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Finish Your Holiday Shopping in Columbia! One Day, Twelve Ways

December 10, 2013

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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 The 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 The 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, Riversong and Salon Adair, will always be winners.

Nine Gunther’s Tokens

Have someone who always wants the highest score? Gunther’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 Rally House or Tiger 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 Calhoun’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 Artlandish, PS:Gallery, Bluestem Missouri Crafts and the Columbia 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 Kent’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 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 Lakota, Coffee Zone and Kaldi’s to get the java lover in your life something new for their mornings.

Two True/False Passes

The True/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. Passes 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 The District will get that special someone into restaurants, shops and more!

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Dog Days Hit The District!

July 22, 2013

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It’s hot outside but the real thing heating up The District this week will be the annual Dog Days sale!

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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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Last Minute Gift Ideas in Columbia

December 21, 2012

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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!

-Truffles from the Candy Factory. An edible gift is a beloved gift. Except for fruitcake.

-A scarf from Envy. Your best friend is always cold and loves to be fashionable. Problem solved.

-A poster from the Office of Cultural Affairs. The best of Columbia art for the Columbia (or art) love in your life.

-Gift Certificate to Riversong Spa. Surely someone you know will need some post-holiday stress relief.

-A handmade mug from Bluestem Missouri Crafts. For the coffee lover you know who is tired of the same old mug.

-Pints of ice cream from Sparky’s. Distinct and delicious. You can also get your own cone while you’re there. Bonus!

-A District gift certificate. Some people are tough to shop for. Let them pick out their own darn gift.

-The cutest toy ever from Little Owl Boutique. For that new baby or super fun toddler in your life.

-Luxurious bath products from Makes Scents. For the fancy lady you know who already has everything.

-A spiffy tie from Bingham’s. For the gentlemen in your life who like to look dapper.

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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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Shop ‘Til You Drop: A Gift for Everyone in Columbia!

December 6, 2012

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For those of you who have a long shopping list this holiday season, look no further! Columbia is home to endless options for everyone on your list! We’ve collected a few ideas for how you can spread joy throughout the season and thought it was only appropriate to share in Christmas carol form. And now, our 12 Columbia Gifts

Twelve Bottles for Drinking

Stop by Top Ten Wines in The District and get their expert help in selecting a case of wine! Whether you gift the whole case or use each bottle as a hostess gift at all the holiday parties you’ll attend, the staff at Top Ten Wines will assist you in assembling a delicious variety of wines from around the world.

Eleven Tickets for Concerts

The Blue Note is truly a Columbia landmark. Past performers have ranged from Johnny Cash to the Dave Matthews Band to Snoop Dogg and there’s always a great lineup on their calendar. With shows featuring They Might Be Giants, Calexico, Keller Williams and more coming up the the next few months, treat your friends with tickets for a night at The Blue Note.

Ten Classes of Yoga

Help someone in your life find their center with an Anytime Pass to Alley Cat Yoga. The pass has no expiration and gets them into 10 classes, making it a thoughtful and very flexible gift. Who knows, maybe they’ll even invite you to join them.

Nine Stocking Stuffers

Have lots of stockings to stuff? Head to The District and stop by The Mustard Seed. Featuring jewelry, accessories and other handmade treasures from around the world, you’ll look like the best santa ever.

Eight Bites of Chocolate

A Columbia favorite for over 30 years, the Candy Factory is now making artisan chocolates for their Prestige Collection. Pick up an 8-piece box for your favorite chocoholic and watch them marvel at the beauty (and taste!) of these treats.

Seven Super Shirts

Have lots of cousins you need to buy presents for? Are all those cousins Mizzou fans? Pick them up some black and gold gear at the Mizzou BookstoreTiger Spirit, Jock’s Nitch or Rally House. You can stock up and take care of those cousins in one easy stop.

Six Warm Cookies

Perfect for the neighbor, coworker, friend or any other loved one, Hot Box Cookies will deliver fresh  delicious cookies right to their door. From traditional chocolate chip to snickerdoodles, the recipient of these treats will be sure to think warm thoughts of you as they devour these cookies. Don’t forget to order cold milk to go with them!

Fiiiiiiiive Perfume Oils

Need something for those favorite girls in your life? Head over to Makes Scents and have them whip up a custom blend perfume oil for each one! Their experts have plenty of experience in combining scents ranging from cupcake to fig to peppermint to create a scent that truly reminds you of your girlfriends. And trust us, every time they use it, they’ll think of you.

Four Classy Cookbooks

For the cooks and kitchen lovers on your list, head to Tallulah’s. This beautiful kitchen and home store has an array of cookbooks for cocktails, cakes and anything in between. You can also pick up mixing bowls, utensils and other goodies to help make their newly found recipes come to life.

Three Music Events

A trio of tickets to the University Concert Series will be just as exciting in a stocking as it will be wrapped up under the tree. Give someone a ticket to three different events or send their whole family for a night out. Coming up in February, audiences can be delighted by DRUMline Live, Garth Fagan Dance Company, Shrek the Musical, Boyz II Men, Hair and more!

Two Pairs of Earrings

Stop into Poppy to check out handmade jewelry from nationally acclaimed artists and pick up a stunning pair of earrings for your mom…and one for yourself.

And a Tent for the Entire Family

Enjoy dreams of warmer weather and promises of outdoor adventure with a tent the entire family can enjoy on your next camping journey. Pick up the perfect pop up at the Alpine Shop and grab lots of other outdoor gear while you’re there!

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We hope you’re ready to get out there and shop now, but we’ll have little gift guides leading all the way up through the holiday season. Keep checking back to discover new Columbia treasures!

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Treasure Hunting for Antiques in Columbia

November 2, 2012

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Some shoppers hunt for a good deal, others for the newest trend. Then there are those who hunt for treasure. Vintage posters, antique furniture and collectibles from childhood all get their hearts racing.

If antiques are your thing, then Columbia is home to plenty of great shops to explore during your next visit.

Midway Antique Mall

With over 60,000 square feet of selling space, the Midway Antique Mall is home to nearly 400 booths full of Antiques Furniture, Art, Americana, Jewelry, Coins, Books & Collectibles. Located off the Midway exit of I-70, visitors can shop seven days a week.

The Marketplace

Voted “Best Place To Buy Antiques” by Inside Columbia Magazine, over 200 local merchants make The Marketplace their home. Antiques, gifts and home decor occupy the rows of booths in The Marketplace, making it an eclectic and fun place to explore. You can also take a break from your browsing to get a bite to eat at the Marketplace Cafe.

Artichoke Annie’s Antique Mall

Located just east of Columbia at exit 137, Artichoke Annie’s is open everyday from 8:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. Whether you’re in the market for furniture, dishes, collectibles or even a carousel horse, Artichoke Annie’s will help you track down the unique find you’re looking for.

McAdam’s Ltd.

McAdam’s Ltd. in downtown Columbia has a beautiful collection of estate pieces. One-of-a-kind jewelry pieces, art work, mirrors, crystal, china and more are tastefully displayed throughout the beautiful shop. McAdam’s also features modern gifts, bridal registries and custom jewelry design, offering a luxury experience for any shopper.

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Now that you have your shopping list, take a day (or two!) to explore all the aisles of Columbia’s antique shopping options.

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