A recently-moved retail store and visitor center will have a fresh start at a new location in downtown Springfield.
Champion City Guide and Supply will host a grand re-opening at its new location next to Winan’s Chocolates and Coffee on North Fountain Avenue on Friday.
In February, Champion City, which was previously located in the Tuttle Brothers building at the corner of Main and Spring streets, moved to 36C N. Fountain Ave. — the former location of home goods store Stick and Stone.
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“We’re definitely excited to be moving to North Fountain,” said Chris Schutte, executive director of the Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau, which operates the Champion City Guide and Supply store in partnership with the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce.
“If you kind of look at what’s been happening there, downtown has kind of created a little retail, restaurant row,” Schutte said.
Stick and Stone has relocated to 122 E. Main St. under the new name “Ash and Mantle.”
“Overall it’s a big win. It’s just a sign of some growth downtown and that we’re going to have to look for some more storefront space to open,” said John Landess, who co-owns the Tuttle Brothers building and works for the Turner Foundation that owns the old Stick and Stone space and new Ash and Mantle location.
Some of the artists at the original Stick and Stone location said they would remain in the space to sell work with Champion City. Others said they would sell at the Hatch Artist Studio, 105 N. Center St., or move to Ash and Mantle.
The Champion City re-opening will take place from 5 to 8 p.m.