Welcome to Downtown St. Louis!

Stroll the Streets with Pride

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. 
In recent years the City has partnered with MDOT and the MEDC on several downtown Enhancement Projects.  Victorian lighting, stamped concrete, sidewalks and landscaping were added on M-46 and South Main Street to the St. Louis Area Historical Society Depot Museum and park area.  The downtown's alleyways and parking lots were all repaved and redesigned to improve access to St. Louis' storefronts.  Parking is easy as most businesses have spaces directly in front of their buildings, with several offering front and rear entrances.  To continue to improve the aesthetics of the downtown, the City replaced 57 Victorian light poles with energy-efficient LED heads with the help of another grant.  Total investment in public improvements over the past ten years is nearly $2 million.
We invite you to stop by any time to enjoy our historic downtown!  

Please feel free to call (989) 681-3017 or e-mail phansen@stlouismi.com if you have any questions, and we look forward to seeing you here! 

What You'll Find Downtown


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Historic & More

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2014, 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 downtown is truly part of a safe, walkable 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.

To learn more about our history at the castle, visit our history page on the city website.

Businesses Feel at Home

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 theBusiness 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.

City Hall

St. Louis had a new City Hall completed in October of 2015!  The renovation of the former St. Louis IGA is home to the City offices as well as the Police Department.  Located at the north end of the downtown business district, this is truly a cornerstone of our downtown and a source of pride for our community.   

M-46 Planter Project


Help beautify St. Louis with 35" planting posts.  The City will purchase flowers each summer and Garden Club will plant and maintain.  
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Art Expo - St. Louis, Alma & Ithaca


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E Newsletter Sign Up

In an effort to keep people informed even better, St. Louis is now producing a newsletter that you can receive by e-mail!  It is not intended to replace the monthly City newsletter, but has more details about upcoming events, projects and downtown sales and currently goes out twice per month at least.
All you need to do to receive this e-newsletter is e-mail mryder@stlouismi.com and let us know what your e-mail address is.  This doesn't cost you a thing and we think you'll like how it looks, and what it includes!
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