Shopping - More Than Retail Therapy

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Shopping , shopping activities , Shopping Malls / Antique Shops , specialty shop
Soothing to the Soul
Author: Charles Scott
Across Missouri, you can shop-‘til-you-drop. That idea in mind, we’ve searched out some of the best antique shops and local markets in the Show-Me State. These are sure to make your trip a successful one.

Go Shopping on a Missouri Mini Vacation

Relax and unwind with a little retail therapy. In Missouri, we know what it takes to make you smile: shopping for bargains is just the ticket. Start a new wardrobe and just scrutinize the new fashions; get a jump on birthday gifts; find the perfect decorative item for the living room and some hard-scape for the yard;
or just get out of the house for a while – whatever your reason, casual shopping is always a great excuse to take a mini-vacation.

Visit the Local Markets in Missouri


In downtown Columbia, the area known as The District is home to hip shopping. Situated among cafes, bars, restaurants and live performance venues, nearly 110 stores offer everything from clothing and shoes to kitchen supplies and food items, brand names to hand-made accoutrement, crafts to jewelry, fine wine to artisan and vintage items.

Stroll the quaint streets of the Ste. Genevieve Historic District and take in the craftsmanship of handmade jewelry, homemade candles and Missouri-produced foods. Take as much time as you need to browse through some of Missouri's best antique shops. You won’t leave empty handed after you check out this charming destination.

Looking for a local market? Take a walk down “C-Street,” as the Commercial Street Historic District is commonly known. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this Springfield shopping district showcases local artisans. Stop in Big Momma’s and meet some of the artists while you warm-up with a latté.
Breathe in the aroma at Askinosie Chocolate, a small-batch bean-to-bar chocolate maker.

Hannibal is more than just Tom Sawyer and Mark Twain; it is a great destination for a shopping mini vacation. Visit historic downtown Hannibal for one-of-a-kind treasures. At Alliance Art Gallery, check out oil paintings, jewelry, pottery and many other locally produced items. Ava Goldworks showcases gold jewelry, designed and crafted on-site by Certified Master Bench Jewelers. Take a break from all that shopping and visit The Powder Room spa and salon, where you can treat yourself to a manicure and a pedicure; while you’re there, do some shopping and stock up on your favorite Bumble and Bumble products. Thinking about a comfortable bed after a long day of shopping? Stop at the Hickory Stick Quilt Shop, where they create beautiful quilts and offer quilting classes.

Some of Missouri’s Best Antique Shops


Finding that one-of-a-kind antique at one of Cherokee Street’s best antique shops, invokes a feeling of accomplishment. On Cherokee Antique Row, four miles south of downtown St. Louis, six tree-lined blocks are filled with treasures looking for a home. Lady Jane Antiques offers specialty mantles and wrought iron creations. Antique furniture, watches and even vintage fishing lures line the shelves at Brent’s Antiques and Collectibles. Make Cherokee Antique Row part of your mini vacation in St. Louis.

Larger Shopping Areas

If a bigger area is what you’re looking for, take in the world famous Country Club Plaza shopping, dining and entertainment district in Kansas City. Fifteen blocks of heaven for the recreational and the serious shopper, as well as those looking for a little retail therapy. More than 150 shops beckon you with their "this is the in thing" selections. Tired? Slow down at one (or all) of the fantastic restaurants and coffee shops before continuing your shopping marathon.

Waterfront shopping couldn’t be more fun than it is at Branson Landing, on the banks of Lake Taneycomo. Anchored by Belk Department Store and Bass Pro Shop, the 75-acre shopping stroll-way features more than 100 stores and a variety of eateries. A $7.5 million water fountain dances in time to music at the Light, Water and Fire Show. As you might imagine, Branson has a lot of entertainment shows, attractions, restaurants and hotels to fill your vacation and weekend. Read this blog post, “Branson Offers Plenty of Winter Fun” for more ideas.

How About An Outlet Mall Vacation?

Also in Branson, at Tanger Outlets more than 90 designer and brand-name shops offer big savings on all manner of items. At Tanger, shopping is all about having a great time.

Find another "outlet mall" at the Lake of the Ozarks. Osage Beach Premium Outlets is home to more than 110 retailers, offering brand names everyone is familiar with: Under Armour, Banana Republic, Harry & David, Polo and Calvin Klein to name but a few. Plus, they have snacks, food and drink, as well as a five-screen theatre.


 The District in Columbia
Situated between three colleges, The District (43 not-so-square blocks downtown) is a hip, active and ...

 Ava Goldworks
Unique goldsmith gallery specializing in jewelry designed and crafted on-site, by Jewelers of America ...

 Country Club Plaza Shopping & Dining District
This entire 15-block district is home to more than 150 upscale shops, dozens of fine restaurants, nightclubs ...

 Branson Landing
Branson Landing is a 95-acre entertainment and retail destination, offering eclectic shops, fine dining, ...

 Tanger Outlets - Branson
Enjoy savings up to 70 percent at many of the nation's leading designer and brand-name stores, including ...

 Osage Beach Premium Outlets
Osage Beach Premium Outlets is home to more than 110 designer and name-brand outlet stores. Hours may ...

 C-Street Historic District
This was the hub of opportunity and commerce in 1870 “Newtown,” as North Springfield was ...

 Askinosie Chocolate
Askinosie Chocolate is a small-batch, bean-to-bar chocolate maker, specializing in single origin chocolate. ...

 Alliance Art Gallery
Connect to the Art-Full Life. Original fine art and fine crafts from regional artists: paintings; drawings; ...

 The Powder Room
A beautiful full service salon and spa in downtown Hannibal, offering complete hair care, manicure, ...

 Hickory Stick Quilt Shop
Quilt shop featuring over 3000 bolts of quilting fabric, wool, flannel, quilt patterns, books, and quilting ...