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Cobbling Together

Photos by LG Patterson Bob Wood, owner of Dawson Shoe Repair, takes his position each morning behind the vintage wooden and glass counter at his shop at 212 S. Eighth St. If he looks out the large storefront window directly before him, he…

In It for the Long Haul

John Berghager runs his I-70 Towing and Recovery business out of a remodeled bowling alley at 2116 Vandiver Drive. It’s a building with a history in Columbia; and it’s a building that will certainly have a role in Columbia’s future. “I…

Cutting Edge

Forget for a moment the mind-numbing arguments that blanket discussions about health care these days. Let’s get back to the real reason this industry is so fascinating: the ever-evolving advances in medicine that save lives, restore health…

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…

CONSTRUCTION ZONE

Construction knows no season this year in Columbia. As 2015 winds down, it seems the cranes and the bulldozers are gearing up. Here’s a sampling of some of the major projects that will alter the landscape and the skyline of Columbia in…

LIFE OF THE PARTY

Bartenders Rich Trippler and Aaron Rostad were enjoying some whiskey at the bar at Sycamore restaurant when they came up with the idea for a pop-up cocktail business. That same evening, Rostad came up with the name, CoMingle573, and set up…

Crafty Business

Columbia is a creative place — just ask the Missouri Arts Council, which gave CoMo the council’s first “creative community” award in 2007. Art is all around us here but it isn’t that easy to make a buck in the creative field. There’s a…

Note Worthy

The news broke at 3 p.m. on July 9. Minutes later, right on schedule, the social media naysayers were tweeting out their doubts. Richard King was selling The Blue Note, and our fair city’s beloved music venue was surely doomed. The…

Booming Business

It was a bold move for bold times. But even before business school pioneers Herbert Davenport and Thorstein Veblen could pat themselves on the back, their colleagues at the University of Missouri were denouncing President A. Ross Hill’s…

Personality Plus

Slip into a wheelchair and assume the mantle of invisibility. No longer at eye level to most, wheelchair users often complain they become unnoticed and ignored when in their chairs. From her vantage point as logistics director of…

Ascending Aspirations

It’s the kind of success many entrepreneurs can only hope to attain. Sister restaurants Addison’s and Sophia’s have been going strong in Columbia throughout this century. As many of their counterparts closed their doors — Forge &…