Old Town Cape

Downtown Cape Girardeau is in the running to receive grant money to do work at Ivers Square. Dan Woods talks with Marla Mills, Executive Director of Old Town Cape, about the grant opportunity.

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Old Town Cape announced Monday it’s participating in a campaign called “Partners in Preservation: Main Streets.”


Old Town Cape could receive up to $150,000 in funding towards revitalization efforts at the Common Pleas Courthouse Park now known as ‘Ivers Square'. It was renamed in June of this year after former slave, James Ivers, who enlisted in the Union Army in 1863 after receiving his freedom.


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Starting this summer, Cape Girardeau Mayor Harry Rediger’s vision for a trolley to run throughout the city’s downtown is coming to fruition. The new service operated by the Cape Girardeau County Transit  will help facilitate easier access to parking.


Samantha Mlot, marketing specialist for Old Town Cape, says thanks to community partners - Isle Casino, Visit Cape, and the Downtown Community Improvement District - the trolley will run as a free service.


Old Town Cape

Old Town Cape’s annual Downtown Christmas Open House is set for Friday, Dec. 5 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

The event will include all the attractions from previous years, including the opportunity to win a $1,500 downtown shopping spree, carriage rides, pictures with Santa, caroling by local church choirs and much more.

For the first time, the event will be traveling up Broadway Street with seven businesses participating in the giveaway promotion and several other businesses staying open late that evening.

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Old Town Cape will participate in their first Small Business Saturday on November 29. American Express created the event in 2010 to encourage people to shop at local businesses.

Christa Zickfield, project manager at Old Town Cape, said “They [American Express] wanted to help draw local communities to their community driven shops. The local mom and pops, who have built their business in their districts and helped funnel funds back into their community.”