Shopping

There is still time to find the perfect holiday gift for everyone on your list! 

For the dad who insists (every year) that he just needs socks

Alpine Shop: Go ahead and get him the socks but throw in something more fun like a new pocket knife, hammock, or Yeti tumbler. information about the holiday baskets offered by Barred Owl ButcherBarred Owl Butcher: The gift your dad didn’t realize he wanted – a holiday basket from Barred Owl. Quantities are limited, email brandy@barredowlbutcher.com or call 573-442-9323 to reserve yours (ask for Brandy or Meaghan).

For the mom who ‘already has everything she wants’

Top Ten Wines: Top Ten Wines has 2500+ different wines… that’s a lot of options. Let the team help you pick out the perfect bottle for your mom, or if you’re feeling especially generous, you can treat her to PV’s Picks Wine of the Month Club. [Top Ten also has a large whiskey and gin selection if your mom isn’t a wine-drinker.]

holiday gifts and home decor The Southern Rose: This local boutique has a huge selection of cute gifts including holiday shirts, ornaments, jewelry, home decor, accessories, and more. We guarantee you’ll be able to find the perfect gift for mom here.

For the one who introduces you to new music

The Blue Note: Check out the list of upcoming events and get a pair of concert tickets for that friend of yours who loves discovering new artists.

band on stage with crowd watching with words 'The Roots N BLues N BBQ Festival'Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival: Pre-sale tickets are available now for the weekend for only $130! The festival includes over 30 artists performing throughout the weekend along with a variety of delicious food vendors. Last year’s musicians included John Prine, Emmylou Harris, Leon Bridges, Band of Horses, and Gary Clark, Jr.

For the college student

to-do notepad Poppy: A new planner or weekly to-do notepad might be a lifesaver for the student in your life.

True/False Film Fest: Every student should experience True/False at least once! Simple passes are on sale for $100 and allow the passholder to reserve up to 10 tickets for films Friday-Sunday. [True/False is coming up March 1-4, 2018]

Lucky’s Market: Give the gift of groceries to your college student – pick up a gift card in-store or have one mailed out by calling the home office at 303-530-0782, extension 147.

For the child who is technically a pet

Lizzi & Rocco’s Natural Pet Market: Choose from a huge selection of cat and dog food, toys, treats, accessories, and more.

Hanukkah decorated dog treatsTreats Unleashed: Get a sweater or holiday gift bag for your pup! Treats Unleashed has adorable freshly-baked treats and holiday collars, perfect for family photos.

For the one who is always eating

9 small jelly jar pies from Peggy Jean's PiesPeggy Jean’s Pies: Peggy Jean’s does this cool thing where they will SHIP PIES TO YOU. The pies come in cute little jars, and they are just as delicious as a standard-size pie. Of course, you can also order a normal pie to pick up from the shop.

GoPo: This gourmet popcorn is available at Plume, and offers flavors like Snapped Ched, Cookies N Cream, 1/2 Caramel, Everything Tiger, Slowburn Kettle, and Dark Chocolate Sea Salt.

For your grandparents

Give your grandparents a special gift made by you at The Canvas on Broadway or Confetti Craft Co. The Canvas has several holiday paintings coming up, and they walk you through each step (perfect for those of us who aren’t artists). Confetti Craft Co. gives you the option of unique projects like wooden coasters, string art, a dog leash, and a mason jar planter.

For your boss

Holiday Decor at The Candy FactoryThe Candy Factory: The Candy Factory has everything from mugs and holiday to decor to fudge and, of course, candy! You’ll be able to find your boss a small, easy gift here.

Kent’s Floral Gallery: Kent’s has a beautiful selection of holiday flower arrangements and simple red poinsettias.

For the one you can’t talk to before they’ve had coffee

gift pack from Fretboard Coffee with 12 oz coffee, shirt, sticker and bagFretboard Coffee: Get the ‘Caffeine Addict Gift Pack,’ which includes a 12 oz. bag of coffee (your choice) and a Fretboard t-shirt.

Lakota Coffee: Lakota has a ton of gift ideas that would be perfect for your coffee-loving friend including tumblers, coffee of the month clubs, chocolate-covered espresso beans, and coffee brewers and samplers.

Still stuck? Here are a few more ideas:

Boone County History and Culture Center: Hundreds of book titles on local and state history, historical figures, culture, nature and adventure, along with postcards and Boone County Bank commemorative holiday ornaments

Logboat Brewing Co.: Merch and beer!

Ragtag Cinema: Gift card

holiday doughnuts from Harold'sHarold’s Doughnuts: A doughnut sweatshirt or doughnuts, obviously

Boone Olive Oil Co.: Olive oil and vinegar sampler

Office of Cultural Affairs: City of Columbia commemorative poster (scroll through the gallery for all of the options)

wooden ornament in the shape of missouri with a heart carved out where Columbia is with words underneath 'Columbia Missouri'Convention & Visitors Bureau: Columbia ornament made by Nestled Pines Woodworking – come by our office at 300 S. Providence if you’re interested in buying one! They are $8 plus tax.


Happy Holidays from the Columbia Convention & Visitors Bureau! 

CONTACT US IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS:

Stop by 300 S. Providence Monday-Friday, 8AM-5PM
Call 573-874-CITY (2489)
Tweet us @VisitColumbiaMO

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This year, treat your mom to a delicious brunch and some awesome gifts from Columbia.

Where to Brunch

Missouri Wines

Les Bourgeois Blufftop Bistroopens in a new window – 10 AM-3 PM | reservations: 573-698-2300

The Roof and Eleven Elevenopens in a new window – reservations: 573-818-6207

Holiday Inn Executive Centeropens in a new window – brunch in the Windsor Ballroom 11 AM-2 PM | reservations: 573-445-8531 or email tthompson@holidaycolumbia.comopens in a new window

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Glenn’s Cafe – brunch available from 10:30 AM-3 PM

The Upper Crustopens in a new window – brunch buffet 9 AM-3 PM in the Champagne Ballroom | make your reservations onlineopens in a new window or by calling 573-874-3033

Grand Cru – buffet 10:30 AM-2 PM | reservations: 573-443-2600

The Tiger Hotelopens in a new window – brunch buffet | reservations: 573-875-8888 or email frontdesk@thetigerhotel.comopens in a new window

The Heidelbergopens in a new window – buffet 10 AM-1 PM | reservations for parties of 8 or more: 573-449-6927

Where to Shop

Recipe Box

 

Poppyopens in a new window | 920 E. Broadway
Locally made gifts, beautiful jewelry, cute paper products, candles, and so much more to choose from. You can find something that any mom would love at Poppy.

Strawberry Hill Farmsopens in a new window | 3770 E. Highway 163
If your mom has a green thumb, check out Strawberry Hill Farms. Pick out something you know she’ll love or head over together after brunch and offer to buy her favorite.

The Candy Factoryopens in a new window | 701 Cherry St
So many chocolatey options! Even if chocolate isn’t really your mom’s favorite, there’s other candy choices, plus great candles and cute home accessories.

Makes Scentsopens in a new window | 19 S. 9th St
Take mom to make her own signature scent at Makes Scents. Bonus: it’s right next to Sparky’s.

Columbia Culinary Toursopens in a new window
For the foodie mom! Purchase a gift certificate if your mom has a busy schedule, or you can pick out the best time for you to take the tour together.

Various gifts for mom, Fringe Boutique bottle holder, momma tried hat and wander lust box.

Fringe Boutiqueopens in a new window | 914 E. Broadway
Does your mom love cowboy boots or clothes with a western edge? Check out this brand new boutique, owned by a local mom and daughter trio!

Roots N Blues N BBQopens in a new window
Advanced admission tickets are available now! Go ahead and get tickets for mom AND yourself.


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Hi, I’m Megan. I do Marketing and Communications here at Visit CoMo and I’m also a Columbia native!  I love traveling, the Mizzou Tigers, live music, ice cream, my cats and a good nap. I’m also lucky enough to get to promote my hometown every day. There are so many different ways to enjoy Columbia and each month I’ll be bringing you some of my favorites. Let’s go!


I don’t mean to brag (yes I do), but I finished holiday shopping before Thanksgiving. I also wrapped all of my presents last weekend…I hardly know who I am anymore. But there’s no doubt that before the holidays pass, there will come a moment when I realize that there’s someone I forgot – a last minute gift that needs giving. I’m guessing the same might happen to you, too. Sure, you could go with an old standby like a candle or a picture frame or socks, but what about something uniquely Columbia for that person who has everything? Here are a few different fun ideas that will definitely get a sincere thank you!

Get Locked Up

If the person you’re gifting is into puzzles and intrigue, Columbia is home to three different escape rooms! These fun facilities give you and your group an hour to escape from rooms themed in all sorts of ways, including Pirate Adventure, Double Agent and Mark Twain Museum. These rooms are a great group activity and perfect for the competitive friend or family member. I know I’m still mad I didn’t escape from Double Agent and it has been months.

Kick Off a Resolution

Have a friend who’s a health nut or someone who’s going to get back in shape in 2017? Help them reach their goals with a gift certificate to Nourish or Main Squeeze Natural Foods Café. Both spots serve up delicious food that will probably make them forget how healthy it is. On a cold day, the Buddha Bowl from Main Squeeze really hits the spot.

A New Night Out

Always head to the same spot for date night? This year, try out something new in CoMo. We’re hearing great things about Barred Owl Butcher and Table, which serves up a variety of sandwiches, small plates and charcuterie, or Flyover, which is home to a wood-fired oven. Both have a great cocktail menu and a focus on seasonal, local ingredients. You may just find a new favorite.

Plan for some Festive Fun

Roots and Blues and BBQ 2017 tickets available.

Give your recipient something to really look forward to by purchasing their passes to next year’s True/False Film Fest or Roots ‘n Blues ‘n BBQ Festival. Both events promise an incredible Columbia weekend for the film or music enthusiast. I pretty much plan my life around True/False and Roots ‘n Blues is my fall oasis, so these passes are a can’t-miss gift.

Winter Warmies

Photo from Routeopens in a new window Facebook

It seems that winter has finally arrived here in CoMo…it even snowed yesterday! This means that bundling up must now commence. One of my favorite places to get hats, gloves and scarves is Route in the District. They specialize in fair-trade, handmade goods, and their winter accessories are so warm and comfy that it almost makes it ok when you have to go outside. Need a gift for someone who never puts their phone down (like me)? Get them a pair of glove/mittens. The wool gloves leave the fingertips exposed but you can also fold a mitten cover over before you lose feeling in them. It’s a win-win.

For the Beer Snob

Everyone has a beer snob in their life. On the negative side, they make fun of you for drinking your light beer. On the positive side, you can always hit up the Craft Beer Cellar and have them a gift in no time. Their super friendly staff will help you pick out the perfect variety that will make your friend forget (at least for a few minutes) that you don’t know the difference between porter and a stout, and that makes a better holiday for everyone.

Smelly Goodness

makes scents

Three of my family members (who will not be named here because it’s not Christmas yet) will be getting goodies from Makes Scents. They have high-end skin care items, Butter nail polish (stocking stuffers!), holiday soaps, custom-scented items and my favorite candles in the whole world (Seeking Balance, if you’re shopping for me. I’m just saying). The staff will also put together an awesome gift set for anyone doing that last minute shopping…I know you’re out there.

Now that you’re down to only 20 shopping days until Christmas, I know you can feel the time crunch. Hopefully when you feel like you’ve run out of ideas, these will help jump start your shopping list and check even those picky people off your gift list. You can thank me with candles.

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Hi, I’m Megan. I do Marketing and Communications here at Visit CoMo and I’m also a Columbia native!  I love traveling (that’s me with a glacier in Alaska), the Mizzou Tigers, live music, ice cream, my cats and a good nap. I’m also lucky enough to get to promote my hometown every day. There are so many different ways to enjoy Columbia and each month I’ll be bringing you some of my favorites. Let’s go!


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Brenna and me at a CBT event

Autumn in Columbia is my very favorite season. I love the crispness of the air, the leaves changing, the sound of drumlines that signal football is back. It’s also the perfect time to get out and spend time with friends. My favorite days spent out in CoMo lately are with my pal Brenna, who is the Editor over at the Columbia Business Times.

We like to mix something active with a nice dose of leisure, so this fall day out is perfect! This itinerary is more of a suggestion, though Brenna and/or I have done all of these things here in Columbia. Brenna would like you to know that I promise action photos from our next day out (Winter) because we’re going to plan it now and then document our day! Ok, ready to spend a great autumn day here in CoMo? Let’s do it!

Ladies’ Day Out – The Fall Edition

First thing’s first: sleep in a bit. You thought we were going to get up at the crack of dawn for our day out? Ha! You do not know Brenna and me well enough yet.

Ok, so you got some extra rest because you worked hard this week. Now the day out can begin. Everyone knows that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and one of the best stops in Columbia is at Café Berlin. It’s down in the North Village Arts District and the food is amazing. Look at this weekend brunch menu and salivate:

cafe-berlin

Only Café Berlin could make something called the Compost Pile mouthwatering.

One of the local favorites is the Starving Artist because gravy, but for my money it doesn’t get any better than the Apples & Sausage on a Pancake. A heaping plate of food plus coffee in one of Café Berlin’s random mugs means you’re ready to shop. Or take a nap. No! On to shopping…

The District, Columbia’s downtown, is full of fun little shops to explore. We have a few favorites that we always stop by so we can see what’s new!

Route used to be known as The Mustard Seed, but it’s still the incredibly unique free trade shop you always loved. The beautiful handcrafted pieces from around the world range from jewelry to scarves to décor. Last time we were in, I picked up a beautiful silver vase for my mantle at home and a black and gold ring I can wear when I want to look fancy while supporting Mizzou.

poppy

Every time I walk into Poppy, I decide I probably need one of everything. Photo from Poppy’s Instagram (@poppymadebyhand).

Poppy is also home to a great array of handcrafted pieces that make it very difficult to leave without something new. The fabulous owner, Liz, curates the best in jewelry, greeting cards, baby clothes, art and so much more, so that Poppy is the perfect place to shop for a gift. I’ve gotten everything from wedding shower gifts to Mother’s Day gifts at Poppy. They also partner up with Christy at The Ink Café for calligraphy classes that are a blast – even for people like me who have terrible handwriting and can only draw stick people.

yellow-dog

Yellow Dog always has the best window displays! Here’s theirs from the True/False Film Fest this year. Photo from Yellow Dog’s Instagram (@yellowdogbookshop).

One place we absolutely never ever miss (ever) is Yellow Dog Bookshop.  This small shop is owned by a wonderful married couple and is stuffed full of used books. They have a huge non-fiction selection on all sorts of topics, a Missouri section, and a fiction section that I love looking through to find treasures to add to my to-read list.  Anyone who knows me even a little knows I cannot leave a bookstore without buying at least one book (and usually more), so Yellow Dog is my favorite downtown escape.

Alright, I managed to keep myself from running out the door to go book shopping. Once our shopping has finished, it’s time to spend the afternoon outside enjoying the beautiful fall weather. Sometimes this is as simple as a walk on the MKT Trail here in Columbia, but when the fall colors are really out I love heading south of town to Rock Bridge Memorial State Park.

rock-bridge

Fun fact, Rock Bridge Memorial State Park is even more beautiful than this picture makes it look.

Trail options are plentiful at the park, but my favorite is the wood-planked trail that leads you through the heart of the park. The trail allows you to take in the most impressive geological features of the park, including the actual rock bridge the park was named for, and you can also explore Connor’s Cave. The trail itself is under a mile long, but is has plenty of stairs and offshoots that allow hikers to experience the best the park has to offer. Plus, we’ve been shopping, so a lengthy hike isn’t really needed, right? Right.

After a long day of shopping and outdoor adventure, a nice dinner is in order. Brenna and I both have plenty of favorites when it comes to restaurants in CoMo. One of the most difficult decisions to make when you have such a great culinary scene is where to go for dinner. Just in The Districtopens in a new window alone, it’s almost impossible to choose!

For this fall ladies’ day out, we’ll stay in the south part of town near the park and hit Sophia’s for dinner. Like most places in Columbia, the atmosphere is casual but sophisticated, and their patio is a great spot for a fall evening. The menu ranges from incredible pasta dishes to flavorful tapas and flatbreads. With an impressive wine list, Sophia’s is also the perfect spot to linger and make the day out last a little longer.

Now for some ladies’ day out enthusiasts, there would also be another activity like dancing or cocktails somewhere fancy. But, to be honest, that’s not how Brenna and I roll. After dinner, our day ends with a big hug and a retreat to our homes where we can put on pajamas and watch Netflix. Of course, if I’ve really done a day out right, there will also be some Sparky’s Ice Cream waiting in the freezer for me.

Thanks for spending a ladies’ day out with Brenna and me! We’ll be working on our next day out as the weather gets colder and bring it to you in January. Next month I’ll feature some of my favorite CoMo dishes from all over the city. See you then!

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It can be difficult to think of great gift ideas, right? We’ve got suggestions for everyone on your list – and you can find it all in Columbia.

For the sports fan:

This, of course, could mean any kind of fan but around here we’re partial to the Tigers. You can find everything from Mizzou clothes and accessories to tailgating supplies and MU-themed holiday decorations at The Mizzou Store and Alumni Hall. Rally House not only carries Mizzou gear but also Cardinals, Blues, Chiefs, and Royals gear. Check out these St. Louis Blues jerseys and Kansas City Chiefs game day accessories.

For the beer drinker:

Flat Branch 6
A gift certificate to Flat Branch Pub & Brewing is the perfect easy gift, or you can fill up some growlers if you know your beer drinker’s favorite. Look for Columbia’s Bur Oak Brewery beer at local grocery stores, and find logo-wear online, along with growlers for filling, coozies for cooling, and glassware for…drinking out of.  Also keep an eye on Logboat Brewing Co.’s store – it looks like they’ll have some great items for gift-giving.

For the fashionista:

All you have to do for your fashionista (guys included!) is hit The District:

  • Elly’s Couture: designer clothes and accessories
  • Muse: urban street wear for men and women
  • Britches Clothing: women’s clothing and accessory boutique
  • Absolute Vintage: men’s and women’s vintage clothing
  • Woody’s Gentlemen’s Clothiers: premier men’s clothing

For the kids:

Candy Factory
Grab a gift certificate from Going Bonkers – kids of all ages (along with parents) are allowed in the giant play-place. Candy is another gift guaranteed to please. The Candy Factory in downtown Columbia has something for everyone (including chocolate-covered potato chips). And for your favorite fur-babies? Treats Unleashed has tons of special treats for your pup like cheese quackers, smokey beef bones, and peanut butter barkers.

For your parents:

Mom would probably love a Hoot Design Co. Watercolor Map of Columbia from Poppy or a gift card for Tallulahs to pick out kitchen gadgets and goodies. If your dad is a beer lover or sports fan, see above. If not – you can always go for a simple gift card to Bass Pro, Home Depot, or whatever his favorite store might be.

For the foodie:

Shakespeare's - veggie

Do you know someone who misses CoMo? Get the Shakespeare’s Pizza mail-order 3 pizza package (this means Shakes will MAIL YOU PIZZA) or send some Jelly Jar Pies through Peggy Jean’s Pies. This is genius, right? For the chef in your life, pick something out at Boone Olive Oil Co. or The Root Cellar.

For everyone else:

Shopping for someone who doesn’t fit the above categories? Try Calhoun’s – find books, accessories, knick-knacks and more, but good luck leaving without something for yourself. For the coffee lover, we suggest Lakota’s Holiday Coffee Sampler and for the wine lover, Les Bourgeois, of course.

Hope we’ve helped you come up with some ideas for your list – happy shopping!

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Valentine’s Day is Saturday – are you ready? We’ve put together some ideas on what to eat, what to do, and what to give for your special day in CoMo.

What to eat

Glenn’s Cafeopens in a new window

  • $79 Valentine’s Day package
  • Enjoy choice of one appetizer, two entrees, one dessert, two glasses of champagne OR any wine by the glass
  • Full menu offered all night

Eleven11opens in a new window

  • Couple’s Dinner ($75) – 3 course dinner with wine or cocktail; regular menu also available with daily special
  • Special Chef’s Table ($250/person) – 6 course dinner with wine pairings with Executive Chef Jeff Guinn and Chef d’Cuisine Ben Randolph – inquire in advance for the chef’s table

Room 38opens in a new window

  • 7 course dinner and champagne pairing – 4 PM ($49/person), 6 PM and 8 PM ($59/person)
  • See the menu

Wine Cellaropens in a new window

  • Aphrodisiac menu available Friday-Sunday for Valentine’s Day (this will be the only menu available on Saturday while full dinner menu will be available on Friday and Sunday)

Bleuopens in a new window

  • Feature menu available Friday and Saturday – “Dinner for Two” with dessert of truffles, chocolate covered strawberries, nutella tart, and house-made fortune cookies
  • See the full menu and dessert menu

Hoss’s Marketopens in a new window

  • Feel like a nice dinner at home? Pick up Hoss’s Steak and Lobster dinner for two ($79.95) along with some chocolate covered strawberries – all you have to do is call and reserve your pick-up time

What to do

The Canvasopens in a new window

  • Looking for a family-friendly Valentine activity? The Canvas offers paintings at 10 AM and 2 PM on Saturday (the 2 PM painting is pictured here)

Deja Vu Comedy Clubopens in a new window

  • Valentine’s Couple’s Package – $25 for 2 comedy tickets to any show Friday or Saturday to see “The Office’s” Mike E. Winfield, preferred VIP seating, two free drink tickets, free champagne toast after the show, and a free comedy pass to a future show
  • Shows at 8 and 10 PM, Friday and Saturday

Sid the Science Kid, live!opens in a new window

  • A great choice if you’d like to include the young ones in your Valentine’s Day plans – take the kiddos to see Sid the Science Kid at Missouri Theatre on Saturday (2 PM).

Check out our What’s Going On newsletteropens in a new window to see what else is going on this weekend.

What to give

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(necklace by Stephanie Thompson for Sailor Pie Studio)

Tiger Garden opens in a new window

  • Support MU’s own Tiger Garden and pick out a teddy bear, candy, and roses (or orchids!) for your sweetheart.

Mustard Seedopens in a new window

  • Find all kinds of unique gifts for Valentine’s Day at Mustard Seed Fair Trade – scarves, jewelry, chocolate, and more.

Alpine Shopopens in a new window

  • It’s a little chilly now but why not offer to take your loved one on a camping trip when it warms up? The Alpine shop has everything you need from tents and sleeping bags to cooking supplies and games.

Flat Branch Pubopens in a new window

  • Maybe Valentine’s Day and romantic gifts aren’t your thing… that’s perfectly fine, you can always go for a growler or 2 from Flat Branch!

Happy Valentine’s Day! Show us your local gifts and dinner by tagging photos with #ColumbiaMO.

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Are you struggling to finish up your holiday shopping? No worries, we’ve got your back.

For the fan –

calling all fans: Mizzou holiday gifts

This, of course, could mean any kind of fan but around here we’re partial to the Tigers. You can find the gifts above at The Mizzou Store and Alumni Hall. Rally House not only carries Mizzou gear but also STL Cardinals and Blues, and KC Chiefs and Royals gear. Check out these St. Louis Blues jerseysopens in a new window ($80-170) and Kansas City Royals canvas chairsopens in a new window ($24.99 each).

Rally Houseopens in a new window, 808 E. Broadway
The Mizzou Storeopens in a new window, 911 E. Rollins Alumni Hallopens in a new window, 215 N. Stadium

For the drinker –

DRINK AND BE MERRY

Coffee, wine, AND beer drinkers – we have it all! Do you have a friend who loves (or maybe NEEDS) coffee? The Kaldi’s Coffee 12 month subscriptionopens in a new window ($200) is perfect. 3 month and 6 month options are also available. For flavored coffees, check out the Holiday Coffee Sampleropens in a new window ($29.95) from Lakota Coffee. If you’re shopping for a wine-lover, Les Bourgeoisopens in a new window has several options to choose from, including Riverboat Red, Pink Fox, and Solay. Give a Flat Branch Pub & Brewing gift certificate or find Columbia’s Bur Oak Breweryopens in a new window Beer at Hyvee, Schnucks, Macadoodles, and Lucky’s.

Kaldi’s Coffeeopens in a new window, 29 S. 9th St.
Lakota Coffeeopens in a new window, 24 S. 9th St.
Les Bourgeoisopens in a new window, 14020 W. Hwy BB, Rocheport
Flat Branch Pubopens in a new window, 115 S. 5th St.
Bur Oak Breweryopens in a new window, 8250 E. Trade Center Dr.

For the fashionista –

FASHIONISTA

All you have to do for your fashionista (guys included!) is hit The District –

Elly’s Coutureopens in a new window, 914 E. Broadway

Muse Clothingopens in a new window, 22 S. 9th St.

Swank Boutiqueopens in a new window, 913 E. Broadway

For a personalized gift –

personalized

Shopping for others is fun, but you know what else is? Making your own gifts! Paint a piece of pottery at The Mud Room or a canvas painting at The Canvas and Paint the Town. Pick out the perfect t-shirt or create your own at ACME.

The Mud Roomopens in a new window, 1103 Walnut St.
The Canvasopens in a new window, 706 E. Broadway
Paint the Townopens in a new window, 2703 E. Broadway
ACMEopens in a new window, 15 S. 9th St.

 For your parents –

parents

Does your dad always ask for socks, too? It’s probably because he really does want them. Choose from a great selection at Dungarees ($6-20) or The Alpine Shop ($7-27). For mom, stop by Tiger Garden on the Mizzou campus to pick out  a painted poinsettia or other holiday decorations (check out the paw print poinsettiasopens in a new window, a holiday favorite!). Other ideas: 2015 Roots N Blues ticketsopens in a new window ($89-495), a Peggy Jean’s pieopens in a new window ($6-25), a Hoot Design Co. Watercolor Map of Columbiaopens in a new window from Poppy ($30), or a gift card for Tallulah’s to pick out kitchen gadgets and goodies.

Dungareesopens in a new window, 500 E. Broadway
Alpine Shopopens in a new window, 1102 E. Broadway
Tiger Gardenopens in a new window, 2-34 Agriculture Building, University of Missouri
Peggy Jean’s Piesopens in a new window, 3601 Buttonwood Dr.
Poppyopens in a new window, 920 E. Broadway
Tallulah’sopens in a new window, 812, E. Broadway

For the food lover –

Foodie

We have so many options in CoMo for foodie gifts but to get you started, here are a few ideas:

Boone Olive Oil Co.opens in a new window, 20 S. 9th St.
Spicewine Ironworksopens in a new window, 1333 Business Loop 70 E.
I.B. Nuts and Fruit Tooopens in a new window, 4603 John Garry Dr.
Sparky’sopens in a new window, 21 S. 9th St.
Shakespeare’sopens in a new window, 225 S. 9th St.
Root Cellaropens in a new window, 1023 E. Walnut
Addison’sopens in a new window, 709 Cherry St.

For the kids –

For the Kids

Kids of all shapes and sizes, that is. We wouldn’t leave out your furry friends!

Mustard Seed Fair Tradeopens in a new window, 25 S. 9th St.
Calhoun’sopens in a new window, 911 E. Broadway
Going Bonkersopens in a new window, 3812 Buttonwood Dr.
Lizzi & Rocco’s Natural Pet Marketopens in a new window, 503 E. Nifong
Treats Unleashedopens in a new window, 1400 Forum Blvd.

Finds under $20 –

20 or less

Still need ideas? Here’s a list of gifts under $20:

With these ideas, we hope you can check everyone off your list and discover a new favorite place to find holiday gifts in CoMo! Show us your purchases on Instagram by tagging your photos with #CoMoGiftGuide.

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Friday Favorites

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Happy (football) Friday! Hope everyone is ready for the game tomorrow! Today’s favorites were shared with us by Lydia Melton, owner of Gunter Hans.

Tallulah's Storefront

(Photo courtesy of Missouri Division of Tourism)

For me, visiting Tallulah’s is like having Christmas come early! The store is always beautiful and full of the best goodies one can only dream of having in their kitchen. If Pottery Barn met William Sonoma and had a love child, this is it- minus the chain-like feel. From one cook to another- one visit in will have you thanking this local favorite is a Columbia original.

(Photo from Nash Vegas Facebook Page)

Nash VegasBest Place to Let Loose
One of the best things about this place is the ability to really let loose. They almost always have live music going on over the weekend and oftentimes, one of the owners will actually play himself. That combined with the homemade moonshine is almost always a home run.

Short Wave Coffee – Best Place to Relax and Get Work Done
I love this hidden gem! It’s tucked away in Alley A, but definitely worth the trek downtown. A great place to bring my laptop and really get to down to work. Ask for the blueberry tea! It’s the most heavenly thing you’ve ever tasted/smelled.

(Photo from Boone Olive Oil Co. Facebook Page)

Boone Olive Oil CompanyBest New Store
If you haven’t tasted fresh Olive Oil yet, that’s a must on your list. It’s simply not the same as what you would get at your normal grocer. Located off 9th street, this store is newer town… but I can definitely see becoming a Columbia staple for years to come.

(Coley’s Blister in the Sun, from Facebook Page)

Coley’sBest Place For A Cocktail
Each season, it always seems like Coley’s cocktail menu is really thought out. In addition to having a wide variety of cocktails, they are all made using fresh ingredients. Try Blister in the Sun. With freshly pureed strawberries, it is simply heavenly on a hot August day.


(From Culinary Adventures Facebook Page)

Culinary AdventuresBest Place For a Non-Traditional Date
If you haven’t been to Culinary adventures, it’s time for a change. They have classes of a wide variety all the time! So, you can learn how to cook just about anything. While a movie and dinner is always a solid date night go-to, this is such a fun way to get out of your box and impress your date.

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Friday Favorites

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Happy Friday! Today’s favorites come from Tourism Development Manager, Julie Ausmus –

It’s Friday in July, my favorite day of the work week and my favorite time of the year! Throw in a payday, and it doesn’t get much better. Before I leave on vacation to one of my favorite places with some of my favorite peeps, I’d like to share some of my other favorites:

Favorite summer activity in The District: Dog Days Sidewalk Sale

Dog Days - from The District FB

(Photo by The District)

I always look forward to the Dog Days of Summer Sidewalk Sales downtown. The sidewalks are full of merchandise – at special ‘dog days’ prices, and people are everywhere, shopping, eating lunch – there’s just always a good vibe in the air. I’m really not much of a shopper, but these sales somehow change that for just a little while. Some of my favorite places to check out are American Shoe, Calhoun’s, Tiger Spirit, Dryer’s, My Sister’s Circus and this year, now that I have a grandbaby, I couldn’t resist checking out Little Owl Boutique. (That was probably a big mistake!) It’s just fun shopping outside on the sidewalk, and I am ALL about finding a great bargain!

Favorite summer event: The Boone County Fair

Boone County Fair from FB page

(Photo from Boone County Fair Facebook page)

Along with the “Dogs Days” of summer comes the Boone County Fair. I was raised in Boone County and enjoyed the fair in my small hometown, Centralia. So when my three kids were younger we always made it a point to go to the fair. They just wanted to spend time on all the rides and eat funnel cakes and cotton candy, but I’ve always enjoyed walking through the multipurpose building and checking out all the 4H projects the kids have worked so hard on these past several months. I was in 4H as a youngster and vaguely remember sewing an apron or something lame, but the kids nowadays really impress me with some of their projects – all deserving of blue ribbons I think. And you can’t go to the Fair without checking out the animals! The amount of time, devotion, dedication, and love the kids put into raising their animals is amazing. I’ve always wanted a cute little lamb to take home with me.

Favorite place for live music: 9th Street Summerfest

Julie and Randy Houser - 9th St. Summerfest

(Julie and Randy Houser from 9th Street Summerfest!)

Summerfest on Ninth Street, of course! I’ve been to several of these concerts, and year after year the entertainment keeps getting better. The ticket prices are always reasonable, the crowds are big (but not overwhelming), and the beer is cold. I just love the atmosphere, and there’s never a “bad seat” in the house.

Favorite lunch: International Cafe

International Cafe

(International Cafe menu – find it on their website)

This favorite I owe to my co-workers. They are always introducing me to new things and pushing me out of my comfort zone – for my own good. Until a few years ago, I had never been near or inside the International Café. I don’t know if it’s because it was “hidden” for years on Hitt Street (it’s now on 9th Street) or if I was just being Judgey McJudgerson thinking that “international” food would be awful – after all I’m all about burgers and fries. So when I was introduced to gyros, hummus and taziki, I was hooked! My favorite is the Greek Salad or chicken kabob sandwich with taziki. Whenever someone in the office says “I’m hungry, what should we have for lunch?” I’m the first to yell “International!” (Editor’s note – this actually happened in the office today)

Favorite local landmark: The Columns

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(Photo courtesy of the Mizzou Botanic Garden)

I graduated from Mizzou back in the 80s. I worked part time as a student in the Arts and Science Dean’s Office so I spent a great deal of time walking all over campus delivering packets of “timely” information to department heads (this was before we had email – hard to imagine, right?!) I always enjoyed the beauty of the campus and the history that came with it. I spent a majority of my work breaks sitting on the columns and enjoying the view. At that time the columns were 90 years old and I was always in awe of their massive size and history. I still enjoy taking a work break and walking to the columns. They are still a beautiful sight with great history and they bring back some of my favorite college memories!

Favorite place to shop: Columbia’s antique shops

Midway Antique Mall

 (Photo from Midway Antique Mall’s Facebook page)

As I get older I’ve come to realize that there are many things I really enjoy now that I did not enjoy when I was younger, and vice versa. As I kid, my friend and I would travel around Boone County with her parents to various flea markets and antique stores. I always thought they were just buying a bunch of junk, honestly. We always wished we were at the mall instead – or the Parkade Center as it was called in those days! J Now I’d much rather be at a flea market than in a mall! I don’t know what it is specifically but I just enjoy walking through Midway Antique Mall, Itchy’s Flea Market or Artichoke Annie’s looking for that special eclectic treasure. Or maybe it’s just because I like to see things that remind me of my Grandma Emma and Aunt Pearl. I usually come home with some type of miniature trinket, a book or a piece of furniture that is going to be my next big DIY project. (We all know how that goes – I have 4 projects in my basement that I’ve yet to start – darn Pinterest!) Anyway, like I said before I’m all about finding a great bargain and these flea markets usually have some of the best.

Thanks for allowing me to share some of my favorites.  Columbia has a lot to offer and even though I’m heading out of town for a favorite vacation spot, as next week comes to an end, I will look forward to coming home to my favorite – CoMo.

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‘Tis the season…to panic about holiday shopping! Lists of friends, relatives and co-workers are piling up and making you wonder if you’ll ever get all your gifts bought. Never fear, Columbia is here! We’ve assembled another festive list (one you can even sing along with) that can help you knock out those presents in a snap. Spend one day in CoMo then put your feet up to revel in having your shopping done.

On my CoMo holiday shopping trip, I bought on my spree…

Twelve Velvet Cupcakes

Pick up a dozen of the most delectable, unique treats you’ll come across this season. The cupcake menu at The Velvet Cupcakeopens in a new window changes daily, but the guests at your holiday party or your aunt with the sweet tooth will be delighted no matter which flavor you choose.

Eleven Painting Classes

Grab your ten closest friends and have a night out at The Canvas on Broadwayopens in a new window. At the Canvas, art is for everyone, and you’ll leave with your very own piece of art and great holiday memories. They also have a bar, so your creativity will undoubtedly be heightened.

Ten Terrific Tootsies

Some days, there’s nothing more relaxing than a nice spa pedicure. For the person in your life who could use some pampering, pick up the gift of relaxation in the form of a gift card for one of Columbia’s many spas. A couple of Columbia favorites, Riversongopens in a new window and Salon Adairopens in a new window, will always be winners.

Nine Gunther’s Tokens

Have someone who always wants the highest score? Gunther’s Gamesopens in a new window is back in downtown Columbia! Offering classic games as well as new titles, Gunther’s is a great place for your favorite kid or kid at heart.

Eight Tiger Goodies

You’ve probably heard that Mizzou has had a pretty fantastic year sports-wise. Show your favorite fans you care with some Tiger gear from Rally Houseopens in a new window or Tiger Spiritopens in a new window. From coffee mugs to keychains, pom-poms to Tiger ears, the Mizzou fans in your life will go crazy for your black and gold gift.

Seven Stocking Stuffers

Everyone likes to find a little something special in their stocking! Check out Calhoun’sopens in a new window for fun little gifts ranging from unique jewelry to fun home decor and items for kids. Calhoun’s really is a one-stop-shop for that something extra special for anyone on your list!

Six Local Art Pieces

If there’s one thing Columbia really knows how to do, it’s art! Explore spots like Artlandishopens in a new window, PS:Galleryopens in a new window, Bluestem Missouri Craftsopens in a new window and the Columbia Art League Galleryopens in a new window for pieces with a local flavor at all price points. Whether you’re looking for a small work or a statement piece to last a lifetime, Columbia’s galleries offer some of the most beautiful work around.

Fiiiiiive Flower Arrangements

Everyone needs a centerpiece for the big holiday meal, right? Volunteer to take care of that this year and get rave reviews with an arrangement from Kent’s Floral Galleryopens in a new window on Broadway. Just stepping inside Kent’s during the holidays is an experience. Kent and his team will make your holiday shine with an arrangement that’s ready to go or customize it to your preference.

Four Pints of Sparkys

You can also be the star of the holiday by showing up with dessert! Allow us to recommend stopping by Sparky’s Homemade Ice Creamopens in a new window to pick up an array of flavors. You can choose from the ready-to-go freezers or have them pack up any of their available flavors as well. You can go as traditional or outlandish on your choices as you want…Sparky’s has something for everyone!

Three Bags of Coffee

Another thing Columbia does well is coffee. With three colleges and a population of hard-workers, there’s never a short demand for caffeine. Explore the different roasts and local shops like Lakotaopens in a new window, Coffee Zoneopens in a new window and Kaldi’sopens in a new window to get the java lover in your life something new for their mornings.

Two True/False Passes

The True/False Film Festopens in a new window is one of the hallmark weekends in Columbia. What started as a small event 11 years ago is now one of the world’s most respected documentary film festivals. Throw in a parade, music showcases, a game show and nightly parties and you have pretty much the most fun someone could have in four days. Passes opens in a new windoware on sale now!

And a Gift Certificate Just For You From Me!

Need a gift for that one person who has everything? Let them explore Columbia for themselves! A gift certificate to The Districtopens in a new window will get that special someone into restaurants, shops and more!

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