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June 2015

Good, Healthy Fun

It’s summertime in Columbia, and the livin’ is easy. Turns out it can be a little too easy to get stuck in a rut when it comes to summer fitness. There’s more to healthy living in Columbia than jogging around the neighborhood before work.…

HEALTHY MOVES

Columbia has always been a medical mecca. The health care industry is a dominant player in the local economy, employing more people than any other sector. The city is home to the second-most hospital beds per capita in the country.

BETTER TOGETHER

For the owners of newly formed Peak Sport and Spine Rehab, that old adage proved to be good business advice. Athletic trainer Mark Dempsey and physical therapists Shaon Fry and Todd Ankenman are the former owners of Peak Performance…

POWER POINT

If you think “smart building” technology is a product of the 21st century, well … you would be wrong. Dial back your assumptions to the early 1980s, when a young, American-educated immigrant settled in Columbia

RETAIL THERAPY

Katie Essing is living the dream. Six months into her new job as director of the Downtown Community Improvement District, she has immersed herself in the downtown’s small-business culture, working in what she calls her “dream career.”

Green’s The Thing

Toast the dawn of another summer with a refreshing Vinho Verde, a light, citrusy white wine that has found its niche at American patio picnics and pool parties. Vinho Verde is not a grape varietal but a description. Portuguese for…

The Salads of Summer

BY SCOTT PATRICK MYERS PHOTOGRAPHY Take advantage of abundant, fresh, seasonal produce at its most delicious and nutritious this summer. When recipes are this colorful and tempting, it’s easy to fill your diet with low-calorie,…

Hitchiking In A Hearse

It was lonely on the road. I missed Columbia. When I get home, I promised, I’ll treat myself to a platter of fried oysters at Murry’s, or a gyro at G&D, maybe some chili cheese fries at Mugs Up. I’ll hit a hometown brewery, a…

The Rose Zone

Roses have been cherished for their scent and beauty for centuries, and they can become the centerpiece of your garden. Columbians interested in growing roses should pick varieties that do well in USDA planting zone 6a. Another thing to…

Breakin’ It Down

There’s no denying that composting is great for both the garden and the environment, but how does a person get started? Steve Callis, a master composter and volunteer compost educator, strongly recommends attending one of the free…

Help Your Outside Match Your Inside

Not too many decades ago, the humble picnic table was the epitome of outdoor furniture. But those days are long gone. “Outdoor dining has always been around, but now it’s more about options and seating,” says Jerome Rackers, owner of…

20th Century Renovation

The stately home at the end of Westmount saw a city blossom all around her, but as Columbia grew and thrived, the home eventually was vacated and left standing empty for more than a decade. It was built in 1931 by a dentist named Clifton…

Man Cave Must-Haves

In 2012, Merriam-Webster added the term “man cave” to its dictionary. The definition is listed as “a room or space (as in a basement) designed according to the taste of the man of the house to be used as his personal area for…

Katelyn Gribble & Jack Meyer

ALL PHOTOS BY DAVID OWENS PHOTOGRAPHY Katelyn Gribble did not mean to leave her high school sweetheart, Jack Meyer, kneeling in the snow, holding out a ring. She was just so shocked to see him proposing she forgot how to stop on…

The Keys to Success

From a casual search of properties on the Internet to figuring out financing to actually making an offer on your dream residence, the experience of buying a home can be both exciting and daunting. Whether you are buying your first…

Guac Talk

Food editor Brook Harlan demonstrates how to make the perfect guacamole. L.G. PATTERSON Avocados have a mystique about them. Why do they look like dinosaur eggs? How do I get into them? How do I tell if they are ripe? In the…

Joyful Occasions

Morgan Smarr and Wade Pingel will marry on June 13, 2015. L.G. PATTERSON MORGAN SMARR and WADE PINGEL will marry on June 13 at the bride’s parents’ home in Ashland. Morgan is the daughter of Mel and Charlotte Smarr of Ashland. She…

Quick Energy

The sun is shining, the kids are anxious to get on their bikes and hit the trail, and the last thing the household chef wants to do is spend an hour or two creating complex meals in a sizzling hot kitchen. These simple dishes are real…