Kim Marquez: Grand Village Shops, a Place to get Your Retail Therapy on All Year Long
The Best of Branson crew hit the streets of Branson and Silver Dollar City recently on a two-day exploring and writing adventure. Kim Marquez, a staff writer for the site, shared some of her thoughts
Touring the Grand Village Shops in Branson, Missouri, was a delight. The dainty gift shops flow into a full circle of shopping and dining. The fist shop I stopped at was the Mulberry Mill, where I had habanero jelly spread. Surprisingly, it was not spicy at all (my coworkers didn’t agree with me). What can I say, I like spicy food. This particular shop was a great little place for all kinds of shopping, from coffee to jelly to kitchen stuff. You can find any goodie here.
My second shop was the Dickens Gift Shoppe, the “Free Fudge Sample” store, as Blake, a Kansas City resident and a member of Roy Clark’s family knows it.
Roy Clark, who passed recently, opened the Roy Clark Theater in Branson in 1983, becoming the first country music star to have own a venue, which led to Branson becoming a center of live music performance, Blake shared with me with much excitement.
“I visit Branson often. It’s always a perfect place for shopping and dining,” Blake explains with a smile.
This shop has a wide variety of great souvenirs and treats. You can find anything from T-shirts to wind chimes to homemade fudge. What else could you ask for as a tourist, right?
Chatting with Blake made my tour a little more special, as he seemed to be well acquainted with Branson. Meeting locals is always a pleasure, especially when they share something unique with the place. You never know who you will run into in Branson.
So, whether you’re a native of a tourist, Branson is the place you can spend a weekend with family or a weekday with a new special friend.