The District: A Columbia Shopping Wonderland

The first snow hasn’t fallen, but that doesn’t stop Columbia from getting dressed up for the holidays. For visitors who are hoping to check some gifts off their list, Columbia has some fantastic and unexpected ideas for anyone on your list.

Shopping in The District is always a necessity in Columbia.
Shopping in The District is always a necessity in Columbia.

 Expect the Best

Columbia shopping wouldn’t be the same if you didn’t go shopping in The District. It is always a great adventure! No matter who you’re shopping for, there’s a place in The District to pick up the perfect gift.

Tiger Spirit

Have a Mizzou fan in your life? Look no further than Tiger Spirit on 9th Street. For nearly 30 years students and alumni have descended on Tiger Spirit for all things black and gold. Whether your favorite fan fancies sweatshirts or stocking stuffers, you’ll find just the thing for the true Tiger fan.

Bluestem Missouri Crafts

When handmade truly matters, Bluestem Missouri Crafts is a must-visit. Home to beautiful pieces ranging from sculpture to wearable art, Bluestem stocks amazing art from artists in Missouri and its eight contiguous states.

Makes Scents

It smells good in here! Give a gift from the heart at Makes Scents, where you can work with one of their consultants to create a custom perfume oil, lotion or one of many other products. It’s something that will remind the recipient of you every time they use it.

Eat Up Columbia

It’s so easy to forget to eat lunch when you are out shopping and having fun, but lucky for you, The District houses tons of local restaurants mixed in with all the retail stores. Below, are a few of those restaurants that are definitely able to satisfy that tummy growl and maybe you can find the perfect gift for the foodie on your list.

Flat Branch Pub and Brewing

A Columbia favorite, Flat Branch is a great place to shop for the beer lover on your list and have the perfect lunch while out shopping. With brews that range from the Katy Trail Pale Ale to the Oil Change Stout, Flat Branch will sell you a delicious growler of brew. A perfect choice for the holidays.


Columbia's famous Shakespeare's Pizza.
Columbia’s famous Shakespeare’s Pizza.

Shakespeare’s Pizza

Have you had a piece…today? For anyone who’s visited Columbia, Shakespeare’s is high on the list of favorite stops. For those who live far away, the gift of a shipped, frozen pizza will bring back many memories and generate a lot of gratitude. For those of you in town… enjoy any day you’d like at any three locations in town!

The Candy Factory

More than just truffles (though theirs are amazing), The Candy Factory will satisfy even the most picky sweet tooth on your list. From old fashioned candy buttons to chocolate covered potato chips, this is a great place to pick up your stocking stuffers. Have a true chocoholic on your list? Try the chocolate pizza, which is a blend of milk chocolate with fresh cashews, almonds, pecans, raisins, and marshmallows to create an extraordinary deep dish chocolate crust. Then it’s topped with black walnuts, Brazil nuts, whole cashews, almonds and cherries, and drizzled with a white chocolate finale. Seriously.

So mark your calendar and pack your bags for a shopping excursion to Columbia. Don’t forget to buy yourself a little something too…we won’t tell.

Written by Megan McConachie, web and communications manager for the Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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