DOWNTOWN KIRKWOOD TOURISM WEEK
Downtown Kirkwood Special Business District recently rolled out
the red carpet for guests from the Missouri Main Street
organization and the lucky winner of an overnight staycation in
Downtown Kirkwood. Many Downtown Kirkwood businesses contributed to
the success of these tourism efforts.
Missouri Main Street Connection Conference arrived by chartered bus
at the Kirkwood Train Station on Wednesday, July 30. Approximately
75 conference attendees came to the ShowMe Kirkwood event for
inspiration and ideas to transfer to their communities'
preservation-based revitalization efforts. The conference attendees
were treated to a buffet provided by Downtown Kirkwood restaurants
and specialty food businesses. Several shops and boutiques
extended their hours for main street organization shoppers. And, a
guided walking tour of historical commercial and residential
properties added to the in-the-field educational experiences of the
Looking for a respite from a hectic schedule,
Debbie Johnson of Centertown, Missouri entered the KATI-FM (Kat
Country) Radio "Katcation" contest. Debbie, her husband Mike
Johnson and their grandsons arrived by Amtrak at the Kirkwood
Station on August 1. Debbie won the Amtrak tickets and an overnight
stay at Station Plaza as part of the "Katcation" staycation prize
package. The contest was promoted on the radio station in
mid-Missouri as part of Downtown Kirkwood's advertising program.
Several Downtown Kirkwood businesses added special offers to the
prize package. Prizes included tickets to The Magic House, a
commemorative charm bracelet from James Durbin Jewelry Design,
breakfast at Spencer's Grill, dinner at Kirkwood Station Brewery,
several discounts from retail stores and a guided walking tour.
Following the trip, Debbie Johnson wrote to Downtown Kirkwood
Executive Director Donna Poe, "We are so entirely pleased with
our Kirkwood experience and thank you so much for providing us with
the opportunity to experience your lovely town." Johnson also said
that she can't wait until their return trip and will recommend a
visit to Kirkwood to their family and friends.
Downtown Kirkwood Special Business District staff coordinated
both of the tourism activities with support from Amtrak and its
Missouri River Runner line. The Downtown Kirkwood organization is
supported by its member businesses and property owners. Downtown
Kirkwood Special Business District works to elevate and promote
business by cultivating cultural, social and economic opportunities
for the membership that enhance the community and position Downtown
Kirkwood as a regional destination.