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COLUMBIA, MISSOURI

VISITOR & AREA GUIDE

W H AT YO U U N E X P E C T

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COLUMBIA , MISSOURI | VISITOR & AREA GUIDE 2020

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Discover the District The District is a live/work/play neighborhood that sparks the creative, the eclectic and the local. We’re a constantly adapting community of people, with tradition blending harmoniously with high tech and the latest trends in fashion, food and the arts. The District is bounded by three colleges and encompasses 50 square blocks, more than 300 individual properties, over 5000 residences and over 600 businesses, non-profits and government entities. The Downtown Community Improvement District (CID) is an independent organization dedicated to keeping Columbia’s downtown—The District—vital.

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5 W  elcome to Columbia Columbia by the Numbers 6 COMO Can’t Miss Twelve opportunities will leave you wanting to see and do more! 8 Visitor Information & Services 9 Sustainable Living Columbia makes strides to reduce its impact on the environment. 11 THINGS TO DO 12 F  ind Your Way Use this city map for points of interest and accommodations. 14 Fun for the Whole Family Find family-friendly activities for young families, plus free options to round out your trip. 15 Discover Our Past Explore Columbia’s heritage at these special venues. 16 Higher Education Hub Discover four universities that call Columbia home, plus how to make your SEC visit unforgettable. 17 Excellent Excursions Take a day trip to unique locations nearby. 18 Trails & Parks Beckon Get outside at a city park, trail or garden. 21 Sports Facilities Area parks and facilities are outfitted for your favorite sports. 22 Surprising Sophistication Get hooked on Columbia’s arts and culture scene. 25 Art Appreciation Find a new piece of art to take home at a local gallery or museum. 26 Tunes & Tales Iconic festivals bring the world to Columbia, plus others to pique your interest.

29 E  ntertainment & Nightlife Catch a play or concert, or dance the night away at these lively locales. 31 FOOD & DRINK 32 T  he Urban-Rural Connection Get to know Columbia through its farmers markets. 34 Dining Out Find what you crave at more than 150 dining destinations. 37 Food on the Go Grab a bite at a food truck. 39 Wineries, Breweries & Distilleries, oh my! Quench your thirst at these fine establishments. 41 SHOPPING 42 E  clectic & Electric Unique shops and boutiques provide a one-of-a-kind experience in The District. 44 Shopping Venues From big-box retail to antiques and collectibles, these destinations have it all. 45 Spots for Your Special Occasions Hundreds of venues await your next event. 47 REST & RELAXATION 48 L  odging & Accommodations Find a great place to stay. 50 Health & Wellness Take care of your body, mind and spirit. Logo 50 Find Your Faith Columbia is home to nearly 100 houses of worship. ON THE COVER Capen Park. Photo by Notley Hawkins

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COLUMBIA CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAU TEAM Marketing and Communications

Amy Schneider Director

Megan McConachie Strategic Communications Manager

Operations

Julie Ausmus Tourism Administrative Supervisor

Amanda Capua Community Relations

Kenzie Burks Senior Administrative Support Assistant

Convention Sales

Beth Mead Convention Sales Supervisor

Andrea Jira Industry Relations

Terra Crane Convention Sales

Amanda Willmeth Event Services

Sandi Peters Sales Services Sports Sales

Zach Franklin Sports Sales Supervisor Adam Ziervogel Sports Sales PUBLISHING AND ADVERTISING SALES BY MISSOURI LIFE CUSTOM PUBLISHING P.O. Box 57 Rocheport, MO 65279 573-514-5453

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Deborah Marshall Director of Sales & Marketing

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Columbia and Boone County are destinations full of rich history, an array of arts and culture and home to an engaged and friendly community. Whether you visit our area for leisure, business or a sporting event, Columbia is ready to welcome you. This Visitor Guide will give you an inside look at everything our area has to offer. You can plan your visit around one of our festivals, like the internationally renowned True/False Film Fest or the three-day Roots N Blues Festival. Festivals throughout the year also highlight arts, literature and heritage. Outdoor enthusiasts have no shortage of choices when it comes to Columbia. Disc golf players flock to the nationally ranked Harmony Bends at Strawn Park, and everyone from walkers to runners to cyclists enjoy the MKT Trail, which links to the statewide Katy Trail just south of Columbia. Dozens of city parks and miles of trails provide visitors with the opportunity to be as active as they desire. One thing you’ll definitely run out of time to do is trying all of our fantastic restaurants. With well over 150 local choices, it will take a few visits to really find your favorites. You can also check out the area’s thriving craft brewery, winery and distillery scene. Want even more information? I encourage you to visit the Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau online at VisitColumbiaMO.com or check them out on any of their social media platforms. While you are here, make sure to use #ShowMeCoMo to share what you’re enjoying during your time here. No matter the reason for your visit, I think you will find that Columbia has even more to offer than you may have expected. I hope that your visit is a memorable experience and that you share it with others. We look forward to having you back in Columbia soon.

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Safe travels,

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Columbia, Missouri By the Numbers

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123,180 #6 #22 Average High Temperature (July) Average Low Temperature (January)

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With its boutique atmosphere and eclectic offerings, The District is home to art galleries, fashion boutiques, unique dining options, residential living and the occasional street performer. Visitors in the know make a special visit to Alley A, which runs parallel to Broadway between Hitt and 9th streets. It’s a unique corridor where a typical alley has been transformed to a destination, complete with shops, cuisine and two beautiful new butterfly murals where you can snap a quick Instagram shot.

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Rock Bridge Memorial State Park offers 2,272 acres of hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding and vistas of Missouri’s natural landscape. Visitors can see a natural rock bridge, sinkholes, springs and caves and explore Connor’s Cave, a great spot to cool off on a hot day.

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A quintessential icon of the University of Missouri, the Francis Quadrangle holds a special place as the historical center of the university. On the National Register of Historic Places,The Quad is anchored by six columns, vestiges of the former Academic Hall lost to a fire in 1892. A statue of Thomas Jefferson and his original obelisk tombstone, designed by Jefferson himself, sit in front of the Chancellor’s Residence. Shelter Gardens, located at Shelter Insurance headquarters on West Broadway, is a fiveacre garden oasis. Often the backdrop for weddings and prom photos, it features more than 300 varieties of trees and shrubs and 15,000 annuals and perennials. Among special garden aspects, the Garden for the Blind offers a sensory experience for the visually impaired. Part of the MU College of Arts and Science, the Museum of Art & Archaeology, located at the corner of North Garth and Business Loop 70 W., is home to a host of artifacts and artwork from ancient civilizations across the globe. The museum hosts several focus exhibitions each year, in addition to its permanent collection. Museum tours can be either self-guided or with a museum docent (scheduled two weeks prior to your visit).

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Shakespeare’s Pizza has helped put Columbia on the college town map since 1973. Long a hangout for students at the corner of 9th and Elm Streets, the pizza joint has three locations today. While you may have your favorite kind of pizza, try The Darwin. Named for health-conscious, longtime Columbia mayor Darwin Hindman, it features red onion, green pepper, artichoke hearts, turkey and tomatoes.

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There are certain things visitors can see and experience that give them a sense of the people, place and history of Columbia, Missouri. These are a few Columbia can’t-miss opportunities sure to leave you wanting to see and do more.


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Stephens Lake Park is 116 acres of playgrounds, spraygrounds, waterfalls, a fishing lake, a swimming beach, a soccer field, picnic areas, walking trails and, of course, gardens. The jewel of Columbia’s city parks, Stephens Lake Park features several mustsee stops, including the Darwin and Axie Hindman Discovery Garden.

The North Village Arts District is a one-stop shop for arts and culture in Columbia. Catch artists at work at Orr Street Studios, or take in a show at Rose Music Hall. But make a point to stop at Artlandish Gallery. In a previous life it was a cold storage area for the Wabash Railroad; today, it’s a gallery that features the work of several local artists and provides a unique viewing experience in the catacombs, a series of underground stone spaces framed with wooden beams and doors of yesteryear.

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Boone County History & Culture Center is a hybrid—part history museum, part art gallery. The museum runs an annual exhibit in its two exhibit halls, and the Montminy Art Gallery is a 2,800-square-foot professional art gallery. Ragtime composer John William “Blind” Boone’s piano is a permanent fixture and is featured in the Blind Boone Concert Series (six per year). Don’t miss the five historic Boone County homes curated by the center on the three-acre city park site.

The Center for Missouri Studies on Elm Street houses the State Historical Society of Missouri, established in 1898. Iconic works by Thomas Hart Benton and George Caleb Bingham, among others, are on display in the first floor gallery. In the research center, visitors can discover history, genealogy, culture and other aspects of Missouri’s past in the collections held by SHSMO.

While not actually part of Missouri’s Katy Trail State Park, Columbia is connected through MKT Nature and Fitness Trail, an 8.9-mile trail that extends from downtown Columbia at Flat Branch Park to the greater Katy Trail near McBaine. The year-round trail features fitness stations, drinking fountains, restrooms and even a bike repair station. A special highlight is the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial at Battle Garden. The site offers gardens, a shelter and an interpretive plaque among other amenities.

A communitywide effort to bring locally grown and raised food to the city made huge strides in 2019 with the construction of Columbia’s Agriculture Park at the corner of Ash Street and Clinkscales Road Logo where the Columbia Area Farmers Market is held. The park opened the MU Health Care Pavilion and relocated the home of the farmers market beneath its wings. Community gardens, educational programs and more are planned. Stop in at the seasonal markets on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays for locally grown fare. VisitColumbiaMO.com Secondary logo

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COMO SERVICES

CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAU, TOURIST INFORMATION CENTER 300 S. Providence Road Open 8-5 Mondays-Fridays

Columbia Public Library DBRL.org • 573-443-3161

City Contact Center 573-874-CITY (2489) VisitColumbiaMO.com

Parks & Recreation CoMo.gov/ParksAndRec 573-874-7460 cancellation hotline 573-874-7663

CITY HALL VISITORS CENTER 701 E. Broadway Open: 8-5 Mondays-Fridays EMERGENCY 911 Missouri Highway Patrol 573-751-3313 Road Conditions 888-275-6636 Non-Emergency Police 311 GENERAL Columbia College CCIS.edu • 800-231-2391

Columbia Public Schools CPSk12.org • 573-214-3400

Regional Economic Development ColumbiaRedi.com 573-442-8303 Stephens College Stephens.edu 573-442-2211 University of Missouri Missouri.edu 573-882-2121 Athletic Ticket Office/ Mizzou Arena 573-884-PAWS, 800-CAT-PAWS

DISABLED EMERGENCY INFORMATION PET CARE Services for Small Animal Hospital/ MU Veterinary Independent Living SILColumbia.org Health Center 573-874-1646 VHC.Missouri.edu 573-882-7821, 573-882-4589 PHYSICIAN REFERRALS VISITOR SERVICES Boone Hospital Chamber of Center Commerce Boone.org ColumbiaMoChamber.com 573-815-8000 573-874-1132 Ellis Fischel Cancer City of Columbia Center CoMo.gov MUHealth.org 573-874-CITY (2489) 573-882-2100 Columbia Convention Truman VA Hospital and Visitors Bureau ColumbiaMO.va.gov VisitColumbiaMo.com 573-814-6000 573-874-2489

GoCOMO (Bus Line) Missouri Department GoComoTransit.com of Transportation MoDOT.mo.gov 573-874-2489 888-275-6636 The District Greyhound DiscoverTheDistrict.com Bus Lines 573-442-6816 (to Kansas City & St. Louis daily) Greyhound.com TRANSPORTATION 573-449-2416 5 Star Taxi Metro Taxi 573-449-7827 573-777-4708 AMTRAK (Jefferson City) Amtrak.com 800-872-7245 Billy Williams VIP Limousine Services ColumbiaVIPLimo.com 573-239-5403

MO-X Airport Shuttle/Doc & Norm Direct MoExpress.com 877-669-4826 Taxi Terry’s TaxiColumbiaMo.com 573-441-1414

University Hospital Missouri State Parks MUHealth.org MoStateParks.com 573-882-4141 800-334-6946

White Knight Celebration Limousine Limousines MidMoPartyBus.com GoWhiteKnight.com 573-489-9070 573-814-5466

Women’s and Missouri Division of Children’s Hospital Tourism Travel Info VisitMo.com MUHealth.org 573-875-9000 573-751-4133

Lyft and Uber services Columbia Regional are available in Columbia. Airport FlyCOU.com 573-874-CITY (2489)

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Columbia’s Green Impact Sustainability is serious business in Columbia. For the last decade, time, effort and resources have been invested to create solutions and help make Columbia a “greener” community for citizens and visitors. Recycling is important, and so is renewable energy, transportation, conservation, sustainable land management and a host of initiatives guided by the City of Columbia’s Office of Sustainability, established in 2010. “Sustainability in a community is more than about recycling or solar panels or wind power. It’s really about supporting the stewardship of the resources that city government or any local stakeholder is interested in,” says Barbara Buffaloe, sustainability manager for the City of Columbia. “So when we’re asking people to come and visit us, we’re asking them to come and enjoy everything Columbia has to offer as well as treat the place like it’s their home.” Visitors want a unique experience, but they also don’t want to make a negative impact on the environment and want to know the places they visit are focused on that as well, Buffaloe adds. According to the city’s 2019 Renewable Energy Report, 15.67 percent of energy resources were renewable, which outpaced the goal of 15 percent for 2018. The city’s Climate Action & Adaptation Plan (CAAP) goal is 100 percent by 2035. CAAP also supports replacement of city busses as they expire with

LOCAL TIP electric and hybrid options. Bicycle rentals are Further, Columbia’s steps to be a available at Cyclex, 203 N. Providence Road, healthier community pair well with its Ste. 103; Pedego, sustainability efforts. Columbia has 19 S. 4th St., Ste. 115; approximately 145 miles of bike lanes in the Tryathletics, 1605 Chapel Hill Road and city, a combination of paved paths, gravel Walt’s Bike Shop, 1217 paths and bike routes. Rogers St. Beyond the actions of the Office of Sustainability and citizens, sustainability threads through the economic community for businesses and organizations that “walk the talk.” The Mayor’s Climate Protection Agreement awards recognize those that promote a positive impact on the quality of life of citizens. Many of these businesses display their award proudly. In 2019, nine garnered recognition of the award given on Earth Day each year. While sustainability has long been a strategic initiative of citizens, businesses and government, there is always room for improvement, Buffaloe says. If you see a way to improve sustainability efforts, say something. Feedback is welcome so Columbia can improve as a community. For more information, visit CoMo.gov/Sustainability/.

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Columbia Public Library 100 W. Broadway 573-443-3161 DBRL.org State-of-the-art library with extensive children’s area that includes an interactive early learning activity center, classes/events for all ages and free wireless Internet.

Midway Golf & Games is a year-round 15-hole golf facility and 18-hole miniature golf course. It features foot golf, batting cages, upgraded driving range, new go-kart track, yard games, axe throwing, laser tag, archery tag, pro shop and limited snack bar.

The ARC (Activity & Recreation Center) 1701 W. Ash St. 573-874-7700 COMO.gov/ParksAndRec/ Facilities/ActivityRecreation-Center-ARC Modern recreation facility with indoor leisure pool (triple loop water slide, lazy river interactive water play feature, hydro therapy pool and lap lanes), gymnasium, indoor track and cardio/ strength training zones.

Goodrich Forum 8 Theater 1209 Forum Katy Pkwy. 573-445-7469 GQTMovies.com/Missouri/ Forum-8 Movie theater with eight screens and stadium seating, plus full-motion D-BOX seating for some features.

The Mud Room 111 S. 9th St. 573-441-1683 MudRoomStudio.com Classes are available for children and adults. Make your own pottery or paint on hundreds of pre-made ceramic pieces. Walk-ins welcome.

Kidz Court & Carousel at the Columbia Mall I-70 & Stadium 573-445-8458 VisitColumbiaMall.com Soft play area for children, arcade games and a grand carousel, Cafe Court, family restrooms, nursing room, shops and more.

Regal Columbia & RPX 2800 Goodwin Pointe Drive 844-462-7342 RegMovies.com Movie theater with full arcade and private parties by arrangement.

Bonkers 3812 Buttonwood Drive 573-499-0366 GoingBonkers.com/ Bonkers_MO Family fun center with food court, arcade, indoor playground and special play area for toddlers. The Candy Factory 701 Cherry St. 573-443-8222 TheCandyFactory.biz Columbia’s hometown candy shop where chocolates and other confections are made fresh daily. Bring your family and watch candies be made in the production facility and take pictures in the “Candy Land” themed viewing room.

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Level Up Entertainment I-70 & Stadium LevelUpTheFun.com A brand new attraction in Columbia, Level Up Entertainment offers 12 lanes of bowling, a “Streets of New York” themed laser tag arena, a ropes course, a nerf gun arena, party rooms, a restaurant and full bar, plus 65 arcade games and a host of pinball games. Midway Golf & Games 5500 W. Van Horn Tavern Road 573-445-8100 MidwayGolfGames.com

Sky Zone 1201 American Pkwy. 573-309-9600 SkyZone.com/ColumbiaMO Wall-to-wall aerial action for all ages, including a warrior course, ultimate dodgeball, SkySlam, freestyle jumping and a toddler zone. Tiger Bounce 3601 Buttonwood Drive 573-443-3695 TigerBounceColumbia.com Tiger Bounce has inflatable bounce houses, a skating/ multipurpose floor, soft play climbing structure and full concession options designed for children 13 years and younger.

Throughout the city, parks and trails offer locations for everything from archery and baseball at Cosmo Park to disc golf at Albert Oakland Park to walking and biking on one of the city’s 22 groomed or paved trails. At Stephens Lake Park walking trails and a swimming lake await, as do the spraygrounds found there to cool off in the summer. Just outside the city limits, Rock Bridge State Park to the south and Finger Lakes State Park to the north are beautiful in every season. In the summer, you can cool off at Conner’s Cave at Rock Bridge or jump in a kayak at Finger Lakes. Fall color at both is outstanding. If you just need a spot to quiet down after a busy day, visit Shelter Gardens for a natural respite of botanical beauty. Featuring walking paths, park benches and more than 15,000 annuals and perennials, the garden is a perfect spot to snap beautiful photos as a memento of your visit. Heritage and history shine at several locations, and a premier destination for Missouri history, the State Historical Society of Missouri, moved to a new home last year at the Center for Missouri Studies. In its new architecturally stunning building, the research center offers visitors an exhaustive collection of state history, genealogy and more. In the first floor gallery, works by Thomas Hart Benton and George Caleb Bingham are on exhibit. “Bringing you 6,000 years of world art,” the University of Missouri’s Museum of Art and Archaeology offers free viewing of artwork from around the world and several ancient civilizations. For more modern fine art, the Columbia Art League and Orr Street Studios feature art from many local artists, as does Sager Braudis Gallery along with some regional, national and international artists. F inger Lakes State Park

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AMF Town and Country Lanes 1508 N. Providence Road 573-442-4729 AMF.com/ TownAndCountryLanesMO AMF Town & Country Lanes offers traditional bowling on 32 lanes, an interactive arcade and billiards.

Activity options in Columbia run the gamut from exclusive events to free for all. Free activities in the area range from park and nature experiences to ideal spots for art aficionados and history buffs. Just pick your pleasure.

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COLUMBIA HISTORY & ARCHITECTURE

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As Boone County and Columbia prepare to celebrate their bicentennials in 2020 and 2021, respectively, these venues provide physical manifestations to experience and explore the city’s history and architecture. Blind Boone Home 10 N. 4th St. 573-499-0039 BlindBooneHome.com

The restored 1880s-era home of famed concert pianist John William “Blind” Boone is open by appointment for tours and is available for small events. The Centralia Battle eld 19101 N. Rangeline Road Centralia MoCivilWar.org

One of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War occurred on this historic site Sept. 27, 1864. Confederate guerillas surprised and defeated 120 Federal soldiers. Columbia Cemetery 30 E. Broadway 573-449-6320

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At Columbia’s historic cemetery, pioneer families of the city are buried alongside university presidents, professors and other prominent Columbia citizens, plus veterans of every war since the Revolution. The cemetery is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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When you stand on 8th Street in The District, you can see the Boone County Courthouse columns and the iconic University of Missouri columns at each end of the street, giving 8th Street its nickname, “Avenue of the Columns.”

Firestone Baars Chapel 1306 E. Walnut St. Stephens College Campus 573-876-7257 St. Louis Arch architect Eero Saarinen designed the chapel, which features a four-foyer design. Francis Quadrangle 8th & Elm Streets 573-882-2456 Missouri.edu/Visit/ Contact

Francis Quadrangle captures the spirit and tradition of MU. The quad includes numerous buildings on the National Register of Historic Places, such as the Residence, where university presidents and chancellors have lived since 1867. Jewell Cemetery State Historic Site Adjacent to 2805 S. Providence 573-449-7402 MoStateParks.com

Jewell Cemetery State Historic Site contains the grave of Missouri’s 22nd governor (1875 - 1877), Charles Hardin, along with descendants of George Jewell. There are also about 20 unlettered limestone blocks that are presumed to mark the graves of slaves owned by the Jewell family. Missouri Theatre 203 S. 9th St. 573-882-3781 ConcertSeries.Missouri.edu

Built in 1928, the Missouri Theatre is mid-Missouri’s only pre-Depression era movie palace/vaudeville stage and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Beautifully renovated in 2008, this “gem of a show palace” features elegant decor.

The State Historical Society of Missouri 605 Elm St. 573-882-7083 SHSMO.org

The SHSMO houses a vast art collection featuring George Caleb Bingham and Thomas Hart Benton, as well as 3,500+ titles of historic Missouri newspapers, 100,000+ photographs, 4,000+ maps and much more.

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Stephens College Historic Quadrangle Corner of Broadway and College Avenue, Stephens College Campus 573-876-7207 Stephens.edu

The Stephens College Historic Quadrangle comprises Columbia, Wood and Hickman Halls, the President’s Home and Historic Senior Hall. Boone County History and Culture Center 3801 Ponderosa 573-443-8936 BooneHistory.org

Boone Junction is a collection of four historic buildings relocated to Columbia’s Nifong Park and features the fully furnished 1820 Gordon-Collins Log Cabin and the 1920s-era Easley Country Store. The McQuitty House and the Victorian-era Ryland farmhouse complete the village. North of the village sits the historic Maplewood House, built in 1877 and on the National Register of Historic Places. Open for tours April through October by appointment only. Tour fees apply.

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EDUCATION

The chapel on the Stephen’s College campus was designed by Eero Saarinen, who also designed the St. Louis Arch.

Stephens College 800-876-7207 Stephens.edu Stephens College, founded in 1833, offers innovative, careerfocused degree programs with an emphasis in creative arts and sciences. A private undergraduate residential women’s college, Stephens also serves adult learners with graduate, online and certificate programs for both women and men and offers an innovative preschool and elementary school as part of the college’s commitment to “Learn. Grow. Lead.” University of Missouri 573-882-2456 Missouri.edu The University of Missouri was founded in 1839 in Columbia, representing the birth of public higher education west of the Mississippi River. Today, the 1,262-acre campus improves lives as Missouri’s largest public research university

Columbia Public Library 100 W. Broadway 573-443-3161 DBRL.org The library houses current fiction and non-fiction books, popular magazines, newspapers, music CDs, DVDs, audiobooks and more. It also offers classes and events on a variety of topics for all ages. Snacks are for sale in the lobby. Its website has eBooks, audiobooks, music, movies, TV shows and other resources.

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The entire University of Missouri campus is the largest botanic garden in Columbia. It has 16 gardens and three designated tree trails.

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Game day at Faurot Field/Memorial Stadium.

The Unforgettable SEC Experience

When someone shouts “M-I-Z,” you know the answer: “Z-O-U.” Once you know, you don’t forget. On the “Today Show” live from the 2008 Beijing Olympics when an audience member made the call, weather and feature anchor Al Roker knew the answer when, without missing a beat, he answered “Mizzou!” during his weather cast. As an SEC conference community, Columbia offers a game day experience like no other. From time-honored traditions to great food to live music to iconic landmarks to the competition itself, the visit will be unforgettable. The University of Missouri is rich with traditions when it comes to athletics. One of the most notable that has caught on worldwide is homecoming.This honored event started right here at Mizzou in 1911 when then-athletic director Chester Brewer invited alumni home for the KU football game. Attending a football game also offers visitors a chance to see the result of another tradition: Each year, incoming Tigers give the rock M on the north end zone a fresh coat of white paint. Game day eats don’t get any better than a Booches burger, according to Sports Illustrated’s 2019 rankings in “150 Years of College Football” for “The Greatest College Town Eats.” A landmark, Booches is one of Columbia’s favorites too, and during any SEC visit, grab a burger and a game of pool while you’re there. Columbia also made the SI list for “College Football’s Greatest College Towns,” coming in at No. 5. The article cited the columns on The Quad, along with the city’s vibrant art scene, The Blue Note, Booches, Shakespeare’s Pizza and Addison’s for its nachos. Have you tried the Nachos Bianco? For any sport or any season, Columbia-area dining, entertainment, shopping and lodging will provide that extra “umph” you’re looking for when traveling for your favorite SEC team, or cheering on the Tigers.

Check Your Bags Follow the SEC clear bag policy for all SEC sports events. • Bags must be clear plastic, vinyl, or PVC and not exceeding 12'' x 6'' x 12'' • One-gallon, clear plastic freezer bags • Small clutch bags that do not exceed 4.5'' x 6.5'' • An institutionally approved logo no larger than 4.5'' x 3.4'' on one side of permissible clear bag MU Tigers Game Day Gear

The Mizzou Store, 911 E. Rollins (on campus) Tiger Team Store, 600 E. Stadium (on the north side of Memorial Stadium) Rally House, 808 E. Broadway Tiger Spirit, 111 S. 9th St.

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Moberly Area Community College 573-234-1067 MACC.edu Columbia The MACC-Columbia Higher Education Center is located in the Parkade Center, and occupies 53,500 sq. ft. at the Business Loop location. In addition to classroom space, offices and computer labs, the location also houses an art studio and mechatronics lab. The MACC Columbia campus offers nine degree programs.

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and serves citizens statewide as a landgrant institution. MU offers more than 300 degrees and certificates through 13 colleges and schools and has more than 30,000 students representing every U.S. state and more than 100 countries. Faculty, staff and students work hard to honor the public trust by upholding four values: respect, responsibility, discovery and excellence.

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Columbia College 573-875-7352 CCIS.edu Founded in 1851 in Columbia, Missouri, Columbia College has been helping students advance their lives through higher education for more than 165 years. As a private, nonprofit institution, the college takes pride in its small classes, experienced faculty and quality educational programs. With more than 30 locations across the country, students may enroll in day, evening and online classes. The college is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Columbia College educates 20,000 students each year and has more than 83,000 alumni worldwide.

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EXCELLENT EXCURSIONS TAKE A DAY TRIP

When you visit Columbia, there are myriad opportunities to expand your experiences through short day trips to unique destinations nearby. From historic sites to retail venues to pocket communities, you’ll take a few more memories home with you.

Rocheport 15 miles from Columbia; 11 miles west on I-70, exit 115, 4 miles north on Route BB Rocheport-MO.com Visit shops and galleries, enjoy fine dining, bike or hike the Katy Trail and explore history in Rocheport. Make a stop on the way at Les Bourgeois Winery and Bistro. Centralia 20 miles north on Route B/124 573-682-2272 CentraliaMo.org Explore history at the Historical Society Museum and the 1864 Civil War battlefield site of Centralia. Stop by Chance Garden, home to the Rose Garden and listed on the National Historic Registry.

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Boonville 25 miles west of Columbia on I-70, exits 101, 103, 106 660-882-3967 GoBoonville.com Boonville has more than 400 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places, the Isle of Capri Casino off of the Missouri River and Warm Springs Ranch, open April-October, home of the Budweiser Clydesdales. There’s also shopping, dining, theater and more. Clark 25 miles north on Highway 63, right on Route P Look through the antiques and shops in the area or visit the farms in the Amish Community to find quilts, produce, baked goods, plants, furniture and other items. Please respect the Amish culture and refrain from taking photos of individuals.

Fulton 30 miles from Columbia; 21 miles east on I-70, exit 148, 9 miles south on Highway 54 573-642-7692 VisitFulton.com Visit the National Churchill Museum that features a 17th-century church from London and eight sections of the Berlin Wall, Serenity Valley Winery and Auto World Museum, plus the Brick District’s independent shops and restaurants, gallery, 1940s soda fountain and 1920s theater.

Jefferson City 30 miles south of Columbia on Highway 63 573-632-2820 VisitJeffersonCity.com Take a free tour at the Missouri State Capitol, Governor’s mansion or Jefferson Landing State Historic Site, or stop by one of Jeff City’s many other attractions—the historic State Penitentiary, Runge Nature Center, Missouri Military History Museum and Central Dairy. Arrow Rock 40 miles from Columbia; 28 miles west on I-70, exit 98, 13 miles northwest on Highway 41 660-837-3608 ArrowRock.org The village of Arrow Rock is a designated National Historic Landmark. You can see many historic buildings and sites here, but check out the museums, look through the shops and enjoy a bite to eat. Catch a show at the popular Lyceum Theatre.

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Columbia Parks and Recreation maintains more than 3,400 green-space acres, which includes 73 outdoor parks and eight trails, and operates 11 indoor recreation facilities. Within that mix, Cosmopolitan Park is the largest park with an extensive playground, skate park, roller hockey rink, mountain bike trail, fitness trail, tennis courts, ballfields and more. Stephens Lake Park has an unguarded swim beach, sprayground, 2.3-miles of paved walking/ biking trails and three playgrounds. And, the MKT Nature and Fitness Trail is an 8.9-mile historic railtrail with multiple trail heads that connects to the greater 240-mile Katy Trail State Park that traverses the state. The MKT is part of nearly 65 miles that make up the Columbia Trail System, a combination of city-owned trails, MU-owned trails and Boone County trails. Columbia’s unique system of streams that encircles the city makes the trail system possible. Check out the parks and trails listings for approved and available activities.

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Columbia Audubon Nature Sanctuary 3607 Bray Ave. Columbia-Audubon.org Cooper’s Landing 11505 Easley Road 573-657-1299 CoopersLandingMO.com

Albert-Oakland Park 1900 Blue Ridge Road Capen Park 1600 Capen Park Drive Columbia Cosmopolitan Recreation Area (Cosmo) 1615 Business Loop 70 W.

Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area 6700 W. Route K 573-446-6743 MDC.MO.gov

Cosmo-Bethel Park 4500 Bethel St.

Finger Lakes State Park 1505 E. Peabody Road 573-443-5315 MoStateParks.com

Rock Bridge Memorial State Park 5901 S. Hwy 163 573-449-7402 MoStateParks.com Rocky Fork Lakes Conservation Area 7 miles N. off US Hwy 63 573-815-7900 Nature.MDC.MO.gov Three Creeks Conservation Area 5 miles S. off US Hwy 63 573-815-7900 Nature.MDC.MO.gov

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Cottonwoods RV Park 5170 N. Oakland Gravel Road 573-445-3882 Nature.MDC.MO.gov

Outdoor Pool Water Play Area Basketball Courts Disc Golf Course Horseshoe Pits Playgrounds Tennis Courts Volleyball Courts

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial at Battle Garden 800 W. Stadium Blvd. 573-874-7460 CoMo.gov/ParksAndRec/Park Located next to the MKT Trail, these landscaped gardens with walkways and benches provide a quiet setting.The writings of Dr. King are displayed as part of a sculptured amphitheater with eight triangular upright columns. The Mizzou Botanic Garden 573-882-4240 Gardens.Missouri.edu The Mizzou Botanic Garden encompasses 752 acres on the University of Missouri campus. The living museum displays thousands of plants amidst famous landmarks and in thematic gardens. Shelter Gardens 1817 W. Broadway 573-445-8441 ShelterInsurance.com Shelter Gardens is an award-winning fiveacre garden with more than 300 varieties of trees and shrubs and 15,000 annuals and perennials. Its features include a 19thcentury replica one-room schoolhouse, garden for the visually impaired, waterfall and stream and memorial to Vietnam veterans.

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Drew’s Guide Service Rocheport 573-881-6160 MountNeboInn.com Celebrating its 20th season, Drew’s provides full-service excursions for sightseeing, birdwatching and fishing on the Missouri River in the central Missouri area. Midway Golf & Games 5500 W. Van Horn Tavern Road 573-445-8100 MidwayGolfGames.com Midway Golf & Games is a year-round 15-hole golf facility and 18-hole miniature golf course. It features foot golf, batting cages, upgraded driving range, new go-kart track, yard games, axe throwing, laser tag, archery tag, pro shop and limited snack bar.

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Albert-Oakland Park 1900 Blue Ridge Road American Legion Park 3675 Legion Lane Antimi Sports Complex 1615 Business Loop 700 W.

Finger Lakes Motocross 1505 E. Peabody Road Gans Creek Recreation Area 3350 E. Gans Road MizzouRec 1000 Rollins St.

Atkins Ballfields 5220 N. Oakland Gravel Road

Rainbow Softball Center 1615 Business Loop 70 W.

Columbia Sports Fieldhouse 4251 Philips Farm Road

Scott Boulevard Rugby Fields 3800 S. Scott Blvd.

Cosmo-Bethel Park 4500 Bethel St. Cosmopolitan Park 1615 Business Loop 70 W.

ARC (Activity & Recreation Center) 1701 W. Ash St. This 73,000 sq. ft. facility features an indoor leisure pool, gymnasium, exercise equipment, indoor track and group exercise classes. Pool includes water slide, lazy river, vortex and zero gravity depth entry.

Mountain Bike Course ATV/Motocross Track Outdoor Swimming Pool/ Children’s Play Area 18-Hole Golf Course Putting Green &  Driving Range Lighted

GOLF COURSES A.L. Gustin Golf Course 8 Stadium Blvd., MU

L.A. Nickell Golf Course 1800 Parkside Drive

Lake of the Woods Golf Course 6700 St. Charles Road

Midway Golf & Games 5500 W. Van Horn Tavern Road

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Immerse yourself in Columbia’s arts and culture character. “The arts district is vital to any thinking and feeling community. The arts are what make us human. Having forums to be exposed to distilled ideas expressed through art in any given variety of media (whether that’s a film at Ragtag, a Greenhouse Theater play, an exhibit at Sager Braudis Gallery or a show at The Blue Note) is a privilege, one that enriches both our individual and shared experience,” says Joel Sager, a local painter and co-owner of Sager Braudis Art Gallery, 1025 E. Walnut St. Sager is one of hundreds of artists, actors, musicians, filmmakers, dancers and others who make up the arts and culture character of Columbia.  “We have such a wide range of opportunities. That’s really surprising to people,” says Elise Buchheit, program specialist with the City of Columbia’s Office of Cultural Affairs. “You might be interested in theater, so you know about the theater, but we have some really impressive classical music. We have people in this town who work as ballet dancers. That’s so cool. That’s part of the strength. We have the huge museums through the universities. We have the arts district, or visual artists, but we also have all of these other different, unique types of music and expression that are really outsized for our community.” Here are the top places you should go: Roam the North Village Arts District (NVAD), a geographic area from Rogers Street in the north by Columbia College to the alley south of Walnut Street, then 9th Street in the west to College Avenue in the east. More than 150 working-artist studios, film companies, theaters, dance studios, musicians, cafes and more call NVAD home. On the first Friday of each month, NVAD becomes a party during its monthly First Fridays event. Entering the sixth year, First Fridays is a celebration of arts and culture. Studios open their doors. Artists are on hand to talk about their art. Theaters and music venues hold shows, and food and activities for all

ages abound. First Fridays are always free and open to the public. But beyond that first Friday, NVAD is still a buzz of activity. “Shows are always changing out. We’re lucky that we have a lot of galleries that do almost monthly shows,” says Tootie Burns, a lifelong artist of mixed media fine art. “You’re not going to come back and see the same thing over and over again.” Burns has had a studio at Orr Street Studios, 106 Orr St., for 12 years. “With a place like Orr Street Studios, depending on what day you stop in, you might see a photographer working.You might see a videographer working.You might see a sculptor, a painter or a musician,” Burns says. “It’s those ‘by chance’ opportunities that delight people.They just don’t know what they’re going to get when they walk through the doors at some of our galleries and event spaces.” Sager Braudis is one of those galleries that brings 12 shows a year to the community. Its monthly exhibits feature tightly curated and exhaustively researched collections of contemporary art to historically significant bodies of work, and typically consist of work from five living artists. Its warm environment with distressed floors and clean walls are a perfect backdrop to the art showcased there. “It’s exciting to be part of something that is on the rise,” Sager says. “If someone had told me 10 years ago that Sager Braudis Gallery would be selling Picassos and Chagalls, I would have absolutely told them they were mistaken. But we live in a town that prioritizes the arts and at the end of the day, puts their money where their mouth is, which simply and candidly allows us to continue to bring more great artwork and accompanying programming to the gallery.”

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Performing arts are also a significant piece of Columbia’s arts scene, from the Missouri Contemporary Ballet to the “We Always Swing” Jazz Series to the University Concert Series to a host of local theater companies. It’s a rich environment to explore. Over at Talking Horse Productions, 210 St. James St., Rochara Knight has found a home. Knight has acted, directed and worked in set production and stage management at Columbia Entertainment Company, Maplewood Barn Theatre and Talking Horse Productions, where she currently serves as executive director.Talking Horse is a nonprofit, 70-seat black-box theater where shows focus on everything from socially conscious issues to comedy, musicals and improv. The theater community and likemindedness hooked Knight. “These people are as loud and ridiculous as I am,” she says. “We work so well together. We’re so ‘extra,’ everything is over the top, but we get it. It’s so normal.” Another perk to the Columbia theater scene, Knight says, is the price. Ticket prices are relatively low for the quality you get. “It’s not hard to look for a professional-quality show or event

that’s happening here in Columbia and see it for next to nothing,” she says. In addition to galleries, theaters and studios, throughout Columbia, several public art installations are easily accessible by car or foot. By using Otocast, a free mobile app, you can discover more than 35 pieces of public art. The app includes photos, descriptions and geo-location for each piece. “Each work of art in this guide has its own connection to Columbia’s history and is a part of our cultural legacy,” according to the Office of Cultural Affairs website. There is also a published Public Art Guide available at the Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau, 300 S. Providence, or by visiting CoMo.gov/Arts/Arts-Guides/Public-Art. “You’ll never know everything that’s going on on a particular weekend in Columbia,” Burns says. “It’s just hard.You could go to the North Village Arts District.You could go to the Cultural Affairs website.You could Google artists in Columbia and see what comes up. You’ll be surprised at how much you find.”

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3 Things to Enjoy in a Weekend See a show. University of Missouri Concert Series,We Always Swing Jazz Series or The Blue Note

Take a tour of the downtown galleries. Center for Missouri Studies, Columbia Art League or Orr Street Studios On your way, enjoy the collection of outdoor traffic boxes.

Plan ahead. Come during one of the myriad of festivals that occur in Columbia. True/False Film Fest, Roots N Blues Festival or Art in the Park

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Best-Kept Secret: The Museum of Art and Archaeology is a family-friendly experience with the Museum of Anthropology in the same location, a twofor-one stop.

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GALLERIES & MUSEUMS Artlandish Gallery 1019 E. Walnut St. 573-442-2999 ArtlandishGallery.com Artlandish Gallery is full of unique gifts, fine crafts, fine art, pottery, glass, jewelry and wearables.

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Bluestem Missouri Crafts 13 S. 9th St. 573-442-0211 BluestemCrafts.com Bluestem Missouri Crafts features an eclectic collection of traditional and contemporary fine crafts from Missouri and the eight neighboring states. Boone County History & Culture Center 3801 Ponderosa St. 573-443-8936 BooneHistory.org Located in Nifong Park and highlighting the history of Boone County, the museum features annual exhibits in its 4,500-square-foot exhibit space. The adjacent 2,800-square-foot Montminy Art Gallery features works of local and regional artists. The museum also curates the historic 1877 Maplewood House and four historic buildings in The Village at Boone Junction. Columbia Art League 207 S. 9th St. 573-443-8838 ColumbiaArtLeague.org The Columbia Art League provides a stimulating environment for experiencing the visual arts through exhibitions, education, appreciation, promotion and the creation of art. Orr Street Studios 106 Orr St. 573-875-4370 OrrStreetStudios.com Orr Street Studios fosters interaction between the public, art and artists. This mainstay in the North Village Arts District features cycling exhibits in the gallery, private events and art-related community and houses more than 30 artists.

Sager Braudis Gallery 1025 E. Walnut St. 573-442-4831 SagerBraudisGallery.com Sager Braudis Gallery features rotating exhibits of contemporary art and mid-century masterworks in a variety of media including painting, sculpture, fiber, ceramics, jewelry and more. Museum of Art & Archaeology Mizzou North 115 Business Loop 70 W. UMC 573-882-3591 MAA.Missouri.edu Mid-Missouri’s only accredited museum, containing masterworks from seven millennia and six continents; art from ancient through Renaissance to modern, artifacts and archaeology. Named by American Art Awards as one of the 25 best museums in the nation. Museum of Anthropology Mizzou North, 115 Business Loop 70 W. UMC 573-882-3573 AnthroMuseum. Missouri.edu Native American artifacts, Missouri archaeology and history and the Grayson Archery Collection are all on permanent exhibit. Special exhibits rotate several times a year. Greg Hardwick & Sidney Larson Galleries Brown Hall, Columbia College Campus 573-875-7517 Features exhibits by students, faculty and professional artists. Stephens College Costume Museum 6 N. College Ave., Lela Raney Wood Hall 573-876-7220 Stephens.edu/Services/ Box-Office/Fashion/ The Historic Costume Gallery features rotating fashion exhibits from the Costume Museum & Research Library, which includes more than 13,000 garments donated by alumnae, friends and designers dating back to 1730.

George Caleb Bingham Gallery A125 Fine Arts Center, UMC 573-882-4037 VisualStudies. Missouri.edu An impressive gallery with a sampling of works by faculty, students, national and international artists in all media. Glen Smart Waterfowl & Upland Game Bird Collection School of Natural Resources, 103 Anheuser-Busch Natural Resources Building 573-882-7045 SNR.Missouri.edu/ About/Exhibits An extensive collection of more than 300 waterfowl and upland game specimens from around the world. The State Historical Society of Missouri 605 Elm St. 573-882-7083 SHSMO.org In its new home at the Center for Missouri Studies, SHSMO houses a vast art collection featuring George Caleb Bingham and Thomas Hart Benton, as well as 3,500+ titles of historic Missouri newspapers, 100,000+ photographs, 4,000+ maps, an extensive editorial cartoon collection and more.

Steps Away From The University of Missouri! • Free Hot Breakfast • Indoor Pool • Conference Center

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Wilbur Enns Entomology Museum Room 3-38 Agriculture Building, UMC 573-882-2410 Museum.Insecta. Missouri.edu Research museum with more than six million specimens of insects, arachnids and fossils from the Ozark Plateau and the Midwest, along with some exotic specimens. Yeckel Collection School of Natural Resources, 103 Anheuser-Busch Natural Resources Building 573-882-7045 SNR.Missouri.edu/ About/Exhibits The Yeckel Collection contains 44 species from Africa, Eurasia and North America, some listed as rare or endangered.

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Iconic festivals bring the world to Columbia. No matter what time of year it is, there is always something happening in Columbia. From First Fridays every month in the North Village Arts District to the Hot Summer Nights Music Festival around town in the summer and several great one-day events, plus the True/False Film Fest and Roots N Blues Festival, there is an event or festival that will pique your interest and create special memories anytime of the year.

Several factors come into play when it comes to putting on one of the most iconic film festivals in the country: films, music, art, food and panel discussions. But the real magic happens long before the lights go up on opening night. It happens at desks and on couches where festival programmers Chris Boeckmann, Amir George and Jeanelle Augustin and a host of trusted locals, former locals and film industry professionals start viewing films and begin the search for the most thought-provoking documentary work being produced. Their work culminates at the True/False Film Fest each spring at locations throughout downtown Columbia. More than 15,000 people will descend on The District and 50,000 tickets will be sold to view a lineup of, on average, 40 feature-length works and 20 short-form works. The final lineup is whittled down from 1,300-1,400 films considered on average for the festival. Films are evaluated for talent that has not been championed by other festivals or sources. Imagination and sensitivity to how reality is represented is also taken into consideration. The programmers also have an eye toward inventive and inclusive works, making sure Logo voices are heard and seen. underrepresented “It’s a festival that’s dedicated to having conversations about how we represent reality,” Boeckmann says. “That’s a really fun and important topic, and we find ways to allow both of those things to happen. It’s a space where there’s a lot of critical conversation about the kind of language that we use to frame reality, but we also have always made sure there is a kind of levity 26 Secondary logo

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and a space for joy throughout that process.” The festival carefully balances the sometimes heavy nature of the films and dialogue with pre-screening music, parties, game shows and the March March parade. Columbia rises to the heavy questions, though. It’s a journalism town, after all. “There are a lot of people here who are kind of primed to dive into conversations about the decisions that we make when we decide to take reality and try to frame it into stories,” Boeckmann says. He is a Columbia native and calls himself a student of True/ False. He has been with the festival for 16 years. “Columbia itself is a huge component to this,” Boeckmann adds. “The size of the town is kind of perfect for a film festival in that it’s big enough that there are a lot of people and a lot of voices to participate in it and engage in it, but also it’s small enough in that you can really create an event that takes over the whole downtown.” The dialogue that happens throughout the festival is one of the driving factors for the programmers and their efforts to create a space where people can discuss important issues. “It’s always important that we deal with reality, especially when, in times politically or socially, we are at really fraught ends of the spectrum and social ties feel frayed,” Augustin says. “It’s really important that we not allow ourselves to remain in comfortable spaces of passive entertainment, whether that’s binging Netflix all weekend or spending all your time in a Twitter bubble. What nonfiction offers—that maybe fiction and comedy don’t—is

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a challenge, and it’s something that we can rise to. Not every nonfiction work is a challenge in a political sense but rather the experience of the new and the real.” Through those conversations, programmers hope participants come away as better thinkers, better citizens and better neighbors even if they don’t always agree. “The beauty of dissenting voices is that you can still have dialogue,” Augustin says. “Even if you watch a film and you don’t agree with your friend about your initial impressions of it, it’s still important to get to the heart of what the disagreement could be. It gives us an opportunity to talk about our values and the things that we hold important, that we share.”

More Than Music In the fall, music and the smell of barbecue fill the air at the annual Roots N Blues Festival at Stephens Lake Park. The annual three-day festival has brought in acts like Amanda Shires, Jason Isbell, Mandolin Orange, Blues Traveler, The Avett Brothers, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Maren Morris, John Prine, Emmylou Harris and The Black Crowes, among a host of others. Several state and local acts also grace the stages, and busk on the grounds as a bonus. One of those acts—the Burney Sisters, 11-year-old Olivia and 9-year-old Emma, at the time—started busking at Roots N Blues in 2017. The following year, they were asked to join the roster as official performers at the festival. The sisters got their start after purchasing a garage sale ukulele for a buck and teaching themselves to play. Today, both sisters can play almost anything with strings. Their sound is folksy, and when they come on stage, their style and charisma make you feel at home. “It’s like a dream to play at Roots N Blues,” Olivia says. “We’ve made so many new fans.” The sisters confess many attendees come to see the big names, but are glad they are discovered in the process. “It’s so cool to be up on the stage and see people in the audience

singing your songs along with you,” she adds. The Burney Sisters make regular appearances across the Midwest, and many of those gigs are with the Kay Brothers Band, another regular local Roots N Blues performer. Columbia’s music community has embraced these young sisters with open arms. “Everyone is so kind,” Olivia says. “They come and support us; we go and support them. It’s a great music community in Columbia. There are so many talented bands.” But there is more to Roots N Blues than music. The festival also has sustainability, health and education initiatives. In 2019, the festival earned the Mayor’s Climate Protection Award in the category of Environmental Stewardship. Community volunteers are organized to ensure the smallest footprint, if any, is left behind when the festival is over. Festival organizers work with food vendors to encourage the use of recyclable and compostable containers and utensils. Smoking is prohibited except in designated smoking areas that feature cigarette butt receptacles. Recycling bins are placed throughout the grounds for attendees to dispose of bottles, cans, paper and cardboard. In addition, several partnerships with community organizations work to fulfill the festivals mission through these efforts. In honor of long-time festival director Betsy Farris, the Betsy Farris Memorial Run takes place Saturday morning each year during festival weekend. The late director inspired a healthy lifestyle for others through her physical training and mentorship. Options include a 5K, 10K or half-marathon, which add a health-focused component to the event. Another program intended to leave a legacy is new this year. The Roots N Blues Foundation is building a program to launch at The Boys & Girls Club of Columbia. A part of the educational focus of the foundation, the program will immerse middle schoolers in American roots music history and literacy. Events in Columbia are almost always more than they seem. They focus on the big picture while bringing you unexpected experiences. So whether you’re looking for tales or tunes, or simply something new to enjoy, you’re sure to find more than you bargain for.

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Visitors will be taken back to the traditions of the past. Listen, learn and see history as it comes alive. Enjoy entertainment, including traditional and roots music, and American Indian, German and folk dance. See artisans and tradesmen demonstrate “lost arts” and shop for handmade crafts. Kids will have a great time in the Fun for Young’uns area or listening to Ghost Stories Saturday evening. Tour the Historic Maplewood Home, Village at Boone Junction and the Boone County History & Culture Center. Food trucks will also be on hand along with festival favorites such as funnel cakes and turkey legs. Art in the Park June 6-7, 2020 First Full Weekend in June Stephens Lake Park 573-443-8838 ColumbiaArtLeague.org

Art in the Park is the oldest and largest fine arts festival in midMissouri, put on by the Columbia Art League. The festival features more than 100 visual artists from across the United States, displaying a variety of media including painting, drawing, photography, pottery, jewelry, fibers, sculpture, wood and

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Boone County Fair July 14-18, 2020 Central Missouri Events Center, 5212 N. Oakland Gravel Road 573-474-9435 TheBooneCountyFair.com

The Boone County Fair offers a variety of activities and shows to entertain all age groups. Featured attractions include truck and tractor pulls, a rodeo, livestock shows, a demolition derby, talent competition nights, carnival rides, musical rides and the Boone County Country Ham Breakfast. Cattlemen Days Rodeo Aug. 28-29, 2020 Cedar Valley Riders Saddle Club Arena, Ashland CattlemenDaysRodeo.com

The rodeo is an annual event during August each year. Live music starts at 7 pm with the rodeo beginning at 8. After the completion of the rodeo, a dance is held on the rodeo grounds with a live band. The rodeo parade is Saturday at 2 pm , and the Kiddy Roundup is from 6-7 pm on Saturday (paid admission).

Family Fun Fest 3rd Wednesday of the month, May through September Cosmo Park 573-874-7460 CoMo.gov

This family event transforms Cosmo Park into fun central with a new theme each month. Entertainment for the entire family features music, special performances, art activities and hands-on activities. First Fridays First Friday of each month North Village Arts District NorthVillageArtsDistrict.org

First Fridays is a free art crawl on the first Friday of each month from 6 – 9 pm in the North Village Arts District. Galleries, shops and businesses are open with music, art demonstrations, children’s activities, refreshments and more. Hartsburg Pumpkin Festival Oct. 10-11, 2020 Hartsburg 573-808-1288 HartsburgPumpkinFest.com

The charming river town of Hartsburg hosts thousands of visitors during this annual festival on the second

weekend of October, which features more than 200 craft vendors, petting zoo, pony rides, food booths, pumpkins galore and a variety of activities for the whole family. Hot Summer Nights Music Festival June and July Various venues 573-882-3781 TheMOSY.org

Hot Summer Nights is six weeks of fabulous music—classical and pop—with the Missouri Symphony Orchestra in the exquisitely renovated historic Missouri Theatre, as well as other community venues. Guest artists from concert halls all over the world join Columbia’s summer resident professional orchestra to entertain music lovers of all ages with a diverse repertoire. Come celebrate the Missouri Symphony’s 50th anniversary!

Living Windows Festival First Friday in December The District 573-442-6816

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On the first Friday of December, shopkeepers move all the merchandise out of their front windows and stage live holiday performances for onlookers. Merchants go to great lengths to outdo each other, making each year’s displays even more impressive than before. These open houses, strolling carolers, holiday treats and visits with Santa are set against a backdrop of holiday lights. Mid-Missouri Pridefest Aug. 29, 2020 Rose Music Hall MidMOPride.org Mid-Missouri PrideFest is an annual celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning and ally community in midMissouri. This familyfriendly event includes entertainment, food, vendors, information on community organizations, children’s activities, live performances and more. Event is free and open to the public.

The Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) promotes the value of participation, sportsmanship, team play and personal excellence to develop citizens who make positive contributions to their community and support the democratic principles of our state and nation. Columbia is the host community for a variety of MSHSAA championship events and activities that bring thousands of visitors to our community. Roots N Blues Festival Oct. 2-4, 2020 Stephens Lake Park RootsNBluesFestival.com

The nationally recognized Roots N Blues Festival features over 30 artists representing the genres of roots, blues, gospel, country, folk, rock, bluegrass and soul. American Blues Scene Magazine called it, “One of the most prominent festivals in the country!” In addition to live music, fans enjoy delicious food from local and national vendors, the beautiful scenery of Stephens Lake Park and art installations created by local artists.

Centralia Anchor Festival May 29-31, 2020 Centralia 573-682-2272 CentraliaMOChamber.com

The city of Centralia hosts the Anchor Festival annually on the beautiful downtown city square. Activities include crafts and concessions, live music, a carnival, parade, 3-on-3 basketball, tractor show, car show, community worship, a fun run and an anchordriving contest.

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Annual Heritage Festival & Craft Show Sept. 19-20, 2020 Third full weekend of September Nifong Park 573-874-7460

glass. Enjoy engaging hands-on activities, magicians, children’s entertainment and live music all in a creative environment the whole family will love.

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4th of July Fire in the Sky July 4, 2020 The District 573-874-7460 CoMo.gov Celebrate the 4th of July at the City of Columbia’s Fire in the Sky with free activities and entertainment for the whole family. Enjoy Independence Day-themed children’s activities and live music. Once it’s dark, watch fireworks choreographed to music on KBXR 102.3.


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Participants enjoy a scenic run through Columbia. All runners receive a race shirt, a finisher’s medal and a discount voucher to the festival. There are three course options for the race: half-marathon, 10K and 5K. Betsy Farris ran in countless races and was an inspiration to many on their fitness journey. Shelter Insurance Gardens Concert Series Sunday evenings in June and July 1817 W. Broadway 573-445-8441 ShelterInsurance. com/AboutShelter/ CompanyEvents/

This concert series has delighted local families for many years and offers a wide variety of performances on Sunday evenings in June and July. The free concerts are held in the Shelter Gardens. Bring a chair or a blanket and enjoy. Show-Me State Games June and July Multiple venues 573-882-2101 SMSG.org

The Show-Me State Games (SMSG) is an Olympic-style sports festival with more than 40 sports for all ages and ability levels. In addition to the summer games, SMSG offers events throughout

the year to promote health, fitness, family and fun. Thousands come together to participate in SMSG each year. Summerfest The Blue Note, 17 N. 9th St., and Rose Music Hall, 1013 Park Ave. 573-874-1944 TheBlueNote.com/Events/ Category/Summerfest/

Grab a ticket to one of the street concerts that happen all summer long during Summerfest at The Blue Note and Rose Music Hall. With a variety of musical genres, the season lineup has something that will appeal to everyone. Food and drink are available. True/False Film Fest March 4-7, 2021 The District & MU Campus 573-442-8783 TrueFalse.org

The True/False Film Fest joins smart, impassioned and forward-thinking filmmakers with the best audiences in the world. True/False is a magical Columbia experience, offering four days of the newest and most compelling non-fiction films, each accompanied by its filmmaker, plus dozens of bands playing before screenings and at concerts all weekend. With art installations throughout downtown, a legendary live game show and the annual March March parade, True/ False transforms the city into a one-of-a-kind celebration of the arts.

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The Blue Note Ragtag Cinema 10 Hitt St. 573-441-8504

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The Blue Note draws some of the biggest names in music and comedy to Columbia on a regular basis. Situated in the heart of downtown in a centuryold vaudeville theater, it is sure to leave a lasting impression. The Blue Note is an ideal destination for a unique, one of a kind private or corporate event.

Columbia’s only art house movie theater, Ragtag Cinema, exhibits independent, international and documentary films 365 days a year on two screens. Ragtag regularly hosts filmmakers to attend screenings and engage in interactive discussion with the audience.

Columbia Entertainment Company 1800 Nelwood Drive 573-474-3699 CECTheatre.org

Community members of all ages perform plays and musicals like “Bye Bye Birdie,” “Cabaret,” “Agnes of God” and more. Maplewood Barn Community Theatre 2900 E. Nifong Blvd. 573-227-2276 MaplewoodBarn.com

The Maplewood Barn Community Theatre provides high-quality, live community theater in an informal, familyfriendly, outdoor setting in historic Nifong Park. The Missouri Symphony 203 S. 9th St. 573-875-0600 TheMoSy.org

The Missouri Symphony produces the Hot Summer Nights music festival, which features a wide selection of music genres performed by our professional orchestra whose members come from all over the world. The Missouri Symphony is the parent organization for the Missouri Symphony Orchestra, The Missouri Symphony Conservatory and The Missouri Symphony League.

Rose Music Hall 1013 Park Ave. 573-874-1944 RoseMusicHall.com

Rose Music Hall is the perfect place to check out up-and-coming bands from across the world, as well as the best CoMo has to offer. During the summer, the music moves outside into the beautiful and spacious Forrest Rose Park. Enjoy lawn games, live music and cold beer. Stephens College Playhouse and Warehouse Theatre 100 Willis, Stephens College Campus 573-876-7199 Stephens.edu/PerformingArts

The Stephens College School of Creative and Performing Arts offers a full schedule of theater, dance and music performances throughout the academic year. Performances feature students and faculty from Stephens’ theater program, ranked sixth in the country by The Princeton Review and guest artists from around the country. Talking Horse Productions 210 St. James St. 573-607-1740

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The University Concert Series brings world-class performing arts events to mid-Missouri. Opera, ballet, orchestra, chamber, jazz, pop, modern dance, Broadway shows, family events and nationally known performers are all a part of the Concert Series tradition. MU Theatre at the Rhynsburger Theatre and Studio 4 129 Fine Arts Building UMC 573-882-7529 Theatre.Missouri.edu

MU Theatre brings the best in original, innovative and classical theater to Columbia throughout the year, including Summer Repertory. The “We Always Swing” Jazz Series 21 N. 10th St. 573-449-3009 WeAlwaysSwing.org

Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the “We Always Swing” Jazz Series is one of the country’s foremost, independently run, all-jazz nonprofits dedicated to presenting the world’s finest musicians and providing educational opportunities for all including daily access to its 8,000+ collection of recordings.

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TalkingHorseProductions.org

Talking Horse Productions is a professional theater company located in the North Village Arts District. Talking Horse produces plays in a variety of genres—dramas, comedies and musicals— in an intimate 70-seat black box theater.

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The Blue Note 17 N. 9th St. 573-874-1944

If you like your movies with a glass of local wine or beer, head over to Ragtag Cinema. They show the best independent films, plenty of delicious food (try the empanadas!) and, of course, popcorn.

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E L E VAT E YO U R E X P E R I E N C E Handcrafted cocktails, live local music and panoramic views of the city await you on The Roof, Columbia’s exclusive destination to relax and be entertained. Gather with friends around one of the outdoor fire pits while our chefs and bartenders prepare delicious appetizers, pour local craft brews and mix handcrafted cocktails. On weekends, Columbia’s best DJs take the party to the next level. The Roof is open every day from 4 PM to close and earlier on football game days.

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From our award-winning chefs, comes 11Eleven, downtown Columbia’s top culinary destination. Experience enticing modern-world cuisine created right here at The Broadway. Whether you’re up for breakfast, popping in for a quick lunch, joining us for dinner or craving a late night bite, 11Eleven brings world-class flavors to every dish. In need of some downtime? We also provide room service from 6 AM to 11 PM daily.

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CoMo has what you crave! Choose from more than 150 restaurants to dine on everything from American cuisine to Vietnamese, Mediterranean, Indian, Mexican or Italian to fusion-centric dishes that will introduce you to something new.

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In 2019, Columbia Farmers Market had a big year when it moved into its new digs at the Columbia Agriculture Park’s MU Health Care Pavilion, 1769 W. Ash St. The contemporary space provides modern amenities and a new environment for market visitors, and the Agriculture Park surrounding it provides a new home for urban agriculture in Columbia. “It’s the place to be on Saturday morning,” Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture (CCUA) Development Director Adam Saunders says. CCUA is one of the core organizations that envisioned and worked to develop the new Agriculture Park. “It’s definitely one of those things when you’re traveling and want to check out a city—kind of get behind the scenes and get into the community—the farmers market is one of the best ways to do that. It’s kind of a barometer of the town. How can you, in one stop, get a sense of a region? It’s hard to do that, but through [the farmers market] food and its people and the vendors and the aesthetic—that energy—you can really get a sense.” In the first few weeks at the new pavilion location, the farmers market saw a 56 percent increase in foot traffic and set records on most Saturdays, says Columbia Farmers Market Executive Director Corrina Smith. On average, 3,800 customers come through the market each weekend. In 2020 both Saunders and Smith expect another big year. As CCUA gets its urban gardens up and growing, Columbia Farmers Market will celebrate 40 years of bringing locally made, grown and raised food to the city. The farmers market has 80 member vendors that sell fruit, vegetables, eggs, baked goods, local meats, canned goods, prepared foods, drinks and more. Most Saturday markets see about 65 booths set up for customers in the Logo summer. In the winter, 40 or so are still offering fare. At this producer-only market, vendors must grow, raise or make what they sell from within a 50-mile radius of Columbia. Because of this, visitors to the market can be assured what they purchase is actually made or grown by that vendor. Additionally, the volume of product and producers in Columbia is uncommon, Smith says. Other areas of the country are not as 32 Secondary logo

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concentrated as central Missouri. “It’s all about fresh,” Saunders says. “You know that the folks you’re buying from grew that product, or they baked it or they made the things, so there’s a lot of integrity in the sense that you’re getting close to the person who grew or made it.” That connection is important, CCUA Executive Director Billy Polansky says. “It really is sort of a community space where people are coming. “If you get in the car and drive five miles, you’re in a rural area. You wouldn’t know that you’re near a city,” Polansky adds. “So [the farmers market is] sort of the meshing of all of that. It’s where you can bring that rural culture and atmosphere into the city.” At the market, a Callaway County sweet potato grower might be right next to a barista making espresso coffees, and the greenhouse tomato growers might be next to the micro greens farmers. It also brings together all ages and backgrounds from young families with kids playing on the playground to retired couples reminiscing with a farmer about growing up on a farm themselves. It’s a cross-section of the community that is important to keep us connected, Polansky says. The farmers market keeps rural life visible, and people who aren’t otherwise connected with agriculture (the majority of the population) can connect with the farm there. Surrounding the pavilion that houses the farmers market, the Agriculture Park is a new home for CCUA’s urban gardens. All of the food grown is donated to area food banks through CCUA’s Planting for the Pantry program. CCUA also provides educational experiences for anyone interested in learning more about growing food and plants. In 2019, the organization donated 17,000 pounds of produce to the food bank. The larger plot at the new park will almost triple production for the food banks. “A lot of resources and activities take place at the market,” Smith says. “It’s a lot more than just shopping. There’s so much going on.” Indeed, from good food to eat to events and music, Saunders, Smith and Polansky see the Agriculture Park as a destination. “It’s an experience that you can’t get in many places,” Polansky says. “It’s the real deal.”

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Connecting Urban and Rural Roots Columbia’s new Agriculture Park provides new space for access to fresh local food.


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A variety of farmers and artisans selling fruits, vegetables, eggs, meats, plants and much more. Market vendors accept cash, checks, credit and debit cards. Columbia Farmers Market MU Health Care Pavilion, 1769 W. Ash St. 573-823-6889 ColumbiaFarmersMarket.org Summer: Saturdays, 8 am -noon (April-October) Weekdays: Tuesdays, 10 am -1 pm; Thursdays, 3-6 pm (May-October) Winter: Saturdays, 9 am -noon (November-March)

Experience the taste of mid-Missouri! Fresh vegetables and fruit, meat, farm fresh eggs, cheeses, honey, cut flowers, plants, artisan items and more. As a producer-only market, everything sold here is offered by the farmers and artisans who help sustain our region. SNAP (food stamps) accepted at all markets. Live music every Saturday. Orr Street Farmers and Artisans Market 126 N. 10th St. Facebook.com/Friends-of-Orr-Street-Farmersand-Artisans-Market-613561215767906 Sundays, 9 am -1 pm (April-October)

In the heart of the North Village Arts District on the grounds of the historic Wabash station, Orr Street Farmers and Artisans Market is Columbia’s destination for farm fresh produce, plants, unique art and jewelry, informational workshops, food trucks and entertainment.

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DINING 1839 Taphouse 212 E. Green Meadows Road, Ste. 2 573-441-1839 44 Canteen 21 N. 9th St. 573-777-8730 44 Stone Public House 3910 Peachtree Drive 573-443-2726 A Little More 1010 E. Broadway 573-886-0038

Abigail’s 206 Central St. Rocheport 573-698-3000 Addison’s American Grill 709 Cherry St. 573-256-1995 4005 Frontgate Drive 573-607-2129 Angelo’s Pizza & Steakhouse 4107 S. Providence Road 573-443-6100 Arris’ Pizza 1020 E. Green Meadows Road 573-441-1199

B&B Bagel Co. 124 E. Nifong Blvd. 573-442-5857 904 Elm St. 573-447-7517 Bambino’s 904 Elm St. 573-447-6400 Bamboo Terrace, 3101 W. Broadway, Ste. 101, 573-886-5555 Bandana’s BBQ 3405 Clark Lane 573-256-2229 Bangkok Gardens 811 Cherry St. 573-874-3284

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Chris McDonnell — Chris McD’s 1400 Forum Blvd., 573-446-6237

Anna Meyer — Range Free 110 Orr St., #101, 573-777-9980

Food allergies nearly killed Anna Meyer, the owner of Range Free, but they also saved her life and gave her a new purpose and mission. She turned her love for food inside out when she began honing her baking and cooking skills to fit her need for allergen-friendly options.Through the process, she learned there are others like her who need the same approach to eating. Meyer didn’t expect the welcome she received when she opened her restaurant on Orr Street, but since then, her customers and the community have captured her heart and supported her mission to create a safe space for those with serious food allergies. Featuring locally sourced ingredients Logo whenever possible, Range Free baked goods and other menu items are 100 percent free from five of the top allergens: fish, peanuts, shellfish, tree nuts and wheat — none of which come through the doors.The top eight allergens, according to the Food and Drug Administration, also include eggs, dairy and soy, and while they do appear in some items, more than 50 percent of the baked goods and menu items do not have them. 34 Secondary logo

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Barred Owl Butcher & Table 47 E. Broadway 573-442-9323 Beet Box 602 Fay St. 573-999-3889 Big Mama Chim’s Noodle House 905 Alley A 573-777-3108 Billiard’s on Broadway 514 E. Broadway 573-449-0116 Bleu Market & Bakery 3919 S. Providence Road 573-874-4044 Booches 110 S. 9th St. 573-874-9519

Broadway Brewery 816 E. Broadway 573-443-5054

Cafe Poland 807 Locust St. 573-874-8929

Broadway Diner 22 S. 4th St. 573-875-1173

Cajun Crab House 308 Business Loop 70 W. 573-442-7765

Buckingham Smokehouse Bar-B-Q 3804 Buttonwood Drive 573-499-1490

Campus Bar & Grill 304 S. 9th St. 573-817-0996

Bur Oak Brewing Co. 8250 Trade Center Drive 573-814-2178 CC’s City Broiler 1401 Forum Blvd. 573-445-7772 Cafe Berlin 220 N. 10th St. 573-441-0400

Carlito’s Cabo 12A Business Loop 70 E. 573-443-6370 Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen 1010 I-70 Drive S.W. 573-441-0617 Cheerleader Pub & Grill 1400 Cinnamon Hill Lane 573-442-0355

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As a young man, Chris McDonnell, chef and owner at Chris McD’s, fell in love with the idea of being a great chef and went after his dream with tenacity. His mother, who was in the restaurant industry, learned to cook from watching Julia Child religiously, and she is the one who planted him on the path to be classically trained in French cuisine.This Iron Chef Midwest recipient traveled extensively and learned from some of the greatest chefs in the United States and the world — Costa Rica; Hawaii; Memphis,Tennessee (The Peabody); New York; Phoenix, Arizona; Spain and Switzerland, to name few — before coming back to his hometown of Columbia and opening Chris McD’s. His restaurant of 29 years specializes in steaks and seafood, with the flair of island flavors and always paying homage to his French cuisine roots — they influence everything he touches.


Cherry Street Cellar 505 Cherry St. 573-442-7281 Chim’s Thai Kitchen 904 E. Broadway 573-777-3082 Chris McD’s 1400 Forum Blvd. 573-446-6237 CJ’s in Tiger Country 704 E. Broadway 573-442-7777 Coley’s American Bistro 15 S. 6th St. 573-442-8887

Crushed Red 2450 Broadway Bluffs Drive 573-442-0016 Culver’s 2520 Broadway Bluffs Drive 573-442-5975 Deuce Pub & Pit 3700 Monterey Drive 573-443-4350 D. Rowe’s 1005 Club Village Drive 573-443-8004

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Domino’s Pizza 1500 I-70 Drive S.W. 573-875-1010 416 S. 9th St. 573-875-3030 1621-A Towne Drive 573-474-9565 3104 Green Meadows Way 573-443-3030 Donut D-Light 1301 Vandiver Drive, Ste. P 573-814-2304 El Jimador 3200 Penn Terr. 573-474-7300 El Maguey 901 E. Nifong Blvd. 573-874-3812

El Oso Mexican Grill 522 E. Broadway 573-256-2855

Formosa 913 E. Broadway, Ste. A 573-449-3339

Eleven Eleven 1111 E. Broadway 573-818-6207

Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers 100 Brickton Road, Ste. 110 573-442-2415 3922 S. Providence Road 573-818-1584

Ernie’s Cafe & Steakhouse 1005 E. Walnut St. 573-874-7804 Flat Branch Pub & Brewing 115 S. 5th St. 573-499-0400

G&D Pizzaria 2101 W. Broadway, Ste. L 573-445-8336

Flyover 212 E. Green Meadows Road 573-825-6036

G&D Steakhouse 2001 W. Worley St. 573-445-3504 Geisha Sushi Bar 804 E. Broadway 573-777-9997

George’s Pizza and Steakhouse 5695 Clark Lane 573-214-2080 Glenn’s Cafe 29 S. 8th St. 573-447-7100 Golden Corral Family Steakhouse 3421 Clark Lane 573-814-3305 Grand Cru Restaurant 2600 S. Providence Road 573-443-2600 Gumby’s Pizza & Wings 1201 E. Broadway 573-874-8629 912 Rain Forest Pkwy. 573-777-8998 Günter Hans 7 Hitt St. 573-722-4045 Harold’s Doughnuts 114 S. 9th St. 573-397-6322 204 E. Nifong Blvd. 573-447-7555 Harpo’s Bar & Grill 29 S. 10th St. 573-443-5418 Heidelberg Restaurant 410 S. 9th St. 573-449-6927

Hoss’s Market & Rotisserie 1010A Club Village Drive (Corner of Nifong & Forum) 573-815-9711 Hot Box Cookies 1013 E. Broadway 573-777-8777

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Honey Baked Ham 510 E. Green Meadows Road, Ste. 107 573-256-4267

Fontella and Lloyd Henry — Big Daddy’s BBQ 1205 N. Garth Ave., 573-875-2227, Closed During Winter Season

Houlihan’s 2541 Broadway Bluffs Drive 573-815-7210

For Fontella and Lloyd Henry at Big Daddy’s BBQ, barbecue is in their blood. Fontella’s family has long House of Chow served barbecue to hungry customers at restaurants in St. Louis, but she and Lloyd saw what they 2101 W. Broadway 573-445-5763 or believed to be a gap in Columbia for family-style Southern barbecue. They opened a joint in the 1980s, Logo 573-445-8800 which they sold when Lloyd ventured into insurance sales, but they ended up back in the barbecue business eight years ago because it just wasn’t out of their system. The Henrys serve up tried-and-true Huhot Mongolian Grill family recipes from Mississippi, except for the sauce. The sauce is Lloyd’s creation, and only he knows the 3802 Buttonwood Drive recipe. But they love barbecue, all styles and flavors, and love making people happy through food. In their 573-874-2000 off season, they travel the country sampling sauces and cuts from little spots along the road; in the process, these barbecue aficionados find inspiration and creativity to bring back to Big Daddy’s. VisitColumbiaMO.com Secondary logo

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COMO FOOD & DRINK I Am Sushi and Grill 4603 John Garry Drive, Ste. 3 573-449-0864 Imo’s Pizza 601 Business Loop 70 W. 573-817-1777 India House 1101 E. Broadway 573-817-2009 International Cafe 26 S. 9th St. 573-449-4560

Italian Village 711 Vandiver Drive, Ste. B 573-442-8821 1729 W. Broadway, Ste. 13 573-446-882

JJ’s Cafe 600 Business Loop 70 W. 573-442-4773

Jazz, A Louisiana Kitchen 217 N. Stadium Blvd. 573-443-5299

Just Jeff’s 701 W. Business Loop 70 W. 573-673-8741 510 E. Green Meadows Road, Ste. 101

Jimmy’s Family Steakhouse 3101 S. Providence Road 573-443-1796 Jina Yoo’s Asian Bistro 2200 Forum Blvd., Ste. 109 573-446-5462

José Jalapeños 3412 Grindstone Pkwy. 573-442-7388

Kampai Sushi Bar 907 Alley A 573-442-2239 Kobe Japanese Steakhouse 2531 Broadway Bluffs Drive 573-441-2341

Kojaba BBQ 601 Business Loop 70 W., Ste. 206 573-442-8383 La Siesta 33 N. 9th St. 573-449-8788 Las Margaritas 10 Southampton Drive 573-442-7500 5614 E. St. Charles Road 573-228-6700 220 S. 8th St. 573-442-4300 La Terraza Mexicana Grill 1412 Forum Blvd., Ste. 140 573-445-9444

Le Bao Asian Eatery 1009 Park Ave. 573-443-2867

Longhorn Steakhouse 31 Conley Road 573-874-3000

Lee Street Deli 603 Lee St. 573-442-4111

Love Sushi Columbia 2101 W. Broadway, Ste. S 573-476-6368

Lee’s Famous Recipe Chicken 2316 Paris Road 573-474-5337 Les Bourgeois Vineyards Rocheport 800-690-1830 Logboat Brewing Co. 504 Fay St. 573-397-6786

Lutz’s Famous BBQ 200 E. Nifong Blvd. 573-443-4227 Mad Cow 503 E. Nifong Blvd. 573-214-0393 Main Squeeze Natural Foods Cafe 28 S. 9th St. 573-817-5616 McAlister’s Deli 1205 Grindstone Pkwy., Ste. 121 573-256-7783 McLanks Family Restaurant & Catering 1802 Paris Road 573-443-3663 Midway Diner 6401 W. Highway 40 573-445-1211 Ms. Kim’s Fish & Chicken Shack 1416 Hathman Place 573-256-5467 Mugs Up Drive-In Closed During Winter Season 603 Orange St. 573-442-9833 Murry’s 3107 Green Meadows Road 573-442-4969

Todd and Susan Schapira — Abigail’s 206 Central St., Rocheport, 573-698-3000

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Osaka Japanese Restaurant 120 E. Nifong Blvd. 573-875-8588 Paleteria El Tajin 923 E. Broadway 573-447-6595 Papadoo’s Soul Food 904 Business Loop 70 E. 409-996-8788

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Olive Garden Italian Restaurant 1300 I-70 Drive S.W. 573-443-2082

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Nourish Cafe & Market 1201 E. Broadway, Ste. B 573-818-2240


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Jamaican Jerk Hut 573-607-9779

The Big Cheeze 573-268-7443

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Grab a gourmet grilled cheese at The Big Cheeze, which serves this homey concoction with all sorts of yummy amendments, or classic if that’s your wish.

Traditional Jamaican cuisine in the middle of Missouri.

Find authentic Thai food at Nuu Thai food truck. The chefs specialize in basil dishes, egg noodles and spring rolls.

Big Daddy’s BBQ 573-875-2227

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Eats and Treats 573-338-2422

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Eats and Treats serves everything from breakfast to barbecue, but their specialty is serving up Central Dairy ice cream.

Ozark Mountain Biscuit Company 573-999-9323

Gator Wagon

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As its name implies, the Gator Wagon serves up fried alligator, catfish, frog legs and more.

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Lilly’s Cantina 573-355-4831 LillysCantina.com

Lilly’s Cantina features fresh ingredients to create Baja Midwest fusion dishes. It’s a gourmet take on traditional Mexican food.

Biscuits are the star of the show at Ozark Mountain Biscuit Company. They use fresh seasonal ingredients to create generations-old Southern dishes, on biscuits, food-truck style.

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Big Daddy’s BBQ serves Southern family-style barbecue. Their secret recipe barbecue sauce tops everything from pulled pork to rib tips.

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Nuu Thai 573-427-7368

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Sassy Dawgs is a mobile hotdog stand that serves quarter-pound Nathans all-beef hotdogs and Swiss Meat bratwursts, sides and lemonade—a little bit of summer. VooDoo Sno 573-212-8444

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The Pasta Factory Restaurant & Bar 3103 W. Broadway, Ste. 9 573-449-3948 Peking Restaurant 212 E. Green Meadows Road 573-256-6060 Pickleman’s Gourmet Cafe 1106 E. Broadway 573-875-2400 2513 Old Hwy. 63 S. 573-886-2300 3103 W. Broadway #105 573-474-0008 304 S. 9th St. 573-875-0400

Potbelly Sandwich Shop 2500 Broadway Bluffs Drive, Ste. 102 573-554-1340 Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant 3306 W. Broadway Business Park Court 573-445-2946 Room 38 38 N. 8th St. 573-449-3838 Sagua La Grande Cuban Cafe 114 S. 9th St., Ste. 101 573-818-1766 Sake 16 S. 10th St. 573.443.7253 (SAKE) Seoul Taco 1020 E. Broadway 573-441-8226

Shakespeare’s Pizza 225 S. 9th St. 573-449-2454 3304 W. Broadway Business Park Court 573-447-1202 3911 Peachtree Drive 573-447-7435 Shiloh Bar & Grill 402 E. Broadway 573-875-1800 Sophia’s 3915 S. Providence Road 573-874-8009 Southside Pizza & Pub 3908 Peachtree Drive 573-256-7337 Sparky’s Homemade Ice Cream 21 S. 9th St. 573-443-7400 Stadium Grill 1219 Fellows Place 573-777-9292

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Making his home in a commercial kitchen since he was 18, Benjamin Parks fell in love with the “romance of kitchen culture.” As chef and co-owner at Barred Owl Butcher & Table, Parks uses that passion to give diners a connection to their food from start to finish. Barred Owl is a whole-animal restaurant where nothing goes to waste and everything is made from scratch. From the in-house artisan butchery and charcuterie to locally sourced vegetables, Parks and his culinary partners focus on seasonal and sustainable ingredients. The same approach can be found on the cocktail side of the house where the bartenders press juices by hand and infuse spirits with gourmet flavors, along with curating an interesting mix of small batch spirits and local and regional beer and wine. For Parks, though, it goes beyond food and drink; the excitement about food, his staff and food purveyors have is just as important as the meal in creating a great experience. Sub Shop 209 S. 8th St. 2105 W. Worley St. 601 W. Business Loop 70 #203 805 E. Nifong Blvd. 573-449-1919 Surah Korean Cuisine and Sushi 3510 Interstate 70 Drive S.E. 573-443-3535

Mohammed and Elizabeth Gumati — CHEF SPOTLIGHT International Cafe 26 S. 9th St., 573-449-4560

Immigrants from Libya and Venezuela, respectively, Mohamed and Elizabeth Gumati chose Columbia to plant their roots, raise a family and open International Cafe. They met in college in St. Louis. While there, Mohamed found a passion for cooking Greek food when he worked at a local restaurant. At International Cafe, the fare is a mix of several Logo influences. Greek cuisine dominates the menu, but hints of Arabic influence come through in dishes like the made-fromscratch falafel. In the soups, the spices of north Africa bring out rich flavors, and Mohamed’s tzatziki takes the simple gyro up a notch or two.Through the years, the restaurant has been more than a place to practice their passion for cooking, though, it’s been a place for family and a place to call home. 38 Secondary logo

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Taqueria Don Pancho 3907 Peachtree Drive 573-818-1591 Teller’s Gallery and Bar 820 E. Broadway 573-441-8355 T.G.I Friday’s 3030 I-70 Drive S.E. 573-817-2440

Sycamore 800 E. Broadway 573-874-8090

The Roof 1111 E. Broadway 573-875-7000

Taco Bell 3301 Clark Lane 573-886-0625 220 Business Loop 70 E. 573-449-1421 2009 Bernadette Drive 573-446-4266 1421 Cinnamon Hill Lane 573-442-9721 411 S. Providence Road 573-443-7354 508 E. Nifong Blvd. 573-875-0359 1100 Smiley Lane 573-449-9801

The Quarry 1201 E. Broadway 573-447-7462

Taj Mahal 500 E. Walnut St. 573-256-6800

Tortilleria El Patron 711 Vandiver Drive 573-607-9127

Thip’s Asian Bistro 807 E. Walnut St. 573-442-5011 Thirsty Turtle 916 Business Loop 70 E. 573-442-6696 Tony’s Pizza Palace 17 N. 5th St. 573-442-3188

Tropical Liqueurs (Trops) 515 E. Broadway 573-442-8098 3805 S. Providence Road 573-256-7141 Tropical Smoothie Cafe 403 N. Stadium Blvd., Ste. 102 573-445-5115 2609 E. Broadway, Ste. 200 573-355-5875 Truman’s Bar & Grill 3304 Broadway Business Park Court 573-445-1669 U Knead Sweets 808 Cherry St. 573-777-8808 Uprise Bakery 10 Hitt St. 573-256-2265 Willie’s Pub & Pool 1109 E. Broadway 573-554-1485

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Park Restaurant & Bar 4380 Nocona Pkwy. 573-554-1955

Pizza Tree 909 Cherry St. 573-874-9925

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THIRST QUENCHERS

BREWERIES, DISTILLERIES & WINERIES

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New American restaurant featuring local products, eclectic wine and beer list, specialty cocktails and local art. Les Bourgeois Vineyards Broadway Brewery 816 E. Broadway 573-443-5054 BroadwayBrewery.com Located in the heart of downtown on Broadway, Broadway Brewery combines the love of craft beer with local food and public gathering. The rotating menu features local, seasonal fare.

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Bur Oak Brewing Company 8250 Trade Center Dr. BurOakBeer.com Bur Oak Brewing Company is a craft beer microbrewery located just east of Columbia off of I-70 at exit 133. Find eight varieties on tap in the taproom, and grab a free brewery tour if you stop in on a Saturday afternoon. Dogmaster Distillery 210 St. James St. 573-777-6768 DogmasterDistillery.com Located in the North Village Arts District, Dogmaster Distillery crafts New American spirits and specialty cocktails in the tasting room. Flat Branch Pub & Brewing 115 S. 5th St. 573-499-0400 FlatBranch.com Enjoy hand-crafted beers on tap or a great

house-made root beer along with a good meal in Flat Branch’s upscale industrial setting or on the tree-covered outdoor patio. Les Bourgeois Vineyards & Rocheport Distilling Co. 14020 W. Hwy BB Rocheport 800-690-1830 MissouriWine.com Les Bourgeois Vineyards features a tasting room, Blufftop Bistro and the A-Frame Patio where guests can enjoy the winery’s wine, spirits and gourmet food in a picturesque setting atop the bluffs along the

800 East Broadway, Columbia 573-874-8090 SycamoreRestaurant.com

Missouri River. Craft distillery Rocheport Distilling Co. is housed at Les Bourgeois Vineyards in Rocheport. It focuses on aged and special blend rums and is expanding its offerings regularly. Logboat Brewing Company 504 Fay St. 573-397-6786 LogboatBrewing.com Logboat Brewing Co. is a family- and dogfriendly (outside only) microbrewery located in northeast downtown Columbia complete with a taproom and large, fenced-in park setting.

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Columbia has hundreds of boutiques with unique items you can find only in Columbia and great finds at all the Big Box stores!

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Big fan of a great view? The Roof and Pressed both offer up stunning sights and views of downtown and campus while serving up delicious cocktails and tasty bites.

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cute it might be, if it has a low level of comfort, we’re not going to carry it, and that’s what our customers expect. For years the comfortable shoes were orthopedic-looking or not very trendy. You can get nice looking shoes, very trendy-looking, without giving up the comfort.” Riley says growing up in the family business did him good. He left the family business for three years to pursue a different career, but decided to return. “You know,” he adds, “when it’s in your blood, it is.” Riley grew up at Dryer’s when his grandfather, R. Newton Riley, ran it. At 10 years old, he was paid a dime a pair to lace Redwing Boots—the American boots didn’t come pre-laced. “It feels like home here,” Riley says. The District is a community. “I know that sounds cliche, but it is. A lot of the business owners—we all know each other.” “All of our small business owners are the hardest working people,” Davis says. “They bring us the most unique things. We’re in the middle of Missouri. People come here and they’re so surprised by what they can find down here that they can’t find in St. Louis or Kansas City.” Across Broadway at 13 S. 9th St., Bluestem Missouri Crafts has a host of one-of-a-kind handmade items for which the store has become known. Since its founding in 1983, the partners who manage the store, all artists themselves, have had one rule: The merchandise must be handmade. The shop has expanded over

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In nearly 50 square blocks, downtown Columbia has been a central part of the city since it was established nearly 200 years ago near the corner of Broadway and Fifth Street. While many downtown districts across the country have fallen into disrepair, Columbia’s has thrived. “The downtown is bordered by three colleges, and that is super unusual to be able to walk to your downtown. Because of that, we’ve always had a thriving downtown,” says Nickie Davis, executive director of the Community Improvement District (CID)—The District, for short. It’s an area that blends tradition and historic preservation with trends in art, food, fashion and more. Across The District, the boutiques beckon with diverse offerings, from upscale unique items to pop culture kitsch and everything in between. More than 300 individual properties are home to more than 600 businesses, nonprofits and governmental entities, according to DiscoverTheDistrict.com. From some of the oldest stores, like Dryer’s Shoe Store, Bluestem, Buchroeder’s and Downtown Appliance to one of the newest tenants, Skylark Logo Bookshop, they all fit the boutique atmosphere shoppers have come to expect in The District. For Justin Riley, 9th Street and The District have always been home. He is the third-generation to operate Dryer’s Shoe Store, 7 N. 9th St. Since 1956, the shoe store has been in the business of comfortable shoes, but they aren’t your grandma’s orthopedics. “That’s the first thing we look for. No matter how trendy or

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the years, both in space and, as a result of more space, artisans beyond the borders of Missouri. Bluestem features arts from each of Missouri’s neighboring states as well now. The partners are meticulous about selection in that the items they accept are well-made, unique and fit with the feel of the store and other artisans’ items. “What’s not to love, with all of these beautiful things?” asks Gunilla Murphy, a weaver and one of the store’s three partners. “It’s really fun to open a box of new inventory from one of our artists. It feels like Christmas, opening a box full of surprises. It’s just really nice, too, to be able to support all of those artists, to have space for them to sell their wares because as artists they don’t have a storefront.” Artisans’ work featured in the shop runs the gamut: clay, wood, metal, papier-mâché , quilting, textiles, jewelry, pottery, stationary, woven items and origami, among many other media and materials. “All the unique, locally owned shops that are down here,” Murphy says, “people really appreciate that. They want to connect with something local.” “We’ve always had such a vibrant small business community,” Davis says, “and those business owners, by them coming together in this kind of awesome community that The District has, it continues to make it super electric and vibrant. “The atmosphere is electric.”

Sweet Souvenirs When you visit Columbia, the city’s sights, sounds, culture and people will capture your heart and imagination. It will be a visit you won’t forget, but a sweet souvenir will bring you right back whenever you see it. Whether it’s your new favorite coffee mug, your new favorite T-shirt or ball cap, a cool new piece of art for your office or the postcards you frame for your wall, take it home to remember Columbia by! Columbia Convention & Visitors Bureau

CoMo Gear, Three Quarter Tee, Socks, Stocking Caps

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Columbia Mall

Crossroads West Shopping Center 2101 W. Broadway (corner of Stadium and W. Broadway) Stores and restaurants at Crossroads West Shopping Center include Andy’s Frozen Custard, Petco, Love Sushi, House of Chow, G&D Pizzeria, Once Upon a Child and more.

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Forum Shopping Center Corner of Forum and Stadium 573-446-5500 LindnerProperty.com Anchored by Schnucks Supermarket, the Forum Shopping Center also features Goodrich Forum 8 Theaters, Treats Unleashed, Tuesday Morning, Eyes on Missouri and other retailers. Restaurants include Chris McD’s Restaurant & Wine Bar, Subway, La Terraza, Dunn Brothers Coffee and Dickey’s BBQ.

Parkade Center 601 Business Loop 70 W. 573-442-2257 Stores and restaurants at Parkade Center include Harbor Freight Tools, Sub Shop, Yancey Auto Parts, Kojaba, Hockman Interiors and Cosmoprof.

The Shoppes at Stadium 201 N. Stadium Blvd. 573-449-8323 Anchored by Dick’s Sporting Goods and PetSmart, the Shoppes at Stadium also includes Old Navy, Rue 21, Shoe Carnival, Five Guys Burgers and Fries, ULTA, Chick-fil-a and Bed, Bath and Beyond, among others. The Loop 573-443-5667 TheLoopComo.com Some 170 businesses are located on the I-70 Business Loop. They include Barnhouse’s Crazy Music Store, Dave Grigg’s Flooring America, Deco To Retro, Distant Planet Comics and Collectibles, Tiger Pawn and more.

ANTIQUES & COLLECTIBLES Artichoke Annie’s Antique Mall 1781 Lindberg Drive 573-474-2056 At Artichoke Annie’s, quality antiques and furniture fill 200 booths in a 30,000 sq. ft. space. The shop is located 10 miles east of Columbia at Exit 137 on I-70. Columbia Coin & Stamp 405C Bernadette Drive 573-445-1715 ColumbiaCoinAndStamp.com Columbia Coin & Stamp buys and sells

coins, stamps, gold and silver bullion and jewelry. The store also carries a full line of coin and stamp supplies. Itchy’s Flea Market 1907 N. Providence Road 573-443-8275 Sites.Google.com/A /Hauptmanns.com/Itchys/ Filled with antiques, collectibles and other fun items, Itchy‘s Flea Market is a nostalgic experience. McAdams’ Ltd 1501 Old Highway 63 S. 573-442-3151 McAdamsLtd.com In business for more than 40 years, McAdams’ Ltd offers a wide selection of antiques, estate and fine jewelry, gifts and bridal registry, as well as furniture, custom upholstery, lighting and accessories. Midway Flea Market & Antique Mall 6401 Highway 40 W. 573-445-0042 MidwayAM.com Featuring quality antique furniture, art, Americana, jewelry, coins and collectibles, Midway Flea Market & Antique Mall houses 500 booths and displays in more than 73,000 sq. ft.

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Columbia Mall 2300 Bernadette Drive (off I-70 on Stadium Boulevard) 573-445-8458 VisitColumbiaMall.com Columbia Mall is anchored by Barnes & Noble, Dillard’s, JCPenney and Target and has more than 100 stores and eight restaurants, plus convenient, free parking.

The District 573-442-6816 DiscoverTheDistrict.com Nestled between three colleges, The District is a live/work/play neighborhood that fosters the creative, the eclectic and the local. The District encompasses 50 square blocks of tradition and innovation, and more than 600 businesses, nonprofits and government entities call it home.

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Broadway Shops and Broadway Bluffs Highway 63 and Broadway 573-446-5500 LindnerProperty.com The Broadway Shops and Broadway Bluffs feature restaurants that include Applebee’s, Chipotle, CiCi’s, Firehouse Subs, Crushed Red, Kobe Steakhouse, Potbelly, Tropical Smoothie and Starbucks. You can also find retailers and specialty shops such as Smallcakes, Scrubs & Beyond, Plato’s Closet and others.


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From small and cozy to large and loud, special occasions in Columbia are affairs to remember. Across hundreds of venues, there are common event locations and unexpected ones, so the space can be tailored to fit your vision. Several hotels in Columbia offer conference and meeting space, and there is also a wide selection of stand-alone event venues from which to choose. From hotels to restaurants to music venues to churches to parks, these are a sampling. For a complete listing visit VisitColumbiaMo. com/Meeting-Professionals/Meeting-Planners/Columbia-Venues/.

bleu Events 3919 S. Providence Road 573-874-4044 MyBleuEvents.com Atrium on Tenth • 7,000 sq. ft. • Event capacity: 450 seated, 600 cocktail • B ar service, service staff and valet service available Bleu Great Room • Event Capacity: 200 seated, 250 standing Grand Cru Restaurant 2600 S. Providence Road 573-443-2600 GrandCruRestaurantComo.com •2  private rooms seating up to 10 people each •2  private rooms seating up to 50 people each •P  rivate room seating up to 70 people •F  ull bar and custom menu options available

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Rejuvenate with a massage or class at one of Columbia’s soothing spas or yoga studios, or simply unwind at one of our well-appointed hotels. We’ve got what you need to help you rest, relax and rejuvenate.

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COMO LODGING If you’re looking for a perfect spot to relax and unwind during your visit, Columbia has a wide lodging selection. Whether you’re looking for a pet-friendly place, convenient complimentary breakfast or a facility for your next meeting or convention, you’re sure to find the right fit. Best Western Plus 2904 Clark Lane 573-397-6471 BestWestern.com The Broadway Columbia 1111 E. Broadway 573-875-7000 TheBroadwayColumbia.com Candlewood Suites 1400 Creekwood Pkwy. 573-256-0200 CandlewoodSuites.com Comfort Suites 1010 Business Loop I-70 S. 573-443-0055 ChoiceHotels.com/MO169

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209C E. Green Meadows Road 573-442-2244

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2703 E. Broadway, Ste. 131 573-446-3689 MassageEnvy.com Massage Luxe

3507 Norfleet Drive, Ste. 103 573-227-4300

RiverSongSpa.com The Strand Salon and Spa

1100 Club Village Drive 573-875-3008 TheStrandSalon AndSpa.com Sumits Hot Yoga Columbia

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Columbia Missouri Convention and Visitors Bureau Visitors Guide  

Columbia, Missouri, and Boone County are destinations full of rich history, an array of arts and culture and home to an engaged and friendly...

Columbia Missouri Convention and Visitors Bureau Visitors Guide  

Columbia, Missouri, and Boone County are destinations full of rich history, an array of arts and culture and home to an engaged and friendly...

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