The announcement that Springfield’s first Starbucks location was on the horizon came as a pleasant surprise to many. A stand-alone location for the Seattle-based international coffeehouse has long been sought after by local coffee lovers to get their caffeine fix. According to city records, a building permit was approved by the city for $500,000 location to be built on Hillcrest Ave. Estimates suggest the new stop will be open by October.
» READ MORE: Plans approved for Springfield area’s first stand-alone Starbucks
Stick + Stone
This unique home decor shop started by four local artists has brought a touch of quirky charm to the downtown shopping scene. It offers a variety of wares, from handmade soaps to modern-minded furniture. The store recently celebrated its three-month anniversary at the location on North Fountain Avenue, next to Winan’s Coffee + Chocolates.
» READ MORE: Local artists open unique home decor store in downtown Springfield
Cecil and Lime
Springfielders are no stranger to Cecil and Lime — the restaurant has been part of the city’s food scene for nearly 14 years. The need for a bar expansion and plumbing repairs temporarily closed the venue down in January, which gave the staff a “much needed rest,” owner Micah Berner said. The eatery reopened in February for limited hours and has since returned to full service. Berner said more improvements, like offering more live music during the week, could be in the spot’s future.
» READ MORE: Springfield restaurant reopens after long break