The Manly Man’s Guide To Manliness For Men

Suited For Success: Sharp spring suit style

The downtown business scene includes many sharp dressed men. Bill Costello, the assistant vice-president of business development at Central Bank of Boone County, has a keen eye for numbers, and an equally keen eye for dressing for success. His confident stride and easy smile perfectly complement spring’s business style, presented by Binghams.

Bill wears a Coppley suit ($1,095) and a Robert Jensen tie ($145). Bill sports sunglasses from Randolph Engineering ($209); a Robert Talbot pocket square ($49); and a Daniel Wellington watch ($199)

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How To Socks-ceed In Business: Find a Pair with Flair

A lot of men feel business attire doesn’t allow them much of an opportunity to stand out as individuals in a “sea of suits.” To combat that feeling, many  express their personalities via bold ties, shirts or pocket squares.

But there’s another trend afoot: colorful socks. More and more men are opting to add a little zip to their business attire this way. Socks can run the gamut from bright stripes to patterns like paisley, to even more whimsical options, such as “hobby socks.”

Maybe you’re an avid golfer. There are socks that’ll fit you to a tee. Or maybe you’re a diehard Cards fan. Again, when it comes to socks you can easily find a pair with flair to wear.

There’s no need to “toe” the line of conformity when it’s so simple to put a little pep in your step. Two good local places to find rockin’ socks are Binghams and Calhoun’s.


Life Outside: Comfortable and Capable Outdoor Clothing

Lt. Ryan Adams of the Columbia Fire Department has spent his career running towards the fire. He knows that being prepared — for anything — continues long after the workday is over. Here, Ryan models clothing provided by Alpine Shop, clothing well suited for whatever heads his way.

Staying comfortable and capable in the outdoors relies on durable clothing, layers to stay comfortable and rugged footwear to take you wherever your heart desires.

From head to toe: Adam wears a Patagonia Fezzman button-down checkered shirt ($69); merino wool Icebreaker Sphere T-shirt ($70); Mountain Khaki webbing belt ($25); Kuhl’s Free Ryder pants ($79); and Salewa Ramble GTX hiking shoes ($169). He carries a Hydroflask 21-ounce water bottle ($32). Below, Adam shoulders a Mystery Ranch Scree 38-liter capacity backpack ($179) and carries Norway’s finest: a Helle GT fixed-blade knife with birch and aluminum handle and custom leather sheath ($169).

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Take a Hike! Time to find a trail and get lost. Here’s where to go.

By Paxton Jobe

Hit the trailhead just west of Columbia in Rocheport. This vast trail is open to bikers, hikers, joggers and campers alike. Beautiful scenery and attractions, such as the Rocheport Tunnel, are scattered throughout the entire trail as well as canoe rentals and camping grounds. Take a day (or two) to explore all the scenery and attractions this wonderful and historic trail has to offer.

Rock Bridge offers some of the best hiking in Columbia, with trails ranging from a nice easy hike to a moderate trek. With attractions like the Devil’s Ice Box and Connor’s Cave, this park is a hit with hikers, nature lovers, photographers and families. Hiking, fishing, and biking are all welcome in the park. Check out all of the trails and attractions of Rock Bridge and other great state parks at

Did you know that in addition to all of the state parks, Missouri also has six national historic sites and parks? That’s right, six National Parks! These road-trip worthy sites include: George Washington Carver National Monument, Harry S Truman National Historic Site, Jefferson National Expansion Memorial (below the Arch), Ozark National Scenic Riverways, Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site, and Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield. Check out the National Parks and Passport Program at:




Since the dawn of time, never before has something been as polarizing as the man-bun, or “mun.” According to comedian Dave Barry in his review of 2016 in the Miami Herald, “Did anything good happen in 2016? Let us think… OK, the man bun appeared to be going away. That was pretty much it for the good things.”

The man bun. In or out? It’s a debate that rages on in the far corners of the internet and in coffee shops throughout the nation. We asked some local residents to chime in. Hot or not? In or out?








Go-Tos for Beards and Beers: Local barbershops swing blades while you swill beer.

By Kimberly Small

Clean Cut Barbershop
Clean Cut Barbershop is Columbia’s first establishment of its kind, serving up local and big-name beers with barber services ranging from haircuts and beard trims to waxing and straight-razor shaves. Opened in October of 2015 by Stephanie Murray and DJ Bishop, the shop quickly gained a reputation of being one of the most laid-back and fun places to get a haircut and beard service in Columbia.

The friendly staff have more than 35 combined years of experience. Tiffany Harbin says it is a fun place to work and that the team strives to offer a relaxed and stress-free environment where patrons can unwind while receiving the red-carpet treatment.

“It’s a really fun place because we all get along so well. We are all on the same page — we like to make people look good and feel good.”
One thing that sets the shop apart is that it’s also family-friendly, with snacks and juice boxes for the kids to enjoy while Dad is getting a clean cut or while waiting for their turn for a “little clean cut.”

Clean Cuts start at $23, or $15 for little ones, with discounts for seniors and servicemen, including police and EMTs.
510 E. Green Meadows Road, Suite 105 |  (573) 442-1904 | Open Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. |


M Boss Barber and Salon
M Boss Barber and Salon is Columbia’s newest establishment that offers high-end barber services. Each service is paired with a complimentary beer or wine. Opened in June of 2016 by Bethany Mountjoy, M Boss has a rustic-industrial feel, complete with industrial lighting, concrete floors, and elk antlers mounted above the shampoo bowls.

Bethany began the process of developing the salon two years ago after working in the industry for 11 years. She envisioned a place where men could be pampered in a full-service salon setting that retains a masculine feel. So her husband Adam went to work designing and renovating the building, with each station built from reclaimed pallet wood topped with stainless steel counters and a back wall built from actual barn wood.

Adam’s influence is also present in the name of the salon. After meditating on names, Bethany had an epiphany as the word “emboss” came to her. It means “to raise in relief.” Bethany put her own bent on the word in order to incorporate her husband’s favorite muscle car — the Shelby Mustang Boss — with her vision for the salon to make its mark on its customers and on downtown Columbia.

In addition to salon services, M Boss offers two full lines of boutique-style products. Patrons can purchase razors, shave brushes, beard brushes and oils, and even lotions and scrubs.

A standard haircut is $29 and includes a steamed towel, neck shave, and a shampoo and rinse.
26 North 9th Street  |  ​573-443-2677  |  ​Open Tuesday through Saturday, hours vary   |  ​


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