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.
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.
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.
Since 1967, Palen Music Center has been fostering the musical arts throughout Missouri with five locations stocked with instruments and staffed by musicians who offer both shopping insight and musical instruction. The center’s instrument rentals and private lessons—which are available for a variety of different instruments—give aspiring musicians a chance to explore their options before purchasing an instrument of their own. And for those ready to invest, Fender guitars, Tama drums, Roland keyboards, and a wide array of other instruments are kept stocked at each of the shop’s locations.