222 W. Third Street, Joplin, 417-623-0183
Wherever you go in 417-land, you’ll find galleries and unique public art at almost every turn. Joplin is home to the Spiva Center for the Arts, which was founded back in 1947 by businessman and art-lover George A. Spiva. The center hosts exhibitions, classes, auctions and events.
506 S. Joplin Ave., Joplin, 417-206-5222
Open at 7 a.m. Monday through Saturday and 8 a.m. on Sundays, stop at Joplin Ave Coffee Co. to start your day. The coffee is from Mountain Bird Coffee Company in northwest Arkansas, or grab tea, soda or a Muddy Puppy, which is a cold-blended treat with Oreos, peanut butter and dark mocha.
524 S. Joplin Ave., Joplin, 417-691-8523
It’s hard to argue how good freshly wood-fired pizza is. Carmine’s Wood Fired Pizza uses an oven that was hand-built in Naples and now cooks up hot slices of thin-crust pizza in the Midwest. You can look forward to a few dessert options afterwards, too.