Check out all the amazing places to shop, dine, and experience California, Missouri!
Old Town California
If you are an out-of-towner, bring a shopping buddy and take the time to visit some of Old Town’s other shops and boutiques!
Sugar & Spice Bakery is our local bakery. Stop by and treat yourself to a fresh, locally baked morsel of deliciousness while you do your shopping. They are offering a fun variety of baked goods, so they’re sure to have something for everyone! Sugar & Spice Bakery is located at 401 S Oak St., right down the row from Winding Road! 573-796-0203 Visit them on Facebook at facebook.com/316oakstreet/
Grind is California’s small town coffee shop with big city options. This space is AMAZING! It is the perfect rustic retreat to enjoy time alone or with friends in a cozy, local atmosphere. Grind serves quality, Missouri-roasted coffee along with a wide variety of options, including locally baked treats, tea, fresh fruit smoothies, specialty drinks, fountain sodas, sandwiches, salads, soups, as well premium ice cream, shakes, and floats!
Owner Chelsea McGill pulls out all of the stops to take care of her customers. You will walk in as our guest but you will leave as our family. Located at 314 S. Oak Street, in the end-row space among our colorful storefronts, it will be a must-stop on your places to visit in California, Missouri! Grind is open Monday through Saturday. Check their Facebook page at facebook.com/grindcalimo/ for seasonal daily hours.
The Ruffled Hem
Looking for the latest women’s fashions? The Ruffled Hem should definitely be stop on your to do list! The Ruffled Hem is a fun women’s clothing boutique situated on the corner storefront right next door to Winding Road. Owner Shanna Helms offers the latest styles from the largest fashion industries in New York City and Los Angeles. Make plans to stop in and browse through the racks of adorable pieces and jewelry you’ll NEED to make your wardrobe complete! Hours are Friday 12:00 am-5:00 pm and Saturday 10:00 am-2:00 pm. 636-541-0936 Visit them on Facebook at facebook.com/theruffledhem/.
Sweet Buy & Buy
Sweet Buy & Buy is a fun, walk slowly through the aisles, dig down deep in each booth, be sure to look up down and all around for that fabulous find flea market. They have a constantly changing variety of vendor booth décor and a “Pyrex Country” section that will rival the biggest flea markets around! Be sure to give yourself some time to see all there is to see when visiting Sweet Buy and Buy. Located at 307 S. Oak Street. Open Tuesday thru Saturday from 9:00am to various evening hours depending on the day. Call at 573-796-9519.
The Gathering Place is a charming space a few doors down from Winding Road, perfect to rent for birthdays, baby showers, bridal showers, or any intimate event. Owned and operated by Chelsea McGill of Grind, they have catering options available, as well.
Located at 318 S. Oak Street, you can contact Chelsea at 573-619-0285 for information on rates and available dates or visit them on Facebook at facebook.com/eventsbygrind/.
Modern Edge Boutique
Modern Edge Boutique provides women with an affordable shopping experience that showcases quality, well-constructed fashions for all women, with broad diversity, where the designs are catered for a classy, every day, or even a business casual fashion. Modern Edge small space is packed full, allowing people of all ages and sizes feel welcomed when walking in, comfortable when shopping and beautiful when walking out.
Owned and operated by Katie Minard, Modern Edge is located at 403 S Oak St California, MO. Visit during store hours Wednesday 12:00pm – 5:00pm, Thursday 12:00pm – 6:00pm, Friday 9:00am – 6:00pm, Saturday 9:00am – 2:00pm or call (573) 418-5504 to set up some time to stop by and shop. facebook.com/SHOPMODERNEDGEBOUTIQUE/
Grace Designs is a newer addition to our Oak Street shops and Boutiques. This small space has a huge variety of offerings with their unique, personalized designs. Grace Designs creates custom apparel, custom embroidery, corporate apparel, promotional items, unique spirit wear, monograms, custom gift creations, and much more! If they don’t have what you want, they can design it and make it for you! Grace Designs always carries a fun selection of their designs available for purchase right from the showroom. Located at 300 S. Oak Street, you can message them on Facebook at facebook.com/Grace-Designs or call (573) 464-4070 for more information on what they offer. Hours: Wensday 10:00am – 5:00pm, Thursday 10:00am – 7:00pm, Friday 10:00am – 5:00pm, Saturday 10:00am – 2:00pm.
Sweet Chipotle occupies a wonderful, old building, making it the perfect large event venue for our area. Special occasions deserve the perfect meal to accompany them, and Sweet Chipotle Catering is here to deliver.
With over 20 years in the industry, Patrick Miller and his team of culinary experts pair contemporary meals with refined professionalism to ensure that your event goes smoothly. Weddings, corporate gatherings, and private parties are brought to a new level of sophistication with our selection of gourmet catering menus, high-quality ingredients, and desire to make your event perfect. So sit back, relax, and enjoy your time while Sweet Chipotle Catering takes care of the rest.
While doing your shopping & dining, make sure to check out these unique pieces of local flair!
California Industry Mural
This piece of art showcases the aspects of business and industry that have helped shape our town. From our historic connection to the railroad industry all the way to local businesses that serve our town today, this mural is a historical record of where we’ve been and where we’re going.
The mural can be found on the side of California Lanes by the Village Green Shopping center, on Bowling Street.
Moniteau County Fair Mural
If you’re in town during the first full week of August, then you’ll be able to attend the oldest county fair west of the Mississippi! In 2016 the Moniteau County Fair celebrated its 150th birthday- that’s 150 years of fun times spent eating fair food, competing in art & livestock shows, and enjoying derbies and rodeos.
The mural can be found on the front side of the Moniteau County Genealogy Library, on South Street.
Come see California in a new light… at night!
The Finke Theatre was said to be the “Neatest little opera house in Central Missouri” according to William Finke in 1897 and is, once again, providing a fun night life to Old Town California, Missouri. The Historic Finke Theatre has gone through extensive renovations to bring back the glory it once held after its initial 1937 renovation into the Art Deco era. As stated on the Finke Theatre website, “To stay true to the era and history of the theatre, efforts were made to reclaim as much of the buildings’ original hardware and fixtures as possible. Now the beautiful Finke Theatre has refinished original floors, reclaimed and re-upholstered seats with original aisle floor lighting, extraordinary painted wall detail with original art deco sconces, an expanded stage wired for sound and light, the lobby features a wood and textured glass ticket booth.
The first floor of the adjacent Finke Building boasts a spacious concessions area featuring a rotating exhibit of local artwork and comfortable handicap accessible restrooms.” (http://www.finketheater.com/about.html) Experience the Finke Theatre by grabbing a ticket to one of the great shows hosted throughout the year or consider renting it as a great venue for various social occasions, receptions, and weddings. 315 N High St (next to Patricia Kay Interiors) 573-691-9939
Old Town Extras
While you are shopping Old Town California, plan to take a sight-seeing stroll to embrace the sights this little historic area has to offer.
The oldest area is on the square centered around the Historic Moniteau County Courthouse, containing a variety of businesses. The courthouse itself is definitely worth a walkthrough if you are in town during the week.
Main Street offers a stroll past another row of historic brick buildings including the Finke Theatre (as discussed above) and the Moniteau County Cultural Heritage Center (the original post office building). As you turn up South Street, you will see the building (now in need of some major love and care) that once housed California’s very own hospital and private residence for the doctor who ran it.
The next sight is one of the greatest sights Old Town California has to offer; the Victorian era Eitzen Mansion built-in 1898 by Charles A. Eitzen. The Eitzen Mansion has had many titles and uses over the last 100+ years, now presently a private residence after extensive renovations by the current owners Richard and Pam Green, great and very active patrons towards the revitalization of Old Town.
Turning left up Oak Street will move toward what used to be known as “Uptown California.” Rows of historic buildings and homes line the street on either side, filled with private residences and a happy selection of businesses (including Winding Road Gifts & Interiors) and the Moniteau County Library. While there are some storefronts standing vacant, we like to think of them as full of possibilities rather than empty. If you have a creative side, consider the many possibilities one of our affordable storefronts can offer your business in an area full of new life.
Locally Owned Buchanan Street Businesses (Business Hwy 50)
Looking for a florist shop or local eatery? Venture through our one stoplight and down Buchanan Street (Business Hwy 50) to see all “Up-Town” California has to offer!
Nic Nac Café – Hometown café with the best fried chicken around.
Jalisco’s Mexican Restaurant – A great selection of Mexican food made fresh and fast.
Burger Haus – Hometown fast food with a great lunch and dinner buffet all week long.
The Flame – Offers a large home-style menu with good variety.
Bond Pharmacy – Gifts and home décor
Originals – Flowers and gifts
The Flower Shop – Flowers and gifts