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…

Wine By Design

The Les Bourgeois Vineyards Collector’s Series celebrates the marriage of art and winemaking. The winery’s annual art competition showcases the work of three selected Missouri artists on the labels of special wines created by LBV…

Summer Sipping

Looking for an everyday wine to take you through the easy-livin’ summer season? Stock up on Rioja wines from sunny Spain. Rioja, a region along the Ebro River in northern Spain, produces an eclectic assortment of food-friendly wines,…

CEO Summer Reading List

America’s Bitter Pill By Steven Brill (Random House, 2015) Steven Brill has looked at changes in the health care industry from several distinctly different angles: as an attorney, as a journalist and as a patient. In America’s Bitter…

CITIZEN McDAVID

Bob McDavid presided over his last Columbia City Council meeting on April 4 and moved out of the mayor’s office later that week. After two terms as the city’s CEO, the 69-year-old retired obstetrician announced last winter he would not seek…

PROFITABLE CONVERSION

Summertime is a sweet season for the leadership team at Primaris this year. The health care consulting firm is celebrating its new status as a private company, marking the end of its journey to convert from nonprofit organization to a…

Cutting Edge

Forget for a moment the mind-numbing arguments that blanket discussions about health care these days. Let’s get back to the real reason this industry is so fascinating: the ever-evolving advances in medicine that save lives, restore health…

MOMENTUM

At the tender age of 20, Mark Fenner had an epiphany: he would never play professional football. A scholarship football player at Missouri Western State College for two years, Fenner’s athletic career had ended with an injury in 1983. He…

Father Knows Best

It’s time to raise a toast to dear old Dad. What better wine to serve than a selection from “the father of American wine,” Robert Mondavi? Mondavi, who died in 2008, spent a lifetime creating California wines that could compete with…

We’ll Always Have Paris

Amid the hoopla of the American bicentennial celebration in 1976, a British wine merchant in Paris had a novel idea: a face-off between the finest French wines and those upstart newbies in California. Hoping to generate publicity for his…

Tiny Bubbles

Raise a toast to the arrival of spring with the light, tasty bubbles of Prosecco. The Italian sparkling wine is a worthy addition to your table this season, as much at home with lighter patio fare as it is with more formal dinner parties.…

WHEELS

Columbia is on the move. Cars, trucks, motorcycles … no matter, we crave personal mobility. The local market that sates our appetite for mechanized wheeled contraptions has seen a flurry of changes in ownership and realignments the past few…

TORCHBEARER

At Central Missouri Auto Body, they like to say, “Some repairs you see … ours you don’t!” What you do see at the industrious repair shop on Columbia’s north side is the face of the auto body business here. And it’s a decidedly feminine…

Extra Sensory Perception

The calendar says spring is just around the corner, but anything is possible in the fickle month of March. Whether your menu plans call for one last fling with a hearty soup or a spring bash to welcome the vernal equinox, there’s a heady…

Soul Mates

Some couples are so in sync, it’s obvious they were made for each other. In Missouri wine country, a match between the Show-Me State’s two most popular red wines has many vintners singing odes to their coupling with a collection of creative…

CONSTRUCTION ZONE

Construction knows no season this year in Columbia. As 2015 winds down, it seems the cranes and the bulldozers are gearing up. Here’s a sampling of some of the major projects that will alter the landscape and the skyline of Columbia in…

2016 Sentiment Survey

The dark days of the Great Recession may finally be receding with the years in Columbia’s collective memory as the economic recovery slowly takes hold in the local business community. Our latest CEO Sentiment Survey reveals a…

Olé!


Weddings, like all joyful events, call for bubbles. Make your festive occasions sparkle with cava, Spain’s gift to fizz lovers. Cava is Spanish sparkling wine. Fermented in the same traditional champenoise method as Champagne, this…

Midnight Hour

Daddy always said, “Nothing good happens after midnight.” Clearly, my father knew nothing of the magic of wine blends. (Daddy was a Crown Royal guy.) The latest release from Ménage à Trois, a dark red blend named Midnight, should send that…

A Toast To Tradition

Add some sunny California tradition to your Thanksgiving repast this month — it doesn’t get any more traditional than offerings from the oldest winemaking family in the Golden State. Mirassou Chardonnay and Pinot Noir bring…