Don’t forget to keep your eyes peeled for great deals and one-of-a-kind finds while traveling in Missouri. Here are a few places to check out to get you started.
Take home an original masterpiece from Koka Art Gallery, in Carthage. This flourishing art gallery features pieces by more than 30 local artists, across a wide variety of media, including framed art, jewelry, prints and pottery. Photographer Koral Martin keeps a studio on-site, so be to check out her beautiful collection of floral and landscape photography.
In Columbia, Swank Boutique sells some of the hottest labels – think Free People; 7 for All Mankind; and French Connection – and frequently runs great sales. Whether you need that perfect outfit for a date or just want to update your look with some new accessories, Swank has you covered. This charming boutique is in The District, Columbia’s 43-not-so-square-block shopping, dining and entertainment mecca.
In Kansas City, the shopping district Zona Rosa offers tons of great shops in one convenient, outdoor location. Find the latest styles at the upscale fashion boutiques. Pick up a few bestsellers at the bookstore. Accessorize your kitchen with goodies from a culinary wonderland. Plus, Zona Rosa boasts plenty of wonderful eateries, as well as a relaxing day spa.
Plaza Frontenac, in the St. Louis suburb of Frontenac, makes an ideal destination for high-end shopping and dining. Anchored by Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus, Plaza Frontenac’s stores carry some of the top designers in the nation, including Michael Kors, Louis Vuitton, and Kate Spade. Delicious dining options include local favorite Cardwell’s at the Plaza and Brio Tuscan Grill.
You can’t go home from vacation empty-handed, of course – so find something for nearly everyone on your list at Maceo’s Fine Gifts and Fashion, in Springfield. Discover a wide array of jewelry, from high-end lines to fun fashion pieces. For the tiny style-mavens in your life, Maceo’s carries the adorable Mud Pie line of baby clothes. Other gift items include wall art and candles.
While you’re in Springfield, be sure to visit the amazingly talented owners of the Red Velvet Shop. Recently featured in Southern Living magazine, this shop sells one-of-a-kind fashions created by co-owners Elsie, Rachel, Emma and Holly. The foursome’s keen eye for fashion makes every piece at Red Velvet a winner. After you spend a couple of hours augmenting your wardrobe, step into the on-site Sweet Shoppe for a cupcake and some bubble tea.
Add some sparkle to your Missouri getaway when you visit Duncan II Jewelry. Located in Osage Beach, this store offers some of the most elegant and popular jewelry lines, including Pandora, and Hearts on Fire. A Tag Heuer watch makes the perfect gift for people who love beautiful, high-quality timepieces. If you’re planning to ask a super-big question in the near future, be sure to talk to one of the shop’s goldsmiths and jewelry artisans, who can create one-of-a-kind pieces, and can size rings and set diamonds on-site.
Travel back in time several decades when you visit Dick’s Oldtime 5 & 10. This beloved Branson store offers 50,000 fun items, plus plenty of great nostalgia. You’ll find toys, candy, crafts, Missouri souvenirs and many other excellent gift items. While at Dick’s, be sure to check out the vast (and not-for-sale) collection of miniature trains, World War II aviation prints, and arrowheads.