ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Small town Main Streets, once left for dead, are now blossoming back to life.

And leaders from towns across Missouri are looking to St. Louis, from South Grand to Kirkwood, for inspiration during a conference this week.

In Moberly, Missouri, antique shops are being replaced with, for instance, a farm-to-table restaurant. And Diane Richardson, director of Main Street Moberly, says people want to live above the renaissance.

“When people move back to a small community, they ask, ‘Do you have any loft apartments?'” she says.

Jeri Heisler, director of Downtown Washington Inc., says the heart of any city is its downtown.

“It’s where people always come back to, whether it be for a parade, or an event, or sunset on the riverfront,” she says.

She says breweries and art galleries are the trend in downtown Washington.

Heisler, the president of Downtown Washington Inc., is among those conferencing in St. Louis this week.

Yesterday, they spent time and took notes in both Clayton and Kirkwood.

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