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Faces Behind the Places

Megan Herzing’s desire to learn from her father brought her into the business of contractor services for roofing and siding installation. Watching her dad get to know his customers while he worked to restore their homes, Megan took the…

Faces Behind The Places

For the last five and a half years, Chris Routledge has found a professional home at Dryer’s Shoe Store where he’s proud to get to know his customers and their needs. Having previously worked in a larger corporate retail company, Chris was…

5 Ways to Celebrate NYE at Home

New Year’s Eve is definitely known as one of the biggest “party holidays.” But if you’re not a party person or you’d just rather spend the build up to the New Year at home, there are still tons of things to do. Check out our list of five…

Great Gift Ideas

For those who are shopping for the person who already has everything, we’ve compiled a list of local gifts that might just help you out this holiday season. Or send this list to someone who might be trying to buy for you.

Best of Columbia 2017

Columbia's home to a whole host of wonderful stores and services, and we asked you for your favorites. The votes have been tallied and we're pleased to present the winners in the final category of our 2017 Best of Columbia contest: Shopping…

On The Town September 2017

Chip in Fore Kids Golf Tournament It was a splendid day for the MFA Oil Chip in Fore the Kids Golf Tournament presented by Manor Roofing & Restoration. Thirty-nine teams played throughout the day to support the youth in the community.…

Knot News

Kelly Wilson and Joshua Gaskins were wed on June 3, 2017, at the Olivet Christian Church. The couple met in eighth grade at Jefferson Junior High. They immediately became friends and began dating in February of 2007. They dated on…

Walk This Way

Photos by L.G. Patterson On May 30, Inside Columbia partnered with Columbia Culinary Tours for a special guided walking tour of some of Columbia’s finest eateries. The tour was sponsored by the Missouri Beef Industry Council, and nearly…

Run a high altitude 100-mile race

Haley Schwarz says the hardest part of running a 100-mile ultra-marathon race is the mental challenge. “I can push my body to the max for a 4-hour marathon, but for long-distance running it’s more about the stamina,” she said. “I’m…

Survive a Plane Crash

A lot went wrong for John Abbott on June 19, 2016. But a lot went right, too. He and his father-in-law were sightseeing in a 1942 Texan T-6 airplane, flying above a farm on the Osage River near Henley, Missouri, when the plane’s engines…

Drive a Bigfoot Truck

Gene Patterson of Jefferson City knows what it’s like to roll with the big ones. When he gets behind the wheel of a 12,000-pound, 10-foot tall, 1,000-horsepower truck, “It’s all about freedom,” he said. Bigfoot trucks sit on tires that are…

Drive in a demolition derby

Leslie Bradshaw-Dingell comes from a family of racers, so it’s no wonder she drove in her first powder puff derby at the age of 15 and went on to build her first car soon afterward. It was a Ford Torino and she won first place. “I never…

Looking Back At Boone County

This is a photo taken of 7th Street between Walnut and Broadway, looking north toward Broadway. The photo was taken around 1960. The building in the background on the left is Boone Tavern & Hotel. The original Daniel Boone Tavern opened…

The District

There’s never a lack of momentum in Columbia’s downtown business district, day or night. Confectioneries open their doors as the sun rises, bars and nightclubs wake up well after dark. “It’s a constant change of scenery,” says Executive…

Local Business

Entrepreneurship is alive and well in Columbia. Skilled locals, who have developed a passion for trades in a variety of arenas, are embracing the town they call home and planting strong business roots here. Veterans United Home Loans is…

Philanthropic Spirit

The true wealth of Columbia is found in its philanthropic spirit. It seems that in every moment, someone in Columbia is in fact working to make the world a better place. From escorting our veterans to see war memorials in Washington, D.C.,…