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  • Horsing Around

    The H.A.Y. Foundation horsemanship program is designed not only to help local kids earn their spurs, but also to...

  • Live Pure Yoga Buti Yoga

    Digital Director Dayle Duggins gets her glow on for a Friday night fusion of yoga, dance and positive energy.

  • Blades of Glory

    Help your lawn beat the heat with these tips from local landscaping pros.

  • The Renfrow Remodel

    Mike and Tracey Renfrow purchased an ’80s-style ranch then worked with local craftsmen and designers to...

  • Top Dentists 2016

    We trust dentists to clean our chompers and to straighten our smiles, so if you’re looking for a pro to polish...

  • Millsap Farms Pizza Night

    A family farm is serving up made-from-scratch pizza in the open air, and you can be a part of the party.

  • Cooking with Abuela

    We head to La Michoacana, a Mexican grocery store and restaurant in Monett, to share a bit of cooking and...

  • Best Mexican Food

    Love is a pile of freshly made tortilla chips.

  • Losing your Marbles

    Local glassblowers are dropping their treasures in nooks and crannies throughout 417-land, and local...

  • Culture Boutique Hotel

    You can find your next weekend escape right in town on historic Commercial Street. Culture Boutique Hotel houses...

  • The Last Hurrah

    School starts back up this month, so summertime weekends with your kiddos are dwindling. Make your way to some...

  • Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium

    Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium is set to open later this year, and it promises guests can...

  • Power Play

    How do you define power? How do you define leadership? Nancy D. O’Reilly’s new book, Leading Women, aims to...

  • Strength of a Lion

    Leaving a past of domestic violence, Debbie Cantrell went on to discover strength she never knew she had.

  • Best Vets 2016

    Our readers have nominated the most caring and qualified vets and animal hospitals in 417-land, and we’ve...

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  • 7 Good Things

    These seven dishes or drinks have passed our taste buds this month and made us rave. They are ranked by level of...

  • A Piece of the Pie

    Downtown’s newest pizza joint comes with a prime location and a menu filled with hearty pies.

  • Straight to the Table

    The 417-land food scene is growing in more ways than one. Several local restaurants are managing on-site gardens...

  • You Say Tomato

    Tomato season is here, and the freshest way to get a bite out of summer’s best fruit (sorry, watermelon) is to...

  • Sneaky Greens

    When it comes to keeping your family healthy, sometimes you have to get sneaky. Laura Greene-Johnson knows the...

  • House Old Fashioned from The Hepburn

    Get this cocktail at downtown Springfield’s newest speakeasy-style bar.

  • S’mores Crepe

    The decadent dark chocolate mousse makes mouths happy.

  • Progress Pop-Ups

    A bartender, a liquor rep and a chef walk into a bar…and create a pop-up restaurant. And that’s no joke.

  • Homemade Ravioli and More!

    These seven dishes or drinks have passed our taste buds this month and made us rave. They are ranked by level of...

  • Touch's New Menu

    When Touch revamped its menu to include an oyster bar and more seafood options, we jumped at the chance to give...

  • Shark Week Cocktail

    This drink is everything you’d dream a special Shark Week cocktail would be.

  • A Flavor to Relish

    Family traditions can be delicious. Dan and Sharon Bulone have created a small empire selling products inspired...

  •  KC Coffee

    A sophisticated mixture of Rieger’s KC Whiskey, house demerara simple syrup, house coffee, whipped heavy cream...

  • Pork Belly Corndogs

    From The Order at Hotel Vandivort

  • Butcher + Baker

    The delightful baked wonders of KatieMade combine with craft butcher Aden Watson’s quality meats to form...

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  • Bow to the Brow

    Want the perfect arch above your lovely peepers? We got tips from local brow experts for how to style your...

  • How to Wear It: Denim Shorts

    When the heat gets unbearable, the only things you want to wear are shorts. You can rock the denim cut-offs, but...

  • Sippin’ Pretty

    S’well water bottles are the prettiest way to stay hydrated, and you can find your favorite design at local...

  • French Interiors

    Nothing says French interiors to me like black and white.

  • The Crystal Fish, Gifts of Distinction

    Looking for the perfect gift? Linda Cherry, co-owner of Branson gift boutique The Crystal Fish, Gifts of...

  • Game Time

    It’s not too late in the summer to pick up a new sport or game, and local shops have all the right stuff to go...

  • Wonder Wall

    Creating your own gallery wall with local finds is easier than you think. Follow our simple tips to make your...

  • Heartbreak Hotel

    Whatever your summer travel plans are, make sure you’re dressed to impress with this season’s top...

  • Kendra Scott Jewelry at Town & County

    One of our favorite new jewelry lines, Kendra Scott, features natural stones, fun shapes and tons of style.

  • Technicolor Styles

    These products remind us of an old-school summer, a time where some good tunes and simple design took center...

  • The Haberdasher

    Steeped in vintage style, this downtown Springfield men’s boutique blends modern fashion with vintage elegance.

  • Sleep Tight

    Just because you’re lounging at home doesn’t mean you can’t do it in style. We looked high and low to...

  • Father’s Day Gifting

    Need a great gift for dad? We’ve rounded up five local spots that can offer something new for the man who has...

  • Namaste Wear

    The Onzie clothing line combines fashion with function to help you look and feel your best on the mat.

  • Summer Must-Haves

    Heather Kane's picks for prepping your wardrobe and medicine cabinet with summer must-haves.

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  • Cooking with Abuela

    We head to La Michoacana, a Mexican grocery store and restaurant in Monett, to share a bit of cooking and...

  • You Say Tomato

    Tomato season is here, and the freshest way to get a bite out of summer’s best fruit (sorry, watermelon) is to...

  • Patriotic Pies

    Use the season’s freshest berries and a little creativity to wow your family and friends with these festive...

  • Keep it Fresh

    Two local families are changing the salsa game. This summer, check out their tips for making your own.

  • Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice

    It’s summertime, the livin’ is easy, and everything is about to get just a little bit sweeter. Add something...

  • Squash it Real Good

    Challenge yourself in this kitchen this summer by finding new and fun ways to use one of summertime’s garden...

  • Peas and Thank You

    This spring, bright, sunny days help us shake off our hibernation. Shouldn’t your dinner table get a bright,...

  • Get Rad

    Add radishes to your garden and your plate, and you’ll have the tastiest spring yet.

  • Cooking Class: Missouri-Made with Gilardi’s

    Chef James Martin crafts an Italian meal made entirely of local ingredients featuring carpaccio, a steak and...

  • In the Kitchen with Cauliflower

    Curious about cruciferous vegetables? Well, you’re in luck. We’ve chatted with local farmers about how to...

  • A Fresh Take on Salad

    Spring means warming temperatures, the start of the year’s gardening and the return of so much of our favorite...

  • Morel Mushrooms

    How to spot, store and enjoy one of spring’s most delectable crops: morel mushrooms.

  • KatieMade Mosbolletjies Bread

    Although homegrown produce is still hard to find, you can still keep your cooking local by cranking up the oven...

  • 417 Cooking Class with The Order

    Chef Zach White from The Order shows us how simple ingredients don’t have to mean boring meals when he whips...

  • Cooking Class with Crabby’s Seafood Bar & Grill

    Chef Damien Tirego of Crabby’s Seafood Bar & Grill in Joplin joins us in the kitchen to make a surf and turf...

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  • 5 Best Spots for Stand-Up Paddleboarding

    Looking to explore local waterways? Float in style on a stand-up paddleboard. We spoke with Joe Alfafara, owner...

  • 5 Best Summertime Brews

    The dog days of summer don’t stand a chance against these local libations. Quench your thirst with our list of...

  • 5 Best Swimming Holes

    417-land is rich with opportunities to make a splash in all-natural wonders. This summer, ditch the crowded...

  • 5 Best Memorial Day Float Trips

    Go off the grid this Memorial Day Weekend. Ditch your smartphone and check out our five best nearby floats to...

  • 5 Best Places to Buy Amazing Greeting Cards

    No gift is complete without a card, and luckily these five local shops have plenty of choices that showcase your...

  • 5 Best Public Golf Courses

    With spring just around the corner, it’s time to tee up. We’ve found the five best public courses where you...

  • 5 Best Mushroom Soups to Warm Your Winter

    Fill your belly with something hot and hearty this month. We found five luscious meat-free mushroom soups that...

  • 5 Best Happy Hour Bites

    It’s the wind down to the day and the start of a good night—it’s happy hour. The Queen City and its...

  • 5 Best Christmas Light Road Trips

    ‘Tis the season of colors that won’t quit. This year, check out the holiday twinkle of the best light...

  • 5 Best Fries

    They’re crispy, they’re crunchy and they’re perfectly salty. They can be dipped in ketchup, plunged in...

  • 5 Best Places to Watch a Sunrise

    We searched all through 417-land and nearby to find the best spots to catch the first rays of the day.

  • 5 Best Creative Brunch Dishes

    Traditional brunch dishes are given an unexpected twist with these creations, all the perfect reason to hop out...

  • 5 Best Smoke-Free Patios

    Looking to take in some fresh air at some of the finest eateries in 417-land? These five local hotspots provide...

  • 5 Best House Salads

    Sometimes summer makes you want to eat light. Whether you’re craving Asian flare, a Greek spin or just a...

  • 5 Best Thrills

    Adrenaline junkies and thrill-seekers will love these summer rides and attractions. Bring out your adventurous...

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