Opa!

If you’ve been to a farmers market lately, you’ve probably seen an abundance of spinach — one of the first crops of spring with so many uses: spinach salad (warm or chilled), omelets, creamed spinach and stuffed pasta, to name a few. One of…

Plants, People and Place

On a Sunday morning in early spring, parakeets are chirping somewhere in Helmi’s Gardens as the wind picks up and buffets the plastic on the greenhouse outside. The warm morning sun causes the roof to creak and shift as it expands…

Back in the Saddle, Again

By Jack Wax I stopped riding a bike when I didn't want anyone to think of me as a child. When I was 14, I got off my bike and started walking, hitchhiking or begging my older brother for a ride when I needed to go somewhere too far…

Halcyone Ewalt Perlman

Anyone who’s ever met 80-year-old dance instructor, Halcyone Ewalt Perlman, will readily agree that she’s a lady, and a lovely one at that. She’s an artist with a penchant for beauty and her south-side Columbia home is evidence of…

WHEELS

Columbia is on the move. Cars, trucks, motorcycles … no matter, we crave personal mobility. The local market that sates our appetite for mechanized wheeled contraptions has seen a flurry of changes in ownership and realignments the past few…

TORCHBEARER

At Central Missouri Auto Body, they like to say, “Some repairs you see … ours you don’t!” What you do see at the industrious repair shop on Columbia’s north side is the face of the auto body business here. And it’s a decidedly feminine…

PACK IT IN

Kim Stading was planning a hiking trip for her birthday when she came up with a business idea. The St. Louis native talked to friends and searched multiple websites to figure out what gear she needed, but she knew there had to be a more…

THE EXPRESS LANE

Last spring, Chris and Anita Nyenhuis made a business decision that took them 1,900 miles across the map. Their startup, Eyes on Freight, was ready to take off, so they decided to take off for a four-month stay at an accelerator in…

Jane Williams

If you watched much television back in the 1970s, you couldn’t miss the television commercial that touted, “When E. F. Hutton talks, people listen.” Back then, E. F. Hutton was one of the most respected brokerage firms in the…