Faces of Ninth Street

A trip down Ninth Street in downtown Columbia presents a variety of interesting faces and places. Here, on one of Columbia’s oldest streets, the town’s most creative and unique are brought together by music, food, shopping, community or struggle.
Whether it’s an employee taking a quick break, a musician entertaining college students or the homeless trying to scrape out a living, everybody has something to say. It’s an eclectic sight that leaves a distinct impression in the minds of
residents and visitors alike.

Sunday, October 10, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 6:05 p.m. CDT, Sunday, July 20, 2008


Ninth Street, seen here at night, features coffee shops, vintage clothing stores, skateboard shops and tattoo parlors. With its variety of attractions, Ninth Street attracts residents from all walks of life.


From left, Kelly Mitchum, an employee at Sparky’s Ice Cream, takes a break with friends Tara Kemp and Amanda Godbee. Sparky’s opened on Ninth Street in September.


Dominik Moyninhan plays banjo in front of The Music Café on a Friday night. He appeals to college students, among others, for money. Moyninhan said he was “raking in the cash” on this particular night.


Tommy, a regular on Ninth Street, is among Columbia’s homeless population. Tommy spends much of his time begging for money to purchase alcohol.


The Gotcha costume shop offers everything from wigs to fake vomit. The novelty store prides itself on being the best and only

costume shop in Columbia.

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