Inside Columbia

Sarah René Sticklen-McDonnell

Being able to fight for the underdog is the most meaningful part of Sarah René Sticklen-McDonnell’s job as a lawyer. “I get to know my clients and their stories very well,” she says. “I take great pride in my responsibility to be their voice during such a tough time in their lives.” At Sticklen & […]

Abby McKay

After struggling with her skin in high school and not knowing what products worked best for her, Abby McKay knew she wanted to help people find their confidence. “My whole job is dedicated to making you feel your best, and I love to do it,” says McKay, now owner and operator of Creating Confidence LLC. […]

Heather Martin

Although Heather Martin was recruited into the mortgage industry, she quickly realized it was the perfect fit as she began to connect with people and realize how much she could help in making the home buying process easier. “Everyone deserves to own their home if that is what they want and I want to be […]

Shawna Neuner

Shawna Neuner has 30 years in the real estate industry and is going strong. She has recently partnered with other members in real estate to develop a new brokerage called Boulevard Realty. Neuner found her specialty in real estate by working on her personal investment properties. In owning her own rental properties and not knowing […]

Sabrina McDonnell

For Sabrina McDonnell, her outstanding career in banking all goes back to her mother. Since childhood, McDonnell says her mother would talk about how much she enjoyed her job, the customers and coworkers. After experiencing it herself, McDonnell says she fell in love with the work. “Bankers help people connect their ideas, goals, and dreams […]

Dr. Diana Coats

For as long as she can remember, Dr. Diana Coats has always had a love for plants and helping people. When an opportunity came along to chase her dreams, Coats, now the vice president of operations at Good Day Farm, couldn’t pass it up. “I made my way back to (Missouri) to join the emerging […]

Melissa Kinkade, Carla Ciolli & Jennifer Miller

At Trilogy Salon & Aesthetics, clients can get the absolute best in everything from hair care to skin care. Just leave it to the professionals, which in this case is the trio of owners, Melissa Kinkade, Carla Ciolli and Jennifer Miller. Ciolli and Kinkade have had a love of hair and makeup for years. For […]

Kassandra Wayland

Kassandra Wayland has always been around plumbing, often being told that she would someday take over the family business at Brian Wear Plumbing. And while that was always her dream, being a plumber wasn’t her passion. “It wasn’t until I was older that I realized I didn’t have to be a plumber to do that,” […]

Jaclyn Rogers

For Jaclyn Rogers, working at Ai Painting Plus has allowed her to follow her passion into an industry that is constantly evolving. “The art world is dynamic, with evolving trends and constant innovation,” she says. It’s what sparked her interest in the field and what continues to ignite her passion for the field, something Rogers […]

Dr. Barbie Sachs, Jennifer Gutierrez, Dr. Lyndsey

At Achieve Wellness Medical Center, it’s all about finding relief — real relief — from pain. It’s a simple focus that drives every member of the team, all of whom have seen firsthand how needed that relief can be. Dr. Barbie Sachs, owner, CEO and physical therapist, says she has spent nearly 30 years working […]

Ashly Gal, Jessie Gieson, Alondra Figueroa

As a child, Jessie Gieson loved to help her dad coupon to save money for snacks. She loved making lists and found math to come pretty easily, even though it wasn’t her favorite subject. Factor in her natural people skills and, as she says, “banking becomes a natural choice. One that I fell in love […]

Andrea Lyn Seppo

Andrea Lyn Seppo has always been a planner. “I would plan tea parties for my siblings, detail life schedules for imaginary families and plan my entire college schedule at one time,” she says. As she got older, Seppo began to see just how useful her planning skills were, especially when it came to restaurants and […]

Alissa Welschmeyer

Interior design always came naturally to Alissa Welschmeyer. She developed a love for art and creativity early on and found that interior design was a natural way to combine expression and creativity. “Painting my room or rearranging furniture was one of my fondest memories,” Welschmeyer says. In 2019, Welschmeyer founded Olive Tree Design Build, specializing […]

Becky Erdel

As a youngster Becky Erdel had an eye for design. Rearranging rooms in her parents’ home was a frequent event. Eventually, Erdel came to realize this behavior was more than a simple hobby. “It was my way of being creative with space. It became my passion,” Erdel says. Now a designer at Girard Homes, Erdel […]

Vintage coolers at Bud's Classic BBQ

Vintage Ice Chests: A Cooler History Than You Might Think

Photo by L.G. Patterson If you’ve visited Bud’s Classic BBQ on Ninth Street, you’ve probably noticed the collection of vivid vintage ice chests that surround the menu. Bud’s owner Jason Paetzold has been collecting them for decades and says it adds a nice rustic edge to the industrial-style restaurant. His coolers were all manufactured by the […]

Josh Ryan of Clear 99 and Stephanie Bell of 93.9 The Eagle

Fun and Games

Each issue, two on-air talents from two different Zimmer Communications’ stations will voice their opinions on what you might call a controversial topic. This issue, check out Josh Ryan’s and Stephanie’s takes on the best kids’ activity in mid-Missouri.

‘Cue Quarrel

Each issue, two on-air talents from two different Zimmer Radio Group stations will voice their opinions on what you might call a controversial topic. This issue, check out Andy’s and Joey’s takes on the best barbecue in Columbia.

Woman wearing monochromatic dresses and jumpers

Monochromatic Madness

Want to keep your cool this season? Step out in the hottest hues! Jewel tones are all the rage right now. These are brilliant buys inspired by the gems in your jewelry. Here, our model Dr. Roshni Rawlani, a dermatologist with MU Healthcare, shows how to strut your stuff in style. When it comes to […]

Best Of Columbia 2021

In honor of the 15th anniversary of Best of Columbia, let’s take a little trip down memory lane. In the first year of Best Of, our March 2007 issue, Sycamore won Best New Restaurant, Jim Riek won Best Male TV News Anchor and Gumby’s won Best Use of Ranch Dressing (shoutout to Pokey Stix)! And […]

Nature versus Nurture

After more than a year of being stuck at home, parents are finally venturing out and socializing with other adults. Babies certainly need quality time with their mothers and fathers — but they also need it with Mother Earth..