The promise of fabulous entertainment and family fun may bring you to the Branson area, but make sure not to overlook some other options in the surrounding area for an experience you will never forget. Hollister, Missouri, located just over the Hollister Bridge from the Branson Landing has many different options from quaint shops holding unique one-of-a-kind pieces, to restaurants you won’t find anywhere else. Hollister has a lot to offer you during your stay in Branson.
There are many different stores and thrift shops in Hollister; Apparel 65, Ye Olde Antique and Flea Market, Green Lantern Antiques, and Downing St. Furniture to name a few. Each shop gives you a little something different. Of course, thrift stores are always waiting with surprise finds, but the thrift stores located in Hollister have been around for years and are established thrift stores hold especially unique items. Downing St. Furniture serves the community in bringing in quality home wares and specialty furniture, all at affordable prices. Apparel 65 is Hollister’s alternative to chain stores; they offer some of the trendiest pieces including Miss Me jeans. All of these shops and thrift stores keep different hours. Call the Hollister Chamber of Commerce for more information at 417-334-3050.
Hook & Ladder Pizza Co.
Completely like what you think a pizza restaurant should look like before stepping into Hollister’s Hook & Ladder Pizza Co. This tasty little stop adds some fun to the trip and the pizza’s good too. All of Hook & Ladder Pizza Co.’s pizzas are hand-tossed and made from their own special recipes. Their pizza is made fresh every morning, and made to your own specifications. The owners of Hook & Ladder are volunteer firefighters in the area, and created a fun and unique restaurant around firefighting items. When walking into Hook & Ladder you are greeted by bright yellow and smiling employees dressed in fire department t-shirts and oversized firefighting pants. One wall in the dining room is covered in a giant picture of a fire truck and an old fire truck sits outside, a perfect place for a photo-op. Hook & Ladder allows you to dine in, or you can have your pizza delivered. Hook & Ladder Pizza Co. is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8.p.m.
Vintage Paris Coffee & Wine Café
Don’t pass through Hollister without stopping at Vintage Paris. Owners Matt and Jessica Farmer bought the little coffee shop from the original owners in 2012 after graduating from College of the Ozarks. Matt and Jessica met, dated, and eventually married at Vintage Paris. The Farmer’s jumped at the chance to buy the coffee and wine shop when the opportunity arose and the rest is history. The Farmers are dedicated to supporting the local arts and culture while creating friendships and memories. Vintage Paris is not your average coffee shop. They offer gourmet coffee, select and vintage wines, taste sandwiches and delicious desserts prepared by local bakers. You can sip a hot cup of Joe inside, or enjoy outside seating in their outdoor patio area and listen to the sounds of local artists on weekends. Vintage Paris offers coffee from Intelligentsia Coffee, Conscious Coffee, and PT’s Coffee Roasting Company. Vintage Paris is open Monday through Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight. For more information, call them at 417-593-7952.