell
Stephanie Brakeville,
Klingner and Associates
Tom Burch
F & M Bank
Janine Clover
Small Business Development Center
Robert Critser
Burlington City Council
Jim Ferneau
Burlington City Manager
Hillaurie Fritz-Bonar
Art Center of Burlington
Zach James
Southeast Iowa Regional Planning Commission
Jerry Johnson
Capitol Theater
Vanessa Watson
Great River Health
Suann Wells
The Beancounter
Tom Wolf
The Collective Food Hub