When Chase Kroner, Family Assistant for New Student Orientation and Family Programs, asked Clif Smart, President of Missouri State, for his favorite hidden gem in Springfield, he answered without hesitation. The Pickwick and Cherry area located near campus. “The area is a great spot for tacos, snacks, craft beer and coffee as well as cute shops,” he said. “Live music often happens as well at no cost,” he pointed out. “Great neighborhood gathering spot that welcomes students.”
Cherry and Pickwick is home to stops like Skully’s, Team Taco, Tea Bar and Bites, Ott’s Pasta, the Royal Music Hall, Cherry Picker Package and Fare and a whole lot more. If you love to people watch, enjoy some excellent food or superb coffee, this is the area for you. (https://sgfcitizen.org/economy-growth/is-pickwick-place-the-ideal-springfield-neighborhood-plan-modeled-off-concept/)
The next time you’re in town, check out this quaint hidden gem!
(Chase Kroner is a junior majoring in history education. He is the Family Assistant for 2023-24 and Ursa Coordinator. He has been a SOAR Leader, Ursa Major and is a member of the Horticulture Club.)