Though shoji screens, wall-mounted Japanese fans, and natural-wood tones lend a calming simplicity to the decor, Geisha Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar doesn't lack for spectacle. At hibachi stations, chefs entertain diners with witty banter and flashy knife skills as they sear orders of filet mignon, scallops, or lobster tail on the tables' hot-grill surfaces. Behind a wooden bar, sushi chefs adopt a more reserved stance, quietly accessorizing maki with premium ingredients, including shitake mushrooms, spicy sesame oil, and pickled radish.
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.
Perlow-Stevens Gallery is a fine art gallery showcasing local, regional, and national artists in various media, gracing eyes with each artisan's eclectic exhibit for three months at a time. Complement the shiny metal inside your body with jewelry ($36–$5,500) such as the Japanese-inspired metalsmithings of Pam Caidin or the diamond-accented curves from Todd Reed. Current artwork ($100–$8,000) includes the oil-scraped portraiture of Joel Sager and the scenic rural isolations of photographer Notley Hawkins. Delicate sculptures, glass work, and ceramic pieces provide a focal point for family rooms or bulls in search of a china shop.
Known locally as the "Gingerbread House," the 1,400-square-foot Creekstone Cottage started out as a two-room log cabin built from local oak trees in the early 20th century. The current Creekstone Cottage was erected around the original cabin's walls in 1935, and the Columbia Historic Preservation Commission listed the cottage as a Notable Historic Property in 2004. Today, the storybook inn features three charmingly furnished bedrooms, a full kitchen, and a fireplace. Guests can linger in the screened-in patio, or chase Mother Goose along the dirt paths through the surrounding gardens lined with flowers and shrubs.
Splashers brightens up the chore of washing clothes with an on-site snack bar that serves bottled beer, tanning beds, a big-screen TV, and free WiFi. The washery offers same- or next-day service on drop-off laundry, tending to T-shirts, pants, blouses, and Santa suits based on owner specifications. Those who opt for self-service laundry can sling dirty duds into professional Dexter front-load washers ($2.49/cycle for 20-pound load; $8.39 for 80-pound load) and dryers ($0.25–$0.75 for 7 minutes). For added convenience, machine use is paid for with an easy swipe card instead of quarters plucked from behind a stranger's ear.
The Central Missouri Humane Society exists to prevent and alleviate the suffering and uncontrolled reproduction of companion animals with an emphasis on public education, adoption and providing basic veterinary services for under-served pet owners.
The licensed spine straighteners at Boehmer Chiropractic & Acupuncture, P.C. treat chronic and acute pain with personalized therapeutic treatments. After leafing through magazines in the sunlit waiting room, patients consult with a certified spine expert to get to the root causes of pain or health problems, such as back pain, headaches, or shin splints induced from potato-sack marathons. If needed, x-rays may be taken to shed light on structural or functional issues. Then vertebrates stretch out on black-leather tables for a relief adjustment, which helps realign the spine and the surrounding musculature. During the two needleless acupuncture treatments, certified acupuncturists stimulate muscles with 20- to 60-second jolts of noninvasive electrical impulses while explaining the telekinetic art of needleless cross-stitch. The entire session can take anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes, depending on need, treatments performed, and unexpected shifts to daylight-savings time.