Gotcha Costumes helps prep for parties with up to 2,000 costumes plus wigs, cosmetics, and accessories that transform kids, teens, and adults into iconic characters and spooky ghouls. Although availability may fluctuate, recent selections ($16–$40) include a Mary Poppins getup, flamenco garb, and Hansel and Gretel ensembles, all appropriate for Halloween gatherings or NATO summits. Wigs ($15–$39) help obscure natural strands, temporarily altering hair color, texture, and style. Noses and cheeks duck behind all manner of masks ($9.95–$29.99), and makeup ($3.99–$19.99) can add temporary wounds to a zombie costume, lighten complexions to round out a vampire outfit, or help conceal omnipresent third eyes.
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.
After the local camera shop went out of business, customers contacted Ron Henges, the building's manager, about picking up their finished prints and repaired cameras. In the process of helping fill these last orders, customers recommended Ron open his own camera store to fill the need in the community. More than 30 years later, Creve Coeur Camera continues to serve and educate its customers through nine area locations, including a 12,000-square-foot flagship store. The shops supply and repair top-of-the-line cameras and photographic equipment and timely print services and teach how to craft charismatic images through a broad curriculum of classes.
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.
Blackberry Exchange bedecks customers with new and pre-owned vintage fashions for men and women at their new, larger location. Y-chromosome owners can don a vintage Wrangler denim vest ($24), and ladies can casually strut their stuff in a red peasant top with a flashy floral neckline ($16) or show spirit in a Mizzou mini-skirt ($44). A vintage Christian Dior suit in vibrant red features a single breast jacket and cotton blend fabric ($124). Or, a customer can slip arms into a vintage denim jacket ($24), which keeps its wearer warm and attracts bees arranged in flower formations with its embroidered floral pattern.
For more than 30 years, the owners of Jock's Nitch Locker Room have brought large sports-apparel stores to smaller communities throughout Kansas and Missouri. The racks and shelves of the Columbia location proudly display Mizzou gear that ranges from clothing to office decor and tailgating goods. Nike and Adidas logos can be seen on most of the apparel, as well as the inside of employees' eyeballs.
Along with Mizzou merchandise—on which current students and alumni receive 10% off—the store also offers gear celebrating the state's pro teams, including the Cardinals, Rams, Chiefs, and Royals. For graduates who have moved elsewhere but still want gear straight from their college town, the staff ships items all across the United States.