A new four seasons farmers market is coming to downtown Joplin in less than a month! The Joplin Empire Market, located at 931 East 4th Street, will have its grand opening on Saturday, April 28 from 10:00am to 3:00pm.

The Joplin Empire Market will focus on providing quality products made and grown right here in the Four-States. Come check out the regionally grown produce, pasture raised meats, locally produced honey, and delicious farm fresh eggs. Try some of the fresh baked breads, roasted coffee, and artisan pastas—all produced right here in the Joplin area. If you can’t wait until you get home to try some of the delicious goodies, look for handmade cinnamon rolls and specialty espresso drinks. For those 21 and over, don’t miss out on local wine, beer, and spirits. Plus, if you fill up on all of the edible/drinkable treats, there will be locally grown plants, flowers, seeds, and bouquets—not to mention handmade products, fine art, and vintage goods!

Clint Kahler, of Artisan Beardworks, will be one of the vendors at Joplin Empire Market. He comes from three generations of artisans, craftsmen and makers, and is committed to handcrafting the highest quality beard oils, balms, and men’s grooming accessories. When explaining the inspiration behind his products, Clint remarked “Our company started very practically. I simply wanted to create something that I could use in my beard that I loved.”

Beyond the grand opening of the Joplin Empire Market, products will be available as they are in season. Keep your eyes peeled this summer for locally grown blueberries! Robertson Family Farms plans to sell four varieties of locally grown blueberries as they become available. Look for fresh berries that are much larger and more flavorful than the typical imported fruit found in supermarkets. Take advantage of all the locally grown produce at this new community market.

New items and events will be added as the Market grows, so make sure to visit early and often.

Joplin Empire Market will be open year-round on Saturdays from 10:00am to 3:00pm. They will have something for everyone, with indoor and outdoor facilities, and ample parking to the East of the building. The Market is an ancillary project of Downtown Joplin Alliance. For more information, contact Ivy Hagedorn at

Would you like to contribute to the Joplin Empire Market’s crowdfunding campaign? This will help them put the finishing touches on the first phase of the Market. Click here to support the Market today! Your donation of $5 or more can help install new lighting and outdoor seating.


PhotoSpiva is back for its 42nd year! This exhibit opened to the public on March 17 and will run through May 12. Unfamiliar with this exhibition? PhotoSpiva is a prestigious, national photography competition hosted right here in Joplin, Missouri. The gallery features sixty-three images selected from hundreds of submissions, and includes the nine contest winners, four of whom hail from the surrounding area. Timothy Duffy of Hillsborough, North Carolina, took first place. Thao Le Huong Nguyen and Ashley Erikson won second and third place respectively; both live in Joplin. PhotoSpiva is open during regular hours in Spiva’s Main Gallery.



In the Regional Gallery, one will find the 20th Annual Small Works Auction. This fundraiser event is a great way to pick up some one-of-a-kind local art while giving back to a vital community arts organization. Spiva members have donated their original works created on  6 x 6, 9 x 12, or 12 x 12 masonite boards. They are now on display at Spiva and all are invited to bid for them online or in person. Bids start at $35 with possible “buy it now” prices for those who don’t want to risk losing out in a potential bidding war! Online bidding began on March 17 and ends May 11 at 3:00pm.



This year, the closing bidding party for the Small Works Auction will be held in conjunction with Spiva’s popular Art On Tap (AOT) event on May 11. In person bidding will be held 5:30pm to 7:00pm, but AOT will last from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. AOT is for those 21 and older who have a passion for great art and great beer! Come enjoy unique brews, delicious food, live music, and bidding on the newest acquisition to your local art collection. Admission to AOT is free for Spiva members and $20 for non-members.

Spiva Center for the Arts is located at 222 W. 3rd St. Joplin, MO 64801.


Do you have a passion for nature and wildlife? Are you curious about what’s going on in conservation today? And are you interested in what you can do to help out? If so, the Ozark Gateway Audubon Chapter is hosting monthly meetings to promote and educate the public about conservation both locally and across the nation and the globe.

Their meeting on April 12 will feature a talk from Andy Ostmeyer, metro editor for The Joplin Globe and avid conservationist. His presentation: “Wild Rivers and Wild Characters” will be sure to fascinate while educating attendees about the amazing free-flowing rivers around the area.

These meetings are held at Wildcat Glades Conservation and Audubon Center, which is located in the heart of one of the most unique natural habitats in the world. If you’re interested in learning more about conservation and Joplin’s unique Chert Glades, then come join the Ozark Gateway Audubon Chapter at their monthly meetings every second Thursday at 7:00pm. Refreshments will be provided.

Wildcat Glades Conservation and Audubon Center is located at 201 Rivera Dr. Joplin, MO 64804.


An exciting new business in the historic, up-and-coming neighborhood of East Town will open its doors this month! Bookhouse Cinema, located at 715 Broadway Street, is an independent micro-theater and pub located on Broadway/Langston Hughes in what used to be the old Penny Pinchers thrift store. Bookhouse Cinema will show a variety of independent, classic, and foreign films while offering a great pub environment. Cinephiles and movie-buffs can enjoy a quality cocktail or beer while trying some of their unique and freshly prepared food – all while having great conversations about their favorite films in a spacious and rustic pub atmosphere.



Bookhouse Cinema’s theater seats about forty-six with space for wheelchairs. Along with unique, locally sourced fare, Bookhouse Cinema plans to offer classic movie theater treats like popcorn, candy, and sodas.

Make sure to follow Bookhouse Cinema on social media (Facebook and Instagram) to be in-the-know on movie showtimes and their opening date. When up-and-running, they will offer movies Wednesdays–Sundays.

Bookhouse Cinema is located at 715 Broadway St. Joplin, MO 64801.


This past week, The Joplin Spirit Tree on 20th Street succumbed to the elements. Will the Joplin Spirit Tree get a second life? As an art installation completed one year after the destructive 2011 Joplin tornado, the tree has been able to communicate both the strength and spirit of Joplin’s response to disaster. Never intended as a permanent fixture, the tree celebrated and inspired a continuing journey to recovery. More recently, the tree became hidden from view by the 20th Street overpass, but its message has continued to resonate with residents whose response to disaster was made visible in its battered but brightly colored branches.

Ironically, the Joplin Memorial Run selected the tree in designing this year’s t-shirts and award medals, making the intangible message of this art ever more tangible. Re-creation of the tree with more permanent materials, and at a location associated with the tornado where more people can interact with and experience this public art is under consideration. What do you think? Read more about this development in The Joplin Globe.