Fresh vegetables rest in a wooden display

Fresh vegetables rest in a wooden display in the Root Cellar grocery.

MU is a small world of its own, and when you first arrive it will take time to explore it all. Once you have been to MizzouRec, joined a sports league, seen movies in Memorial Student Union and sampled the dining hall menus, it might be time to branch out into Columbia.

Students can get great deals when they flash their ID cards, but sometimes it pays to shell out for a membership. Here are a few deals in town that can help freshen your appetite and outlook.

Ragtag Cinema Student Membership: $30 a year

Ragtag Cinema, Columbia’s local arthouse theater, shows independent films every day. Students can get a $4 discount on movie tickets with a $30 annual membership. As long as you watch one film a month while you are on campus, you will make back your membership investment plus a little extra.

Keep on top of the Ragtag show schedule at ragtagcinema.org since films sometimes may have limited runs or the theater will have special events like director-attended screenings.

Columbia Art League: $20

The Columbia Art League’s gallery is just off campus on Ninth Street and can be fun for a quick browse while waiting for a pizza at Shakespeare’s or a show at the Missouri Theatre. The $20 student membership is great for students who want an extra outlet for their artwork, discount classes for polishing their skills or a chance to mix and mingle with the Columbia art community at the league’s opening receptions.

Root Cellar’s Local Food Box: $35 plus tax each week

When you are tired of eating at the dining halls and on the Ninth Street food strip, stop by the Root Cellar and look into their weekly food boxes. The Ploughman’s box will give you a bit of meat, a hearty amount of vegetables and one local, artisanal item to try a week.

If you find something you don’t want, it can be swapped at the store’s “Trading Post.” The boxes are a good way to keep your diet fresh and keep off the “Freshman 15” (or the “Mizzou 22”)

Craft Beer Cellar Beer of the Month: $20 plus, age 21

After your 21st birthday, head into the basement bar and beer grocer just off Ninth Street to find what may be the most thorough beer retailer in town. Their exceptionally knowledgeable staff can tell you anything you want to know about what you are drinking and what you should be trying.

They send out monthly beer boxes to help you broaden your brew horizons and try as much of their constantly rotating stock as possible. The boxes are delivered to your door, and you can let them know your preferences so you don’t get beers you don’t want.

  • Columbia Missourian Reporter, sometimes Photographer, former Photo Editor.

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