Feb. 20 Center City Saturday features Chic Chick Fashion Show

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Creativity and self-expression come alive during Center City Saturday, an extravaganza of fashion and art in Springfield’s Downtown Arts District, 1 to 5 p.m. on Feb. 20.

The centerpiece of the February event is the Chic Chick Fashion Show featuring live entertainment, door prizes, and clothing and accessories from downtown’s newest boutique.

Join entertainer Lois Ann Marler, fashion show emcee, from 2 to 3 p.m. at Ernie Biggs, 312 South Avenue, as 20 models demonstrate Chic Chick’s versatility in the categories of Business and Office Wear, Funky Chic and Just for Fun.

During the show, visitors can also view and purchase one-of-a-kind, hand-painted purses by Fresh Gallery Artist Mary L. Hamilton and original jewelry by Fresh Gallery jewelry Artist Karla Breeding Trammell.

Other highlights of the Feb. 20 Center City Saturday include:

  • Global fare at Global Fayre, 324 S. Campbell. Sample coffee from Kickapoo Coffee Company, winner of Roast Magazine’s 2010 Micro Roaster of the Year; cookies from Soup of Success, an Indiana project for women working to gain skills for self-sufficiency; and chocolate from Divine, using the finest Fair Trade cocoa beans from Kuapa Kokoo, a cooperative of smallholder farmers in Ghana.
  • Get hands-on with art at Fresh Gallery, located at the corner of Campbell and Walnut. Artist Carol Penprase will demonstrate Zentangles, and visitors can try their hand at this fun and relaxing activity. “Zentangles: art form or form of meditation?” Carol says. “Easy to make and relaxing, they require only a pencil, pen and paper. No erasers and no rulers – just fun.” While at Fresh, visitors can also enjoy the dual show by husband-and-wife artists Dale and Janice Brueggemann and original artwork by 20 other regional artists.
  • Visit Fitzwilly’s Gifts & Antiques, 308 South Ave., for outstanding works of art by award-winning artist Charli Stout, ranging from landscapes to modern design, plus 20 percent off any purchase of $5 or more.
  • See live demonstrations by master glass artists at Springfield Hot Glass Studio, 314 S. Campbell Ave. A working hot glass studio/gallery with facilities for furnace, torch and kiln work, Springfield Hot Glass offers beautiful and utilitarian glassware, objets d’art, glass beads and jewelry.
  • Visit Randy Bacon Studio and Gallery to enjoy The Art of Love: The Romance Collection, featuring 25 of Randy’s favorite images of couples he has photographed over the last decade, plus Valentine’s Day themed ceramics by Figment artist Kelly Brinkman and refreshments for all.
  • Pick up a Gallery Guide Brochure to enjoy your own Mini Art Walk with family and friends. Ongoing shows for Center City Saturday include Sailors’ Valentines at Good Girl Art Gallery, 325 E. Walnut St.; New Work by Tim Breaux at Hawthorn Galleries Inc., 214 E. Walnut St.; Accidental Mysteries: Extraordinary Vernacular Photographs from the Collection of John and Teenuh Foster, at the Brick City Gallery, 215 W. Mill St.; and Paintings by Mary L. Hamilton at Obelisk Home at the Inspired Commerce Building, 214 W. Phelps.


Karen Jordan, entrepreneur and mother of nine, including five girls, is the force behind Chic Chick.

The business was established in Rolla in 2008 after Katia, Jordan’s eldest daughter, decided to pursue fashion design at Missouri State University. The program required that she work in fashion retail, and her father, John Jordan, encouraged her to start her own business.

The whole family pitched in, and Chic Chick opened in June 2008. The store – featuring colorful, stylish clothing, accessories, purses, shoes and more – was a success, and in October 2009, a second location was opened in Springfield at 400 E. Walnut St., No. 100, the corner of Walnut and Jefferson.

The Jordan women’s love of colors, fragrances, beauty and everything to do with the “girlie-girl” taste is reflected in every nook and cranny of Chic Chick. Chic Chick encourages women to enjoy being creative. “We want girls and women to have fun,” Jordan explains. “Have fun living, loving, shopping and looking the best they can!”

For more about Chic Chick, contact Karen Jordan at (573) 578-6931, visit www.chichickstore.com or check out Chic Chick on Facebook.


A southern Missouri native, Lois Ann Marler is a high-energy entertainer whose musical repertoire ranges from Etta James to K.T. Tunstall, hitting all the notes of blues, jazz, country and rock ‘n’ roll in between.

A partner in Good Time Dance Club in Rolla with DJ and dance instructor Cody Bahr, Lois Ann has performed in musicals at Rolla’s Ozarks Actors Theatre and appeared as a guest performer at Lebanon’s Ozark Hills Theatre, where she’s best known as “The Rocker Chick.”

Lois Ann’s philosophy is “Music makes us all feel better,” and she takes that philosophy into her community, donating her time and talents to such charitable organizations as Relay For Life and Heart-2-Heart, as well as skilled nursing facilities and veterans homes.

Lois Ann wears many hats, including that of freelance writer, editor and home educator. She and her husband of 23 years, Kevin, have two children, Rachel and Timothy.

For more about Lois Ann, visit www.loisannmarler.com.


Center City Saturday is a collaborative downtown happening presented from 1 to 5 p.m. on the third Saturday of each month by members of First Friday Art Walk and the Downtown Springfield Association.

Designed as a casual, family-friendly daytime event, Center City Saturday strives to introduce visitors of all ages to the art, culture, entertainment, fashion, food and fun of the Downtown Arts District.

Visitors are invited to enjoy live art demonstrations, hands-on activities, special events, shopping, dining, self-guided gallery tours and live performances in a variety of downtown venues.

For more information on First Friday Art Walk Inc., visit www.ffaw.org or check out Art Walk’s page on Facebook.

For more information on DSA and its members, visit www.itsalldowntown.com.

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