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.
NecroPlanet’s trifecta of eerie attractions paints a bleak portrait of Earth’s future: organized society has buckled, and chaos reigns over the desolate landscape. Necropolis, the fright site's signature haunt, acts as a factory that rises from the debris and houses evil spirits thirsty for living souls. The creatures that lurk in The Pit, a haunted house that must be navigated in total darkness, succumb to a sinister hunger for human flesh or more quality daytime soap operas. The final haunted labyrinth, Chaos in 3D, highlights the horror of nuclear waste and radiation smoldering beneath the wreckage for awestruck guests wearing 3-D glasses.
The Cooper’s Oak Winery is located on the premises of A&K Cooperage, proprietor of fine American and French oak barrels. This isn't a coincidence—the winery uses those high-quality barrels as vessels for its blended and specialty varietals. The barrels' contribution is clear in sips of the Toasted Oak, a cabernet sauvignon mixed with merlot and aged in heavily toasted oak, and the Triple Oak Bliss, a dark and bold red blend of three domestic grapes, aged in American oak emblazoned with tasty smiley faces. Cooper’s also crafts sweet blush wine, a vidal ice wine, and a French hybrid vignoles.
For more than 120 years, Busch’s Florist has dispatched flowers across the country. The family-owned company recruits its own drivers for local deliveries, and entrusts all other orders to upstanding industry partners. Regardless of destination, each order contains the freshest flowers. Florists arrange blossoms for traditional occasions such as birthdays and anniversaries, but also maintain a holiday calendar that denotes other possible motivations, such as sister's day or third Tuesday of the month.
Chartreuse ribbons encircle a bouquet of pink roses and other delicate, unifying accents elevate My Secret Garden’s collection of blooms to gift-worthy realms. They also helped earn the shop its status as Inside Columbia’s Best Place to Buy Flowers in 2010, 2011, and 2012. Florists happily work with patrons to construct custom arrangements with the shop's 40–60 varieties of fresh flowers that may include exotic blooms from Hawaii or locally grown wildflowers. Additionally, they can enhance bouquets with add-ons such as chocolates and balloons. They also deliver their floral masterpieces to homes, businesses, or beehives in Columbia.
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.