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October 2016

Animals At Work

It turns out that watching cat videos at work just might be the ticket to great office morale. A 2015 study by Indiana University found that people who watched cat videos reported feeling more energized and happier and a lot less anxious…

The Volunteer Life

In 1961, Charlie and Jean Gibbens were Kansas natives living in Grinnell, Iowa, and looking for a new path. Charlie, a territory sales representative for Mobil Oil Co., needed something better, but with a young family to support, he was…

Fall Break

While high-end craft ciders haven’t quite reached craft beer popularity, quality apple-based alcoholic options have increased dramatically over the last decade or so. Ciders can provide enticing break from beer and wine, offering flavors…

Hidden Treasure

photos courtesy of  Citizen Jane When it comes to film festivals, True/False isn’t the only ticket in town. Columbia’s also home to Citizen Jane, celebrating female filmmakers for its ninth year this Nov. 3-6. Barbie Banks, Citizen Jane’s…

Employee Happiness And Loyalty

If you need to increase your company’s competitiveness and profit, where should you start? Should you focus on your employees first, or should you start by focusing on your customers first? In reality, you need to do both. It is almost…

Going Greens

Collard greens are the new kale (or Brussels sprouts, anchovies or liver). You may not think you like it unless you’ve had this soul food staple properly prepared and seasoned. Maybe you had greens out of a can as a kid — without seasoning,…

Wish Upon a Swing

photos by Schaefer Photography It was a thoroughly pre-vetted blind date that matched Kari Schaal and Glenn Vogt in January 2013. A coworker at the Missouri Orthopaedic Institute (MOI) thought Kari and a sales rep who frequented the…

Farm-to-Table

Blue Bell Farm is best known as an event venue, perfect for weddings and private parties. But the land owned by Derek and Jamie Bryant is steeped in local history and now a centerpiece of farm-to-table dining destinations in the Columbia…

Turning 35

photo by L.G. Patterson The Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri turns 35 this year. And its executive director Lindsay Young Lopez wants you to know that this birthday is truly a community celebration. “This is our community’s…

Solace and Joy

photo by L.G. Patterson Aliki Barnstone, Missouri’s poet laureate, was an artistic but shy girl. Raised in a family of writers and artists, her childhood was filled with imagination and creation. She was just 12 when Macmillan published her…

A “Whole” Different Animal

Columbia has a new restaurant that embraces the “whole animal” concept wholeheartedly. The Barred Owl Butcher & Table at 47 E. Broadway (Inside Columbia’s former home) is a full service restaurant with a retail deli/butcher shop. The…

Vintage Not Antique

The return of fall means the return of the Mature Living Festival, which connects seniors, families, caregivers and community members with dozens of businesses focused on making seniors’ lives better. The fun, entertainment-filled event…

Protecting Taxpayers

A business-friendly proposal will appear on Missouri’s Nov. 8 general election ballot: Amendment 4, The Taxpayer Protection Amendment, which will protect Missouri consumers and businesses from a new sales tax on services we all use every…

What A Hoot!

Fall marks the end of the growing season for the Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture’s (CCUA) urban farm, and it has a fun and memorable way to celebrate: its annual Harvest Hootenanny. This year’s Hootenanny, sponsored in part by Inside…

Ukulele Ike

Next time you sit down with the kids to watch Disney’s “Pinocchio,” listen to the cricket. He was born in your backyard. When that loveable bug sings, “When You Wish Upon a Star,” the voice of Jiminy Cricket is that of a Missourian named…

Violent Undertow

(October Review) Whether action, drama, thriller or horror, violence seems to be the thread that connects many of the movies set for release this October. Here is a sampling of storylines in theaters this month: An unreliable narrator is…

Choosing Children

photos by L.G. Patterson Lynn Barnett remembers what she was wearing the day she interviewed for the director of special education position at the Columbia Public Schools’ district office in August 1984. She remembers each of the people in…

Style Is Eternal

photos by L.G. Patterson photographed on location at the Sager | Braudis Gallery, 1025 E Walnut St. "Fashion fades, style is eternal," said Yves Saint-Laurent who may or may not have been paraphrasing the late, great, one and only design…

CEO Roundtable

photos by L.G. Patterson One good way to chase away the summer doldrums is to gather a collection of local business leaders for a rousing discussion of the season’s most pressing issues. And that’s just what Inside Columbia’s CEO magazine…