Did you know that (according to the Andersonville Study of Retail Economics) buying local generates 70% more local economic activity per square foot as opposed to big box chain stores? So when you are shopping for the perfect gift for mom this year, we hope you’ll consider keeping those dollars here in the Rolla/St. James/ St. Robert areas. Below are Little Mother Photography's 10 favorite places to shop. The list is in no particular order.
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Consider taking mom out for a nice pint or meal. The Rolla Brewpub has amazing sandwiches and other light eats, but if you’re looking for a more substantial dinner, the St. James Taproom is amazing. Public House prides itself in using locally sourced ingredients whenever possible. If the weather is agreeable you can relax in the beautiful Gardens which connect St. James Winery and Public House. The gardens’ outdoor wood-fired pizza kitchen is a must try!
You can check out the St. James Taproom hours, and download a menu here.
Red Door Gifts
Located in the heart of downtown Rolla, Red Door Gifts is more than your typical gift shop. Featuring beautiful jewelry, purses, as well as kitchen and home accessories; you’re sure to find something to fit your mom’s style and your budget. They were recently voted the #1 Gift Shop and #1 Boutique by the Rolla Daily News. Not sure exactly what mom wants this year? A Red Door gift card is always a safe bet!
You can check out Rolla Red Door Gifts website here.
And be sure to “like” them on their Facebook page, as a great way to hear about upcoming specials and see their latest merchandise!
Front Porch Boutique
For the most beautiful clothing, and accessories for mom or her home, check out the Front Porch Boutique. Their shop at 1901 Bishop Avenue is simply adorable, and definitely worth a stop. You can also preview a lot of their beautiful goods on their website. (They also offer gift cards!)
Huffman's Flowers of the Field
Located in St. James, Missouri, Huffman’s Flowers of the Field is a great, locally owned nursery, garden center, and gift shop. With a very knowledgeable owner and staff, Huffman’s is your one stop shop this spring! They offer a huge selection of native and exotic plants, flowers and trees. Marge and her staff will work with you to find the perfect plant for your mother.
Does your mom lack a green thumb? Then check out the beautiful (and very affordable) gift shop! Wind chimes, home accessories, vases, and more can be found in this adorable store. These lovely items would look great in your mom’s home or in her garden.
Be sure to “like” them on Facebook (and stay tuned to see when Little Mother will be hosting our next mini-session at their location!)
Sybill's of St. James
Open for over 10 years now, Sybill’s is amazing. Located in St. James, the restaurant and gift shop inhabit a 100 year old farm house. In addition to a full (and delicious) food menu, they also serve local craft beer, wine, and artisanal cocktails. Be sure to leave room for dessert, the selection changes regularly, but never disappoints! Reservations are recommended, but not required.
Before or after your meal the gift shop is a great stop. There they sell one-of-a-kind antiques, gifts, home accessories, jewelry, and more.
Check out their website, including menu, hours and information here.
Whose mother doesn’t love jewelry? Since 1984 Kent Jewelry is south central Missouri’s only full-service state-of-the-art jewelry design, repair and manufacturer. They have a large selection of fine jewelry on hand, you’ll be sure to find something for your price range. Charms and birthstones are always a wonderful idea for mom to show off her own birth month and memories, or those of her children or grandchildren! Check out Kent’s website.
Salon Legacy is a personal favorite of Little Mother for nails! Both Theresa and Kandi get their nails done by Jenny, but any of the ladies will take great care of your mother. With nearly a perfect 5 star review rating on Facebook your mom will surely have a great experience. They also offer hair service and gift cards are always available. Check out their beautiful work on their Facebook page.
Vinyl Junkie Designs by Amber
For beautiful, vinyl art please check out our dear friend, Amber! Custom t-shirts, mugs, decals, and more, she has you covered. Her work is top notch, her prices are unbelievable, turnaround time is fast, and her quality is astounding. She uses the best vinyl, you can provide your own shirt/mug/whatever (or she has some on hand too). For clothing (and other fabric items) she will professionally apply your design with her professional heat press, meaning it will last for hundreds of washes (she’ll give you exact washing instructions). You can find her Facebook page to contact her here.
The Beauty Mark
Another personal favorite of Little Mother! Kandi has been using The Beauty Mark for her hair cutting, color, and styling for years. In addition to hair they also do massages, face light therapy, skin care, and lash extensions. Your mom would love a gift card towards these services! You can find their contact information on their Facebook page.
Little Mother Photography
Little Mother Photography gift cards and photos are always a great gift idea! Little Mother has gift cards available for any denomination, or why not schedule a session with her children to surprise her? If you book now you can get your digital files back in time for Mother’s Day! Contact Little Mother to schedule your session or to discuss gift card options): email@example.com
Please note: none of the photos (except for the last one) were taken by Little Mother Photography. They were all used (with permission) from their respective businesses.
Kandi Woessner is a momma to three, wife to one amazing man, photographer to many. She loves capturing the bitter sweetness of pregnancy, birth, and infancy. Kandi lives in St. James, works in Rolla, but will travel to the surrounding areas to photograph as well.