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One of the more interesting places we visited in the town of Farmington, Missouri, was The Factory in Farmington. A former garment industry building that is more than 75 years old and that was totally renovated and developed into a "visitor destination" in the historic section of downtown Farmington. There are about 45,000-square-feet that is air-conditioned within this indoor mall. There are between 60-70 specialty shops such as crafts, collectibles, art, antiques, a book shop, Ballet Studio, Art Studio, a restaurant, and a Thrift Shop on the Mall level. There are studio suites for professional offices on the main floor, and a "Great Hall at Alexander's" is on the upper level [a place for special evens such as receptions, meetings, proms, and parties.]
*Farmington Historical Museum also resides in The Factory.
We enjoyed walking around this vast area and reading about the history of Farmington, seeing the multitude of unique items, and relising the fact that an old factory could be turned into such a viable and useful space.
What to buy: The Factory in Farmington is open from 9:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Sunday.
This reminds me of an indoor flea market on a more upscale note. It offers antiques, collectibles, thrift store items, jewelry, hair clips and bows, children's clothing and toys, food, and an assortment of other items. It was truly amazing to walk this enormous area [spans one square block] with all its choices and varied price ranges.
Be sure to see all the photographs:
1. The Sign outside telling of the contents within.
2. A View of one of the many LONG hallways within The Factory.
3. A wooden cut-out character used as part of the Farmington History Museum.
4. The brick exterior of the one-time garment factory.
5. One of our most amusing photos of an area for fortune telling, palm reading, and tarot card reading.
I was quite impressed that the community saw fit to use an abandoned building in such a constructive manner.
Updated May 8, 2011
Address: 200 West First Street, Farmington, MO 63640
Phone: (573) 756-9399