About Us
About Us

Old Town Cape, Inc is a not for profit organization that works toward revitalizing downtown Cape Girardeau. We are a nationally accredited Main Street Program under National Main Street America™, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

We are proud to have served our downtown community for over 20 years!


The Old Town Cape district includes 131 blocks with more than 300 businesses and organizations as well as 4,500 residents. We work in many different capacities to make Downtown Cape Girardeau a better place to live, work, and play.

In 2015 Old Town Cape was awarded the Great American Main Street Award through the National Main Street Center. The logo below is a representation of that designation.


As a Missouri Main Street Accredited program, Old Town Cape, Inc. is a recognized, leading program among the state network of more than 45 districts and communities who share both a commitment to creating high-quality places and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development.

Our Vision

Old Town Cape imagines a thriving, diverse downtown that is cultured, historic, and the pulse of the community.

Our Mission

Old Town Cape is a community driven, nonprofit organization that utilizes the Four-Point Main Street Approach to preserve, promote, revitalize, and enrich the historic, cultural, and economic landscapes of downtown Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

Our People
Old Town Cape, Inc. Staff
Liz Haynes
Executive Director
Sarah LaVenture
Assistant Director
Andrea Hamm
Content Coordinator & Cape Girardeau Riverfront Co-Manager
Board of Directors
Chris Hutson | Hutson's Big Sandy Superstore
Lee Schlitt | Broadway Pharmacy
Vice President
Bill Cole | Realty Executives of Cape County
Randi Dirnberger | Life Care Center
Doc Cain | Port Cape Girardeau Restaurant & Lounge
Member, Past President
Dr. Steven Hoffman | Southeast Missouri State University
Member & Advisor to Executive Committee
Shelly Moore | Ward 2 City Council Member
Danny Essner | Southern Bank, Retired
Emilie Beulow | Annie-Em's at Home
Ryan Shrimplin | City of Cape Girardeau
Don Greenwood | Local Artist
Kent Zickfield | Zickfield's Jewelry & Gifts
Chris Conroy | KFVS12
Blake Lingle | The Bank of Missouri
Katrina Amos | Cape Girardeau Regional Airport
Bonnie Kipper | RN, Retired
Brenda Newbern | Visit Cape
Website Sponsor Spotlight


Our organization is powered by our volunteers. If you’d like to join our squad of downtown enthusiasts let us know by clicking on the button below and filling out our volunteer application.

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Our Partners

Along with the great downtown businesses, we work with the City of Cape Girardeau, Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce, and VisitCape to build a thriving and sustainable downtown.


Social Media Policy

We support an honest and open exchange of ideas about Downtown Cape Girardeau and use social media and various digital platforms to further our mission to make Downtown a better place to live, work, and play! But we do have a few rules: take a look at our social media policy if you have any questions!

Contact Us

Get in touch with us by emailing info@oldtowncape.org or send us a general message on our contact page.

Contact Us