‘Branson’ and ‘inactivity’ are two words that just don’t go together. There is so much to do in Branson. There are different things for different people. There are so many shows to attend, so many attractions and locations to catch some fun, bond with friends and family and on and on goes the list. But in the event that for at least part of the trip you simply just want to see some special event, shop in a different location (exposing yourself to all the goodies of Branson) then Branson is also the destination for you! Why? Branson’s got it all! There are many dining and shopping facilities, brand outlet stores, malls from which to dine and shop, several special events including sporting events, golf tournaments, and veteran events to attend. When you are through with shopping in Branson, you will not need anyone to tell you that ‘Branson shopping is the best shopping experience you can get anywhere’.
Below are a few examples of the malls, diners and events you will experience in Branson
Grand Village Shops
The Grand Village Mall, housing over 26 fantastic shops, is located right in the heart of Branson’s busy entertainment district. Visitors can shop for Branson trinkets at the Main Street Souvenirs, ladies apparel at The Grand Glitz, and at the Abbey Rose they can shop for beautiful Victorian furnishings
Bell’s Gifts and Collectibles
The IMAX Entertainment complex has many unique and unusual shops within it. Among those numerous shops is this one shop, a gift gallery that will appeal to the child in you, the Bell’s Gifts and Collectibles. You’ll find different types of Porcelain collectible dolls standing and sitting in all their finery, Stuffed animals with shelves, puppets, and collectible dolls waiting to be added to your collection. You’ll find dolls from designs for corporate offices to those suitable for the nursery. You’ll also find a large collection of items that bring back the nostalgia or Route 66, so if you like to let your fascination go wild, this would be the right place for you.
Apple Tree Mall
This is an unusual shopping mall that houses over 400 separate craft stores and is located in the centre of Branson. There are a variety of items made by both local and regional craftswomen, craftsmen, and artists to be discovered here. There are holiday decorations that are made of wood and glass that will dress up your tree gracefully and beautifully fashioned and designed quilts that will improve the décor of any bedroom. You will also find a variety of toys – hand-carved wooden toys – that your child will love. This is also a great place for the doll collectors to get their next collection of dolls.
Hard Luck Diner
Branson is not only about shopping; there are also diners and several restaurants. This small ”Hard Luck Diner” is a ‘50s-style diner that will transport you to yesteryears and is right next to Grand Palace Theatre of Branson. One or two of the staff breaking into songs and dancing as they cavort around the tables is a common sight as the employees consist of aspiring songwriters, musicians, singers and actors. There is a soda fountain complete with over fifteen soda flavors and more than twenty five ice cream flavors lying at the back wall. The menu is themed too. There’s Fried Steak (Love Me Tender), and “Cheese Release Me” which is a grilled cheese sandwich having all the trimmings as well as a variety of other unique delectables in the menu selection.
There are, as already stated above, so many special events scheduled in Branson that just about everyone’s taste can be satisfied. Events include group events for students, art events, acting and singing “open mic” events, motorhome gatherings, golf tournaments, huge religious gatherings and sporting events like the NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball. Here are a couple of examples of popular special events in Branson.
There is Vince Elfrink Memorial Tournament, an annual public fishing tournament that takes place on the cold water Lake Taneycomo that offers great brown and rainbow trout fishing. The event is hosted by Lilleys’ Landing Resort. This is a catch-and-release tournament with the rules requiring artificial baits only. It requires a two-person team with the entry fee for the tournament being $50. The Top four teams get awarded with cash prize and trophies. Big Trout Cash Prizes are awarded to the teams with the heaviest rainbow and brown trout.
Another great event is the largest Veterans Day celebration in America, the Branson’s ‘Veterans Homecoming Week’ where you get a dedicated opportunity to honor active duty Armed Forces personnel. Veterans and their families are acknowledged way beyond the way they are routinely honored on a daily basis in Branson. According to the Director of Operations for the Branson Tourism Centre, Tammy Johnson, “the Branson’s ‘Veterans Homecoming Week’ is an exciting and a special time for us in Branson.”