Moving from Downtown out to the Strip, you’ll find many, many more souvenir, craft and specialty stores than we can possibly name here, but let’s touch on a few.
Quilts & Quilts and Bob Evans General Store are stocked with gifts and crafts for every taste. Good discounts on fabrics, towels, clothing and housewares can be found at Carolina Mills, Branson’s first factory outlet. Dickens Gift Shop carries everything from souvenir keychains to collectible figurines and statues.
Mall shopping is mind-bending in Branson. There’s the Victorian Village (417-334-6625) with specialty shops offering everything from teddy bears and Victorian decorations to furniture and sports and entertainer memorabilia. The Market Place Mall next to the Welk Resort contains an assortment of shops carrying everything from dolls to furniture to good things to eat.
At the Branson Mall (800-434-5412) you’re entertained with free live music at center court while you shop an array of visitor oriented stores and kiosks. A popular stop is the Ernest Tubb Record Shop for hard to find musical recordings. Anchored to the east end of the mall, you’ll find Branson’s only Wal-Mart, full of everyday items you may have forgotten to bring.
Encounter 28 of Branson’s finest shops and eateries in an atmosphere unlike any other in town at The Grand Village (417-336-7467). The cobblestone walkways, brick buildings, fountains, flowers and trees make the Village inviting and relaxing. New stores include the newly expanded Kringles Village Shop (Missouri’s largest Christmas store), Ty Beanie Babies Shop, Thomas Kinkade at Reflections Art Gallery, Heritage Lace Showcase Shop, Bethany’s Doll Room at Abbey Rose, Ladies Accessories Shop at Katherine’s Jewelry and Singing Sensations Recording Studio. From dolls to decorative blown glass, fun fashions to books and toys, there’s something for children, parents and even grandparents. Eateries include The Hard Luck Diner, with singing servers, and the Village Cafe, with outdoor seating and a European flair to the food.
Another mall, Ozarks Discovery IMAX Entertainment Complex (800-419-4832) boasts specialty and gift shops, McFarlain’s Bakery and Pie Shop, a giant-screen theater and the new Remember When Theatre.
Then there’s the Grand Country Square (formerly the 76 Mall Complex, 800-828-9068) with activities to keep you and your family busy for many hours. Find 35,000 square feet of shopping, 5 daily music shows at the 76 Music Hall, homemade fudge in the expanded Market, The Grand Country Buffet, a video arcade and the area’s only indoor mini-golf.
For even more quality arts and crafts visit The Apple Tree Mall, with over 400 craft stores under one roof, or The Engler Block where you can watch demonstrating artisans and craftsmen. There are also numerous gift and craft galleries inside The Shepherd of the Hills and Silver Dollar City.