Christmas is only how many days away? That means it’s time to get busy… busy shopping, that is.
When it comes to holiday shopping, look no further than Springfield, where you find well-known stores along with unique mom-and-pop shops to help you pile the presents under the tree.
First stop is Battlefield Mall, where more than 150 retailers offer the latest fashions, gadgets and gifts. Conveniently located under one roof, the stores at Battlefield Mall are the place to begin your holiday shopping excursion.
If you have an outdoor enthusiast who wants fishing, hunting, camping gear, or other outdoor gear, you can’t go wrong at Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World. The store in Springfield is the first and largest Bass Pro in the nation. With a four-story waterfall, huge aquariums, an art gallery and other fun things to see and do, it’s an entertaining adventure as well as a place to find the right gifts to wrap in tinsel and gold.
The hobbyists, metal workers and carpenters on your list will be easy to please with a stop at Grizzly Industrial. The second-largest machinery showroom in the world, this huge store is the place to get tools, saws, metalworking machines, etc. While there, enjoy the live demonstrations, woodworking samples and a display of more than 10,000 tools.
The cowgirls and cowboys on your list will be dreaming of gifts from PFI Town, which includes PFI Western Store, Saddle City and Diamond Ridge Market. At PFI Western Store, a huge selection of more than 15,000 pairs of boots, western clothing and accessories will please the fashionistas. Saddle City has hundreds of saddles and all the tack horse-lovers need. While you’re there, drop in at Diamond Ridge Market to sample cheese and wine.
Along with the big shops, there are hundreds of unique stores throughout the city. Here’s a small sample:
- Askinosie Chocolate is a small-batch bean-to-bar chocolate maker specializing in single-origin chocolate. The cocoa beans are 100 percent sourced directly from small farmers.
- Bag Lady Boutique features unique gifts, home decor, clothes, jewelry and more.
- Big and Tall Man’s Shop is the place to find what you need for those who are hard to fit. You find a variety of big and tall clothing from casual to dress in sizes large tall to 6X tall and 2X big to 12X big.
- Candy House has all kinds of treats: fudge, brittles, English toffee, caramel pecan treats, caramel nut corn and a lot more, including an extensive line of Jelly Belly’s and kid’s candy.
- Cosmic Fish is the place to go for colorful hair dye, bead curtains, Nag Champa Incense, Sheesha, cool clothes and purses, posters, and body jewelry.
- If you know someone who is into quilting, check out Merrily We Quilt Along and Quilt Sampler.
- Rusty Moose Lodge Décor is the place to look for home décor with a lodge or western theme. Furniture, rugs, taxidermy and much more can be found in the 6,200-square-foot show room.
- Winetyles Wine & Gifts is a must-stop shop for the wine lovers on your list. The shop offers gifts, baskets, cheese, chocolates, private tasting events and even a wine club. Hint: try to be there between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Friday for the weekly wine-tasting event!
When it comes to unique art, you can find just what you’re looking for at Springfield’s amazing selection of galleries. Check out Fresh Art Gallery, Gallery Art Market, Springfield Hot Glass Studio and Waverly House Gifts & Gallery, to name just a few.
If “reduce, reuse, recycle” is your motto, head to local resale shops and flea markets. Several are found throughout the city, including Mike’s Unique Collectable & Antique Flea Market, Ozark Treasures, Relics Antique Mall & Tearoom, Springfield Flea Market & Gifts, The Review Shoppe and Vendor’s Mart Flea Market.
These are just a few examples of places to shop in Springfield. To learn more – and find discount coupons – visit http://bit.ly/RWsN25 or call the Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau at 800-678-8767. Also download the free mobile app for smart phones at http://bit.ly/Sj0IEZ.
Written by Susan Wade, public relations manager for the Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau.