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Spring Visits to Columbia Conservation Areas

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Spring is the perfect time to explore, and luckily, it’s easy to get out of the city in Columbia. That can mean jumping in the car and heading a few minutes out of town or just escaping into the woods at one of our many conservation areas. Here are some of my favorite places to connect with nature: Rocky Fork …

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Missouri Eats: Mary Jane Burgers & Brew

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Carisa Stark’s restaurant isn’t exactly in the center of a bustling metropolis, so she has to make sure she somehow reaches customers within an 80-mile-plus radius of tiny Perryville, Missouri, south of Ste. Genevieve. Enticing Instagram photos of Mary Jane Burgers & Brew have helped make the joint a destination restaurant in southeast Missouri; Stark opened Mary Jane in 2013 …

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Waterfalls & Cinnamon Rolls: The Perfect Spring Day in Parkville

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Spring is officially here and it’s time to get outside and explore! Although we didn’t have too harsh of a winter here in Platte County (around 5 inches of snow and just a few days in the single digits), spring is the best time of year; you get to ditch the coats and feel the sun on your face. What …

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Enjoy St. Lou Fringe

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St Lou Fringe is the only performing arts festival of its kind in the Metropolitan Area. It takes place August 19-25, 2016, but is designed to have a lasting impact on the St. Louis community. One that reverberates through the streets of this city and in the hearts of artists and audiences for much longer than the set festival dates. …

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Missouri Eats: Curtain Call Lounge

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Legend has it that when sparkling-wine pioneer Dom Perignon first discovered Champagne, he said, “Come quickly, I am tasting the stars!” The quote headlines the drink menu of the recently opened Curtain Call Lounge, which bubbles with a posh personality all its own. Inside the Fabulous Fox Theatre’s new lavish hideaway, visitors can sip away at stellar cocktails that sparkle …

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Saturday Morning at the Kirksville Farmers Market

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One of my favorite things to do on a Saturday morning in Kirksville is to wander through the local Farmers Market. I love to stop and say hello to Steve and Velda Salt from Green Valley Farm and buy sweet basil and vine-ripened tomatoes. I stroll over to James Hawkins’ booth to buy a pint of the most flavorful home …

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Enjoy Missouri’s Spring Show

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I love springtime with its landscape of greens, yellows, pinks, oranges, purples and reds, not to mention the fragrant whiffs of fresh springtime air greeting me each time I venture outside. Warm breezes, bright sunshine and vibrant pops of color rejuvenate my senses. Yes, one of my favorite times of year has finally sprung! Take it from me, a stroll …

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Live in St. Louis: A Diverse, Arch-Sized Music Scene

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In any given week in St. Louis, there are up to 300 chances to treat your ears to some phenomenal musicianship. Whether it’s Stevie Ray Vaughn-esque shredding in the Soulard neighborhood, cool vocal stylings at a hip suburban bistro, or the joyful jamming of a Grateful Dead tribute band in the Loop, the live music scene is rocking visitors and …

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Missouri Eats: Melo’s Pizzeria

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When Blues City Deli owner Vince “Vinnie” Valenza acquired the building that houses his popular sandwich shop, he and his son Joey immediately started cooking up ideas for how to make use of the adjacent garage. Initially, that meant experimenting with bread baking, but Joey’s newfound passion led to another craft: pizza making. Named after Vinnie’s father and enthusiastic pizzaiolo, …

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Enjoy the Spring Weather in Jefferson City

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Regardless of the chill still in the air, spring has arrived and that means it’s time to end your hibernation and get outdoors in Jefferson City. There’s nothing quite as charming as the sea of redbud and dogwood trees surrounding our city as warmer weather nears. The streets are busy again while umbrellas begin to pop-up outside our favorite eateries. …

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