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According to Vox Magazine, jewelry designer Kyle Batisch flourishes at revamping an old piece of jewelry as much as he does creating one from scratch. Often, customers will present him with an antique bracelet or necklace that belonged to a loved one with the request that he make it new again, often with a different jewel or an eye-catching new finish. With the help of Kyle’s jewelry-designer wife Tracy and custom-jeweler Kevin Oleson, KT Diamond Jewelers has created more than a thousand custom pieces of jewelry for clients to cherish for generations. Guests often come to the shop with specific ideas for their custom trinkets, which Kyle and Tracy sketch to make sure their vision aligns with the client's. Once on paper, Kevin takes over to carve the design into wax, fit the stones, and show the prototype to his customer before crafting the final masterpiece in metal. Once the metal has been cast, he cleans it and resets the stones, resulting in a new bauble designed to immortalize wedding vows or simulate the joy of winning an NBA championship.
My Secret Garden's florists gather exotic stems and local blooms to bundle bright, sweet-smelling bouquets appropriate for all occasions. With a build-your-own bouquet, bloom seekers can bundle any stem flowers ($4-$22/stem) or roses ($5/rose) into a sunny arrangement, great for brightening up a kitchen or a supervillain's lair. Select blooms à la carte for personalized sentiments, or browse premade bushels for inspiration. An assorted bunch of soft greens, pink oriental lilies, and tulips, as in the cheery Garden Symphony (priced by stem count), captures the bright mood of a birthday or the anniversary of a successful breakout from Alcatraz. For the romantics, a dozen roses ($60) gather a love poem into a ribbon, and the Sweet Serenade bouquet (priced by stem count) displays a colorful valentine of pink ranunculus and mini calla lilies
Makes Scents carries more than 75 perfume oils in scents such as açaí berry, chocolate, china musk, and wild ginger that allow customers to mix and match to create customized fragrances. They can blend these extracts into an aromatic perfume or cologne spray, or infuse them into bath and body products that include bath and shower gels, shampoos and conditioners, mineral-rich lotions, and massage oils. Many of the products are also paraben free, and come unscented as a gentle alternative for individuals with aroma-sensitive allergies. Makes Scents carries many designer-inspired oils for men and women in familiar fragrances such as Gucci Rush and Dolce & Gabbana, and also stock its shelves with other products from brands such as L’Occitane, Crabtree & Evelyn, and Root Candles.
Since its founding in 2005, "Inside Columbia" magazine has been inspiring spirited water-cooler chat with its coverage of all things new and noteworthy in the city. Photos of mid-Missouri day-trip destinations, colorful local shops, and besotted brides and grooms grace its glossy pages. Chefs share recipes for everything from bourbon cocktails to Peruvian ceviche, while restaurant profiles keep readers up-to-date on the city's culinary scene.
Besides the magazine, "Inside Columbia" also hosts a wide range of events, from the College of Barbecue Knowledge to the annual Wine and Food Festival.
Hillcreek Yarn Shoppe offers yarns in every color of the rainbow and projects to match any crafter's dreams. Owner Karen Cox, who has been knitting since the age of 8, leads a team of part-time employees who work at the shop simply because of their love of knitting. Customers can shop for yarn from every major brand and pick up hand-dyed and specialty yarns from boutique producers from around the world. Throughout the 3,000-square-foot space, regulars work on projects with assistance and encouragement from staff members, and classes are held to help participants complete a variety of projects, from fingerless gloves to knit shawls.
In Harmony's Treasure Box’s 2,000 square foot shop, new and gently used items of children’s clothing mingle on clothing racks amid shoes and kid’s accessories. From tiny infants to boys and girls first learning to use stilts, the shop’s broad selection decks out youths of all sizes in clothes from Gymboree, Baby Phat, and other kid-centric brands. Mothers-to-be can outfit budding tummies in maternity wear, as well as reap other child necessities such as high chairs, strollers, and swings. For those with quickly growing little ones, the shop also purchases gently used, freshly laundered apparel for cash or store credit.
Since 1967, Palen Music Center has been fostering the musical arts throughout Missouri with five locations stocked with instruments and staffed by musicians who offer both shopping insight and musical instruction. The center’s instrument rentals and private lessons—which are available for a variety of different instruments—give aspiring musicians a chance to explore their options before purchasing an instrument of their own. And for those ready to invest, Fender guitars, Tama drums, Roland keyboards, and a wide array of other instruments are kept stocked at each of the shop’s locations.
Get Lost Bookshop stocks its many shelves with used tomes and new magazines. The independently owned shop specializes in literary fiction, history, religion, and cultural studies, and also has a selection of elusive art magazines and graphic novels. A cozy space for like-minded literati, Get Lost Bookshop often hosts readings, live music, and funerals for dead e-reader batteries.
Good Nature's locally sourced alpaca products swathe bodies in soft fabrics that cry out for gentle cheek rubs. Alpaca socks ($15–$22) enclose feet in their warm embrace. Sweaters, hats, and rugs made of the fine fiber also line the store's aisles. Add aromatic intrigue to séances that channel the spirits of former cars with the many scents of Fred Soll's incense ($5–$16), or adorn selves and surfaces with crystals such as a Celtic cluster crystal ($10.75). Wines such as the fruit-toned 2009 Illahe viognier ($17) infuse bellies with warm oenophilic well-being. Books published by Llewellyn, Hay House, and other spiritually minded page-binders ($8–$65) advise the soul in matters of its consciousness and improvement.
Swank Boutique decorates Columbians with a multitude of chic human toppings, ranging from dresses to belts, jackets to jewelry, and handbags to hair accessories from designers including BB Dakota, Free People, J Brand, True Religion, and more. Encase your head with the Deepa Gurnani Three Circles Crystal head wrap ($31), or turn heads into turned heads with the Juicy Couture Studded Full Denim skirt ($76). Or, search for feral Cinderellas by wearing Mink Pink's Fairy Godmother dress ($94) and urging strangers to try on Minnetonka's Three Layer Fringe boots ($88).
Students in the College of Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources open the Mizzou Meat Market's doors each Wednesday and Friday to serve up USDA-approved meats from university-raised livestock. A large selection of fresh meats includes beef, pork, lamb, and other prepared items. Aristocratic alphabet enthusiasts can cast off stores of proletarian SpaghettiOs for a T-bone steak upgrade ($6.99 per pound). A pound of bacon ($2.89 per pound) wakes weekend tailgaters with a satisfying sizzle, prepping palates for an afternoon of applying grill stripes to newly ground cheeseburger patties ($2.49). Carnivorous spuds munch on flaky fish to offer pescetarians a potato-crusted-cod option ($7.99 per pound). The market is open Wednesday and Friday from 12 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., though customers can order by phone or appointment throughout the week.
Back to Life PC’s experienced tech detectives sleuth out computer issues to solve problems that plague systems and slow down operation. After owners of ill-functioning machines drop them off at the shop, techs commence to diagnosing the hardware and software issues that compromise the system’s integrity by bribing it to throw solitaire games. Next, the computer is cleansed of viruses, adware, and spyware, returning the machine to a healthier state. An extra hour of work and repairs helps correct any issues discovered during diagnosis and gets computers running faster to give them an edge in 100-meter dashes against toasters.
During the Epic Mud Run, road warriors zip around a 2.5-mile muddy circuit, hurdling, dodging, and just generally avoiding up to 14 obstacles along the way. After stashing belongings at the free gear check-in, dirt devils line up at 4 p.m., and 150 more runners hit the earthy course in waves every 20 minutes. During the race, participants wear a digital chip laced to their shoes to provide live race results, and lens-wielders from ASI Photography snap photos of joggers tackling obstacles, crossing the finish line, or secretly drinking all of the opponents mud. A hydration station midcourse keeps thirst at bay. Each member of the three-person teams runs the entire course, for a combined finishing time that represents the speedy trio. After the dash, each racer receives an Epic Mud Run shirt and a complimentary beer (racers 21 and older). Mud-soaked participants can hose off or shoot water skyward to give clouds a taste of their own medicine.
Family-owned and -operated Hurst Fine Diamonds boasts a more than 100-year history of outfitting empty appendages with fine accouterments. The shop spotlights diamond-, gemstone-, and pearl-based creations from designers such as Pandora, Love Story, and Fossil. Special someones delight in the Platina 4 diamond ring, brewed from a blend of gold, silver, palladium, and platinum, and set with a conflict-free diamond ($89.99). Replace the hard-won marlin you wear around your neck with an even more appealing sea prize: pink and white freshwater pearls, strung together on a golden thread ($79.99). A colorful Raquelle Bianco silver and enamel pastel butterfly ring serves as an attractive napkin ring decoration ($84). Custom jewelry designs are available (prices vary), and the shop also offers a mélange of masculine trimmings, such as a tungsten cross necklace ($99.99) and a titanium band set with a single diamond ($99.99). The Hursts send off each beloved diamond piece with a lifetime limited warranty.
With a plethora of frame and mat samples, Deck The Walls can satisfy any and all framing fantasies. The expert framespeople can make diplomas radiate (most diplomas can be framed for around $100), dorm-room movie posters sparkle (many 24"x36" pieces are well under $100), and sports jerseys shine (most for under $350). The design wizards can also find a home for any prized possession, such as shoebox photos, baby booties, ticket stubs, medals, and really good pot roasts. Deck The Walls' lifetime guarantee and assurance that all work is done on-site means your frameables won't be subject to mistreatment at underground commercial framing facilities.