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Show-Me 5: Donut Shops

Donutology, Kansas City: The colorful and whimsical donut shop opened its doors in October in the Westport neighborhood in Kansas City, where guests can create their own mini cake donuts in its “laboratory,” through tasty scientific experiments with different icings, toppings and drizzles. 816.298.5222, donutology.com Harold’s Doughnuts, Columbia: Two-year-old Harold’s Doughnuts filled a much-needed niche in the college town of …

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Missouri Eats: Goat Hill Coffee & Soda

When snow-cone shop Little Freshie closed earlier this summer on the Westside of Kansas City, it was hard to believe there could be another shop quite as cute to follow. Luckily, Goat Hill Coffee & Soda snapped up the ready-made space, filling the neighborhood’s need for great coffee, handcrafted sodas and snow cones made with Little Freshie syrups. Tanner Stevens …

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Missouri Eats: May Contain Nuts

In a small, sparkling shop, Cherry Mash, Zotz and other candy fill every nook and cranny. A drawer filled with candy cigarettes sits below a shelf lined with Fruit Stripe gum and Cow Tales. Pez dispensers shaped like classic TV cartoon characters peer from a top shelf. This isn’t a candy shop from decades ago, though – it’s Columbia, Missouri’s …

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4 Winter Date-Night Ideas in Columbia

As it gets colder, you may be tempted to pass on date night so that you don’t have to brave the frigid temps, snow and everything else Missouri winters tend to bring. We don’t blame you – it can be hard to find the strength to emerge from your warm pile of blankets (we’ve all been there). But just in …

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Missouri Eats: Wicked Greenz

There’s no shortage of lunch spots on the busy streets of downtown Clayton but for a quick and healthy meal, your options are more limited. Enter Wicked Greenz. The fast-casual eatery opened its doors at the end of September in the former home of Bocci Wine Bar. It offers (and delivers) chef-made salads either “bowled” in the traditional style or …

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Planning a Winter Getaway? St. Louis Is All Within Warm Reach

From delightful dining and comfortable hotels to cozy indoor attractions and other hot spots, St. Louis is an affordable, hot winter getaway for young and old alike. Don’t let the cold temperatures put a chill on your travel plans, especially with warm and inviting St. Louis just a short drive away. The following is a piping hot primer to warm …

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Missouri Eats On Trend: Éclairs

Traditional French éclairs are beautiful in their simplicity: Pâte à choux pastry dough is baked, filled with vanilla pastry cream and then finished with chocolate icing. From Japan to London to cities across the Midwest, pastry chefs are redefining the classic pastry with modern flourishes. When pastry assistant Alice Harvey started making éclairs at Brasserie by Niche in St. Louis, James Beard award-winning chef Gerard …

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Missouri Eats: Ugly Mugg

Ugly Mugg is downtown Columbia, Missouri’s latest coffee option, but with a twist: alcohol. “We tried to make sure we had a different niche than other coffee shops in town,” says owner Jenny Thompson. Ugly Mugg offers a variety of hot and cold coffee and spirit concoctions. Thompson says the Northern Irishman, nitrogen-infused cold-brew coffee with a house blend of …

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Show-Me 5: Soups & Chili

Companion, St. Louis: Longstanding lunch favorite Companion has two café locations in the St. Louis area that feature the bakery’s fresh bread, sandwiches, salads and four daily rotating soups, including chicken-artichoke-Brie, butternut squash and cabbage, and favorite New England clam chowder. 314.352.4770. The Fountain on Locust, St. Louis: Aside from boozy ice cream martinis and award-winning restrooms, the St. Louis …

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Missouri Eats: Druff’s

Located in the heart of downtown Springfield, Missouri, Druff’s opened in May serving gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, hot soup and cold beer. The name is a playful take on the restaurant’s location in the historic Woodruff building. Although first-timers might have a hankering for a traditional grilled cheese, the more adventurous will find inspired options at Druff’s. The menu boasts …

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