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Experience shopping at its finest in Branson

 

Being the entertainment city that Branson is, people think of the place as full of fun and excitement. They think of the pristine lakes, the live shows that have made the city known all over the world, the best museums, and the breathtaking scenery that surrounds the entire city. But what most people do not know is that Branson can also be a great destination for all the shoppers out there to do their shopping. And not just to shop for known brands and lines, but also for beautiful hand-made arts & crafts, one-of-a-kind jewelry, musical instruments, unique artworks and souvenirs. The city can also be a place to hunt fantastic bargains! You can truly have everything even in your Branson shopping at Branson, Missouri. This just goes to show, again, that Branson is the perfect vacation spot.

Tanger Outlet Center - One of the outlet malls in BransonEnjoy your Branson shopping by checking out the shopping places below.

Branson Landing

It is the newest shopping mall in Branson that hold $7.5 Million Water and Fire Show that keeps the shopper entertained while they shop. This mall features a variety of popular national retailers from Bass Pro Shops and Belk Department Store to White House/Black market, Chico’s and Ann Taylor Loft. It is located at the lakefront of Lake Taneycomo, which is just a perfect location for you to go shopping after a day of outdoor activities.

Tanger Outlet Center

If you wish to shop for the famous brands and clothing lines, you must check out Tanger Outlet Center. Stores such as Polo Ralph Lauren, GAP Outlet, Old Navy, Tommy Hilfiger, Banana Republic, Aeropostale, Liz Claiborne, Levi’s, Eddie Bauer, Haggar, Izod, Van Heusen, Rockport, and Skechers are all in the mall that will let you keep your wardrobe up-to-date with the latest fashion styles and designs! And for the kids, Tommy Kids, The Children’s Place, Osh Kosh B’gosh, Disney Outlet Store, Gymboree and Carter’s are available.

IMAX Entertainment Complex 

The IMAX Entertainment Complex is the place to go if you are looking for specialty Branson stores. One of the stores in the complex is the Legend Gifts, which has movie posters, limited edition prints, soundtracks and IMAX films on video. The Shadow Box can is also there where you can get beautiful quilts, grandfather clocks, custom-made leather apparel, jewelry, and souvenirs.

Branson Craft Mall

The Branson Craft Mall features the famous craftsmen of Branson, Missouri. You will be able to see candle making, basket weaving, a silversmith, brass engraving, potato bags, decorated shirts and jackets, leather works, wood turning, pottery & musical instruments made and played daily! Over 16,000 sq. ft. of arts and crafts and 200 booths featuring imaginative artisan from across America all for your shopping pleasure!

Fashion House Ladies Boutique

Check out Branson’s premier boutique with all the personal service, upscale casual clothing and super cute accessories. This can be fun for both girls and women!

 

With all of these shopping places in Branson, you can never leave the city with just window-shopping. Make your Branson shopping the best by maximizing your experience with all of the stores Branson offers!

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See and feel the safari at the Promised Land Zoo

 

Just opened its gate last June 18, 2013, the Promised Land Zoo is Branson’s newest attraction up to date. It is located on the Shepherd of the Hills Expressway and is fast becoming a favourite destination of tourists and locals of the entertainment city. It features various animals from different places with a main goal of giving education and conservation awareness to people. The Promised Land Zoo is a whopping 5-acre land that is home to over a hundred different animals and over forty-four different species. Because it has only recently opened, many of the animals are babies and youngsters. But even so, just imagine how you would delight in seeing cute animals at the zoo! You and your kids would surely have a great time here at the zoo.Branson Promised Land Zoo

The Promised Land Zoo brings the animals to you rather than you go to them in very far places like the Savannah in Africa. There are lion cubs playing, lemurs swinging, and even hyenas laughing and lounging in the sun. Various exotic animals can be found at the zoo and you can even get up close and personal with them if you like! Adventure in the Promised Land Zoo is just like an adventure to the Safari. Besides exotic animals, you will also fins critters like caracals, alligators, prairie dogs, a spider monkey, and so much more on the neatly mulched hillside paths. Watch out for and get to know the famous animals at the Promised Land Zoo when you visit, like Forrest Hump ( a baby camel), the squirrel monkey, and adorable baby zebra, Calamity Jane (an Olive Baboon), and the Banana (the world’s largest Burmese Python)! Jungle Josh, one of the zoo’s directors and animal show performer will guide you with the animals of the Promised Land Zoo.

If you plan to have a trip to Branson, Missouri, better include the Promised Land Zoo  in your list of Branson attractions to visit. It is open daily from 9am until 7pm. You can buy the last admission ticket at 6:30pm if you want to check out the zoo at night and have that night in the safari feel. Bring your camera with you as you can take pictures while walking around zoo. You are free to ask questions of you have some! Here are some of the places you should stop by at the Promised Land Zoo: The Parakeet Paradise, a screened house enclosing different exotic birds, is open from 10am to 6pm. The much sought after animal shows are offered every at times 11am, 1pm, 3pm, and 5pm. Watch Jungle Josh and his helpers bring out all sorts of animals during the show. You can pet and feed them these animals while Jungle Josh teaches fun facts about other unique animals, including Esmeralda (the Screaming Hairy Armadillo) and Barry (the Kinkajou). If you can’t get enough of the petting and feeding during the shows, you are welcome to participate in the daily bottle feedings at times 10am, 2pm, and 6pm.

 

If you are looking for something different in Branson, visit the Promised Land Zoo. Enjoy all of this and learn a lot about the animals you see. For your convenience, the zoo facility includes restrooms. End your day at the zoo by checking out the gift shop full of fun nature-themed items, stuffed animals, plastic critters, and Promised Land Zoo merchandise. There are also other animals that are housed at the gift shop!

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Branson Titanic Museum: A Museum You’ll Never Let Go

 

The RMS Titanic, or simply Titanic, was a British liner that aboard thousands of passengers. It was on its way to New York City from Southampton, UK when it collided with an iceberg and sank in the North Atlantic Ocean on April 15, 1912.  It has been one of the most tragic maritime disasters in the world and so many replicas have been made in order to study and commemorate the event.The Titanic Museum found in Branson

In 1963, Ed Kamuda formed the Titanic Historical Society (THS), which is the first and largest global organization dedicated to preserving the history of the British Liner. Titanic Branson works with THS. And since Branson is known as an entertainment city because of its attractions, Titanic Branson has established a museum dedicated to the Titanic. The Branson Titanic Museum has become one of the most famous attractions in Branson. It has been the tourist spot for people looking for history, romance, or just simply a museum for the family. Because of Branson’s dedication to the Titanic, the established museum has become the largest Titanic museum in the world! No wonder why people from across the globe go to Branson, MO to see this.

The Branson Titanic Museum is a building shaped like a half-scale replica of the Titanic’s bow. It is a two-story tall establishment that features the same details as the actual Titanic, such as lifeboats, portholes, and so much more. What’s more interesting are the many artifacts in the galleries of the museum that tells of the story of the Titanic – from when it was built to when it sank and to when it was rediscovered in the depths of the Atlantic Ocean. As the museum induces the hunger for discovery, visitors would not want to leave.

The Branson Titanic Museum’s goal is to give you the best experience during your Branson vacation. Thus, a new gallery has been opened at the museum! Discover the 133 Children’s Stories of Titanic as this year-long exhibit shows you the documentary of what the children saw, heard, and felt from the moment they boarded the ship. This serves as a celebration of the children’s courage and faith that has been an inspiration to us all. For tickets, dial 800-381-7670.

 

Come to Branson, MO and visit the Titanic Museum. As you witness the luxury of the Titanic, you can also be home to a luxurious place after at the Thousand Hills Hotel & Golf Resort. The resort will provide you with various lodging rentals. The museum is only minutes away, so you won’t be missing out on anything! For reservations, dial 1-877-262-0430.

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Branson Log Cabins for all Occasions

 

 

 

        Branson Missouri is the perfect destination for all occasions. You can plan a vacation in Branson whenever you want to because this place never runs out of things to do, no matter what season it is. There is never a dull moment in Branson – may it be Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Year.

 

        Most of the happenings in Branson can be found in Highway 76, the heart of Branson’s entertainment. To make your vacation a convenient one, it is best to rent a place that is near the entertainment district of Branson. The best lodging place there is near Highway 76 is Thousand Hills Golf Resort, based on the numerous positive reviews of the Branson tourists who have come and stayed in the golf resort.  Thousand Hills Golf Resort offers you Branson log cabins, a new and refreshing break from the usual hotel rooms that you may have been used to in your other vacations. Now, you can enjoy a homier feel in your lodging place because you get to live in a place that is almost similar to your home, too.A Branson log cabin in Thousand Hills Golf Resort

 

        The Branson log cabins in Thousand Hills Golf Resort are within minutes from Highway 76, bringing you closer to the best world-class live musical shows, theme parks, shopping malls, and restaurants in Branson. The theme parks such as Silver Dollar City in Branson has festivals and parades to celebrate certain occasions. There is the Thanksgiving Festival in Silver Dollar City. Come Christmas time, staying in a Branson log cabin in Thousand Hills will keep you closer to all the holiday shopping sale in Branson Landing, and other shopping malls. The live musical shows in Branson also adds something special to their performances onstage whenever there is a special occasion, especially during Christmas where a lot of families choose Branson to be the venue for their Christmas vacation. There are also special performances in the Showboat Branson Belle, America’s most entertaining dinner cruise, and in Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede.

 

Another thing about the log cabins in Branson’s Thousand Hills is that they are situated in the comforts of the Ozark Mountains, so you are assured of a good view and a serene atmosphere for you to have that much-needed rest and relaxation that you deserve. Outside the cabin is nature at its finest. To make you feel that you are one with nature, the log cabins also have an interior that is very akin to the laid-back and homey atmosphere of nature. These log cabins are made of Colorado cut spruce logs, giving it a nature-inspired interior the mixes excellently with the modern feel of the cabin.

 

The cabin’s amenities includes a fully furnished bedroom and bathroom, with a king-sized bed and a Jacuzzi tub. The kitchens of the cabins are also fully equipped with microwave ovens, silver wares, dryers, and many more. Also, the cabins have cable televisions in every room, and a DVD player for your family movie nights. Wireless internet is also free so you can keep up with you social networks and your e-mails. The cabins have a private deck and a spacious living room for you to free your mind of worries.

 

 

There is no doubt that the amenities of the cabin in Thousand Hills is beyond hotel-like. Rent a log cabin in Thousand Hills when planning your vacation as it is more convenient since it can sleep up to 16 people. There are also small units available for couples and those who are alone travelling in Branson. Attest to the good reviews of Thousand Hills customers, and experience your won great adventure in Branson too! Reserve a Thousand Hills cabin now!

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Branson Breakfast Options for Early Risers

For years, moms have told their kids that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. After all, it does kick-start your morning. For some people, finding a good breakfast away from home is important, and that’s why Branson has a number of options to help you find some of the best restaurant breakfasts in town.

A personal favorite for a Branson breakfast is Clockers Café, located at 103 South Commercial Street in downtown Branson. This is the café where my dad and I enjoyed breakfast when he helped me move into a college dorm room. This little café serves up eggs, bacon, ham, hashbrowns, omelets, and a variety of other breakfast options. Breakfasts start at around $7 - $8, and are always served hot. They are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday. In addition to great breakfast, Clockers also serves lunch and dinner, which includes dishes like turkey melts and chicken tenders, along with a variety of home-style dishes. You’ll enjoy your meal in a quaint atmosphere with friendly wait staff, and you’ll definitely enjoy the food!

Another one of Branson’s best breakfasts comes from The Farmhouse Restaurant. Located at 119 North Main Street, also in downtown Branson, the Farmhouse is known for having outstanding home-style cooking for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The Farmhouse serves a variety of breakfast options and you can order breakfast any time of day. While you’re there, you can check out the gift shop upstairs. They have a variety of unique home décor items as well as gifts for those people that already have everything else. The Farmhouse Restaurant is open Monday through Thursday, as well as Sunday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., and open on Friday and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Branson locals also enjoy The Shack Café, located in downtown Branson at 108 South Commercial Street. This local eatery serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Breakfast options include everything from hotcakes and biscuits and gravy to eggs, ham, and omelets. The Shack is also known for its pies with “mile-high meringue” in classic flavors like chocolate, peanut butter, and lemon. Fried chicken, country fried steak, burgers, meatloaf, and a variety of other sandwiches are on the menu for lunch and dinner, and visitors have raved about the Shack’s delicious meals.

The final location for great breakfast is a chain restaurant, but still a delicious one. In the Branson area, Denny’s is a great place to grab breakfast. With a variety of options that go outside the norm, you can get breakfast any time of day. A favorite breakfast entrée is Moons over My Hammy, a delicious sandwich with ham, eggs, American and Swiss cheeses. They have options for the health conscious with their “Fit Fare” menu. In addition to breakfast, Denny’s has lunch and dinner options as well, including burgers, salads, sandwiches, soups, and even steaks and fish and chips. If you’re looking for something fast and easy, visit Denny’s for a fabulous breakfast, any time of day, 24 hours a day.

Whether you enjoy breakfast in the middle of the day or you’re just following Mom’s age old advice, check out any of these great Branson locations for scrumptious breakfasts that will get your morning started on the right foot.

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Exploring the Ozarks

Most people will admit to wanting to be an ‘explorer’ at one point in their life. Being an explorer could mean anything from looking around the basement with a flashlight to adventuring in far off places around the world. If you still find yourself with the age old explorer bug, the Ozarks are a great place to start. Most exploring tends to bring you into contact with at least a little bit of nature – and the unique Ozarks nature (everything from tigers – in enclosures, of course! - to butterflies to fish and everything in between) is sure to keep your exploration hands-on, interesting and fun. So come explore some of these great nature venues!

Butterfly Palace & Rainforest AdventureThe Butterfly Palace and Rainforest Adventure

The Butterfly Palace and Rainforest Adventure, located on West 76 just past the 76 and Shepherd of the Hills Expressway intersection, is your one stop location for all things butterflies – and a few other critters as well! The Butterfly Palace is some unique Ozarks nature at its finest, with a little tropical flair. The butterfly room, the main attraction at the Butterfly Palace, is an 80 degree, lush, green tropical oasis filled with hundreds upon hundreds of beautiful butterflies. As you explore the butterfly room and its fluttering occupants, you’ll see butterfly varieties such as the black and white Paper Kite, the stunning Emperor Swallowtail and the shimmering Blue Morpho. Some of the butterflies with hover near your face as you explore – and they may even land on your clothing! You’ll also see some tiny tropical birds – like the Honeycreeper – flying about and sipping nectar from the orchids and other tropical flowers. If you are a photography buff, there are great photo opportunities to be had in the butterfly room. And for little explorers, binoculars, magnifying glasses and pith helmets are provided! The Butterfly Palace also features a science room full of frogs, lizards, giant cockroaches and piranhas, an informational movie viewing theater, the Emerald Mirror Maze, the Banyan Tree Bungee Adventure, and a gift shop. So get ready for an all-day winged adventure at the Branson Butterfly Palace!

National Tiger Sanctuary

If you like cats – big cats, small cats, striped cats, black cats – then the National Tiger Sanctuary is the place for you. Ten minutes north of Branson, in the Chestnut Ridge/Saddlebrooke area, the National Tiger Sanctuary is your chance to see some truly exotic Ozarks nature. NTS is a non-profit organization with a mission to educate about the environmental conditions that affect the Earth’s ecosystems, and to provide forever homes for their big cats in a setting that mimics the animal’s natural environment as much as possible. Here you’ll meet felines such as Madison, a beautiful white tigress, Banshee, a playful Mountain Lion, and Merlin, an African Lion who enjoys warm summer rain showers. Want to explore this big cat sanctuary? Come take a guided tour! Tours are offered at 10am, 1pm and 3pm Wednesday through Sunday. There are four different tour options – the Awareness Tour, the Feeding Tour, the You Feed Tour (where visitors can actually feed the cats themselves!) and the Behind the Scenes Tour. Visit www.NationalTigerSanctuary.org for pricing and reservation information. Birthday parties, weddings and field trips are also offered here.

Mountain Springs Trout Park

If you’d like to explore some Ozarks nature with a fishing pole, come visit Mountain Springs Trout Park. Located in Highlandville off of Highway O, thirty minutes south of Branson, Mountain Springs Trout Park is a beautiful place to explore. Tucked back against the side of a ridge in a small cove next to a white country church, the trout park is as peaceful as it is enjoyable. Visitors can fish without a license and without a limit! You pay for what you catch. Poles, bait and tackle are provided, or folks can supply their own. Staff will clean and pack your catch for you, so your trout will be ready to cook or freeze upon your return home. Mountain Springs encourages you to bring a picnic lunch and stay and fish as long as you’d like! The trout park also offers a pavilion rental for birthdays, weddings and special events.

This area is full of fun Ozarks nature venues to explore. These are just a few places to check out – so be adventurous and find some more!

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Adventure Ziplines of Branson

A number of attractions for thrill seekers are cropping up around Branson and some people are no stranger to ziplining. For others, ziplining is still just as thrilling each time. Adventure Ziplines of Branson is no stranger to helping the faint of heart and the experienced zipline their way to some of the most fun to be found in the Branson area.

Adventure Ziplines Branson MOLocated at 501 North Wildwood Drive, Adventure Ziplines of Branson is just minutes from the famous 76 Country Boulevard. Adventure Ziplines features seven ziplines that total over 2,000 feet in length. You can reach top speeds of up to 50 mph as you’re traveling down the long stretches of line. The lines are of dual cable construction to make them some of the safest in the area. The most unique part about Adventure Ziplines is that it is the only zipline tour that is located inside Branson city limits. You get views of the natural beauty and the city scape surrounding Branson. In addition to the usual daytime tours, Adventure Ziplines also gives you the option to zipline at night and experience the fresh mountain air in a totally new way.

Safety when ziplining is often a concern for those interested in taking a zipline tour. Each zipline tour is guided by two experienced and trained guides. They can help you feel totally at your ease while you’re whizzing through the air. The ziplines themselves were also constructed using materials from a firm that has been providing quality construction to challenge courses since the 1970s. Adventure Ziplines of Branson provides you with the equipment you need to enjoy your zipline tour and do it safely.

In order to guarantee yourself a place on a zipline tour, make sure to call Adventure Ziplines of Branson at 417-239-3030 to get reservations.

branson-ziplinesIn addition to Adventure Ziplines of Branson, Branson Zipline and Canopy Tours provides guests with a zipline experience that immerses you in the natural beauty of the Ozark Mountains. Located seven miles north of Branson on Highway 65, Branson Zipline and Canopy Tours is located in the Wolfe Creek Preserve. Wolfe Creek is part of an effort to preserve the natural beauty of the Ozarks. Branson Ziplines features eight ziplines and ten suspension “skybridges”, and each of the available tours includes a different number of ziplines and skybridges. For those who aren’t up to ziplining, don’t worry! Branson Ziplines also offers a photo safari that takes its guests under and around the ziplines themselves, so nobody has to miss out on the ziplining fun. On the photo safari you can get some wonderful photos of your family from the ground as they zipline above you.

Branson Zipline and Canopy Tours makes ziplining easy for you because their ziplines feature a block braking system, which makes your tour completely hands-free. The block braking stops you before arriving at the platform, so your guides can slowly pull you onto the platform. The average age for a zipliner at Branson Zipline is 57, and the oldest guest was 93! No matter what your age, Branson Zipline has something to offer you.

When you’re in Branson, make sure to check out one of the many thrilling options for your vacation. Adventure Ziplines of Branson and Branson Zipline and Canopy Tours are just two options for the thrill seekers in your family, and everyone can join in on the fun!

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Branson Buffets Let You Get Your Fill

When traveling with your family, you want to get the most value for your dollar. You especially don’t want to spend a fortune trying to feed everyone’s appetite. Before you settle for fast food again, take a look at some of Branson’s best buffet restaurants.

  1. Papa Grand’s Pizza

    When you have kids along for the ride, sometimes simple and kid-friendly are musts. Papa Grand’s Pizza is the perfect buffet option for families. They offer 12 different kinds of pizza, including spinach, Hawaiian, and classics like pepperoni and cheese. Papa Grand’s also offers take-out pizza if you need to eat and run. For the adults, there is a full salad bar for you to build your perfect salad accompaniment. Dessert pizzas are available, but you can also step over to Glenn’s Frozen Custard to get a sweet treat. From sundaes to concretes, Glenn’s has a variety of mix-in’s so you can create your own favorite. An adult buffet is $7.49, child buffet is $3.99, and children under 4 are free with a paying adult.
  2. Panda House

    If you’re hungry for Chinese, look no further than Panda House. Located at 2130 Highway 248 in Branson, Panda House has a fruit and salad bar, plus a variety of Chinese entrées on their hot buffet. Enjoy egg drop soup, cashew chicken, moo goo gai pan, spicy general chicken, and more. Their drive-thru also makes it easy and convenient to grab food on the run. Combo meals are available, and lunch specials are served daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Prices range from $3.99 to $7.99 and a buffet is served daily.
  3. The Keeter Center Buffet at the College of the OzarksSunday Brunch at the Keeter Center at College of the Ozarks

    Known as a hidden treasure here in the Ozarks, the Keeter Center is located on the campus of College of the Ozarks. On Sundays, the Keeter Center offers a spectacular Sunday Brunch that features everything you could ask for. A breakfast buffet offers eggs, campus raised bacon and sausage, breakfast potatoes, and a variety of miniature muffins and pastries. A salad bar is offered with a variety of greens and dressings, along with cheeses and crackers. Lunch entrees are also offered, and include the chef’s choice of dishes. Hand-crafted pasta is also available, along with fresh Belgian waffles, made-to-order omelets. The crown jewel of the brunch is the magnificent array of desserts displayed as you enter the dining room. Call 417-690-2146 to make reservations or go online to keetercenter.edu. The Keeter Center is also open Monday through Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. for lunch and 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. for dinner. Reservations are highly recommended.
  4. Grand Country Buffet

    For an all-American buffet, look no further than the Grand Country Buffet. Reminiscent of Sundays at Grandma’s house, this extraordinary buffet offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner for your entire family. Breakfast features fresh eggs, cereals, yogurt, bacon, sausage, potatoes and more on their hot and cold food bars. Lunch and dinner offer you entrees like slow cooked roasts and ham, mashed potatoes, and a variety of fruits and veggies. Fresh baked breads and desserts are also on the menu at Grand Country. Breakfast is $7.49, lunch is $8.99, and dinner is $12.49 Monday through Saturday. Sunday Brunch is $10.99, and children are $4.99.

So if you’re looking for a buffet for you to get your fill, check out any of these Branson buffets to fill up on whatever you’re craving.

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College of the Ozarks Farmers Market

Tomatoes at College of the Ozarks Farmers MarketMost four year colleges share many of the same features – dorm rooms, lecture halls, gymnasiums, and cafeterias. But how about a college with a student operated farmers market like the one at College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, MO?

College of the Ozarks is a unique institution where students from the U.S. and abroad have the opportunity to graduate debt free by working off their tuition at various work stations around the campus. Work stations range from landscaping to clerical work to processing milk in the on-campus dairy, with just about everything in between, including the newly introduced farmers market. The farmers market team is composed of six students during the summer work program and eight in the fall, along with their work station supervisor, Eric Bright. “We’ve had really positive feedback, and it’s good public relations for the college,” said Bright of the new work station. Locals and tourists alike enjoy frequenting the unique farmers market and supporting the school – many customers return every week.

Eric Bright & Mary ParsonsThe farmers market is held on Fridays; all of the products sold are student raised, grown or made. The proceeds from the market circulate back into the college’s general fund and go towards supporting the college’s debt free mission. All of the produce is grown by the students in the college on-campus garden – the garden duties are shared between the landscaping department and the farmers market workers. Everything from peppers to cucumbers to green beans graces the tables at the farmers market. Green beans have been the number one summer seller at the market, with tomatoes coming in at a close second. All of the meats and the dairy products come from animals that are raised and/or processed by the school’s agriculture department. “Meats sell very good,” Bright observed. Other products include potted plants from the campus greenhouse, homemade fruitcakes, jams and jellies from the Fruitcake and Jelly Kitchen, and handmade baskets and rugs from the student crafters at Edwards Mill.

Thursdays are harvest and set-up for the farmers market team – the students harvest, wash and grade the produce from the garden (which varies based on the season), and set up the tables, display stations, registers and scales inside the College of the Ozarks sale barn. The indoor facility allows the students to hold the market even during inclement weather. Pre-market planning meetings are also held on Thursdays; during the meetings, the students discuss with their supervisor the logistics of the market and how to continue improving sales. A similar meeting is held post-market as well. These meeting encourage student feedback and good supervisor/student relationships, Bright said. He also noted that students in this work station have the opportunity to learn customer relation skills and important marketing techniques, such as displaying merchandise in the most visually appealing way possible.

But more than just customer service and sales lessons come into play here at the College of the Ozarks farmers market – students are also learning the value of supporting their community and knowing exactly where their food comes from – and that is one of the most important lessons of all.

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Get Ready to Accessorize for Fall with Jewelry and Accessories from Unique Branson Shops

Carp Rib Bone Earrings - Modern Earth CreationsAutumn is upon us here in the Ozarks – you can feel it in the crisp bite of the air, you can see it in the leaves beginning to fall, and you can probably taste it too – many area restaurants, cafes, and bakeries are bringing out flavors like pumpkin spice and caramel apple. With the coming of fall colors also comes the need to evaluate your wardrobe. Chances are, you will want to show off some fall colors as well, and new clothing articles mean you will need some new jewelry and accessories! You’re in luck – the Branson/Tri-Lakes area is home to some great Branson shops to purchase these fun items.

Modern Earth Creations

Blue Chainmail Necklace - Modern Earth Creations

Modern Earth Creations is an artistic local jewelry business created, owned and operated by resident College of the Ozarks student and Ozarks native Caleb Howerton. What first began as a simple interest in trying new things and experimenting with new and different art mediums has blossomed into a love of creating handcrafted pieces and a full-fledged online jewelry shop. “This is one of my passions,” Caleb said of making his jewelry. Every piece of jewelry from Modern Earth Creations is uniquely one-of-a-kind and handmade by Caleb. He uses a variety of natural mediums to create some of his pieces – everything from feathers and rocks, to bones and beetle wings grace many of the Modern Earth Creations earrings, necklaces and bracelets. Steampunk inspired pieces can be found in this Branson area shop as well – things like watch gears and small parts of computer motherboards are implemented to create this style. Wire is another medium frequently used by this innovative jeweler - many baubles sport wire wrapped beads or stones. Caleb also uses the wire to create intricate chainmail necklaces – chainmail is the art of linking small wire rings together to create a long strand or a mesh. He notes that the chainmail is what generates a lot of interest in his shop. If you are looking for unique piece for your fall wardrobe, perhaps one inspired by the natural colors of fall, Modern Earth Creations has the accessory for you! Visit Caleb’s shop at www.etsy.com/shop/ModernEarthCreations

Plum Bazaar

Plum Bazaar is a unique jewelry and bead store located in the Historic Downtown Branson district. With a selection of beads and custom jewelry from around the world, you’re sure to find something here to suit your style! Here you can find gemstone beads in many fall colors, such as Yellow Agate and Red Creek Jasper, and even coral and seashell beads. Plum Bazaar will take custom orders, using beads and wire in colors of your choice, and create a piece of jewelry that will match your fall wardrobe. Beading and wire jewelry classes are also offered by Plum Bazaar, in case you want to learn to make jewelry of your own for any season.

Earthbound Trading Co.

For some fun and distinctive fall fashion accessories with an earthy flair, stop by Earthbound Trading Co. on the Branson Landing. Here you’ll find lightweight, flowing scarves in a variety of fall colors to match any outfit, or perhaps some new retro sunglasses! Earthbound carries also carries a number of retro t-shirts, as well as handbags, headbands and dresses. The jewelry section of Earthbound features fabulous and inexpensive beaded bracelets, leather bracelets, rings, and necklaces with fun charms. Looking for some interesting home décor for the new season? You’ll find that here too! Throw pillows, wall art and unique trinkets from around the world are waiting for you at Earthbound.

Fall fashion is here – and these are just a few of the great Branson shops that have some groovy jewelry and accessories to complete your new autumn looks!

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