Established in the early 1900s to bring commercial activity closer to the railroad, Downtown Lebanon offers a variety of unique shops, restaurants, financial institutions, and historical buildings. The Downtown area has wide sidewalks and large store fronts that make it perfect for pedestrian window shopping. There is also ample parking either in our large commercial parking lots, or directly in the Downtown area.
Downtown Business District Information
In 1976, the merchants of Downtown Lebanon came together and formed the Lebanon Downtown Business District. The District serves to promote businesses and events, provide and maintain landscaping, coordinate closing streets and the use of sidewalk space within the District, and more. The DTBD is governed by a nine-member Board of Directors, appointed by the Mayor, and made up of owners or managers of businesses in the District. Board appointments run three years and members are eligible for re-appointment.
Have you visited the Farmer’s Market under the new pavilion? This allows shoppers to come rain or shine on Wednesday afternoons and Saturday mornings, giving protection to the buyers, sellers and products. On Wednesdays, as long as space permits, it even offers some covered parking for customers. The Market accepts debit, credit and SNAP/EBT cards. You can run your card at the market booth and receive tokens to spend at any booth. They are a producer only market, with the vendors growing or making everything they sell. That being said, they are always looking for new vendors, especially those that grow produce.
The Market was formed in 2010 at the request of the Downtown Business District, and now has even more to offer with the addition of the covered pavilion. The Market hours are Wednesday 2-6:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. The market is held no matter what the weather forecast throws at them. Farmer’s Markets are a big part of every community, and we love supporting our local farmers and producers. Come out and show your support!
As part of
the Missouri DREAM Initiative, the Downtown Business District completed a
series of plans and studies culminating in the adoption of the Downtown Strategic Plan.