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Different from the average pet-boarding facility, Paradise 4 Paws has a bone-shaped pool surrounded by more than 20,000 square feet of indoor play area, plush accommodations, and comfy boarding suites. Staff members roam the facility 24/7, playing with animals during the day, tucking them in at night, and performing à la carte services such as grooming, obedience training, health checkups, and canine massage therapy. Paradise 4 Paws has its own training academy, and its pet-care professionals have received pet-first-aid certification from the American Red Cross.

The pet-minded staff cares about pet owners, as well, granting access to the play area’s real-time webcams and offering airport parking and transportation.

858 South Business 54
Fulton,
Missouri
US

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.

601 Business Loop 70 West
Columbia,
MO
US

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.

8 S 9th St
Columbia,
MO
US

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).

921 E Broadway
Columbia,
MO
US

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.

1207 Rogers St
Columbia,
MO
US

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.

2703 E Broadway
Columbia,
MO
US