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Mayor’s Priorities Neglect Town’s Most Pressing Needs

This is our 30th year of publishing magazines in Columbia. For three decades, we’ve chronicled the good and bad times experienced as our small, sleepy college town has evolved into a tiny metropolis with all the perks — and all the troubles — of a much larger city. Through our magazines and events, we’ve done […]

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Construction Continues On TopTracer: Midway Golf & Games Expanding

Columbians can be swinging their clubs at the area’s newest TopTracer complex as soon as July, Taylor Burks, president of Rost Inc., says. “Little Dixie Construction’s been keeping us close to our target. We should be ready for a grand opening in early July,” Burks says. Rost Inc includes Rost Landscaping, Superior Garden Center, Superior […]

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Dawn Daly Takes the Helm at House of Brokers

Dawn Daly began working at House of Brokers Realty in 1999 as a receptionist when she had a young child. Twenty-three years later, she owns the company. Former owner Bev Curtis passed the baton on to Daly. “Bev and I both have a vision and passion for real estate and helping our agents succeed. Bev […]

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New Retailer Rallies Around Athletic Wear

On Friday, a steady stream of customers enjoyed shopping at Columbia’s newest retail store, Obsessed. The store, located at 914 E. Broadway, carries a large selection of the popular brand Lululemon athletic clothing and accessories. Columbia is the third retail location for owner Charlotte Withrow, who lives in Oxford, Mississippi, and has another new store […]

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Museum Of Anthropology Finishes Construction On New Space

Photos by L.G. Patterson Construction is complete on the Museum of Anthropology’s new space on the ground floor of Ellis Library on the University of Missouri campus. New exhibit cases are currently being installed in the extended space. The museum expects to reopen before the end of 2022. The museum’s total space includes two main […]

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Matchbook Memories

Photo by L.G. Patterson Bullwinkles Many college students in the 1980s remember Bullwinkles for happy hour specials and good entertainers, including singer Sheryl Crow. The nine-time Grammy winning artist in college could often be found play- ing at Bullwinkles with her local band Cashmere. Located at 1107 E. Broadway, Fieldhouse stands now in its place. […]

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Susan Schapira Takes Over Rocheport General Store

Photos by L.G. Patterson In June, Susan Schapira took over the Rocheport General Store as owner from Diane Dunn and John Zondca. She’s doing something she loves: cooking for the residents and visitors of Rocheport. Rocheport is where Schapira raised her kids and co-owned Abigails restaurant for many years. She started preparing food at the […]

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Swim And Scuba Company Looking For Building Approval

Plans are underway for a swim, scuba and travel company to build a new facility on Vawter School Road. Columbia’s local dive shop, Captain Nemo’s, was purchased by Diventures in 2020. Diventures hopes to build a full-service swim and scuba center, including classes on safe dive training. According to the company’s marketing material given out […]

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Outdoor Movie Venue Debuts With Adventure Films

After months of planning and construction, Lakeside Ashland debuts on Friday, Sept. 9, beginning at 5 p.m. Lakeside Ashland is located just off U.S. 63 at 5900 E. Log Providence Road. Attendees are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets. Enjoy dinner and drinks from the Dive Bar’s food truck located at the venue. The movie […]

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Tractor Treasures: Garnett’s Collection Is Seated In History

Photo by L.G. Patterson Rodney Garnett’s collection of farm machinery has been taking a front seat for decades. In fact, his father got him started on the hunt for cast iron seats. “My dad started collecting the seats and I’ve just been continually adding to it,” Garnett says. “We have a tool collection because when […]

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Ronald McDonald House Offers More Than Warm Bed

The Ronald McDonald House, which offers a respite to families of children facing health care issues, recently announced its new location. Construction will begin in the fall on a new location at 1110 S. College Ave., at the northeast corner of Stadium Boulevard and College Avenue. The anticipated opening date of the new facility is […]

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Workshop 101: Agriculture Park

On Saturday, the Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture will provide a guided tour of the agriculture park located around the Columbia Farmers Market at 1769 W. Ash Street. The tour will focus on growing practices for gardeners while tour guides give an overview of the agriculture farm. The tour begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday. […]

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Strawberry Festival Honors Honor Flight

This year’s third MidMo Strawberry Festival will be Saturday at Serenity Valley Winery, 1888 County Road 342 in Fulton. Live music, food trucks and more than 30 vendors will be on hand to celebrate. Festivities will begin at 4 p.m. and end with a fireworks display overlooking the lake starting at 9 p.m. There will […]

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Restaurant Week Arrives in Downtown Columbia

You’ll find a little something for everyone at Restaurant Week this year, with dozens of downtown businesses participating. The District’s Restaurant Week kicks off on Monday, June 13, through Sunday, June 19. Guests are able to pick up a passport at participating restaurants and retailers. Earn three stamps from participating businesses during the week and […]

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July Fourth Parade Marches on in Ashland

Editor’s Note: This article has been updated to reflect the correct date of the parade.  Celebrate July Fourth by attending or participating in Ashland Betterment Coalition’s annual parade. For spectators, the parade will begin at 9 a.m. July 2 in Ashland. The parade route begins at Southern Boone Primary school and travels north on Henry […]

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Enjoy Three Days of Music, Five Bands at Pierpont Summer Jam

Pierpont’s first Summer Jam begins this weekend. Five of your favorite bands and local food vendors will be on hand for the audience’s pleasure. Friday’s lineup includes 12 Mile Radius performing from 6-8 p.m. In addition to the general store offerings, Patty Wagon will serve burgers, hot dogs and more. On Saturday, enjoy the Long […]

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Two Decades of Deliciousness

Ben Hamrah and Amanda Elliott, owners of Beet Box located on Fay Street and pictured above, will soon be taking over Hoss’s Market and Rotisserie. According to the new owners, Hoss’s will continue to have its own identity and not be seen as “Beet Box 2.” In an Inside Columbia article depicting Columbia’s dining scene, […]


Melt-In-Your-Mouth Breakfast

According to owner Scott Pass, “Nothing beats a hot, scratch biscuit.” In December, Pass applied for his business license for The Biscuit Center. The business, located in Como Cooks Kitchen, is just now entering its soft opening. The menu includes mouth-watering options like cinnamon, strawberry, cheese or just plain classic biscuits. Pass moved to Columbia […]

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Quilts Piece Together Missouri’s Heritage

Photos by L.G. Patterson As part of Missouri’s bicentennial celebration, the State Historical Society of Missouri found the perfect way to weave the state’s heritage into a piece of artwork: the Missouri Bicentennial Quilt. In late 2018, the State Historical Society of Missouri and Missouri Star Quilt Co., in partnership with the Missouri State Quilters Guild, […]

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Lock’s Family Opens Bar & Grill

Drew Lock’s aunt, Becky Wright, and her husband, Casey, opened their new restaurant, the Banded Rooster Bar & Grill, two months ago. Chef Jared Schaefer, who was a well-known chef in Columbia, created the menu for the Kingdom City restaurant. Lock began his collegiate career at MU before being selected in 2019 by the Denver […]