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    April 28, 2012, is the last day the bricks and mortar retail store, Cool Stuff, will be open on this Earth.

    Our hope is that this area will serve as a memorial to the great friends and great times that have interacted with Cool Stuff through the years.  The passing of Cool Stuff into the annals of downtown Columbia’s history, will undoubtedly have an effect on a great many people.  Please share your remembrances on this page so that a “living” record of a soon-to-be bygone era will be created and preserved for the future.


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    1. By Arnie on April 14, 2012 at 4:24am

      Thanks for being such great customers!

    2. By Jones on April 14, 2012 at 4:30am

      Thanks Cool Stuff for bringing laughter, silliness & culture from around the globe to Columbia!

    3. By Calevir on April 18, 2012 at 11:56am

      We LOVE Cool Stuff!

    4. By J. Michael Roach on April 27, 2012 at 2:55pm

      I still remember leaving from St. Louis to come to Columbia, and all my friends would ask me to buy them something from Cool Stuff … thanks for being such a big part of what Columbia is today!

    5. By Jones on April 27, 2012 at 5:05pm

      Helen Fletcher and the BEST Handmade Duct-tape wallets…a young entrepreneur who sold her wares at Cool Stuff


    6. By Jones on April 27, 2012 at 5:12pm

      Milia Robins gets creative with Japanese Erasers from Cool Stuff!!


    7. By Joni on April 27, 2012 at 6:11pm

      Read Maria Kalaitzandonakes’ article on Cool Stuff


      “Hallie Galvin bought a brass knuckles mug from Cool Stuff, 808 E. Broadway, for her mother a few months ago. Now Galvin said it’s a little more precious to her because the iconic store on Broadway is closing.

      Housewives everywhere are tucking away their ninja breadmen for safekeeping, and the many owners of squirrel underpants are putting the tiny briefs at the back of their drawers as Cool Stuff shuts its doors this April.”

      “I’m not a one trick pony,” Fagan said. “My best accomplishments and my best days are still ahead of me.”

    8. By Nicole on May 3, 2012 at 3:25pm

      Loved this place!!! Love that the memeory still lives on!!!!

    9. By Joanne on May 6, 2012 at 6:03pm

      Broadway, Columbia, will never be the same! Arnie is closing his Cool Stuff Store! The color, the drama, the uniqueness–all going, all gone. “Arnie making his last stand”. Shake in your boots! He’s my Poster Hero!

      Cool Stuff is Gone, Gone, Gone! Great while it Lasted!

      Yes, Cool Stuff was a great store, brightening up downtown. Gave Arnie a place to bring home many fascinating objects, trophies , and glamorous what-not. Could Arnie be settling down to be just another business man? No, that would never happen!