Shopping is More Than Retail Therapy


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Shopping , antique shop , shopping activities , specialty shop
Abundant Shopping Options Are Waiting in Missouri
Author: Scott McCullough
When it comes to retail therapy, Missouri offers just what you need for great shopping trips. The shops of the Show-Me State boast everything from shoes to gourmet foods, antiques to home décor, art to designer jeans; you'll find just the thing in Missouri.

In Kansas City’s Country Club Plaza shopping, dining and entertainment district, head to The Better Cheddar, a specialty grocery famous for their huge selection of world-class cheeses, condiments, dried pastas, cured meats, wines, olive oils and other specialty items.

Need some inspiration to add curb appeal to your home? Stop by Apple Wagon Antique Mall, Home and Garden Decor Outlet in Williamsburg. The store offers items to suit every gardener's and home decorator's taste. Plus, they have a large selection of Fiesta Dinnerware. New items arrive weekly, so you're never shopping the same items twice. The antique mall features 125 booths, selling a wide range of lovely treasures.

Spanning St. Louis and University City, The Delmar Loop is a vibrant, six-block area with more than 110 specialty shops and restaurants, several art galleries and numerous entertainment venues. This thriving urban retail, arts and entertainment district has been described as “One of the 10 Great Streets in America.”

Wander through a wonderland of merchandise at Enchanted Frog Antiques. This antique mall in Lathrop carries hundreds of collectibles, ranging from primitive to Victorian-era. Nearly 90 percent of their merchandise is pre-1960s. Browse the vast array of offerings, including: pottery; furniture; toys; glassware and dishes; cabin decor; Western items; American Indian collectibles; jewelry; and loads of small interesting things. As an added treat, the Enchanted Frog serves free popcorn every day.

Cherokee Antique Row is a can't-miss destination in St. Louis, ideal for anyone who loves antique and vintage items. This area contains six blocks of antique, collectible and specialty shops, art galleries, restaurants and cafes. Stores range from Saxquest (specializing in vintage and professional woodwind instruments) to Retro 101/Cherry Bomb Vintage (from modern furniture and home accessories to vintage clothing) and Hammonds Books (rare, collectible and out-of-print books).

Looking for great gifts and gorgeous art for your home? Find what you seek at the unique Zuzak Wonder Store (hours vary). This shop in downtown Boonville features jewelry, paintings, ceramics, photography and other artistic endeavors by local artists.

Discover a full day (or more) of shopping in the college town of Columbia. The District, covering 50 square blocks downtown, is a shopper's paradise with more than 100 shops and boutiques, wine shops, artisan galleries, restaurants, brewpubs, and – of course – plenty of places to stock up on Mizzou Tigers gear.

If you’re looking for, well, just about anything, head to Chesterfield, where you can shop at not one, but two fabulous outlet malls within three miles of each other along I-64: St. Louis Premium Outlets and Taubman Prestige Outlets. Since these malls boast different shops and businesses, you can literally shop-till-you-drop.

On the other side of the state, in north Kansas City, Zona Rosa is an upscale shopping area offering 80 shops filled with plenty of fantastic choices, two dozen restaurants and several entertainment venues.

Home to more than 110 designer and name-brand outlet stores, the Osage Beach Premium Outlets is where serious shoppers go by the carload and busload. Take your entire list, divide up the group and enjoy bargain hunting thrills around every corner.

For the outdoor enthusiast, Springfield is home to Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, the flagship store for the Bass Pro Shop chain. One of the most popular attractions in Missouri, this is the granddaddy of all outdoor stores. Every year, more than four million people visit this 300,000-square-foot megastore of outdoor activities and equipment.

Waterfront shopping couldn’t be more fun than it is at Branson Landing, on the banks of Lake Taneycomo. The 75-acre shopping stroll-way features more than 100 stores, a variety of eateries and a thrilling zipline ride. A $7.5 million fire and water fountain dances in time to music. As you might imagine, Branson has plenty of entertainment, attraction, restaurant and hotel options to fill your vacation.

  The Better Cheddar
The Better Cheddar is a specialty grocery store and restaurant located in the famous County Club Plaza ...

  Apple Wagon Antique Mall, Home and Garden Decor Outlet
Antique mall is 10,000 square feet, with more than 125 booths. Home and garden outlet is 15,000 square-feet, ...

  Delmar Loop
This six-block entertainment and retail district features more than 140 specialty shops, 45 restaurants, ...

  Enchanted Frog Antiques
We specialize in memories. Let us help you find the ones you love best - of people, places and events ...

  Zuzak Wonder Store
From the antique tin ceilings to the checker board floor, the Zuzak building is a unique place to begin ...

  The District in Columbia
Situated between three colleges, The District (50 not-so-square blocks downtown) is a hip, active and ...

  St. Louis Premium Outlets – Chesterfield
Discover impressive savings at Ann Taylor, Coach, Crabtree & Evelyn, Elie Tahari, J. Crew, Kate ...

  Taubman Prestige Outlets
Taubman Prestige Outlets is a 49-acre, village-style center featuring 310,000 square feet of retail ...

  Zona Rosa Shopping District
Zona Rosa, in north Kansas City, is an upscale shopping, dining and entertainment district, located ...

  Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World
One of the most popular attractions in Missouri, this is the granddaddy of all outdoor stores. Every ...

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