Downtown Bowling Green, Missouri is full of the towns own historic places. The "Square" is occupied by the Pike County Courthouse and is surrounded by numerous shopping & food destinations, community organizations & services, and city and county governmental agencies. Our downtown has recently seen a boost in interest as new and exciting businesses have been opening their doors and adding to the fun and making it a destination place that locals and visitors want to be. The interest from potential businesses is continuously rising and the Chamber of Commerce's Downtown Revitalization Committee is working hard to keep that attention coming. Through events, promoting downtown businesses and working on projects to beautify the area; the committee hopes to ensure the area keeps growing and is a place where everyone wants to live, work, and have fun!
The Bowling Green Downtown Revitalization Committee is a sub committee of the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce.
It was founded in February 2017 by a mixture of concerned citizens and the Chamber of Commerce. The talks began when two old buildings got to the point of no return and were set to be demolished. This sparked conversations by many in what could be done about ensuring our downtown doesn’t end up one big empty lot, and what could be done to “revitalize” and get people interested in being downtown again.
Our “Square” was once the place to be; lots of businesses and things happening all the time. Over time, buildings have become older and some owners were unable to keep up with the costly maintenance that comes with these “old buildings”; sad but true. Our committee is focusing on how we can help those current building owners keep pride in their buildings and help bring them a larger customer base. Since 2017 we have completed beautification projects to help improve the look of our downtown, as well as hosted events to encourage more “foot traffic” as well — #OccupyTheSquare!
This committee meets on the first Thursday of each month at 5:00 p.m. at the Bowling Green Community Center and it is open to the public. You do not have to be a chamber member to be involved; although it is highly encouraged!
We do our best to entice the community and visitors to visit the handful of local shops our downtown business district has to offer.
ontact us:BG Downtown Revitalization Committee; PO Box 315, Bowling Green, MO 63334
Chair Person: Tracy Brookshier 314-Nine Seven One -5886
*Under construction, soon we will link businesses to their website or social media pages for easy access to more of their information!*
City & County Government
1. Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce
2. Bowling Green Police Department
3. Bowling Green Public Library
4. City Hall of Bowling Green
5. Pike County Courthouse
6. Pike County Development Authority
7. Pike County Title Company
8. University of Missouri Extension
9. United States Post Office
Financial, Law & Insurance Services
10. American Family Insurance
11. Calvert’s Insurance
12. Community State Bank
13. Craig Bowen, CPA
14. Farmers Insurance
15. McGuire Law Office
16. McIlory & Millan Attorney’s at Law
17. Pike County Mutual Insurance
18. U.S. Bank
Health & Wellness
19. Bowling Green Pharmacy & Hearing Aid Center
20. Bowling Green Residential Care
21. Dr. Chismarich DDS
22. Hart Chiropractic
23. Bowling Green Times
24. The People’s Tribune
25. Ann Layne Boutique
26. Bouquet Florist & The Vintage Farmhouse
19. Bowling Green Pharmacy & Gift Shop
27. Jesse Owens Heating and Cooling
28. D & D Appliance
29. Forever Primitives & Luncheonette
30. The Garden Gate Antiques
31. Gypsy Soul Salon & Boutique
32. Hickerson’s Shoe Repair
33. MASH (Major Appliance Service Headquarters)
34. FOR RENT: Call 573-470-0161
35. Pawsitively Pampered Pets
36. Pike County Resale Shop
37. Little Explorer’s Foundation
38. Masonic Lodge
39. NECAC (North East Community Action Cooperation)
40. Pike County Hope Center
31. Gypsy Soul Salon & Boutique
41. Hair We Are
42. Rog’s Barbershop
50. Kustom Worx Hair Salon
Food & Beverage
29. Forever Primitives & Luncheonette
43. MeMe’s Pantry
44. Southside Bar & Grill
45. Spring Hollow Coffee
Other Points of Interest
46. Cancer Memorial Park
47. Pike County Genealogical Society & Museum
48. The Champ Clark House
49. War Memorial
The Champ Clark Heritage Festival
Every year in early September our Chamber of Commerce hosts this event packed full of local crafters, food & beverages, as well as a car show. It starts off with a parade in the morning and has local entertainment and games throughout the day! Follow the chamber on facebook to stay up to date!
Food Truck Fridays
Hosted by the Downtown Revitalization Committee since 2018. Every Friday typically from May through August you can find our local food trucks/stands here! Follow the downtown group on facebook to stay up to date.
Our small shops and local organizations make an amazing team when it comes to organizing shopping and other events throughout the year! Follow the chamber and the downtown group on facebook to see what’s going on!
Photos from left: 1-Banner Draft image, 2-Concrete Planter draft image, 3- concrete planters in place with banners, 4- Planters with flowers, lights strung and mural base coat.
"Beautify Bowling Green" Concrete Planter Project: Part of our "Downtown Marketplace" Project
12 Large concrete planters have been constructed with large posts installed inside along with dirt and flowers! "Beautify Bowling Green" Banners and eventually some hanging flower baskets will adorn the posts. We also hope to add colorful murals to the planters that boast Bowling Green History. We will be offering $450.00 banner sponsorships for 4 years that will help cover the cost of keeping flowers planted and maintained. Get on the wait list now to be a sponsor! We hope to eventually see these all over the city of Bowling Green!
Want a planter? We have sponsor & purchase options available! Check out the document below for more information and call with any questions!
Community State Bank, JLev Life, Shimp Storage LLC, Crossroads General Store, Bibb-Veach Funeral Homes, Deters Sign Co., RE-MAX Realty Shop, Bowling Green Insurance, MidWest Pest Professionals, Bowling Green Medical Group, Kustom Works Hair Salon & Parkside Manor.
Sponsor Wait List:
Bleigh Ready Mix, River City Towing, 3B Machine & Weld/Sparks Maintenance Contracting, PB&T Bank, Barn Baby Art & Niemeyer Family Farms.
Want to get on our sponsor wait list? Just reach out via the contact us page and we will add you, no charges occur until after the planters are placed.
A Big Thank You To:
- McCoy Thompson for helping install the hanging solar lights
- Eolia Landscape and supply for donating the dirt
- 3B Machine and Weld for building the form and banner posts
- Bleigh Ready Mix for making and helping to move the planters
- Perkins Electric, River City Towing and Ed Kerns for helping haul and move planters
- George Graver for hauling and donating the fill rock
- The Rotary Club for their grant to help fund the project and to the members for helping install the posts: Frank Berlin, Kevin Brown, Jim Moore, Nellie & Willard Wamsley
- The Volunteers that helped fill the planters and clean up: Christina Orf, Lesli Fox, Ellen Orf, John Elliott, Jessie McMorris, Gregory Knox and Frank Berlin
4 planter benches were built by the NECC Building Trades class. Each bench holds two planters that we fill with seasonal plants; they also boast a business sponsor plaque. These local businesses purchased a 4 year sponsorship for $400 in early 2019 to help us raise funds for these kind of projects. We have 4 more that are in the works and a list of sponsors has begun for these as well.
- 2019 - 2023 Sponsors: Midwest Pest Professionals, Shimp Storage LLC, Community State Bank of Missouri and PB&T Bank.
- Sponsor Wait List: BG Pharmacy, Twin Pike Family YMCA, Patti & David Fischer
Historical Walking Tour:
This idea was to build some sort of posts with signage to put around downtown and then maybe throughout the rest of the town that boast history of Bowling Green & Pike County. It is still in the works, and now we are considering putting the history on our concrete planters along with murals. Once a large amount has been completed we intend on having a "map" of some sorts that will guide visitors to the locations of the planters of history.
SECOND FRIDAY IN JULY: Our first ever Downtown Hoedown was held on July 12th, 2019. Our biggest small event to date! This event was held on a Friday night and was for patrons ages 21 and over. We offered beer and beverages, live entertainment, games and snack vendors. Our next event will be held on Friday, July 9th, 2021. Check our more details on our event page >>>
Paint the Street:
SECOND SATURDAY IN SEPTEMBER: We had a "Paint the Street" contest in 2019 during the Champ Clark Heritage Festival. Each contestant pays to enter the contest and is given a set amount of time to complete a painting. At the end, pictures of each painting is uploaded to our facebook page where the public votes for their favorite. Cash prizes are given to 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place winners. These are painted on South Court Street infront of our downtown lots. Learn more about the festival and how to enter on the event page >>>
Living Windows at the Holly Jolly Festival:
NOVEMBER: We held our first "Living Windows" event in November of 2017 in conjunction with the Chamber's Holly Jolly Festival and the town's "Christmas in the Green" events. We had locals fill our vacant building windows with "live" holiday scenes. Participants paid a small fee to enter the contest that boasted cash prizes donated by Community State Bank. The winners were chosen by a "spare change" vote; event attendees visited a voting station where they used their spare change to vote on their favorite scene. This event was held again in 2018 and we plan to continue it every year as long as we have the volunteers and participants! Check it out on the Holly Jolly event page >>>
Food Truck Fridays on the Square:
SPRING TO FALL: Food Truck Fridays began in 2018, we invited local food vendors to set up downtown through the months of May and July each Friday so the public could enjoy what these mobile restaurants had to offer. We are offering a space on our downtown lots for Food Truck Vendors to set up on Fridays. We help to promote them while on site to help inform the community. $10 to use our electric otherwise its free of charge! Contact us to learn more and follow our facebook for Food Truck Friday Vendors!
*7/2021 UPDATE: We are starting a Farmers and Artisans Market! They will be on Friday's from 3-7pm from August - October! Check out the event page for more informaion!
OUR DOWNTOWN DREAM
We became owners of a vacant lot downtown. This came after over a year of working with lot owners and sweet talking them into donating the property. We would like to give a HUGE shout out to Liberty Utilities who was the first to donate their property to us at 14 South Court Street. We have big plans for this lot, and hopefully the neighboring lots if we are lucky! Our plan with the area is to create a community space that can serve as entertainment space for events as well as to bring in mobile businesses to the area. This lot space that we have acquired downtown in a nut-shell is ONE big project compiled of a number of big and small projects. For those interested here is a rough draft of our plans for this space; To give our community and tourists a destination spot for entertainment, events and shopping with an ultimate goal of stimulating life and a vibrant business economy for Bowling Green as a whole!
The Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce Downtown Revitalization Committee’s Liberty Theatre & Downtown Market Place Project
To give our community and tourists a destination spot for entertainment, events and shopping with an ultimate goal of stimulating life and a vibrant business economy for Bowling Green.
The entrance building will have a breezeway boasting all the donors who made this project possible as well as serve for event storage and electricity. The lot will be lined by beautiful planters that will show off flowers and welcoming banners for the area, the “Liberty Theatre” stage will serve as a space to adequately host events, and the Chalets will serve as small retail shops. In addition there will be space for open air events, pop up vendors, picnic table style seating, outdoor lighting, local art murals and other creative/interactive additions.
With the help of donations, fundraisers, volunteers and grant funding we hope to have this project complete by 2025. The estimated cost for this complete project is $50,000.00.
Want to help or learn more?
Contact Chamber of Commerce President, Tracy Brookshier: 314-971-5886
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The Bowling Green, Missouri Chamber of Commerce’s Downtown Revitalization Committee has been working hard over the past couple of years to develop a small vacant portion of downtown into a thriving area. Part of this large project is bringing in small buildings (chalets) to create a destination point for visitors: The "Downtown Marketplace". The ultimate goal of this Downtown Marketplace project is to bring the nostalgia back to the square and surrounding areas, give start up businesses an easy way to test their product, and create a downtown destination for visitors and the community. Developing and improving this area will allow the community countless new possibilities, along with giving future businesses the opportunity to grow and succeed, these chalets will be erected one at a time or as need arises.
We hope that these small buildings will serve as great start up business opportunities for those who want to get their feet wet in the business ownership world with little financial burden. Our goal is to have at least 1 chalet built each year as long as our not-for-profit and fundraising budget allows. The rental income from these chalet's will help our committee fund more downtown projects and more events to bring traffic to the downtown businesses. We hope to see these businesses succeed and eventually be able to move out into a larger space and continue to grow their business in Bowling Green.
*See the "Projects & Events" tab for more information on this project and others.
The following bullet points are the basic rules for retail renters:
- Only retail businesses are currently being permitted to rent these chalets. Food establishments are permitted to rent chalets as long as they comply with Pike County Health Department standards.
- These Chalets will be of various sizes mostly in the 150-200 square feet range.
- Rent will be between $300-$350 per month depending on electrical needs.
- Renters will be required to sign a lease no less than 6 months in length.
- A minimal deposit of $300 is required.
- There will be no plumbing in them at this moment but we hope to offer this in the future. We will have portable restroom available for renters and their customers.
- Renters will be required to be open for no less than 10 hours per week; with 4 of those hours being required on Saturday mornings as well as during any downtown events.
- Renters will benefit from the growing foot traffic that our downtown district already has and will be strategically placed downtown in the middle of all the event action.
- Our first Chalet has an unfinished interior; renter may work with the Chamber on options to complete insulating, drywall, etc.
DOWNLOAD APPLICATION/LEASE AGREEMENT HERE:
KEEP UP ON THE PROGRESS!
(January 2020) Below you will see the construction process of our first chalet! The Pike Lincoln-Tech Center's Building Trades Class put in much work to make this happen for us!
(July 2020) Thanks to John Crigger at River City Towing for hauling our completed first chalet to our downtown lot! Once we get it leveled, the porch attached, braces removed and a ramp built, we will be READY TO RENT!
(October 2020) Thanks to Alliance Water Resources, our first Chalet has been leveled, the porch has been attached and we have an ADA compliant ramp... this beauty is READY TO RENT!
(November 2020) Our first Renter has moved in! Make sure to show them some love> Ally's Custom
For more questions please contact Tracy Brookshier, Chair Person and Chamber President: 314-971-5886 email@example.com
Our committee meets on the first Thursday of each month, 5:00 p.m. at the Bowling Green Community Center. This meeting is open to the public and we encourage all with interest to attend. We discuss ongoing projects, new ideas and events to help bring life back to our downtown and #OccupyTheSquare!
THANK YOU TO OUR VOLUNTEERS & DONORS!
It takes a special kind of person to volunteer their time and donate their services; and our community is full of those kinds of people. We would like to thank the following businesses and people for helping us in our endeavor to revitalize our downtown these names will also get a plaque in our future Liberty Theatre Breezeway to show our appreciate for years to come:
3B Machine & Weld
Sparks Maintenance Contracting
Bleigh Ready Mix
The Rotary Club of Bowling Green
Cindy & Paul Williams
Community State Bank
Crossroads General Store
Four Points Land Surveying & Engineering Inc
Mid West Pest Professionals
RE/MAX Realty Agent & Broker, Elisha Koenig
River City Towing
Shimp Storage LLC
Todd & Bill Crane
All Way Wire and Rope
Alliance Water Resources
Ann Layne Boutique
Bowling Green Insurance
Bowling Green Lumber
Bowling Green Tire
Bowling Green Veterinary Clinic
Deters Sign Co. & Sign Shoppe
Ed Kerns Construction
Eolia Landscape and Supply
John and Sharon Gulik
Kustom Works Hair Salon
NECC Building Trades & Horticulture Classes
Parkside Manor LLC
POET Bio Refinery
Shaw Law Firm
Southside Bar & Grill
St. Clement Sales and Service
Super 8 Hotel
Woods Smoked Meats
WANT TO HELP?
If you are interested in volunteering on our committee please join us at our next meeting, reach out to us on our facebook page or contact Tracy Brookshier; Chair Person and President of the Chamber of Commerce (314) 971-5886 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Or maybe you are interested in donating to help us with projects and events; you can donate right now online by using the paypal donate button below OR Send checks payable to Bowling Green Downtown Revitalization (please put "Donation" on the memo line), P.O. Box 315, Bowling Green, MO 63334.
LAST BUT NOT LEAST!
We would like to thank our most active members; these are those who have attended majority of meetings or been volunteers we can count on:
Tracy Brookshier (Chair Person), Shelley Wiler with Crossroads General Store, Marianne Everhart with KJFM Radio, Erica Mitalovich with Spring Hollow Coffee, Brittany Henke & Elizabeth Kingsley with Community State Bank, Sue Haley with The Garden Gate Antiques, Allen Chandler with Bowling Green Housing Authority, Danielle Orf with Pepsi Co., & Amber Grote.