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Transforming Lives

A small workshop in a quiet industrial district in Columbia turns beggars into business entrepreneurs. Take the case of Ernesto, a Guatemalan who contracted polio at the age of 7 and spent most of his life crawling through the streets.…

Meet Your Maker

Time. It’s an elusive resource most of us can’t seem to catch enough of. And what’s even more elusive than time? Patience — a virtue seemingly lost in the hustle and bustle of modern life. We move from one thing to the next in a heartbeat,…

Love Sushi? You’re in Luck

Love Sushi has come to town, and with that, fans of Asian food can rejoice as they will want to add this cozy place to their ever-growing list of favorite locally owned restaurants. Located in Crossroads West Shopping Center at Broadway and…

Pizza Joint Jaunt

Photos by L.G. Patterson No matter what time your pizza craving hits, Columbia’s plethora of pizzerias will satisfy your appetite. Old and new, each of these locally owned restaurants puts an emphasis on crafting pizzas that are…

A Quest for Comfort

The sweet smoky smell hits you as you walk in the door. A friendly greeting and a seat amidst laughter begins the meal. Paper towels and an assortment of sauces line the end of the table. Whether you’re dining with friends or dining alone,…

Thai For Two

Kittikoon “Chef Kitt” Chompupong, owner of the Thip Thai restaurant at 904 E. Broadway, has good reason to smile. He now has a second Thip Thai location at 3907 Peachtree Drive. He opened the original Thip Thai in January of 2013 and the…

Best of Columbia 2017

Photos by L.G. Patterson Drum roll please, the Best of Columbia food and drink winners are… Passionate Columbians have cast thousands of ballots… and now, those ballots have been tallied. Inside Columbia is pleased to present this year's…

Big Bucks for Columbia

Photo by L.G. Patterson “I don’t believe you.” The legislator glared over his bifocals as I testified. “I can prove it,” I answered, unfazed. “For every dollar you put in our budget, we’ll generate $60 for Missouri’s economy.” The…

Sixth Street Success

Back in 2008, MU student Brian Coley was a man with a plan. “I had always worked in restaurants when I was in school,” says Brian Coley, the owner of Coley’s American Bistro. “After my first year of college, I switched my major to hotel and…

Life Through The Lens

photo courtesy of Catherine Rhodes Photography has always been a big part of my life. Growing up, my dad had a camera in his hand every place we visited — and there were quite a few, because our family liked to travel! I, too, found a…

Flyover

As you approach the front entrance of FlyOver, you’ll be greeted by stacks of firewood. The white oak, hickory and apple wood logs fuel the wood-fired oven that anchors one end of the open kitchen. The restaurant burns through a full cord…

“Main” Focus

West Main Pizza2 — or “West Main Pizza squared” — debuted earlier this year at 923 E. Broadway. The restaurant is an offshoot of Jefferson City-based West Main Pizza. But unlike the Jefferson City original, which is a full-service pizza…

Dusk To Dawn

Early this summer, we explored Columbia and its immediate environs during the half of the 24/7 cycle when most of us sleep. From an outdoor slumber party in southwest Columbia to the first light of day at the Foremost Dairy Research Center…

Cool Jobs

“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” Most people just wish they could follow that old adage, but some people do heed the advice and find amazing careers. From helicopter pilot to ballerina, astronomer…

Enhance Your Finance

Finance can be a tricky concept. From acquisition indigestion to zombie titles, there are some words and phrases that may sound out of place in a financial setting. Others you might often hear repeatedly when speaking with financial pros…

Columbia Business: The Next Generation

They’re energetic, innovative and smart, and they’re all under 40 years old. The participants of the most recent Inside Columbia’s CEO Roundtable represent both the present and the future for Columbia’s business community. At the end of…