Coffee Curriculum

The first official cup of coffee — well, tea — served at the new Kaldi’s Coffee shop in Cornell Hall was a chai latte for Ajay Vinzé, the dean of the business school. The shop, referred to as a learning café, is a partnership between…

Healthy Holiday

Thanksgiving is one of the few holidays we celebrate that revolves solely around food. For the Pilgrims, it was a much-needed feast, but for most Americans, it’s extra calories that we don’t necessarily need. For people trying to watch…

From Passion to Profit

What do spine surgery and camping gear have in common? A lot, according to Josh Hendershott. The spine-specialist turned inventor launched a line of pocket-sized camping gear in 2017 and recently one of his products was featured on…

Making a Difference

Although Columbia may be considered a small town by many, it has no shortage of people bettering the community. There are far more than 10 people making a difference in Columbia, but we chose to include the following ones because they are…

Energy & the Environment

During just the past year, numerous disasters, both natural and man-made, have contributed to the climate crisis. Just this past August, a wildfire razed much of the Amazon rainforest — destroying trees that help reduce the amount of…

Geared for Success

Josh Hendershott has always been a lover of the outdoors. Hiking, fishing, hunting and camping are his escape when the stress of his career as a senior spine specialist for NuVasive gets to be too much. But, his love for being in nature…

Budget Bottles

Have you ever wandered down the wine aisle at the grocery store, seen bottles advertised for “Only $7.99!” and felt wary of the quality of said wine? Or, have you had to choose between two more expensive bottles of wine, but didn’t know…

Enduring Elegance

Jeremy and Jessica Spillman may have lived in their house in the Vineyards for four years, but you certainly can’t tell. The reason? It keeps evolving — at least partly because of Jeremy’s profession as the owner of Spillman Homes.…

Patio Perfection

The hot summer days may have seemed endless in July, but now there’s an end in sight — unfortunately, that end signals the start of wintry weather. Enjoy the final days of summer and fall by dining al fresco at one of Columbia’s 40-plus…

Touchdown Tipple

During the summer heat, beer or wine can seem too heavy, especially when you’re tailgating in the sun all day. The solution? A creative cocktail. We spoke with three of Columbia’s bartenders to get the low-down on the best mixed drinks to…

Writing Changed My Life

After losing her job in software development more than 10 years ago, Laura McHugh turned to her background in writing. “My husband was like, ‘You’ve always wanted to write a book,’” she says. “It seemed insane at the time, but it changed my…

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…