Feel the pulsating energy of Joplin’s Sunshine Lamp District, where historic building facades have been resurrected and enhanced, giving this area a new, modern feel. Downtown Joplin is the place to go to find dining, shopping, entertainment, and cultural community events like Third Thursday, all within a few blocks of Main Street.
Downtown’s specialized local stores offer a unique shopping experience. Your feet will thank you when you cover them in style with footwear from Sophie. Known as “the candy store for shoe addicts” this store offers a wide variety of shoes, handbags, accessories, and clothing. Find the perfect boho chic dress at Blue Moon Boutique, “a modern boutique with a vintage soul,” which features trendy clothing and accessories, as well as hip home decor and gift items. If you need to update your activewear, check out the apparel, footwear, and fitness gear at Runaround Running & Fitness, voted one of the 50 best running stores in the country.
Take home a piece of art from the city that Expedia has named as one of the most artistic in America. Find one-of-a-kind souvenirs at Urban Art Gallery and the gift shop at Spiva Center for the Arts, which both carry work made by local artists. Create your own art by personalizing a ceramic piece at Firehouse Pottery, or express yourself on canvas at Create N Sip Studios.
Got hobbies? Hurley’s Heroes draws fans from all over the Four-State area to buy comics, while Changing Hands Book Shoppe focuses on Dungeons & Dragons, European board games, and used books.
Don’t miss the two long-standing anchors of downtown Joplin’s shopping district. Be dazzled by the cases of high-quality jewelry and watches at Newton’s Jewelers, a store that has been family-owned and operated since 1914. Expect the unexpected at Pearl Brothers True Value Hardware, where you’ll find a wide selection of patio furniture, home decor, and small appliances, in addition to a variety of tools.
With all of this shopping, you might need a little something to keep your energy up. A cup of coffee, tea, or even a smoothie from Joplin Avenue Coffee Shop will perk you up. Or pop in to Frosted Cakerie for a sugar fix, where you’ll find a variety of sweet snacks, including giant lemon cookies and Frosted’s popular pink champagne cupcakes.