Anniversary Blues

Back in 2007, the Central Bank of Boone County, then named Boone County National Bank, was turning 150 years old. The bank’s advertising agency, Woodruff Schweitzer, wanted to do something special to mark the occasion and came up with…

Movie Buffs’ “Boone”

Columbians are used to braving March’s inclement weather to attend the acclaimed True/False Film Fest. But about eight years ago, festival co-founder David Wilson had an idea: Why not take advantage of Columbia’s beautiful summer weather…

“Main” Focus

West Main Pizza2 — or “West Main Pizza squared” — debuted earlier this year at 923 E. Broadway. The restaurant is an offshoot of Jefferson City-based West Main Pizza. But unlike the Jefferson City original, which is a full-service pizza…

Bonjour, Brasserie!

Columbia has always had a Paris Road, but that’s about as close to the magical City of Lights as we come. Well start rejoicing, Francophiles, and brush up on your français while you’re at it — there’s a new restaurant in town that can…

“I Do” Should-Do’s

With so many wedding details to plan for, it’s easy to run into problems on your big day. A professional wedding planner can help, and Anne Churchill, owner and senior event/wedding planner of AnnaBelle Events, is happy to share some free…

Focus On Flowers

What’s the floral forecast for 2016 weddings? Several trends are “growing” in popularity. Bouquets and arrangements that feature both in-season and local blooms are big with brides this year. Many brides are after the natural look of…

The Rose Zone

Roses have been cherished for their scent and beauty for centuries, and they can become the centerpiece of your garden. Columbians interested in growing roses should pick varieties that do well in USDA planting zone 6a. Another thing to…

Breakin’ It Down

There’s no denying that composting is great for both the garden and the environment, but how does a person get started? Steve Callis, a master composter and volunteer compost educator, strongly recommends attending one of the free…

Help Your Outside Match Your Inside

Not too many decades ago, the humble picnic table was the epitome of outdoor furniture. But those days are long gone. “Outdoor dining has always been around, but now it’s more about options and seating,” says Jerome Rackers, owner of…

Be My Guest Bistro

Poppy Watthanakhonphaiboon wanted to bring more than just a taste of her native Thailand to Columbia. She wanted to offer local diners a “one stop” option where they could sample food from Thailand, Japan, Vietnam, India and China. As she…

Dim Sum And Then Some

If you’re not familiar with dim sum, it’s understandable. After all, there’s only one restaurant in Columbia that serves it: ABC Chinese Cuisine. Dim sum consists of various steamed or fried dumplings and pastries, and ABC…

A Rootin’ Tootin’ Good Time

Looking for a fun way to warm up this winter? Head over to MFA Oil’s Rootin’ Tootin’ Chili Cookoff on Saturday, Feb. 28. It’s a fun fundraiser for the whole family. This year’s event marks the 10th anniversary of the cook-off, which…

Beginnings From An End

For someone waiting for an organ transplant, hope is tempered with the knowledge that the gift they so desperately need will come only when someone else’s life ends. But for the families of donors, knowing their loved one’s organs are…

A Tree-umphant Return

L.G. PATTERSON John Gilbreth had a very definite idea of what he didn’t want to name his pizza restaurant. Friends kept suggesting “Johnny G’s,” but Gilbreth felt “that sounded like an old-fashioned Italian place with red-and-white…

Chili Weather

Mmm, chili. Nothing warms you up on a cold day better than a hearty helping of the spicy concoction. It’s a fall and winter favorite and a popular dish at more than a few tailgates during football season. It inspires festivals like the…

One Block

LUVELLI If you’re not familiar with the work of artist Jon Luvelli, it’s very possible you may have caught a glimpse of him in the heart of The District. Luvelli is best known for his ability to flawlessly capture emotion while…