Missouri Eye Consultants

Best of Columbia: Missouri Eye Consultants

Missouri Eye Consultants prides itself on putting the needs of each patient first and foremost. Chris DeRose, optometrist and one of the owners of Missouri Eye Consultants, says it’s what the business is known for in mid-Missouri. “We do not take any shortcuts with our patients’ needs,” he says. And winning gold for Best Place […]

Brian Wear Plumbing

Best of Columbia: Brian Wear Plumbing

No one likes dealing with plumbing issues. But when you call Brian Wear Plumbing, you can rest assured that whatever the problem is, it will be solved. Plus, your home will be fully inspected to prevent future issues. “Whatever the problem, we’re here to solve it. We want to be the go-to plumber in Columbia,” […]

Mutrux Automotive

Best of Columbia: Mutrux Automotive

For 21 years, Mutrux Automotive has been serving the Columbia community, providing full service at the pumps and in the garage for both minor and major repairs. Owners Cindy and Ross Mutrux say the customers are the best part of business. “We truly have the best customer base ever,” Cindy Mutrux says. As a hometown […]

Las Margaritas

Best of Columbia: Las Margaritas

With more than 25 years of experience, Las Margaritas knows how to make authentic Mexican food and drinks. It’s the reason the business can now proudly state that they have won gold for Best Mexican Restaurant for the 10th year in a row! “Our entire company is so incredibly honored to be awarded Best Mexican!” […]

Betz Jewelers

Best of Columbia: Betz Jewelers

Betz Jewelers is a hidden gem, tucked away on the third floor of the Executive Building at Sixth Street and Broadway (Boone Central Title is on the ground floor.) Once you find the secret spot, “you’ll be buzzed in and welcomed, but never pressured or ‘sold,’” says Rachel Flynn, the store’s marketing director. “We’re a […]

Rusty Drewing

Best of Columbia: Rusty Drewing Dealerships

Customers of Rusty Drewing Dealerships, as well as BMW of Columbia/ Mercedes-Benz of Columbia, know that once they step into a dealership, they’ll be greeted by the familiar faces of longtime employees. Rusty Drewing, owner and president, says customer experience is always a priority for his team as happy customers are repeat customers. “Our goal […]

Dogs at Logboat

Voices of Columbia to Perform at Logboat

This weekend is the perfect opportunity to enjoy music, food, games and more while supporting Heart of Missouri CASA. Voices of Columbia 2023 is set for 3-6 p.m. Sunday at Logboat Brewing Co. The event is meant to help the local CASA chapter, which seeks to train and support volunteers to be the voices for […]

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Sunday Art Show to Support Local Student

Enjoy beautiful art in a great atmosphere Sunday while helping a local student achieve her dreams. From 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Sycamore will host a solo art show for Amani Zaire, a 2023 graduate of Battle High School. This is Zaire’s first solo show and will feature originals, prints, stickers, waist beads and more for sale, […]

Dog at Cafe Berlin

Patio Social to Raise Funds for New Dog Park

For dog lovers, there’s not much better than bringing your pup to a good patio and enjoying the sunshine. But early next week, you can do just that while supporting plans for a brand new dog park in Columbia. The Petite Pup Patio Social is set for 4-6 p.m. Tuesday at Cafe Berlin and is […]

Holistic healing

Holistic Healing Event to Feature Speakers, Hands-On Experiences

If you’ve ever wanted to learn more about holistic healing or the metaphysical, then there’s an event this weekend you won’t want to miss. Triple Flame Healing is hosting the inaugural Transcendence: Missouri event this weekend at the Hampton Inn & Suites on Fellows Place, near the University of Missouri. The event is set for […]

Summer bash

Arcade District to Host Summer Bash

With the official start of summer comes a great reason to get outside and celebrate, which is exactly what you are encouraged to do in the Arcade District this weekend. On Saturday, enjoy the Summer Bash starting at 4 p.m. Live music will begin then on the outdoor stage in Sentinel Park with performances from […]

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Central Missouri Honor Flight Radiothon Set for Friday

Zimmer Communications is partnering with A-1 Containers for the Central Missouri Honor Flight Radiothon starting at 6 a.m. Friday. The daylong event collects donations for Central Missouri Honor Flight, a local nonprofit that arranges flights for area veterans to visit Washington, D.C. and tour war memorials at no cost to them. The organization has a […]

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Hometown Couple Goes from High School to Marriage

Photos by SilverBox Photographers It started in high school. Hannah Harper and Graham Ratermann both attended Rock Bridge High School and began a long-distance relationship as they headed off to college. That relationship not only lasted, but came out stronger than ever, as Hannah and Graham celebrated their love by getting married Oct. 8, 2022, […]

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Local Teacher, Author Pens Fiction Inspired By Husband’s Stroke

Photos by L.G Patterson When a loved one is suddenly hit with a medical crisis, it can upend everything. But for local author Elaine Strawn, such a crisis also helped inspire a new novel. Strawn’s latest novel, Strokewaves, was inspired by her own experience after her husband suffered a catastrophic stroke two years ago, shaking […]


The Benefits of a Morning Routine

Does anyone else find it easier to get into a morning routine in the summer months? For me, the sun coming up earlier is motivation to get up and get moving. Of course, the birds chirping outside my window are early risers too. Sometimes, my morning routine might be a cup of coffee on my […]

Rock climbing

The Thrill Seekers Guide to Mid-Missouri

Photos by Ava Kitzi There’s nothing quite like getting your adrenaline pumping. Suddenly, you’re completely in the moment as a mix of fear and anticipation takes over. For some people, this particular rush is beyond addicting. So they seek it out in a variety of ways, from scary movies to thrill-seeking activities designed to get your […]

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mid-Missouri 2023 Red Shoe Gala

The Red Shoe Gala was held Feb. 23 at The Atrium on Tenth, celebrating the Ronald McDonald House’s 40th anniversary of serving Columbia. Nearly 300 guests enjoyed a cocktail reception, followed by dinner, a robust live auction and entertainment by Jack n’ Diane’s dueling pianos. More than $220,000 was raised to help provide compassionate care and […]

Boy Scouts of America Great Rivers Council 2023 Patron Breakfast

The Boy Scouts of America Great Rivers Council held its annual patron breakfast Feb. 24 at the Holiday Inn Executive Center. The emcee was University of Missouri President Mun Choi and the featured guest speaker was Ron Young, an Eagle Scout, reality TV show contestant and former prisoner of war during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Date: Feb. […]

MFA Oil Rootin’ Tootin’ Chili Cookoff

The 17th annual MFA Oil Rootin’ Tootin’ Chili Cookoff, presented by JES Holdings, was held Feb. 25 at the Holiday Inn Executive Center. Dozens of teams participated, serving up their best chili to more than 1,500 attendees while raising more than $80,000 for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Columbia. Date: Feb. 25 Location:Holiday Inn Executive […]

Josh Ryan and Joe Lose battle it out.

Whose Chair Can Get Up to Speed?

Photo by L.G. Patterson Each issue, two on-air talents from two different Zimmer Communications’ stations will take on a seemingly simple challenge to see who comes out on top. This issue, Josh Ryan from Clear99 and Joe Lose from 98.3 FM The Dove battled to see who could win an office chair race. Make sure […]