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Dueling DJs

When it comes to a traditional buffalo style wing there is no other option in Missouri than CJ’s hot wings in downtown Columbia. If you don't think they have the best wings in CoMo than one has never touched your lips. Once you’ve had

Columbia Restaurants

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Shop Local

Editor’s Note: This 2019 article has been updated to reflect data and trends from the effects of COVID-19 on the Columbia business community. Let’s take a brief trip back through the recent history of major retail trends. In the…

A League of Their Own

Years ago, it was football. It was basketball. It was baseball. It was the threat of any sport-related scholarship undermining academics for the sake of athletics. Connecting collegiate funding to sports bucked the historical education…

About the Kids

During his motivational speaking stops around Columbia, through his work with children and adolescents from around the community, L’Damian Washington sees the impact he makes. When he goes back to Douglass High School and a student calls…

Make a Difference

As the holiday season approaches and the scent of spice fills the air, it’s time to remember the purpose for the celebrations and tummies full of mashed potatoes. November offers Columbia residents the opportunity to show gratitude and give…

Continuing Coverage

Everyone likes a good “I knew them when” story, and at Inside Columbia, we’re no exception. We knew singer/songwriter Hilary Scott when she was just starting out, living and performing here, and chose her to grace our ninth cover back in…

Great Scott!

This story has been adapted from Hilary Scott's Inside Columbia Magazine cover and editorial in December 2005 The confident, articulate woman sharing stories from her childhood might have been a doctor or a CEO. It’s not for lack…

Como Live

There is almost an embarrassment of talent extant on the Columbia music scene, partly due to accommodating local venues but also thanks to a variety of support systems. These systems run the gamut from performance spaces such as record…

Ernie’s Cafe & Steakhouse

The scene at 10 a.m. on a Monday inside Ernie’s Café and Steakhouse is one that is happening at countless diners across the country. At one end of the counter, near the front door, a waitress, dressed casually in shorts and an apron, is…

Allen’s Flowers

Allen’s Flowers is a perennial of a business that has thrived in mid-Missouri’s economic environment for the past 76 years. No matter the season, its floral arrangements have made homes and celebrations more festive. And the quiet beauty of…

Can You Hear Me Now?

Fourteen months have passed since Aaron Schilb, a Columbia native and Mizzou-made musician, embarked upon his Nashville pilgrimage, leaving the plains of the Midwest in his rearview. This past summer, he performed back in CoMo, excited to…

Back In The Game

Jan. 9, 2018, was a pretty good day for Missouri Tigers fans. It was the day that Drew Lock — native son, QB1, holder of the school and Southeastern Conference (SEC) records for single-season touchdown passes — decided the NFL could wait.…

Drew Lock Profile

In the visiting locker room of Reynolds Razorback Stadium, after nearly four hours of battle on the field, Lock found a moment of peace with Beckner and Coach Barry Odom. All three had done their parts to secure a 48-45 Missouri win over…

Jontay Porter Profile

Last summer, Jontay Porter was preparing for his senior year of high school. His family had moved back to Columbia from Seattle after the additions of his father, Michael, to Martin’s assistant coaching staff and his brother, Michael…
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