SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WICS/WRSP) — Over the last year, nearly 12 new businesses have opened in Springfield, including Corrine’s Closet.
"Being here for three weeks, I get all the feedbacks on 'I only come downtown when it's a walk,' or they only come downtown during the holiday time,” owner Corrine Campbell said.
This year, Downtown Springfield Incorporated is encouraging people to shop locally for the holidays. One of the ways they're doing that is through their holiday walks.
"We have horse drawn carriages that are free for people, we have Santa in the Old State Capitol,” Downtown Springfield Incorporated Executive Director Lisa Clemmons Scott said. “Games for kids; all sorts of things in there. And then all of our beautiful shops in this area, they have specials and deals and all sorts of ways to welcome visitors."
Studies show that for every $100 you spend at a local business, $68 stays in the local economy. That’s compared to $43 if you shop at a national chain.
"During the holidays, if you spend some of your money on gifts in downtown Springfield, it stays in the local economy. It helps these people raise their own families,” Clemmons Scott said. “They spend money in the local economy and it just keeps everything going."
Some of the new businesses include two new breweries, on top of several new retail stores and restaurants.
"I really didn't want it in a mall setting, I wanted downtown because I thought I could make a big difference being downtown Springfield,” Campbell said.
Holiday walks take place every Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays noon to 5 p.m.