Downtown Springfield

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  It will start to feel a lot like Christmas today on Park Central Square.  The city of Springfield will install the annual Christmas tree there this morning. 

The 30-foot spruce was donated by Missouri State University.  It used to stand at the intersection of John Q. Hammons Parkway and Elm near Sunvilla Tower.  Planned construction of a new Missouri State shuttle stop on the site forced removal of the tree.

The Downtown Springfield Association suggested its use as a Christmas tree.

Theresa Bettmann / KSMU

The Hotel Vandivort in Springfield’s sprawling downtown opened its doors to guests Monday. This is one of many historic buildings getting a second chance as part of center city’s revitalization. KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann takes us on a tour of the renewed structure, a project that owners refer to as a “labor of love.”

Kathryn Eutsler / KSMU

“Woke up this morning thinking about freedom,” they sang, as thousands marched through Springfield Monday in celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. 

A record crowd of all races, genders, and ages used words, signs, and t-shirts to speak the message of Dr. King, marching from the Mediacom Ice Park to the Gillioz Theatre.

Subsequent entertainment at the Gillioz included Missouri State's "Untamed Tongues" poetry group, culture emphasis by the "Big Momma's Back Porch Theatre Troupe," and words from Springfield NAACP President Cheryl Clay.

Simone Cook

With the busiest shopping weekend of the year set to begin, customers are reminded that there’s more than just Black Friday.

Small Business Saturday, trademarked by American Express, is a movement to bring attention to business in local areas.  This year, Small Business Saturday will occur on November 29.

Mick and Paige Whitcomb own the retail and art store Nomad in downtown Springfield. Mick Whitcomb believes the movement is effective in helping small businesses grow throughout the country.

Simone Cook

Like many downtown U.S. cities, historical landmarks are commonplace. The City of Springfield is no different.  KSMU’s Simone Cook tells us about the city’s third-oldest structure, located just south of the square.

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