Chocoholic Frolic!

Downtown Partners presents the third annual Chocoholic Frolic on Saturday, February 11. From 2 to 5 PM, samples of a wide variety of chocolate treats will be available at 16 shops and businesses in downtown Burlington.

Advance tickets are $10 at the Iowa Store, Weird Harold's through February 10, or may be purchased online at Tickets are $12 the day of and during the event at the same locations. The ticket has an entry form for a prize drawing to be held at the Des Moines County Heritage Center at the end of the event.

The following locations will host tastings:
  • Des Moines County Heritage Center, 501 N. Fourth
  • The Iowa Store, 400 Front
  • Capitol Theater, 211 N. Third
  • Art Center of Burlington, 301 Jefferson
  • Red Screen Door, 301 Jefferson
  • Gypsi, 312 Jefferson
  • Fiber Addicts, 403 Jefferson
  • The Medium/Weird Harold's, 411 Jefferson
  • Country Friends, 413 Jefferson
  • Csky Boutique, 417 Jefferson
  • Nature's Corner, 423 Jefferson
  • Burlington Vintage & Co., 515 Jefferson
  • Original Cyns, 520 Jefferson
  • Coleen's Hidden Gems, 611 Jefferson
  • Hopefully Yours, 617 Jefferson
  • Burns & Sons Direct Appliances, 711 Jefferson 
For more information, call Downtown Partners at 319-208-0056 or visit The Chocoholic Frolic is sponsored by the Des Moines County Historical Society.
Parking Forum Planned

There are 3803 parking places in downtown Burlington, and it is the work of Downtown Partners to make sure as many of them are filled as possible. At the same time, we need to improve their accessibility, visibility, and availability for employees, visitors, and residents alike.

With the comprehensive downtown parking study completed last year, the City has created a parking advisory committee that will present a public informational session at the Burlington Public Library on Thursday, February 16 at 5:30. This is your opportunity to learn and ask questions about parking downtown, both at present and in the future.
Farmers Market Vendors Sought

Although it's still winter, Downtown Partners is already looking forward for the 2017 season of the Jefferson St. Farmers Market - with new extended hours! The market will take place in the 300-500 blocks of Jefferson on Thursdays from 4:30 to 730 PM beginning May 4.
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 $105 a space for the entire 22 week season. They are especially interested in local and specialty produce, handcrafted items, and prepared food vendors.

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.
The Latest News...
  • Congratulations to  Hopefully Yours for recently winning a 1000 Friends of Iowa Best Development award in the New Commercial category. The infill building is a wonderful addition to Jefferson St., and they have had a significant increase in both donations and sales at the new location. Way to go!    
  • The Greater Burlington Partnership is gearing up for the 10th annual business plan competition, with $8000 in seed capital to be distributed to the winners. Complete info can be found at ; the registration deadline is February 10. Competition winners who open their business downtown are also eligible for a rental assistance grant through Downtown Partners!  
  • If you're a downtown property or business owner, employee, or resident, put March 29 at 8 AM down on your calendar for our first Downtown Coffee and Conversation! This new event, organized by the Business Development Committee, will take place on a regular basis and is designed to engage our stakeholders, foster communication, and strengthen the downtown community. Be watching for additional information.
  • The Very Vintage Market last summer was perhaps our most successful event launch ever. Plans are underway for this year's event on July 15. The vendor application is online at
Visit Downtown Burlington, Iowa Facebook!

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