Soon there will be more than eleven new reasons to visit Downtown Kirkwood Special Business District—including the new flagship operation for Mission Taco Joint. Several businesses have opened this summer and additional businesses are scheduled to open this fall. “These new businesses will complement the unique service, shopping and dining options already available in downtown Kirkwood,” said Donna Poe, Executive Director of Downtown Kirkwood Special Business District.  Businesses that have opened, will be opening soon and/or are going through the City of Kirkwood’s Special Use Permit approval process include:


Center for Plant Based Living

Naturally Inspired Gifts

The Shoelace Factory and Gift Shop

Guaranteed Rate Mortgage

Rush Bowls

Studio Lark

The Phone Doctor

Gelato Di Riso

Minifig Shop

Britt's Bakehouse

Chase Bank

Electric Unicorn

Citizen Kane's Market Place



Mission Taco Joint


“We are pleased that these businesses have selected locations in downtown Kirkwood,” said Bud Pennington, Chairperson of the Downtown Kirkwood Special Business District Advisory Commission, downtown Kirkwood property owner and partner in Pennington Shea, LC. Pennington added that the ongoing efforts of the Special Business District and the City of Kirkwood to promote and support the Special Business District’s businesses have significantly contributed to making downtown Kirkwood a desirable place to live, shop, dine and locate a business.  

Adam Tilford, Founder and CEO of Mission Taco Joint, said that his organization “has wanted to have a Mission Taco Joint location in Kirkwood for some time and have been waiting for the right opportunity”.  Mission Taco Joint will occupy the former Kirkwood Station Brewery location.

“Meanwhile, the new Performing Arts Center construction is moving along nicely, and we are looking forward to its opening and the additional activities the center will bring to Downtown Kirkwood,” Poe added.