Downtown Spring Open House

Visit your favorite shops in downtown Burlington as we celebrate the season with the Spring Open House on Saturday, April 2. Come downtown to check out the spring fashions, d├ęcor, and new merchandise. The participating retailers will have in-store specials, and customers can register to win one of five chances for $100 in Downtown Dollars. Thanks to these businesses for supporting the Spring Open House:  
  • The Iowa Store, 400 Front
  • Hopefully Yours, 425 Valley
  • The Funky Cowgirl, 212 Jefferson
  • Art Center of Burlington, 301 Jefferson
  • Burlington by the Book, 301 Jefferson
  • Red Screen Door, 301 Jefferson
  • Gypsi, 312 Jefferson              
  • Fiber Addicts, 403 Jefferson
  • The Medium, 411 Jefferson
  • Weird Harold's, 411 Jefferson
  • Country Friends, 413 Jefferson
  • Csky Boutique, 417 Jefferson
  • Nature's Corner, 423 Jefferson
  • Uptown Ivy, 514 Jefferson
  • Original Cyns, 520 Jefferson
  • Burns & Sons Direct Appliances, 711 Jefferson
Downtown Partners Seeks Properties for Open House

Are you a property owner in downtown Burlington with space available? Downtown Partners is organizing a Commercial Space Open House on Sunday, April 17 from 1 to 3 to showcase properties for lease or for sale. If you are interested in being included, please contact Steve Frevert at 319-208-0056 or
County Seat Project
The Downtown Partners Design Committee is seeking creative entries for the popular "County Seat Project" to decorate wooden benches to be placed around downtown. The Downtown Partners Design Committee will pick the best designs, and the winning entrants will paint the benches. Applications may be downloaded at, or call Downtown Partners at 319-208-0056.
Are You on TripAdvisor?

TripAdvisor is a leading travel website with a great deal of user-generated content. Are you on it? You can be and should be! The TripAdvisor Management Center allows you to claim your business and control some of your online content. Start by going to and search for your property. Click on "Claim Your Business" and follow the steps to make it yours. You will now have the ability to add photos, link to your website, and respond to customer reviews. If you conduct a search and can't find your business, go to and follow the steps to create a listing.   
Downtown Open 4 Business Competition

With Main Street Iowa and the Iowa Economic Development Authority, Downtown Partners presents the Open 4 Business competition for either a new or expanding for-profit business locating in the Main Street district. Each of the state's 52 Main Street organizations can submit one business concept. Three local applicants will pitch their business concepts to Downtown Partners, with the winner receiving a rental assistance grant if they open in downtown Burlington. In addition, they will go on to one of five regional competitions in June for a chance at $8000. The five finalists will present their ideas in a statewide contest in August for an additional $20,000 in funding.
To apply for the Open 4 Business competition, visit or contact Downtown Partners at 319-208-0056. 
Farmers Market Vendors Sought
Although it's still chilly outside, Downtown Partners is already looking forward for the 2016 season of the farmers market. The market, supported by Great Western Bank, has a new location this year! It will take place in the 300-500 blocks of Jefferson on Thursdays from 5 to 7 PM beginning May 5.
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 $100 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...
  • Work on the waiting room at the depot is underway! For decades, train and bus passengers have had to use a small "temporary" waiting area put up after the 1993 flood - an underwhelming welcome to our community. With a state transportation grant, City funding, and private funding, the grand waiting area of this landmark will be restored.  Additional funding will be needed for expanded uses such as a public venue or restaurant.
  • The Southeast Iowa Regional Planning Commission has put together the first draft of the comprehensive downtown parking study, including recommendations for changes. The completed study will be presented to the council and stakeholders this spring - stay tuned.
  • Depending on the weather, the DPI Design Committee will be scheduling days and times to sweep the sand from the sidewalks and gutters in late March or early April. The city's Public Works Department will then clear it from the streets. We'll send out a reminder with details prior to the cleanup; your help will be greatly appreciated.
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.  
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Burlington, IA  52601

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