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It can be difficult to think of great gift ideas, right? We’ve got suggestions for everyone on your list – and you can find it all in Columbia.

For the sports fan:

This, of course, could mean any kind of fan but around here we’re partial to the Tigers. You can find everything from Mizzou clothes and accessories to tailgating supplies and MU-themed holiday decorations at The Mizzou Store and Alumni Hall. Rally House not only carries Mizzou gear but also Cardinals, Blues, Chiefs, and Royals gear. Check out these St. Louis Blues jerseys and Kansas City Chiefs game day accessories.

For the beer drinker:

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A gift certificate to Flat Branch Pub & Brewing is the perfect easy gift, or you can fill up some growlers if you know your beer drinker’s favorite. Look for Columbia’s Bur Oak Brewery beer at local grocery stores, and find logo-wear online, along with growlers for filling, coozies for cooling, and glassware for…drinking out of.  Also keep an eye on Logboat Brewing Co.’s store – it looks like they’ll have some great items for gift-giving.

For the fashionista:

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

  • Elly’s Couture: designer clothes and accessories
  • Muse: urban street wear for men and women
  • Britches Clothing: women’s clothing and accessory boutique
  • Absolute Vintage: men’s and women’s vintage clothing
  • Woody’s Gentlemen’s Clothiers: premier men’s clothing

For the kids:

Candy Factory
Grab a gift certificate from Going Bonkers – kids of all ages (along with parents) are allowed in the giant play-place. Candy is another gift guaranteed to please. The Candy Factory in downtown Columbia has something for everyone (including chocolate-covered potato chips). And for your favorite fur-babies? Treats Unleashed has tons of special treats for your pup like cheese quackers, smokey beef bones, and peanut butter barkers.

For your parents:

Mom would probably love a Hoot Design Co. Watercolor Map of Columbia from Poppy or a gift card for Tallulahs to pick out kitchen gadgets and goodies. If your dad is a beer lover or sports fan, see above. If not – you can always go for a simple gift card to Bass Pro, Home Depot, or whatever his favorite store might be.

For the foodie:

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Do you know someone who misses CoMo? Get the Shakespeare’s Pizza mail-order 3 pizza package (this means Shakes will MAIL YOU PIZZA) or send some Jelly Jar Pies through Peggy Jean’s Pies. This is genius, right? For the chef in your life, pick something out at Boone Olive Oil Co. or The Root Cellar.

For everyone else:

Shopping for someone who doesn’t fit the above categories? Try Calhoun’s – find books, accessories, knick-knacks and more, but good luck leaving without something for yourself. For the coffee lover, we suggest Lakota’s Holiday Coffee Sampler and for the wine lover, Les Bourgeois, of course.

Hope we’ve helped you come up with some ideas for your list – happy shopping!

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Valentine’s Day is Saturday – are you ready? We’ve put together some ideas on what to eat, what to do, and what to give for your special day in CoMo.

What to eat

opens in a new windowGlenn’s Cafe

  • $79 Valentine’s Day package
  • Enjoy choice of one appetizer, two entrees, one dessert, two glasses of champagne OR any wine by the glass
  • Full menu offered all night

opens in a new windowEleven11

  • Couple’s Dinner ($75) – 3 course dinner with wine or cocktail; regular menu also available with daily special
  • Special Chef’s Table ($250/person) – 6 course dinner with wine pairings with Executive Chef Jeff Guinn and Chef d’Cuisine Ben Randolph – inquire in advance for the chef’s table

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

opens in a new windowWine Cellar

  • Aphrodisiac menu available Friday-Sunday for Valentine’s Day (this will be the only menu available on Saturday while full dinner menu will be available on Friday and Sunday)

opens in a new windowBleu

  • Feature menu available Friday and Saturday – “Dinner for Two” with dessert of truffles, chocolate covered strawberries, nutella tart, and house-made fortune cookies
  • See the full menu and dessert menu

opens in a new windowHoss’s Market

  • Feel like a nice dinner at home? Pick up Hoss’s Steak and Lobster dinner for two ($79.95) along with some chocolate covered strawberries – all you have to do is call and reserve your pick-up time

What to do

opens in a new windowThe Canvas

  • Looking for a family-friendly Valentine activity? The Canvas offers paintings at 10 AM and 2 PM on Saturday (the 2 PM painting is pictured here)

opens in a new windowDeja Vu Comedy Club

  • Valentine’s Couple’s Package – $25 for 2 comedy tickets to any show Friday or Saturday to see “The Office’s” Mike E. Winfield, preferred VIP seating, two free drink tickets, free champagne toast after the show, and a free comedy pass to a future show
  • Shows at 8 and 10 PM, Friday and Saturday

opens in a new windowSid the Science Kid, live!

  • A great choice if you’d like to include the young ones in your Valentine’s Day plans – take the kiddos to see Sid the Science Kid at Missouri Theatre on Saturday (2 PM).

Check out our What’s Going On opens in a new windownewsletter to see what else is going on this weekend.

What to give

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(necklace by Stephanie Thompson for Sailor Pie Studio)

opens in a new windowTiger Garden

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

opens in a new windowMustard Seed

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

opens in a new windowAlpine Shop

  • It’s a little chilly now but why not offer to take your loved one on a camping trip when it warms up? The Alpine shop has everything you need from tents and sleeping bags to cooking supplies and games.

opens in a new windowFlat Branch Pub

  • Maybe Valentine’s Day and romantic gifts aren’t your thing… that’s perfectly fine, you can always go for a growler or 2 from Flat Branch!

Happy Valentine’s Day! Show us your local gifts and dinner by tagging photos with #ColumbiaMO.

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Are you struggling to finish up your holiday shopping? No worries, we’ve got your back.

For the fan

calling all fans: Mizzou holiday gifts

This, of course, could mean any kind of fan but around here we’re partial to the Tigers. You can find the gifts above at The Mizzou Store and Alumni Hall. Rally House not only carries Mizzou gear but also STL Cardinals and Blues, and KC Chiefs and Royals gear. Check out these St. Louis Blues opens in a new windowjerseys ($80-170) and Kansas City Royals opens in a new windowcanvas chairs ($24.99 each).

opens in a new windowRally House, 808 E. Broadway
opens in a new windowThe Mizzou Store, 911 E. Rollins 
opens in a new windowAlumni Hall, 215 N. Stadium

For the drinker

DRINK AND BE MERRY

Coffee, wine, AND beer drinkers – we have it all! Do you have a friend who loves (or maybe NEEDS) coffee? The Kaldi’s Coffee opens in a new window12 month subscription ($200) is perfect. 3 month and 6 month options are also available. For flavored coffees, check out the opens in a new windowHoliday Coffee Sampler ($29.95) from Lakota Coffee. If you’re shopping for a wine-lover, opens in a new windowLes Bourgeois has several options to choose from, including Riverboat Red, Pink Fox, and Solay. Give a Flat Branch Pub & Brewing gift certificate or find Columbia’s opens in a new windowBur Oak Brewery Beer at Hyvee, Schnucks, Macadoodles, and Lucky’s.

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

For the fashionista

FASHIONISTA

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

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

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

opens in a new windowSwank Boutique, 913 E. Broadway

For a personalized gift

personalized

Shopping for others is fun, but you know what else is? Making your own gifts! Paint a piece of pottery at The Mud Room or a canvas painting at The Canvas and Paint the Town. Pick out the perfect t-shirt or create your own at ACME.

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

 For your parents

parents

Does your dad always ask for socks, too? It’s probably because he really does want them. Choose from a great selection at Dungarees ($6-20) or The Alpine Shop ($7-27). For mom, stop by Tiger Garden on the Mizzou campus to pick out  a painted poinsettia or other holiday decorations (check out the opens in a new windowpaw print poinsettias, a holiday favorite!). Other ideas: 2015 Roots N Blues opens in a new windowtickets ($89-495), a Peggy Jean’s opens in a new windowpie ($6-25), a Hoot Design Co. Watercolor opens in a new windowMap of Columbia from Poppy ($30), or a gift card for Tallulah’s to pick out kitchen gadgets and goodies.

opens in a new windowDungarees, 500 E. Broadway
opens in a new windowAlpine Shop, 1102 E. Broadway
opens in a new windowTiger Garden, 2-34 Agriculture Building, University of Missouri
opens in a new windowPeggy Jean’s Pies, 3601 Buttonwood Dr.
opens in a new windowPoppy, 920 E. Broadway
opens in a new windowTallulah’s, 812, E. Broadway

For the food lover

Foodie

We have so many options in CoMo for foodie gifts but to get you started, here are a few ideas:

opens in a new windowBoone Olive Oil Co., 20 S. 9th St.
opens in a new windowSpicewine Ironworks, 1333 Business Loop 70 E.
opens in a new windowI.B. Nuts and Fruit Too, 4603 John Garry Dr.
opens in a new windowSparky’s, 21 S. 9th St.
opens in a new windowShakespeare’s, 225 S. 9th St.
opens in a new windowRoot Cellar, 1023 E. Walnut
opens in a new windowAddison’s, 709 Cherry St.

For the kids

For the Kids

Kids of all shapes and sizes, that is. We wouldn’t leave out your furry friends!

opens in a new windowMustard Seed Fair Trade, 25 S. 9th St.
opens in a new windowCalhoun’s, 911 E. Broadway
opens in a new windowGoing Bonkers, 3812 Buttonwood Dr.
opens in a new windowLizzi & Rocco’s Natural Pet Market, 503 E. Nifong
opens in a new windowTreats Unleashed, 1400 Forum Blvd.

Finds under $20

20 or less

Still need ideas? Here’s a list of gifts under $20:

With these ideas, we hope you can check everyone off your list and discover a new favorite place to find holiday gifts in CoMo! Show us your purchases on Instagram by tagging your photos with #CoMoGiftGuide.

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Friday Favorites

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Happy (football) Friday! Hope everyone is ready for the game tomorrow! Today’s favorites were shared with us by Lydia Melton, owner of Gunter Hans.

Tallulah's Storefront

(Photo courtesy of Missouri Division of Tourism)

For me, visiting Tallulah’s is like having Christmas come early! The store is always beautiful and full of the best goodies one can only dream of having in their kitchen. If Pottery Barn met William Sonoma and had a love child, this is it- minus the chain-like feel. From one cook to another- one visit in will have you thanking this local favorite is a Columbia original.

(Photo from Nash Vegas Facebook Page)

Nash VegasBest Place to Let Loose
One of the best things about this place is the ability to really let loose. They almost always have live music going on over the weekend and oftentimes, one of the owners will actually play himself. That combined with the homemade moonshine is almost always a home run.

Short Wave Coffee – Best Place to Relax and Get Work Done
I love this hidden gem! It’s tucked away in Alley A, but definitely worth the trek downtown. A great place to bring my laptop and really get to down to work. Ask for the blueberry tea! It’s the most heavenly thing you’ve ever tasted/smelled.

(Photo from Boone Olive Oil Co. Facebook Page)

Boone Olive Oil CompanyBest New Store
If you haven’t tasted fresh Olive Oil yet, that’s a must on your list. It’s simply not the same as what you would get at your normal grocer. Located off 9th street, this store is newer town… but I can definitely see becoming a Columbia staple for years to come.

(Coley’s Blister in the Sun, from Facebook Page)

Coley’sBest Place For A Cocktail
Each season, it always seems like Coley’s cocktail menu is really thought out. In addition to having a wide variety of cocktails, they are all made using fresh ingredients. Try Blister in the Sun. With freshly pureed strawberries, it is simply heavenly on a hot August day.


(From Culinary Adventures Facebook Page)

Culinary AdventuresBest Place For a Non-Traditional Date
If you haven’t been to Culinary adventures, it’s time for a change. They have classes of a wide variety all the time! So, you can learn how to cook just about anything. While a movie and dinner is always a solid date night go-to, this is such a fun way to get out of your box and impress your date.

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Friday Favorites

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Happy Friday! Today’s favorites come from Tourism Development Manager, Julie Ausmus –

It’s Friday in July, my favorite day of the work week and my favorite time of the year! Throw in a payday, and it doesn’t get much better. Before I leave on vacation to one of my favorite places with some of my favorite peeps, I’d like to share some of my other favorites:

Favorite summer activity in The District: Dog Days Sidewalk Sale

Dog Days - from The District FB

(Photo by The District)

I always look forward to the Dog Days of Summer Sidewalk Sales downtown. The sidewalks are full of merchandise – at special ‘dog days’ prices, and people are everywhere, shopping, eating lunch – there’s just always a good vibe in the air. I’m really not much of a shopper, but these sales somehow change that for just a little while. Some of my favorite places to check out are American Shoe, Calhoun’s, Tiger Spirit, Dryer’s, My Sister’s Circus and this year, now that I have a grandbaby, I couldn’t resist checking out Little Owl Boutique. (That was probably a big mistake!) It’s just fun shopping outside on the sidewalk, and I am ALL about finding a great bargain!

Favorite summer event: The Boone County Fair

Boone County Fair from FB page

(Photo from Boone County Fair Facebook page)

Along with the “Dogs Days” of summer comes the Boone County Fair. I was raised in Boone County and enjoyed the fair in my small hometown, Centralia. So when my three kids were younger we always made it a point to go to the fair. They just wanted to spend time on all the rides and eat funnel cakes and cotton candy, but I’ve always enjoyed walking through the multipurpose building and checking out all the 4H projects the kids have worked so hard on these past several months. I was in 4H as a youngster and vaguely remember sewing an apron or something lame, but the kids nowadays really impress me with some of their projects – all deserving of blue ribbons I think. And you can’t go to the Fair without checking out the animals! The amount of time, devotion, dedication, and love the kids put into raising their animals is amazing. I’ve always wanted a cute little lamb to take home with me.

Favorite place for live music: 9th Street Summerfest

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(Julie and Randy Houser from 9th Street Summerfest!)

Summerfest on Ninth Street, of course! I’ve been to several of these concerts, and year after year the entertainment keeps getting better. The ticket prices are always reasonable, the crowds are big (but not overwhelming), and the beer is cold. I just love the atmosphere, and there’s never a “bad seat” in the house.

Favorite lunch: International Cafe

International Cafe

(International Cafe menu – find it on their website)

This favorite I owe to my co-workers. They are always introducing me to new things and pushing me out of my comfort zone – for my own good. Until a few years ago, I had never been near or inside the International Café. I don’t know if it’s because it was “hidden” for years on Hitt Street (it’s now on 9th Street) or if I was just being Judgey McJudgerson thinking that “international” food would be awful – after all I’m all about burgers and fries. So when I was introduced to gyros, hummus and taziki, I was hooked! My favorite is the Greek Salad or chicken kabob sandwich with taziki. Whenever someone in the office says “I’m hungry, what should we have for lunch?” I’m the first to yell “International!” (Editor’s note – this actually happened in the office today)

Favorite local landmark: The Columns

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(Photo courtesy of the Mizzou Botanic Garden)

I graduated from Mizzou back in the 80s. I worked part time as a student in the Arts and Science Dean’s Office so I spent a great deal of time walking all over campus delivering packets of “timely” information to department heads (this was before we had email – hard to imagine, right?!) I always enjoyed the beauty of the campus and the history that came with it. I spent a majority of my work breaks sitting on the columns and enjoying the view. At that time the columns were 90 years old and I was always in awe of their massive size and history. I still enjoy taking a work break and walking to the columns. They are still a beautiful sight with great history and they bring back some of my favorite college memories!

Favorite place to shop: Columbia’s antique shops

Midway Antique Mall

 (Photo from Midway Antique Mall’s Facebook page)

As I get older I’ve come to realize that there are many things I really enjoy now that I did not enjoy when I was younger, and vice versa. As I kid, my friend and I would travel around Boone County with her parents to various flea markets and antique stores. I always thought they were just buying a bunch of junk, honestly. We always wished we were at the mall instead – or the Parkade Center as it was called in those days! J Now I’d much rather be at a flea market than in a mall! I don’t know what it is specifically but I just enjoy walking through Midway Antique Mall, Itchy’s Flea Market or Artichoke Annie’s looking for that special eclectic treasure. Or maybe it’s just because I like to see things that remind me of my Grandma Emma and Aunt Pearl. I usually come home with some type of miniature trinket, a book or a piece of furniture that is going to be my next big DIY project. (We all know how that goes – I have 4 projects in my basement that I’ve yet to start – darn Pinterest!) Anyway, like I said before I’m all about finding a great bargain and these flea markets usually have some of the best.

Thanks for allowing me to share some of my favorites.  Columbia has a lot to offer and even though I’m heading out of town for a favorite vacation spot, as next week comes to an end, I will look forward to coming home to my favorite – CoMo.

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‘Tis the season…to panic about holiday shopping! Lists of friends, relatives and co-workers are piling up and making you wonder if you’ll ever get all your gifts bought. Never fear, Columbia is here! We’ve assembled another festive list (one you can even sing along with) that can help you knock out those presents in a snap. Spend one day in CoMo then put your feet up to revel in having your shopping done.

On my CoMo holiday shopping trip, I bought on my spree…

Twelve Velvet Cupcakes

Pick up a dozen of the most delectable, unique treats you’ll come across this season. The cupcake menu at opens in a new windowThe Velvet Cupcake changes daily, but the guests at your holiday party or your aunt with the sweet tooth will be delighted no matter which flavor you choose.

Eleven Painting Classes

Grab your ten closest friends and have a night out at opens in a new windowThe Canvas on Broadway. At the Canvas, art is for everyone, and you’ll leave with your very own piece of art and great holiday memories. They also have a bar, so your creativity will undoubtedly be heightened.

Ten Terrific Tootsies

Some days, there’s nothing more relaxing than a nice spa pedicure. For the person in your life who could use some pampering, pick up the gift of relaxation in the form of a gift card for one of Columbia’s many spas. A couple of Columbia favorites, opens in a new windowRiversong and opens in a new windowSalon Adair, will always be winners.

Nine Gunther’s Tokens

Have someone who always wants the highest score? opens in a new windowGunther’s Games is back in downtown Columbia! Offering classic games as well as new titles, Gunther’s is a great place for your favorite kid or kid at heart.

Eight Tiger Goodies

You’ve probably heard that Mizzou has had a pretty fantastic year sports-wise. Show your favorite fans you care with some Tiger gear from opens in a new windowRally House or opens in a new windowTiger Spirit. From coffee mugs to keychains, pom-poms to Tiger ears, the Mizzou fans in your life will go crazy for your black and gold gift.

Seven Stocking Stuffers

Everyone likes to find a little something special in their stocking! Check out opens in a new windowCalhoun’s for fun little gifts ranging from unique jewelry to fun home decor and items for kids. Calhoun’s really is a one-stop-shop for that something extra special for anyone on your list!

Six Local Art Pieces

If there’s one thing Columbia really knows how to do, it’s art! Explore spots like opens in a new windowArtlandish, opens in a new windowPS:Gallery, opens in a new windowBluestem Missouri Crafts and the opens in a new windowColumbia Art League Gallery for pieces with a local flavor at all price points. Whether you’re looking for a small work or a statement piece to last a lifetime, Columbia’s galleries offer some of the most beautiful work around.

Fiiiiiive Flower Arrangements

Everyone needs a centerpiece for the big holiday meal, right? Volunteer to take care of that this year and get rave reviews with an arrangement from opens in a new windowKent’s Floral Gallery on Broadway. Just stepping inside Kent’s during the holidays is an experience. Kent and his team will make your holiday shine with an arrangement that’s ready to go or customize it to your preference.

Four Pints of Sparkys

You can also be the star of the holiday by showing up with dessert! Allow us to recommend stopping by opens in a new window Sparky’s Homemade Ice Cream to pick up an array of flavors. You can choose from the ready-to-go freezers or have them pack up any of their available flavors as well. You can go as traditional or outlandish on your choices as you want…Sparky’s has something for everyone!

Three Bags of Coffee

Another thing Columbia does well is coffee. With three colleges and a population of hard-workers, there’s never a short demand for caffeine. Explore the different roasts and local shops like opens in a new window Lakota, opens in a new windowCoffee Zone and opens in a new windowKaldi’s to get the java lover in your life something new for their mornings.

Two True/False Passes

The opens in a new windowTrue/False Film Fest is one of the hallmark weekends in Columbia. What started as a small event 11 years ago is now one of the world’s most respected documentary film festivals. Throw in a parade, music showcases, a game show and nightly parties and you have pretty much the most fun someone could have in four days. opens in a new windowPasses are on sale now!

And a Gift Certificate Just For You From Me!

Need a gift for that one person who has everything? Let them explore Columbia for themselves! A gift certificate to opens in a new windowThe District will get that special someone into restaurants, shops and more!

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Somehow we’ve already made it to November this year! With only a few weeks left in 2013, here are a few Columbia experiences to check off your list before you ring in the new year. Of course, if you wait a little longer, we won’t tell.

13. Peruse a Gallery
Looking for a little inspiration? Wander through some of  opens in a new windowColumbia’s impressive art galleries for all mediums of art created by artists from across the country. 
12. Explore Campus
There’s not much more beautiful than freshly fallen snow on the  opens in a new windowUniversity of Missouri campus. Both the historic buildings and majestic trees look even more amazing than usual under a blanket of white. 
11. Take in a Movie

Spend a few hours in another world with the incredible films showing daily at  opens in a new windowRagtag Cinema. With a calendar full of documentaries, acclaimed films from other countries and features made by locals, your Ragtag experience will be both relaxing and enlightening.

10. Grab Some Hot Chocolate

Whether you’re cold, thirsty or your hands are just freezing, take time to explore all of Columbia’s wonderful coffee shops. If you need something with a little more pick-me-up, we love the Rocket Fuel at  opens in a new windowCoffee Zone.

9. Make Your Own Art

Even if you say you don’t have an artistic bone in your body, try your hand at painting with an evening of art at the  opens in a new windowCanvas on Broadway or  opens in a new windowPaint the Town Columbia. Both spots have fun projects to sign up for, helpful instructors and a bar!

8. Sip a Drink
If you’re looking for something a little different, head to  opens in a new windowBleu to try out some of their  opens in a new windowseasonal custom cocktails. House-made mixes, syrups and spirits mean you can imbibe in a Red October, a Giggle Water or a Cat on a Hot Gin Roof, all created just for you.
7. Walk on a Trail

Columbia is home to more than 50 miles of  opens in a new windowtrails! Whether you’re a hiker, biker or leisurely stroller, Columbia’s trails are a great escape from the holiday bustle.

6. Get Tiger Gear and Give a Cheer

Time to get some new black and gold gear for the winter season!  opens in a new windowRally House opens in a new windowTiger Spirit and  opens in a new windowAlumni Hall are great one-stop shops for all your Tiger best. Of course, you’ll want to sport your new clothes at a Tiger sporting event, so make sure to get some  opens in a new windowtickets too.

5. Attend Living Windows
As the weather turns colder, shopkeepers throughout The District begin planning for the annual  opens in a new windowLiving Windows Festival. On the first Friday in December,from 6 to 8 p.m., shopkeepers move all the merchandise, out of their front windows and stage live holiday performances for onlookers. 
4. Sample Some Sparky’s
Though some may disagree, ice cream is just as amazing in the winter. So amazing, in fact, that  opens in a new windowSparky’s Homemade Ice Cream is finally going to be open year-round! Those who used to mourn their cold weather closing will be enjoying their incredible range of flavors 365 days a year. 
3. Check Out the UCS
Make the  opens in a new windowUniversity Concert Series your new holiday tradition. Family-friendly performances including The NutcrackerA Christmas Carol and a Tribute to Trans-Siberian Orchestra go on stage in the historic venues of Jesse Hall and the Missouri Theatre.
2. Buy Your True/False Passes
The  opens in a new windowTrue/False Film Festival has become one of the most renowned documentary festivals in the entire world. Get your  opens in a new windowpasses now to experience the films, music, parties and general revelry that True/False brings year after year.
1. Visit the Magic Tree

There’s no better way to end the year than to load up the car and visit Columbia’s  opens in a new windowMagic Tree. This tradition started in the front yard of a south Columbia home and is now located in the Village of Cherry Hill, where thousands of people stand in awe at the over 40,000 lights on one tree.

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It’s hot outside but the real thing heating up opens in a new windowThe District this week will be the annual Dog Days sale!

DogDaysCVB

This yearly event will offer deep discounts on clothing, jewelry, home accessories, art and more from your favorite shops in The District. On July 25th-28th, The District is the place to be to snag great deals and enjoy summer in Columbia.

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‘Tis the season…for the farmers market!

The local enthusiasm for fresh, sustainable produce, meats, baked goods and more means the Columbia is home to three farmers markets! On your next visit to Columbia you can take home something fresh and delicious almost any day of the week.

Boone County Farmers Market

1005 W. Worley Street (The corner of Worley Street and West Blvd)

Saturdays 8 am – 12 pm (April  thru October)

Home to around 20 vendors on any given Saturday morning, the opens in a new windowBoone County Farmers Market has an array of produce and goods available. From spring to fall, you can pick up the ingredients for an incredible meal and also buy plants to help you grow your own garden!

Columbia Farmers Market

Main Market Location: The ARC (1701 W. Ash Street)

Monday Market (4:00-6:00 at the ARC), Wednesday Market (4:00-6:00 at the ARC), Thursday Market (3:00-6:00 at Forum Christian Church), Friday Market (3:00-6:00 at Brookside Square), Saturday Market (8:00-Noon at the ARC)

Columbia Farmers Market photo by Sam Mead

opens in a new windowColumbia’s largest farmers market brings in droves of people throughout the week to their various locations. Their largest market is on Saturday morning, when over 75 vendors fill the lots. The Saturday market often features live music performances, hot breakfast burritos made by local culinary students and other special events in addition to the products available to buy. Try honey ice cream from Walk About Acres, buy fresh cheese from Goatsbeard Farms or pick up something freshly baked from Uprise Bakery. From the salad to the steak to dessert, you can create an entire meal from what’s available at the Columbia Farmers Market.

North Village Farmers and Artisans Market

Wabash Parking Lot in the North Village

Sundays from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

The opens in a new windowNorth Village Farmers and Artisans Market is Columbia’s newest market, celebrating not only local produce but local art. Artisans from the North Village sell their art alongside local farmers and you may even see one of Columbia’s delicious food trucks serving up breakfast during the market. You can also watch cooking demos and there’s a kids booth for the little ones.

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The time has come…it’s gift crunch time. Still some people left on that holiday shopping list? Need to cross them off fast? Here are some foolproof choices to make you the most popular elf in town!

Ready…set…shop!


Surely this list will help you check off those last few gift getters on your list. And while you’re at it, pick up a little something for yourself too!

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