Review: Here Today

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Review: Here Today

Salem Sanfilippo Solindas, Editor

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Replacing Hastings is not an easy feat, and Here Today came to Jefferson City at a major disadvantage. Hastings, for many, has stood as a haven for everyone in town. When the company liquified, a hole was left, not only in Missouri Blvd, but in our hearts.

Luckily, I feel like it’s safe to say the replacement wasn’t too bad. While Here Today is no Hastings, it never intended to be, so even if it hurts, after over a year of a world without our favorite book store, it’s time to hold this newcomer to a different standard.

You first trip to Here Today probably won’t impress you. A lot of the food items have badly damaged packaging, which, while not affecting the food inside, looks a little suspicious. This is because imperfect packaging can be sold at a cheaper price, but it still seems odd.

Your second trip will, hopefully, be a little better. On my second excursion, I started noticing how unbelievably cheap everything is. In addition, the selection was fantastic. I managed to score some awful, gaudy, metallic gold boots for just $20. As awful as they may be, they’re now a wardrobe staple that I would have never found anywhere else.

While it wasn’t too impressive at first, Here Today grows on you pretty quickly. I’ll admit, it still feels weird driving by Missouri Blvd without the big green Hastings sign staring right back at me, but I have a feeling Here Today will become an important part of Jefferson City’s shopping culture in due time.