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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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Whether you are celebrating Galentine’s Day, Valentine’s Day or waiting for the discounted candy on February 15, there are exciting events you can take part in this Valentine’s Day. Check them out here!

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13

Galentine’s Day at Coley’s

The Southern Rose Galentine’s Day Party

Ladies Night Out! at Jake’s Bar & Grill

Galentine’s Epic Pie Tasting at Peggy Jean’s Pies

Galentine’s Day Ladies Night! at The Mud Room

Galentine’s Day Party at DogMaster Distillery (rescheduled for Wednesday, February 19)

 

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14

Dim the Lights Valentine’s Dance Party at Cafe Berlin

Valentine’s Day with the Big Bang Brass Quintet at Broadway Brewery

Silverball Valentine’s Party

Valentine’s Day Champagne Tasting at Gunter Hans

Valentine’s Dinner at the Columbia Country Club

Wine Lovers Tasting & Tour for Two at Les Bourgeois Vineyards

Wine & Whiskers at Papa’s Cat Cafe

Valentine’s Day Photo Shoot at Woof’s Play & Stay

Pottery Valentine’s Date Night at The Mud Room

Sugarwitch Valentine’s Day Pop-Up at Fretboard Coffee

Valentine’s Special at COMO AXA Attack with Paint the Town

Valentine’s Day Wine & Chocolate Pairing at Les Bourgeois Vineyards

 

No matter where you celebrate or who you celebrate with, Happy Valentine’s Day!

 

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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.

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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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There are several places in town that will be open on Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, November 28). If you’re looking to venture out and find delicious food during the holiday, look no further for your delicious dining options.

Thanksgiving Restaurants & Hours

Thanksgiving Buffet at the Holiday Inn Executive Center

11 – 11:30 a.m. seating or 1 – 1:30 p.m. seating

Thanksgiving at Glenn’s Cafe

12 – 8 p.m.

11Eleven

11 a.m. – 3 p.m. and 5 – 8:30 p.m. (Reservations Required)

Applebee’s

4 – 11 p.m.

Bob Evans

6 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Thanksgiving to-go meals will be offered (serves 4 – 10 people)

Cracker Barrel

6 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Golden Corral

11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Grand Cru

11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Truman’s

2 p.m. – 1:30 a.m.

We hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend!

 

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It looks like fall is finally here, and that means it’s all about pumpkin spice and everything nice. Take a look at some of Columbia’s local coffee shops that will surely warm you up on a crisp fall day.

Shortwave Coffee

Duck into Alley A for coffee at Shortwave Coffee! You can even order their coffee beans online or in various places downtown.

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Kaldi’s Coffeehouse

Kaldi’s Coffeehouse has won city-wide awards for its quality coffee, and it has delicious smoothies as well.

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Coffee Zone

Espresso drinks and light Mediterranean food can be found at Coffee Zone.

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Lakota Coffee Company

Coffee is an art at Lakota, and each drink is completely unique!

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The Grind Coffeehouse

There is something for everyone at The Grind Coffeehouse!

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Fretboard Coffee

Coffee and music collide at Fretboard Coffee! With live music and a great menu, you’re sure to have a wonderful time.

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No matter where you choose to go, you’re bound to find a excellent cup of coffee in Columbia!

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If you’re celebrating Easter this weekend, or if you’re just in the mood for a fabulous Sunday brunch, there are fantastic places to brunch and lunch around town!

Holiday Inn Executive Center Easter Buffetopens PDF file

Make your reservation for a seating in the Elegant Windsor Ballroom! Buffet service will be from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

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Glenn’s Cafe

Come to the Tiger Hotel for Sunday Brunch! It will be served from 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. with regular breakfast starting at 7 a.m.

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Sophia’s

Sunday Brunch will be served from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

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Les Bourgeois Vineyards

Make a reservation to enjoy a vineyard brunchopens PDF file from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

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11Eleven

Visit 11Eleven inside the Broadway Hotel for brunch from 10 a.m – 3 p.m.

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Cafe Berlin

Weekend Brunch will be served from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

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44 Stone

Sunday Brunch will be available from 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

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The Heidelberg

Take part in an Easter Buffet from 10 a.m – 1:30 p.m.

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Bleu Market and Bakery

Make your reservation to dine at Bleu  this Sunday! Seatings will be available at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

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Not looking forward to cooking a big meal on Thanksgiving or Christmas? We totally understand. Here are some options for dining in this holiday season:

Applebee’s | 2601 East Broadway
Thanksgiving open 4-10 PM
Christmas Eve open regular hours
Christmas Day open 4-10 PM

Bob Evans | 3000 Clark Ln.
Thanksgiving open 8 AM – 8 PM
Christmas Eve open until 6 PM

Cheddar’s | 1010 I-70 Dr. SW
Christmas Eve open until 8 PM

Cracker Barrel | 3304 Clark Ln.
Thanksgiving open regular hours
Christmas Eve open until 2 PM

11ELEVEN | 1111 E. Broadway
Thanksgiving Buffet 11AM – 3PM, Dinner 5 PM – 9 PM
Reservations required. 573-818-6207

Glenn’s Cafe | The Tiger Hotel
Thanksgiving 12-8 PM
Christmas Eve 7 AM – 11 PM
Christmas Day 12 PM – 8 PM

Golden Corral | 3421 Clark Ln.
Thanksgiving open 10:30 AM – 5 PM
Christmas Eve open 7:30 AM – 4 PM

Grand Cru | 2600 S. Providence
Thanksgiving buffet, open 11-3 PM

Houlihans | 2541 Broadway Bluffs
Christmas Eve open until 4 PM

Kobe | 2531 Broadway Bluffs
Christmas Eve Regular Hours

Texas Roadhouse | 2005 W. Worley
Christmas Eve 11 AM – 8 PM

TGI Fridays | 3030 I-70 Dr. SE
Open for Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day (hours have not yet been set)

Truman’s | 3304 W. Broadway Business Park Ct.
Thanksgiving open 2 PM – 1:30 AM
Christmas Eve open regular hours
Christmas Day open 2 PM – 1:30 AM

Upper Crust | 3919 S. Providence
Thanksgiving open 11 AM – 3 PM
Christmas Eve 4 PM – 8 PM

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Have you ever visited or moved to a new place and wondered what restaurants you should check out or what to order? Us, too. That’s why we made this list of local Columbia restaurants and some of their most popular dishes. Print off the list and check them off as you go! Photos of the dishes are below:

Download the Foodie Checklistopens PDF file

The ultimate foodie checklist for Columbia MO


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