If you’ve never been to the Historic Square in Ozark, Missouri, you’re really missing out. It has so many great locally owned shops and restaurants all with the nostalgic charm of a small town in turn-of-the-century rural Missouri. The Christian County Headliner put out this excellent history of the square back in 2014 and if you’re into the history of the area, it’s definitely worth a read. What’s there now is equally interesting. Ozark has gained a reputation as a hotbed for antiques with several fantastic options on the square. It’s also a great place to enjoy a tasty lunch and meet some great new friends! Here are 13 of our favorite things to do on the Square in Ozark!
Stacey’s Sweets is home to some of the most creative people in the entire city of Ozark. Their creations are not only incredibly clever, but after you appreciate the cleverness, you can eat it! Stacey’s does custom cakes and other confections for any occasion and has a track record of coming up with some insanely good designs that taste great. Be sure to check them out on Facebook to see their work! We especially loved the Chewbacca cake.
113 N 2nd St
If you’re looking for a cozy place to enjoy some breakfast, brunch or lunch, Market House is a great choice! It comes with the feeling of a classy bistro and the delicious menu of one, too! Market house makes things from scratch, which really gives you a taste of gourmet home cooking inspired by a Midwestern pizazz.
Although not right on the square, Torn Boutique is close enough to hit with a throwed roll. It’s a stylish fashion boutique with some of the latest trends in women’s clothing. It’s also an adorable shop operated out of this little white bungalow on Brick Street. They get new stuff nearly every week and aim to please with a focus on customer service and prices that everyone can afford!
101 S. 3rd St.
One of the newest additions to the square is Huckabella, a fashion boutique that also carries home decor and antiques. Owners Savannah Malcolm and Sarah Huck opened the store on April 1st of this year and have placed a focus on variety in their shop. They carry everything from imported garments from all over the country to locally made jewelry and screen printed items. “We want to keep a variety of all different styles and ages,” says Malcolm, “but we do want to keep a contemporary style.” Keep an eye for their Back to School Open House in August and be sure to check them out on Facebook!
What an absolutely perfect place to have lunch in downtown Ozark. The Spring Creek Tea Room is an adorable spot for soups, salads, quiches and plenty more. The choices for dessert are equally amazing. These folks have the best cakes and pies in town. Just look at ’em!
A contemporary Latin-American restaurant with locally sourced ingredients? YES PLEASE! Iguana Roja serves up unique and delicious dishes that are handmade by chef Brian Taylor and the staff. You might’ve heard that they won best wings at Wingapalooza, but they’re much more than just a wing restaurant. This place goes the extra mile to provide a wonderful dining experience. They’ll even make guac right there at the table. This place pulls out all the stops and some world famous musicians are taking notice!
Grace House is another awesome place to find great pieces for your home. They didn’t include vintage in the name of the store for nothing. From the moment you walk in the brick walls and eclectic variety of classic furniture and decor give you the feel of a stylish modern farmhouse. They’re open Tuesday through Saturday from 9:30 until 5:00 p.m. so swing by sometime and check ’em out!
If you’re an antiquer, walking into the Persimmon Tree is like a little present for your soul. It’s another antique shop with tons of variety and locally made artisanal decor. They’ve got some amazing furniture, figurines, pillows, signs and plenty more. It’s also a great place to find completely unique Christmas decor. It’s about time for Christmas decorations, right? (Editor’s note: This was written in June)
201 West Church St
If you’re looking for some new threads, Weezies is a no-brainer for women’s clothing in Downtown Ozark. They do resale and new clothing that will keep you looking like a big city fashionista without having to make the trip to New York or LA. In addition to the big city styles, they’ve got a wide array of country chic clothing that sticks to the roots of the Ozarks. For a more casual look, check out some of their printed tees. They’ve got some pretty funny ones. One of our favorites is the Lake Hair Don’t Care tank top.
If you’ve got a special occasion coming up or if you just want to give your home a fresh feeling, Hazel’s Flowers can certainly help with that. They’ve been in business on the square for more than 50 years and have been named on of the area’s best flower shops several times over that span. They’ve been locally owned and operated that whole time, too!
202 E. Church
As you’ve already seen, the history on the square is rich and vibrant, but if you really wanna dig deep into the history of the area, this is the place to go. The Christian County Museum is also home to the Christian County Historical Society. If you’re curious about your family’s history, the goings-on of the past in the city or you just want to see some artifacts of years gone by, this is a great place to start. The staff is super friendly and knowledgeable, too!
The East Coast has found a home on the Ozark square at Mama’s Style Kitchen. They make NY style pizza and cheese steaks inspired by Philadelphia. Their customer rave about the environment and service they receive and the quality of the food served. The menu is loaded with awesome dishes like Stromboli, Gyros, and Chicken Pesto to name a few.
103 W Church St
If it’s a jolt of caffeine you’re looking for, Ben’s is the place to visit. They have all the classic coffee drinks your heart desires, but they are more than just espressos and cappuccinos. They have a great lunch service until 3:00 p.m. daily with tasty options like this one.