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This summer, Convention and Visitors Bureau Director Amy Schneider went through Columbia on a quest to find some of Columbia’s local hidden gems. Her Shop Local adventures were shared every week this summer, and now that school is back in session, it is coming to a close.

Look through and see where all Amy went and what she saw along the way!

Thank you to all of the local shops who participated and shared their time and stories! Shopping Local isn’t just for the summer, we’ll be back soon!

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Happy Fri-yay, Columbia!

What a crazy cold week it’s been! Luckily, it looks like warmth is on the horizon. We’ve certainly earned it after that Polar Vortex shenanigan!

While we are super excited for some warmer weather, we just might be even more thrilled by the amazing things happening this weekend! Let’s dive in, shall we?

 

 

 

First Friday

Not only is it the first day of February, it’s the first Friday of the month! That means the North Village Arts District is celebrating First Friday, a free gallery crawl where residents, visitors and tourists are encouraged to come and enjoy the music, arts and entertainment that help make Columbia the vibrant city that it is. It’s the perfect way to kick-off the weekend!

True/Love

We are officially in countdown mode for the True/False Film Fest (happening Feb. 28 – March 3), but that doesn’t mean we have to wait the entire month for some True/False fun! True/Love is a one-day event where 10% of of the day’s proceeds from participating local retailers go back to True/False. Plus! Ragtag Cinema will offer a free ticket to shoppers with a purchase of $20 or more! Just be sure to save your receipts and redeem your ticket no more than 10 days after the purchase date. If this isn’t a motivation to shop local on Saturday, we don’t know what is!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Columbia Winter Farmers Market

Every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., everyone is welcome to attend the Winter Farmers Market at Parkade Plaza. Everything sold there is sold by farmers and artisans who help sustain our region. What’s more, there is live entertainment, activities for children and even prepared food! Sounds like a great way to start your Saturday!

 

No matter where you spend your time this weekend, enjoy the glorious warm weather coming our way!

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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

opens in a new windowLes Bourgeois Blufftop Bistro – 10 AM-3 PM | reservations: 573-698-2300

opens in a new windowThe Roof and Eleven Eleven – reservations: 573-818-6207

opens in a new windowHoliday Inn Executive Center – brunch in the Windsor Ballroom 11 AM-2 PM | reservations: 573-445-8531 or email opens in a new windowtthompson@holidaycolumbia.com

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

opens in a new windowThe Upper Crust – brunch buffet 9 AM-3 PM in the Champagne Ballroom | make your reservations opens in a new windowonline or by calling 573-874-3033

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

opens in a new windowThe Tiger Hotel – brunch buffet | reservations: 573-875-8888 or email opens in a new windowfrontdesk@thetigerhotel.com

opens in a new windowThe Heidelberg – buffet 10 AM-1 PM | reservations for parties of 8 or more: 573-449-6927

Where to Shop

Recipe Box

 

opens in a new windowPoppy | 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.

opens in a new windowStrawberry Hill Farms | 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.

opens in a new windowThe Candy Factory | 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.

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Take mom to make her own signature scent at Makes Scents. Bonus: it’s right next to Sparky’s.

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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.

opens in a new windowFringe Boutique | 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!

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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

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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

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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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megan
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:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 opens in a new windowThe District 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:

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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:

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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

opens in a new windowGlenn’s Cafe

  • $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

opens in a new windowEleven11

  • 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

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

opens in a new windowWine Cellar

  • 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)

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  • 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

opens in a new windowHoss’s Market

  • 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

opens in a new windowThe Canvas

  • 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)

opens in a new windowDeja Vu Comedy Club

  • 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

opens in a new windowSid the Science Kid, live!

  • 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 opens in a new windownewsletter to see what else is going on this weekend.

What to give

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(necklace by Stephanie Thompson for Sailor Pie Studio)

opens in a new windowTiger Garden

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

opens in a new windowMustard Seed

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

opens in a new windowAlpine Shop

  • 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.

opens in a new windowFlat Branch Pub

  • 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 opens in a new windowjerseys ($80-170) and Kansas City Royals opens in a new windowcanvas chairs ($24.99 each).

opens in a new windowRally House, 808 E. Broadway
opens in a new windowThe Mizzou Store, 911 E. Rollins 
opens in a new windowAlumni Hall, 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 opens in a new window12 month subscription ($200) is perfect. 3 month and 6 month options are also available. For flavored coffees, check out the opens in a new windowHoliday Coffee Sampler ($29.95) from Lakota Coffee. If you’re shopping for a wine-lover, opens in a new windowLes Bourgeois 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 opens in a new windowBur Oak Brewery Beer at Hyvee, Schnucks, Macadoodles, and Lucky’s.

opens in a new windowKaldi’s Coffee, 29 S. 9th St.
opens in a new windowLakota Coffee, 24 S. 9th St.
opens in a new windowLes Bourgeois, 14020 W. Hwy BB, Rocheport
opens in a new windowFlat Branch Pub, 115 S. 5th St.
opens in a new windowBur Oak Brewery, 8250 E. Trade Center Dr.

For the fashionista

FASHIONISTA

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

opens in a new windowElly’s Couture, 914 E. Broadway

opens in a new windowMuse Clothing, 22 S. 9th St.

opens in a new windowSwank Boutique, 913 E. Broadway

For a personalized gift

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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.

opens in a new windowThe Mud Room, 1103 Walnut St.
opens in a new windowThe Canvas, 706 E. Broadway
opens in a new windowPaint the Town, 2703 E. Broadway
opens in a new windowACME, 15 S. 9th St.

 For your parents

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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 opens in a new windowpaw print poinsettias, a holiday favorite!). Other ideas: 2015 Roots N Blues opens in a new windowtickets ($89-495), a Peggy Jean’s opens in a new windowpie ($6-25), a Hoot Design Co. Watercolor opens in a new windowMap of Columbia from Poppy ($30), or a gift card for Tallulah’s to pick out kitchen gadgets and goodies.

opens in a new windowDungarees, 500 E. Broadway
opens in a new windowAlpine Shop, 1102 E. Broadway
opens in a new windowTiger Garden, 2-34 Agriculture Building, University of Missouri
opens in a new windowPeggy Jean’s Pies, 3601 Buttonwood Dr.
opens in a new windowPoppy, 920 E. Broadway
opens in a new windowTallulah’s, 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:

opens in a new windowBoone Olive Oil Co., 20 S. 9th St.
opens in a new windowSpicewine Ironworks, 1333 Business Loop 70 E.
opens in a new windowI.B. Nuts and Fruit Too, 4603 John Garry Dr.
opens in a new windowSparky’s, 21 S. 9th St.
opens in a new windowShakespeare’s, 225 S. 9th St.
opens in a new windowRoot Cellar, 1023 E. Walnut
opens in a new windowAddison’s, 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!

opens in a new windowMustard Seed Fair Trade, 25 S. 9th St.
opens in a new windowCalhoun’s, 911 E. Broadway
opens in a new windowGoing Bonkers, 3812 Buttonwood Dr.
opens in a new windowLizzi & Rocco’s Natural Pet Market, 503 E. Nifong
opens in a new windowTreats Unleashed, 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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