Chocoholic Frolic!
Downtown Partners presents the fourth annual Chocoholic Frolic on Saturday, February 10. From 2 to 5 PM, samples of a wide variety of chocolate treats will be available at 18 businesses in downtown Burlington.

Advance tickets are $10 at the Iowa Store, Weird Harold's through February 9, 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
  • Beancounter Coffeehouse & Drinkery, 212 Jefferson
  • Burlington Vintage & Co., 515 Jefferson
  • Coleen's Hidden Gems, 611 Jefferson
  • Country Friends & More, 413 Jefferson
  • Csky Boutique, 417 Jefferson
  • FiberAddicts, 403 Jefferson
  • Gypsi, 312 Jefferson
  • Hopefully Yours, 617 Jefferson
  • The Iowa Store, 400 Front
  • Legacy Retirement Solutions, 215 Jefferson
  • LOFT Market, 416 Jefferson
  • The Medium/Weird Harold's, 411 Jefferson
  • Natural Inspirations, 213 Jefferson
  • Nature's Corner, Inc., 423 Jefferson
  • Original Cyns, 520 Jefferson
  • Red Screen Door, 301 Jefferson
  • Therapy Group, Inc. Counseling Services, 506 Jefferson
For more information, call Downtown Partners at
319-208-0056 or visit

The Chocoholic Frolic is sponsored by State Farm Insurance - Gary Roberts Agency. 
Farmers Market Vendors Sought 
Although it's still winter, Downtown Partners is already looking forward for the 2018 season of the Jefferson Street Farmers Market - with new extended hours! The market will take place in the 200-500 blocks of Jefferson on Thursdays from 4:30 to 7:30 PM beginning May 3.
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. 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 up to three local applicants, with the winner chosen for the semifinals in June for a chance at $8000. The five finalists will present their ideas in a statewide contest in August 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. 
Help Spread the Word!
Yelp, Trip Advisor, and Zomato are all websites for customers to leave reviews and recommendations for visiting, shopping, and dining. For many people, this is the first place they go when they want to explore what a place has to offer - and here's where you come in. Pick your favorite downtown shops and eateries and give them a review. It's free, and you will help them attract customers who might not have known about them.
The Latest News...      
  • The Greater Burlington Partnership is gearing up for the 11th annual entrepreneurial competition, with $8000 in seed capital to be distributed to the winners. Complete info can be found at; the registration deadline is February 8. Competition winners who open their business downtown are also eligible for a rental assistance grant through Downtown Partners!
  • Congratulations to Chris Murphy and Burlington by the Book, which was recently honored with a grant by Sisters in Crime, an international literary guild. The award will help continue the bookstore's commitment to promoting local authors.
  • Nothing definite yet on the possibility of a new downtown boutique hotel - but keep your fingers crossed!
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Steve Frevert, Director of Downtown Partners, Inc.  -  319-208-0056