353 E. Main St., Fordland
Know before you go: This darling pop-up market is more than shopping; it’s an experience. Vendors gather on a cozy homestead that feels like its own little world but is really only 20 minutes from Springfield. There they sell vintage, antique, home decor, gifts and more—and food trucks are on hand to feed hungry shoppers.
Don’t miss this: The Mother’s Day Market event on May 13.
4741 S. 131st Road, Bolivar
Know before you go: It’s not just the lovely vintage home goods that make Back Road Relics a hidden gem. It’s also their hours: They are only open one weekend a month, which means going shopping there is an experience. Grab some girlfriends and make a day of it.
Don’t miss this: The shop is full of vignettes and sweetly arranged areas full of great stuff. Make sure you plan time to really browse.
307 S. Jefferson Ave., Springfield
Know before you go: Once you’ve visited and fallen in love with the Prairie Pie storefront, come back on Friday and Saturday nights when Therefore, Pizza takes over the place, slinging a different type of pie. The menu changes regularly, but the crisp-chewy-perfect crust is always there. Their recent mushroom-potato-bacon pie was so good they sold out.
Don’t miss this: Their cheese pizza is a classic for a reason.
823 W. State St., Springfield
One of our favorite summertime traditions is Cocktails on the Farm, a ladies’ night event featuring live music, small plates and creatively crafted cocktails that you actually learn to make with hands-on instruction. The small plates are made with ingredients from the farm. It’s the ultimate girls-night-out.
Follow them on Instagram @_collective_kitchen
Know before you go: This tiny little operation churns out some of the most beautiful loaves of bread we’ve ever seen—along with some other goodies like cookies and pizza dough. Keep an eye on their Instagram to see when they are offering specials (like holiday menus) or market-style pop-up events on their front porch.
Don’t miss this: The crusty Table Loaf is perfection.
Follow them on Instagram @sofarspringfield
Know before you go: When you buy tickets to a Sofar Springfield concert, you know the date and time—and that’s about it. The location is always an intimate setting kept secret until 36 hours before the show. The music is a surprise too, with two to three sets from a variety of performers and genres. You can even bring your own alcohol to sip while you watch.
Don’t miss this: The next scheduled concert is Friday, April 14.