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City of Columbia Official Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

Art, Galleries & Museums

The Boone County History & Culture Center is open and now features the Treasures of Boone County mural, a testament to the County’s bicentennial this year.

The mural was designed by Columbia’s own Stacy “Wildy” Self, owner of WildysWorld! MuralMakers Studio. It features the communities that create Boone County, including Ashland, Centralia, Columbia, Hallsville, Harrisburg, Rocheport, Sturgeon and The Missouri River Community.

Photo by Samantha Waigand

The mural captures different aspects of life in Boone County. Self reached out to the community for input on what should be featured and even had community paint nights year. Hundreds of people came together to help paint this historic mural. It is a beautiful symbol for all who live in and visit Boone County.

Photo by Samantha Waigand

Everyone is invited to see this historic mural on display. The Boone County History & Culture Center is open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 12 – 4 p.m. The first hour of each day is reserved for those over 60 years of age or high-risk individuals.

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Supporting your local businesses, restaurants and attractions while safely social distancing is still possible. Take a look at these ideas on how you can make a difference and keep our community strong.

FOOD DELIVERY & CURBSIDE PICKUP

Some restaurants are beginning to open for dine-in while still following the guidelines outlined in the Reopening Plan Order. More cleaning and sanitizing measures are in place for the health and safety employees and patrons. Curbside pickup, delivery and drive-thru options are still available at most restaurants. Check out our continuously updated list of restaurants that includes the details of the services they are offering.

PURCHASE GIFT CARDS

Purchasing gift cards to your favorite shop, restaurant or hotel is a simple way to support the community now while promising to come back in the future. Whether you are purchasing them for future use or gifting them to someone else, buying gift cards are a great way to support your favorite local businesses.

DIGITAL ATTRACTIONS EXPERIENCES

While many attractions remain closed at this time, there are still virtual experiences you can partake in. Art comes alive at Sager Braudis Gallery through its virtual galleries. The State Historical Society of Missouri features both digital collections and virtual events worth looking at. Be on the lookout for your favorite attraction’s virtual offerings.

SUPPORT LOCAL RETAILERS BY SHOPPING ONLINE

Retailers are actively using Facebook and other social media outlets to showcase their products and encourage patrons to shop online and even pickup their items with curbside pickup. There are so many shops and boutiques that offer unique items you can’t find anywhere else, and they would surely appreciate your business. Take a look at our continuously updated list of open shops and boutiques and see what services they are offering.

VISIT PARKS, TRAILS & NATURE AREAS

Columbia is home to numerous parks, trails and nature areas. Check out our Nature Checklistopens PDF file and start safely adventuring to new nature spots. Fresh air and exercise do great things for mental health, and with beautiful summer weather coming in, it should be enjoyed.

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During these trying times, it is important to support local businesses and tourism partners in our community. Below is a list of shops, boutiques and attractions that are adjusting to fit the needs of the community. This list is continuously being updated. Please email Amanda.Capua@CoMo.govcreate new email with changes and updates to shop information.

SHOP DETAILS

opens in a new windowAlpine Shop

 

We are now open from 10 am – 6 pm Monday – Saturday and Sunday Noon to 5 pm. Masks are required.  Please contact us if you have any questions.

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Now open Monday – Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm.

 

Ann Taylor Loft

Open 11 am – 6 pm and Sunday’s Noon to 5 pm.

Art off the Trail

Open in Historic Rocheport 11 am –  5 pm Friday & Saturday and by appointment.
Blue Stem Crafts Missouri Crafts

Our current hours are:

Sunday 1-4 pm

Monday-Wed & Saturday 11am-4pm

Thursday & Friday 11am-6pm

We accept website and phone orders and will deliver in town. The curbside 10-minute spot is near our door and we can take anything to your car.

opens in a new windowBoone Olive Oil Co.

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Open 10 am – 6 pm Monday through Saturday and 11 am – 4 pm Sunday.

The Candy Factory The Candy Factory is approaching our 46th year in business in downtown Columbia! Our hours are M-F 9:30-6, Sat 10-5. Sun closed. We also offer delivery and shipping. We are both a Candy and Boutique gift shop.

Chico’s

Open 10 am – 6 pm and Sunday’s noon – 6 pm.

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We are open 11 AM – 7 PM Monday through Saturday and 12 PM – 6 PM Sunday. See a list of open stores and the safety measures we’re taking to make your visit worry-free.

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Still delivering, arranging pickup, and at the shop from 3-5 pm on Friday and 10 am-4 pm on Saturday!

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We are on modified business
hours of Monday-Saturday
9:30 AM-5:00 PM. We look forward to serving you, masks are required!

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Fringe Boutique

Our hours are M-F 10-6,
Saturday 10-4 and we are
closed Sundays but re-opening
Sundays November 1!

We are
still offering appts. although
we don’t have an allocated
time for them, but we will make time for a customer more comfortable shopping by appointment
💗 As always, we are continuing our same methods for safety and sanitation!

opens in a new windowHeart Body & Soul

Now open with reduced hours: 12-7 Wed -Fri,10-6 Sat and 1-6 Sun. Closed Mon & Tues.

We will require masks —but if that’s something you’re not up for, we’ll be happy to still offer you curbside pick-up and mail-order options. And if you don’t have a mask, we’ll have extras on hand.

Introducing Mystery Boxes! You name the price and we’ll fill the box with all sorts of goodies. You can pick it up or we will ship it. PM on Facebook or email us at HBSMagic@gmail.comcreate new email.

 

Hunt & Peck

Open 10 am – 5 pm Saturday & Sunday in Historic Rocheport.
 

Jos A Bank

Permanently closing soon.

Lookout Lavendar Farm (Rocheport) Open 3 pm-sunset on Saturdays and Sundays during peak bloom season.

opens in a new windowKents on Broadway

Brighten someone’s day with an order from Kent’s!

Monday – Friday 8am-5pm and Saturday 8am-3pm. Please call (573) 443-0232 to place your order and bring a smile to someone’s day!

opens in a new windowLululemon

We can’t wait to see you in-store and want you to know we are taking many precautions to keep everyone safe. Due to limited occupancy, we are only allowing maximum parties of 3 in the store at one time. Our current hours are Mon-Sat 11-6 and Sun 12-5.

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NEW HOURS

Monday – Saturday 10am – 5pm
Closed Sunday


We are still open by appointment or by chance* Monday – Friday
By chance* only on Saturday.
Schedule your appointment HERE
or call 573.445.1611


Now Offering Delivery! Monday – Thursday 4 – 6pm
Order by 2pm for same day delivery.
Minimum purchase $20 Delivery fee $5


And we are still offering shipping at the reduced rate of $5
(FREE with $50 purchase) and curbside pickup.
Order online HERE
How does this work?
EVERYONE must wear a mask. If you don’t have one, we will give you one.


Related groups of 4 or less in the store at one time
We prefer a card or check. Cash is doable as long as you do not need change (we keep any cash on premises presently)
Yes- you can smell ALL the things! All testers are off the shelves, we will put everything on paper for you and just ask that you step aside before removing your mask to take a sniff.
Thank you for your patience and understanding. ooxx

*By Chance- as long as no one is in the store, you are welcome to come in and shop. If we have an appointment coming soon, we will let you know our time is limited.

We so appreciate everyone’s support and are eager to see everyone in person! Take care, be kind, wear a mask, and smell the roses.

Manitou Studios

 Open in Historic Rocheport Wednesday – Saturday 10 am – 5 pm and by appointment.
 

Marshall’s

Open with limited in-store shopping available.

May Wynn Open 11 am – 5 pm Tuesday – Saturday, Sunday noon to 4 pm
Michael’s In-store shopping; Order online; Curbside Pick-up

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At this time we are continuing to offer curbside pickup and contactless flower delivery in Columbia, MO. Our retail floor will be open by appointment only from 10 am – 4 pm. Call for an appointment (573) 443-1546.

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We are open 12-3 pm Wednesday – Friday. Still doing appointments before and after! MASKS ARE REQUIRED!! We will provide if you don’t have one!!!!

Papa’s Cat Cafe Open! Reserve online. Online reservations required.  Limit of 8 visitors at a time. Face masks and hand sanitizers required.  Must stay 6 ft. apart from other visitors and cat wrangler. Limit of one visitor at cat viewing window.

Reserve your spot today at www.papascatcafe.com

Pedego Electric Bikes Now open Wednesday – Friday 11 am – 6 pm, Saturday 11 am – 5 pm, Sunday noon – 4 pm

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We are open! Tuesday thru Friday 10 am – 6 pm, Saturday 10 am – 4 pm. Curbside pickup is also available daily.

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 Open with limited hours 10 am to 6 pm daily. Curbside pickup is still available, however no longer offering local delivery.

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Re-opening with reservations only.  Check out our Facebook page for more details

 

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Online ordering and curbside pick-up available! Limited in-store shopping by appointment.

 

Shirahaze Gallery Open in historic Rocheport, Wednesday – Friday 11 am – 4 pm, Saturday 11 am – 5 pm and Sunday Noon to 4 pm.
Speckled Frog Toys & Books Now open in our new location on 9th Street! Online shopping and delivery are also available.
Stockton Mercantile Open in Historic Rocheport Monday – Wednesday 10 am – 2 pm, Thursday – Saturday 10 am – 5 pm, Sunday Noon – 4 pm.

opens in a new windowTallulah’s

Tallulah’s is now open 10-5 Monday thru Saturday.
The Mud Room Offering take-home kits and homemade gifts that are perfect for holiday gifts.

Monday: Closed
Tuesday: groups by appointment
Wednesday: groups by appointment
Thursday: groups by appointment
Friday: 1pm-6pm
Saturday: 1pm-6pm
Sunday: 1pm-5pm

 

The Southern Rose We are open normal hours! Come see us!
Worts & All Now open regular hours! Come see us!

opens in a new windowYellow Dog Bookshop

We are open Noon to 6 pm daily and Sunday Noon to 4pm.

We will continue to offer curbside pick up and shipping.

We are only able to let in 5 customers at a time. Masks must be worn the whole time over the nose AND mouth. (we’re such sticklers!). The best way to see updates is to follow us on Facebook / Instagram. You can order books from us, buy in-store, order over the phone, comment on photos of inventory that we post on social media, or email us… Basically anyway people can imagine a way for a book to get to you, we will try to make it happen. People can pick up order curbside, come into the shop, or have it shipped.

Whitehorse Woolgatherer A rug hooking studio offering classes, supplies, including over 1000 pieces of wool and hook-ins. Applique and punch needle supplies, also. Open 11 am – 4 pm Saturday & Sunday and by appointment.
Walt’s Bike Shop Cycling, Outdoor, and Fitness since 1967. Locally Owned x Community Driven! Walt’s Bike Shop has the expertise, equipment, and service commitment to fuel all of your outdoor adventures.

Hours:

Monday – Friday 10am-6pm

Saturday 10am-5pm

Sunday 12-5pm

 

ATTRACTION DETAILS
Access Arts

Open 10 am – 4 pm Monday – Friday.

Homeschool Art Classes Fall 2020

Our bi-monthly classes are a great way to add a little art enrichment into your homeschool curriculum. Each class will introduce a new medium that connects to our Youth Program’s overarching theme of the month. Students will complete their project in the 2 hour class time and will be able to leave with it that day. **This program is not exclusive to only homeschool groups – any school-age child can attend!** These classes only cost $20 per child, and dive into lots of different art mediums. See more info here:  opens in a new windowhttps://www.schoolofservice.org/private_event-236592

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Artlandish Gallery is changing things up a bit! Our hours are Wednesday through Saturday 11-6pm and
10-2 Sunday.

And we’re adding a new element, vintage, and antiques! Our spaces will include things that are odd curiosities
as well as antiques and vintage items.

Let us know if you need space to sell your art or oddities.We look forward to seeing all of you, And know that
Artlandish Gallery employs the safest practices for safe shopping.

opens in a new windowBoone County History & Culture Center

The Boone History & Cultural Center is now open with limited hours. The Center will be open Thursday-Saturday noon to 4 pm.  Seniors over 60 noon to 1 pm.

Breakout CoMo Closed temporarily

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We’re open 12-4 PM Tuesday-Saturday and by appointment. For a private viewing / appointment, you can contact opens in a new windowkelsey@columbiaartleague.orgcreate new email and I will set something for you.
Our biggest things coming up are:
Just Plein Air and Water event with Missouri River Relief ( opens in a new windowhttps://columbiaartleague.org/just-plein-air-and-water). Artists will head out on boats and paint from areas that aren’t accessible by foot! Which is super cool. Then we’ll have a gallery show in November featuring all of the work with an online silent auction that benefits the artists, Missouri River Relief, and the Columbia Art League.
The Boone County Art Show: All-Star invitational.
Attached is the press release from Central Bank. All of the work in the Bank Show will also be listed on our website ( opens in a new windowwww.columbiaartleague.org ) and will be for sale. All of the proceeds will go to the artists and the Columbia Art League. The show will be on view at Central Bank on October 13 through December 4.

All of our classes are online, so make sure to follow us on social media and like, comment, and share to let others know about us!

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Heads up! 🚘 CFM Curbside Pickup Program time changes to 8:30 am-10 am, starting this Saturday, June 6! As we have slowly started allowing more people into the market, and the community starts to open, we have seen a large decrease in the number of curbside pickups. We, however, understand that many at-risk customers rely on the Curbside Pickup Program to purchase local food, and will continue to offer the program, for now, with limited hours. The longevity of the program is dependent on how many customers are using the program, as it’s a huge workload for CFM staff and vendors. Therefore, it will eventually be phased out if the total number of pickups continue to drop, which we believe it will. We’ll do our best to keep you posted about any further changes! Feel free to share your thoughts with us. 💚 #curbsidepickup #farmersmarketsareessential #werehereforyou #farmersmarket #columbiafarmersmarket

 

opens in a new windowComo Axe Attack

Imagine the feeling of letting go, it’s something like hurling an axe through the air with your bare hands…oh wait, it literally is hurling an axe through the air with your bare hands. Also, check out the website for information on the Rage Room!  We are partnering with a lot of great organizations to add to the fun so be sure to check out our Facebook page for the latest info.

Need to let go? Visit COMO Axe Attack.

opens in a new windowDaniel Boone Regional Library

All buildings reopen with limited hours and services and some bookmobile stops resume.

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We’re finally opening and getting back to the business of Good. Clean. FUN! We hope to see you soon!
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Hitt Records Hitt 12-5pm daily. Bring a mask 😷. We’ve got the gloves 🧤 @ Hitt Records
Life is Sweet Massage Thank you all for sticking with us during these uncertain times we all face!

Schedule a message

opens in a new windowLes Bourgeois Vineyards

Are you ready for some socially distant relaxation at the A-Frame and the Bistro? The Tasting Room, the A-Fram and, the Bistro are now open. There are some changes in place though, so please check out this link for all the details.

#LBVwinery

Call 573-698-2716 for curbside orders (2-6 pm). @ Les Bourgeois Vineyards

Level Up Entertainment Open to the public and back to normal hours.
10am-10pm Sunday to Thursday
10am-midnight Friday and Saturday
Book a party or event at levelupthefun.com.

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We totally miss human interaction, so we can’t wait to see you! (then we’ll, uh, lock you up for an hour and see if you can escape)

Museum of Anthropology Closed until further notice, but offering e-exhibits online as well as databases of items
Museum of Art and Archaeology Only offering e-exhibits and databases of unique items until further notice

opens in a new windowOrr Street Studios

Orr Street Studios remains closed to the public, but we’ve got plans for some fantastic virtual art experiences.

Stay tuned for more details on our first Virtual Gallery Show featuring the works from the artists at Orr Street.

Brought to you by our supporters and the City of Columbia- Office of Cultural Affairs.

opens in a new windowPapas Cat Cafe

Make your reservation NOW and give these kitties the love they’ve been missing for 6+ weeks. Secure your spot to visit the kitties in a safe space with the following safety measures in place. Spots are limited and reservations required.  opens in a new windowpapascatcafe.com

Poppy  Open 10 am – 6 pm Monday through Saturday and Sunday Noon – 5 pm.

opens in a new windowPottery Island

Open 10 am – 8 pm Monday – Saturday.
Walk-ins are welcome as always…however, we have to observe capacity limits so call for an appointment to be sure we have room for you and your guests.
If you have finished pottery that you would like to pick up, call ahead and we can get it ready for you.

opens in a new windowRagtag Cinema

It is safe to come to Ragtag.  We have lots of space, good ventilation, and with a mask on going to the movies is relatively low risk!  Check our Facebook page for weekly specials.

Enjoy Ragtag at Logboat! Each Sunday and Monday Ragtag will be screening films in an outdoor setting at Logboat. Check our website for films and details. www.ragtagcinema.org

opens in a new windowRose Music Hall and The Blue Note

Columbia friends! Park things are coming…we’re incredibly excited to announce that we’re re-opening the gates to Rose Park on Friday, June 19 – we’ve missed y’all so much! But before we get too rowdy with our limited 150 capacity, we want to let y’all know that the health and safety of our guests and team is our number one concern. And we’ll need your help. We’ve outlined the steps we’ll be taking to ensure a safe environment that follows city approved guidelines, and the steps we need y’all to take to help out. Please make sure to read through our house rules thoroughly before coming to hang with us so we’re all on the same page. View our rules & procedures here

Things will look different for a while, and we’ll continue to adapt as new information and guidelines are released. Please be good humans, be respectful, be understanding, and we’ll get through this together. Please know that we’re doing whatever we can to help bring Columbia’s vibrant music scene back to life, and we thank you in advance for your support and understanding.

With Love,
The Blue Note and Rose Music Hall

News from the Blue Note:

Introducing…Speakeasy Weddings: small gathering microceremonies!

Rules change, restrictions happen, but love goes on. We took all the good stuff and distilled it down into a microceremony, so whether your wedding plans got disrupted, you’re newly engaged or always wanted to elope, you can intimately celebrate your love.

Interested? Get the details here

opens in a new windowSager Braudis

Open by appointment and in person visits Tuesday – Saturday, and those interested in visiting should email info@sagerbraudisgallery.comcreate new email to check time slot availability. Exhibits are now fully viewable and shoppable online, and each monthly exhibit goes live to the public at 9 AM on First Friday at sagerbraudisgallery.com. members get early access the Tuesday before.
Staff are always available by email at the above address to answer artwork questions, send more information, or book a viewing (in-person or by video chat)

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We are now open for jump tickets, birthday parties, and rentals. You must purchase a ticket online or call to reserve your jump time, birthday party, or rental! Jump tickets are available online for reservations, or advance sales by phone. Our summer operating hours will be as follows:

Sun & Mon: 12-7pm

Wed & Thurs: 3:30-7:30pm

Friday: 3:30-9:00pm

Saturday: 12-8pm

 

Speckled Frog Thank you for your continued support and for keeping us going with your online orders. Next Step…In-Store Shopping Appointments starting on June 1st. Schedule Now!

Stay Healthy. Be Safe. Have FUN!

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the SHSMO Center for Missouri Studies in Columbia and research centers in Cape Girardeau, Kansas City, Rolla, Saint Louis, and Springfield are closed until further notice. Yet, our work continues.

We are diligently working from home to provide a range of events and resources, and we look forward to connecting with you through these free programs.  opens in a new windowVirtual Programs

These events and workshops are made possible because of the generous support of our members and donors. Join SHSMO today!

opens in a new windowSummits Hot Yoga

Now offering in-person classes. Check out their website and Facebook page for the class schedule. 

opens in a new windowThe Blue Note

Introducing…Speakeasy Weddings: small gathering microceremonies!

Rules change, restrictions happen, but love goes on. We took all the good stuff and distilled it down into a microceremony, so whether your wedding plans got disrupted, you’re newly engaged or always wanted to elope, you can intimately celebrate your love.

Interested? Get the details here

opens in a new windowThe Mud Room

Take-home kits are available! Reservations are encouraged. Walk-ins welcome on a limited basis. Minimum cost applies per person, no non-painters welcome at this time. Message us with questions or to make a reservation! Hours updated weekly at www.mudroomstudio.com

opens in a new windowTiger Bounce

Now booking birthday parties, large groups, open-admission play dates, and more! Call us at (573)443-3695 for more info! OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK!

Open for bouncing, skating, concessions, and so much fun!

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Closed temporarily.  All concerts have been canceled.

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Who is counting down to the start of the True/False Film Fest?! I know I am!

12 movies later, I am officially ready to go and anxiously awaiting the start of the ultimate four-day movie marathon.

But, there is more to the True/False Film Fest than independent films.

From March March, art installations, music and merch, there is so much to see and do for everyone, even if you aren’t going to watch the films.

March March

March March has to be one of the most exciting parts of the True/False experience!

It’s a parade like no other, and it is going to be a sight to see. This parade kicks off the fest Friday evening in the District.

Everything begins at the Boone County Courthouse Square, and the march goes down 9th Street to the Sculpture Yard outside Missouri Theatre.

It’s a free event, and everyone is invited to either be part of the parade or be a spectator. I plan on being a spectator this first time so I can watch it happen firsthand, and I just can’t wait!

Art

True/False has incorporated Art  into the fest from the very beginning.

This year’s pieces are centered around the Foresight concept.

These installations are captivating, engaging and worth a trip downtown just to see what these artists ave created.

They are dispersed throughout the fest, and I am looking forward to seeing each artist’s individual take on Foresight.

Music & Concerts

So. Much. Music.

There will be so many musicians in town for the fest! Each of them have their own style, and you can even hear their tracks on the True/False website.

I have already gone through and know who I really want to see perform. Who are you most excited for?

Merch

The Fest Merch store is open! Located in the Sager Braudis Gallery, 1025 E Walnut Street, is it conveniently where the Box Office is located, too.

You must take a look and see all the True/False merchandise you can take home to commemorate exciting weekend you are bound to have. 

In late March there will be merch available for purchase online. Until then, the store is worth a visit. Happy shopping!

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va·ca·tion: an extended period of leisure and recreation, especially one spent away from home or traveling

Leisure. Recreation. Travel. Are you packing your bags yet?

On this day (National Plan Your Vacation Day), it is important to remind ourselves to take a break, take some time off, take a vacation.

Pick a place you want to visit and GO! Maybe you will end up somewhere unexpected.

what·you·un·ex·pect: the unique expression one will use to describe their experiences in Columbia, Missouri

CoMo offers something for everyone, which makes it the ideal vacation destination.

Diverse dining options, breathtaking parks and trails, shopping for all tastes, sports for watching and playing and home to festivals you have to see to believe.

This is what awaits you in Columbia, but there’s more to it than that.

The food you can find in Columbia is second to none.

No matter what you are craving, there is a new place to try and favorites to return to.

Visit the District in downtown Columbia for a wide variety of dining options.

Whether you are walking or bicycling, you will see views unlike anything you have ever seen before.

There is always a new trail to wander on and a new discovery to be made before you reach your destination.

 Rock Bridge Memorial State Park and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial at Battle Garden are worth exploring.

Shops, boutiques and a mall await you, and each one has something new and unique to offer.

Local artisans create charm-filled pieces you cannot find anywhere else.

The District and the North Village Arts District can offer shopping, art and cultural experiences to your stay.

Home to the Mizzou Tigers, Columbia regularly hosts SEC teams in a wide variety of sports.

Sporting events like the Show-Me State Games and countless others are held here every year.

The Harmony Bends Championship Disc Golf Course is an acclaimed course worth visiting.

Festivals like Roots N Blues Festival, True/False Film Fest and Unbound Book Festival are held annually in Columbia.

Each event offers its patrons unique experiences that will always be remembered.

The True/False Film Fest is happening March 5-8, 2020, and passes are available now.

Make a plan today to visit Columbia and experience what you unexpect.

#PlanYourVacation

 

 

 

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New Year, New CoMo

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HAPPY NEW YEAR, COLUMBIA!

Not only is this the beginning of a new year, it’s the start of a new decade and the perfect opportunity to try new things.

Whether you are a visitor or a local, Columbia offers new and unexpected experiences. Take a look at what you may already be familiar with and find some hidden gems located all around our city.

Indoor Adventures

Level UP is the newest attraction in the Columbia Mall. Bowling, laser tag, a ropes course and arcade games can all be found in this one place. With food and drinks also offered, it is the perfect place for indoor fun.

If you love coffee and cats, Papa’s Cat Cafe is the place for you! This unique cafe gives visitors the opportunity to enjoy beverages and other treats while spending time with over 20 cuddly cats.

Shop & See

Have you been to The District? Filled with boutiques, shops, restaurants and more, downtown Columbia offers something for everyone and is worth a trip. Be sure to check out Alley A, the not-so secret gem located between Ninth and Hitt Streets.

         

But wait! There is more to downtown Columbia! The North Village Arts District is home to Columbia’s thriving art scene and features galleries, live performance spaces, art studios and so much more. Visit during the First Friday of every month for a free art crawl featuring music, art demonstrations and more.

For the Foodies

You may have heard of Shakespeare’s Pizza, a local icon and now operating out of three locations in Columbia. Both the pizza and the atmosphere make a visit worth it.

Pizza Tree is another pizza joint that is absolutely worth eating at. With daily specials and pizza served by the slice all day long, you will easily be planning your next visit as you are leaving.

Out & About

Walking the MKT Trail is an experience like no other. You can take in the views and see so much of the nature that encompasses Columbia. But, have you ever thought about biking on the MKT Trail? You can enhance the adventure and go farther faster by renting a bike from Pedego Electric Bikes, a shop in downtown Columbia. Conveniently located near Flat Branch Park, it is close enough where you can hit the trail almost immediately.

That’s Entertainment

Concerts are regularly held at The Blue Note, and it is located right in the heart of the District. Let us introduce you to its sister property, Rose Music Hall. Home to both an indoor and outdoor space, Rose Park, the patio is ideal for spending time outdoors with fellow music-lovers.

         

All of these experiences and countless others can be found in Columbia. To make 2020 even more worthwhile, make a resolution to try something new, something CoMo. Any one of these adventures just might make your year!

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It’s the festival Columbia’s been waiting for!

It’s officially fall, and that means it’s time for Roots N Blues N BBQ! The festival starts Friday, September 27 and ends Sunday, September 29 at Stephens Lake Park. Here is everything you need to know to do this festival right!

Map of the Festival

Download the RNBNBBQ app for maps and information. You can even see the lineup and “star” your favorites!

The Lineup

Wristbands

Ticket sales end Friday, September 27, and they come in the form of wristbands. Wristbands help make the RNBNBBQ experience safe, convenient and sustainable. The wristbands have Cashless Payment Technology, and they serve as your ticket and wallet at the fest. Money can be loaded onto your wristband on the RNBNBBQ site and at Top Up stations around the fest. These wristbands will be the only form of payment allowed at the fest.

Transportation

Free festival shuttles will run round trips to and from Downtown Columbia. You can park in any of the downtown parking garages and hop on the shuttle to be transported directly to the festival gates. Shuttles start one hour before the gates open each day. Parking in Garages is free after 6 p.m. on Friday and all day Saturday and Sunday. ADA Accessible buses are available.

Ride your bike to support the fest’s sustainability efforts. Check out the City of Columbia bike mapopens PDF file and take one of the routes to the festival. Then, park your bike in the free secure bike parking area at the festival entrance.

Walk from downtown since the festival entrance is about a mile from downtown. At a leisurely pace, it’s about a 16-minute walk. Follow Walnut Street East all the way to the festival. All pedestrians are required to use the crosswalks for safety.

Festival Food & Fun

There are several food vendors attending RNBNBBQ, and there will be craft vendors as well.

We are looking forward to the festival this weekend and hope to see you there!

Thank you to Roots N Blues N BBQ for the information. Check out the Things to Know page to have other questions answered.

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Discover music, art and good reads in downtown Columbia, Missouri

written by Jackie Tucker


My husband, Jake, and I are massive music fans. The 9th Street Summerfest in Columbia, Missouri, is one of our favorite music festivals of the year. We buy our tickets early, clear our calendars and drive two hours from St. Louis to enjoy warm summer nights filled with all our favorite music. Last year, we tried something new. Instead of just heading downtown for the concert in the evening, we had decided to make a day of it. As many times as we had been to Summerfest, we had never taken the time to explore the surrounding downtown area of Columbia—The District.

“Why have we not done this before?” I remembered Jake asking as we wandered down streets filled with sidewalk cafes, art studios and gorgeous old buildings.

Maybe it was the freedom of a summer day with no set agenda, or maybe it was the anticipation of the concert later, but the city seemed to be giving off a warm, energetic vibe that I was embracing wholeheartedly.

A good story

“Jake, look!” I pointed out a store window full of books.

I can’t pass up a good bookstore, and I could tell there was something special about Yellow Dog Bookshop. From the adorable name to the two children who were laughing as they walked out of the shop with their parents, I knew we had to go inside.

As Jake held the door open for me, he said (a little overdramatically), “All this happened, more or less.”

It was a running joke between us. I have this quirky knack for remembering the first lines of famous novels, and Jake always tries to one-up me. As I walked in, I responded with one of my favorites from Pride and Prejudice. “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.”

Jake grinned as he browsed through a stack of books on a table by the door. He picked one up and cleared his throat.

“Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show.”

“All right, you win!” I laughed. It’s hard to compete with Dickens.

I made my way along the rows of shelves filled with everything from new releases to beloved childhood favorites. The smell of old books and the soft shuffling of pages took me back to afternoons spent at the library after school. And then, I saw my favorite book as a little girl—The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams. It wasn’t new, but it was in excellent condition. On the inside cover an inscription read, “To Anna: I hope you enjoy this story as much as I did (and still do). Love, Aunt Sarah.”

And even though I already had three copies of the book, I bought this one, too.

Local art scene

A few blocks away we discovered the Columbia Art League, a gallery of work from talented national and local artists. The art was eclectic and vibrant, a reflection of The District itself. There seemed to be something for everyone—paintings, sculptures and even handcrafted items. It was a visual feast that ranged from contemporary art to funky folklore.

“I don’t understand it, but I like it.” Jake admired a rather psychedelic painting with a turtle in front of a cityscape on a bright blue background. “It looks like it should be an album cover.” Jake is a graphic designer, and I could see his mind spinning with ideas. It was fun to watch his creative process at work.

As we explored the rest of the art in the gallery, I began to appreciate the fact that local artists created all these pieces. While I am certainly no artist myself, I do enjoy it and admire organizations such as the Columbia Art League that involve national and local talent and give emerging and accomplished artists a place to showcase their work together.

Music and lyrics

We spent the rest of the afternoon strolling the streets of The District, delighted by the lovely shops and restaurants around every corner. After a quick bite to eat at Flat Branch Pub & Brewing, we made our way to The Blue Note. A crowd was filling the streets around the outdoor stage and the excitement was growing.

The Blue Note was the perfect spot for live music performances, small with a great bar. Jake and I discovered a couple of our favorite new bands there. It’s standing room only by the stage and the balcony seating is where it’s at if you want a great view. The intimate venue had amazing acoustics, but for 9th Street Summerfest, they took the party outside so more people could get in on the action.

Jake and I made our way to the stage, weaving in and out of the crowd. The energy was contagious. The band hit the stage and we joined in with all the other screaming fans. This may have been what we came for, but Columbia had delivered more than just a great concert and we certainly looked forward to returning in 2018.

Discover The District in Columbia.

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by Beth Kotz

Columbia, MO is a can’t-miss stop for budget-minded travelers of all ages, whether they’re coming from down the block or all the way across the country. Without putting a hole in your wallet, CoMo fun – from inexpensive eats to this summer’s total solar eclipse – offers plenty for everyone. Here are a few simple tips to help you enjoy this beautiful city on a shoestring.

pastries at uprise bakery

Eats on the Cheap

Try to manage how often your family eats out – fix snacks, and shoot for one meal a day outside of restaurants. Farmers markets are a great way to enjoy the city and grub without breaking your budget. On Sunday from 9AM-1PM you could check out Orr Street Farmers and Artisans Market in the North Village Arts District – they’ve got fresh produce, food trucks, interesting creations and entertainment, which means fun for the whole family.

Although it’s important to not break the budget on dining out, doing so is nevertheless arguably one of the best ways to explore a new city. And there are several wonderful spots to check out for food, drink and unique ambiance in Columbia. Uprise Bakery is a local favorite that makes all their ingredients in-house – it’s also conveniently located in the same building as Ragtag Cinema, so you could grab a bite to eat (they allow you to bring it into the actual theater) and catch an interesting movie all in the same area.

railing with painting that says north village arts district

Finding Free Arts and Culture

Looking for art exhibits, museums and more? Columbia is a cultured city that offers a buffet of free thought-provoking collections for visitors. The North Village Arts District is home to a variety of creative venues as well as an artisan market with over 150 artists. The Museum of Art and Archaeology is part of the University of Missouri, and a great place to revisit the state’s rich artistic heritage. For a glimpse of up-and-coming artists, the Art Department Galleries display new work by the best and brightest Columbia College students.

Inexpensive Entertainment

It’s always fun to check out some entertainment when exploring a new city and they don’t always cost you an extensive amount of money. The University of Missouri Department of Theatre offers shows at Rhynsburger Theatre, where tickets are $15 for adults. Or catch a show at Rose Music Hall, which puts on events in Rose Park, Columbia’s largest outdoor beer garden, in the summer.

Free CoMo Fun

The Columbia area has several parks and trails – the city itself has 3,300 acres of City park land, as well as several state parks and conservation areas nearby. You may want to check out Rock Bridge Memorial State Park, which contains some of the most popular trails in the state. Columbia is a historic city – explore some of its many historical sites and landmarks, such as the Centralia Battlefield, upon which one of the bloodiest battles in the Civil War took place. Also something to keep in mind is that on August 21st, 2017, Columbia will be in the direct path of totality for a total solar eclipse!

Little Savings Add Up

It’s always important to do your research before traveling – if you’ve familiarized yourself a bit with the city prior to arriving, knowing where you’re going and having activities planned will help you mediate against unexpected costs. Little savings add up, so plan to pay for as much as possible with cash and try to stick to what you can afford. It’s nevertheless reasonable to use your credit cards to book things here and there along the way, especially if there are any rewards you can gain or use through them – airline miles, fuel benefits, and so on. Use apps or websites that tell you which local gas station is cheapest. Over 50? Check out AARP and senior discounts. Every little bit helps!

A trip to CoMo in the summer should be relaxing, fun, and affordable too. Without breaking the bank, you can see the best parts of this beautiful city and kick back in style.


Beth Kotz is a contributing writer to Credit.com. She specializes in covering financial advice for female entrepreneurs, college students and recent graduates. She earned a BA in Communications and Media from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois, where she continues to live and work.

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6697small- AndreaHello! My name is Andrea and I am a sales manager for the Columbia Convention & Visitors Bureau. I am an avid traveler, and I love the experience of meeting new people, experiencing new unexpected environments, the FOOD, the art, music and just soaking it all up.

Each month I am going to introduce you, our visitor, to all things Columbia, especially our fabulous arts community. Along the way we will explore some of our fabulous locally- owned restaurants or one of our many music venues or fabulous festivals. I hope you enjoy this city as much as I do, and of course, we would love to have you back many times to take advantage
of WHAT YOU UNEXPECT.


So you have made it to Columbia, now what? The North Village Arts District is nestled in the blocks just north of Broadway to Park Avenue, north of downtown. The Village is home to art galleries, a yoga studio, dance companies, a distillery, farmers market, artisan market with over 150 artists, and more. Grab a cup of coffee at Fretboard, dine at Range Free, or listen to live music. The options are endless.

NVADFFPostcardIf you are lucky enough to be here at the first of the month, tap into this bohemian paradise and take advantage of First Fridays. A free art crawl from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. where you can enjoy live music and entertainment, art demonstrations, refreshments, and more.  A perfect date night event or bring the family, each month there are also children’s activities with plenty to see and do.

Saturday nights in the North Village are just as fun. How about a bourbon and vodka tasting at DogMaster Distillers? Celebrating a year in the North Village, Van and Lisa Hawxby are crafting high quality new American spirits, or if micro-beer is more your style, just to the west of the North Village is Logboat Brewing Co., a wildly successful micro-brew. Or take advantage of the great live music venues, featuring 3 unique and fun venues to choose from. Enjoy music inside or out, featuring jazz, blues, rocka-billy, southern rock and more. The Social Room is on the west end of the North Village, Rose Music Hall to the North and opens in a new windowThe Bridge on the South side.

Glenn's 8If you are here for the whole weekend, take advantage of Sunday brunch in the District at Room 38, Glenn’s Café, Bleu or Tellers then pop over to the North Village for Sunday’s Farmers Market, a pop-up market managed and operated by area farmers and craftsmen.

 

Whichever you choose during your stay, you will be entertained, enriched and pleasantly surprised by WHAT YOU UNEXPECT.

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