Not too long ago, three new Gateways were illuminated in The District , the culmination of years of planning. (You can read up...
Confetti Craft Co. is coming to The District, in a spot just east of The Broadway under Gumby’s and Nourish Café. The building is currently receiving an exterior facelift. At Confetti Craft Co., guests select a craft from the project bar, such as string art, leather passport holders, glasses cases, and jewelry. Customers can also enjoy drinks from the bar. “When you come in, you’ll be handed a menu of 25 to 30 different craft projects,” owner Michelle Nickerson says. The crafts are self-led, with picture tutorials and tools on every table. Confetti Craft Co. is headed by Nickerson and her husband, Scott; they also own a tile and flooring business. Nickerson has a background in DIY creations.
Nickerson hopes the nightlife of Columbia will extend further down Broadway, and that businesses come for team-building events. “I feel like people in Columbia are looking for something to do other than go to dinner or go to the movies,” Nickerson says. Confetti Craft Co. will open in late August.
Floating is a therapy where one enters a tank or pod to float in 10 inches of warm, dense salt water to enter a state of sensory loss and relaxation. The brain shifts into a theta, or dreamlike, state. Infinite Wellness Float Center opened on April 7 and is located in the Broadway Professional Park, across from the library. Matunde Tatum, owner of Infinite Wellness, first heard about floating in a podcast. A couple years later, he got the opportunity to float in Florida and fell in love with it as a tool to help him meditate. There are few distractions while floating, he says; the tank is light proof and sound proof, though clients can play music or soundtracks in the tank if they wish. The salt in the tank pulls harsh toxins from the body, and the experience relaxes muscles and sharpens focus. Infinite Wellness has one tank and a top-of-the-line filtration system, says Tatum. Tatum’s clients are athletes, students, stay-at-home parents, and business executives. One-hour and two-hour float sessions are available.
The Southern Rose, owned by Mackenzie Bowden and Nicole Morris, is a monogram and gift boutique located in the Rock Bridge Shopping Center, next to Hy-Vee and Orange Leaf. Bowden is a Missouri native, and Morris is from North Carolina. In the south, Morris says, there are plenty of monogram shops. The ladies of Southern Rose are bringing the south to a storefront in Columbia in early August; they will sell apparel, school spirit items, gifts, and offer gift wrapping. Not every item will be monogrammed, Morris says, but custom monograms are definitely an option. Clients can also bring in personal items for monogramming. Monograms are done through embroidery and vinyl decals.
With a background in marketing, advertising, and business administration, Bowden has her own shop on Etsy, Wild Rose Monograms. She has also sold at craft shows. She teamed up with Morris, who has a background in fashion merchandising, in 2014. They hope to build a strong reputation in Columbia and sell items on their website by the end of the year.