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It’s one of our favorite times of the year…Restaurant Week! The District is doing things a little different this year and offering 10 people the chance to win $100 in gift cards by participating. All you have to do is print off this bingo card, visit participating businesses to complete the card and email it to The Districtcreate new email by March 5th. Fill out as many boxes as you like. Each box is worth one entry.

Could there be a more perfect excuse to step out of the kitchen and have someone else do the cooking?! It’s also an excellent time to try a new restaurant or explore the menu at one of your favorite eateries. Not sure where to start? We have compiled a list of participating restaurants and our favorite dishes from each.

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Valentine’s Day is just a couple of weeks away and there are plenty of options for showering your special someone with love, whether it be virtually or in person. Check out some of our favorite offerings below. This list will continue to be updated through Valentine’s Day.

 

Broadway Brewery | February 14 – Valentine’s Day beer dinner featuring four courses and two beer pairings.

Coley’s | February 13 & 14 – Valentines Day featuring an inspired dinner for two. Reservations required.

Glenn’s Cafe | February 14 – Join us in celebrating your special someone this Valentine’s Day! The entire menu is now available online. Call 573-447-7100 to reserve a spot.

Gunter Hans | February 10 – Pre-order the “Bake Your Own Bretzel Kits” & Bretzel Hearts by Wednesday, February 10 for February 11 – February 14 pick up.

Rocheport General Store | February 13 – Celebrate Galentine’s Day with your friends enjoying a menu of “small plates”and beverage and dessert pairings. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sycamore | February 14 – Valentines Day three course meal. Limited seating. For tickets call 573-874-8090.

 

Candy Factory | No Valentine’s Day is complete without chocolate covered strawberries. Stop by February 10th – 14th, no orders necessary.

Chocolate and Wine Make Everything Fine | February 13 & 14 – Stop by Stockton Mercantile in Rocheport and enjoy a little chocolate and wine to celebrate those you love & cherish.

Bubble Cup Tea Zone | February 14 –  Bring your valentine and enjoy buy one, get one free deal on any beverage from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Offer available at both locations in Columbia.

Glenn’s Cafe | Pre-Order your chocolate covered strawberries now! Pick-up is available February 8 through February 14.

Les Bourgeois | February 1 through 14 – Wine & chocolate pairing 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily at the Tasting Room. $20 per couple, walk-ins only.

Nourish Cafe & Market | Now taking orders for chocolate covered strawberries made with organic strawberries. Two options: Original & CBD. Call 573-818-2240 or stop by to order.

Peggy Jean’s Pies | Order your strawberry cream pie now and pick it up February 13.

Tsokolate | February 14 – Join us once again with Waves Cider Company for a virtual & live dessert and cider pairing on Valentine’s Day! Our Waves × Tsokolate Valentine’s Day boxes (which includes 2 tickets) for the virtual event are now available for purchase on our website. Local pick-up or delivery. Ships nationwide.

 

Anderson Equestrian Center | February 12 and 13 – Tickets are available now for a unique Couples Valentine’s Class. Adults only.

Clarity Float Spa | From now until February 14 get two 60 minute floats and two 40 minute sauna sessions for $99.

MU Tiger Garden | Visit them on campus or online and order a DIY Galentine’s Day Terrarium Kit, Date Night Box or fabulous floral arrangement.

Plume | Valentine’s Day Collection available online now! Featuring amazing baked goods, GoPo Popcorn, handmade mugs and more.

Ragtag | Valentine’s Day drive-in at Re/Max Boone Realty featuring Moonstruck. Tickets are available now. Show starts at 6:45, doors open at 6:15.

Second Chance | For a $5 donation you will receive a Valentine from one of the sweet kitties at Second Chance.

The Southern Rose | February 13 – No ticket needed for this Galentine’s Day Event! Spend $75+ and receive a FREE gift.

Tin Roof Gift | February 3 –  Hand-lettered Valentine Night from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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The Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau recently met with meeting planners via Zoom to discuss meeting planning during COVID-19. Afterwards, a survey was sent out to planners resulting in several great questions regarding safely holding meetings during COVID-19. Below you’ll find information and resources for holding a safe event in Columbia.

Information regarding the current health order in place for Columbia/Boone Countyopens PDF file is continuously updated. The current public health order is set to expire at 11:59 p.m. March 4, 2021.

Conference Properties and Contact Information

The Broadway
Amber Gibsoncreate new email, Sales & Clint Young, Banquets (573) 818-6204
Broadway Social Distance Capacityopens PDF file

Courtyard by Marriott
April Oehrlecreate new email, Sales (573) 443-8000
Courtyard by Marriott Social Distancing Capacitiesopens PDF file opens WORD file

Drury Plaza East
Leah Stottscreate new email, Sales (573) 441-0090
Drury Plaza Hotel Social Distance Capacityopens PDF file

Hampton Inn & Suites
Michelle Chemacreate new email, Sales (573) 214-2222
Hampton Inn & Suites Social Distance Capacityopens PDF file

Hilton Garden Inn 
Cindy Neffcreate new email, Sales (573) 814-5464
Hilton Garden Inn Social Distance Capacityopens PDF file

Holiday Inn East
Lorie Jaegers, Sales (573) 474-4444
Holiday Inn East Social Distance Capacityopens PDF file

Holiday Inn Executive Center
Dave Duncan, Sales (573) 445-8531
Holiday Inn Exec Social Distance Capacityopens PDF file

Holiday Inn Express & Suites
Rachel Mandizhacreate new email, Sales (573) 442-8034
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Social Distance Capacityopens PDF file

Stoney Creek Hotel
Matt Slavittcreate new email, Sales (573) 442-6400
Stoney Creek Hotel Social Distance Capacityopens PDF file

The Tiger Hotel
Laurie Williamscreate new email, Sales (573) 875-8888
Tiger Hotel Social Distancing Capacityopens PDF file

Note: Restaurants/bars are still open within hotels and open to the public, but hours are subject to hotel policies and adherence to the current health orderopens PDF file

 

Process for Submitting an Operational Plan to Host a Meeting/Conference to the Health Department

Under the Current Public Health Orderopens PDF file , any business, entity, large venue, event or public gathering facing unique circumstances not specifically addressed in this Order or seeking to accommodate in excess of the limitations specified may submit a proposed Operational Plan for review and conditional approval by Public Health and Human Services (PHHS).

Please submit your plan using this form.

Please allow 7-10 business days for a response regarding your plan. Since operational plans typically require multiple drafts before approval, we recommend submitting an operational plan no later than 14 days prior to the event. When you submit a plan, it is in the queue for review and Public Health and Human Services (PHHS) will do their best to review it as soon as possible.

Examples of general COVID mitigation strategies in a conference setting

    • Offering virtual option in addition to in-person
    • Simulcasting- a meeting planner broadcasting their content onto hotel guest rooms.
    • Electronic check-in with iPads and self-service name tag printing
    • All doors to meeting rooms propped open to eliminate common touch points on door handles. Each room has a separate entry/exit door to promote one-way traffic flow
    • Use of a quick and easy 6ft marker (pole, length of wood, etc.) to check adequate distancing between tables/seats
  • Plexiglass dividers to go on the registration tables to provide a barrier between staff and  attendee registering
  • Staggered registration times for attendees
  • Encourage attendees staying at the hotel to return to their guestroom to use the restroom during break times to eliminate congestion at shared restrooms
    • Encourage participants to eat lunch outside; provide a take-a-way boxed lunch
    • Replace big annual awards banquets with celebrations of smaller group dinners, a hype video, and a virtual reveal of awards and raffle prizes 
  • Conferences with exhibition halls:
    • One-way traffic, spread out aisles
    • Only two exhibitors per booth, limiting # of people in exhibit area at one time
    • View exhibits in shifts; half of people view exhibits during a time frame, then flip
    • Stickers at each table indicating where to stop and where to move forward
  • Meeting and event-specific protocols:
    • Floor stickers marking social distancing
    • Spreading out registration desks, only 1 person per table
    • Eliminate the need for people to come to a registration area–send out info ahead of conference so they don’t have to wait in line
    • Questionnaires at registration tables to check for symptoms
  • Meeting room setup and break dismissal procedures:
    • All rooms set with 6-foot distancing between tables  
    • Make diagrams and secure agendas beforehand to facilitate planning
    • One-way traffic flow in rooms
    • Microphones and podiums–Lysol wipes provided to disinfect between speakers, or make sure speakers have individual microphones that are not shared
    • If multiple groups in house, make sure not taking breaks at the same time
  • Food and beverage:
    • Avoid table linens
    • All food individually wrapped, no large quantities 
    • No shared utensils
    • Bottled beverages
    • Dismissing groups by table for breaks
    • Shifts for a meal – example: a team’s offense comes down to eat at 6p, defense comes down at 7p.
    • Food Trucks for outdoor meals

Social Distanced Activities and Attractions for Event Attendees

If you’re looking for socially distanced activities to keep your event attendees entertained, we’ve got you covered! Columbia offers plenty of opportunities to have fun safely during COVID-19.

Lovers of the great outdoors will enjoy checking out the sites featured on our Nature Checklist.opens PDF file

Relieve that conference planning stress by throwing axes! Como Axe AttackThe Axe House and Midway Golf and Games are open and ready to entertain you.

Express your creative side at Pottery Island, Paint the Town, The Canvas on Broadway or The Mud Room.

Build a pre-designed wood project with your group at Sawdust Studios.

Let the escape room experience come to you with AdVenture Games Inc. or visit Breakout Como and find out if you have what it takes to escape!

 

For more information on services for your meeting or conference, please contact:

 

 

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Tis’ the season for delicious holiday meals enjoyed with family and friends. Check out our Christmas 2020 Dining Guide and enjoy less time in the kitchen this season!

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Bob Evans (573) 814-3256
Order by December 23 for December 24 pickup.

Cracker Barrel (573) 474-9977
Offering heat and serve meals December 21 – December 26.

Glenn’s Cafe (573) 447-7100
Reserve a spot now for a three course Christmas meal. Open 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Hoss’s Market and Rotisserie (573) 815-9711
Order by December 17 for December 24 pickup.

Hy-Vee
Several options available.

Nourish Cafe
Order by December 20 for pickup between December 22-24.

Sycamore (573) 874-8090
Limited quantities. Order by December 16 for December 24 pickup.

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Tis the season for holiday merriment with friends, family and coworkers. Whether you’re looking for a space for that team celebration or a place for the in-laws to rest their heads, these deals from local hotels will make being jolly a breeze this season.

 

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Hampton Inn & Suites | November – December
Book at the Hampton Inn & Suitesopens PDF file  during the months of November or December and receive a complimentary room rental with a $500 food and beverage minimum. Complimentary AV equipment provided.

Stoney Creek | December 2020
Book online and use the code “HOLIDAY” for 20% off during your December 2020 stay.

Tiger Hotel | November 15 – January 15
Tiger Hotel is offering a holiday dinner promotionopens PDF file now through January 15 that features a three course menu for $40. Enjoy a signature cocktail for only $5 more.

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December is here and brings with it the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping and year-end activities. Why not take a moment to relax and enjoy the magic of holiday twinkling lights. Columbia has plenty of amazing light displays to enjoy this year. Here are some of the must see spots in 2020.

 

Cherry Hill Magic Tree

The original Magic Tree (4200 Merchant Street) has been a Mid-Missouri favorite for 25 years. You can also find magic trees at The Crossing (3615 Southland Drive), downtown in front of Commerce Bank (corner of 9th and Broadway) and at Unity Church (1600 West Broadway).

 

Take a walk through The District and enjoy the lighted columns at the Boone County Courthouse. If you stroll down Broadway, you’ll enjoy the magic tree, festive storefronts and pole mount light displays. Swing by the North Village Arts District and enjoy the lights near Fretboard Coffee.

 

Enjoy holiday lights from the safety and comfort of your vehicle when you drive-thru Veteran’s United Home Loans light display. This one mile loop of lights is located at 4700 South Providence Road and is open daily from 6:3o p.m. to 10 p.m. This “Bright Lights Holiday Nights” themed experience will be open December 7 through 20.

 

Candy Cane Crib

With over 45,000 lights, Candy Cane Crib (504 Fay Street) is a sight to behold. Visitors can stop by between 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. through December 31.

 

 

Drive by the 26 foot Christmas tree at Shelter Insurance (1817 West Broadway) and enjoy 25 different LED animated light shows.

 

Veterans United Holiday Lights 2020

Stop by The North Pole (Brookthorn Court) and tune in to 95.3 while you take in the light show and living windows. You just might see The Grinch while you’re there. Check out the Gingerbread House (Dalcross Drive) and enjoy hot cocoa and candy canes and don’t forget to drop of your letter to Santa.

 

Warm Springs Ranch

Make your reservation online to to visit Warm Springs Ranch (25270 Hwy 98 – Boonville) and enjoy viewing the amazing Clydesdales and holiday lights from your vehicle. Open through December 30.

 

For even more holiday lights, check out this map of other light displays in the Mid-Missouri area. And don’t forget to follow us on social media where we’ll be sharing holiday photos, holiday gift ideas and more all season long!

 

 

 

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Tiger fans, are you ready for game day?!

The Mizzou Tigers kick off Saturday, December 12 at 11 a.m. against the Georgia Bulldogs in their final home game of the 2020 season.

PRE-GAME INFORMATION

The 2020 football season looks different than anything we’ve seen in years past. Mizzou Athletics is diligently working with University leadership, the Southeastern Conference, NCAA, and with the advisement of public health officials on developing a plan for a safe return to intercollegiate athletics competition this fall. Capacity limits, cashless payments, face coverings and digital ticketing are just a few ways things have changed. For a comprehensive list of 2020 fan guidelines, please visit mutigers.com

Looking for a hotel room? If you’re having a hard time finding a room, call the City Contact Center at 573.874.CITY (2489) and ask for hotel availability.

Transportation:

  • Park downtown (parking garages are free on Saturdays) and walk to the stadium
  • GoCOMO will provide FREE shuttles to the game.

Find new game day gear here:

Grab a bite to eat: Look through our list of restaurants located in The District for lunch or dinner options.

TAILGATE

Tailgating Notes

  • Tailgating has been prohibited on the Mizzou campus during the 2020 season.
  • Still want to hang out with friends before the game? Check out a Columbia park for tailgating! Please remember to celebrate safely and maintain social distance.

WHILE YOU’RE HERE

We hope you’ll take some extra time to explore Columbia while you’re here for the game! Here’s what is going on around town this weekend:

blue lights on a large tree

Veterans United Home Loans Bright Lights Holiday Nights– This one mile loop of holiday lights at Veterans United Home Loans 4700 S. Providence location is lit daily December 7 – 20 from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Visitors are asked to enter using Southampton Drive and follow the loop to exit at Providence Road.

 

Cherry Hill Magic Tree

Magic Trees – There are several fabulous magic trees located in Columbia worth a visit! The Magic Tree at Cherry Hill (4200 Merchant Street) is lit nightly from 5:00 p.m. to midnight and features around 35,000 lights. The Crossing Magic Tree (3615 Southland Drive) is an 85 foot sycamore tree featuring 200,000 lights. Stop by on Friday night for photo booths, music and hot cocoa. Be sure to visit The District and enjoy their holiday light displays, including the magic tree located at the corner of 9th and Broadway.

Columbia Farmers Market – December 12 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the MU Health Care Pavilion. Fresh vegetables and fruit, meat, farm-fresh eggs, cheeses, honey, cut flowers, plants, artisan items & more. As a producer-only market, everything sold here is offered by farmers and artisans who help sustain our region. SNAP (food stamps) are accepted at all markets. Live music, gardening workshops and children’s activities are featured at every market! Join us in rain or shine!

CONTACT US IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS:

Stop by 300 S. Providence Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Call 573.874.CITY (2489)

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Tiger fans, are you ready for game day!?

The Mizzou Tigers take on the Arkansas Razorbacks Saturday, December 5 at 11 a.m. at Faurot Field.

TICKETING INFORMATION & PARKING PASSES

Mizzou fans looking to attend the game should use their ‘Game 5’ tickets and parking for pass for this game.

PRE-GAME INFORMATION

The 2020 football season looks different than anything we’ve seen in years past. Mizzou Athletics is diligently working with University leadership, the Southeastern Conference, NCAA, and with the advisement of public health officials on developing a plan for a safe return to intercollegiate athletics competition this fall. Capacity limits, cashless payments, face coverings and digital ticketing are just a few ways things have changed. For a comprehensive list of 2020 fan guidelines, please visit mutigers.com

Looking for a hotel room? If you’re having a hard time finding a room, call the City Contact Center at 573.874.CITY (2489) and ask for hotel availability.

Transportation:

  • Park downtown (parking garages are free on Saturdays) and walk to the stadium
  • GoCOMO will provide FREE shuttles to the game.

Find new game day gear here:

Grab a bite to eat: Look through our list of restaurants located in The District for lunch or dinner options.

TAILGATE

Tailgating Notes

  • Tailgating has been prohibited on the Mizzou campus during the 2020 season.
  • Still want to hang out with friends before the game? Check out a Columbia park for tailgating! Please remember to celebrate safely and maintain social distance.

WHILE YOU’RE HERE

We hope you’ll take some extra time to explore Columbia while you’re here for the game! Here’s what is going on around town this weekend:

 

Dogmaster First Fridays

Dogmaster Distillery – Stop by Dogmaster Friday, December 4 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. for First Fridays! This week features artist Lana Costanzo, and artisan vendors Dragonfly Beads and Henry Handbags. Enjoy food, art and cocktails at this artisan pop-up!

The Crossing Magic Tree

The Crossing Magic Tree – Visit The Crossing and enjoy the nearly 200,000 lights that shine bright on this magic tree! Lit nightly between 5 p.m. and 10 p.m.

Cherry Hill Magic Tree

Cherry Hill Magic Tree – The gorgeous Cherry Hill Magic Tree is lit nightly between 5 p.m. and midnight. Stop by for a visit and admire this local favorite.

Columbia Farmers Market – December 4 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the MU Health Care Pavilion. Fresh vegetables and fruit, meat, farm-fresh eggs, cheeses, honey, cut flowers, plants, artisan items & more. As a producer-only market, everything sold here is offered by farmers and artisans who help sustain our region. SNAP (food stamps) are accepted at all markets. Live music, gardening workshops and children’s activities are featured at every market! Join us in rain or shine!

CONTACT US IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS:

Stop by 300 S. Providence Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Call 573.874.CITY (2489)

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Tiger fans, are you ready for game day!?

The Mizzou Tigers kick off Saturday, November 28 at 11 a.m. against the Vanderbilt Commodores.

*Mizzou was originally scheduled to play the Arkansas Razorbacks on this date, but due to COVID-19 and a combination of positive tests, contact tracing and quarantining of individuals within the Arkansas football program, their meetup is postponed.

TICKETING INFORMATION & PARKING PASSES

Mizzou fans looking to attend the game should use their ‘Game 2’ tickets and ‘Game 2’ parking passes, and save their ‘Game 5’ tickets and parking for the Arkansas game when it is officially rescheduled.

PRE-GAME INFORMATION

The 2020 football season looks different than anything we’ve seen in years past. Mizzou Athletics is diligently working with University leadership, the Southeastern Conference, NCAA, and with the advisement of public health officials on developing a plan for a safe return to intercollegiate athletics competition this fall. Capacity limits, cashless payments, face coverings and digital ticketing are just a few ways things have changed. For a comprehensive list of 2020 fan guidelines, please visit mutigers.com

Looking for a hotel room? If you’re having a hard time finding a room, call the City Contact Center at 573.874.CITY (2489) and ask for hotel availability.

Transportation:

  • Park downtown (parking garages are free on Saturdays) and walk to the stadium
  • GoCOMO will provide FREE shuttles to the game.

Find new game day gear here:

Grab a bite to eat: Look through our list of restaurants located in The District for lunch or dinner options.

TAILGATE

Tailgating Notes

  • Tailgating has been prohibited on the Mizzou campus during the 2020 season.
  • Still want to hang out with friends before the game? Check out a Columbia park for tailgating! Please remember to celebrate safely and maintain social distance.

WHILE YOU’RE HERE

We hope you’ll take some extra time to explore Columbia while you’re here for the game! Here’s what is going on around town this weekend:

 

Wassail Walk

Rocheport Wassail Walk– Escape the madness of Black Friday and take a safely distanced stroll through Rocheport. Shop and enjoy this free event as some of our fine merchants offer up warm wassail to all who come into town! This holiday tradition is a great way to ring in the Christmas season. Event takes place Friday, November 27 in historic opens in a new windowRocheport.

Maker’s Bizarre

Holiday Maker’s Bizarre – Visit opens in a new windowThe Atrium on Tenth Saturday, November 28 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. for The Maker’s Holiday Bizarre and shop handmade goods from local artisans, bakers, and makers! Entry is free and a cash bar is available for all guests at the event.

The Crossing Magic Tree

The Crossing Magic Tree Lighting – Visit The Crossing Friday, November 27 at 5:30 p.m. for the official lighting of the Magic Tree. opens in a new windowThe Crossing Magic Tree will be lit daily from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Columbia Farmers Market – November 28 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the MU Health Care Pavilion. Fresh vegetables and fruit, meat, farm-fresh eggs, cheeses, honey, cut flowers, plants, artisan items & more. As a producer-only market, everything sold here is offered by farmers and artisans who help sustain our region. SNAP (food stamps) are accepted at all markets. Live music, gardening workshops and children’s activities are featured at every market! Join us in rain or shine!

CONTACT US IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS:

Stop by 300 S. Providence Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Call 573.874.CITY (2489)

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Holiday shopping can be stressful, especially in 2020. Ease your stress this year by shopping local in CoMo! Our local stores have made it easier than ever to shop local this holiday season with many stores offering convenient online shopping, curbside pickup and free local delivery. We’ve even compiled a list of amazing items found locally that your family and friends are sure to love. Happy shopping!

 

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For the Sweet Tooth

If you’re looking for the perfect gift for the chocolate lover in your life, look no further than The Candy Factory. In business for almost 50 years, The Candy Factory has perfected the art of chocolate making. Grab a gift basket filled with all of the Candy Factory’s best chocolates or a box of assorted truffles in a festive holiday box. Visit their newly redesigned website for convenient online ordering. We also can’t resist a good homemade pie and Peggy Jean’s Pies makes some of the best pies we’ve ever tasted. We are totally in love with their White Chocolate Strawberry, but you can’t go wrong with any of their flavors.

Candy Factory Truffles

 

For the Cook

We love this 6 piece olive oil and vinegar sampler pack from Boone Olive Oil Co. Choose from over 40 flavors of olive oil and vinegar to create a unique flavor experience. Shop in person and enjoy free samples or order online for convenient curbside pickup.

Boone Olive Oil

 

For the Coffee Enthusiast

Columbia is home to some pretty amazing coffee shops. For the Fretboard Coffee fan, pick up a bag of of their Moka Java Holiday Blend. Give the gift that keeps on giving with a Camacho Coffee monthly coffee club subscription for as low a $17. Grab that caffeine fiend a coffee sampler from Lakota Coffee featuring 3 one pound bags in flavors of your choice. Fill their cup with love this holiday when you gift them a 12 oz bag of Love Coffee for $13.00.

Coffee

 

For the Alcohol Aficionado

The wine love on your list will no doubt appreciate a gift from Les Bourgeois. They’ve made shopping easy with options at a variety of price points. Create a truly one-of-a-kind gift when you build your own gift box. Know someone who appreciates a  good cocktail? Give them the gift of a Dogmaster Distillery bottle of spirits. Got a craft beer fan on your shopping list? Check out Logboat Brewing Company’s custom stout, “Bennie”. This oak aged mocha stout coffee blend was created in partnership with Fretboard Coffee.

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For the Fragrance Fanatic

Create a custom scent for that special someone at Makes Scents. Choose from perfume oils, designer fragrances for her or designer fragrances for him to come up with your perfect blend. Can’t decide which scent will suit them best? How about a Scent Box subscription featuring a mix of full size and deluxe samples from Makes Scents bath, body and home product lines. Shop in store or online.

Makes Scents

 

For the Furry Friend

Got a fuzzy bestie you want to spoil this holiday? Check out Lizzi & Rocco’s Natural Pet Market. They have a fabulous assortment of goodies for dogs, cats and small animals. Cats go crazy for these Chilly Dog Catnip BarnYarn Animals and dogs will be sure to enjoy a special treat from their bakery. How cute are these leg lamp cookies?!

Lizzi & Rocco’s

 

For the Art Appreciator

If you’re looking for fabulous gifts for the art lover in your life, head to the Columbia Art League in the North Village Arts District. They feature amazing local artists and even offer a convenient payment plan and easy online shopping. Another local favorite is ARTlandish Gallery, where you’ll find locally made woodcrafts, ceramics, jewelry, blown glass and more. Don’t forget to head down to the catacombs while you’re there for a one-of-a-kind shopping experience.

ARTlandish

 

For the Outdoorsy

Looking for the perfect gift for the lover of the great outdoors? Stop by The Alpine Shop and choose from brands like Sorel, Columbia and Patagonia. We adore these Smartwool socks for cold weather excursion! Know someone who enjoys biking our gorgeous Mid-Missouri trails? Head to Walt’s Bike Shop and explore their selection of bikes, including electric assist bikes from Trek and Electra.

Alpine Shop

For the Lover of all things Vintage

Vinyl records have really gained in popularity over the last few years. Hitt Records, Columbia’s only independent, locally owned record store, is stocked with classic vinyl records/LP’s and 45’s. They also sell vintage turntables at affordable prices. If you’re looking for cool vintage apparel, visit Maude Vintage Clothing & Costumes in The District. They carry an amazing assortment of vintage apparel perfect creating a unique look or fun costume.

Hitt Records

 

For the Child

Speckled Frog Toys & Books is the place to visit in CoMo for fabulous education toys, books and gifts. They offer curated toys that encourage parents and children to discover and explore together. How adorable is this Jade K Doll?! Shop by appointment or online.

 

Jade K Doll

 

For the Selective Someone

We all have that one friend or family member on our list that it’s impossible to shop for. You can’t go wrong with a gift card! Stop by Columbia Mall and pick up a gift card that can be used at any of the mall’s 85 stores.

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We hope this list helps you during your holiday shopping journey! For a comprehensive list of shopping available in Columbia, check out our shopping directory at VisitColumbiaMo.com. And be sure to follow us on our social media channels where we’ll be posting great gift ideas all season long.

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