Farmers Market Vendors Sought
Downtown Partners is definitely looking forward to 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. We're very pleased to welcome Farmers Savings Bank as the premier market sponsor for May.
 
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 GreaterBurlington.com, 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 GreaterBurlington.com or contact Downtown Partners at 319-208-0056. The deadline is April 2.
Spring Open House
Celebrate the season in downtown Burlington with the Spring Open House on Saturday, April 4. There will be great new merchandise and specials at your favorite shops. Downtown Partners thanks these businesses for supporting the Spring Open House - and we hope you will, too!
  • Natural Inspirations, 213 Jefferson
  • Art Center of Burlington, 301 Jefferson
  • Burlington by the Book, 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
Come see what's new downtown!
The Latest News...    
  • Thanks to the host businesses and to event sponsor Kodiak Cakes for presenting the Chocoholic Frolic last month. It was great to see people out and about enjoying some amazing treats downtown.
  • Grant Construction is busy doing interior demolition and shoring work on DPI's building at 300 Washington, the former Typewriter Shop. Exterior work will follow when this phase is complete. This project is supported in part by the State Historical Society of Iowa's Historical Resource Development Program and is funded in part by the Iowa Economic Development Authority and a grant from the Landes Fund for IA of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
  • The City is working with consultants on the planning and design of the TIGER grant project, which will greatly enhance the safety, appearance, accessibility, and stormwater retention capability of downtown. We expect work on Jefferson St. to take place in 2021. MUCH more info to come!
  • We're pleased to note that the construction of two downtown apartments has been completed in recent weeks. That brings the number of downtown residences to 183 - with 40 additional units under construction right now. Upper story residential development grows the downtown population, boosts our businesses, increases property values, and puts formerly vacant space into productive use.
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Steve Frevert, Director of Downtown Partners, Inc.
sfrevert@greaterburlington.com  -  319-208-0056

Upcoming
Downtown Events


March   

3 - Washington Street Strutters
First United Methodist Church
7:30 PM

5 - Zach Simpson
Wake N Bake Breakfast Co.
5:30 PM

6 - "Downtown Burlington Architecture," First Fridays
Burlington Public Library
10 AM

Bryan Northrup gallery reception, Tony Alexander,
Gallery Lounge
6 PM

Wake N Bake Band
Wake N Bake Breakfast Co.
5:30 PM

The Dare
Capitol Theater
midnight

7 - Chess Club for Adults
Burlington Public Library
9 AM

Lego Club
Burlington Public Library
10 AM

Toy Story 4
Capitol Theater
4 PM

Toxic Blonde
The Washington
8 PM

Chicago Blues Angels
The Som
8 PM

12-14 - SnowBull 2020
Memorial Auditorium

12 - Murray Travelogue
Series: Scotland
Capitol Theater
1:30 & 7:30 PM

Kent Strabala & Aaron Wagner
Wake N Bake Breakfast Co.
5:30 PM

Chess Night
Burlington Public Library
6 PM

FLAW, Gabriel & the Apocalypse
The Washington
6:30 PM

13 - Friday the 13th Part 3: 3D
Capitol Theater
8 PM

Jeremiah Johnson Band
The Washington
8 PM

14 - Friends of the Library Vintage Book Sale
Burlington Public Library
9 AM

Kimberly Coleman book signing
Burlington by the Book
11 AM

Robots
Capitol Theater
11 AM

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

Dueling Pianos
Corked 101
8 PM

15 - Robots, Capitol Theater
11 AM

17 - Bluzillion, Jonas Woodstock, California Jeff
The Washington
2 PM

Eric Pettit Lion
The Som
2 PM

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

19 - The Almas, Living Lucid,
Jonas Woodstock
The Washington
8 PM

20 - Paytyn Young
Gallery Lounge
6 PM

ReCaptured
Capitol Theater
7:30 PM

21 - Chess for Adults
Burlington Public Library
9 AM

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

Lewis Knudson
Corked 101
7 PM

22 - Southeast Iowa
Symphony Orchestra
Capitol Theater
2 PM

26 - GFM, As We Are
The Washington
8 PM

27 - Stuffed Animal Sleepover
Burlington Public Library
5:30 PM

The Rumours
The Washington
8 PM

28 - Teen Poetry Writing Workshop & R3eading
Burlington Public Library
2 PM

Celebrity Battle of the Brushes
Memorial Auditorium
5 PM

31 - Civic Music presents
A Capella Live
Memorial Auditorium
7:30 PM

April   

3-4 - Genealogy Workshop
Burlington Public Library

3 - Kent Strabala &
Aaron Wagner
Gallery Lounge
6 PM

Anthony Gomes
The Washington
8 PM

4 - Spring Open House downtown
10 AM - 4 PM

Stephen Edwards & David Dorris book signing
Burlington by the Book
11 AM

Lauren Anderson
The Washington
8 PM

5 - Craig Fleece & Friends gallery reception
Art Center
1 PM

Bel Canto, First United Methodist Church
2 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
PZAZZ
 
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