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.