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573 Magazine's Ho-Ho-Holiday Guide

‘Tis the season! The season of family, the season of peace, the season of gathering for big fat fancy feasts… and of course the season of giving. Thanksgiving is this week and everyone knows the day after Thanksgiving is when Christmas comes barreling out of the starting gate like a thoroughbred champion. Decorations go up, lights come on, and all of the seasonal shoppers go rushing out to find those Black Friday sales.

Many people have been concerned this past year with all of the delays in production and distribution that most big businesses have been experiencing and how it might effect their holiday. Will online orders come through in time for a Merry Christmas? Will the stores be stocked and ready for the tidal wave of shoppers preparing to hit? And where else could you possibly go to find unique gifts?

573 Magazine is here to help!

Here’s just a few of the awesome places right here in the area where you can shop locally, buy from small family-owned businesses, support your local economy and find some amazing gifts, experiences and memories to share with your loved ones.

Dawn of Life Aesthetics & Wellness

Owned by local couple, Josh and Ashley Uchtman, Dawn of Life Aesthetics & Wellness has two convenient locations in the 573 Area; Cape Girardeau and Farmington. Focusing on noninvasive body contouring, wellness & detoxing as well as all natural products, Dawn of Life offers a full line of facial and body aesthetic treatments. These treatments include facials, waxing, lashes & brows, Skinpen microneedling, Emsella pelvic floor therapy, Cryoskin, and Emsculp Neo. Their number one goal is to help you become the best version of yourself. With Gift Cards available, Dawn of Life could provide the perfect present to really impress and de-stress that special someone in your life. Just check out some of the amazing things they have to offer!

Emscult Neo is a non-invasive body contouring device. It does 20,000 contractions in 30 minutes to reduce subcutaneous fat by 30%, increase your muscle by 25%, and decrease visceral fat by 15%. It really focuses on building strength and improving your body composition overall. Emsculpt Neo can treat abs, glutes, thighs, calves and arms. There is no downtime with this treatment.

SkinPen micro needling is a collagen-induction therapy that is a nonsurgical treatment that penetrates your skin’s surface to activate its natural healing process and collagen production. It will help smooth lines & wrinkles, even skin tone (including melasma), reduce the appearance of scars including acne scars, reduce enlarged pores, reduce hyperpigmentation & dark spots, and improve skin elasticity. Your first treatment includes the Epionce aftercare kit and a dermaplane facial 5-7 days later to remove any excess or residual dead skin that may still be shedding. This will help provide the best result leaving you smooth & glowing.

Epionce is a physician-strength all natural & botanical skin care line created by clinical dermatologist, Dr. Carl Thornfeldt. Epionce provides the foundation to address your unique skin care needs. From improving the visible appearance of skin aging to problem skin, Epionce has a regimen to solve your specific skin concerns. Clinically tested against leading products, Epionce provides a visible improvement of; fine lines & wrinkles, uneven spots & discoloration, rough & uneven texture, dry & scaly skin, blemished & problem skin, clarity, and radiance. Epionce’s philosophy is simple: healthy skin is beautiful skin. Dawn of Life carries a full line of Epionce products, and to make it even sweeter the aestheticians at Dawn of Life do free skin care consultations to help create a custom regimen just for you.

Crown Pointe Golf Club and Resort

What better gift to give your golf-lover than a membership at the most prestigious golf club in the area? Crown Pointe Golf Club in Farmington, Missouri is so much more than just a great golf course. With a first class hotel right on site, you can stay and play and make a weekend out of it! Forget to pack everything for your game? No problem! With an in-house Pro Shop carrying everything you could possibly want or need for an awesome experience, Crown Pointe has you covered! Want to play a few holes and break for lunch? Visit the 19th Hole next to the pro shop where you can grab a burger and beer and get back to your game. Or have a relaxing meal at The Pointe, Crown Pointe Golf Club’s own fine dining restaurant.

What a great opportunity for a stellar Christmas gift that your loved one can continue to enjoy all year round!

Right now Crown Pointe Golf Club is open for new members for 2023. Memberships keep you covered with a variety of cool Crown amenities from January 1st to December 31st. What a great opportunity for a stellar Christmas gift that your loved one can continue to enjoy all year round! With several different amazing membership packages to choose from, Crown Pointe Golf Club has whatever you need to make this Holiday season extra happy for the golf enthusiast in your life. With membership packages starting at only $350 for students and going all the way to their prestigious Executive Corporate package, Crown Pointe Golf Club and Resort is ready to help you treat your golfer no matter their skill and schedule needs to the point of spoiling!

The Pointe

Speaking of spoiling your loved one with membership to an elite club…Prestige Club Memberships at The Pointe is a wonderful way to say Happy Holidays in a way that lasts. These luxury club memberships offer an amazing amount of benefits. With three different packages to choose from it’s easy to cross multiple loved ones off your Santa list.

The Prestige Wine Club Membership and the Prestige Whiskey Club Membership includes one bottle a month (2 for the larger Wine Club Membership package), a storage locker accommodating up to 12 750ml bottles with lock and key (larger bottles are available to reserve and be held for members), education and tastings in a social setting, the ability to pre-order at a discounted price for pickup, and 15% off all food and beverages at The Pointe, The 19th Hole, Crown Valley Winery, and Crown Valley Brewery. Membership also provides first access to Private Select bottles, priority invitation to Thursday Night Events, periodic free gifts and specials, and inclusion in lotteries for rare bottles. Other membership benefits include one ticket to Crown Valley Winery and Crown Valley Brewery sponsored events, automatic placement on the priority wait list in the event that a reservation was not made, and the ability to request bottles to be decanted prior to arrival.

Here's one Thursday Night Event you won't want to miss at The Pointe!
It’s the gift that keeps on giving!

The Prestige Cigar Club Membership includes 4 cigars per month, 15% off all food and beverages at The Pointe, The 19th Hole, Crown Valley Winery, and Crown Valley Brewery, priority invitation to Thursday Night Events, periodic free gifts and specials, and exclusive reservations for lounge seating on The Smoking Deck. Cigar Club members also receive automatic placement on the priority wait list in the event that a reservation was not made, and are eligible to pre-order cigars at discounted price for pickup. Join 2 of Crown Pointe’s Prestige Clubs and get 10% off your membership fees. Join all 3 and save 15%. It’s the gift that keeps on giving!

Crown Gift Card

Club membership offers prestige and gives you a chance to enjoy luxury like the elite, but if that’s not quite right for you and yours, or if you’re not sure about their interest, Crown Country has you covered. The Crown Country gift cards can be used at any of their amazing locations. Crown Valley Winery, Crown Valley Brewery, The Pointe, The 19th Hole, and Crown Ridge Tiger Sanctuary.

...a gift card is your golden ticket to getting it right every time!

Crown Valley Brewery, The Pointe, and The 19th Hole offer a wide variety of fantastic food whether you’re craving a specialty pizza and beer, hoping to impress a holiday date with a romantic wine and dine, and everything in between. Crown Valley Winery carries an array of fine wines and has some epic events, and no worries on whether or not you know what wine to get, a gift card is your golden ticket to getting it right every time!

You can purchase any amount you wish on Crown Country gift cards, and you can purchase them at any of the locations or even online at

This is the Black Friday special you’ve been waiting for!

Want to make shopping for presents more fun than it’s ever been? Come get your gift cards this Friday, November 25th at the Black Friday Merry Mayhem event at Crown Valley Brewery. From 7-10pm there will be cocktail specials, a live DJ, BOGO ½ off appetizers, and a free mug with $1 off drafts for the first 100 people. This is the Black Friday special you’ve been waiting for! So come on out, enjoy yourself, and cross some people off the gift-list all with one awesomely fun stop.

CJ Lighting & Fans

Everytime I walk into this store I am amazed. Always bursting with beautiful pieces, the set up of the store is itself a work of art and inspires a strong feeling of joy, especially this time of year. You can tell from the moment you step through the door that the place, its products, and its layout is an intensive labor of love from an extremely creative and patient master of beauty and design. CJ Lighting and Fans, owned and operated by local couple Christine & Joe Hutson has been the sparkling gem of the Downtown Farmington Square for more than 5 years.

Admittedly, the name of the store is slightly misleading because there is so much more here than lights and fans, and the lighting fixtures and fans they do carry are so outstanding and uniquely beautiful…so much more elegant than you would picture when you hear the simple, humble name. This little shop that I have come to adore, I would almost call a diamond in the rough, but even the outside is always so beautiful, there’s nothing rough about it! It shines like a beacon to anyone who happens to travel down N. Jefferson St.

Christmas especially is our favorite time of the year!

Christine and Joe have been in the lighting business for more than 33 years, and definitely know how to set you up in style. Along with magnificent chandeliers, decadent lamps, and artisan lighted fans, they also carry a huge array of other home decor, furniture, and seasonal items.

“Christmas especially is our favorite time of the year!” Chris tells us. “We specialize in carrying an eclectic mix of Christmas decor including popular designs from local artists. Karen Didion who is a Missouri native artist from St. Peters creates these beautiful Santa originals which are very detailed and just beautiful. We also carry photography by Joan Thoms of JT arts in Ste. Genevieve Missouri. Her cardinal photographs are exquisite and very popular in the area. We also carry ESC and company products, including the super popular and super adorable papier-mache folk art characters by designer Lori Mitchell.”

Other things you can find at CJ’s include candles (some that are made from a local lady in Wildwood Missouri), soaps, tea towels, an extensive mug collection, extraordinary one of a kind ornaments, lovely little bells, home Christmas decor, Christmas trees that light up, table-top Christmas trees, intricately designed snow globes, and wooden musical boxes. They also have several kitchen items to help make this season even more festive like little holiday shaped measuring spoons, holiday stoneware platters & bowls, and rolling pins with holiday engravings to leave a wonderfully festive pattern in your pie crusts, cookies and other holiday pastries. And to really make the house comfy with the holiday spirit, there’s soft blankets, knitted Christmas throws, knitted or embroidered Christmas pillows, knitted stockings and breathtaking wreaths. At CJ Lighting & Fans you can find everything you need to have a warm and joyful holiday season!

...don't get all tied up waiting for online local, find some truly unique gifts your loved ones can really cherish, and support local artists and small family owned businesses.

We have such great local places and wonderful ways to build strong bonds and great memories with your family this holiday season right here in the 573. So don't get all tied up waiting for online orders and who needs the big box stores? No worries! Christmas is not in danger. The products of local artists and small businesses are not being held ransom in a shipping container on a dock over seas. Now is a great opportunity to shop local, find some truly unique gifts your loved ones can really cherish, and support local artists and small family owned businesses. After all, they're your family, friends, and neighbors. 573 Magazine wishes you a wonderful Thanksgiving, Happy Holidays and a very Merry Christmas!


words by aj koehler


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