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Got a few minutes? Walk downtown and into some intriguing shops

Thursday, July 25, 2013 | 6:00 a.m. CDT
Arreya Bond gets tokens before playing pinball the day before Gunther's Games grand opening.

Maybe you’re waiting for friends to get out of class. Maybe you’ve been studying all day and just need a break.

Either way, your college experience will have some free time and seemingly nothing to do.

Consider heading downtown and checking out these five-minute destinations.

SLACKERS CD's and GAMES, 101o E. Broadway

Open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday

If you are looking for a vinyl record, video game, action figure, poster, dice for Dungeons and Dragons, a board game, pinball table or just hoping not to waste a few minutes waiting for your friends to get out of class, Slackers is an option.

At Slackers, you can buy and trade practically anything. And if you don’t like shopping, there is a room full of arcade games that you can play or buy for your dorm room.

ROCK BOTTOM COMICS, 1013 E. Walnut St.

Open noon to 6 p.m. Monday and Tuesday; noon to 7 p.m. Wednesday; 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Rock Bottom Comics has served comic book fans from mid-Missouri for 40 years. If you’re looking for trading cards, lunch boxes or dice, this is the store for you. Every Wednesday, the store gets new comics in. 

GUNTHER'S GAMES, 923 Broadway

Open 4 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. Saturday; noon to 1:30 a.m. Sunday.

For pinball, Guitar Hero, Mortal Kombat or Pac Man, Gunther’s Games is the place for you. This arcade has food and games — and it’s air conditioned.

ARTLANDISH GALLERY, 1019 E. Walnut St.

Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.

Filled with "strange and wondrous things" from more than 60 local and regional artists, Artlandish is a great place to spend a few minutes of your time. The gallery sells gifts, jewelry, pottery, crafts and offers events and workshops every month.

RAGTAG CINEMA, 10 Hitt St.

Enriching the community with independent films, this theater has couches and love seats instead of theater chairs. There is also a Cinemacafe, where you can enjoy both beer and coffee. Wander in, grab a drink and see a movie you may have never heard of.

THE PEACE NOOK, 804 E. Broadway

Open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday; noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Located under the peace and rainbow flags on Broadway, this nonprofit, volunteer-based community resource center is operated by Peaceworks. The store sells books, fair trade imports, natural foods, environmental products, posters, jewelry, T-shirts, magazines and much more. All proceeds support the educational work of Mid-Missouri Peaceworks, and there is no tax charged. 


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