April Vox Picks Collage

Jump into spring with bouquets, Pulitzer-winning poets, Boone County elections and Mexican barbecue.

Each month, Vox curates a lots of can’t-miss shops, eats, reads and experiences. We find the new, trending or underrated to help you enjoy the best our city has to offer.


Pulitzer-winning poets Tracy K. Smith and Jericho Brown in conversation as they close Unbound Book Festival’s sixth year as the keynote speakers. Smith’s memoir, Ordinary Light, was a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award for Nonfiction and was selected as a Notable Book by The New York Times and The Washington Post. Brown’s first book, Please, won the American Book Award in 2014, and his poems have been featured in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Nation and Time.

The virtual, free event is April 23 at 7 p.m. Find more information on Unbound's website.


Coralene’s Flower Farm, a new farmer-florist business that offers bouquets, flower arrangements and stem flower sales. With the rise of warm weather, you can also make a trip to local nurseries, including Helmi’s Gardens and MillCreek Nursery, which offer a variety of trees, shrubs and flowers for landscaping.

Coralene’s: by appointment at 3701 Sardis Court

Helmi’s Gardens: Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 7201 S. Nursery Road

MillCreek: Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1012 W. Old Plank Road

Cast your vote...

In a number of upcoming elections in Boone County. Voters can make their selections for state representative for the 45th district, two members of the Columbia School Board and Second and Sixth Ward Columbia City Council members. In-person absentee voters can cast their ballot early by April 5 at the County Clerk’s office at 801 E. Walnut St. Other absentee ballots must have been mailed in by March 24.

Vote in person April 6 from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Find your polling place on the Boone County Government website.

Chow down on...

Mexican barbecue at Barred Owl Butcher & Table’s pop-up, Barbacoas del Norte on April 12. Popular for its fan-favorite brisket platters, Barbacoas del Norte popped on the scene in September. To order, direct message @barbacoas.del.norte on Instagram. A couple of other newcomers to try include Casa Maria’s Mexican Cantina for specialty margaritas and The Strollway Market, which opened March 9, for locally sourced sandwiches.

Barbacoas del Norte: Pick-up on April 12 from 4:30 from 7:30 p.m. at 47 E. Broadway

Casa Maria’s Mexican Cantina: Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 1305 Grindstone Parkway

The Strollway Market: Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 114 S. Ninth St.

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