Boom Magazine

Chef ’s Choice

When you go out to a restaurant, there’s an assortment of delicious dishes to try. But what do the chefs consider their personal favorite creations? Chefs Jeff Guinn with The Broadway hotel and Ben Parks with the Barred Owl Butcher & Table share their beloved dishes and the secrets to the success of the dish. […]

Food Label Made Simple

If you’re an avid Prime magazine reader, you may have noticed that in the July issue we tackled the controversial subject surrounding health claims accompanying most food packaging. It’s hard to discuss health claims without diving into the many nuisances of a food label. Therefore, in this month’s issue, we will examine how to read […]

Business Through the Ages

While businesses that last generations are rare, Columbia is host to a number of companies that have served mid-Missouri throughout the ages. They have survived the ups and downs of business cycles, but they keep their doors open and customers keep coming for lifetimes. Three local businesses — Allen’s Flowers, Ernie’s Cafe & Steakhouse and […]

A Story To Tell

Our antique furniture has a story to tell. Are you open to “listening” to their stories? All you have to do is study the clues and you’ll know some of what they’ve been through. For example, I own an early dry sink in its original finish. The years of wear are evident around the toggle […]

Yesteryear: Looking Back at Boone County

This tornado went right through the streets of Columbia, devastating several stores and residences. According to the Missouri Climate Center, Missouri recorded a total of 65 tornadoes in 2010, the eighth highest on record since 1950. On average, the Show-Me State experiences slightly more than 30 tornadoes a year, with a little less than 50 […]

The Creative Creatures of Kaye Gray-Manolov

Oatmeal, twigs, rocks and pieces of shoe. These are the type of inanimate objects that talk to Kaye Gray-Manolov. And she gladly keeps the conversation going. She collects an odd assortment of these objects, storing them in her dining room/art studio. When she gets a few free moments, she digs them out of their cardboard […]


Bob and Kathy Jones

Photos by L.G. Patterson Like many other retirees who woke up on a balmy June morning this year, Bob Jones went for a swim. He had been preparing for this particular swim for more than a year, and he had flown from Hartsburg, Mo. to California, just to dip his toes and the rest of […]

Bring Brunch Home

There’s no denying that brunch is a popular favorite, but you don’t have to leave the comfort of your own home to enjoy a delicious spread with family and friends. Enjoy this weekend luxury every day and bring brunch home with premium ingredients like Smithfield’s Hometown Original Bacon, Anytime Favorites Diced Ham and Fresh Breakfast […]

Blue Ribbon Cookies Cause Summer Weight Gain

For most of us, our county fairs happen in the summer. But in our house, they’re year around affairs. You see, my husband, Bob, spends all winter and spring testing recipes for cookies, so that he can win baking competitions. So far, he’s won 24 blue ribbons. So, instead of blaming any of the holidays […]

Richard & Margaret Hart Create Sanctuaries

Photos by L.G. Patterson After 86 years of experiencing life, most of those spent as a Ph.D. entomologist, Richard has developed an extensive understanding of monarch butterflies and a commitment to making a place for them in the world. At an age when most people are content to let others tackle serious problems and projects, […]

Women On The Move

“I’m either really stupid or I’m really smart,” she says. Her name is Becky. She’s one of several retired women of a certain age at the table. “My life was planned. Now it just happens.” Women who decided, for reasons of their own, it was time for a change. “I have friends who are so […]

Estate Planning

Estate planning is a task that many individuals approach with absolute dread – like going to the dentist. However, putting a comprehensive estate plan in place can be both a relieving and painless process. Estate planning is an invaluable tool to make difficult times, like illness or death, easier for families to navigate. A comprehensive […]

The Un-Retired Retirees

Photos by L.G. Patterson On top of the papers stacked semi-neatly on MU Director Emeritus of Admissions and Registrar Gary Smith’s desk at his office in the General Services Building lies a columnar schedule sheet, filled out by hand. “I’m on campus every day anywhere from three to five hours,” he says. “I’m with a […]

Looking Back At Boone County

This is a photo taken of 7th Street between Walnut and Broadway, looking north toward Broadway. The photo was taken around 1960. The building in the background on the left is Boone Tavern & Hotel. The original Daniel Boone Tavern opened for business on Sept. 1, 1916, and was known statewide until closing. For many […]


Lanny & Lynee Geary

Not all Missouri roads lead to Columbia, and not all the streets of Columbia lead to the University of Missouri. Except in the world that Lynne and Lanny Geary have created together. Lanny is a retired physician; Lynne, a retired nurse. The couple has traveled throughout the world and spent most of their working lives […]


Sweet Spring Desserts

When the scent of fresh blooms begins to fill the air, it’s a sure sign that spring has sprung. It’s the perfect time of year to gather loved ones for a leisurely meal, then linger over dessert as you enjoy this season of refreshment. No dessert menu is complete without an array of treats, and […]

Weddings to Remember

Norm and Connie Ruebling Date: June 10, 1989 Location: Union, Mo Interesting tidbit: Norm proposed to Connie at Boccardi’s Restaurant. The waitress brought out the ring on a silver platter as Connie’s dessert. While Norm is in a band, has a BS and master’s degree in music and has played in hundreds of weddings, he […]


A Perfect Fit for Rocheport

Photos by L.G. Patterson If Rocheport were a jigsaw puzzle, John Zondca and Diane Dunn would be a pair of pieces that fit exactly in its center. Having dropped out from the 21st Century’s stressful pace of life, they’ve made a place for themselves in Rocheport, a picture-perfect community just minutes from Columbia. The couple […]


Marty Allen is Still Making ‘Em Laugh

Known for his trademark salutation, “Hello Dere,” his bug-eyed comic stare and wild Brillo-pad hair, veteran comedian Marty Allen is still making audiences laugh. “I get up in the morning and the only thing that doesn’t hurt is my pajamas,” jokes Allen, who turned 95 in March, from his home in Las Vegas. A veteran […]


Inextricably Linked

Photos by L.G. Patterson Natalie “Nikki” and Aaron Krawitz’s Columbia home has the same feel as others in its neighborhood — manicured yard and a nice front porch on a quiet cul de sac. It’s what’s inside that changes the view when you walk through the door. An extensive art collection draws the eye from […]