Mr Bulkys candy sote and gifts islocated inthe Sears windg of the Columbia Mall. Mr Bulkys has a large selection of candy available in open bulk bins. You can scoop up any amount you want into a bag. I someties wonder how clean the candy is since people can handle the candy because of the way it's sold. Mr Bulkys also has Slurrpies and stuffed animals for sale. You can also buy helium ballons there. I think the candy prices are a bit expensive and there are other place sin Columbia where you can get better handmade candies for the same prices and without someone else's frinderprints all over your treats!
We recently had a bid down to replace our split rail fence in our yard and was shocked when we got the bid in the mail. What we had originally asked for in the bid was to replace the parts of the fence that needed to be replaced, not the entire fence. That was the first thing that I was not very impressed when I got the bid. There was a bid for removal of the entire fence, and a bid to replace the entire fence and a bid to replace 2 of the 3 sides of the fence, but that's not what we asked for when we got the bid. They wanted almost $500 to haul away the old fence, when the garbarge man will take it away for free! The bid to replace the entire fence was extemely expensive and one that I actaully laughed at when I opened the bid envelope. They charged our neighbor less than half of what they gave us a bid for!
Hobbytown USA is in new store since moving to this location a few years ago. It has a lage selection of model toys, including cars and airplanes and accessories for model building. It also carries a line of model trains. The staore is big, has a large inventory of items and sales staff is professional and kind. Prices are competitive but Hobbytown carries alot of ittems not found anywhere else in Columbia. You would have to travel out of town or order items on-line to find some of the things Hobbytown USA carries. I like to see hwat I am buying before I buy it! My husband and son love to build mosel cars together and they get all of their supplies at Hobbytown USA.
Lifestyles Furniture recently moved from downtown Columbia to a larger store location on East Braodway in the old By George's Bar, next to Mizzou Credit Union and across the street from Office Depot. By relocating, Lifestyles has increased their showroom by at least twice the size it originally was. The furniture store is one of a kind in Columbia, offering modern, well made furniture at good prices. With furniture, you get what you pay for. You might pay a littel more for the furniture at Lifestyles, but it is well worth it and will last a long time. Lifestyles sales staff are kind, and non-pressuring. Alot of furniture stores the minute you walk in the door, the sales staf follows you around waiting for you to buy something. At Lifestyles, they introduce themselves and then ask if you have questions or if you need help and then let you be to look around in peace. They offer free delivery too! Most other furniture stores charge for delivery!
Made by Creative Kids offer a variety of classes for kids. They have open hours where you can sit at tables with your kids and paint pottery, mold clay, draw, paint, or glue things together. They also have an extensive list of classes to offer. They have birthday aprties availble, which are very expensive. I had a birthday party for my son there and it was well over $325. This included 2 staffers of 1 1/2 hours and homemade cupcakes! The facilty is child friendly and the tables and benches/chairs are size appropriate. Cost of the classes is a little high. The kids have a blast there but I would not recommend having your child's birthday party there unless you have just recently won the lottery!
Access Arts provides access to fine art instruction to both young and old, rich and poor. Access Arts was originally started as a scholarship based art instruction school, to provide underprivileged children exposure to fine arts that they might otherwise have no access to. As Access Arts grew over the years, they started to offer classes to Columbia adults as well as children. Offering classes in everything from drawing and painting to pottery and weaving, photography, creative writing, and much more, there is a class for everyone.
My daughter had to go to Kinkos to get a school report printed and bound for her middle school project. Despite the disk her files were saved on being somehow messed up, the clerk on duty spent time and effort to get the files off and put back properly. Prices were a little expensive for printing services, but the staff on a whole was extremely helpful and friendly, so you get what you pay for with customer service.
Regis Hairstylists is a hair salon located inside the Columbia Mall, next to Hot Topic. They offer hair cuts and color, eyebrow and lip waxing, and nail services that are located outside in the main thoroughfare. Regis employs a lot of stylists that are straight out of beauty school, so the experience of your stylist is highly variable. The quality of hair cuts never seems to be the same from person to person, and isn?t especially high overall, but they take walk ins and services are very cheap, so your satisfaction depends on whether you?re looking for convenience or quality.
David the Salon, conveniently located in the Gerbes Shopping center on Broadway, is a full service salon offering everything from waxes to nails to hair care. They have cuts, color and styling, all of which are available for a slightly higher fee than some of their competitors. The Salon has been recently been redecorated to keep up with the times. The Salon is clean and well taken care of, and the stylists are all good at what they do.
The Columbia ARC was built a few years ago with the intention that everyone should be able to afford fitness and recreation. Fees are based on a sliding scale, so are reasonable for your income. Day passes are availible, as are monthly and yearly membership. The ARC is not exceptionally crowded before 3 PM, but after, because of its location close to both a Jr High and an Elementary School, the ARC gets ridiculously busy with children. Weekend nights get so bad with teenagers misbehavior that the City of Columbia has hired an off-duty police officer to regulate the madness. The ARC offers an indoor pool, including toddler area, workout room, and an extensive indoor walking/running track.