This article is presented in partnership with Visit Columbia.

Sometimes, a little retail therapy can do wonders. And no matter what your interest — hiking, biking, one-of-a-kind gifts, artisan olive oils, rare books, perfume oils, the list could go on forever — or the occasion, you can find a shop to shop in Columbia. Read on to discover some of our can’t-miss stores and boutiques to visit during your trip.

Get In, Then Get Out

Hitting the trails? Stop by Alpine Shop downtown before you head out to stock up on the best gear for walking, running, paddling, snow sports and more.

If you’re up for a challenge, visit Walt’s Bike Shop. A local institution since 1967, they created the Boone County Triple Threat, a series of three century rides for serious bikers. Of course, be sure to get outfitted at Walt’s with everything you need before taking on these behemoth challenges!

For Something Uniquely You

When you’re looking for something you can’t find anywhere else, Columbia’s got it. Bluestem Missouri Crafts showcases an array of stunning and often one-of-a-kind pieces for your home, office, wardrobe and more, and all made in Missouri and eight surrounding states. For something totally tailored to you, check out Makes Scents. A custom fragrance shop, they’ll help you discover the scent that is perfect for you and your nose and they’ve even got a certified aromatherapist on staff.

Escape Your Mind

These days especially, diving into the world of a book or an album can be the best kind of therapy. The book lovers at Skylark and Yellow Dog Bookshops can help you find the perfect escape, no matter what genre you’re into. Meanwhile, Columbia classic Hitt Records is independently and locally owned and offers both popular albums and an array of non-mainstream music. You could even stop by all three and curate your own mental getaway.

Stay Safe

Please note, all visitors and residents of Columbia are required to wear masks in public places (WEAR – ordinance enforced). We also encourage maintaining a six-foot distance between people not from the same household (WATCH), as well as frequent and thorough hand washing and sanitizing (WASH).