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City of Columbia Official Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

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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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opens in a new windowDryer’s Shoes

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

opens in a new windowMy Secret Garden

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.

opens in a new windowMy Sister’s Circus

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

 

opens in a new windowSkylark Bookshop

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

opens in a new windowArtlandish Gallery & Emporium

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

opens in a new windowColumbia Art League

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!

opens in a new windowColumbia Farmers Market

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.

opens in a new windowMindBreak Escape

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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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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This year, 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 through the holiday season.

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 or the holidays, it’s for the whole year! We’ll see you in 2020!

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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.comcreate new email 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 decorThe 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 notepadPoppy: 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.comcreate new email

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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.comcreate new email

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.

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

opens in a new windowColumbia Culinary Tours
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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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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