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appy holidays! At Jefferson City Magazine, we have extra reasons to celebrate this year, as we not only welcome the winter holidays but also raise a toast to our first ever “Best of Jefferson City” poll winners. When we started solidifying ideas for the “Best of” issue earlier this year, we had no idea how big it would be. It was exciting to watch the poll numbers grow online and see the ballots pile up in the mail. The rise in social media has bred a new wave of word-of-mouth marketing. Friends and colleagues ask for recommendations via LinkedIn, and Facebook has a new recommendations feature. On the flipside, tweets about customer service gone bad can go viral — quickly. It’s not the technology that drives this desire to share, however; it’s human nature. Talking face to face or online, I want to know where my friends go to shop, what dentist is the best and what doctor they love because I trust their advice and want to spend my time and money wisely. You can Google for info on a business, but to me, close-to-home advice means so much more. That’s why this year we are thankful that so many of you supported our poll with your votes. Our winners have the support of those you know, not just cyberland. We hope you enjoy this look at our city’s favorites as much as we have. Happy Thanksgiving, merry Christmas and happy New Year, Jefferson City!

Marketing Representatives Annie Jarrett Joe Schmitter

Creative Services Rebecca Rademan

Management General Manager Chris Harrison Operations manager Cindy Sheridan Business Manager Renea Sapp

From the Publisher


he voters have spoken, and I am proud to present the first “Best of Jefferson City” issue of Jefferson City Magazine. I want to thank the more than 1,700 readers who took the time to cast their votes on the 84-category ballet highlighted in the July/ August issue of Jefferson City Magazine. I also want to congratulate the winners! Be proud; Jefferson City chose you as one of the best in town. Take time to browse the list of winners because they really illustrate what a wonderful community we live in. You’ll find everything from the best pizza, burger and ice cream to the best politician, attorney and bank. And the list goes on. When you’re making a decision on where to buy, where to go or whom to see, the “Best of Jefferson City” guide reveals the favorites as voted by your friends and neighbors. This issue is one that you will definitely want to hold on to! Come celebrate with Jefferson City Magazine at the “Best of Jefferson City” party on Nov. 16 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Capital Plaza Hotel. Tickets are $20, and you’ll enjoy live music by Two Buck Drunk and Neil Boyd (winner of America’s Got Talent), plus food and drinks provided by our “Best of Jefferson City” winners. You might even win a free Pensacola Beach condo for seven days. You won’t want to miss it. Hope to see you there!

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The Best of Jefferson City

Editorial Publisher Tami Turner Editor Jennifer Bondurant copy editor Katrina Tauchen


8 The Best of Jefferson City

We asked for your favorites, you voted, and here they are! See who came out on top in our first ever readers’ poll. With more than 84 categories, Jefferson City Magazine’s “Best of Jefferson City“ issue is your comprehensive guide to our town’s most beloved people and places.

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Best of Jefferson City: Shopping/Services Best Place for Friendly Banking, Best Place for Home Accents, Best Florist, Best Beer Selection and more

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Best of Jefferson City: People Best Elected Official, Best Radio Personality, Best Local Artist, Best Mechanic, Best Financial Adviser and more

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Best of Jefferson City: Arts/Entertainment Best Place to See and Be Seen, Best Place to Work Out, Best Place for Singles to Meet and more

art Art director Alisha Moreland Design Director Kristin Branscom graphic designer Beth Snyder

Photography Taylor Allen, Chris Hollaway, Rebecca Rademan

Contributing Writers Jennifer Bondurant, Sam Fleury, Lauren Sable Freiman, Anita Neal Harrison, Amy J. Hoffman, Eric Luebbert, Abbe Meyer, Eric J. Struemph, Katrina Tauchen, Lori Tomlin, Molly Wright, Faye Zumwalt

8 Best of Jefferson City: Food/Drink

Best Restaurant, Best Mexican Food, Best Coffee, Best Desserts and more

About the Cover Best burger in Jefferson City, found at Ecco Lounge, as voted on by Jefferson City Magazine readers. See all of the “Best of Jefferson City” winners in the Food & Drink category, starting on Page 90. Photo by Chris Hollaway.

Jefferson City Magazine is published by The Business Times Co. (573) 635-9395. Copyright The Business Times Co., 2011. All rights reserved. Reproduction or use of any editorial or graphic content without express written permission of the publisher is prohibited. Follow Jefferson City Magazine on Facebook and Twitter.

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At Home 20 Home Tour: Going all out for Christmas 26 Designer’s Palette 28 Holiday: Wreaths

At Work 36 Made in Mid-Missouri: Local craft,


local retail

40 Business Profile: Arris’ Pizza celebrates 50 years

43 Person You Should Know: Ken Littlefield

46 Philanthropy: The Samaritan Center 50 City Character: George Ousley Jr.


56 The Dish: O’Donoghue’s pork chops, sweet potatoes and red cabbage

At Ease 104 Hobby: Mike Riley’s model ships 110 The Man Page: Top five spots to watch the game

112 Artist Profile: Jim Dyke 115 Style and Fashion: Ask Eric 116 Gourmet: Gâteau Churchill

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116 In Every Issue 7 15 30 54 125 130

Welcome Calendar Hit List Business Briefs Snapshots Last Word

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To be honest, moving to Jefferson City three years ago was difficult for me, but I soon found out, like the Pardalos family did 50 years ago, that residents here have a way of making newcomers feel like old friends. While discovering the restaurant’s history, motivation and love for the community (Arris’ Pizza, Page 40), the most aweinspiring moment came during a visit with patrons. I looked around and quickly noticed how comfortable diners felt. It was like they were having dinner at an old friend’s house rather than a half-century-old restaurant. For our town, though, I believe these two are one in the same. — Lori Tomlin, contributing writer

Jefferson City Magazine is a must-read in our home for my wife and me, so having the chance to write for the “Best of Jefferson City” edition was a great thrill. The Man Page (Page 110), featuring where to watch football, combined three of my favorite pastimes: sports, eating food and watching TV (and not necessarily in that order). From Buffalo Wild Wing’s nationwide influence to the local charm of J. Pfenny’s, there are several quality places to catch football every day of the week around Jefferson City. Thank goodness. After several years of research on this topic, it was rewarding to be able to write about it! — Sam Fleury, contributing writer

As a portrait artist myself, I know all faces are more than 90 percent alike, but the small differences make a portrait look like a particular person. I found it interesting that when Jim Dyke (Artist Profile, Page 112) draws a caricature, he doesn’t pick out one feature to exaggerate; he studies the whole face. Dyke mentally asks: “How is your face different than my face? What makes it look like you? Maybe the nose is a little more pointed. You have to start noticing the differences.” Dyke is a very talented artist with a broad range of styles. It is reinforcing that an artist of his caliber approaches capturing a likeness the same way I do. — Faye Zumwalt, contributing writer

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Third Annual ForgetMe-Not Gala, 6 – 8 p.m., Capitol Plaza (presented by Central Missouri Foster Care and Adoption Association)

6 Daylight Saving Time “Crossing the Line” Cole County Health Challenge, 2 p.m., Adkins Stadium







Family Camp, 7:30 p.m., Stained Glass Theatre, 830 E. High St.

Family Camp, 7:30 p.m., Stained Glass Theatre, 830 E. High St.

Saturday Family Camp, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Stained Glass Theatre, 830 E. High St. Zonta 5K Run/Walk, 9 a.m., Memorial Park Second Annual Jefferson City Holiday Shopping Expo, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Donita’s Banquet Hall, 5007 Buffalo Road


Jefferson City Council Jefferson City Meeting, 6 p.m., City Hall Orchestra performs Public Hearing Room, 320 “Magnificat,” 7 p.m., E. McCarty St. Richardson Fine Arts Building, Lincoln University

Lincoln and Citizens’ Rights in Civil War Missouri: Balancing Freedom and Security, 7 – 8 p.m., Missouri State Archives, Kirkpatrick State Information Center, 600 W. Main St.



Veteran’s Day

Seventh Annual Women’s Health Institute, 5 – 8 p.m., A.J. Schwartz Catholic Center, 2207 W. Main St.






Jefferson City Magazine's "Best of Jefferson City" Party,



Neal Boyd Concert for Samaritan Center/ Lincoln University, 7:30 p.m., Richardson Auditorium, Lincoln University

5 - 7:30 p.m., Capitol Plaza Hotel











Jefferson City Council Meeting, 6 p.m., City Hall Public Hearing Room, 320 E. McCarty St.



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“A Home for the Holidays: Jefferson City Sings for Safe Housing,” 6:30 p.m., Miller Performing Arts Center, 501 Madison St.

Jefferson City Council Meeting, 6 p.m., City Hall Public Hearing Room, 320 E. McCarty St.












Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting, 6 p.m., Rotary Park on Bolivar Street

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, 7:30 p.m., Stained Glass Theatre, 830 E. High St.

Old Munichberg Christkindelfest, 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Ashley Street

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, 7:30 p.m., Stained Glass Theatre, 830 E. High St.

Living Windows, 6 – 9 p.m., Downtown Jefferson City

Candlelight Tours, 2 – 4 p.m., Governor’s Mansion

Candlelight Tours, 6:30 – 9 p.m., Governor’s Mansion

Jefferson City Christmas Parade, 4:30 p.m., Downtown Jefferson City



8 Dec. 8 and 9 The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, 7:30 p.m., Stained Glass Theatre, 830 E. High St.




The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Stained Glass Theatre, 830 E. High St.



17 The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, 7:30 p.m., Stained Glass Theatre, 830 E. High St.

Dec. 15 and 16 The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, 7:30 p.m., Stained Glass Theatre, 830 E. High St.













Jefferson City Council Meeting, 6 p.m., City Hall Public Hearing Room, 320 E. McCarty St.




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[ In This Section ]

[ At home]


Holiday Home Tour


Designer’s Palette


Wreath Wonderland


Hit List

[ A t HOME ] holiday home tour

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for Christmas

By Lauren Sable Freiman Photos by Chris Hollaway

At Jami Wade’s house, Christmas decorations aren’t limited to the traditional green and red adornments. In fact, nothing related to Christmas decorations is limited at all. Jefferson City Magazine | 21

Striped stockings and greenery entwined with white lights create a cozy holiday scene at the hearth.

Wade says that while growing up, her mother always went all out during the holidays, and she is committed to carrying on the same tradition in the home she shares with her husband, Shannon. “I decorate every room in our home,” Wade says of the house that Shannon completely restored during the course of a year. “Christmas is such a magical time of the year, and it brings us great joy and adds an enormous amount of warmth and beauty to our house.” For Wade, the week of Thanksgiving is when preparations for the season begin. She digs out the boxes of shiny, bright mercury ornaments she loves, and she accents them with lots of greenery to create the perfect blend of texture, color and soft lighting — her three favorite things about Christmas decorations. The decorations have been designed to match the décor of each room. If a room has orange, the Christmas décor for that space will incorporate that accent color. Her home is always dressed for the season by the time family arrives for Thanksgiving, but Wade says she’ll fuss with greenery, ribbon and ornaments all season long, right up to the time she packs up for the year after the Feast of the Epiphany. “I love beautiful spaces, and decorating for Christmas is akin to dressing your house up for a very special season, much like we dress ourselves up for Christmas Eve service,” Wade says.

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Wade's three favorite things about Christmas decorations: texture, color and soft lighting.

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Wade says she and Shannon also spend an enormous amount of time, energy and money lighting the exterior of the home. The couple has even won the Christmas Elegance category in Jefferson City’s Christmas lights competition. “We often hear from strangers how much they love the lights, and that’s enough to ensure that they will be put up every year,” Wade says. Although Wade loves the task of decorating her home for the holidays, this year’s decorations won’t feature any new touches. Instead, she will focus her creative energy on decorating her new downtown wine bar and cafe, Capitol City CORK and Provisions. “All I can think about is how I will be decorating this new space for the holidays,” Wade says. “We have Christmas parties scheduled, so I cannot wait to get my shop dressed up and decorated for those parties. I want it to be magical for our customers.” n

A white poins ettia sits on a rustic mini sled atop the dining table .

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The decorations have been designed to match the dĂŠcor of each room. If a room has orange, the Christmas dĂŠcor for that space will incorporate that accent color.

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[ A t HOME ] designer's palette


All items from Petals for You • (573) 761-9300 830 E. High St. • Jefferson City • ➊ Double-shade table lamp by Uttermost Co., $ 264.50; ➋ Crystal-enhanced tassel, $12; ➌ 36-inch round metal strap wall clock, $284; ➍ Custom-designed Fairfield twisted leg occasional chair with leather seat and upholstered back, $918; ➎ Cozy felt rosette accent pillow, $36; ➏ Resin-textured pine cone accent finial, $47; ➐ Lumbar pillow, reverse pattern, Bailey Street, $52.

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[ A t HOME ] holiday

Wreath Wonderland

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➊ photos by Chris Hollaway

Deck the halls this holiday season with wreaths and swags that reflect your taste and spirit.

➊ Spirit of the stag. From Petals for You, 830 E. High St.; ➋ Candy cane delight. From Petals for You, 830 E. High St.; ➌ Purple holiday glory. From River City Florist, 212 Madison; ➍ Mizzou majesty. From River City Florist, 212 Madison; 5 Snowman swagger. Schaefer House, 618 Broadway

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Sparkle and Shimmer All items from Calena's Fashions, 275 Karen Drive, Holts Summit

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➊ Mademoiselle scarf in blue and gray, $22. Grace hat, $47; ➋ Cartise top, $145.99. Puli scarf with fur trim, $121.99; ➌ Cartise dress in navy, $360.99. B&B rhinestone necklace, $18.99; ➍ Stephanie beaded bag, $37.99. Ms. Ashley formal bag in silver, $42.99; ➎ C. Alexander belt, $69.99; ➏ Maria rhinestone ring, $19.99. Ethel & Myrtle bracelet, $13.99; ➐ Tru Luxe Jean in dark wash, $101.99; ➑ Periwinkle beaded bracelet (gray), $15.95. Ms. Ashley bracelet (black with rhinestones), $16.99. In His Image bracelet (blue), $12.99.

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[ In This Section ]

[ A t wo r k ]


Made in Mid-Missouri


Business Profile


Person You Should Know




City Character


Business Briefs


The Dish

[ A t WORK ] business feature


By Anita Neal Harrison Photos by Chris Hollaway

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ave you ever noticed that when it comes to gift giving, choosing something with a local tie is often seen as a sign of thoughtfulness? Susie Schaefer Hinds, owner of The Schaefer House, believes it’s because people are drawn to stories. “It’s much more personal,” she says of purchasing a good made locally. “It’s knowing you aren’t just buying a product, you are buying a reputation because these are local people who are willing to put their names out there.” Several local retailers offer goods made right here in mid-Missouri. At The Schaefer House, located at 618 Broadway, are “Life’s Little Care Package” greeting cards by Easton Publishing Company, a family-owned Jefferson City business. These beautiful keepsake cards feature hand-drawn illustrations by Missouri artist Shelly Reeves Smith and heartfelt verses from poet Kerry Boone of northwest Arkansas. The cards are printed locally by Modern Litho-Print Co. Also at The Schaefer House are “FamilyTree Collection” artwork and jewelry, created by Jefferson City artist Scott Loethen. This custom artwork celebrates family with unique graphic tree designs sprouting names.

At Amie B & Orchid Emporium, 3004 W. Truman Blvd., shoppers can browse a special section in the store named “The Best of Missouri Gourmet and Gifts” and find mid-Missouri represented by artists Jean Gaddy, who works in a variety of mediums; Kathy Padburg, who creates painted porcelain; and Julie Agee, who makes airbrushed glass ornaments. Terri Plank, who owns Amie B with her daughter, Amie Creed, and business partner, Jake Seifert, says the Missouri section is a major draw to the store, as many customers will come in specifically to find Missouri items. She says inspiration for the section came several years ago when she was asked by a pharmacy association to put together gift baskets filled with Missouri goods. “I thought there was a market here,” she says. D&D Main Street Market, 1937 W. Main St., has also found success offering local goods. The market has locally grown seasonal produce and plants, including hundreds of annuals and perennials, and it also offers consignment space to fellow local entrepreneurs selling handmade candles, bags, cards, hats, pillows and various crafted goods.

Top photos: "FamilyTree Collection" artwork and jewelry by local artist Scott Loethen, available at The Schaefer House. Bottom photo: Painted porcelain by mid-Missouri artist Kathy Padburg, available at Amie B & Orchid Emporium.

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Inside an inviting Victorian home in the Old Munichburg section of Jefferson City lies a remarkable collection of locally produced art: rings, necklaces, bracelets and other fine adornments from award-winning jewelry designer Kas Jacquot.

out that several of the artists will work on commission, so if shoppers find something they like but need it bigger or in a different color, there’s a good chance the artist will be able to accommodate their wishes. Such personalized service is a compelling reason for shopping locally, says Mark Mehmert, community development manager with the Jefferson City Chamber of Commerce. Other reasons include the positive impact on the local economy and potential environmental benefits connected to decreased transportation of goods. But above all, Mehmert, like Schaefer Hinds, sees that the greatest motivator for purchasing local goods is a sense of connection. “These are your neighbors and friends you’re buying from,” he says. “It’s one of those things that grows a community.” n

“I make heirloom-quality jewelry,” she says. “I make jewelry to last.”

the design to casting; now she involves a few sets of hands in the process. Jacquot is still the one to draw the design and select the gemstones. Her daughter then uses a computer to draw a model compatible with a milling machine, which Jacquot uses to carve the model into wax. Next, a master jeweler completes the casting. Before the resulting work of art finds a home in a Kas A Designs display case, Jacquot personally inspects the piece to ensure its quality.

In the past, Jacquot would do all of the work for one of her pieces, from drawing

Jacquot’s favorite part of her work is collaborating with customers who want a

“Most of the jewelry that is on display is jewelry I make,” Jacquot says of the merchandise inside her store, Kas A Designs. Jacquot specializes in innovative designs featuring top-quality colored gemstones and diamonds. Her many awards and recognitions include winning the Saul Bell International Design Competition and in 2003 taking first place in three categories of the Missouri Jewelers and Watch Makers Design Competition.

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photo courtesy of Kas A Designs

Dana Northweather, a D&D Main Street Market owner, says aside from the satisfaction customers feel spending their dollars close to home, there’s an atmosphere of neighborliness that people find inviting. Customers feel comfortable asking for help and advice. “We know what we’re talking about,” Northweather says. “We can give people information, like with all our plants we sell, we’re knowledgeable about them. With the local produce, we can tell people how it’s grown. We help people out to their cars.” There’s a similar personal dynamic at the local artisan co-op TheARTBazaar, 114 E. High St., says co-op member Andy Cleeton. Some 30 artisans participate in the cooperative, and it’s the artisans themselves who staff the store. “You do get the opportunity to discuss the work,” Cleeton says. She also points

personalized piece. It’s another example of the kind of service that sets local shops apart. “When I make jewelry for the display cases, it’s all my taste; it’s how the stone inspires me,” Jacquot says. “What I really like to do is custom work because then I get to know the personalities and tastes of the people I’m creating for, and that’s my real love.”

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business profile

Half a Century of Family, Friends and

Homemade Pizza

When Arris’ Pizza opened in Jefferson City in 1961, a gallon of gas cost 27 cents and the Ken doll made his debut as Barbie’s boyfriend. That year, Arris Pardalos, an immigrant from Greece, decided to share his love of pizza, family and friends with Jefferson City. 40 | November/December 2011

By Lori Tomlin

ABOVE: Arris' co-owner Arris Pardalos tosses pizza dough in the air. The Jefferson City restaurant celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.

It was a time that our community didn’t have many pizza restaurants and completely lacked one like Arris’. The family opened its first Arris’ Pizza at the same location it is today, 117 W. High St., across from the Capitol building. Originally, Capital Movie Theater was on the same block, and many locals still recall watching a man in the window of Arris' flip the pizza dough. “I was about 16, and it was cool to take your girl uptown to see the ‘pre-show’ at Arris’ while waiting to get in the theater,” says longtime resident James Rowden. “You were even cooler if you took her to Arris’ for pizza after the movie.” Over the years, Arris’ Pizza has transformed its appearance and grown, but only the bricks have changed. The mortar of good food, service and atmosphere has remained solid. The restaurant is more than a historic landmark in Jefferson City that now fills the space of three buildings at its original location; it’s a fond memory for those who grew up with it and now raise their families here. Kelly Timbers replays memories of her childhood with a big smile on her face. “My mom and I used to come to Arris’ once a month for pizza as a treat, and now that I’m a mom, I do the same with my girls,” she says. “Except for we come more like two or three times a month.” So how does a homemade pizza recipe turn into a half-century of success? It’s the driving force of motivation that brings good

food, family and friends together at one table. Arris Pardalos and his wife, Georgia, knew from the beginning that as long as they kept those three ingredients undiluted, they would succeed. The original Arris’ Pizza in Jefferson City is still owned by Arris and Georgia Pardalos, and they take pride in sharing that ownership with their son, George, and his wife, Olga. The family business has expanded past their original expectations, and Arris’ Pizza is now a franchise opportunity for entrepreneurs who share the family’s passion for homemade pizza, family and friends. You can find Arris’ Pizza locations in Columbia, Osage Beach, Fulton, Springfield and Owasso, Okla. It must be true that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree because George and Olga Pardalos took the same road as Arris and Georgia and realized their dream of creating a home away from home for patrons when they opened Arris’ Bistro & Liquid Lounge in Jefferson City. As the legacy continues, it’s hard to imagine what another 50 years will bring for the family of Arris’ Pizza. When posed with the question at her favorite pizza place, 5-year-old Hannah Martens probably said it best: “As long as they make this pizza, wait, Mom, what kind is this?” Mom whispers, “Poseidon” in her ear, and Hannah chirps, “So-pie-don, I’ll be here with my babies,” as she holds up mermaid Barbie and her boyfriend, Ken. n

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[ A t WORK ] person you should know

Ken Littlefield President, Central Bank

Family: Wife, Ann; daughters, Amanda and Lindsay; and son, Brett Education: B.S. and M.A., economics, University of Central Missouri Community Involvement: Director of Capital Region Medical Center, past president of Jefferson City Public Schools Foundation, president of Jefferson City Country Club, chairman-elect of Missouri Bankers Association “My office has a nice view of Jefferson City and the Missouri River. My desk is cluttered. My favorite tech tool at work is my computer because a lot of business decisions and employee communication is conducted by email. Work is where I go to focus on bank business and where I work with the officers and employees to improve the bank’s performance. When I get to the office in the morning, the first thing I do is read the financial news and look at my email inbox. At the end of the day, the first thing I do is go home and watch the evening news or attend various community events. ”

photo by Chris Hollaway

The last thing I expected when I started this job was the amount of time I spend in meetings. My family thinks I work too much. Most people don’t know that I grew up on a family farm that was established in 1881 by my great-grandfather, who was in the calvary during the Civil War. My favorite website is the Wall Street Journal. My favorite U. S. president is Abraham Lincoln. When I was a kid, John Wayne was my hero. Now, our military soldiers are my heroes. Someday when I retire, I will do more community work. n Jefferson City Magazine | 43

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The Samaritan Center Makes Holidays Go Round for Those in Need By Abbe Meyer

The numbers are significant: More than 1,600 families in need from six counties (Cole, Osage, Maries, Miller, Moniteau and Southern Callaway) receive aid each month from Jefferson City’s Samaritan Center. The social service organization’s administrators and more than 600 local volunteers work to improve the conditions of disadvantaged people not only through food and clothing support but also by providing vital services such as medical and dental. The network of services makes the Samaritan Center a unique model of giving. “We are not just a food pantry,” says Marylyn DeFeo, executive director of the center. “Other organizations in Missouri do not do what we do. We provide any human needs service that people need but can’t get any place else.” But according to DeFeo, physical provision pales in comparison to the value of the emotional support that those in need find at the shelter. “Most important to us is that we are here to give a helping hand and a listening ear,” she says. “We give people a feeling of self-worth.” “Our goal is to try to help people help themselves first,” DeFeo says. “For example, people at this level sometimes don’t even know that they are qualified for tax credits. Our volunteers help them find their own money so that they can pay their own bills.” 46 | November/December 2011

How they help others

The volunteer network for the Samaritan Center includes a group of local professionals and supporters who provide the following services: Medical and dental care. Doctors, nurses and nurse practitioners staff a weekly clinic that treats people age 18 and older who are at poverty level and have no other kind of medical insurance. Paperwork is completed by volunteers for chronically ill people who may qualify for free medicine through special programs. Dentists see patients by appointment. Legal care program. Screeners perform intake work and assign legal cases to pro bono attorneys who take non-criminal cases (custody, divorce, landlord disputes and immigration). Tax assistance. During tax season, volunteers assist with filling out tax forms. Basic goods. Food and clothing can be obtained once a month, plus baby items such as food, formula and car seats. Children’s supplies. In the fall, school supplies top the list of needs, but throughout the year the Samaritan Center provides special supplies for kids to help build selfesteem and meet their needs. For example, kids receive valentines and Halloween costumes, and once a month the Book Buddy Program delivers free refreshments and books (compliments of Scholastic) to foster a love of reading.

Neal E. Boyd (left) will team up with Mike Michelson (right) to bring holiday joy (and funds) to the Samaritan Center.

America’s Got Talent Winner To Sing for Samaritan Center and Lincoln University Who: Neal E. Boyd, 2008 America’s Got Talent winner Where: Richardson Auditorium, Lincoln University When: Nov. 18 at 7:30 p.m.

Cold weather and holiday needs

For the holidays, individuals or organizations can “adopt” a family or a senior citizen. Estimated monetary commitment to adopt a family of five is $170 (to cover gifts and family meal). A Christmas day basket and hot meal helps a senior citizen. Download an adoption commitment form at Santa’s Workshop helps families who weren’t adopted for the holiday; parents of children under age 12 may select two toys for each child. In 2010, Santa’s Workshop provided gifts for more than 750 children. Donate money or new toys valued at $10 (the center requests all toys stay at equal value for parents to choose at equal levels) by Nov. 20 to support this program. In addition, winter clothing items such as coats and gloves are available, and heating bill assistance is possible for some families. n For more information: The Samaritan Center, 1310 E. McCarty, Jefferson City, (573) 634-7776,

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Why: 100 percent of ticket sales will be split between Lincoln University and the Samaritan Center. Ticket info: $15 each, available at Richardson Auditorium box office The scoop: Local musician extraordinaire Mike Michelson met Boyd about 10 years ago, when Boyd, a Sikeston native, was working as a state rep intern in Jefferson City. Since then, the two have stayed friends, and when Michelson wanted to create an event to give back to the Jefferson City community, Boyd stepped up. A pop opera singer, Boyd brought down the house and took home first place in the America’s Got Talent competition in 2008. Since then, he’s been playing Vegas shows and recorded his debut album, My American Dream. A musician for 50 years, professionally for 38, Michelson says he is still impacted every time he listens to Boyd’s music. “Every time I hear him sing, I get goose bumps,” Michelson says. “He’s that good. Electrifying.” Michelson says it will be a night of music full of spontaneity and humor. Offering local support, Michelson on piano, Will West on guitar and Dr. David Marty on drums will accompany Boyd’s vocal stylings. Note: Watch for Boyd to be more than a musical entertainer in the future; he’s running for Missouri House of Representatives in 2012. Visit

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Capitol Plaza Hotel Lutz’s BBQ Arris’ Pizza Palace Arris’ Bistro Hy-Vee Madison’s Cafe O’Donoghue’s Domenico’s The Ecco Lounge

Summit Lake Winery Ecowater BK Bakery Coffee Zone Oscar’s Classic Diner Prison Brews Argyle Catering Co. J. Pfenny’s La Maison

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[ A t WORK ] city character

Millbottom Born and Bred, George H. Ousley Jr. On Dec. 1, when the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting at Rotary Centennial Park on Bolivar Street ushers in the holiday season, George H. Ousley Jr. will be in attendance. For Ousley, whose donations have supported the tradition from its conception in 2007, this event is more than a seasonal celebration. It’s a homecoming to an area where hard work, pool hall tournaments and fatherly advice still echo loudly for him.

Born in 1948 to parents George and Hazel (Qualls), Ousley and older sister Marilyn grew up in Millbottom, an area east of High Street, sandwiched between Clay Street and the State Capitol and bordered by the Missouri River. “It was a great place to grow up,” Ousley says. “Everybody knew everybody. Nobody locked their doors.” In this working-class neighborhood, peppered with bars and pawn shops, young Ousley found success with a cue stick. “I just enjoyed playing pool, and I was pretty good at it,” says Ousley, who played tournaments throughout the state and hustled his way through his teenage years.

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A graduate of St Peter’s Parish School Ousley attended Jefferson City High School but dropped out in 1965. Before he turned 18, he enlisted in the Navy, served as an engine mechanic aboard the USS Princeton and married after his first tour of duty during the Vietnam War. Two tours later, in 1969, he was discharged. Returning to Jefferson City and now supporting two sons, Jay and Greg, Ousley began thinking seriously about his life. With his mother an LPN and his father a city worker, he had a strong work ethic. “I remember my dad in snow storms, and they would be shoving cinders from the back of those city trucks,” Ousley says. Alongside those memories, his father’s advice — “Do what you gotta do so you can do what you wanna do” — struck a chord with him. Ousley accepted a job with Crown Finance on High Street. Two years later, he joined Berlin-Wheeler and met his future business partner, Wayne Sells. Sells, who attended night classes at Columbia College, suggested Ousley join him. Ousley, now divorced, remarried and supporting five children, wanted to increase his income but hesitated until he discovered the G.I. Bill would pay his

expenses. For the next three and a half years, Ousley combined his 8-to-5 job in Jefferson City with driving to Columbia for classes three nights a week. He graduated with a B.A. in 1978. In 1979 Ousley partnered with Sells, and together they built a successful medical collection agency called Medicredit Corporation. Ousley credits his success to his Millbottom upbringing and his family’s values. His father’s sayings such as, “If you’re going to do banking, Son, go in and see the banker; let him know you,” still guide his life today. Semi-retired, Ousley enjoys life with his wife of 14 years, Gayleen (Garriott). He calls Columbia home and provides local scholarships through the Ousley Family Veterans Service Center at Columbia College and also helps support two 31st Day Sobriety Houses. Yet, he misses the unique character of his hometown. “The people that I talk to, they're just nice people in Jeff City,” he says. “I just love Jeff City. I like the little slower pace.” In Jefferson City, Ousley owns property on High Street and across from the new Federal Courthouse. He also honors his father and son Jay in Centennial Park, where two plaques grace

identical columns. His father, who died in 1994, retired from the City of Jefferson and received the key to the city. His son George “Jay” H. Ousley III died in a car accident in 1988 while serving in the Navy. Two metal benches on High Street further memorialize these two men, who meant the world to Ousley. Financing the Christmas Tree Lighting with decorations, refreshments and Santa Claus continues to be a top priority. “It’s a nice thing for the community, brings people together,” Ousley says, noting that the revitalization of the area makes him smile. Ousley is also working on ways to award Jefferson City teachers: “I just think that’s the key to the future of this country, the teaching system.” For now, Ousley enjoys spending time with his grandchildren: Greg’s children, Spencer Jay and Grace Elizabeth Ousley, and step grandchildren Ryan and Ashlee Schlueter and Blake and Jacy Helton. He hopes to instill in them the Millbottom values of hard work and community that he learned growing up, perhaps best said on his father’s Centennial Park plaque: “…a place where there was tremendous respectability in an honest day’s work.” n

TheMayor’sChristmasTreeLighting Date: Dec. 1 Time: 6 p.m. Location: Rotary (Centennial) Park on Bolivar Street Description: Entertainment, refreshments and a visit from Santa Claus Call: (573) 632-2820 Cost: Free

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[ A t wo r k ] business briefs

Business Briefs St. Mary’s earns ‘top performer’ distinction

St. Mary’s Health Center has been named one of the nation’s top performers in clinical quality measures by The Joint Commission, the nation’s main accreditor of health care organizations. St. Mary’s is the only mid-Missouri hospital and one of only 405 hospitals nationwide to earn the distinction this year. St. Mary’s was recognized based on evidence-based clinical processes shown to improve care for certain conditions, including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care and children’s asthma. Inclusion on the list is based on accountability measures reported to The Joint Commission during the previous calendar year. St. Mary’s was recognized as a top performer in four of the five categories, including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care.

Capital Region quality analyst receives certification Dana Downing, quality analyst at Capital Region Medical Center, recently passed the examination to earn the distinguished credential Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality. The granting of CPHQ status recognizes professional and academic achievement by individuals in the field of health care quality management. The comprehensive body of knowledge includes quality management, quality improvement, case/care/ disease/utilization management and risk management at all employment levels and in all health care settings. The CPHQ program is fully accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies of the National Organization for Competency Assurance in Washington, D.C. It is the only international voluntary certification program in the field of health care quality management to achieve this accreditation.

Kas A Designs named one of America’s Coolest Small Jewelry Stores Kas A Designs has been named one of America's Coolest Small Jewelry Stores by INSTORE, the magazine for American jewelry store owners. The Jefferson City business took fourth place in the Small Cool division for stores with five or fewer employees. A total of 116 stores entered the 10th annual contest that highlights the best examples of independent jewelry retailers in North America. Stores are judged in exterior appearance, interior appearance, store biography, advertising, website and overall individuality.

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Central Bank sales manager completes Graduate School of Banking Holly Anderson, Central Bank sales manager, attended the 67th annual session of the prestigious Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin in August. The school provides bankers with an opportunity for advanced study and research in banking, economics and leadership.

Alsager joins COMMUNIQUE Inc. Sarah Alsager joined the staff of COMMUNIQUE Inc. As director of new media, Alsager will focus on assisting clients in the areas of social media setup and management, event planning and media relations training. Previously, Alsager was the communications manager at the Jefferson City Convention and Visitors Bureau. COMMUNIQUE Inc. is a strategic communications firm serving local, regional and national clients.

GFI Digital Inc. acquires Advanced Imaging Systems GFI Digital Inc., a firm that provides print management and network services for 15,000 clients across the Midwest, has acquired Jefferson City-based Advanced Image Systems LLC. The transaction, valued at $4.5 million, will enable fast-growing GFI Digital to expand its market presence in mid-Missouri. Rob Goth, who launched Advanced Imaging Systems in 1999, will become a regional sales manager for GFI. Goth’s staff is joining him in the move to GFI. GFI is projecting an all-time high of more than $45 million in revenues in fiscal 2011. The firm employs more than 200 people.

Capital Region Medical Center welcomes new member to board of directors The board of directors at Capital Region Medical Center is pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Lisa Kolb. Kolb serves the mid-Missouri community as an internal medicine physician specializing in diseases and disorders of the kidneys, otherwise known as nephrology. A physician at CCMA for more than 15 years, Kolb works alongside other specialists to improve the health of the patients they serve. Kolb also consults with patients undergoing dialysis, a process by which a machine functions as the kidneys for a patient’s survival.

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[ A t wo r k ] the dish

Winter Comfort Pork chops with mashed sweet potatoes and red cabbage at O’Donoghue’s Steaks and Seafood

When I think of my favorite comfort food for winter, I think of O’Donoghue’s pork chops with mashed sweet potatoes and red cabbage on the side. It is yummy! The pork chop is always cooked perfectly juicy with just the right amount of pepper to complement the sweetness of the sweet potatoes and slight tartness of the red cabbage. If you’re looking for a great atmosphere and a great dish that will warm you up and satisfy your taste buds this winter, be sure to try O’Donoghue’s. You won’t be disappointed!

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Here they are:

the top dogs in our inaugural "Best of Jefferson City" readers’ poll! Earlier this year, more than 1,700 readers cast their votes for their favorite people, places and businesses in Jefferson City. Votes were submitted online — one allowed per computer — or via paper ballot (ballots were numbered sequentially to maintain integrity and avoid photocopying of ballots). Browse this guide to the 2011 winners, and keep it around all year to know where and whom to go to for the best burgers, best place to get your car fixed, best coffee, best real estate agent and much more — all recommended by the readers of Jefferson City Magazine. Look around town for banners and signs identifying the winners. Watch Jefferson City Magazine in 2012 for your chance to vote for your favorites again next year! Jefferson City Magazine | 59

shopping and services

Best Hair Salon: Marshall and Company

Best Hair Salon First Place (tie): Head Lines Salon. Whether you want California glamour or New York sophistication, Head Lines’ highly educated stylists use their savvy skills to keep your tresses on the fashionable side of punk. Because all stylists are graduates of the Aquage Academy, you’ll come away completely satisfied and knowing that their No. 1 focus was on you. 1739 Elm Court Plaza, Suites 205 and 206, (573) 635-7775 First Place (tie): Marshall and Company. There’s nothing better than a perfect hue for your hair, and Marshall and Company’s elite cosmetologists bring their expertise in an ultra comfortable salon. Owner Kim Marshall will ensure that your visit is fun and cutting-edge perfect as she and her stylists work their artistry. 2421 W. Edgewood, Suite G, (573) 634-0032 Second Place: Bella Capelli, 502 Mulberry St., (573) 659-0610 Third Place: The Loft, 3405 W. Truman Blvd., No. 100, (573) 634-3007 Honorable Mention: Catherine Crum, 3237 W. Truman Blvd., Suite 200, (573) 893-HAIR Honorable Mention: LaSienne, 110 Bolivar St., (573) 636-4699

Best Wine Selection First Place: Abiy’s International Wines. What’s more relaxing than sipping a new wine from an exotic local? When you’re looking for the perfect wine adventure, Abiy’s brings you a selection of spirits from all over the world. Owner Abiy Hailu, known across town for his expertise and friendliness, will be pleased to assist you in finding a new flavor to tempt your palate. 3702 W. Truman Blvd., (573) 893-3299 Second Place: Summit Lake Winery, 1707 S. Summit Drive, Holts Summit, (573) 896-9966 Third Place: Capital City CORK and Provisions, 124 E. High St., (573) 632-2675 60 | November/December 2011

Best Home Furnishings Store First Place: JC Mattress. Don’t let the title fool you; this showroom has it all. And it’s huge. If you’re not careful, you might miss the elegant four-poster arrangement or the unique folding coffee table. Test the samples, get fresh ideas, and come away with the perfect piece. If you love new furniture, get ready to explore. 4725 Horner Road, (573) 893-8361 Second Place: Missouri Furniture, 908 U.S. Highway 54 W., (573) 634-6261 Third Place: The Schaefer House, 618 Broadway, (573) 635-8877 Honorable Mention: Petals for You, 830 E. High St., (573) 690-6131

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Best Place to Buy a New Car First Place: Riley’s. Go ahead, sniff the new car smell as the folks at Riley’s take your vehiclepurchasing experience from neutral to overdrive with their superior selection and high regard for customer service. Put the pedal to the floor for a test drive, and race through no-hassle financing. You’ll appreciate their user-friendly website, too. 2033 Christy Drive, (573) 634-2324 Second Place: Mike Kehoe, 807 Southwest Blvd., (573) 634-4444 Third Place: Corwin, 3215 Missouri Blvd., (573) 893-7767 Honorable Mention: Carroll Rehma, Highway 50, (573) 635-4916

Best Place to Buy a Used Car First Place: Mike Kehoe, 807 Southwest Blvd., (573) 634-4444 Second Place: Riley’s, 2033 Christy Drive, (573) 634-2324 Third Place: Corwin, 3215 Missouri Blvd., (573) 893-7676 Honorable Mention: Carroll Rehma, Hwy 50, (573) 635-4916 62 | November/December 2011

Best Paint and Body Shop First Place: Fischer Body Shop. Kapow! Crunch! Oh, man! Don’t you hate it when a deer decides to have your truck for lunch? That’s not a problem for Fischer Body Shop. They’ll have your truck looking better than ever in no time at all. Check out the before and after pictures on the Web to see what they can do. 2816 W. Main St., (573) 635-3154 Second Place: Xtreme Body & Paint, 1007 Lomo Drive, (573) 893-8722 Third Place: Body Magic & Boyce Auto Body, 4514 Country Club Drive, (573) 636-9199

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Best Florist: River City

Best Florist First Place: River City, 212 Madison St., (573) 634-3737

Best Hardware/ Home Improvement Store

Second Place: Busch’s, 620 Madison St., (573) 636-7113

First Place: Lowe’s, 3441 Missouri Blvd., (573) 638-2400

Third Place: Hy-Vee, 3721 W. Truman Blvd., (573) 893-2505

Second Place: Westlake Ace Hardware, 2305 Missouri Blvd., (573) 636-2189

Best Heating and A/C Company First Place: Stieferman Heating and Cooling, 3526 Rock Ridge Road, (573) 635-3547 Second Place: Woodman Engineering, 21 Commerce Drive, (573) 893-3131

Third Place: Menards, 810 Stonecreek Drive, (573) 638-0603 Honorable Mention: Scrugg’s Lumber, 1707 Christy Drive, (573) 635-6881

Best Landscaping/Lawn Maintenance

Third Place: Aire Serv, 2521 E. McCarty St., (573) 636-4490

First Place: Mueller Landscaping, 4834 Country Club Drive, (573) 415-8205

Honorable Mention: Bemboom Heating and Cooling, 2704 Cedarwood Court, (573) 257-1773

Third Place: All Seasons, 2417 Southridge Drive, (573) 638-3700

Second Place: Wiggins Company Ground Care, (573) 291-3801 Honorable Mention: Central Missouri Turf & Ground Control, P.O. Box 105828, (573) 634-2231 Jefferson City Magazine | 65

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Best Place to Splurge on Her First Place: Kas A Designs, 308 W. Dunklin St., (573) 634-8198 Second Place: Southbank Gift Company, 110 E. High St., (573) 659-4438 Third Place: Riversong, 109 W. Ashley St., (573) 636-9796 Honorable Mention: Saffee’s, 227 E. High St., (573) 636-4512

Best Nursery/ Garden Center First Place: Longfellow’s. How does her garden grow so beautifully? With the materials and know-how provided by Alice Longfellow and her team of artistic horticulturists. Even if you’re not planning to dig in the dirt any time soon, you’ll be tempted after perusing Longfellow’s beautiful displays. Fun to visit for anyone who loves Mother Nature, there’s more than just a touch of garden to this garden center. 12007 Lookout Trail, Centertown, (573) 584-9611 Second Place: Dix Nursery, 3235 N. 10 Mile Drive, (573) 893-2422 Third Place: Price’s, 2304 Lorenzo Greene Drive, (573) 632-1909

Best Place for Fashion Accessories First Place: Calena’s, 275 Karen Drive, Holts Summit, (573) 896-5091 Second Place: Kohl’s, 715 Stoneridge Blvd., (573) 638-3488 Third Place: Southbank, 110 E. High St., (573) 659-4438 Honorable Mention: Saffee’s, 227 E. High St., (573) 636-4512 66 | November/December 2011

Best Place to Splurge on Him First Place (tie): Samuel’s Tuxedos and Gifts, 236 E. High St., (573) 634-7267 First Place (tie): Lowe’s, 3441 Missouri Blvd., (573) 638-2400 Second Place: Best Buy, 3225 Missouri Blvd., (573) 893-8410 Third Place: Dillard’s, 3600 Country Club Drive, (573) 893-4497

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Best Place for Home Accents First Place: The Schaefer House, 618 Broadway, (573) 635-8877 Second Place: Southbank Gift Company, 110 E. High St., (573) 659-GIFT

The Schaefer House

Third Place: Petals for You, 830 E. High St., (573) 761-9300

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Best Place to Buy Antiques First Place: Missouri Boulevard Antique Mall, 1415 Missouri Blvd., (573) 636-5636 Second Place: Yellow Moon Antique Mall, 508 Broadway, (573) 893-6627 Third Place: Frenchie’s Antique Mall & Cafe, 5505 Business 50 W., (573) 893-2015

Best Place for Fine Jewelry Best Pest Control First Place: Kas A Designs, 308 W. Dunklin St., (573) 634-8198 Second Place: Dallmeyer’s, 223 E. High St., (573) 636-8184 Third Place: Vandelicht’s, 3702 W. Truman Blvd., Suite 209, (573) 635-4884 Honorable Mention: Blue Diamond, 1803 Missouri Blvd., Suite A, (573) 634-4241

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First Place: Steve’s Pest Control, 190 N. Greenway, Holts Summit, (573) 896-4868 Second Place: Art’s Pest Control, 429 W. Miller St., (573) 634-3299 Third Place: Denning Pest Control, 622 Delaware St., Suite B, (573) 636-6351

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Best Place for Women’s Fashions First Place: Saffee’s. Enjoy the 10-10-10 advising that comes with this elegant shopping experience. You’ll find current styles as your personal shopper gives you tips on how to look 10 pounds lighter and 10 years younger in 10 minutes or less. When you want beautiful clothes and a beautiful look, try Saffee’s. 227 E. High St., (573) 636-4512 Second Place: Calena’s, 275 Karen Drive, Holts Summit, (573) 896-5091 Third Place: Kohl’s, 715 Stoneridge Blvd., (573) 638-3488

Best Place for Best Place for Cosmetic Procedures Men’s Clothes Honorable Mention: Dillard’s, 3600 Country Club Drive, (573) 893-4497

First Place: JCMG Laser and Vein Center. Medical expertise takes on a comfortable, beautiful vibe at JCMG Laser and Vein. At the state-of-the-art facility, guests benefit from vein care, skin care, facial renewal, body contouring and more with help from friendly, discreet and knowledgeable technicians. Check out the website for great discounts and fun event info. 2511 W. Edgewood, (573) 761-5277 Second Place: New Skinsations¸751 W. Stadium Blvd., Suite C, (573) 659-7546 Third Place: Dr. Barbara Howard, 3241 W. Truman Blvd., (573) 635-9668 72 | November/December 2011

First Place: Dillard’s, 3600 Country Club Drive, (573) 893-4497 Second Place: Samuel’s, 236 E. High St., (573) 634-7267 Third Place: Kohl’s, 715 Stoneridge Blvd., (573) 638-3488

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Best Beer Selection First Place: J. Pfenny’s Sports Grill & Pub. Revel in the amazing beer selection as you saunter up to the carved wood bar. Armed with a comfortable atmosphere and more than 60 types of bottled beer from Bud to Moose Drool, the business's family atmosphere will enhance your drinking experience. A full menu and bar complement more than 15 brews on tap. 217 E. High St., (573) 644-9999 Second Place: Prison Brews, 305 Ash St., (573) 635–0678 Third Place: Abiy’s International Wines, 3702 W. Truman Blvd., (573) 893-3299 Honorable Mention: Hy-Vee, 3721 W. Truman Blvd., (573) 893-2505

Dan Pfenenger, J. Pfenny's

Best Place for Friendly Banking First Place: Central Bank. Serving mid-Missouri for more than a century, this bank’s cornerstone is family values. With a heart for the community, Central Bank has always been integral through charitable giving, encouraging staff to volunteer and being ready to go the extra mile for the customer. And with this economy on the edge, you’ll be glad to know that Forbes recently recognized Central Bank as one of America’s best banks. 238 Madison St., (573) 634-1111 Second Place: Hawthorn, 132 E. High St., P.O. Box 688, (573) 761-6100 Third Place: Jefferson, 700 Southwest Blvd., (573) 634-0800 74 | November/December 2011

Best Place for Unique Gifts First Place: Southbank Gift Company. It’s Southbank’s signature style to present gifts organized by theme, and you’ll find this shopping experience exquisite. Shop the Vera Bradley collection, explore the jewelry counter, discover the perfect culinary gift, or find help in putting together a gift basket from Jill Bednar and her staff. A huge selection of tasteful items awaits in this elegant boutique near the south bank of the Missouri River. 110 E. High St., (573) 659-4438 Second Place: Initially Yours, 409 W. Miller St., Suite E, (573) 556-8293 Third Place: The Schaefer House, 618 Broadway, (573) 635-8877 Honorable Mention: Carrie’s Hallmark, 117 E. High St., (573) 635-2712

Best Place to Buy Shoes First Place: American Shoe. It’s fashion, it’s history, and it’s part of the community. American Shoe is a five-generation family business housed in a Jefferson City landmark more than 90 years old. Explore the shelves, and peruse the amazing selection of high quality footwear. You just might come away with the best pair of shoes you’ve ever owned. 221 E. High St., (573) 636-8313 Second Place: Shoe Carnival, 3535 Missouri Blvd., No. 115, (573) 659-0620 Third Place: Dillard’s, 3600 Country Club Drive, (573) 893-4497

Best Spa Services First Place: Riversong Spa. Nestled elegantly within the charming atmosphere of an old German home and filled with items to soak away the stress, Riversong creates an atmosphere that draws you in and helps you forget about the world outside. Riversong is a full-service spa, offering head-to-toe stress relief and beauty enhancing services. Stress will seem to wash away under the gentle hands of a trained therapist. 109 W. Ashley St., (573) 636-9796 Second Place: Natural Connections, 3928 Wardsville Road, (573) 636-8582 Third Place: LaSienne, 110 Bolivar St., (573) 636-4699 Honorable Mention: Sydney Broderick, 1907 Boggs Creek Road, (573) 634-4147 Jefferson City Magazine | 75


Best Veterinarian First Place: Dr. Gregory Popp, Weathered Rock Vet Clinic, 2224 Weathered Rock Road, (573) 634-2223 Second Place: Dr. Jim Howard, Animal Medical Center, 610 Dix Road, (573) 636-4626 Third Place: Dr. Greg Boyer, Animal Medical Center, 610 Dix Road, (573) 636-4626

Best Local Band/Musician: Shaman’s Harvest

Best Local Band/Musician First Place: Shaman’s Harvest. Stand up and get rocking with nationally known, local alternative metal band Shaman’s Harvest. Your sorrow will be drowned through amazing guitar attacks and gritty vocals. The group’s standout single “Dragonfly” made it on the Billboard Top 100. Email:, (310) 859-4511 Second Place: 2 Buck Drunk, website:, (573) 694-1234

Best Veterinarian: Dr. Gregory Popp

Third Place: Jason Luebbering & Turnstyle, P.O. Box 540, (573) 635-4101

Best Local Educator First Place (tie): Kim Bowden, Cedar Hill Elementary. How can you have fun but still learn? By having Kim Bowden as your teacher, of course! Caring and compassionate, she treats her students as she’d want someone to treat her own children. Bowden excels in bringing important lessons to students in fun, energetic ways. 1510 Vieth Drive, (573) 659-3160

Jennifer Milne with two of her students

Kim Bowden

First Place (tie): Jennifer Milne, Jefferson City High School. Shakespeare? Grammar? A maze of verb conjugations? Jefferson City High School students understand the relevance of these concepts to their own lives as Jennifer Milne guides them through communication arts. Gifted at developing relationships with her students, she builds respect with them so they will perform at their best. 609 Union St., (573) 659-3050 Second Place: Joni Henderson, Moreau Heights Elementary, 1410 Hough Park, (573) 659-3180 Third Place: Jennifer DeFeo, Thomas Jefferson Middle School, 1201 Fairgrounds Road, (573) 659-3250 Honorable Mention: Peggy Jobe, Southwest Early Childhood Center, 812 St. Mary’s Blvd., (573) 659-3190

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Best Mechanic First Place: Greg Rollins, Rollins Automotive, 2004 Idlewood Court, (573) 761-5119 Second Place: Donnie Braun, Donnie Braun & Sons Auto Repair, 2900 Renns Lake Road, (573) 635-5258 Third Place: Mike Sipi, Sipi 66 Service & Auto Repair, 801 E. High St., (573) 893-8408

Best Dentist First Place: Dr. Dan Teubner, 1801 Stadium Blvd., (573) 635-5525 Second Place: Dr. Jason Dunville, 3237 W. Truman Blvd., (573) 635-2571 Third Place: Dr. Randall Scott, 701 E. High St., (573) 636-7432 Honorable Mention: Dr. Natalie Tungesvik, 994 Diamond Ridge, Suite 200, (573) 635-3576

Best Doctor Best Salon Stylist: Catherine Crum

Best Salon Stylist First Place: Catherine Crum. It’s not often that you find a stylist with international experience, a passion for her community and the cosmetology skills to create amazingly beautiful styles. Business owner, women’s educator and master hair artist Catherine Crum will make sure your cut is more than just a style; it’s a statement to your strength and vitality. 3237 W. Truman Blvd., Suite 200, (573) 893-HAIR Second Place: Kim Marshall, Marshall and Company, 2421 W. Edgewood, Suite G, (573) 634-0032

First Place: Dr. James Weiss. Cough, cough. Time for the doctor! Dr. Weiss and his staff make you a priority and ensure that you and your entire family are met with friendliness and comfort. He’s a Jefferson City icon, a true family doctor who uses his diagnostic gifts to figure out what’s causing that ailment. Family Care Associates, 701 W. High St., (573) 636-3313 Second Place: Dr. Andrew Roudebusch, Capital Family Care, 1500 Southwest Blvd., Suite B, (573) 635-6350 Third Place: Dr. Patrick Poreleder, Associated Family Physicians, 3401 W. Truman Blvd., (573) 761-7979

Third Place: Laura Fretwill, Head Lines Salon, 1739 Elm Court Plaza, Suites 205 and 206, (573) 635-7775

Honorable Mention: Dr. Cindy Leahy, Jefferson City Medical Group, 1241 W. Stadium Blvd., (573) 635-5264

Honorable Mention: Brad Lee, Head Lines Salon, 1739 Elm Court Plaza, Suites 205 and 206, (573) 635-7775

Honorable Mention: Dr. Diane Light, 1505 Southwest Blvd., (573) 634-2620 Jefferson City Magazine | 79


Best Radio Personality

Best Massage Therapist

First Place: Warren Krech, KWOS 950 AM. Volunteerism, patriotism and a little bit of world traveling-ism mark Warren Krech as a real midMissouri treasure. Gifted in speaking, he brings the world to you in ways that will make you think new thoughts. You’ll always know what’s going on around Jefferson City when you tune in to his morning show. 3109 S. Ten Mile Drive, (573) 893-5696

First Place: Bobby Beanland, Health Quest Physicians Group, 3349 American Ave., (573) 635-9655 Second Place: Clint Kircher, Riversong Spa & Salon, 109 W. Ashley St., (573) 636-9796 Third Place: Camilla Weigers, Capital Regional Medical Center, 1432 Southwest Blvd., (573) 632-5614

Second Place: Scotty and Carissa, Clear 99, 3215 LeMone Industrial Blvd., Columbia, (800) 455-KCLR Third Place: Cosmo and JC, Y107, 3215 LeMone Industrial Blvd., Suite 200, (800) 455-1099

Best Financial Adviser First Place: Suzie Nichols. Nichols will help you invest wisely with easyto-understand explanations and no pressure. You know she cares through her involvement in charity work, and her financial expertise is only a part of her many talents. She can really sing! She’s an active member in several musical groups. Edward Jones, 3432 W. Truman Blvd., Suite 100, (573) 761-7466 Second Place: Jeff Boessen, Central Bank, 3533 Country Club Drive, (573) 634-1101 Third Place: Cory Luetkemeyer, Edward Jones, 615 Clark Ave., Suite C, (573) 635-9784

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Best Coach First Place: Phil Pitts, Helias High School, 1305 Swifts Highway, (573) 635-6139 Second Place (tie): Lisa Dey, Jefferson City High School, 609 Union Ave., (573) 659-3059

Second Place (tie): Roger Owens, 3349 American Ave., Suite B, (573) 635-9655

Second Place (tie): Debbie Roslan, Trinity Lutheran School, 812 Stadium Blvd., (573) 636-7807

Second Place (tie): Jamie Showers, Showers Chiropractic & Acupuncture Clinic, 915 Southwest Blvd., Suite H, (573) 635-2225

Third Place: Ted LePage, Jefferson City High School, 609 Union Ave., (573) 659-3059

Third Place: Paul Dupuis, 416 High St., (573) 636-6341

Honorable Mention: Phil Cagle, Jefferson City High School, 609 Union Ave., (573) 659-3059

First Place: Kevin Wheat, Wheat Chiropractic, 3216 Emerald Lane, Suite B, (573) 636-3555

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Best Local Artist First Place: Jim Dyke, News Tribune, P.O. Box 420, (573) 761-0244 Second Place: Mary Kate Johnson, website:, email: art@ Third Place: Dotty Ewers, Dunklin Street Gallery, 121 W. Dunklin St., (573) 893-5635 Honorable Mention: Renee Nilges, website:, email:

First Place: Tony Porter, American Family Insurance, 2717 W. Edgewood Drive, (573) 893-3088 Second Place: Brad Hutchison, State Farm Insurance, 340 W. Truman Blvd., (573) 634-3033 Third Place: Bob Hackman, Winter Dent & Co., P.O. Box 1046, 101 E. McCarty St., (573) 634-2122 Honorable Mention: Greg Kolb, American Family Insurance, 3432 W. Truman Blvd., Suite 102, (573) 635-3240

Best Elected Official Best Lawyer First Place: John Landwehr, Cook Vetter Doerhoff & Landwehr P.C., 231 Madison St., (573) 635-7977 Second Place: Dale Doerhoff, Cook Vetter Doerhoff & Landwehr P.C., 231 Madison St., (573) 635-7977 Third Place (tie): Joe Bednar, Spencer Fane Britt & Browne LLP, 308 E. High St., (573) 634-8116 Third Place (tie): Rudolph Veit, Carson Coil, 515 E. High St., (573) 298-4186 82 | November/December 2011

First Place: Mike Kehoe, Missouri State Senator. Is that warm, buttery smell the scent of flapjacks or excellent senate know-how? Mike Kehoe, a Missouri native, actively works on improving Missouri’s schools, transportation and environment. He keeps in touch with his constituents and keeps active at pancake breakfasts and other community events. 201 W. Capital Ave., Room 429, (573) 751-2076 Second Place: Jeff Hoelscher, Cole County Eastern Commissioner, 301 E. High St., (573) 634-0112 Third Place: Greg White, Cole County Sheriff, 301 E. High St., (573) 634-9160 Honorable Mention: Mike Bernskoetter, Missouri House of Representatives, 201 W. Capitol Ave., Room 234, (573) 751-0665

Honorable Mention: Tim Eubank, American Family Insurance, 800 W. High St., (573) 635-5281

Best Builder First Place: Ken Otke, Ken Otke Construction Company. Looking to add a princess tower or romantic gazebo? Serious experience and quality consultation mark the excellent service you’ll receive as Ken Otke makes sure your dream house is perfect. With his superior customer service and involvement in local charities, you’ll know why he is the best at making your fairy tales come true. 5718 Wardsville Road, (573) 636-3421 Second Place: Kent Bentlage Construction, 30 Summerhill Drive, (573) 893-7057 Third Place: Jude Markway Construction Co., 4812 Wardsville Road, (573) 635-8046 Honorable Mention: Signature Homes, P.O. Box 105738, (573) 659-4663


Best Real Estate Agent First Place: Joyce Bremer. With home sales challenging in today’s economic climate, you want someone who can move your property, and Bremer is the one who can swing that door open. She’ll be pleased to share her advice on how to make your home attractive to future buyers. Loyal, confident and extremely qualified, she ensures that her clients reach the roof in real estate satisfaction. (573) 761-3400 Second Place (tie): Carol Gardner, (573)-761-3460 Second Place (tie): Beth McGeorge, (573) 761-3489 Third Place: Kris Ballage, (573) 761-3419 Honorable Mention: Lyla Stark, (573) 761-3401 Honorable Mention: Dee Dee Mehmert, The Mehmert Group Realtors, 308 E. High St., (573) 636-9994

Best Real Estate Agent: Joyce Bremer

Best TV Personality First Place: Rod Smith. A friendly handshake and a real community ambassador, Rod Smith is more than just a sports director. You’ll love his sense of fun as you tune in at 6 and 10, and you just might see him show up to speak at your graduation or share a big ol’ fish story. KRCG Channel 13, 10188 Old Highway 54 N., New Bloomfield, (573) 896-4534 Second Place: Kermit Miller, KRCG and Teresa Snow, KRCG Third Place: Chester Lampkin, KRCG Honorable Mention: Dick Preston, KRCG

Best Interior Designer First Place (tie): Theresa Heckman, 225 Schaefer Court, (573) 690-9491 First Place (tie): Jane Reed Interior Design, 729 Hobbs Road, (573) 893-6850 Second Place: Tina Davis, Scruggs Lumber, 1707 Christy Drive, (573) 635-6881

Best TV Personality: Rod Smith

Third Place: Leah Ann Boss, Petals for You, 722 Jefferson St., Suite B, (573) 761-9300 Honorable Mention (tie): Julie Lale, Major Interiors, 712 Heisinger Road, (573) 635-9212 Honorable Mention (tie): Carol Hughes, Interior Concepts, website:, (573) 619-6814 Jefferson City Magazine | 83

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Best Arts/Entertainment First Place: Capital City Players. When a group of local actors came together in 1991 to perform The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, they didn’t know that 20 years later, they would still be doing regular brunch and dinner theater performances as the Capital City Players. The shows, which over the years have included A Chorus Line, Footloose and 42nd Street, often include children and are always an enjoyable way to spend an afternoon or evening. 1200 Linden Drive, (573) 681-9012 Second Place: The Little Theatre, 1005 Chestnut St., (573) 681-9400 Third Place: Stained Glass Theatre, 830 E. High St., (573) 634-5313

Best Arts/Entertainment: Capital City Players

Best Local Golf Course First Place: Oak Hills Golf Center. Golfers, rejoice! Oak Hills is open year round, so break out your cold-weather gear, and grab your clubs. As long as there is no frost on the greens, the course is generally open for play by die-hard fans. Beginners, don’t be discouraged; Oak Hills offers golf lessons for adults and golf camps for kids. 932 Ellis Blvd., (573) 634-6532 Second Pace: Jefferson City Country Club, 516 S. Country Club Drive, (573) 893-3306 Third Place: Railwood Golf Club, 12925 County Road 4037, Holts Summit, (573) 896-4653 Jefferson City Magazine | 85

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Best Place Only Locals Know About First Place: ECCO Lounge. It’s a well-kept secret but one you’ll want to get in on if you haven’t already. The burgers at ECCO Lounge are fantastic. 703 Jefferson St., (573) 636-8751 Second Place: Paddy Malone’s, 700 W. Main St., (573) 761-5900 Third Place: Arris’ Pizza, 117 W. High St., (573) 635–9225 Honorable Mention: Central Dairy, 610 Madison St., (573) 635-6148

Best Place to See and Be Seen First Place: Downtown Jefferson City. Downtown Jefferson City is booming. With people flocking to restaurants and shops or just strolling through town, this is a place to see and be seen. Visitor-friendly renovations such as wider sidewalks, mid-block sidewalks and free 90-minute street parking on High Street make downtown the central gathering place for entertainment, civic life and commerce., (573) 291-3524 Second Place: Madison’s Café, 216 Madison St., (573) 634-2988 Third Place: J. Pfenny’s Sports Grill & Pub, 217 E. High St., (573) 644-9999

Best Charitable Event First Place: Relay for Life. This annual, family-friendly, overnight event benefiting the American Cancer Society brings cancer survivors and committed community members together to celebrate survivorship, remember those who lost their lives to cancer and raise funds for the fight against cancer. Teams of participants take turns walking the track all night long while food, games and activities keep the energy abounding. American Cancer Society, Jefferson City Office, 2413 Hyde Park Road, (573) 635-4821 Second Place: Heart Walk, American Heart Association, 915 Country Ridge Drive, (573) 636-4237 Third Place: Men of the Club, Boys & Girls Club of the Capital City, 727 E. Elm St, (573) 634-2582 Jefferson City Magazine | 87

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Best Place to Workout First Place: YMCA, Firley YMCA, 525 Ellis Blvd., (573) 761-9000; Knowles YMCA, 424 Stadium Blvd., (573) 761-9015; West YMCA, 3507 Amazonas, (573) 761-9500 Second Place: Capital Region Healthplex. 1432 Southwest Blvd., (573) 632-5614 Third Place: Wilson’s Total Fitness, 3600 Country Club Drive, No. 54, (573) 634-3036




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Best Place to Karaoke First Place: T.G.’s Lounge. Who can resist an evening of karaoke? At T.G’s Lounge, you have the opportunity to take the mic three times each week: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Even if you don’t plan to get on stage and belt out a tune, settle in for an entertaining evening of music. The skill levels may vary, but the fun factor is always high. 2125 Missouri Blvd., (573) 634-7740 Second Place: Bones, 210 Commercial St., (573) 636-8955 88 | November/December 2011

Best Place for Singles to Meet First Place: Bones. Five floors of entertainment, an open-air deck with a beer garden atmosphere and great specials make the rustic yet sophisticated Bones a hot spot for gatherings. The food is delicious, and the drinks are cold, but the real draw isn’t listed on the menu: a whole bunch of singles who are ready to mingle. 210 Commercial St., (573) 636-8955 Second Place: Church

Best Place to Ride a Bike First Place: Katy Trail. The Katy Trail is a dream come true for avid cyclists and weekend bikers alike. With 237 miles of flat, scenic trails, it’s a car-free treat. Check out the trail map, and plan the perfect outing. The trail goes through towns offering water, groceries, vending machines and wineries, so plan your trip accordingly. Second Place: Greenway, Third Place: Missouri River Bridge, attached to the side of northbound Highway 54

Best Park First Place: Memorial Park. When it comes to parks, Memorial Park has it all: a shaded and scenic 1.1-mile trail, an asphalt basketball court, two playgrounds, a composting exhibit and a family aquatic center, all enveloped by a tall, thick tree canopy. The park also boasts a picnic pavilion that can accommodate 450 people. For smaller groups, 17 covered picnic tables are scattered throughout the park. 111 Memorial Park Drive, (573) 634-6482 Second Place: Binder Park, 5840 Rainbow Drive, (573) 634-6482 Third Place: Ellis Porter/Riverside Park, Grant and Edwards streets, (573) 634-6482

Best Place for Tourists First Place: Missouri State Capitol Building. The Missouri State Capitol Building sits high on a bluff overlooking the Missouri River. Spanning three acres, the Renaissance-inspired building has been rated the most beautiful of all state capitol buildings. Inside, visitors can explore historical exhibits in the Missouri State Museum. Free 30-minute tours of the Capitol are offered Monday through Friday. 201 W. Capitol Ave., (573) 751-2854 Second Place: Old Missouri State Penitentiary, 631 E. State St., (573) 632-2820 Third Place: Central Dairy, 610 Madison St., (573) 635-6148 Jefferson City Magazine | 89

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Best Restaurant First Place: Madison’s Café. The shrimp might be served angry, but you definitely won’t be after filling up on Madison’s delicious northern Italian fare. Located in the heart of historic downtown Jefferson City, the casual but elegant spot serves up steak, seafood, pasta, chicken, veal and more. It’s perfect for a joyful gathering of family and friends or a quiet night of romance. 216 Madison St., (573) 634-2988 Second Place: Ria’s, 3550 W. Edgewood Drive, (573) 636-5221 Third Place: Alexandro’s, 2125 Missouri Blvd., (573) 634-7740 Honorable Mention: Domenico’s, 3702 W. Truman Blvd., Suite 225, (866) 977-8228

Best Romantic Dining First Place: Madison’s Café, 216 Madison St., (573) 634-2988 Second Place: Alexandro’s, 2125 Missouri Blvd., (573) 634-7740 Third Place: Domenico’s, 3702 W. Truman Blvd., Suite 225, (866) 977-8228

Best Power Lunch First Place: Madison’s Café, 216 Madison St., (573) 634-2988 Second Place: Panera Bread, 2226 Missouri Blvd., (573) 893-7656 Third Place (tie): Arris’ Bistro, 409 W. Miller St., (573) 634-8400 Third Place (tie): Old Brick House Deli, 2421 W. Edgewood Drive, Suite H, (573) 893-4242

Best Outdoor Dining First Place: Madison’s Café, 216 Madison St., (573) 634-2988

Best Italian First Place: Madison’s Café, 216 Madison St., (573) 634-2988 Second Place: Domenico’s, 3702 W. Truman Blvd., Suite 225, (866) 977-8228 90 | November/December 2011

Best Steak First Place: LongHorn Steakhouse. Inspired by the American West, LongHorn’s passion for grilling translates to perfectly tender, juicy and flavorful cuts served alongside an impressive array of salads or sides. Whether you lean toward a porterhouse, rib eye or filet or prime rib, T-bone or New York strip, settle into LongHorn’s warm, relaxing, country Western atmosphere to dine on the best. 3545 Missouri Blvd., (573) 636-9100 Second Place (tie): Domenico’s, 3702 W. Truman Blvd., Suite 225, (866) 977-8228 Second Place (tie): Colton’s Steak House & Grill, 2415 Missouri Blvd., (573) 635-5336 Third Place: Madison’s Café, 216 Madison St., (573) 634-2988

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Best Desserts First Place: BK Bakery. At this artisan bakery, the desserts taste as good as they look. If the cinnamon rolls and pecan sticky rolls don’t stop you in your tracks, the variety of cakes, miniature blondie puffs, cannoli, lemon bars and coconut macaroons certainly will. BK Bakery even has a coffee bar, which is essential because you won’t be able to make it out the door without sampling something delectably sweet. 901A Missouri Blvd., (573) 632-0064 Second Place (tie): Arris’ Bistro, 409 W. Miller St., (573) 634-8400 Second Place (tie): Chez Monet Bakery Café, 126 E. High St., (573) 636-6885 Third Place: Central Dairy, 610 Madison St., (573) 635-6148

Best Pizza Best Seafood First Place: O'Donoghue's Steaks and Seafood. Located in the historic 1895 Kaullen Mercantile Company building on High Street, O'Donoghue's is an experience to be savored. Their "From the Sea" menu tastes heaven-sent, with such delicacies as jumbo sea scallops, served with sun-dried tomato cream sauce and rice; walleye with bacon-spinach braised potatoes; bleu cheese and walnut stuffed salmon; Cajun mahi mahi and more. Make dinner reservations and get ready to dive into seafood perfection. 900 E. High St., (573) 635-1332 Second Place: Domenico’s, 3702 W. Truman Blvd., Suite 225, (866) 977-8228

First Place: Arris’ Pizza. Jefferson City is home to Missouri’s Capitol building, but it boasts another landmark — Arris’ Pizza. For more than four decades, hungry Missourians have flocked to Arris’ to delight in hot, bubbly homemade pizza, fresh salads and hearty sandwiches. Arris’ mouthwatering pizzas are so popular that half-baked versions are mailed all over the country to adoring fans. 117 W. High St., (573) 635–9225

Best Banquet Facility First Place: G2 Gallery. This unique catering and event venue in downtown Jefferson City lies just a block from the Capitol in the repurposed Lohman Opera House. An eclectic menu means you’ll find the right fare for every event, from a buffet-style dinner or appetizer reception to a corporate gala or intimate gathering of friends. 102 E. High St., (573) 286-1152 Second Place: Capitol Plaza Hotel, 415 W. McCarty St., (573) 635-1234 Third Place: Capital Ritz Dance Studio and Banquet Center, 2712 Plaza Drive, (573) 893-7787 Honorable Mention: La Maison, 7801 Cottontail Lane, (573) 584-3231 or (573) 230-7527 Jefferson City Magazine | 93

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Best Hot Dog First Place: Zesto. Originally, Zesto drive-ins only served ice cream. Hot-dog-lovers should be thankful that it has since added other food items, including the Ft. Long and Big Dog hot dogs, served with or without homemade chili. The modest price is a bargain for the over-thetop taste of this quality dog. 1730 Jefferson Street, (573) 659-7117 Second Place: Sonic: 1711 E. Elm St., (573) 634-8311; 314 Ellis Blvd., (573) 761-9113; 201 Commerce Drive, (573) 634-9033 Third Place: Capital City CORK and Provisions, 124 E. High St., (573) 632-2675

Best Caterer First Place: Argyle Catering Company. Weddings, parties and other events from Lake of the Ozarks to Rolla to Jefferson City have been a little tastier for the past five years. That’s when Argyle Catering began making events memorable by creating beautiful and delicious meals, appetizers and desserts perfectly suited for every affair. With the motto, “We Cater to You,” you can bet your guests — and their stomachs — will happily remember your special day. 168 Walnut St., Argyle, (573) 680-1144 Second Place: G2 Gallery, 102 E. High St., (573) 286-1152 Third Place: Madison’s Café, 216 Madison St., (573) 634-2988 Honorable Mention: Donita’s, 5007 Buffalo Road, (573) 659-7888

Best French Fries First Place: McDonald’s. Fries that are always hot, crispy on the outside and perfectly salted make the golden arches a welcome sight. And once you get one sniff of those skinny golden potato sticks, it takes a great amount of willpower to order a salad. Whether you enjoy them with ketchup, dipped in a milkshake or alongside a burger, these fries are simply irresistible.1425 Missouri Blvd., (573) 635-4844; 2003 Southridge Drive, (573) 636-7945; 1918 Jefferson St., (573) 635-3903 Second Place: Wendy’s: 2108 Missouri Blvd., (573) 636-7273; 3536 Country Club Drive, (573) 893-7033 Third Place: Prison Brews, 305 Ash St., (573) 635-0678

Best Tea First Place: McAlister’s Deli. McAlister’s serves up a variety of sandwiches, spuds, salads and soups, but the signature menu item is the Famous Sweet Tea. Handcrafted several times each day, McAlister’s sweet tea has a dedicated following of fans who can’t get enough of the black tea blend sweetened with pure cane sugar. The exact recipe, however, is a closely guarded secret. 2323 Missouri Blvd., (573) 659-7783 Second Place: McDonald’s: 1425 Missouri Blvd., (573) 635-4844; 2003 Southridge Drive, (573) 636-7945; 1918 Jefferson St., (573) 635-3903 Third Place (tie): Yanis Coffee Zone, 130 E. High St., (573) 761-4277 Third Place (tie): Dunn Bros., 3218 W. Edgewood Drive, No. 1300, (573) 893-5303 Jefferson City Magazine | 95

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Best Coffee First Place: Yanis Coffee Zone. At this Capitol area hot spot, the customer service is great, and the coffee is fantastic, from the famous Rocket Fuel and Turkish coffee to specialty drinks such as the candy bar latte and banana nut latte. Coffee Zone also has what every great coffee shop should: free Wi-Fi, a delicious assortment of Middle Eastern cuisine and fast, courteous service. 130 E. High St., (573) 761-4277 Second Place: Dunn Bros., 3218 W. Edgewood Drive, No. 1300, (573) 893-5303 Third Place: Starbucks: Hy-Vee Foods, 3721 W. Truman Blvd., (573) 893-2505; Target, 735 W. Stadium Blvd., (573) 635-8401 Honorable Mention: Café Via Roma, 105 W. High St., (573) 636-8771

Best Fried Chicken First Place: Lee’s Famous Recipe Chicken. Lee’s has been serving legendary fried chicken since 1966, and to this day it is still among the best around. Hand-breaded, honey-dipped and pressure-cooked, the fried chicken is just the right balance of crispy and tender. Treat your taste buds to the Famous Recipe, Crispy and Spicy or Oven Roasted classic or boneless chicken, and explore other menu offerings, including great desserts. 1550 Missouri Blvd., (573) 635-1603 Second Place: Steve’s Family Restaurant, 8705 State Route C, Lohman, (573) 782-0102 Third Place: Nick’s Family Restaurant, 500 Airport Road, Suite D, (573) 634-7050 Honorable Mention: Rosco’s, 1209 Missouri Blvd., (573) 632-9727

Best Sandwich Best Mexican First Place: El Jimador. One thing is consistent at El Jimador: the regular customers who flock back again and again for a budget-friendly but delicious Mexican meal. It’s also great when time is of the essence because the fast service will make sure you get in and out with a happy belly. El Jimador is also great for those finicky eaters because they happily accommodate special requests. 1410 Missouri Blvd., (573) 761-1616 Second Place: El Espolon, 450 Rock Hill Road, (573) 634-6155 Third Place: Santacruz, 242 Jaycee Drive, (573) 635-6500 Honorable Mention: La Bamba, 1001 Missouri Blvd., (573) 893-5310 96 | November/December 2011

First Place: Old Brick House Deli. A Jefferson City landmark since 1915, this old spot served as a homestead, a working farm and a doctor’s office before being converted into a deli in 2000. The impressive list of signature sandwiches including the po-boy, French dip and New York pastrami guarantees that you’ll have a difficult time settling on which one to order. 2421 W. Edgewood Drive, Suite H, (573) 893-4242 Second Place: Jefferson City Sub Shop, 1902 Missouri Blvd., (573) 659-8181 Third Place: Jimmy John’s, 3750 W. Truman Blvd., (573) 893-7827

Best Burger First Place: ECCO Lounge. You could order a simple hamburger or cheeseburger, or you could spice things up with an Abiy Burger, a burger smothered in hot sauce, sautéed onions, mushrooms, pepperocinis and provel cheese. No matter which way you go, you’ll likely experience the best burger you’ve ever eaten. Add fries, waffle fries, bacon or cottage cheese to any burger, and you’ll be in for a special treat. 703 Jefferson St., (573) 636-8751 Second Place: Paddy Malone’s, 700 W. Main St., (573) 761-5900 Third Place: Culver’s, 1920 Jefferson St., (573) 415-1897

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Best Sushi First Place: Love Sushi. Love Sushi has pleased many a diner looking to satisfy a craving for raw fish. Whether you choose the firecracker roll, a combination of spicy scallop, cucumber and tuna, or the shrimp tempura, the fish is guaranteed to be fresh, the service fast and pleasant and the menu authentic. 2201 Missouri Blvd., (573) 634-0095 Second Place: Fuji Steak House, 3600 Country Club Drive, (573) 634-8578 Third Place: Schnuck’s, 1801 Missouri Blvd., (573) 635-4666

Best BBQ First Place: Lutz’s Famous BBQ. Lutz’s is so good that it is willing to make a pretty bold promise: Diners will leave happier than they came. It’s not hard to believe when you see the fall-off-the-fork meats, the down home sides and the blue-ribbon sauces. Don’t let its location next to a gas station keep you away from the tender pulled pork, brisket and chicken. Your stomach will thank you. 3505 Missouri Blvd., (573) 636-4227 Second Place: Bandana’s, 2336 Missouri Blvd., (573) 634-7427 Third Place: Moose Bros. BBQ, 2314 Lorenzo Greene Drive, (573) 634-9900

Best Ice Cream Best Place for Live Music First Place: The Mission. Brick walls, a stamped ceiling and pine wood floors set the stage at this beloved live music venue. The building is from the 1800s, but don’t expect to hear oldies. Instead, look for concerts spanning a variety of genres, from bluegrass to hard rock. With plenty of seating and great service, it’s hard to find a better spot for live music. 915 E. High St., (573) 893-2800 Second Place: Prison Brews, 305 Ash St., (573) 635-0678 Third Place: Bones Lounge & Restaurant, 210 Commercial St., (573) 636-8955 Honorable Mention: Summit Lake Winery, 1707 S. Summit Drive, Holts Summit, (573) 896-9966

First Place: Central Dairy. Whether the sun is beating down or the snow is steadily falling, Central Dairy has what it takes to make the day a great one: ice cream — and lots of it. Choose the standard chocolate or vanilla, or for those who are more adventurous, dive into a scoop of cinnamon, eggnog, birthday cake or banana. Central Dairy has even thought of the healthconscious; they serve up sinfully good frozen yogurt, sherbet and low-fat ice cream. 610 Madison St., (573) 635-6148 Second Place: Cold Stone Creamery, 610 Wildwood Drive, Suite B, (573) 636-2653 Third Place: Yo Yums, 122 E. High St., (573) 644-7581 Jefferson City Magazine | 99

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Best Chinese/ Japanese First Place: Yen Ching. The fresh and tasty lunch buffet at Yen Ching is often discussed, and the conversation usually includes at least one sound: mmm. Diners will find all the Chinese favorites, such as lo mein, crab rangoon, orange beef and egg foo young. And a hearty meal here won’t break the bank. 2208 Missouri Blvd., (573) 635-5225 Second Place: Hunan, 1416 Missouri Blvd., (573) 634-5253 Third Place: Dragon Kitchen, 2219 Missouri Blvd., Suite D, (573) 635-8838 Honorable Mention: Fuji Steak House, 3600 Country Club Drive, (573) 634-8578

Best Bar First Place: Paddy Malone’s Pub. Many think that pints of Guinness taste better in Ireland — until they stop in to Paddy Malone’s for a pint, that is. Poured using the traditional Irish twostage pour, every Paddy Malone’s pint was still in the vats in Dublin just two weeks earlier. With rave reviews such as, “Best pint of Guinness in the United States,” Paddy Malone’s is definitely worth a visit. 700 W. Main St., (573) 761-5900 Second Place: J. Pfenny’s Sports Grill & Pub, 217 E. High St., (573) 644-9999 Third Place: Bones Lounge & Restaurant, 210 Commercial St., (573) 636-8955 Honorable Mention: Gumbo Bottoms Ale House, 221 Madison St., (573) 635-0074

Best Breakfast Best Happy Hour First Place: Paddy Malone’s Pub, 700 W. Main St., (573) 761-5900 Second Place: El Jimador, 1410 Missouri Blvd., (573) 761-1616 Third Place: Mortimer Kegley’s, 115 E. High St., (573) 635-7848 Honorable Mention: Sonic: 1711 E. Elm St., (573) 634-8311; 314 Ellis Blvd., (573) 761-9113; 201 Commerce Drive, (573) 634-9033

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First Place: Oscar’s Classic Diner. At this breakfast-lover’s paradise, home-style comfort foods such as biscuits and sausage gravy, country fried steak, hot cakes, French toast and jumbo omelets will leave you satiated and feeling nostalgic for days of old. There are even special menu options for the tiniest customers, such as the Purple-People-Eater breakfast platter. It might be 2011, but Oscar’s will take you back to the ’50s. 2118 Schotthill Woods Drive, (573) 659-0006 Second Place: Mel’s Country Café, 2421 Industrial Drive, (573) 893-9115 Third Place: Angelina’s Café, 101 Boonville Road, (573) 893-3200

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“I’m not known in the trade for [patience],” agrees Riley, with a slight guffaw. In fact, even reclining on his sofa, Riley gives an air of gruff assurance that seems to validate his reputation as a formidable opponent in court. The delicate plank of wood in his hand, onequarter inch across, looks vulnerable, but rather than violence Riley inflicts upon the wood a type of paternal love. He will soak this tiny piece of lumber, and hundreds more like it, in water and bend it gently to form the hull of a boat. Each historic ship model is fashioned board by board, exactly as it was in life. Riley has put together 13 of these ships over the years and perfected his skill with each new challenge. “I would call Mike a master craftsman,” says Reid Millard, owner of Houser-Millard Funeral Home in Jefferson City. Millard is such a fan of Riley’s work that he commissioned a ship to display in the visitors’ parlor at the funeral home. The Vasa’s kit included more than 5,300 parts and was Riley’s most complicated project to date. It took approximately 250 hours to complete. “[Millard] is a friend of ours,” Riley says. “[He] had been after me to build one, so I said, ‘OK, Reid, I’ll do it.’ I don’t know why, but I said that.” Building the Vasa, Riley had an advantage that he doesn’t have with most of his projects. He and Marla actually visited the ship in Stockholm, Sweden, long before he decided to build it. He was able to look back at his pictures when the written plans were unclear. “I’d take the pictures out of our trip and say, ‘Oh, that’s how that rail looks,” or whatever it was,” he says. The Cutty Sark on display in the Riley home is another opus-level work. The hull alone is covered in 2,400 individual copper plates, each about the size of a man’s thumbnail and glued on separately. “The Cutty Sark was the last of the fast sailing ships from England,” Riley says. “It was used to run tea in the tea trade.” Although he appreciates the history behind the models, Riley says the best gift he gets from his unusual hobby may be the very patience he uses to make the ships. The meditative quality of the work gives him a break from any stress he’s facing. “Once you get into that, you’re not thinking about anything else, or it won’t work,” he says. Millard has noticed a similar effect in the funeral home. “It’s very settling in the sense that when you think of water, you think of a peaceful place to be, so the ships just give you a peaceful feeling when you’re walking through,” he says. n

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Every day. Dr. susan Voss Dr. John Pardalos


may work miles apart and at two different hospitals, but they are focused on delivering excellent care for their pint-sized patients, no matter where they live. Capital Region Medical Center is proud to partner with University of Missouri Health Care in bringing highly specialized family medicine to the people and communities they serve –– providing convenient treatment, close to home. Drs. Voss and Pardalos are proud to represent the most experienced and comprehensive pediatric medical team in mid-Missouri, making kids in our communities Better. Every day.

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Cuties of Capital Region

Birth Announcements D’Voria Camaria Davis Parents:

Eddie Davis & Kayla Brown Birth Weight:

7 pounds 15 ounces Height:

20.5 inches

Eva Raye Fitzpatrick

Corbin Joseph Korte

Parents: Josh and Shana Fitzpatrick

parents: Kurt and Jaclyn Korte

Birth Weight: 6 pounds 9 ounces

8 pounds 10 ounces

Height: 19.5 inches

21.5 inches

What is your favorite moment so far? The first time we heard her giggle

What is the best lesson you’ve learned from parenting? We know now how much our parents love us and why they worry so much about us

Birth Weight: Height: How has being a parent changed you? The better question is how has it not changed me! Every perspective I now have is different, based on the responsibilities I hold as a parent. What has surprised you most about being parents?  How long it takes to get out of the house for even the simplest of trips. 

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Cuties of Capital Region

Birth Announcements

Carter Bradley Rademan

Ainsley Ann Weider Parents:


Wesley and Janelle Weider

Brad & Nicole Rademan

Birth Weight:

Birth Weight:

9 pounds

8 pounds 7 ounces What is your favorite moment so far? We love to watch our children interact and play together. Carter idolizes his older brother and wants to do everything just like him. We just know they will be the best of friends. What do you look forward to the most as your child grows up? Being there for all his firsts in life.


19 inches

Andrew Joseph Bell Parents:

Chris and Stephanie Bell Birth Weight:

8 pounds 11 ounces Height:

20.5 inches

What is your favorite moment so far? When my son met my daughter for the first time. It melted my heart to see my two babies together. What has surprised you most about being parents? Being a parent is how fast you fall in love with your baby, no matter if it is baby number 1, 2, or 3.

What is your favorite moment so far? The first time he really smiled back at us…and each day he blesses us with more smiles. What is the best lesson you’ve learned as parents? That parenting is teamwork.  With such little sleep and so many demands, it’s easy to get frustrated.  Remembering that we are a team and relying on each other on the more difficult days is something we’ve learned… and are still learning.

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Cuties of Capital Region

Birth Announcements Paislee Elizabeth Basham Parents:

Cody & Tiffany Basham Birth Weight

6 pounds 14 ounces Height:

20.5 inches

Beau Christopher Bratten Parents:

Chris and Emmie Bratten Birth Weight:

9 pounds 3 ounces Height:

20 inches How has being a parent changed you? Becoming a parent has changed almost everything about me, my whole focus now is on my children and what is best for them. All I want in life is to keep them safe, happy, and healthy, and be there for them.

What is the best lesson you’ve learned from parenting? Things aren’t always going to go as planned and things aren’t always going to go my way and that’s okay. I just have to take each day as it comes and go with it, and if my floors don’t get swept that day or my laundry done that’s ok too. It’s Paislee’s world now and I just live in it!

Kennedy Ann Thomas parents:

William Taylor Thomas & Sara Perry Birth Weight:

6 pounds 9 ounces Height:

19 inches What is the best lesson you’ve learned from parenting? The best lesson I have learned so far is that every child develops at there own pace, you need to take everything one step at a time, and enjoy all the happy sad and in between moments with your child because they are the most precious moments.

If you have given birth at Capital Region Medical Center and would like your baby announcement on the Jefferson City Magazine website and possibly published in the print edition of the magazine log on to to submit your announcement and picture.

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Top 5 Spots for Big-Game Viewing By Sam Fleury

Can’t make it to the big game in person? Jefferson City Magazine analyzed some of the best local hot spots for prime viewing pleasure. We selected our picks scientifically, according to the five Ls of watching football:

Large TVs — and lots of them Live: The spot must feature live football from all over the country and games you can’t see anywhere else. Location: The place needs to be easy to find, and seating locations must be optimal for prime viewing of different games. Libations: Whether your team is winning or losing, adult beverage specials are always appreciated. Lots of food specials involving burgers, wings and pizza are crucial to a quality viewing experience. 110 | November/December 2011

Top 5 spots that provide an optimal viewing experience

Applebee’s Different games throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday Full menus and nightly specials Seven big-screen TVs viewable by most of the restaurant Location: 2319 Missouri Blvd. Phone: (573) 636-6368 Key game-day hours: Open until midnight every day

J. Pfenny’s Sports Bar and Pub Thirty big-screen TVs Offers NFL Sunday Ticket (all NFL games every week)

Prison Brews

College Game Day package that shows games you can’t see anywhere else

Happy hour daily from 4 to 6 p.m.

During away games for MU, the restaurant does a live radio remote and gives away prizes.

Featured foods include wood-fire oven pizzas Shows top 25 and all MU games Four big-screens TVs Location: 305 Ash St.
 Phone: (573) 635-0678 Key game-day hours: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Open until midnight on weekends

Buffalo Wild Wings Thirty-five big-screen and projection TVs Football games 24/7 during the season Offers NFL Sunday Ticket (all NFL games every week) College Game Day package that shows games you can’t get anywhere else

UFC package that airs all major Ultimate Fighting Championship events Showcases bucket, pitcher and pizza special

Featured foods include pizzas and the Nose Guard Burger with fried egg, ham and an onion ring. Per item average menu price is $8 to $10. Location: 217 E. High St. Phone: (573) 644-9999 Key game-day hours: 11 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. every day but Sunday, Sundays 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Hooks Sports Bar and Grill Features NFL Sunday Ticket (all NFL games every week) College Game Day package that shows games you can’t see anywhere else All day happy hour, $2 longneck and $5 bloody Marys Also connected to Rainbow Lanes Bowling Center

Features “tablegating,” the restaurant’s take on tailgating

Weekly specials on wings and diverse burger menu

Forty-five-cent wing Tuesdays and 60-cent boneless wing Thursdays

Fifty-cent wings on Monday nights

Location: 707-B Stoneridge Parkway

Location: 7 miles east of Jefferson City, 221 Mari-Osa Delta Lane

Phone: (573) 635-5600

Phone: (573) 455-2620

Key game-day hours: Fridays and Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.; Sundays 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Key game-day hours: Saturday, noon to 1:30 a.m.; Sunday noon to midnight; Monday 5 p.m. to midnight

Eight TVs with your favorite games

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[ At EASE] artist profile

— Almost Never Bored


By Faye Zumwalt Photos by Chris Hollaway 112 | November/December 2011

ou’ll likely recognize his name as the artist from the News Tribune political cartoons, but local artist Jim Dyke’s career isn’t limited to black-and-white newsprint. In addition to the political cartoons, caricatures and realistic paintings he creates he also writes music, sings and plays guitar and keyboard. Dyke says he can’t say what art form he enjoys most because he wouldn’t like to be limited to one means of expression. Dyke never really thought about any other career. As a child, he drew and made things with his grandfather, after whom he was named, a craftsman who created jewelry and furniture. Dyke later studied at Lincoln University, where he earned a B.S. in commercial art, and then furthered his studies at Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Mo. “I like doing all of it the best,” Dyke says about the varied art forms he enjoys. “I like different aspects of all of it. Sometimes I’m in a mood to be super detailed. Sometimes I like to be out on the street and talking to people. Music is kind of the same thing. It’s just using sound instead of paint. It’s what keeps me from being bored. I’m almost never bored.” To develop ideas for his political cartoons, Dyke keeps a list of current topics at different levels of the news. He says inspiration sneaks up on him while he is working on something else. He has become accustomed to the pace and tries to work ahead. Although it only takes about an hour to draw each cartoon, he never stops thinking about them. Dyke does a rough sketch for approval by four reviewers and often shows it to employees in other departments to gauge their reactions. If they don’t like or understand it, he knows the public won’t either. The political statements are essentially his ideas, but when he crosses a line, others tell him. That happens very rarely, though there is always somebody who disagrees. Dyke started drawing caricatures after watching others draw them and thinking it would be fun. Practicing with a board game timer and news-

paper photographs, he tried to capture as much of a person as he could before the time ran out, and then he moved on to another. He finds that drawing caricatures with live subjects is different, largely because of the distraction of people talking while you are drawing. Dyke recently completed his 18th year drawing caricatures at the Missouri State Fair. “I take my boom box and play music,” he says. “It helps me draw better, keeps me from hearing people behind me.” Feb. 5, 1911: The old Missouri State Capitol burned after being struck by lightning. Dyke remembered hearing stories about the fire when he was young. Knowing the anniversary was approaching, he wanted to paint the scene. He didn’t stop there and ultimately organized a threepart event. The Jefferson City Fire Department spread the word to other area fire departments for a reenactment 100 years later to the day and hour. Fire trucks paraded from Bolivar Street and circled the Capitol. Inside the rotunda, following a speech by then Mayor John Landwehr, Bob Priddy recounted the story of the fire to a standing-room-only crowd. A reception at Dyke’s Cottonstone Gallery and Frame Shop followed. On display were a collection of artifacts rescued from the fire and Dyke’s oil painting 1911 Capitol Fire. Dyke also wrote a reader’s theater play titled Breaking News, The Capitol is on Fire, which was performed the same night and produced by Mark Wegman. Landwehr presented a special city coin to Wegman and Dyke in appreciation for their work. “I find it amazing that he can switch this talent to become a cartoonist doing character sketches and then turn around and do serious oil painting,” says Virginia Bailey who owned Cottonstone Gallery when Dyke first started his serious painting. He would ask Bailey and her employee Diane McKinney for feedback. “We were pretty brutal about the critiquing of his paintings. But, we did that because we could see that the talent was there. Over the years, he has honed this talent to become a highly skilled painter.” Moving from a painter looking for critique to gallery owner, Dyke now owns Cottonstone Gallery at 116 E. High St. Bored? Probably not. Dyke has already completed the sketch for his next big project, painting an 8-by-48-foot mural for the Old Munichburg Association at 113 E. Dunklin St. The painting in acrylic will begin this winter. n Jefferson City Magazine | 113

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Jefferson City native Eric Luebbert has been a wardrobe and fashion stylist in midMissouri, Kansas City and St. Louis for more than two decades.

Dear Eric,

I just lost 20 pounds and have 20 more to go to reach my goal. I start a new job soon and really don’t want to buy new clothes until I reach my goal. Any ideas? Signed, Shrinking Susan

Dear Shrinking Susan,

Congrats on the new weight loss. Keep up the good work. Buying new work clothes will make you feel more professional, confident and relaxed while you adjust to your new job. Look into buying three pieces: a jacket, skirt and a pair of slacks in a classic color (black, gray or brown). They might be all you need until you reach your goal. This isn’t the time to purchase the most expensive items out there. Each piece can be worn separately or with the jacket so you will have two new suit options. Next, get rid of your fat clothes. Evaluate what’s left and still works at your current size. Ask your friends who their favorite tailor is, and take some of your best things that are too good to give away to be tailored to fit you now. These items will allow you to mix and match with the three new pieces to create plenty of options to get you through the next wave of weight loss and leave you looking and feeling terrific at the new job. Good luck, and dress for success! Visit Jefferson City Magazine's Facebook page to shop with Eric (video). Send in your “Ask Eric” style questions to

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[ At EASE] gourmet


Churchill-Approved Friends of the National Churchill Museum release second edition of The Cookery Book

t’s no secret that some of the best, most beloved recipes are those steeped in the past. Whether it's a family recipe passed down from a loved one or a long-time favorite from a well-known chef, food can remind us of the people we loved, the work we did and the events we lived through. In many ways, cooking and history are nearly inextricable, with flavors and ingredients wrapped tightly alongside people, faces and facts. Taste and cooking not only give us the chance to enjoy the present and plan for the future, but they also give us the power to revisit the past and relearn our history. The Friends of the National Churchill Museum at Westminster College in Fulton, Mo., recently released the second edition of The Cookery Book, a collection of recipes from prominent cooks around Missouri, the nation and across the pond. Divided into 12 categories, including hor d’oeuvres and appetizers, salads, desserts and more, The Cookery Book features Churchill family favorites as well as contributions from former first ladies of Missouri and the United States and offers novice to advanced cooks a chance to delve into the recipes that pleased the people’s palates during important times in Missouri and the U.S. Whether it’s a jellied consume from the Baroness Spencer Churchill or a baked turkey casserole from former First Lady Betty Ford, every bite, from the simplest to most complex, is accompanied by a sense of shared history. The St. Louis Friends of the Churchill Memorial and Library and committee members around the state released the first edition of The Cookery Book in 1977. The original 1,500 recipes, all tested and approved for inclusion in the book, were donated by individuals across Great Britain and the U.S. The second edition contains new recipes from the Mid-Missouri Friends of the National Churchill Museum and Westminster alumnus Brock Ayers and his family. This edition also includes contributions from numerous Jefferson City and Columbia residents, including Mrs. Sam B. Cook, Mrs. John M. Dalton, Mrs. Michael C. Milonski, Mrs. William A. Sims, Mrs. Earl Ward, Patricia Epple, Mrs. Robert C. Simonds and Mrs. Thomas A. Vetter. The Cookery Book is available for $25 at the National Churchill Museum, by mail or by calling the museum at (573) 592-5263. Proceeds benefit the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Aldermanbury’s restoration and $50,000 tuck-point repair project. Discover more culinary adventures with Jefferson City Magazine’s Katrina Tauchen at her blog, 116 | November/December 2011

Story and photo by Katrina Tauchen

Winston Churchill Memorial Located on the campus of Westminster College, the National Churchill Museum is home to visual art, historical features and interactive technology celebrating the work of Sir Winston Churchill, who visited the Westminster campus in 1946 and delivered his famous “Iron Curtain” speech. The museum itself is located within the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Aldermanbury, a 17th-century church designed by acclaimed English architect Christopher Wren. Hours: Open daily from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Cost: Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, $4 for youth and college students, $3 for children ages 6 to 11 and free for children 5 and under. Upcoming event: Screening of the documentary Winston Churchill: Walking with Destiny at 7 p.m. on Nov. 30 at B&B Theatre in Fulton, presented by the National Churchill Museum. Tickets are $6 each or $20 for a group of four. Proceeds benefit the museum.

Gâteau Churchill This buttery, rich dessert is a perfect fit for a festive dinner or holiday party. While your guests marvel at its impressive, stackable structure, you’ll be wowed by how easy it was to put together. Recipe from The Cookery Book, Page 193. One of Lady Churchill’s favorites at No. 10 Downing St., London, England. 14 tablespoons butter 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour ¼ cup dark brown sugar raspberry jam or orange marmalade confectioners’ sugar heavy cream, whipped Rub butter into flour, add salt and sugar, and rub it in again. Knead until quite smooth. Form into ball, and chill until firm. Cut dough into six equal parts. Keep each refrigerated until ready to roll. Roll out each piece on heavily floured board just enough (about ¼ inch thick) to cut into a 6-inch round, the size of a small tea plate. Place on greased baking sheets, and bake at 350 degrees F for 15 minutes, or until golden brown. Once cool, stack the six rounds in layers, spreading raspberry jam or marmalade between each layer. Sift confectioners’ sugar on the top layer. Serve with heated raspberry jam or marmalade, depending on filling used, and whipped cream. Serves 6

While You’re Baking... • Stick with unsalted butter. It allows you to control the amount of salt you end up adding to the dessert. • Don’t forget the chill time. Because this dough is so buttery, it really needs to spend some time in the refrigerator before you try working with it. I typically let a cookie-type dough chill for about an hour before rolling it out, but this dough would benefit from at least two to three hours of chill time. • Embrace modern-day conveniences. Although the original recipe instructs you to “rub butter into flour,” using a food processor fitted with the large blade attachment really speeds up the process, not to mention relieves your hands of some tedious work. If you prefer the old-fashioned, hands-on approach, by all means take to the recipe as Lady Churchill would have done it. If, however, you’re crunched for time, the dough can be mixed quickly and entirely in the food processor; a standing mixer fitted with the paddle attachment would likely work, too. • Presentation is key. Nothing finishes a pretty dessert like great presentation. The Gâteau Churchill looks lovely and regal on a small cake plate, and when served in wedges with a dollop of heated jam and whipped cream, it tastes as good as it looks. n

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SnapShots People about town

JCMG Doctor Meet & Greet



WHEN Sept. 8 WHERE Central Bank Financial Center WHY To welcome 11 new physicians (new in 2011) Photos courtesy of JCMG




1. Bernie and Beverly Brondel and Dr. Amanda and Jake Rodemann; 2. Barb Kalberloh and Louise Huhn; 3. Audrey Houchins-Theonen and Kevin Theonen; 4. Steve and Dr. Joyce Wilson, Mike and Carol Craighead; 5. Carol Krieger, Ken Therhoff

JCMG Fun/Walk and Women's & Children's Center Groundbreaking


WHEN Sept. 17 WHERE JCMG Photos courtesy of JCMG




1. JCMG's digging crew; 2. Race, Tina and Laney McCulloch; 3. Dr. Michael Craighead, JCMG COO; 4. Emme and Evan Marten, Kiran, Aahana and Dr. Ravi Bodiwala and Dr. Esteban Marten

SnapShots People about town

Thursday Night Live WHEN Sept. 8 WHERE Downtown Jefferson City Photos by Rebecca Rademan



3 4



1. Kirt Dunwoody, Laurel Dunwoody, Jami Wade, Shannon Wade (Cork); 2. Carrie James, Mark Arcobasso (Domenico’s); 3. Kellie Huddleston, Sean Hall, Sally Powell (Ecco); 4. Jefferson City and Helias Flash Mob; 5. Robby Bax, Russell Stegeman; 6. Gara Loskill, Tami Turner, Ann Bax

Calena’s Fashion Show WHEN Sept. 29 WHERE Calena’s Fashions, Holts Summit Photos by Rebecca Rademan




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1. Wanda Seeney; 2. Linda Hodges; 3. Marcia Dall; 4. Lois Snavely, Dianne Englert, Jane Rooney; 5. Sandra Twenter; 6. Marilynn Jett, Sally Dinwiddie; 7. Page Piper; 8. Kathy Shramek, Julie Burgher; 9. Kayla Wilbers, Candace D'Angelo; 10. Calene Cooper and Mandy Light

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SnapShots People about town


Chamber Business Showcase WHEN Oct. 6 WHERE Firley YMCA Photos by Rebecca Rademan


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10 1. Cassie Hodge, Emily Mantle, Stephanie Lehmen, Dr. Amanda Rodemann, Laura Wheeler, Joyce Wilson (JCMG); 2. Katy Plaster and Tammy Morgan (Hedgepath Eye Care); 3. Ann Bax and Marjorie Dampf; 4. Bob Fennewald, Rod Dolph, Carol Meister, Uless Reeder (Hy-Vee); 5. Angela Hake, Jenne Parker, Kelly Forck (Capitol Plaza); 6. Vanessa Ringwald and Scottie Schoonover (Advanced Radiology); 7. Marissa Martens, Kaylee O'Neill, Chelsea Mundwiller, Melissa Ray (Merrell University); 8. Ginger Steinmetz and Laura Payne (Midwest Advertising); 9. Roxy Cohen and Vicky Stafford (CRMC); 10. Derrick Lueckenhoff and Jason Gerling (Midwest Block)

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ADVERTISER INDEX Advanced Radiology...................................................114 AFI Designer Outlet...................................................... 53 American Shoe Store................................................. 122 Angel Allen Dermatology.......................................... 33 Anthony Porter Insurance........................................ 63 Argyle Catering. ........................................................... 91 Arris’ Pizza Palace........................................................ 77 Bee at Home. ................................................................... 53 Bella Capelli Salon and Spa...................................... 94 BK Bakery.........................................................................31 Burns Optical...............................................................114 Calena’s Fashions. ....................................................... 18 Capital Mall................................................................... 98 Capital Region Medical Center ........................................................... 91, 106, 107, 108, 109 Capitol City CORK........................................................ 102 Capital City Players. .................................................... 70 Carrie’s Hallmark........................................................ 23 Catherine Crum Salon................................................. 89 Central Bank.......................... 86, 101, 125, 126, 127, 128 Central Dairy. ............................................................... 78 Central Missouri Bridal Association...................... 14 Central Trust.................................................................51 Coffee Zone.................................................................... 78 Columbia College......................................................... 33 Columbia Facial Plastic Surgery.............................. 27 Columbia Regional Airport........................................ 18 Concannon Plastic Surgery. ...................................... 8 Cottonstone Gallery/Jim Dyke artist...................... 74 Cummins Mid-South.................................................... 124 CVDL Attorneys. ............................................................ 67 Designer Kitchens & Bath. .......................................... 12 Diamond Banc................................................................ 17 The Ecco.......................................................................... 42 Ecowater Systems. ..................................................... 122 Edward Jones/Suzie Nichols..................................... 67 Fechtel Beverage & Sales Inc.. .................................... 2 Fischer Body Shop........................................................ 97 Frank Schrimpf Plumbing. ......................................... 39 Fuji Japanese Steak House........................................... 86

Haute Salon................................................................... 13 Hawthorn Bank........................................................... 132 Heartland Payment Systems.................................... 124 Heisinger Bluffs............................................................41 Home Helpers. ............................................................. 129 Houser Millard Funeral Home. ...............................121 Huber and Associates. ................................................ 57 Hy-Vee JC................................................................. 118, 119 Initially Yours............................................................... 27 International Wines & Liquors.................................. 39 J. Pfenny’s....................................................................... 95 JC Mattress..................................................................... 53 JCMG, surgery.................................................................. 4 JCMG, laser and Vein.................................................... 34 JCMG, weight treatment............................................... 63 JCMG, new physicians................................................... 68 Jefferson Bank of Missouri....................................... 12 Jefferson City YMCA..................................................... 92 Joyce Bremer/REMAX.................................................... 67 Kas A Design................................................................... 89 Ken Otke Construction............................................... 86 KRCG............................................................................11, 42 La Belle Cabinetry & Lighting. ................................. 122 La Sienne Salon & Day Spa........................................... 55 Longfellow’s Garden Center.................................... 88 Lori Branch and Brad hutchison, State Farm Insurance.................................................. 55 Lutz BBQ.......................................................................... 78 Madison’s Café.............................................................. 73 Major Interiors............................................................. 97 Marshall and Co.................................................... 57, 84 Martellaro Marble and Granite. ........................... 129 Mary Kate Johnson Art Gallery. ..............................114 Mid America Bank...........................................................61 Mid-City Lumber Co......................................................113 Midwest Block and Brick............................................ 23 Missouri Credit Union................................................... 5 Missouri Governors mansion.................................. 120 Missouri Solar Applications LLC. ..............................51 Naught Naught Insurance Agency........................... 18

Nick’s Family Restaurant and Steve’s.......................... Family Style Restaurant............................................ 102 Oak Hills Golf Course................................................. 70 O’Donoghue’s. ................................................................81 Oscar’s Classic Diner. ................................................ 84 Organize That Space..................................................... 23 Paddy Malone’s Pub.......................................................81 The Perfect Fit Boutique........................................... 124 Petals For You............................................................. 102 Prison Brews. ................................................................ 98 Riley Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, Cadillac......................11 River City Florist.......................................................... 92 Riversong Spa & Salon. ............................................... 73 Saffee’s........................................................................... 17 Samuel’s Tuxedos. ........................................................ 98 The Schaefer House..................................................... 88 Scruggs Lumber. .........................................................131 Shannon Wade/Real Property Improvements....... 27 Signature Homes. ......................................................... 32 Smart Business Products. ....................................... 105 Sommers Interiors....................................................... 42 Southbank Gift Co........................................................ 94 St. Mary’s Health Center............................................... 3 Steve’s Pest Control Inc............................................. 92 Studio Home..................................................................... 6 Summit Lake Winery.......................................................81 Taylor Allen Photography......................................... 32 Teubner, Daniel DDS..................................................... 63 Truescape Landscaping............................................ 123 Victoria’s Bridal. .................................................... 44, 45 Weathered rock veterinary clinic........................... 64 Whaley’s Pharmacy Inc............................................. 124 Wheat Chiropractic. .................................................... 73 Wilson’s Total Fitness............................................... 123 Woodman Engineering Co.. ........................................ 91 Yellow Moon Antique Mall........................................ 74 Zesto................................................................................ 84 Zimmer Radio & Marketing Group. .............................71

The Last Word Guest columnist

Open for Business By Mayor Eric J. Struemph Photo by Chris Hollaway

Jefferson City is a great place to live. We’re a community of hard-working individuals who respect and value one another. Whether it is enjoying a festival downtown, taking a leisurely stroll on the Greenway, eating dinner at one of our fine restaurants or exploring our history at Oktoberfest, Jefferson City has something to offer everyone. As the capital city, we serve as a model to the rest of the state. We welcome visitors and newcomers, and we invite businesses to take advantage of the endless potential Jefferson City offers. The question before us is not, “Is Jefferson City great?” but rather, “Can Jefferson City be better?” The answer is yes. How do we become even better? Through transformation. In the past year and a half, Jefferson City residents and leaders have worked together to shape goals for growth and the transformation of our community. We have set the stage for major projects: Missouri State Penitentiary redevelopment and a new facility for St. Mary’s Hospital and infrastructure improvements, just to name a few. We have begun to see the benefits of a stronger partnership with Lincoln University and the importance of developing our historic areas and preserving our natural resources. We are on the right path, but the kind of transformation Jefferson City is undergoing is more than a physical change; it’s also an attitude change. It’s about embracing new ideas, new people and new technologies. It’s about creating an environment where both our residents and those looking at our city know we are a community open for business. The transformation process will require investment of our resources and time. We will look at each step we take to ensure it makes common sense and business sense. We will be accountable to you, our investors. Everyone in Jefferson City will take part in the transformation, and most importantly, we will all benefit from it for generations to come. Watch for more information in the coming weeks about how Jefferson City will be transforming into a community that is “Open for Business.” I look forward to embarking on this journey with you! n 130 | November/December 2011

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