Have a wonderful experience in historic Downtown St. Louis! Stroll the streets of our traditional Central Business District that offers many places to eat, shop and relax. Enjoy the convenient parking and easy access to all of our businesses.
Downtown St. Louis is a quaint, picturesque place that is the focal point of the City and is home to many community events. In addition to the businesses, downtown still has the town's key features including St. Louis High School, Clapp Park and the W.T. Morris Memorial Swimming Pool. The renovated GEM Theater is home to regular Blues performances and an annual St. Louis Blues Festival has been hosted by the GEM in cooperation with River Rock Bar & Grill, the City and the Gratiot Area Chamber. The downtown is truly part of a neighborhood, as the business district is surrounded by residential homes. You can see a nice selection of Victorian homes, especially along M-46 including the magnificent Elwell Castle on the corner of M-46 and Delaware Street.
In recent years the City has partnered with MDOT and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation on several downtown Enhancement Projects. Victorian lighting, stamped concrete, new sidewalks and landscaping were added on M-46 and South Main Street down to the St. Louis Area Historical Society Depot Museum and park area. In addition, the downtown's alleyways and parking lots were all repaved and redesigned to improve access to St. Louis' storefronts. To continue to improve the aesthetics of the downtown, the City in 2010 replaced 57 Victorian light poles with energy-efficient LED heads with the help of another MEDC grant. The total investment in public improvements over the past ten years exceeds $1.5 million!
Business activity has improved over this time period, with many new businesses locating downtown. Downtown St. Louis has a nice selection of retail and specialty shops as well as places to eat and get together. For a complete listing of everything in the downtown, please click on the Business Lists section on the left-hand bar.
Building owners have shown also a lot of pride in the appearance of their storefronts. The DDA Facade Grant and Sign Program was instituted several years ago and has provided grant money to businesses to help improve the appearance of their storefronts. Since the program's inception, over 40 grants have been awarded and every year more businesses invest in their properties and downtown continues to look better and better.