In the Right Direction

Running is like a lot of sports and activities — it’s a great way to improve health, fitness and performance, but if performed too much or without care, it can also be risky. For both newcomers and seasoned runners, prioritizing health and…

New Re-Lease on Life

Photos by LG Patterson On the western edge of Columbia, off a bumpy gravel road, is a slice of land where Jennifer Romesburg follows her childhood passion for rehabilitating wild animals. That little slice of land belonged to her…

Murry’s “Rings” in New Era

Rumors have been swirling for months, but final ownership plans are now pending. The sale of Murry’s, a favorite Columbia restaurant for more than 30 years, is pending to new local owners. Former MFA Oil CEO Mark Fenner and long-time

Food Truck Switches Gears

Sometimes the best things in life start out in a whirlwind of chaos. Such is the story of the Ozark Mountain Biscuit Company. Flashback to August 2013: The truck’s production is behind schedule with the manufacturer in Florida, but…

Bee Sharp

Chris McD’s makes our own infused vodkas for cocktails, one of which is raspberry. We consistently change our fruit infusions, but I was feeling particularly inspired by this flavor profile, and a regular of ours was more…

Monochromatic Madness

Want to keep your cool this season? Step out in the hottest hues! Jewel tones are all the rage right now. These are brilliant buys inspired by the gems in your jewelry. Here, our model Dr. Roshni Rawlani, a dermatologist with MU Healthcare,…

Incurable Passion

Photos by LG Patterson It takes just three simple ingredients to cure mouth-watering Boone County hams: brown sugar, black pepper and curing salt. Steve Baumgartner, the owner of Baumgartner’s Boone County Cured Hams, thought his mentor,…

A Return to Its Roots

Photos by Notley Hawkins Post-pandemic, many of us are finally enjoying reunions and homecomings. That’s certainly true for the Boone County Fair, which returns to Columbia July 20 to 24 for the first time in 5 years. Its return in…
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