Help us build a commercial Community Kitchen for the Empire Market! This kitchen will enable our vendors to add more products to their lineup, create a space for aspiring chefs to practice their craft, and allow our free Kid’s Meal program to expand to include hot meals.

What is Downtown Joplin Alliance?

Downtown Joplin Alliance is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the revitalization of the downtown community as a thriving, safe and attractive center of art, history, enterprise, commerce, culture, residence, and entertainment.

Downtown Joplin is host to many monthly, seasonal, and annual events designed to encourage community involvement and stimulate the local economy.

This website is partially funded by a grant from

Visit Joplin Missouri

Downtown Joplin Alliance is affiliated with

Main Street America

What can I do in Downtown?

Eat Downtown

Downtown Joplin is home to some of the best food and drink in the Four States. If you’re hungry or thirsty, Downtown is the place to be.

Shop Downtown

Whether you’re looking for that special gift or just in the mood to go shopping, Downtown Joplin has what you’re looking for.

Play Downtown

A place to celebrate who we are, to discover, to rock out, to meet with old friends and make new ones.

Who sponsors Downtown Joplin Alliance?



We have many opportunities available for those of you who want to lend a hand and volunteer your time. Click the button below to find out how you can get involved in contributing to the improvement of our community!

Why should I get involved?



Downtown is home to some of the largest employers in a community.



Downtown supports the biggest concentration of locally owned businesses. Independent ownership keeps profits in Joplin.


Reflection of Joplin

This is critical to business retention and recruitment efforts. When a professional or company is looking at Joplin for potential relocation, they look at quality of life. Included in quality of life is downtown — is it healthy and viable, or does it represent local disinterest and failure?

downtown joplin businesses

Historic Preservation

There are a number of incentives to downtown development, including historic tax credits. Want to contribute to the environment and sustainability? The greenest buildings are already built.


Downtown is Unique

Downtown Joplin offers the most unique shopping and dining experiences in the region — Hackett’s Hot Wings, Red Onion Cafe, Wilder’s, M&M Bistro, Club 609, Joplin Ave Coffee, Frosted Cakerie — there are just so many to choose from and we haven’t even mentioned the night life!


Historic Core

The downtown buildings hold our history and heritage.
Our story is here.


Sense of Community and Place

It’s where we gather, where we celebrate, and where our traditions are carried out.

Support Downtown Joplin Alliance

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Do you love Joplin? Do you love Downtown? Become a Friend of Downtown and help support all the great things that are happening downtown to make Joplin even better!

We invite you to be a part of the progress in Downtown! By supporting the organization’s activities and efforts, you support the economic vitality of Downtown. This is an opportunity for you to be part of the progress and to contribute to a thriving Joplin.