Downtown Brookings: offering a unique variety of services since 1879


Shopping, eating and dancing all have their place along Brookings Main Avenue.

From shopping to eating, downtown Brookings has everything a college student wants or needs.

Downtown Brookings is full of options for students. Main Avenue is lined with businesses perfectly suited to the student life style. The restaurants serve excellent food at a reasonable price and in many different styles. The stores sell everything from bicycles to books. For those who are of age, the local taverns provide an excellent location to relax and enjoy the company of friends.

Downtown Brookings was founded in October of 1879, when the railroad bypassed three existing communities and needed a new station. It wasn’t long before stores packed up and moved onto what is now Brookings’ Main Avenue.

Since then, downtown has grown and changed. There are now almost 200 businesses operating in the area.

Downtown Brookings Directory



Sports Connection

The Country Peddler

Sioux River Bicycles & Fitness

Cover to Cover

Wink’s Fine Jewelry

Let It Bead

Main Barber Shop

Cottonwood Coffee

Mango Tree Coffee Shop


Nick’s Hamburgers

The Ram & O’Hares

Sun-Dried Tomato

Boss’ Chicken & Pizza

George’s Pizza

Lantern Lounge

Ray’s Corner

Showcase Cinema

Artistic Images by Jael

Gold Medal Gymnastics

Powershop Gym

Wells Fargo Bank

First Bank & Trust

Hometown Service & Tire

Brookings Custom Image

Threads of Memories

Party Depot


Brookings Engraving

Micro Computer Systems

Willert Wellness & Chiropractic

Greenleaf Management

State Theatre Company

Showcase Cinema

Gatzke Appraisal & Rentals


State Farm Insurance

Rude’s Home Furnishing