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The Experience of Living Downtown
The Experience of Living Downtown

This post is written by guest blogger, Laurie Everett, owner of Annie Laurie’s Antiques and downtown resident.

Living downtown is a culture within itself. The riverfront, the nightlife, and the restaurants are all part of the excitement. This is my business, but it is also where we live. My shop is Annie Laurie’s Antiques and I share the loft dwelling with my husband, our son and our two pets.

We live on Broadway and often times eat, sleep and breathe downtown. We could very easily not have to leave the downtown for days at a time. This is our dog, Lex, and we can often be found walking around with various parts of downtown. This picture was taken at a historic building across from the Federal Building. When in bloom, there are many green areas on our leisurely strolls.

Have I mentioned that there is some amazing art downtown? I love the metal midcentury piece on the outside of this building.

I also enjoy a good parade and many of them travel down Broadway. Here are some pictures from the past two Southeast Homecoming parades. They are so much fun!

One of my favorite shops is The Plant Lady. Her shop is loaded with all types of plants for all seasons. You never know what surprises you may find.

My absolute favorite part of living downtown is the Cape Riverfront Market. There is a great satisfaction that comes with eating fresh local food. I could easily do all of my grocery shopping there during the market season. Here are some items that I picked up this summer.

I often use the backdrop of the downtown for various photo shoots for the shop. This picture was taken in the fountain by the courthouse.

Our family pictures were even taken by the Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge.

I love a great auction. I attended one recently that was held at The Salvation Army right here in downtown. It doesn’t get much better than that.

Right across the street is Baisch and Skinner where I get a lot of flowers and greenery for the shop. It is only open to dealers, but it is so great to have them four blocks from where I live. They are a great resource for my design jobs and events.

If I’m having one of my many allergies or just need to get a prescription filled, I always go to Broadway Prescription Shop. They do deliver, but I’m only one block away.

Most recently I attended a CASA Speakeasy Soiree at the Port Cape Girardeau Yacht Club. It is the perfect place for a worthy cause.

So, if you ever ask me what there is to do in downtown Cape, my question back to you will be what’s not to do in downtown Cape? See you there!

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