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A Day in Downtown Washington, MO: Let the Adventure Begin!

Below is the story of a person who wakes up in downtown Washington, Missouri and takes advantage of all the local businesses have to offer. This story was compiled with the help of Re-Discover Washington’s Facebook fans – over 40 of them contributed a sentence. I hope you enjoy it and I hope it makes you appreciate downtown Washington even more!

There is a lot of fun to be had in downtown Washington, even if just for a day.

I woke up this morning in historic downtown Washington and I got a mocha latte at The Fudge Shoppe...Where I also got a fantastic lemon cupcake! When I went to get in my car I realized the keys were locked in there, so I had to call Sturms Towing to come unlock it. Then went to Washington Lumber Do It Best and had a spare key made. After that I decided to go to Addi’s to get myself a new outfit – after the stress of locking my keys in my car I needed some retail therapy! While walking around in the downtown area, I noticed Slava Bowman Photography‘s lovely photographer taking snapshots of the window displays.  I. B. Nuts and Fruit Too was decorated beautifully for the holiday season and the windows looked enticing, so I didn’t hesitate to pop in. I got a bag of chocolate amaretto pecans and I ordered some Christmas baskets for everybody in the office. Then I headed to Main Street, where I noticed all the beautiful paintings at the Gary Lucy Gallery and just had to go in. After leaving the gallery, I decided it was time for lunch, so I went to Cowan’s. Thankfully, due to the construction in front, I was directed to enter through Cowans Mercantile, where I bought a “Seed of Happiness.” Next, I  went to visit Michel at Four Seasons Florist to get a carnation to carry with me. She suggested I should go see Rose Monzyk to get a beautiful hat for my new outfit. After that, I went to Not Just Cut and Dried to get my favorite treat, chocolate covered espresso beans.

Continuing up on Elm Street,  I headed to Fern & Sycamore and found a cute Filson crossbody bag and a new cheese grater. Then I disappeared into East Main Antiques for at least an hour, exploring the endless treasures of other people’s memories, and giving their cats a good skritchin’ along the way. After some wonderful cat therapy, I decided to enlighten my sense of art and take a trip to the Art Center and take a look at the beautiful artwork they always have on display. Then I just had to stop in and see the smiling faces at Obermark Optometry, and get my glasses adjusted. With the holidays just around the corner, I was glad I’d made an appointment with my favorite stylist, Val Holtmeier, at Trashy Roots Salon. One more thing off my to do list!

Well, as you can see, this was the busiest of days, so I decided to amble down to the American Bounty restaurant on the riverfront for some appetizers and Rumchata…..yes, Rumchata. That will certainly spice up the rest of my day! I thought it’s time to catch a good flick, called a few of my girl friends and headed across town to Cinema 1 Plus.  After the movie we decided to head over to Big Boys Grilled Subs & Wings for some yummy sandwiches and a Flour Power cupcake. Then I had to run in to Wedding Creations to get fitted for a tuxedo for my cousin’s wedding. The Rumchata began to kick in, I became a bit tipsy and disoriented, so I followed an imaginary deer into the safety of Discover Outdoors General Store and used the coupon I found in Mo Dough Coupons to buy this delightfully chubby squirrel to decorate my garden. Leaving Discover Outdoors, I noticed the beautifully decorated Washington Christmas tree which reminded me to visit the Downtown Post Office for my Christmas stamps. After I picked up my stamps, I stopped by Addi’s to check out the sale racks for some awesome Christmas gifts and look for a new sweater and jeans for my office Christmas Party. The jeans I bought were a little long for my short legs so I headed across the street and dropped them off at Toni’s Crafts and Home Decor so that Toni could hem them for me.

Then I walked down to the river front to relax, to think over all my purchases and figure out what I still needed! That was easy. Back to I B Nuts for some more chocolate! And licorice! After all that shopping, I decided to go over to John G’s Bier Deck to enjoy a glass of wine overlooking the river. The chocolate and licorice left me wanting more. I thought a chocolate martini would be great with my chocolate, so I went to the Old Dutch Tavern where Nicole makes the best! After that, I stopped by the Missourian to pick up a paper to read the latest news over hot chocolate from the Fudge Shoppe. And by now I needed to recharge with another cupcake from Flour Power before I began the next part of my adventure. Unfortunately, I started having car trouble so I went to Reichers Tire and Auto to have it checked out. After my Flour Power recharge, I remembered I forgot to get my husbands medicine at Schroeders Drug Store – I was so happy that they stay open late! I glanced at my watch and realized that my computer classes were starting at ECC Washington, I had to hurry! After class, I made plans to meet up with my spouse at Marquart’s Landing Inc where he had been patiently waiting for me.

After enjoying a nice dinner, we went to Otis Campbell’s to watch Dick and Jane play. Then we made plans to have dinner the next day at Miller’s Grill for a great steak! Of course, at some point during the busy day I remembered set a reminder to visit all the local growers, cooks and crafters at the Washington Farmers’ Market on Saturday between 8 am and 2 pm. I was going to visit the Farmer’s Market right after enjoying an amazing breakfast at Rothschild’s Family Restaurant. Maybe an omelet or Belgian Waffle. Also delicious coffee. Great way to start the day! I also made an appointment for a massage at the Body Natural – I needed to de-stress after a busy week. My extremely long and exhausting day was coming to an end, but before I went home I ran in to Mattress Makers and picked up a new mattress for a good night’s sleep.

I’ve had a great day in downtown Washington, Missouri and I was looking forward to do it all again on November 24th, Small Business Saturday. After all, that was the day for the 5th Washington Cash Mob! It always makes me feel good knowing that every purchase I make supports local family-owned businesses and keeps the vitality of our downtown!

Eat, Shop, Play in downtown Washington, Missouri!

About Slava

I am a twenty-something Bulgarian girl in the USA, re-discovering the world through the lens.


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