Get Inspired with Plum Bazaar in Branson

neclaceJust one block west of the Branson Landing lies an inspiring marketplace of creativity: the Plum Bazaar. Step through the doorway of this small purple building and you’ll understand what I mean.

The Plum Bazaar is absolutely filled with handmade jewelry, scarves, purses and countless other beautiful items. The women who work there are pleasant and more than willing to help you pick out the perfect piece of jewelry or the pieces to create a breathtaking piece of your own.

beadsThis unique shop also hosts beading technique classes like beginning beading, wire wrapping, wire crochet, watch bracelets and others while providing the experienced or novice jewelry maker with all the materials they need to get started on a project. Pick up aluminum wire, clasps and cords or choose from a fantastic selection of beads that come in just about every shape and color to create a custom-made piece of wearable art that’s unique to you.

If you’re a DIY fanatic, shopping for a girly gift or want to try your hand at jewelry making, the Plum Bazaar is the place to be. Check it out next time you’re in town!

The Plum Bazaar is at 123 E. Main in historic downtown Branson. Just look for the purple building on the corner across from Starbucks!

Hours are 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., seven days a week. To inquire about classes, call 417-337-7586.

Challenge Your Taste Buds with Pepper Palace at the Branson Landing

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Photo from http://www.pepperpalace.com.

Whether you’re looking for a unique gift idea or you’re just doing a bit of window shopping at the Branson Landing, it’s definitely worth your time to stop by Pepper Palace.

A small shop filled with dozens of flavorful gourmet olive oils, hot sauce, salsa, BBQ sauce, seasonings and marinades, condiments and more, Pepper Palace is the pepper lover’s dream come true.

Choose from an overwhelming amount of salsas including mango salsa, key lime salsa, cherry salsa, peach salsa and more or pick up mouthwatering butters, jellies and sauces that will compliment a variety of recipes and meals.

Pepper Palace first opened in 1989 with a small kiosk in a central Wisconsin mall. The company quickly grew and expanded to three other locations across the country including the largest specialty spicy-themed store in the country, a 3,000-square-foot store in the Mountain Mall of downtown Gatlinburg, TN.

fresh ingredientsMade with the freshest of ingredients, Pepper Palace provides customers with a variety of delicious food products, gift baskets, home decor and kitchen items. The Branson Landing staff provide endless amounts of tortilla chips too, so you can sample the products for yourself right there in the store. I definitely took advantage of the free samples and everything I tasted was delicious!

Next time you’re at the Branson Landing, stop by Pepper Palace and taste some salsa or hot sauce, pick up the perfect gift for the spicy food lover in your family or add to your collection of quirky aprons. Either way, anytime’s a good time to visit Pepper Palace.

Pepper Palace is at 1013 Branson Landing Blvd. #1013, in between the Yankee Candle store and Christopher & Banks.

Find the Perfect Gift at Branson Quilts

quilt2If someone on your Christmas gift list this year is a quilter or enjoys the simple, old-fashioned beauty of a well-made quilt, stop by one of the Branson Quilts locations in town and you might just find a beautiful gift for that special someone.

Branson Quilts features a variety of colors and styles of quilts from around the world. Choose from Amish handmade quilts that are shipped directly from Lancaster, Pennsylvania or browse the signature collection of Branson exclusives. Either way, you’re bound to find the perfect quilt to compliment your home decor.

If you’re planning on buying for someone else, make sure you know their bed size and purchase a quilt one size bigger. So if your grandma has a queen bed and you know she would enjoy one of Branson Quilt’s beautiful pieces, plan on purchasing a king-sized quilt. Friendly staff at each Branson location will tell you that if you want a lot of drapage on the sides of your bed, you’ll want to purchase one size higher than you normally would.

quiltBranson Quilts has four locations around Branson, each boasting a wide selection to choose from. You can also go to http://www.bransonquiltstore.com and make a purchase there. They ship to anywhere in the United States!

Check out one of these locations and let me know what you think!

Downtown Branson:

118 W. Main St.

417-334-9223

Across from Grand Village on the Branson strip:

1940 W. Hwy. 76

417-339-2222

Branson Landing:

1217 Branson Landing (near Bass Pro)

417-337-8458

Branson IMAX:

3562 Shepherd of the Hills Expwy. (in the IMAX)

417-336-6294

Top 4 Holiday Activities in Branson

Branson offers plenty of fun activities for the whole family during the holiday season. Here are some of the top holiday activities in the area that are sure to make for a fantastic winter vacation to the Ozarks!

Drive through the Trail of Lights

The Shepherd of the Hills Trail of Lights is a drive-through lights display featuring two and a half miles of animated lights displays. The kids will love seeing all the eccentric characters and twinkling lights and you’ll even receive coupons for free cups of hot cocoa or cider at the gift shop once you exit the Trail of Lights. After you enjoy your warm beverage, head to the top of Inspiration Tower where you can look out across the many fantastic Christmas lights glittering all over the Branson area.

 

See a Christmas  show

Branson’s popular shows are great year round, but during the holiday season they are especially delightful. With fabulous lights and decorations and incredible music that welcomes the holiday season with warmth, Branson visitors love Christmas! Try Dixie Stampede’s Christmas Show for a holiday cowboy good time or Christmas Wonderland at King’s Castle Theatre for a lavish production that takes you all the way from the North Pole to California!

Silver Dollar City

There’s so much to see and do at Silver Dollar City’s An Old Time Christmas! With traditional vendors, thousands of Christmas lights, a five-story decorated Christmas tree in the square and all your favorite Silver Dollar City rides and coasters, there’s no lack of exciting adventures to be had here. New to 2014 is the Holly Jolly Christmas Parade featuring life-size lovable characters, dozens of floats and the one and only Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

Shopping

Finishing up your Christmas shopping? Branson has you covered. From the diverse array of flea shops and vintage markets to more than 100 specialty stores at the Branson Landing, shopping options here are endless! Stop by the Grand Village and pick up great stocking stuffers and decor for your home at Kringles Christmas Shop, head to The Shoppes at Branson Meadows or Branson Hills Plaza for big name stores mixed in with some local shops. And don’t forget about historic downtown Branson where you’ll find dozens of locally owned boutiques like the Cowgirl Clad Co., Crain Creations Gallery, Dick’s 5 & 10 and so much more.

 

Hollister Welcomes a New Thrift Store

Thrifters in the Branson area will enjoy a brand new thrift shop that opened Friday in Hollister.

The store was opened by New Beginnings Fellowship in Hollister and it’s located at 197 Evergreen St., Hollister, Mo. An open house with light refreshments welcomed community members and visitors into the shop’s showroom.

The staff is accepting donations of gently used clothing and household items.

Check it out next time you’re in the Branson area!

Hours are Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.

Shop the Treasures of Apple Tree Mall

photo 1 (6)I’ve driven past the Apple Tree Mall in Branson dozens of times but I’ve never stopped in. This week I finally decided to make a pit stop at this antique shop with the hopes of finding something different than all the other antique marketplaces in the area.

Luckily, Apple Tree Mall followed through and provided me with one of the most organized flea markets I’ve ever seen! Generally, most of the fun of flea market shopping is digging through piles, scanning row after row or scouring aisle after aisle just to uncover a few simple antique treasures. But sometimes you’re on the hunt for something specific and just want an easy shopping experience. Fortunately, the Apple Tree Mall features scores of well-organized and maintained booths that are browser-friendly.

Although in appearance it doesn’t seem like the typical antique/flea shop, it definitely is and they even just opened a brand new antique room featuring some really neat items that just can’t be passed up.I even came across two booths featuring refurbished guitars and ukuleles that are being offered at incredible prices.

photo 3 (5)It almost seems too good to be true, but the Apple Tree Mall is full of fantastic deals on just about everything. I went in hoping for an interesting adventure and came out with a vintage wooden frame for my wedding decor and spent less than $10. What a bargain.

Whether you’re looking for home furnishings and decor, unique stocking stuffers or just an interesting way to pass the time, definitely stop in to the Apple Tree Mall at 1830 W. Country Blvd., Branson, just up the strip from the God and Country Theatre and in the same parking lot as the Applebee’s.

Apple Tree Mall is open 7 days a week 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Find All the Gifts on Your Christmas List in Branson

ShoppingChristmas shopping in Branson is a breeze with a variety of retailers offering everything and more on your Christmas list this year.

Check out Tanger Outlet Mall, right off the Branson strip, for dozens of stores boasting the hottest apparel, accessories, footwear and more. The Branson Landing has something for just about everyone on your list and with great deals, it’s hard to pass up! Located right on the shore of Lake Taneycomo, the views are awesome and the beautifully decorated Christmas tree on the square is quite the sight during the holiday season!

Uncover countless thrifty finds in the historic downtown Branson area with unique stores like Dick’s 5 & 10, Ozark Quilts & More, Crain Creations Gallery and more.

Branson LandingIf you’re looking for handmade goods, check The Branson Mill Craft Village or the Branson Craft Mall for deals on fantastic, custom-made items that are sure to please.

The Branson IMAX Entertainment Complex and Grand Country Square are both full of shops with great stocking stuffers, sweets for the candy-lover on your list and fun Branson souvenirs. And right down the street, Grand Village Shops features awesome stores like Thomas Kinkade’s Signature Art Gallery, Kringle’s Village Shop, Lori’s Soap Market and a few great places to stop for a bite to eat as well!

The shopping opportunities in this town are endless, so make your way to Branson this holiday season and pick up meaningful gifts for the loved ones on your list.