Best of Columbia

When it comes to finding the very best Columbia has to offer, there’s almost too many businesses, groups and people to name. But those highlighted here have earned special recognition for the quality of service and products provided. Learn more about the nominees and winners of this year’s Best of Columbia awards in this special advertising section.
Congratulations to all of our nominees and remember to shop, eat and read LOCAL!

Betz Jewelers

Best of Columbia: Betz Jewelers

Betz Jewelers is a hidden gem, tucked away on the third floor of the Executive Building at Sixth Street and Broadway (Boone Central Title is on the ground floor.) Once you find the secret spot, “you’ll be buzzed in and welcomed, but never pressured or ‘sold,’” says Rachel Flynn, the store’s marketing director. “We’re a warm,

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Missouri Eye Consultants

Best of Columbia: Missouri Eye Consultants

Missouri Eye Consultants prides itself on putting the needs of each patient first and foremost. Chris DeRose, optometrist and one of the owners of Missouri Eye Consultants, says it’s what the business is known for in mid-Missouri. “We do not take any shortcuts with our patients’ needs,” he says. And winning gold for Best Place to

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Rusty Drewing

Best of Columbia: Rusty Drewing Dealerships

Customers of Rusty Drewing Dealerships, as well as BMW of Columbia/ Mercedes-Benz of Columbia, know that once they step into a dealership, they’ll be greeted by the familiar faces of longtime employees. Rusty Drewing, owner and president, says customer experience is always a priority for his team as happy customers are repeat customers. “Our goal is

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911 Restoration

Best of Columbia: 911 Restoration of Central Missouri

Positioned right in the heart of Missouri, 911 Restoration of Central Missouri is ready to serve a wide customer base, assisting after any disaster. After all, the whole goal of the company is to be there when you most need a helping hand, says Owner Dustan White. “We strive to uplift our customers, helping them regain

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Creekside Pet Center

Best of Columbia: Creekside Pet Center

With a dedicated team, designated pet focused facility and passion, Creekside Pet Center is the perfect place for Columbia pets. Jacob Brummet, owner, loves being a home away from home for your most special furry friend.“We are truly pet focused,”he says.“We designed everything with our pets in mind.” Brummet says Creekside also employs many students who

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Mutrux Automotive

Best of Columbia: Mutrux Automotive

For 21 years, Mutrux Automotive has been serving the Columbia community, providing full service at the pumps and in the garage for both minor and major repairs. Owners Cindy and Ross Mutrux say the customers are the best part of business. “We truly have the best customer base ever,” Cindy Mutrux says. As a hometown pair,

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Brian Wear Plumbing

Best of Columbia: Brian Wear Plumbing

No one likes dealing with plumbing issues. But when you call Brian Wear Plumbing, you can rest assured that whatever the problem is, it will be solved. Plus, your home will be fully inspected to prevent future issues. “Whatever the problem, we’re here to solve it. We want to be the go-to plumber in Columbia,” says

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Izzy Smith Homes

Best of Columbia: Izzy Smith Homes – RE/MAX Boone Realty

Izzy Smith’s extensive knowledge of real estate has helped her assist property buyers and sellers in all types of ways. Smith, of Izzy Smith Homes-RE/MAX Boone Realty, says her agriculture business degree has helped develop her exclusive knowledge of land sales, in addition to the experience she has gained in the field. “My experience with commercial

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Las Margaritas

Best of Columbia: Las Margaritas

With more than 25 years of experience, Las Margaritas knows how to make authentic Mexican food and drinks. It’s the reason the business can now proudly state that they have won gold for Best Mexican Restaurant for the 10th year in a row! “Our entire company is so incredibly honored to be awarded Best Mexican!” says

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From left to right: Josh Thompson, Mike Ward, Will Garrett, Nick Rector, Mitchell Blehm, Mandy Shanks

Best of Columbia: Missouri Farm Bureau Insurance

As Columbia continues to grow, Missouri Farm Bureau Insurance has grown as well, adding more local insurance professionals to its agency. “From homeowners and renters’ insurance to auto insurance and commercial insurance, we have Columbia’s growing insurance needs covered,” says Director of Customer Experience Ashton Kidwell. At Missouri Farm Bureau, they know the importance of being

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