First Dates to 50 Years

It is difficult to think of a time more blissful than the beginning of a romance. You can’t get enough of your new love and everything seems perfect. During the initial days of dating, it is not unusual for people to amplify the good while…

Goofy In Love

Jeanine Mielke and Brian Davison met in 2013 through a mutual friend. Two years later, on June 7, 2015, they became engaged while on a Disney cruise to Norway and Denmark with Jeanine’s parents. Brian arranged for Jeanine’s favorite Disney…

Cocktail Accessorize!

On sultry summer days, an ice-cold beverage is the treat. Why not host an outdoor party featuring frosty libations and escape the heat with friends and family? Transform your backyard into a cocktail lounge with these essential bar supplies…

Sultry Sips

Inside Columbia magazine invited three CoMo barkeeps — Sycamore’s Andrew Ruth, Bleu’s Aaron Brown and Kait Andre of Coley’s American Bistro — to share their inspirations for quintessential summer libations. With summer’s abundance of fresh…

Business In A Heartbeat

Dan Latham doesn’t embrace the 9-to-5 workday. By 4 a.m., the CEO of Pulse Medical Staffing is on the phone fielding calls from health care facilities. His company provides temporary supplemental staff and medical professionals to more than…

Doing Stuff With Dad

Create lasting memories this Father’s Day with gifts that don’t need to be unwrapped. These experiential presents focus on spending quality time with Dad while delighting in his favorite pastimes — or helping him find new ones! Taste The…

Big Apple Beginnings

In October 2011, Holly Smith and Nathaniel Gravely met at a bar in New York City during a music festival. Nathaniel was producing a concert in collaboration with the public relations firm where Holly worked. Nathaniel introduced himself to…

PACK IT IN

Kim Stading was planning a hiking trip for her birthday when she came up with a business idea. The St. Louis native talked to friends and searched multiple websites to figure out what gear she needed, but she knew there had to be a more…

LIFE OF THE PARTY

Bartenders Rich Trippler and Aaron Rostad were enjoying some whiskey at the bar at Sycamore restaurant when they came up with the idea for a pop-up cocktail business. That same evening, Rostad came up with the name, CoMingle573, and set up…

Beauty & The Brews

L.G. PATTERSON There’s no better way to celebrate the end of a workweek than getting together with friends and indulging in a cold brew. We invited four of Columbia’s young professionals — all members of EPIC (Emerging…

BETTER TOGETHER

For the owners of newly formed Peak Sport and Spine Rehab, that old adage proved to be good business advice. Athletic trainer Mark Dempsey and physical therapists Shaon Fry and Todd Ankenman are the former owners of Peak Performance…

Man Cave Must-Haves

In 2012, Merriam-Webster added the term “man cave” to its dictionary. The definition is listed as “a room or space (as in a basement) designed according to the taste of the man of the house to be used as his personal area for…

The Keys to Success

From a casual search of properties on the Internet to figuring out financing to actually making an offer on your dream residence, the experience of buying a home can be both exciting and daunting. Whether you are buying your first…

THAT’S SHOW BIZ

Even before he knew how to read and write, Nicholas Rodriguez had a mind for business. The Columbia rapper and entrepreneur, who also goes by the stage name NicDanger, wore suits to school in kindergarten. As a young teen, he…

5 Ways To Take Care Of Your Heart

With Valentine’s Day on the calendar, hearts are top of mind in February. It is also American Heart Month. Heart disease is the leading killer of Americans. A healthy heart is a gift to yourself, your family and friends that will last…

Kid Meals

Dining out at a favorite restaurant is usually a treat. But, when you have young children, enjoying a public meal can be a challenge. Boredom, tantrums, picky eating habits and glares from annoyed patrons are just some of the difficulties…

Delicious Data

Manners mavens usually frown upon the use of cellphones at the dinner table. Yet, there might be good reason to stay connected during a meal out. Digital devices are becoming an important part of the dining experience. Restaurant owners in…

The Ring’s The Thing

There are no rules for engagement rings in 2015. Some of the most coveted baubles are out-of-the-box stunners that fit the personality of the intended. Even couples who favor tradition are requesting updates to the established diamond ring.…

Money & Matrimony

A budget is a critical step in your wedding planning. There are a lot of things to look forward to when planning a wedding. Unfortunately, you can’t get to the fun stuff until you tackle the budget. It might seem mind-boggling, but it…