This post is written by guest blogger, Alyssa Lage, Director of Sales at the Cape Girardeau Convention and Visitors Bureau and downtown resident.
Living downtown has always been a dream of mine and living in an older home was inevitable given my educational background in Historic Preservation. Recently, my dream came true and we purchased a historic home in downtown Cape Girardeau with my husband, Jeffrey, and young son, Kaden.
Our “new, old house” is located a minute from the Cape Girardeau Convention and Visitors Bureau, where I work, and a quick four minute walk to all of my favorite places to eat and shop in Cape Girardeau. Downtown is the heartbeat of this community. People live, work and play downtown.
Weekdays are typically the same. Wake up, take a walk downtown, have coffee on my front porch to watch the neighborhood wake up and walk to work. The walk east on Broadway towards the river is always breathtaking at 5:30 a.m. On weekends, I enjoy walking to the Cape Riverfront Market to pick up fresh, local produce for the following week. Afterwards we typically stop in at Cup N Cork to enjoy something cool to drink and conversation with owners, Patrick and Tina.
Our house isn’t perfect–but that is what makes it special. Our home has its original hardwood siding, interior flooring, pocket doors, transoms and other unique, character defining features. Downtown is much like our home–still thriving and pulsing with life each day of the week just as it was over a hundred years ago. Downtown still has its character defining features: the river, restaurants, businesses and residents.
In a world where we are often disconnected from people, it is refreshing to know that I can step out my door and be connected to a living, breathing neighborhood and community in downtown Cape Girardeau. I’ve lived in Cape Girardeau for almost ten years and have never felt more connected to the community than I do now.