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Club Car Wash Re-opens Sandman Location

Club Car Wash recently finished renovating it Sandman location, celebrating the milestone with a grand opening party Nov. 30. Kendell Palmquist, director of marketing, says the grand opening was a great accomplishment. “The re-opening of our newly renovated Sandman location was nothing short of a success. It was great to see the influx of new […]

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Murry’s Changes Its Menu for the First Time in 10 Years

A local favorite changed its menu for the first time in a decade. Jesse Lark, an owner of Murry’s in Columbia, says it’s been 10 years since something was added and remained on the menu. “People don’t even open the menu anymore, they know what they want,” he says. Now, people have two more items […]

Petco Planning to Move This Year

Petco in Columbia is planning to move in the new year. Currently, Petco is located at 2101 W. Broadway, but the store is moving to 400 N. Stadium where Natural Grocers was previously located. The store on Broadway has a sign on the door stating it will be relocating in 2023, but will remain open […]

Just Google It: What Columbians Want To Know

According to Google’s website, Columbia area residents are unique in what they wanted to find out in 2022. We were the only place in the country that had “cowboy boots near me” as a top trending search. Then it also makes sense that “country” was the most searched music genre for Columbia residents. Columbia was […]

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CrossFit Versus to Celebrate Opening Day

A new workout facility is getting ready to open in Columbia. CrossFit Verus is planning its grand opening from 8:30 a.m.-noon. Saturday at 3601 Buttonwood Drive. According to its Facebook page, the workout is for people at all fitness levels, as the program is modified for each person to benefit their health. CrossFit is a […]

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Columbia Independent School to Host Ribbon Cutting for New Building

The Columbia Independent School recently got approval from the CIS Board of Trustees to redesign the campus. The plan is to add a 27,000-square-foot upper school building for grades nine through 12, while also renovating its existing building. Kari Stockwell, director of admissions and marketing, says the plan is to connect the new building to […]


Don’t Forget to Vote in This Year’s General Election

It is time to vote! But there are some changes to be aware of before showing up to your polling location. To vote in person on Tuesday, Missourians will need to show a valid photo ID, which can include a Missouri driver’s or non-driver’s license, U.S. passport or military ID. If you forget or do […]

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New Business To Bring Color Into Columbia

Colors can make or break a person’s look. And now, folks in Columbia have a chance to get a total makeover using the power of primary colors. Owner Ashley Shryock opened the new House of Colour franchise just east of Columbia on Aug. 25. This came after she went through a week of training at […]

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Caddies Indoor Golf Putts Into Town

Columbia is soon getting a new place to play golf, indoor golf that is. The family-owned entertainment business, Caddies Indoor Golf, is planning a grand opening on Nov. 1. Owners Mark Giboney and Jodie Giboney are overjoyed by the reaction from the community. “We really have received a lot of positive feedback from people of […]

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Fringe Western Wear Increases Inventory Following Expansion

Fringe Western Wear has officially doubled in size. The expansion  started off with a bang at its grand opening on Sept. 24. Now, the owners have expanded its inventory to fill up the 5,000 additional square feet. Morgan Pingel, one of the owners, says the expansion has given them an opportunity to sell more products. […]

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Swim And Scuba Company Looking For Building Approval

Plans are underway for a swim, scuba and travel company to build a new facility on Vawter School Road. Columbia’s local dive shop, Captain Nemo’s, was purchased by Diventures in 2020. Diventures hopes to build a full-service swim and scuba center, including classes on safe dive training. According to the company’s marketing material given out […]

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First State Community Bank Opens at Aria Apartments

Aria Luxury Apartments’ newest phase of buildings has incorporated an area for commercial space, and one of the first businesses has officially opened to the public. First State Community Bank opened its doors Sept. 1 on the first floor of the endeavors phase.  The buildings are three stories, with the first floor completely dedicated to […]

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Outdoor Movie Venue Debuts With Adventure Films

After months of planning and construction, Lakeside Ashland debuts on Friday, Sept. 9, beginning at 5 p.m. Lakeside Ashland is located just off U.S. 63 at 5900 E. Log Providence Road. Attendees are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets. Enjoy dinner and drinks from the Dive Bar’s food truck located at the venue. The movie […]

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Show-Me Careers Program Preparing for Next Steps

The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Show-Me Careers is a program for people to learn about the different career paths in today’s environment. It’s a way for education professionals to understand the skills, behaviors and mindsets students need to be successful. After a successful June cohort (middle and high school educators, counselors and administrators), […]


City Approves Plans for Como Smoke & Fire Second Location

Como Smoke & Fire is one step closer to opening a second location in Columbia, where Buckingham Smokehouse Bar-B-Q once was. One of the owners of Como Smoke & Fire, Christy Hawkins, said the city approved the plans for renovation in the beginning of July, and demolition in the kitchen area started around July 11. […]

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Phase Two of Logboat Brewery’s Expansion Officially Underway

Logbaot Brewery’s expansion is making headway on phase two of the project. According to its social media, Logboat is prepping the east yard for the new production space.  The plan is for that space to efficiently keep beer in stock, expand packaging sizes and potentially open more distribution throughout Missouri. Due to phase two of […]

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The Grind Coffee House to take over J Café

The Grind Coffee House has officially announced its new location on Mizzou’s campus. Students will soon be able to get a cup of coffee from The Grind inside the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute. The Missouri School of Journalism posted on Facebook on Friday, saying The Grind is taking over the former J Café. The […]

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Selfie Love Columbia Snaps a Permanent Spot

The first ever permanent immersive selfie exhibit is opening its doors in Columbia today. Selfie Love, located at 804 Locust St. in downtown Columbia, will offer 10 interactive selfie sets for guest photos and an all-white party room. The space can be used for photography sessions, Greek events, on-site video production, content creation, corporate team […]

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CycleBar Coming to Columbia

A new workout class will soon be available for those in Columbia with a love for cycling. CycleBar will be located at 503 E. Nifong Blvd., suite J, in the Rock Bridge Shopping Center. It will be opening its doors this fall to members at any fitness level — from pros to those who are […]

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COU Flys Toward Completion This Fall

Despite the recent excessive heat, construction is still on track for Columbia Regional Airport’s new terminal. Airport Manager Mike Parks says the summer heat is not affecting the timeline of the project since crews are working indoors. The new terminal should be officially finished by September. Parks said crews most recently finished the sheet rock […]