First Center City Open House to be held Saturday, November 3rd

For Immediate Release:
Contact: Jen Beushausen | Director, Center City Marketplace
Phone: 417.576.6459 |Email: jen@aurafaceandbody.com
Website: www.centercitymarketplace/tumblr.com
 
Visit participating downtown businesses Saturday, November  3rd , for open house festivities including warm beverages, special discounts, live music, live demonstrations, raffles and more! 
 
First Center City Open House to be held Saturday, November 3rd
 
Springfield, Missouri – November 1, 2012 – Downtown businesses are joining forces to host the first Center City Saturday Open House on Saturday, November 3rd.   This event will be the first in a series of monthly open house events hosted by Center City Marketplace.        
 
Guests can visit participating  shops for a variety of open house activities. This event is a collaborative effort between local businesses to promote the Center City area as a weekend and holiday shopping destination.
 
Participating shops include Springfield Hot Glass, Downtown Clothing Exchange, A Cricket in the House, Nomad, Nomad Home, Modern Society, 5 Pound Apparel, Grass Buffalo and SquidFoo.
 
Guests are encouraged to check out each participating store on Facebook for details on open house events taking place.  Guests can also access a map to each location at the following link: http://goo.gl/maps/cyXZ9.
 
This event is free of charge to attend and is open to all ages.
 
Event Details
What: Center City Saturday Open House
When: Saturday, November 3rd 10am – 9pm (depending on shop hours)
Where: Various businesses
 
For more information, media contact: Jen Beushausen, Center City Marketplace Director, 417-576-6459.

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I won a CCM prize…how do I pick it up?

Ah, we can answer that for you! For most, you can drop by the business (bring your winning raffle ticket with you) to pick up your sweet score. But, check out the list below so you know exactly where to go and what to do. Also, you have 2 weeks to claim your prize, then we’ll re-draw for new winners of any unclaimed prizes!

Albatross NEW WINNER! 466978 - Pick up at Albatross

Nomad 466789 - Pick up at Nomad

NEW WINNER! Nomad Home 466883 - Pick up at Nomad or Nomad Home

NEW WINNER! The Skinny Improv 466671 - Email jen@aurafaceandbody.com a pic of your winning raffle ticket and your mailing address, and we’ll send your prize to you!

Vision Clinic 466341 - Pick up at Vision Clinic Downtown

Hoover Music 466677 - Pick up at Nomad

Downtown Clothing Exchange 466486 - Email jen@aurafaceandbody.com a pic of your winning raffle ticket and your mailing address, and we’ll send your prize to you!

Aura Face + Body 466407 - Email jen@aurafaceandbody.com a pic of your winning raffle ticket and your mailing address, and we’ll send your prize to you!

5 Pound Apparel 466307- Pick up at 5 Pound Apparel

RSVPaint 466423 - Pick up at RSVPaint

NEW WINNER! Grass Buffalo 466661 - Pick up at Grass Buffalo

NEW WINNER! Marley and Jess 466537 - Pick up at Nomad

NEW WINNER! Springfield Hot Glass 466293 - Pick up at Springfield Hot Glass

NEW WINNER! Cricket in the House 466715- Email jen@aurafaceandbody.com a pic of your winning raffle ticket and your mailing address, and we’ll send your prize to you!

NEW WINNER! Good Girl Art Gallery 466544 - Pick up at Good Girl Art Gallery

H.E. Croan 466628 - Pick up at Nomad

Springfield iPhone Repair 466921 - Pick up at Nomad

Modern Society 466971 - Pick up at Modern Society

SquidFoo 466637 - Pick up at SquidFoo

Queen City Cycles 466811 - Pick up at Queen City Cycles

CCM Limited Edition Tee 466639 - Email jen@aurafaceandbody.com to schedule a time to swing by and pick it up!


Hey #sgf - What are YOU doing this Saturday?

The first annual Center City Marketplace on August 25, 2012 is an all-day event with music, vendors and food for everyone’s entertainment! At only $5 per person (kids 10 and under are free), it’s a day you can’t pass up! 

Check out the schedule of events:

1:30pm: Gates open

1:30pm – 2:30pm – Musician Danny Byrd

2:30 – 2:50 – Event kick-off at Main Stage

2:50 – 3:50 – Musician Bella Donna

4:10 – 5:10 – Musician The Western Paradise

5:10 – 5:30 Raffle Drawing!

5:30 – 6:30 Musician Troy

6:40 – 7:00 Musician Johan Collins

7:00 – 7:30 Fashion Show (feat. Johan Collins and Denee’ Hughes)

7:30 – 8:00 Last Call


Aura Face + Body is the little organic esthetics and massage studio that could. Aura officially opened rather quietly in October, 2011 in the historic Vandivort Center on Walnut Street.  Jen Beushausen - owner and licensed esthetician - is also the Center City Marketplace Chairperson.

A vintage 1950s medicine cabinet full of skin-healthy mineral make-up - one of many vintage apotheca Aura!

A vintage 1950s medicine cabinet is one of the many charming old-school apothecary pieces you’ll find in the Aura studio.


The private, quiet treatment room at Aura..with the amazing center city view!

In Jen’s words: “To sum up the things you should know about Aura: We believe in treading lightly on the planet and use organic, natural and locally sourced products (many of which we hand-make) in our massage, skin-care, facial and waxing services; 5% of every purchase you make at Aura supports one of our three non-profit partners; we believe in making luxury accessible, and work to keep our services affordable without sacrificing all the small touches that are so important.”

One Aura’s non-profit partners is The Kitchen - which is also the chosen charity for the August 25th Center City Marketplace event.

So, stop by Aura to see Jen or Dawn for a Market Fresh Facial, relaxing massage, organic cornmeal and grape peel body scrub, facial or body waxing service…um, we’ll take one of each, please! 

Check out their website, YouTube channel and Facebook page. 

Jen’s sure to be running around all over the place at Center City Marketplace, so tell her ‘hi’ if you see her! And, be sure to look for Aura bottled water at the Center City Marketplace table by the front gate - or stop by Five Pound Apparel’s table, where you’ll be able to shop Aura’s skin care products! Be one of the first fifty in the gate at the event, and score some awesome Aura gift certificates and spa socks in your swag bag!


I’ve Heard of LemonDrop…What Do They Do, Exactly?

You know you’ve heard of LemonDrop… maybe seen that building with the awesome sign and logo on C-Street.  LD began as a record label prior to achieving their current structure as an arts-related non-profit critical to the Center City community. Hey, we heart LD. We see them as the hip, edgy side of the arts non-profit scene… and, who doesn’t root for the mysterious rebel with the heart of gold? Which is exactly whey you should shop their table at Center City Marketplace….and read on for the inside scoop we got from their Executive Director, Meganne Rosen O’Neal.  Yes… inside scoop…we like to pretend we are 1920s news reporters around here.

And, did you know CCM’s own Jen Beushausen volunteers at LemonDrop? Well, now you do!

Now, that’s some LD love. Rosen O’Neal rocks a temp tattoo at LemonDrop’s supremely cool Inked Aeshtetics July First Friday C Street Stroll gallery exhibit.

LemonDrop is a gallery, venue and community center for education and socializing. Our mission is to nurture local creative culture by promoting artists, enabling their art, and facilitating compensation for their work.


This is what guides our efforts at LemonDrop. When we say “promoting artists,” we’re talking about raising awareness of our community’s creative output. That means promoting local artists to those outside of our community while creating connections between like-minded individuals, businesses, and organizations here in town.


LemonDrop serves to provide avenues for artists to display and share works, and even providing financial support on artists’ individual projects. We have several programs focused on exhibiting works, both around town and online.
Finally, we aim to get artists paid. This focus goes hand in hand with the first two. Whenever we promote artists, we want make sure people will come out and support the artist again. We’re also a resource for artists to sell their works, whether it’s a merch table at a show or a link in an online directory.
Learn more about LemonDrop and what we do by visiting our website www.lemondrop.org, “liking” our Facebook page and following us on Twitter.


I can’t wait to check out RSVPaint… BYOB? Awesome! How could I possibly get frustrated with my lack of patience (and artistic talent) when there’s wine involved, right? After checking out some of the pics from RSVPaint classes, though, I am now convinced alcohol - and perhaps some excellent instruction in the ways of creating a masterpiece - might actually bring out some talent and ability buried deep down inside. RSVPaint offers BYOB painting classes for adults on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings.  Bring a bottle of wine, a six-pack of Mother’s, or the fanciest lemonade you can find to share with a friend - RSVPaint has everything else you will need to enjoy the evening and create a painting on a canvas that you get to take home with you!  RSVPaint hires local artists to teach you how to paint a particular painting, or if you are feeling extra adventurous, you could attend one of the Open Paint nights and paint whatever you’d like.  What a relaxing way to spend the evening!  Check out RSVPaint’s schedule at www.RSVPaint.com/schedule.  The classes are perfect for a Girls’ Night Out, birthday celebrations, date nights, or just to get out of the house and do something different.  RSVPaint also offer private parties for birthdays, couples’ showers, baby showers, coworker get-togethers, holiday parties, or family gatherings.  RSVPaint is an independent shop, locally owned and operated, and a proud participant of the First Friday Art Walk.And, the entire CCM team is super-stoked that RSVPaint will be at Center City Marketplace (coming up in just a couple of weeks!)!  Stop by their table, and give Emily Monroe (the sweet and wonderful owner) a high-five for being so awesome.

I can’t wait to check out RSVPaint… BYOB? Awesome! How could I possibly get frustrated with my lack of patience (and artistic talent) when there’s wine involved, right? After checking out some of the pics from RSVPaint classes, though, I am now convinced alcohol - and perhaps some excellent instruction in the ways of creating a masterpiece - might actually bring out some talent and ability buried deep down inside.

RSVPaint offers BYOB painting classes for adults on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings.  Bring a bottle of wine, a six-pack of Mother’s, or the fanciest lemonade you can find to share with a friend - RSVPaint has everything else you will need to enjoy the evening and create a painting on a canvas that you get to take home with you!  RSVPaint hires local artists to teach you how to paint a particular painting, or if you are feeling extra adventurous, you could attend one of the Open Paint nights and paint whatever you’d like.  What a relaxing way to spend the evening!  Check out RSVPaint’s schedule at www.RSVPaint.com/schedule.  The classes are perfect for a Girls’ Night Out, birthday celebrations, date nights, or just to get out of the house and do something different.  RSVPaint also offer private parties for birthdays, couples’ showers, baby showers, coworker get-togethers, holiday parties, or family gatherings.  RSVPaint is an independent shop, locally owned and operated, and a proud participant of the First Friday Art Walk.

And, the entire CCM team is super-stoked that RSVPaint will be at Center City Marketplace (coming up in just a couple of weeks!)!  Stop by their table, and give Emily Monroe (the sweet and wonderful owner) a high-five for being so awesome.


Thanks to Scott Richards Design for our fabulous fliers and posters and for Trader’s Printing for their printing services! Look for these beautiful prints downtown!

Thanks to Scott Richards Design for our fabulous fliers and posters and for Trader’s Printing for their printing services! Look for these beautiful prints downtown!


Visit (and shop) Obelisk Home’s table at Center City Marketplace!  Obelisk Home is known for giving architecturally traditional homes a youthful energy and sophistication with a fresh take and trained eye.  “We artfully mix periods, styles and moods, bringing an eclectic mix to our projects and ever-changing merchandise.Our products and services include furniture, lighting, accessories, antiques, fabric, art and design services.”We love that Obelisk is also very passionate about supporting the local art community and always has local art displayed in the store.  By hosting such events as Artwalk and fundraising efforts for Habitat for Humanity and the Humane Society, and now joining Center City Marketplace to support The Kitchen, Obelisk makes supporting the community and promoting local artists a priority!

Visit (and shop) Obelisk Home’s table at Center City Marketplace!  Obelisk Home is known for giving architecturally traditional homes a youthful energy and sophistication with a fresh take and trained eye.  “We artfully mix periods, styles and moods, bringing an eclectic mix to our projects and ever-changing merchandise.
Our products and services include furniture, lighting, accessories, antiques, fabric, art and design services.”

We love that Obelisk is also very passionate about supporting the local art community and always has local art displayed in the store.  By hosting such events as Artwalk and fundraising efforts for Habitat for Humanity and the Humane Society, and now joining Center City Marketplace to support The Kitchen, Obelisk makes supporting the community and promoting local artists a priority!


Music Lineup for First Annual Marketplace has Something for Everyone!

TROY, The Western Paradise, Bella Donna and Johan Collins (Black Box Revue), and Danny Byrd will be featured performers at the First Annual Center City Marketplace.

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Mother’s Brewery opened May 12, 2011 - but it seems like they’ve been part of the Springfield (and downtown!) community for a really, really, really long time! Whether you’ve enjoyed their delicious brews at their tasting room, your favorite local watering hole or all the way in Kansas City (location of their latest bottle launch!), you know Mother’s is brewed with lots of local love.Mother’s is a key sponsor of the First Annual Center City Marketplace - donating their Back Yard as the event venue. Stop by their table for an epic pint! In the words of Mother’s: “Mother’s is a growing family that’s all about heady craft beers. We’ve also got a whole lotta love for our friends, neighbors, local and global communities, great food and living it up! So we started our own brewery, and we’re producing as much love per barrel as we possibly can. Mother’s is committed to artistic craftsmanship and brewing craft beers that make life’s everyday moments anything but.”Check out their website to learn more about Mother’s Brewing Company.

Mother’s Brewery opened May 12, 2011 - but it seems like they’ve been part of the Springfield (and downtown!) community for a really, really, really long time! Whether you’ve enjoyed their delicious brews at their tasting room, your favorite local watering hole or all the way in Kansas City (location of their latest bottle launch!), you know Mother’s is brewed with lots of local love.

Mother’s is a key sponsor of the First Annual Center City Marketplace - donating their Back Yard as the event venue. Stop by their table for an epic pint!

In the words of Mother’s: “Mother’s is a growing family that’s all about heady craft beers. We’ve also got a whole lotta love for our friends, neighbors, local and global communities, great food and living it up! So we started our own brewery, and we’re producing as much love per barrel as we possibly can. Mother’s is committed to artistic craftsmanship and brewing craft beers that make life’s everyday moments anything but.”

Check out their website to learn more about Mother’s Brewing Company.