Columbia retailers seek to tap holiday spirit

Thursday, November 15, 2007 | 9:15 p.m. CST; updated 8:32 a.m. CDT, Monday, July 21, 2008

The ceiling of the Holiday Inn Expo Center is so high that the 9 or 10 foot tall maze of 119 booths seems like a LEGO town by comparison. The combined din of hundreds of buyers and sellers eagerly sharing a communion over wares of all varieties can barely fill the room, and when standing just a few feet back, it’s all reduced to a shapeless hum.