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Shock Plastic Surgery & Spa Opens In Columbia

Following a soft opening at the end of February, Shock Plastic Surgery & Spa officially opened in Columbia on March 1. The new surgery and spa, located at 3220 Bluff Creek Drive, offers a wide variety of services and treatments, including plastic surgery services, botox, facials and more. Owner Dr. Leslie Shock says her goal […]

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Lizzi & Rocco’s North Location Closed For Remodel

Photo by Jessica Schlosser Lizzi & Rocco’s Natural Pet Market has temporarily closed the north location for a remodel. The location at 1610 I-70 Drive officially closed at 4 p.m. March 6 and plans to reopen with a new look on March 18. According to owner Jessica Schlosser, this plan has been in the works […]

Las Margaritas to Renovate South Location

Photos by Las Margaritas  Las Margaritas Mexican Bar and Grill announced it is making some changes to the Corporate Lake location in Columbia. According to its social media page, exciting things are on the way for this location. Angel Gallegos, manager of the south location, says right now they are in the process of changing […]

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Dawn Daly Takes the Helm at House of Brokers

Dawn Daly began working at House of Brokers Realty in 1999 as a receptionist when she had a young child. Twenty-three years later, she owns the company. Former owner Bev Curtis passed the baton on to Daly. “Bev and I both have a vision and passion for real estate and helping our agents succeed. Bev […]

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Dessert Shop Has a Successful Start in Columbia

There is officially a new Asian dessert shop in downtown Columbia. My Sweet Parlor is a locally owned shop in Columbia, located at 1020 E. Broadway, suite G. While the store is open, planning is underway for a grand opening. Currently the first floor is open to the public. Owner Pranlada Chompupong says the next […]

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Community Board Game Café to Open This Spring

Hexagon Alley, a new board game café, is getting ready to open in downtown Columbia. According to Colleen Spurlock, one of the founders, Hexagon Alley plans to open in the spring at 111 S. Ninth St. According to Facebook, demolition began Jan. 20 by stripping the old bar, getting the space ready to put in […]

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New Retailer Rallies Around Athletic Wear

On Friday, a steady stream of customers enjoyed shopping at Columbia’s newest retail store, Obsessed. The store, located at 914 E. Broadway, carries a large selection of the popular brand Lululemon athletic clothing and accessories. Columbia is the third retail location for owner Charlotte Withrow, who lives in Oxford, Mississippi, and has another new store […]

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to Celebrate Big Tree Medical’s New Location

The Columbia Chamber of Commerce is hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony today to celebrate Big Tree Medical’s new location and urgent care. The ribbon cutting, set for noon to 12:30 p.m. today, will be at the Little Tree Pediatrics & Pediatric Urgent Care, located at 206 Corporate Lake Drive. Jen Wheeler, co-founder of Big Tree Medical […]

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Club Car Wash Re-opens Sandman Location

Club Car Wash recently finished renovating it Sandman location, celebrating the milestone with a grand opening party Nov. 30. Kendell Palmquist, director of marketing, says the grand opening was a great accomplishment. “The re-opening of our newly renovated Sandman location was nothing short of a success. It was great to see the influx of new […]

Murry’s Changes Its Menu for the First Time in 10 Years

A local favorite changed its menu for the first time in a decade. Jesse Lark, an owner of Murry’s in Columbia, says it’s been 10 years since something was added and remained on the menu. “People don’t even open the menu anymore, they know what they want,” he says. Now, people have two more items […]

Petco Planning to Move This Year

Petco in Columbia is planning to move in the new year. Currently, Petco is located at 2101 W. Broadway, but the store is moving to 400 N. Stadium where Natural Grocers was previously located. The store on Broadway has a sign on the door stating it will be relocating in 2023, but will remain open […]

Just Google It: What Columbians Want To Know

According to Google’s website, Columbia area residents are unique in what they wanted to find out in 2022. We were the only place in the country that had “cowboy boots near me” as a top trending search. Then it also makes sense that “country” was the most searched music genre for Columbia residents. Columbia was […]

CrossFit Versus to Celebrate Opening Day

A new workout facility is getting ready to open in Columbia. CrossFit Verus is planning its grand opening from 8:30 a.m.-noon. Saturday at 3601 Buttonwood Drive. According to its Facebook page, the workout is for people at all fitness levels, as the program is modified for each person to benefit their health. CrossFit is a […]

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Columbia Independent School to Host Ribbon Cutting for New Building

The Columbia Independent School recently got approval from the CIS Board of Trustees to redesign the campus. The plan is to add a 27,000-square-foot upper school building for grades nine through 12, while also renovating its existing building. Kari Stockwell, director of admissions and marketing, says the plan is to connect the new building to […]


Don’t Forget to Vote in This Year’s General Election

It is time to vote! But there are some changes to be aware of before showing up to your polling location. To vote in person on Tuesday, Missourians will need to show a valid photo ID, which can include a Missouri driver’s or non-driver’s license, U.S. passport or military ID. If you forget or do […]

New Business To Bring Color Into Columbia

Colors can make or break a person’s look. And now, folks in Columbia have a chance to get a total makeover using the power of primary colors. Owner Ashley Shryock opened the new House of Colour franchise just east of Columbia on Aug. 25. This came after she went through a week of training at […]

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Caddies Indoor Golf Putts Into Town

Columbia is soon getting a new place to play golf, indoor golf that is. The family-owned entertainment business, Caddies Indoor Golf, is planning a grand opening on Nov. 1. Owners Mark Giboney and Jodie Giboney are overjoyed by the reaction from the community. “We really have received a lot of positive feedback from people of […]

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Fringe Western Wear Increases Inventory Following Expansion

Fringe Western Wear has officially doubled in size. The expansion  started off with a bang at its grand opening on Sept. 24. Now, the owners have expanded its inventory to fill up the 5,000 additional square feet. Morgan Pingel, one of the owners, says the expansion has given them an opportunity to sell more products. […]

Swim And Scuba Company Looking For Building Approval

Plans are underway for a swim, scuba and travel company to build a new facility on Vawter School Road. Columbia’s local dive shop, Captain Nemo’s, was purchased by Diventures in 2020. Diventures hopes to build a full-service swim and scuba center, including classes on safe dive training. According to the company’s marketing material given out […]

First State Community Bank Opens at Aria Apartments

Aria Luxury Apartments’ newest phase of buildings has incorporated an area for commercial space, and one of the first businesses has officially opened to the public. First State Community Bank opened its doors Sept. 1 on the first floor of the endeavors phase.  The buildings are three stories, with the first floor completely dedicated to […]