on the rise: muse clothing boutique


Brianna Arps | MouthingOff Blog: A few of Muse Clothing’s styles available for purchase are showcased in this window display on August 15, 2013. An emphasis on color blocking prints and patterns remains as warm weather persists. 

These days, taking a stroll through downtown Columbia, Mo. (better known and referred to as  “The District” by both students and residents) has become just as much of a routine for me as attending classes at the University of Missouri. Every shop, bar and restaurant that calls the area home aids in the cultivation of its unique charm and immerses everyone who visits in the culture created and maintained by a diverse array of talented individuals.

Nickie Davis, one of those talented individuals, is the owner of Muse Clothing. Although a newcomer to “The District,” Muse prides itself on being “Columbia’s only alternative street fashion boutique for men and women,” according to its website. After stopping by on multiple occasions and checking out the merchandise available for purchase (brands such as Lip Service, DimePiece, Kings of Cole, Cheap Monday, Kill City and Burger and Friends), I’ve come to the conclusion that Muse has all others in town beat on providing urban-esque statement pieces and the bare necessities for those who are looking to put together a noticeably trendy, yet cohesive look.

Besides the clothing and accessories, I’m even more a fan of Nickie’s “Monthly Muse” feature. Every month, Muse selects a shopper and conducts an interview, which includes a brief photo shoot of the person in styles the boutique carries. The purpose is simple: to highlight locals and encourage others to converse about what Columbia’s own fashion icons are wearing.


Brianna Arps | MouthingOff Blog: A message board placed outside of Muse Clothing attracts passerby on August 15, 2013. The board reminds shoppers to include hashtag “musecomo” when showcasing their purchases on social media outlets.

If your closest is in need of revamping, Muse Clothing can help to get the job done on Mondays through Fridays between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. and Saturdays between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Muse Clothing Boutique

22 South 9th Street

Columbia, MO 65201

(573) 222-0687

By: Brianna Arps