C-Street City Market Opening


On April 22 2017, the C-Street City Market had their annual opening with merchants selling an eclectic mix of handcrafts, plant starts, and early vegetables.  Located on Historic Commercial Street in Springfield Missouri, C Street has been gradually making a comeback from rundown, empty buildings to bustling shopping district.  C Street has their own Facebook page at: Historic C-Street, C-Street City Market as well as a mailing list through email admin@historiccstreet.com.

After stopping at Big Momma’s Coffee for a café au lait to ward off the cold wind, I stopped by the main stand to buy some wooden chips with my debit card to use as currency.  Most of the booths have the ability to slide your card, but I like the chips.  They are different and I can keep myself under control better when I have $10-20 in chips rather than swiping my card on everyone’s phone all morning.  EBT cards can also be used to trade for the wooden chip currency, a nice feature for those who need it.

Lacey Mitchell’s stand is selling reusable bags, wood carriers, and aprons made from feed sacks.  She’s got a good mix of different types of bags, all of which are sturdy and sell for about $10.  What a great way to reuse those darn plastic dog food bags.  Her Facebook page is: Mitchell’s Dutchess of Pork totes.  She operates out of Oldfield and is at C Street on Saturdays.

Paul Spangenberg and his family have a mix of wood toys and crafts as well as an Etsy page.  Visit Nightcire toys on Etsy.com to take a look at his different products.  He also sells unfinished models so you can paint them as you like or make a project of it with the kids.

Smiling Sun Gardens had an excellent selection of native wildflowers and herb starts including medicinal herbs.  If you are at all interested in bringing bees and butterflies to your yard, you need to visit this gentleman.  His website is smilingsunllc.com and he will be at C Street next Saturday.  He let me know he may not always be available to set up every weekend so give him a shout out on his website to find out where he will be when you are ready to plant.

Another interesting exhibitor was a woman who made fused glass jewelry.  Her Etsy website is The chromatic rabbit @ etsy.com.  Look her up, the jewelry was awesome and Mother’s Day is just around the corner.  Hint hint, kids.

All in all it was a good visit.  I like supporting local business much more than supporting big box stores.  If the prices are right, I’d rather spend my money with them.  Other stores are open down on Commercial Street and they are worth a look as well, especially if you are looking for something unusual and fun.  Chabom Tea and Spice, Hakaar’s Bazaar, and Artivities are just a few.  Signing up for the twice monthly C- Street newsletter lets’ you in on what new stores are coming in and what’s going on with the nightlife as well.  Shop on my friends.

J. Parrinos-Queen City Deli



Queen City Deli on Sunshine near Glenstone-Springfield MO


Originally my husband and I are from up north near the Chicago area.  The one thing we are always on the lookout for is Chicago style pizza, beefs, and good Mexican food.  Last week, my husband asked me to run to Queen City Deli, because they have the best beef and sausage combo he has found yet in Springfield Mo.  I ordered the pastrami on rye. The price for both sandwiches, no drinks, no sides was $20. But!  The sandwiches were big enough for two meals especially if I’d paired them with a salad or soup from home.  The meat was very good, piled high, and the bread for the beefs was spot on Chicago-style Italian bread.

J Parrino’s has always been known around here for their pasta which is what I will be trying next time I stop in.  You have the option to eat in their dining room after ordering at the counter or getting take out like I did.  Beer and wine is available as well.  At the counter, you’ll also find a few specialty Italian grocery items that you may want to pick up for the home pantry.

If you’re looking for the best Chicago beef Springfield has to offer, check these guys out.  I was in the store looking for their website menu and got hooked into some sketchy site so just stop in and take a look at the menu.  If you’re looking for Italian, they’ll have something for you.  Happy Eating!

“Tis’ a priviledge to live in the Ozarks”-Mark Twain

Hello!  My name is Christy and I love living and playing in the Ozark Mountain region of America.  The Ozark Plateau stretches from Oklahoma, into northern Arkansas, throughout most of southern Missouri and a tiny part of Kansas.   This endeavor is my own creative effort to share my experiences with you, my readers.  I will always try to share the best of what I encounter whether I am visiting a restaurant, museum, park, or river.  Negativity breeds negativity and anyone can have a bad day.  If you are looking for a bad review on any business, you will not find it here.  If I happen to have a negative experience, I write directly to the business letting them know privately.  If you leave a negative comment on a piece, I will personally read it but will not share it with others.

So, readers, welcome to How to do the Ozarks.  I hope you will enjoy the photos me and my family take, get a laugh out of my (mis)adventures, and visit the Ozark region soon.