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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…

Lily’s Cantina

Most popular item: Garbage Burrito Favorite location: The Veterans Hospital George Nickols, the owner of Lilly’s Cantina, started his food truck because of his love for culinary arts and serving people. He named it after his daughter…

VooDoo Sno

Most popular item: Witch Doctor Favorite event: Anything at Veterans United A southside food trailer, Voodoo Sno is a break off from Chris Bailey’s other business, Parkside Skate Shop on Columbia’s north side. The sno-balls he sells…

American Shoe

About 100 years ago, an immigrant from Lebanon made his way from Ellis Island to Jefferson City. He knew very little English, but that didn’t stop him from starting a shoe repair business that eventually became the American Shoe Store. If…

L.C. Betz

Diamonds may be forever, but the same can’t be said for the jewelry shops that sell them. Robert Flynn, general manager of L.C. Betz Associates, has more realistic goals. He’s ensuring that a Columbia legacy business remains a prominent…

Booches

Parents returning to Columbia for a football game or to drop their college students off for the semester might stop by Booches on 9th Street for the nostalgia. The place oozes with it. But it’s not the nostalgia that brings in the students…

Heather Brown

- PROMOTIONAL CONTENT - Heather Brown began her military career being sworn into service by her mother, an active duty captain in the United States Army Reserve. Through her eight years, Brown worked as a Civil Affairs Specialist,…

Robert Ross

– PROMOTIONAL CONTENT – Robert Ross retired after serving 20 years in the U.S. Marine Corps. He spent three of those years in the infantry, and the remaining 17 in public affairs. He was stationed both in the U.S. and in Japan. During his…

Devara Brock

- PROMOTIONAL CONTENT - Devara Brock served her country for many years in the Army, repairing top secret communication equipment. She says the highlight of her military career was being deployed to Saudi Arabia. Brock enjoys…

Joseph Blanton

- PROMOTIONAL CONTENT- Joseph “Jo Jo” Blanton served in the Army as a 91E-Allied Trade Specialist, stationed in Kosovo, Germany. He is currently in the Reserve/Guard. Blanton is a highly decorated veteran, a two-time…

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Best Place to Buy an Antique More than 500 booths are tucked into 73,000 square feet at the Midway Antique Mall and Flea Market, making it the readers’ favorite place to buy an antique. Just off exit 122 on Interstate 70, this antiques and…

Exceptional Defined

Best Athlete She’s tough. She’s fierce. She’s competitive — Mizzou’s Sophie Cunningham tops the list for Best Athlete. Her attitude on the basketball court is infectious, and her talent has helped draw record crowds to see the…