‘Tis the season for interactive fountains and (many) events at Main Street Square in downtown Rapid City, including Frühlingsfest & Spring Market on May 4.

Executive director of Main Street Square Elizabeth Smith knows all of the things going on this spring and summer, and gave 605 just a glimpse of her day-to-day.

With over 200 events each year, things can get pretty crazy around Main Street Square. It’s fun, but nuts. It is hard to say which event is my favorite, as they all hold a special place in my heart. Now moving into my sixth year, I have learned to enjoy the quiet times on the square as much as the busy times. I really like to find a spot out on the square under the stars and just reflect. Something about watching the glowing fountains dance to the music is grounding. I call this my “Main Street Square meditation.”

When I’m not at the Square, I’m either taking care of my garden or exploring the Blacks Hills in our UTV. We have lived here for 15 years, and I still haven’t even scratched the surface of what this area has to offer.

First thing most mornings, I pop upstairs from our office to Alternative Fuel and grab a cup of coffee to start my day. Their new Lavender & Honey Latte is my favorite.

On lazy weekends, my husband and I find time to sneak down to Tally’s
Silver Spoon. Their bright, cheerful atmosphere sets the tone for the day ahead. Get the Eggs Benedict!


I have an 11-year-old goldfish named Sparky that I won at the Central States Fair, along with owning two dogs and six cats on our property right outside of town.

My favorite artist is Alphonse Mucha. I love the Art Nouveau style period. I currently have five tapestries and two paintings in my home.

I’m known to family and friends as the “Plant Doctor.” I can frequently be found buying plants off the “dead rack” so I can bring them home and nurse them back to health. I haven’t lost one yet!

Music has always been an important part of my life, and I have an appreciation for all genres. The first signing group I joined was the New Penny Singers when I was 5 years old, and I haven’t stopped singing since.

I’m a self-proclaimed dumpster diver and enjoy up-cycling and re-purposing items. If there’s a flea market, estate sale, auction, or garage sale happening, I’m there. My most recent purchase is a claw-foot tub that I’m re-purposing into a fountain.

If you’re lucky enough to be in downtown Rapid City on a Friday afternoon, plan to have lunch at Delmonico Grill and order the mussels. You won’t be disappointed.

I’m excited that spring has finally arrived in the Black Hills. It’s time to grab an outside table, enjoy a glass of Mythical Beast, watch the sun set, and laugh with my besties at Firehouse Wine Cellars.

I wouldn’t be a true Gen Xer if I didn’t stop by Press Start from time to time to challenge my longtime nemesis, Centipede. The place is packed with a vast variety of vintage games, and they have beer!

When it’s time for a mid-day escape, Victoria’s Garden is the place I go. I can get lost in the charming décor and the sweet smell of flowers. I’m always welcomed by a furry greeter, [owner] Vicki, or one of the other friendly “flower goddesses.” I try to keep fresh flowers on my desk as much as possible.

Who’s Toy House is my go-to spot when shopping for the little ones in my life. They offer a great selection of unique, high-quality items you can’t find anywhere else in the Black Hills, plus they gift wrap all purchases for free. While you’re there, try to conquer the world’s largest Marble Maze.


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