An Attachment to Animals

From outer space to family secrets, Orly Konig has been writing all of her professional life — albeit about different things. Some things have remained constant, however, like her love for coffee, animals, writing and Columbia. Konig…

Before the “I do”

The stereotypical bachelor and bachelorette parties that end in a whirlwind of poor decisions and hangovers are still popular for some, but alternative ideas are popping up all over.

A Taker of Morrows

Stephen Paul Sayers never thought he would be an author. Fiction writing seemed the furthest thing from what this research scientist and University of Missouri professor knew, but his profession was the cornerstone on which the protagonist…

Kona Ice CoMo

Most popular item: Blue Raspberry Favorite events: The Heritage Festival and MU football games Shaved ice wasn’t something Kona Ice Como co-owner Cathy Cook had tried before she became a franchise owner. She and her husband started the…

Manzo’s Wood-Fired Pizza

Most popular item: Voodoo Chicken Pizza Favorite event: The Central Missouri Renaissance Fair The idea for Manzo’s Pizza food trailer came from a brainstorming session with a business partner, says Aaron Saeler, co-owner of Manzo’s…

Lily’s Cantina

Most popular item: Garbage Burrito Favorite location: The Veterans Hospital George Nickols, the owner of Lilly’s Cantina, started his food truck because of his love for culinary arts and serving people. He named it after his daughter…

VooDoo Sno

Most popular item: Witch Doctor Favorite event: Anything at Veterans United A southside food trailer, Voodoo Sno is a break off from Chris Bailey’s other business, Parkside Skate Shop on Columbia’s north side. The sno-balls he sells…

A Magic Number

Twenty seems to be Mark Brown’s lucky number: 20 years on the road touring with famous rock stars like AC/DC and Fleetwood Mac, and now 20 years of success in owning Buckingham Smokehouse Bar-B-Q in Columbia. The founding of Buckingham…

Man of Steel

Emmett Russell pulls on his worn gloves and slides clear plastic safety glasses over his eyes before picking out a sheet of metal and plugging in the welder. His gray “Russellbilt” sweatshirt keeps him warm as he works in the coolness of…

“The Bad Break”

The path to literary success rarely follows a straight line. That was the case for mystery novelist Jill Orr. After getting her bachelor’s degree in journalism at the University of Missouri, Orr worked in advertising. Eventually she went…

Strength In Numbers

Founded in 2015, ForColumbia has a simple mission: Bring Columbia Christians together to share God’s love by serving their community. “As Christians, we’re called to love and serve our neighbors,” Shelly Mayer, director of ForColumbia,…

Dinner and Dessert

Poke bowls and rolled ice cream are the focus of a new restaurant on Broadway called A Little More, a new Asian cuisine restaurant nestled between Slackers and U.S. Bank. “It’s very DIY-style for a sushi restaurant,” says owner Jay…