Inside Columbia Magazine - July/August 2024

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In a world of sit-down restaurants, Mr. Murphy’s Stuffed Potatoes has been standing out as a restaurant on wheels providing stuffed potatoes, nachos and salads to the mid-Missouri area since 2019. Committed to customer service, owner Jheron Nunnelly treats his customers like family and winning gold for Best Food Truck in Best of Columbia 2024 is an honor to him and his team. “We appreciate our customers showing their support and showing us how much they love us,” he says. “To be voted number one is a huge accomplishment.” And this accomplishment is just the beginning, as Nunnelly’s goal is to make Mr. Murphy’s one of the biggest franchises in Missouri. “I don’t ever think small.” What started as a simple date idea between Nunnelly and his wife, has now blossomed into a beloved establishment in Columbia and surrounding areas. Now, it is time to celebrate together and experience why Mr. Murphy’s has been voted the best in Columbia. Visit today to savor the flavors that have made Mr. Murphy’s Columbia’s favorite food truck!

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Our City’s Best


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The most anticipated magazine issue in Columbia is here! Best of Columbia has always looked to celebrate the people, businesses and places throughout the city that citizens feel, and vote, are the best of the best. (How many times do you think I can I fit“best” in this letter? Place your bets now.) Each year, this list serves as the only guide covering the essentials of the city, and I love reflecting on how businesses and people lift each other up throughout the process. In the spirit of this, the issue also covers 100 years of Boone County history and the Boone County Historical Society’s celebration on page 36. Adding to our city’s illustrious business history is the women- and minority-owned bookstore, Sabu’s Books, and its owners, who you can learn more about on pages 32-33. We love this city, which you can see in our pages’ stories, photography and heart all through the year, but especially when we get to present Best of Columbia and those who inspire and invigorate the community. Thank you for voting over the past few months and for letting us be your source for the best information.

It’s time to sit back and read the best issue in Columbia! Our Best of Columbia issue is officially here, and we are so honored to share it with you! You can findall the winners on pages 58-71 and see the wonderful photographs where we combine all different category winners to bring the community together in celebration. If you are looking to try something new, flipto page 98 to learn about the owner of 44 Tavern, mid-Missouri’s ultimate entertainment bar and restaurant, and get to know the story behind the delicious food. This issue is truly packed with so much for you, Columbia. Whether you are new to the community, a native or just passing through, we are here to be your loyal guide, as the source where you can findthe absolute best this community has to offer. We hope you thoroughly enjoy diving into the vibrant content of this Best of Columbia issue!



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Peanuts On Parade


Three years ago, David Echols’ art went viral online.

However, if you were one of the thousands who saw the drawing, you most likely didn’t know it was his work.

In the weeks leading up to Christmas in 2019 and amidst season one of the Disney+ show “The Mandelorian,” Echols created “A Mandelorian Christmas.” The drawing was his take on “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” with characters Grogu and Din Djarin on either side of a small, barren tree with the ship, Razor Crest, decorated with holiday lights in the background. It went viral, without an attribution.

“My initial post got maybe a couple hundred likes or something like that, but I couldn’t go anywhere without seeing it,” Echols says about the drawing once it took off. It was being shared everywhere. It was ‘There’s my thing, and it’s got 60,000 likes and no credit given,’ and there’s another place, and ‘Oh, it’s got like 80,000 likes.’ It was kind of fun.”

In Columbia, most people who know Echols know him through his work at City of Refuge as the director of refugee development. His department, formed in June 2023, oversees the helpful transition of refugees into the next stages of their lives. These refugees have been through

difficulties and, many times, major crises, and now are trying to find their ooting in Columbia, Missouri.

This includes assisting initially with immediate and fundamental needs, such as a place to stay and clothing, and then supporting them as they acclimate to the region and culture. The latter comes in numerous ways, such as classes for language learning, a youth program to help with homework and a driving simulation to practice driving before a driver’s license test. Upcoming, the nonprofit will be opening an all-in-one food culinary training center and food truck, while also opening a preschool program.

The new food truck will help refugees in three ways, with personal cooking classes, with preparation to work in a kitchen or restaurant and with starting an entrepreneurial enterprise.

“There’s a big cultural, generational gap that we find between paents and their children,” Echols says while discussing the personal cooking classes and food being cooked in immigrant families. “Kids grow up here; they start wanting food that the parents aren’t familiar with, and the small thing starts to become an issue within families. Here’s how you could cook something that your kids have been bugging you about just to try and bring some things together in the family.”

In many ways, Echols’ previous experiences prepared him exactly to work at the nonprofit. Prior to November 2021, Echols and his wife and two sons lived in Windhoek, Namibia. Namibia is located on the southwestern coast of Africa and gained independence from South Africa in 1990. Echols and his family lived in the country’s capital and founded Three Measures, a non-denominational Christian ministry nonprofit. The nonprofit focuses on community development surrounding its foundational ideology that what makes a successful community are three aspects — the physical, the social and the spiritual.

With his art, Echols has always enjoyed

drawing as a personal hobby throughout his life. He dabbled in graphic design and similar mediums here and there. In 2018, he decided to participate in Inktober, a challenge given to artists each October to draw one image every day for 31 days. Each year, the Inktober website publishes its prompt list consisting of one word per day for the artists to interpret how they wish. The four rules are you make a drawing in ink, post it on any social media account — or even a refrigerator as long as you are sharing it with someone—, use the hashtag #inktober and #inktober2024 and then do it again the next day.

“I had never put anything out there for the public to see. I thought, ‘Well, it’d be good for me to just force myself into it,'" Echols says. “Because it’s my way to relax and release a little bit and find some peace So, I thought this would be nice. It’ll force me to do it for 30 days, and it was actually quite nice, and I got to watch myself improve over 30 days.”

Echols also had given himself a secondary prompt as well, to combine each day’s prompt with an '80s cartoon. Since fan art and “anything geeky” is what he describes as his favorite things to draw, it makes sense he’s gravitated to drawing people, families and, occasionally, pets in the vein of Charles Schulz’s Peanuts characters.

“Peanuts is a fun style, and it’s very

distinct,” Echols says. “The challenge is kind of fun because with doing portraits for people and the Peanuts, it’s a parody. So, it has to look authentic enough to pass, but also, you don’t see any adult in Peanuts, so how would Charles Schultz have drawn a beard?”

Soon after Inktober 2018, Echols started an Instagram to share his drawings. It led to a few freelance opportunities and then commissions on his work, the most popular of which are his Peanut portraits of individuals and families. His website came in 2020 after people started asking if he had a site. Now, he sells shirts, sweatshirts, tote bags, stickers, mugs, gift cards, etc. on 2023 was the first ear he participated in City of Refuge’s Holiday Market.

“When we did the Holiday Market, I kind of debated, ‘Should I do it? Should I not?’” Echols says, “because nobody around here knew that I was doing this either. I was kind of outed there, but it was great. I got a bunch of commissions.”

In terms of a distinct style, Echols believes he’s “getting closer to knowing what that is.”

“I feel like now I’m getting to the point when I do something I kind of know what my version would look like. It’s kind of a cartoony style. I don’t think I have a name for it.”

Sabu’s Story


Sabreena Anowar has loved books her entire life. In fact, she loves them so much that in 2022 she quit her job in academia as a professor of civil engineering and decided to give bookselling a try. This was the beginning of Sabu’s Books, named in honor of the nickname her close friends and family call her, Sabu.

The independent bookstore first opened online, generating enough income for Anowar and her business partner, Janene Hillbrick, to open a physical location on the south side of Columbia. The physical location opened its doors earlier this year on Feb. 24 after over a year of renovating the suite space. The renovations included painting walls, finding boks and bookshelves, buffin and cleaning floors, among many other tasks that the two completed.

“I didn’t know a thing about becoming a bookseller,” Anowar says. “It was an impulsive decision, and I’m learning as I go. I have found that there’s an independent study course that the Professional Booksellers School offers, so I’m going to attend that.”

Three months after opening, the two completed a children’s room, decorated with Winnie the Pooh characters, trees

and origami fortune tellers on the walls. On May 14, they celebrated with Opening 2.0, an event to celebrate the room’s opening. Currently, the store shelves nearly 4,000 books, with approximately 3,000 in storage.

“We want to bring the nostalgia of printed books alive,” Anowar says. “It’s a place to come and enjoy your time with your book, whether or not you buy it. We will provide you coffee and snacks, just enjoy the book. We want to tell you, ‘Hey, it’s not just a place to buy books, it’s a place to enjoy and renew your relationship with books.’”

Each book is handpicked by Anowar and Hillbrick. In the beginning, many of the books were from Anowar’s collection that she accumulated over the COVID-19 pandemic. For the others, the two found them at garage, estate and library sales, among other places around town that seemed promising for gently used books. They joke about becoming friends with the estate sale managers.

“I’m learning that I don’t know much about books,” Hillbrick says. “I didn’t know that I didn’t know.”

Anowar and Hillbrick clean each book to ensure the quality is up to their standards for selling, sanding pages as needed, removing stickers and erasing any

marks from stamps or markers. “We want to maintain a certain quality of the books even though we are a used bookstore,” Hillbrick says.

Anowar states that literal blood, sweat and tears went into the shop, and the blood was from many, many paper cuts while processing the books.

This dedication comes from Anowar’s love of books, but also from her upbringing in Bangladesh, where her town holds a month-long, city-wide book fair each February. “We want to create that for Columbia along with other bookstores in the area. You can never have enough bookstores.”

You can never have enough bookstores. “

An expat of 16 years, she moved in 2008 to Canada, then from Canada to the U.S. Then she moved to Canada again in 2018, and then to Singapore, and finaly back to the U.S. all to follow her academic pursuits and aspirations. She

met Hillbrick at a dinner function at the University of Missouri in 2019, and the two clicked immediately. Now, they see each other as having two different personalities, but with many commonalities, which they claim is what makes the business relationship work. Hillbrick is a massage therapist, who also owns the business directly next to Sabu’s, Sun Structural Massage. The two businesses share a door through which the 15-year-old bookstore cat, Rama, comes and goes as he pleases.

When walking into Sabu’s Books, customers are greeted right away with, as expected, books — hardbound classics behind glass, as if in honor of the authors who spurred many generations of readers — as well as a coffee stand, merchandise and smiling faces, giving customers an immediate invitation to browse the books and stay awhile.

“I’m loving every moment of it,” Anowar says of running the store. “It doesn’t have a fat paycheck at the end of the day, but my heart is full and it’s irreplaceable.”

Sabu’s Books is open noon to 7 p.m. Monday to Thursday, noon to 6 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. To visit the bookstore in-person, its address is 4603 John Garry Dr., suite 12. For online purchases or more information, visit

A Centennial Celebration


This year marks a century of the Boone County Historical Society curating and celebrating Boone County history. To commemorate the occasion, the society is pairing with another centennial anniversary — the patent for what became known as the popsicle.

On Saturday, July 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Boone County Historical Society will host Popsicle Fest, a free event for the community that will include one free popsicle per attendee, food trucks, plein air artists, craft vendors, artists and more.

“The community as a whole, over 100 years, five generatons and counting, has thought enough of the importance of this historical society that’s kept it going,” says Executive Director Chris Campbell.

Mayor Barbara Buffaoe and Boone County Presiding Commissioner Kip Kendrick will present proclamations and give some remarks. MO SOUL Collective, Ironweed, and Ty Toomsen and the Twang City Smokers will be performing during the event as well. The society is

also making outlines of art pieces in their centennial art exhibit that represent the last 100 years of art in Boone County. Children can take outlines, color them in and then compare them to the original artwork when finished

Also on display is their exhibit titled “ 100 Years, 100 Objects.” It includes a Model T and covered wagon that individuals will be able to visit. The leg braces worn by Jane Froman, an American actress, singer and Boone County resident, after surviving a plane crash in World War II will also be on display.

“There are things we can’t imagine right now that I’m sure will be on display 100 years from now,” Campbell says. “And I hope the organization has a 00-year anniversary in 100 years.”

The Popsicle Fest will conclude with an announcement of the Boone-Anza Treasure Hunt that will take participants to destinations around Boone County. However, the adult scavenger hunt, consisting of 10 to 12 clues, will not be

quick or easy. In fact, Campbell expects the hunt to last into August, as the winner will receive the prize of $32 ,000 worth of diamonds and gemstones donated by Buchroeders Jewelers.



Popsicle Fest – A Celebration of 100 Years of Boone County History!


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Architectural rendering of downtown Columbia in the 1970s on display in ‘100 Years, 100 Objects.’

What’s Going On


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Ooh and aah up to the sky this Fourth with the city of Columbia’s annual Fire in the Sky event! Live music, food trucks and activities start off the night, leading up to the night’s big finale. 6:30 p.m.; free;

JULY 16-20


Fun for all awaits you and your family at the Boone County Fair this year. With events and shows such as K9’s in Flight, Tumbleweed Crossing Wild West Stunt Show, Demolition Derby and more, make sure to come ready to play.

5-10 p.m.; prices vary;




Grab your boots and friends and head downtown for one of country music’s biggest stars! Brett Young performs outside on Columbia’s hottest summer stage at Central Bank Downtown Live! Brett Young on 9th Street.

6:30-9:30 p.m.; $40; events




With summer in full swing comes MU South Farm’s sunflower field in full bloom! Go enjoy the yellowfilled field, take pictures and bask in the summer sun before they’re gone for another year.

Dawn to dusk; free;


AUG. 9



Teacher and non-teacher friends, this comedy show is for you! Bored Teachers Studios, who ranks number six of all Stand Up Comedy shows on Apple Podcasts, presents “The Struggle is Real!” a comedy tour about daily life in the classroom.

JULY 25-28



Don’t let the dog days of summer keep you inside. Bring your wallet and stroll the sidewalks at The District’s annual Dog Days Sidewalk Sale as downtown businesses roll out discounted products all weekend long.

9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; free; events




Get your craft on at Skylark Bookshop. This crafttacular event is on the last Thursday of each month and is free to enjoy! You can even stay a while and enjoy the Skylarking book club following the crafting fun.

5-6:15 p.m.; free;

7:30 p.m.; $39-$99;

AUG. 17



Brush off your black tie and join the community to celebrate local minority- and women-owned businesses and entrepreneurs alike. Wine, dine, network and dance in celebration of their contributions to our community.

6-9 p.m.; $100-$150;

AUG. 29



Cheer on your Mizzou Tigers for the first kickoff of the year against the Murray State Racers! Faurot is ready with all your favorites including hot dogs, popcorn, beer and, best of all, Truman the Tiger! 7 p.m.; TBD;

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While it’s all about having fun in the sun this summer, it’s essential to remember the importance of extreme heat safety. The American Red Cross says you should always stay hydrated during heat waves, stay in air-conditioning as much as possible, wear lightweight and loose clothing, and limit your outdoor activity.

Trail Transformation


Ihit the trails every weekend in Columbia with my girlfriend to connect and get a little bit of a boost. Some research shows that regular physical activity like walking may help improve your mood. Think of a 15-minute walk or an outdoor exercise routine. If you're looking for a good summer activity, you might find yourself on Columbia's trail system too — it was ranked as the secondbest urban trail in the nation by USA Today's 10 Best Readers' Choice Awards in 2016.

In this article, we're going to show you an exercise routine that you can perform at home or at the outdoor exercise station at Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial located at 800 W. Stadium Blvd. To start, we'll cover some science on strength training. Following, you'll find a outine that you can adapt to exercise at home or outdoors.

Some people like to use exercise as meditation. Your only goal is to stay consistent and try to improve yourself over time. Fit activity into your schedule however you see fit. A balanced regiment could look like:

• Monday — strength training

• Tuesday — cardio

• Wednesday — rest

• Thursday — strength training

• Friday — yoga

• Saturday — walk to Twin Lakes

• Sunday — rest

To teach you some exercise lingo, the best routines spell out these details:

• Volume — how many sets of exercises you perform.

• Intensity — how hard your training is or how much you lift.

• Frequency — how often you're training each muscle or move.

• Exercise selection — the exercises you perform each week.

• Exercise order — the order you perform exercises.

• Rest — how long you rest between sets, exercises and workouts.

• Tempo or velocity — how fast you can move.

You’ll benefit from strength training at a minimum of twice per week. While you don’t need equipment, performing bodyweight-only exercises limits progress to increasing difficulty by adding reps, changing tempos or moving onto more advanced variations. This is why the outdoor exercise station is so useful. Be sure to cover your primary movement patterns each week:

• Squatting — bodyweight squats, goblet squats.

• Hip hinging/extension — glute bridges, hip thrusts and RDLs.

• Lunges — split squats, lunges, stepups and step-downs.

• Upper body pushing — push-ups and overhead pressing.

• Upper body pulling — bent-over rows, chin-ups and pulldowns.

• Loaded carries and farmers' walks — carrying a heavy bucket on one side. Various core and accessory exercises can be added in as needed. The goals of your routine shape the exercises you choose, the form and the order you perform them.

A rep is performing an exercise once, sets are groups of reps. An example would be three sets of 6-12 reps. The research says to aim for 10-20 sets per muscle group per week to start. For example, three sets of lunging, three sets of bridges, and four sets of squats would be doing enough exercise for your glutes. If your goal is strength, two-thirds of your sets should be in the one to six rep range, with the remainder in the 6-30 rep range. If your goal is to get into better shape, two-thirds of your sets should be in the 6-12 rep range with the remainder in the one to five an 12-30 rep ranges. Generally, rest one to three minutes between sets.

Work with the time you have, you can perform all your sets over two workouts per week. For example two 45-minute workouts or three 30-minute routines.

Before every workout, warm-up. Get your blood flowing by performing a warmup. Walk for five to seven miutes before exercising or try dynamic stretches.


1. Bodyweight squat — 2-4 sets of 8-15 reps

2. Inverted row — 2-4 sets of 6-12 reps

3. Single-leg Romanian deadlift — 2-4

sets of 8-12 reps on each side

4. Hands-elevated or bodyweight pushups — 2-4 sets of 6-12 reps

5. YTA raise — 2-4 sets of 12-15 reps

6. Standing hip abductions — 2-4 sets of 20-30 reps on each side


1. Reverse lunge — 2-4 sets of 8-12 reps on each side

2. Chin-up or flexed arm hang — 2-4 sets of 6-12 reps or 5-15 seconds

3. Glute bridge — 2-4 sets of 15-30 reps

4. Pike push-ups or hands-elevated pike push-ups — 2-4 sets of 6-12 reps

5. Seated row machine — 2-4 sets of 12-15 reps

6. Clamshells — 2-3 sets of 20-30 reps on each side

After every workout, cool down and stretch. You may perform traditional reach and hold static stretching after your workouts. Each stretch should be held for 30-60 seconds.

Steven Mack owns Simple Solutions Fitness, a private personal training studio in Columbia. He's a Certified trength and Conditioning Specialist, a former Mizzou athlete, and is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Missouri. He's passionate about fitness and helping others and als coaches for Stronger By Science, helping people understand and implement exercise and nutrition research.

Embracing the Sun


As the warm rays of the sun dance across our skin, we often feel an instant sense of joy and vitality. But beyond simply brightening our days, sunlight plays a crucial role in our overall health and wellness. So often, we underestimate the healing power of sunlight, and how it can positively impact our bodies and minds. One of the most well-known benefits of sunlight is its role in vitamin D production. When our skin is exposed to sunlight, it triggers the synthesis of vitamin D, often referred to as

the "sunshine vitamin." Vitamin D is essential for several key functions in the body, including the absorption of calcium for bone health, supporting immune function and regulating mood. Research has shown that adequate vitamin D levels can help prevent conditions such as osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease and certain types of cancer. Moreover, vitamin D has been linked to improved mood and mental health, with sunlight exposure playing a significant role in combating seasonal affective disorder and depression. In addition to its role in vitamin D

production, sunlight exposure has a profound impact on our sleep-wake cycle and mood regulation. Exposure to natural light during the day helps regulate our circadian rhythm, the body's internal clock responsible for sleep and wakefulness. By exposing ourselves to sunlight in the morning, we signal to our bodies that it's time to be awake and alert, leading to better sleep quality and overall energy levels. Sunlight exposure triggers the release of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that plays a key role in mood regulation. Serotonin levels tend to be higher

during the day when exposed to sunlight, contributing to feelings of happiness and well-being. This is why spending time outdoors, especially in sunny weather, often leaves us feeling uplifted and rejuvenated.

Beyond its immediate effects on mood and sleep, regular sunlight exposure has been associated with a reduced risk of various diseases. Studies have shown that individuals who get ample sunlight may have a lower risk of conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and certain types of cancer. Sunlight exposure has been linked to improved immune function, with vitamin D playing a key role in supporting the body's defenses against infections and illnesses. To complement the theme of sunlight and promote overall health, I've created a nutrient-dense recipe that celebrates the vibrant colors and flvors of the season: sunshine salad.

Kimber Dean is the founder of Happiness Drinks, and the author of Happy Food and Happy Baking and Desserts. She is trained in both culinary arts and personal nutrition.


Preparation Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 0 minutes

Yield: 4 Salads


5 cups mixed greens

2 oranges, peeled and sliced

2 carrots, shredded


2 yellow bell peppers, thinly sliced

8 ounces grape tomatoes, halved

1⁄2 cup sunflower seeds, toaste

In a large bowl, combine the mixed greens, sliced oranges, shredded carrots, sliced bell peppers and grape tomatoes.

Sprinkle sunflower seeds on top for added crunch and nutrition

In a small bowl, whisk together the citrusy dressing ingredients until well-combined. Drizzle the dressing over the salad and toss gently to coat.

Serve immediately and enjoy the refreshing flavos of this sunshine salad.



Yield: 4 servings


1⁄4 cup lemon or orange juice

1⁄4 cup olive oil

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard


1 tablespoon maple syrup

Salt and pepper to taste

In a small bowl, whisk together lemon or orange juice, olive oil, Dijon mustard and maple syrup until well combined.

Season with salt and pepper to taste. Adjust the sweetness or acidity according to your preference by adding more maple or lemon juice if needed.

Taste the dressing and adjust seasoning as desired. Use immediately to dress your salad or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week. Before using, give it a good shake or whisk to recombine the ingredients.

This vibrant and delicious salad is packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, making it the perfect addition to any meal. Not only does it capture the essence of sunlight with its bright colors, but it also nourishes the body from the inside out.

As we bask in the warmth of the sun this summer, let's not forget the incredible benefits it ofers for our health and well-being. From vitamin D production to mood regulation and disease prevention, sunlight truly is nature's medicine. So, embrace the sunshine, soak up its rays, and enjoy the positive impact it has on your body and mind. And remember, a nutrient-dense diet filled with coloful fruits and vegetables like our sunshine salad can further enhance the benefits of sunlight, ensuring tha you feel your best all summer long. Here's to a season of health, happiness and plenty of sunshine!

Adam & Bob

residential & commercial

Providing superior service to the community since 1985, Scott Electric has taken on projects big and small in Columbia and mid-Missouri, as well as Illinois and Kansas. The family-owned and -operated business is known for its honest, professional and dependable electrical contract work in residential and commercial spaces.

Scott Electric is owned and operated by Adam Scott, son of the business’ founder, Bob Scott. Scott learned the trade from his father at a young age, beginning an informal apprenticeship at 12 years old. Now,

he has over 20 years of experience and knowledge that he’s been able to impart to his employees and clients.

“We pride ourselves in transparency, clear communication and a customer-centric approach that each project is completed to the highest standards,” Scott says.

To pass on this knowledge and approach more formally, the company established an accredited apprenticeship this past year through the Independent Electrical Contractors of the Greater St. Louis Area. The program provides

classroom instruction with hands-on experience, allowing for comprehensive education and top-quality workmanship. This apprenticeship provides opportunities for future electricians in the Columbia area through learning and elevating industry standards.

“I see our company setting a higher standard for other contractors in our field,” Scott says. “Through our commitment to excellence, education and community involvement, we strive to leave a lasting impact, fostering a


new generation of skilled electricians who embody our values and continue to drive innovation and quality in the electrical industry.”

Years before building the apprenticeship certification at the company, Scott became a renowned electrician as a licensed master electrician in Missouri, Illinois and Kansas. Additionally, he helped build electrical substations for power companies across the United States as a licensed substation electrician.

The Scott family believes serving the community is a privilege. In his free time, Scott serves as vice

president of the Senior Housing Board. He is also on the Fair Board and is a member of the Lions Club. His wife, Lacy, volunteers her time as secretary of the Prairie Home Pool Board and as a member of the Boonville Women’s Club. With this commitment to service, it comes as no surprise that Scott focuses on serving the community as much as possible in his business too.

Scott Electric continues to be the source in Columbia for superior electrical solutions that exceed expectations. The team guarantees safety and peace of mind for all their

projects. For residential clients, the business provides essentials such as electrical repairs, upgrades and maintenance. In commercial spaces, they work on various aspects of service work, as well as new projects. “Our team of highly trained electricians is committed to ensuring every project is completed with the utmost precision and care,” Scott says.

Their standards for direct and timely communication, transparency and a customer-driven approach means clients know they are, and will continue to be, their first priority.

Heavy Headbangers


WELCOME TO OUR ULTIMATE LISTS! In each issue, you will find a cuated selection of things to listen to or watch, put together by either an on-air talent from Zimmer Communications or a member of the Inside Columbia staff. For this issue, Doug Groff fom 96.7 KCMQ, shared his ultimate playlist that helped him find lve from afar. Scan the QR code on this page to hear the full playlist. Enjoy!

I am an unapologetic lover of heavy music, and my wife Silke is from Germany. We met online discussing our love for heavy metal and rock bands from around the world. She didn't speak much English and I didn't speak any German, but after chatting online for months we finally met, and e both knew it was going to be forever. That was 15 years ago and we’re still going strong. These are some of the songs we love together.

"Hunting High and Low" — Stratovarius

Stratovarius is the band my wife Silke and I were discussing on Myspace when we met online around 15 years ago. They are a power and neoclassical heavy metal band with members from Finland and Sweden. Imagine the band Journey on steroids. This is their most well-known song to date.

"Carry On" — Manowar

I had literally never met a woman who liked, or even knew of this band, so I knew my wife was special! They are huge in Europe, and they also held the record for the loudest recorded concert, so that's pretty cool.

"Livin' on a Prayer" — Bon


Silke is a much bigger fan, but come on, who doesn't like this song and sing along when it comes on the radio? It's timeless and has a nice message.

"Don't Stop at the Top" — Scorpions

Way before I met my German wife, I loved the Scorpions, who are from Germany of course. Ironically, her favorite bands are from the U.S. — Bon Jovi and Guns N' Roses — and mine are from Germany — Scorpions and Accept. I guess the grass is always greener. This is one of their lesser-known tracks, but it always gives me a boost.

"Badlands" — Metal Church

In the late 80's when everyone else was listening to Metallica, I loved this band called Metal Church. This song is actually quite spiritual and deep. It's not for everyone, but this is a song I can always turn to to pick me up.



Backyard Boost


With the warm weather and later sunsets, it’s important to create an outdoor area you love, as it serves as an extension of your indoor aesthetic. Barry Roewe, the CEO of TrueSon Exteriors & Interiors, is showing you the patio, deck and outdoor renovation trends of the year, so you can have the upgrade of your dreams. Whether you are just adding ideas to your Pinterest board or looking for guidance from a professional, this guide is the key to boosting your backyard in 2024.


Since spending the pandemic indoors and not having the luxury of going to restaurants or events, Roewe says that people started putting more effort into creating an outdoor sanctuary. Years later, the desire for a lovely space outside has only grown. “Ten years ago, you go out into the backyard and people might have a great concrete pad and a barbecue grill, right? Well, now people want something as big as this whole space with stamped concrete and fie pits in the middle of it,” he says. “So they're really investing and going above and beyond what you would consider to be an outdoor living space.” Roewe says enhancing your backyard or outdoor area can add so much value to your home and a connection between the indoor renovations and the overall theme. “People are now dressing things up more aesthetically to match the colors of the house,” he says. “It really is a great investment into your home because it changes the whole dynamic of the inside. If you have the inside flow into an outside space, it just makes your home more versatile.”


Once you have decided to renovate, the next step is figuring out hat kind of additions or changes you are going to make to your space. Roewe says the renovation all depends on the kind of lifestyle you have. “Some people have a lot of kids and want big playgrounds back there. We've done in-ground trampolines and things like that,” he says. “It is about making it a personal, recreational type of space.” The personalization aspect ranges from

the type of stamp on the concrete to large additions for relaxation. “A lot of people like to stamp the concrete with different shapes whether that's to make it look like wood planks or stones, so it's not just a flat, basc surface. And it's not always just the gray color that we are used to seeing in a parking lot. We've done browns and reds or whatever color that matches the house,” Roewe says. “They may even be adding features to it, whether that's a pool or fiepit or

some sort of shade like pergolas or small pavilions.” Roewe says he has also seen people adding large screened-in areas to have a space to relax outside without being attacked by bugs. “It's getting pretty common that people are wanting some sort of covered area,” he says. “They also can obviously utilize that space for shade during the day. Some of those screen rooms are as nice as living rooms in the house. They just have screens around them versus solid walls.”


Now that you know what you want in your backyard, it’s time to make sure you can afford it. While you can make small adjustments or decor updates, Roewe says a proper renovation is a large investment but has a large reward. “If you're operating with a blank slate, meaning maybe you just have a backyard with a 12-by-12 concrete pad, that is essentially as basic as it gets, you're going to have to budget somewhere above $25,000 to start getting a nicer concrete pad with even a basic covered

roof,” Roewe says. “And then it just goes up from there.” This shows the substantial financial ivestment people are making into their outdoor areas as they want to spend more time outside.

“That's where I say the money that people are investing into the outdoor living space is really substantial. When people are buying homes, that's one of the biggest things they're looking for, is to see what sort of outdoor living space it has.” After creating a budget, Roewe says the next step is to create

a prioritized list of what you or your family would benefit from the most.

“If it’s a couple with no children, their needs are drastically different than a couple with three kids that are under 10,” he says. “Contact someone like us or another to discuss your needs, get proposals and bids and see how realistic your budget is. Then you can move forward with your priority list, adding to it or scaling it back."

It’s time to reveal the Best of Columbia 2024 winners! You nominated and voted for your favorites, and after thousands of votes, the results are in.

A heartfelt thank you to the wonderful Columbia community for helping us achieve a record number of votes for Best of Columbia, surpassing a total of 237,000 votes. The businesses behind the medals and our team cannot thank you enough for helping make Best of Columbia 2024 the best year yet. We are honored to be the source in Columbia where you can find th best of the best, and we truly couldn’t do it without you and the businesses that make Columbia so amazing.

That said, we now present the winners of Best of Columbia 2024!

The Best TV Personality winners relaxing outside at Tropical Liqueurs, the Gold winner for Best Happy Hour.

Gold winner for Best Food Truck, Mr. Murphy’s Stuffed Potatoes serving the Gold winner for Best Realtor, Dustin March with Dustin March Real Estate LLC Brokered by EXP Realty.



GOLD: Como Smoke & Fire

SILVER: Big Daddy’s BBQ

BRONZE: D. Rowe’s Restaurant & Bar


GOLD: G&D Pizzaria

SILVER: Shakespeare’s Pizza

BRONZE: Pizza Tree


GOLD: Just Jeff ’s

SILVER: Booches Billiard Hall

BRONZE: Billiards on Broadway


GOLD: Big Mama’s Cafe

SILVER: Cafe Berlin

BRONZE: The Broadway Diner


GOLD: Las Margaritas

SILVER: Delia’s Mexican Grill

BRONZE: José Jalapeños



GOLD: Andy’s Frozen Custard

SILVER: Sparky’s Homemade Ice Cream

BRONZE: Randy’s Frozen Custard


GOLD: Logboat Brewing Co.

SILVER: Flat Branch Pub & Brewing

BRONZE: D&D Pub N Grub


GOLD: CC’s City Broiler

SILVER: G&D Steakhouse

BRONZE: Murry’s


A new pretzel pop-up by Billy Polansky is in town. To welcome this pop-up in Columbia, Goldie’s Bagels hosted the Philly-style pretzel pop-up throughout June. Now, Polansky says the community can book the Pretzel Wagon to cater events.


GOLD: Flat Branch Pub & Brewing

SILVER: The Bistro at Les Bourgeois Vineyards

BRONZE: Ozark Mountain Biscuit & Bar


GOLD: The Grind Coffee House

SILVER: Lakota Coffee Co.

BRONZE: Love Coffee


GOLD: Mr. Murphy’s Stuffed Potatoes

SILVER: Ozark Mountain Biscuit Co.

BRONZE: Lily’s Cantina


GOLD: Barred Owl Butcher & Table

SILVER: Flyover

BRONZE: Son of a Gun


GOLD: Beet Box

SILVER: Cafe Berlin

BRONZE: Nourish Café & Market


GOLD: Jina Yoo’s Asian Bistro

SILVER: House of Chow

BRONZE: Bangkok Gardens



GOLD: Las Margaritas

SILVER: Delia’s Mexican Grill

BRONZE: Irene’s


GOLD: Peggy Jean’s Pies

SILVER: Batter Up Cupcakes

BRONZE: Pie Bird Bake Shoppe


GOLD: Pickleman’s Gourmet Cafe

SILVER: Jersey Mike’s Subs

BRONZE: The Old Neighborhood Cafe


GOLD: Irene’s

SILVER: The Old Neighborhood Cafe

BRONZE: Belly Market & Rotisserie


GOLD: Tropical Liqueurs

SILVER: Room 38 Restaurant & Lounge

BRONZE: Southside Pizza & Pub



GOLD: Jenny Dewar – Pure Barre Columbia

SILVER: Laura Kitzi - Rho Engine Room

BRONZE: Brandon Johnson – Change in Motion


GOLD: Dustin Norem – CC’s City Broiler

SILVER: Brian Brink - D. Rowe's Restaurant & Bar

BRONZE: Jina Yoo - Jina Yoo's Asian Bistro

The Gold winner for Best Fitness Instructor/Personal Trainer, Jenny Dewar, owner of Pure Barre Columbia, is taking a rest day near an array of pies from Peggy Jean’s Pies, the Gold winner for Best Dessert.


GOLD: Scotty – Clear 99

SILVER: Hannah the Producer – 93.9 The Eagle

BRONZE: Shags – 96.7 KCMQ


GOLD: Matt Beckwith – KOMU 8 News

SILVER: Meghan Drakas – ABC 17 News

BRONZE: Beth Finello – KOMU 8 News


GOLD: Ashley Emel

SILVER: Christina Byrd

BRONZE: Melody Whitworth


GOLD: Max Bennett - D&D Pub N Grub

SILVER: Mark Alexiou - Logboat Brewing Co.

BRONZE: Jake Ryan - CC's City Broiler


GOLD: Steve Hotsenpiller - Steve’s Pest Control

SILVER: Nathan Long - Veterans United Home Loans

BRONZE: Mun Choi - University of Missouri System


GOLD: Holly J Greenup Photography

SILVER: Casey Buckman Photography

BRONZE: Schaefer Photography

The Best Radio Personality Winners hanging out with the Blooms and Wishes truck, which won Gold for Best Florist in Columbia.


GOLD: Dustin March - Dustin March Real Estate

Brokered by EXP Realty

SILVER: Shawna Neuner - BLVD Realty

BRONZE: Orie Hemme - Copper Creek Realty


GOLD: Stephanie Goans - Edward Jones

SILVER: Bob Steinmetz - JK Financial

BRONZE: Graham Buresh - WR Wealth Planners

Best of Columbia Silver winner for Best Bartender, Mark Alexiou at Logboat Brewing Co., serves the Gold winner for Best Attorney, Jessica Caldera with Harper, Evans, Hilbrenner & Netemeyer. Join Caldera next time and take a load off at Logboat, which also won Gold for Best Local Watering Hole.


GOLD: Jessica Caldera - Harper, Evans, Hilbrenner & Netemeyer

SILVER: Tyson Mutrux - Mutrux Firm Injury Lawyers

BRONZE: Ben Faber - Faber Law Firm


GOLD: Cassandra Stokes - Stone Crow Studio LLC Tattoo & Fine Art

SILVER: Trent Tucker - Living Canvas Tattoo & Body Piercing

BRONZE: Cameron Watkins - Living Canvas Tattoo & Body Piercing


GOLD: Phyllis Nichols - State Farm Insurance

SILVER: Will Garrett - Missouri Farm Bureau Insurance

BRONZE: Zachary Canote - Goosehead Insurance



GOLD: Doug Perry Towing

SILVER: Tiger Towing

BRONZE: I-70 Towing & Recovery


GOLD: Columbia Lawn Guys

SILVER: Columbia Landcare

BRONZE: Salter Lawn Service


GOLD: Mutrux Automotive

SILVER: Lee's Tire Company

BRONZE: Plaza Tire Service


GOLD: Heartland Homes Remodeling & Roofin

SILVER: Coil Construction

BRONZE: Hemme Construction


GOLD: Creekside Pet Center

SILVER: Dog Daze Playcare

BRONZE: Peace Love Paws Pet Sitters


GOLD: Mutrux Automotive

SILVER: Fleet Feet

BRONZE: Bronze By Design


GOLD: Heartland Homes Remodeling & Roofin

SILVER: TrueSon Exteriors & Interiors

BRONZE: New Beginnings Construction & Remodeling


GOLD: G&D Steakhouse

SILVER: CC's City Broiler

BRONZE: D. Rowe's Restaurant & Bar


GOLD: Lizzi & Rocco's Natural Pet Market

SILVER: Treats Unleashed

BRONZE: All Dogs-N-Cats Pet Salon


GOLD: ServiceMaster of Columbia

SILVER: SitePRO Excavating

BRONZE: Columbia Foundation Repair & Waterproofin


GOLD: State Farm Insurance Agency

SILVER: Shelter Insurance

BRONZE: Missouri Farm Bureau Insurance


GOLD: Steve's Pest Control

SILVER: Wingate Pest and Lawn

BRONZE: Otto’s Exterminators


This monument to David R. Francis, a former governor and proponent of the university, stands as a good luck charm for students. According to legend, rubbing the nose of this sculpture will score students an A on their next exam. Next time you’re passing through campus, stop and take a look at this legendary superstition, and maybe even rub the nose for good luck!


GOLD: Club Car Wash

SILVER: Gaines Car Detailing

BRONZE: PLSM Customization


GOLD: Sara Fougere Catering

SILVER: Bush's Catering

BRONZE: Peachtree Catering


GOLD: Horton Animal Hospital

SILVER: Rolling Hills Veterinary Hospital

BRONZE: Noah's Ark Animal Hospital & Bird Clinic


GOLD: An Eye For Detail Cleaning

SILVER: Mid-MO Cleaning

BRONZE: The Cleanest


If you’re looking for a perfect parade, March March is the perfect parade that kicks off the True/False Film Festival. Parade marchers dress in bright colors, carry fun props, make lots of noise and, well, march.


GOLD: Brian Wear Plumbing

SILVER: Chapman Heating, Cooling, & Plumbing

BRONZE: MasterTech Plumbing, Heating and Cooling


GOLD: Chapman Heating, Cooling, & Plumbing

SILVER: Star Heating & Air Conditioning

BRONZE: Peak Climate Heating and Air Conditioning


GOLD: Rost Landscaping

SILVER: Kretch's Custom Exteriors

BRONZE: Lanier Landscaping


GOLD: Blooms & Wishes Flowers

SILVER: Kent’s Floral Gallery

BRONZE: My Secret Garden



GOLD: Restoration Chiropractic

SILVER: Compass Chiropractic and Wellness

BRONZE: Achieve Balance Chiropractic


GOLD: Samantha Woolridge –Regeneration Salon & Spa

SILVER: Jenna Sutton – The Clip Joint

BRONZE: Amber Evans – Hair Therapy Salon & Day Spa


GOLD: Counseling Associates

SILVER: Burrell Behavioral Health

BRONZE: Anxiety & Depression Clinic of Columbia


GOLD: Central Missouri Orthodontics

SILVER: Bear Creek Family Dental

BRONZE: Willett Dental Associates


GOLD: Missouri Eye Consultants

SILVER: Andrew Stone Optometry

BRONZE: Becvar Optometry


GOLD: Riversong Spa & Salon

SILVER: Regeneration Salon & Spa

BRONZE: Hair Therapy Salon & Day Spa


GOLD: Shangri-La Dispensaries

SILVER: 3Fifteen Primo Cannabis

BRONZE: Green Releaf Dispensary


GOLD: Columbia Orthopaedic Group

Liberty Family Medicine

Missouri Heart Center


GOLD: Supplement Superstores

SILVER: Fit Factory Supplements

BRONZE: Krush Nutrition

Best Photographer Gold winner, Holly J Greenup, is snapping a picture of Samantha Woolridge with Regeneration Salon & Spa, the Gold winner for Best Hairstylist. If you need some pampering as well, you can stay after your cut and color at Renegeration Salon & Spa, which is the Silver winner for Best Spa.



GOLD: Cooper’s Landing

SILVER: Rock Bridge Memorial State Park

BRONZE: Stephens Lake Park


GOLD: Liz & Scotty in the Morning – Clear 99

SILVER: The Cosmo and Kat Show - Y107

BRONZE: The Morning Shag with Shags & Trevor - 96.7 KCMQ


GOLD: Cooper’s Landing

SILVER: The Blue Note

BRONZE: Rose Music Hall


GOLD: Fringe Western Wear

SILVER: Fleet Feet

BRONZE: My Sister’s Circus


GOLD: Dryer's Shoe Store

SILVER: Fleet Feet

BRONZE: American Shoe


GOLD: Buchroeders Jewelers

SILVER: Betz Jewelers




GOLD: Plume

SILVER: Hahn Custom Laser Engraving

BRONZE: Freckle Face Farmgirl


GOLD: Compass Chiropractic and Wellness

SILVER: University of Missouri

BRONZE: Mutrux Automotive


GOLD: Midway Golf & Games

SILVER: Sky Zone

BRONZE: Level Up Entertainment


GOLD: Rusty Drewing Automotive

SILVER: Bob McCosh Chevrolet

BRONZE: Joe Machens Ford


GOLD: Art in the Park

SILVER: True/False Film Fest

BRONZE: Central Bank Downtown Live!


GOLD: Love Columbia

SILVER: Unchained Melodies Dog Rescue

BRONZE: Coyote Hill Foster Care Ministries


GOLD: Cooper's Ridge Event Venue

SILVER: Columbia Country Club

BRONZE: The Atrium on Tenth

The Gold winner for Best Insurance Agent, Phyllis Nichols with State Farm, getting towed by the Gold winner for Best Towing Company, Doug Perry Towing



The hotter days mean hotter flames or grilling up your favorite foods this summer. Whether you are cooking up a family meal or creating a holiday feast, your skill on the grill matters. From finding the pefect grill for you to choosing sauces or spices, the options seem endless due to the variety of meals that can be made over the fie. If the art hasn’t been taught or handed down to you, don't worry! All you need is to understand the basics and then the grilling world opens itself up, expanding your know-how. But don’t sweat, you’re not by the fie yet; here is a helpful guide, including tips and a few favorite meals by local professionals, for novices as well as ideas for the most seasoned grillers. There’s a lot to cover, and we won’t be able to go over it all, but let’s turn up the temperature, grab some tongs and get sizzlin’!


On the outset, deciding which grill to purchase may seem daunting. However, much of this decision relies on what you want from your time on the grill. If you’re seeking a deep smoky flvor for your burgers, ribs, steaks or any meat, a wood-fie or charcoal grill is the choice you want to make. Wood-fie grills generally will give you more flvor, according to Chef Brook Harlan with Columbia Area Career Center. With wood-fie grills, you choose which type of wood you want to burn, so the flvors of your meat can range from a traditional hickory blend to cherry rum.

Charcoal grills will give you a traditional smoky flvor and will cook evenly, though you won’t get flvor options like a wood-burning grill would give. You can throw in wood pellets with your coals to bring out hints of flvor along with the smoky, savory taste, however. This grill is also the cheapest option of the three, but upkeep, coals and more, quickly can bring a higher price tag. Additionally, buying a chimney starter is very helpful if you go this grill route, as it is the quickest way to heat your coals.

The quick and easy option is a propane grill. These are less for enthusiasts, and more for those who want a fast and even cook. Though you can get a gas grill that doesn’t break the bank, the price tag can go up quickly and significatly based on the company, design, color, burners and more. You control the flame, so you don’t have to worry if that day’s wind is going to cooperate or if you’ll end up with halfcooked food.

Extra features to consider when thinking about your purchase include whether you want a place on the grill to hold your accessories, how long you anticipate wanting to be in front of it, how many burners you want and how much prep and clean-up time you are willing to put into it. Asking yourself as many questions as possible before buying one can be the difference between a bountiful barbecue or a burnt disaster.



Pick your favorite cut! This is important not only for the type of steak you want to cook but also for determining how long you need to cook it and at what temperature. By piercing tiny holes in the steak, your marinade or seasoning can soak into the meat for a savorier experience. Also, the more you cut the fat back, the more evenly your steak will cook. Searing also is a major factor in keeping your steak juicy, so be sure to create a deep brown crust on the outside. Then, let it rest! The thicker the cut of steak, the longer you should let it rest.

One of our recommendations is for a one-inch-tall steak. Make sure you start with having an even burn and grill it six minutes on each side with the cover on. This will give you a medium-rare steak every time.


Pre-packaged hamburgers from the grocery store or locally-raised, quality beef cuts and patties are both great options depending on preference. You can prep the meat with spices or sauces, however, salt, pepper, garlic salt and Worcestershire sauce are our go-to choices. If you get beef that needs to be shaped, you

Ben Parks, owner and chef of Barred Owl Butcher & Table, stresses two final kes to successfully serving up great grilled meats. “Two of the most important things for cooking any meat are to use a good instant-read thermometer and to allow your meat to rest for 10 minutes. Every cut is slightly different so unless you’re an expert the only way to know how done it is, is by temperature. Take into account carryover cooking. Resting also lets the juices reabsorb and redistribute so you don’t lose a bunch when you cut into it.”

Dustin Norem, owner and chef of CC's City Broiler, strongly seconds this advice. “Most people don’t think about the fact that a protein will continue to cook after it's off the rill and that’s exactly where the mistake is made.”

can form it into patties or balls. Poke a slight indent in the middle of the ball to prevent it from becoming too round and swollen.


Tim Eisenhauer, the co-founder and chef at Irene’s located in the Arcade District, says his favorite easy recipe is carne asada. He prepares and cooks it in a few easy steps. “Season beef flank or sirt simply with salt. Grill over a hot fie to medium rare. While the meat is resting, grill good-quality tortillas until pliable. Slice the steak thin across the grain and serve with lime, onion and your favorite salsa.”


Corn on the cob is a nostalgic must-have vegetable when grilling for the holidays. Here are some suggestions on preparation.


Leave the husk on and simply place it on the grill with the grill cover. Turn the cob periodically every few minutes to char it to your liking. After a few turns and approximately 15-20 minutes, you should have a well-cooked cob!


Boil a pot of water and place the corn, husk and silks too, in for about 10 minutes. Remove and place on the grill. Make sure you turn it enough and char the husk. Once you have the char-level you want, then you’ll come away with corn that is steamed and juicy.


An easy and traditional way for many grillers is to remove the husk and silks, lather the corn in butter, salt and pepper to taste, cover and turn a few times for approximately 15-20 minutes.

4If you’re looking to prepare the corn the night before, find a medium or lage size pot, fill it with water, and bring it to a boil. Place in your corn with husks and let boil for seven minutes. During this time, fill a pot with ie and water. After the seven minutes, immediately place your corn in to start cooling down, then place them in foil and put them in the freezer until you’re ready to grill. You want the corn to begin cooling and freezing immediately, or else the cob will stay hot, and the corn will turn out mushy in the end.

A medley of vegetables is easy enough and where

a grilling basket comes in handy. Chopping any type of vegetable, coating it in olive or sunflwer oil, and sprinkling salt and pepper and then tossing them in the basket means you will have an excellent side! Keep in mind, the vegetable (or vegetables) that you pick will determine the length of time you will need to cook it. A good rule of thumb is vegetables that are more water based — zucchini, squash, eggplant, peppers, etc. — will need less time to cook. Heartier vegetables, such as broccoli, cauliflwer, carrots and potatoes, generally will need more time.


If you have yet to try fruit on the grill, you’re missing out. Try starting with peaches.

Cut the peach into slices about one-third to half an inch thick. Season them with maple syrup and brown sugar to create a crispy outer layer. Grill for fie minutes, flipping sides halfay through. Do not place on direct flam, rather place it on edges of the grates in indirect heat. After the fie minutes, you’ll have a sweet, crispy treat with a hint of smokiness, adding more depth to its flvor.


The following recommendations could be considered fighting words, so we’ve kept our recommendations local.

SPICEWINE IRONWORKS in Columbia not only makes sauces and rubs, but marinades as well, like their Butcher’s Pork Injection, Butcher’s Prim Injection and Butcher’s Bird Booster Honey.

STICKY PIG BBQ out of Centralia, Missouri and can be found in the Moser’s and Hy-Vee locations in Columbia. Sticky Pig has many types of sauces and dry rubs, including their bestselling Original BBQ Sauce.

SHOW-ME BAR-B-Q SAUCE out of Rocheport, Missouri is another local favorite business, selling barbecue sauces such as Show-Me Habanero and Show-Me Some Heat, and rubs such as Show-Me Caribbean and Show-Me All Purpose.

BLUES HOG located in Washington, Missouri has its standard original and champions blend barbecue sauces, however, it explores all parts of your tastebuds with flvors like raspberry chipotle, honey mustard and smokey mountain.

GATES BAR-B-Q, an established restaurant in Kansas City, keeps things on the less-sweet side with its sauces, with options like its original classic and extra hot barbecue sauces. They also have four types of dry rubs, original, sweet & mild, hot & spicy and salad seasoning.


BRING EXTRA TONGS. You may have picky eaters, vegetarians or those who don’t like to mix their food flvors.

INVEST IN METAL SKEWERS. According to Eisenhauer, “They will save you a lot of headaches vs. wooden ones.”

CLEAN YOUR GRILL GRATES before and after use. Your grill will thank you, and it will last longer.

BUY A GREAT APRON. There are many options available nowadays, so there’s no excuse not to find one tht’s up your alley. It protects your clothes. Plus, it’s a fashion necessity!

BUY LOCAL! Many Columbia businesses have their own or stock locally-made options.


A clever apron

Basting brush & bowl

Corn Holders


Grill basket

Grill brush

Grill caddy

Grill light

Grill press

Heat-resistant glove(s)

Marinade injector

Meat shredding claws

Metal skewers





July 19 - July 28

Join Charlie as he finds a golden ticket and tours Willy Wonka’s mysterious chocolate factory! Based on the weird and wonderful children’s book, this fantastical adventure for the whole family features original music from the songwriters of Hairspray, as well as unforgettable songs from the 1971 classic film: “Candy Man,” “I’ve Got a Golden Ticket,” “Oompa Loompa Song,” and “Pure Imagination.”

Support provided by
19th century church has become a welcoming lobby
Bill & Jennifer True

Life can sometimes feel like a roller coaster. There are plenty of highs, but you need to be prepared for the lows. Ever since I opened my savings account at The Bank of Missouri, I feel like I'm ready for the unexpected. I get to really enjoy the ups without worrying about the downs.

The bank of staying on track. The Bank of Missouri.

Columbia has an abundance of amazing people, services and businesses throughout the city. Those in the upcoming pages stand out and will let you know what being a part of the best means to them. It’s special to be nominated for providing exceptional services. Learn more in this special section about who you can lean on in our community.

Congratulations to all of our nominees in this year’s contest! Supporting local keeps our community thriving, and we appreciate all you do.

Mutrux Automotive

2100 W. Rollins Road • 573-445-1070 •

For Cindy Mutrux, the part owner of Mutrux Automotive, winning in multiple categories for Best of Columbia means more than just an award.

“It honestly feels like we just won an Emmy,” she says. “As small business owners sometimes we wonder, are we doing enough? Have we served and represented our community well?” Well, it’s safe to say the community has answered those questions as Mutrux Automotive won Gold for Best Auto Repair, Gold for Best Customer Service and Bronze for Best Place to Work.

As lifelong residents of Columbia, Ross and Cindy Mutrux are deeply invested in serving their hometown. “It has always been important to us to serve our community and try to make a difference for improvement.” Having the best team to provide the work is what keeps the business aflot. “Our

employees are much more than just employees; they are our family. They are the faces of our business. They are the right and left hand of our business. Without these dedicated special people, our business would not be where it is today,” Cindy says.

At Mutrux Automotive, they believe success goes beyond vehicle repairs and customer service. It’s about making a difference in the community, one act of kindness at a time.

No matter if you are a customer or an employee, at Mutrux you are one thing, a part of the family. “We could not have done any of this without loyal customers. You truly are like our family.”

Buchroeders Jewelers

1021 E. Broadway • 573-443-1457 •

Atrusted staple in downtown Columbia since 1896, Buchroeders Jewelers is renowned for its friendly, welcoming environment, expert custom jewelry design and impressive collection of in-stock engagement rings and loose diamonds.

For over a century, Buchroeders Jewelers has offered an unmatched jewelry shopping experience in mid-Missouri. Owner Mills Menser, who took over in 2007, transformed Buchroeders into a modern, high-volume bridal boutique. "From day one, I saw the need to move beyond the traditional retail jewelry store model.”

Buchroeders Jewelers is proud to have been named the Best Place to Buy Jewelry in Columbia. “Winning this award inspires us to keep our high standards of service and innovation, ensuring every client feels genuinely valued and understood,” says Marketing Director Arika Smith.

Buchroeders Jewelers is proud to offer the largest selection of in-stock loose diamonds in the entire state. This extensive selection ensures that every

customer finds the pefect diamond based on their unique criteria.

Buchroeders' dedication to client satisfaction shines through in its team, especially Jesse The Jeweler (Jesse Miller), who has been with the company for over 20 years. “Every piece of jewelry we sell, every repair Jesse makes, and every custom design we create is a testament to our commitment to our clients,” Smith says.

Buchroeders is a client-driven operation where every decision and interaction is driven by ensuring clients experience fie-star service and receive the best combination of value and service. “Our clients are more than just customers; they are part of the Buchroeders family.”

Winning Gold for the Best Place to Buy Jewelry award strengthens Buchroeders' resolve to continue evolving and improving. “It’s your recognition and appreciation that drives us to keep pushing boundaries and finding new ays to serve you better,” Menser says. At Buchroeders Jewelers, it is not just about selling jewelry; it’s about building relationships and creating lasting memories.

TOP: Angie Cunningham, Claire Dinwiddie, John Hollembeak, Arika Smith BOTTOM: Tommy Wolfe, Jesse Miller, Seth Lindenbusch, Adam Bostick

Doug Perry Towing

2803 N. Creasy Springs Road • 573-442-4616 •

For three generations, Doug Perry Towing has shown dedication, honesty and reliability to the Columbia community, helping those who need it by going the extra mile. The company began in 1980 with one truck. Forty-four years later, it has grown to owning an entire fleet o make sure they provide the best services when needed.

“We have compassion and the will to help others,” says Ashley Perry, coowner of Doug Perry Towing. “‘Above and beyond’ happens often, because it really is the little things sometimes. We don’t charge extra on nights, holidays or weekends.”

The company works from a foundation of teamwork and safety, so customers have peace of mind and the knowledge they need. As Gold winners in Best of

Columbia for Best Towing Company for the second year in a row, they believe Columbia knows the value of supporting small businesses in the community.

“Winning BOC shows that the community we strive so hard to help has faith and trust in what we do,” Perry says. “It showcases our broad and loyal customer base. We would like to thank the Columbia community for all the votes; they are truly appreciated!”

The team at Doug Perry Towing plans on continuing to give back to the community long into the future. As Perry stays active in the Missouri Tow Truck Association, the local chapter of Business Network International and the Chamber of Commerce, she states, “We want nothing more than to provide excellent service in a timely manner for years to come.”

Supplement Superstores

2910 Trimble Road, suite 107


“Get one percent better every day” is a mantra for Supplement Superstores’ District Manager Jared Bischoff, and one he hopes his customers can relate to as well, no matter where they are on their health journeys.

Columbia’s Supplement Superstores team make it known that the most important aspect of the job is every customer who walks through the door. They commit to continuous learning and to going the extra mile for customers, ranging from those wanting to lose weight, to those aiming to build muscle, to those focusing on their immune system and everyone in between.

“This job would not be something I feel so much passion in without getting to know every person we get to interact with, because they are the reason we are doing what we do,” says Jack Harrison, general manager of the Columbia Supplement Superstore on Trimble Road.

It’s clear that customers find the busines to be the best around, as Supplement Superstores won Gold in the Best Nutrition/ Supplement Store category of the Best of Columbia awards this year. Bischoff an Harrison feel that this honor highlights their commitment and responsibility to the Columbia community. The two hope to keep growing within the community by educating others on proper supplementation and nutrition, and by giving back to make the community one that everyone can be proud of for generations to come.

“We have been serving the Columbia community for almost 10 years, and honestly, it still feels like year one with all the love and support the community shows for us!” Bischoff sys.

Regeneration Salon & Spa

3301 Broadway Business Park Court, suite H • 573-234-1560 •

For Regeneration Salon & Spa Owners Kaitlyn Luebbert and Samantha Woolridge, the business always has been about making clients feel their best selves. To do this, they made sure Regeneration became its own sanctuary — a space where encouragement, support and safety is at its foundation, and immediately felt when walking through the doors.

“I like to pour my love into the people I’m surrounded with,” Woolridge says. “I want this to be a safe place for people to come and truly get their needs taken care of.”

Celebrating their clients and employees through big and small moments of life is easy for Regeneration. The easy-going and joyful environment is found in the salon chair to the waiting area, the welcome desk to the massage table and everywhere in between. They also celebrate and support the community through

fundraising, such as for Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build event.

“Columbia, the community, is very tight,” Woolridge says. “I’ve met so many women through Columbia who, instantly, they’re like, ‘What do you need? Let me help you.’ So having that tight community around you, it’s really fabulous.”

This year, with Woolridge winning Gold as Best of Columbia’s Best Hairstylist and Regeneration winning Silver for Best Spa, the hard work of building their goals and dreams has come to fruition again, but they have much more they wish to accomplish this year and for many more to come.

“I’m ecstatic our name is out there. We wouldn’t be here without the community or the clients, so a big thank you to them,” Luebbert says. “The door is always open. We’re here for anyone who needs us.”

Lakota Coffee Company

24 S. 9th St. • 573-874-2852 •

For over 30 years, Lakota Coffee Company has been an integral part of Columbia's coffee culture, serving as a cherished tradition for locals and visitors alike.

Winning Silver for Best Coffee is a testament to Lakota’s dedication to being the first and finest offee roaster in town. Lakota’s commitment to quality begins with the meticulous selection of coffee beans, ensuring that only those rated in the top 2% for quality make it into their roastery, where the beans are then roasted in small batches of 25 pounds or less.

Andrew DuCharme, general manager and part-owner, says it’s an honor to be recognized by the community they love and serve. “We are proud to be a part of

the small business community and are extremely grateful to the customers that 'shop small' and support our vibrant community of local businesses.”

DuCharme also gives a heartfelt thanks to the amazing teams across their three locations, as their hard work and passion are the driving force behind the success. “You all do an amazing job, and I can't thank you enough,” DuCharme says.

Being in the top three for Best Coffee in Columbia is not just an achievement for Lakota; it’s a celebration of the strong relationship with the Columbia community. “We strive to be part of the coffee culture here in Columbia, and we love seeing our customers on a daily basis.”

Missouri Eye Consultants

7 Locations in mid-Missouri • 573-874-2030 •

Mirroring the growth of Columbia, Missouri Eye Consultants sees itself continuing to grow toward the future. Now with seven locations across the mid-Missouri region and four new doctors joining their ranks, the privately-owned business knows they are fortunate to have optometrists and ophthalmologists who excel in patient care and work together to integrate their collective passion.

Excellence is the gold standard at Missouri Eye Consultants. This is why they have won Gold in Best Place to get Eye Care for the 13th year in a row. They thank their patients for voting, as well as for letting the rest of the community see their enthusiasm toward patient care.

“Winning Gold in Best of Columbia reinforces our model of growth throughout

the mid-Missouri area,” says Dr. Chris DeRose, optometrist and one of the owners of Missouri Eye Consultants. “Our practice culture of putting the patient’s needs first and oremost is ingrained into each of our seven locations in the area.”

DeRose and the practice know that quality patient care and satisfaction start with employees who love coming to their jobs each day. With high retention and many employees spending multiple decades at the practice, it’s easy to see the breadth of knowledge throughout the practice.

“Our patients frequently describe their experience with us as ‘professional,’” says Dr. Jeff amble, another owner and optometrist. “I think that is because we focus on a medical eye health model with a focus on their overall health and well-being.”

Dr. Allie Dockins, Dr. Cole Vanderfeltz, Dr. Logan Skrobarcek and Dr. Maggie Cardonell

Brian Wear Plumbing

2501 Rangeline St., suite B 573-864-4463 •

Choosing Brian Wear Plumbing means more than just emergency plumbing assistance or routine plumbing repairs, it means you’ll have someone on your side providing a personalized approach, with topquality work at fair and honest rates.

Owner Brian Wear says he loves to see the positive impact his business has on the community, even for those who have yet to use his services, such as “having someone stop on a street while driving by to tell me what a great job we're doing at his neighbor's and what great things he's heard about us. Fortunately for him he hasn't needed a plumber but will call us if he does.”

He hopes to show people that it’s not just about the repair, it’s about protecting the health of the nation as a plumber. “Modern plumbing has done more to stop disease and lengthen lives than any modern medical advancement. That’s still true and just as important today as it was a hundred years ago. And we take this seriously.”

Wear says winning Gold in the Best Plumbing Company category means “a great deal” to him and his team. “It tells me we have a lot of people voting on their own,” he says. As far as the future of his company goes, Wear says he will continue to help the community by simply “being the best.”

3Fifteen Primo Cannabis

4003 Ponderosa St. • 573-355-2866 •

As the first dispensay to open in Columbia, 3Fifteen Primo Cannabis knew that it had to set a high standard for the vibrant, welcoming community. The team’s unwavering dedication to integrity, quality and compassion for all customers are a few reasons why they are a beloved business.

“Our proactive engagement with the local community underscores our dedication to being more than just a business — we aim to be a trusted and beloved part of Columbia,” says Jason Corrado, CEO of 3Fifteen Primo.

Winning Silver in this year’s Best of Columbia competition highlights the business’ commitment to excellence. The budtenders enhance each person’s experience through an inviting and personalized environment. They are the foundation of 3Fifteen Primo, working to set the bar higher for everyone involved.

“Being recognized as one of the best dispensaries in Columbia is not just an accolade for us — it’s a responsibility,” Corrado says. “It motivates us to

continuously improve and innovate, ensuring that we always exceed the expectations of our customers and remain a trusted and beloved part of the community.”

Customers often highlight that the uniquely warm and inviting atmosphere at 3Fifteen Primo is unmatched in Missouri, which keeps them coming back.

The business continues to make an impact in Columbia. It now offers a broader menu selection, new weekly deals and free delivery with a purchase of $50 or more. It also recently introduced a late-night drive-thru until 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. This is all to provide equitable access and enrich the lives of community members. Beyond enhancing the customer experience, 3Fifteen Primo proudly partners with other local businesses and supports community events.

“We are deeply grateful for the support and trust of our customers, and we look forward to continuing to serve and uplift the Columbia community in every way possible,” Corrado says.

The teams at BMW of Columbia and Mercedes-Benz of Columbia know that doing business the right way means customers will follow. Their customer-first business model has enabled them o grow to four dealerships in mid-Missouri in recent years, despite the challenging economic environment.

“When you step into our dealerships you see familiar faces and people that have been helping you for years,” says Rusty Drewing, owner of BMW of Columbia and Mercedes-Benz of Columbia. “They are all long-time members of the community, and they know the value of always doing the right thing.”

As a lifetime resident of Columbia, he is proud of the city he calls home and believes it is one of the best places to live in the country. This is a major reason he is so dedicated to providing excellence to his community. This excellence

deeply resonates with customers, as the dealerships won Gold in the Best Place to Buy a Car category during this year’s Best of Columbia competition.

“It means everything to us,” Drewing says. “Being selected by readers is an honor for our two dealerships in Columbia, because it shows our customers are passionate about our business.” A positive interaction is guaranteed for customers walking into the dealerships, whether it’s their first tim, or they are a well-known face. The team values each interaction, as they know gaining a customer’s trust means earning and keeping their business.

“We are overjoyed to receive this honor and want to give a big THANK YOU to everyone that voted for us,” Drewing says. “It lets our team know that people notice what we are doing.”

Las Margaritas 10 Southampton Drive · 573-442-7500 | 220 S. 8th St. • 573-442-4300 | 5614 E St. Charles Road, suite E. 573-228-6700 •

With more than 26 years of experience, Las Margaritas knows how to make authentic Mexican food and drinks. It’s the reason the business can now proudly state that they have won Gold for Best Mexican Restaurant for the 11th year in a row!

“Our entire company is so incredibly honored to be awarded Best Mexican!” says Francisco Esquivel, owner. Las Margaritas also won Gold for Best Margarita.

“None of this would have been possible without our amazing team members and our fabulous customers,” he continues. “Thank you all for voting for us and giving us your constant support. We are beyond thankful!”

And while Las Margaritas has only been in Columbia since 2012, Esquivel has been dishing up authentic — and delicious — Mexican favorites since opening the first as Margaritas in Poplar Bluff, Missouri, in 1997. In fact, there are still three locations in Poplar Bluff oday.

Francisco, who co-owns the business with his wife, Yolanda, says the Las Margaritas employees are the best in the business. “Each and every day they create an atmosphere that feeds our guests’ bodies and souls. That’s only possible when you work with people you love and love what you do.”

Each of the Las Margaritas locations sets out to serve authentic, fresh Mexican and Tex-Mex favorites. A few of their popular menu items include tacos carne asada especiales, their arroz margaritas and their molcajete ranchero, a crowd favorite that includes steak and chicken marinated with pasilla peppers and served in authentic molcajete with tortillas. And make sure not to miss out on those award-winning margaritas that come in a variety of flvors (and sizes), from mango to banana. It really is the perfect complement to a delicious Mexican meal.


You can’t have a Fourth of July celebration without the iconic Bomb Pop. But did you know its roots are in Missouri? The iconic red, white and blue treat was invented in 1955 by James S. Merritt and D.S. Abernethy in Kansas City. The design and color embodied the patriotic spirit of America during the Cold War.

Tavern Takeover

Tee Off at the Tavern


Something Columbia is no stranger to is quality food and quality entertainment. Since July 29, 2023, the community has been able to experience just that at Midway Golf & Games when 44 Tavern entered the mix. Mark Sulltrop, the executive chef and managing partner of 44 Tavern, says having the chance to be located at Midway was an offer he could not refuse. “We had the opportunity to be part of the Toptracer Golf expansion at Midway Golf & Games with Tim and Toby Rost,” he says. This gave Sulltrop the perfect opening to take on a new challenge and open opportunities for his brand. “I wanted to challenge myself through a new outlet while expanding the 44 brand.”

Sulltrop says he wanted the menu to incorporate aspects from his brand, but also be able to stand alone, bringing modern and classic favorites to match the exciting atmosphere. “In developing the 44 Tavern menu, I was inspired by items from both 44 Stone Public House and 44 Canteen that are shareable and unique to 44 Tavern,” Sulltrop says.

Customers can enjoy a range of food options, including appetizers like the warm soft pretzel bites and the bacon

pub cheese fritters, and full meals like the Baja fish tacos, the showme burger, the Tavern mac and cheese and so much more. “There will be something to satisfy your appetite after hitting the driving range or knocking one out of the park.”

There are even golf bay party packs customers can order, which include a par three taco trio, a front nine slider pack or a beginner set. “We know that food and drink is what brings us all together, which is why our menu has been carefully crafted.”

And all of these delicious food options can be enjoyed just steps from the new range. The expansion of Toptracer and 44 Tavern includes several bays with Toptracer’s dynamic technology, which analyzes your speed, curve and launch with 44 Tavern’s food and drink options just around the corner from the fun. “Toptracer features a variety

of interactive games and modes that provide real-time data analysis, or just delivers fun with your friends, all from the comfort of an elevated, temperaturecontrolled private hitting bay.”

Since opening 44 Tavern one year ago, Sulltrop says he has seen overwhelming support from the Columbia community, even seeing firsttime customers already coming back for more. “We have received lots of positive feedback from Columbia and the central Missouri area from both small and large groups who have returned to visit us multiple times,” he says.

Sulltrop says if people take one thing away from their visit to 44 Tavern, he hopes the word fun comes to mind. “We want the atmosphere to be fun,” Sulltrop says. “We are creating opportunities for guests to relax and enjoy good food and drinks, whether they are joining us for

a good meal or playing in the Toptracer golf bays.”

There is truly something for everyone to enjoy, whether you are celebrating a birthday, having lunch with coworkers, looking for a fun date night or just coming to practice your swing. You know you will get good food and have a good time. “44 Tavern is mid-Missouri’s ultimate entertainment bar and restaurant where you can get a cold local draft beer, a craft cocktail and delicious local food.”

44 Tavern is located at 5500 W. Van Horn Tavern Road in Columbia. Enjoy the delicious food from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Hours may differ throughout the year. For more information on this new entertainment bar and restaurant, visit

Caprese All Day


I’ve been on a grocery run this morning, and I’m happy to see the summer fruits starting to make an appearance! I’m a huge fan of berries and melons but more than anything I LOVE peaches. The scent of their fuzzy, warm skin makes me feel about eight years old, running down our gravel lane, sticky from head to toe.

Julia Child once said the only way, really, to eat a ripe peach was over a kitchen sink. That’s a pretty accurate assessment, but I think my summer peach caprese salad comes awfully close to that perfection. A couple of perfectly ripe peaches, fresh mozzarella, homegrown basil and a nice balsamic glaze comes together as a beautiful and quick salad for these warm days. Easy to make, easy to take and so easy to eat.

I’ve often assembled this dish with large slices for a beautiful platter, but you could go with mozzarella pearls and peach slices on a bed of lettuce too. Either way, take advantage of the season’s bounty and share this with your family. Grab some extra peaches for yourself to eat over the sink.

Peach Caprese Salad


6 ounces ball fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced ¹/₂ inch thick

1 ripe peach, sliced ½ inch thick — don’t peel

1 vine-ripened tomato, sliced ½ inch thick

12 leaves fresh basil

Extra virgin olive oil

Good balsamic vinegar or reduced balsamic vinegar

Salt and pepper


Layer mozzarella cheese slices with peaches, tomatoes, and basil. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar, sprinkle with salt and pepper, then serve.

I often use the balsamic glaze found in the salad dressing aisle of the store.

family owned

We've been a coffee tradition in Columbia for over 30years.

We select coffee beans that are rated in the top 2% for quality and then roast them in small batches of 25 pounds or less in our San Franciscan roaster.

Popular Popsicles


It’s hot and getting hotter. You can grab some popsicles that are just frozen sugar water for pennies at the store, spend a little more to get ones with some actual fruit, or spend a little time and make ones with 100% fruit and a combination of delicious flvors that you want to eat. Think about shopping for fruit in season at the farmers market. You get your fill of strwberries, peaches or blueberries, but if you buy some extra, you can have those delicious strawberries months later.


Popsicle molds have come a long way since I was a kid. You can get molds that have reusable handles for the popsicles, molds where you can use your popsicle sticks and then bag them. Or if you want to splurge a little extra, you can get an impulse sealer (most are around $20-$30, they have a hinged arm and a heated white that presses and seals the bag) and use slim vacuum seal bags to make your own push out popsicles which will stay fresh in the freezer much longer. Plus, you won’t have to worry about freezer burn.


Here is where the sky's the limit, almost. You can make just about any combination of fruit, herb, yogurt, nuts, honey or any other ingredient you can think of. The most important part is the taste. Take into consideration, how it tastes before freezing will be subdued once frozen. You want to make sure the flvors pop a little more when in liquid form. Even though it is sweet, a little salt might help bring some flvors forward. Acid is also a great thing to add to help things pop, a little lemon or lime juice works great, as well as a little vinegar, or sumac if you have some available.


If it tastes great, being a little icy might not be an issue. If it won’t freeze, that is an issue. Long ago, while working at a restaurant in New Orleans, we would make sorbet in the summer to go on some of the specialty desserts. Many times, we just had a rough ratio and would use different fresh fruit and produce as it came in. If the mixture did not have enough sugar, it would be icy once we spun it into sorbet. If there was too much sugar, we would just get a cold sweet sauce that would never freeze. I am sure they had a refractometer somewhere to test the sugar content, but I am also sure it would have been broken regularly if they had let us use it. We were taught the floating egg method. You can

use a CLEAN raw egg to roughly figue out the density and sweetness of your mixture. An egg will sink in water, but as you add more sugar, the egg will start to float. As the egg starts to break the surface of the liquid, you look at the size that is above water. A dime will yield a frozen product that is not too icy, but just barely sweet. If it gets too much larger than a quarter, you run the risk that the mixture might not freeze at all. The sweet spot seemed to be between the size of a nickel and a quarter. There are other factors to consider (density of the fruit and its cellulose fibe), but this gives you a pretty good idea.


Sugar or a simple syrup (equal parts sugar and water, boiled and cooled) will work to sweeten the popsicle, but if you are making them at home, you can go so much deeper and add flvor from your sweetening ingredient as well. Honey, agave syrup, molasses, monk fruit, stevia, maple syrup, sugar or any other sweeteners can be used. Some may take a little heat to dissolve while others may just need to be whisked to be incorporated.


Each month will come with a new batch of fresh produce. Don’t feel tied to fruit, some of my favorite combinations have had vegetables or herbs. Here are some combinations, but don’t take my word for it. Sometimes things that grow together, go together.


Once the popsicles are frozen, it is best to keep them in a sealed bag (or if you are using a bag, it is already in one). A zipclosure bag or bag sealed with the impulse sealer will do the trick. The popsicles can be stored for a month or two in the freezer. Longer than that, you run the risk of getting freezer burn. Popsicles in a bag can be stored for much longer.



Strawberry Basil

Blueberry Corn

Peaches Yogurt

Watermelon Mint

Cucumber, Mint and Honey

Plum Cherry

Plum Red Wine

Peach Vanilla

Raspberry Tarragon


Pineapple Lime

Kiwi Banana

Mango Chili

Plum Pomegranate

Trial and error is key. If you are not sure, just make a small batch. Documentation is also helpful, so make notes on how much you added to everything. Weight is much more accurate than volume. This will allow you to tweak from previous times and recreate the batches you liked.


Having popsicles with a little extra kick hanging out in your freezer with little ones around is not a good idea. But … if you have a secure freezer, or a house empty of minors, here are a few tips. You can do molded popsicles, but you need to make sure that the percentage does not exceed 10%, that is roughly 2 to 2 ½ ounces of a 35%-45% spirit per 8 ounces max so it will freeze solid. If you are freezing sealable bags, you can go a little higher. Worst case you might end up with more of a slush.

Rum-arkable Drink


I've always tried to represent old-fashioned cocktails beyond just your typical whiskey cocktail. This uses our bourbon-barrel-aged old plank rum, one of my favorite spirits

we produce. It's for rum and bourbon drinkers alike. It also incorporates a few tiki-style sweeteners, including orgeat and just a touch of golden falernum. This is a fun, unique twist on your typical

old-fashioned, and bridges the gap between whiskey and rum drinkers.

Jordan Martin Holman is the general manager of Six-Mile Ordinary.

Rum Old Fashioned


2 ½ ounces of aged rum

¼ ounce of orgeat


Bar spoon of falernum

2 dashes of aromatic bitters

Pour and dash all ingredients into a mixing glass or pint.

Stir all ingredients together with ice until desired dilution.

Pour over a large ice cube.

2 dashes of orange bitters

2 dashes of tiki bitters

Express an orange and lemon swath over the cocktail then insert them both.

Garnish with a brandied cherry.


If you have been spending more time outdoors this summer, you might have noticed the ticks are out to play this year, so it’s important to take the right steps to prevent disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, you should avoid contact with wooded and brushy areas, check your clothing and body for ticks, examine pets and gear, and shower after being outdoors.

Darkow Draws


Woodhaven provides exceptional care and support for adults with developmental disabilities and neurodiverse youth.

Woodhaven in Columbia has a rich history dating back to its founding in 1964 as the Woodhaven Christian Home for Exceptional Children. Over the decades, it has evolved to meet the community's changing needs, from opening cottages for young adults in 1975 to creating new programs , including Be hav i oral Analysis Therapy and Organizational Behavior Management , in 2024.

To ce lebrate this incredible milestone, Woodhaven is hosting the 60th Anniversary Diamond Jubilee on November 12 at the Holiday Inn Executive Center in Columbia. This night of elegance will include both a live and silent auction, cocktail hou r, a thr e e-cours e dinne r, keynote speakers , and even a c ouple o f surprises.

Woodha ven’s mission is to continue to provide exceptional care and compassion and stri v e to provide g reater independence and choice for people with developmental disabilities in new ways. This starts with the opening of the after-school program for middle and high school children in the fall. In addition, Woodhaven will be opening a newly renovated Workforce Development Center , where you can find an innovative virtual reality lab, computer and training rooms , and workforce s pe c iali sts

Woodhaven is truly a communit y, filled with people working together t o help children and adults s uc c eed in this world. We hope you can join us in c elebration and continue our legacy right alongside us.

Axe-ellent Challenge


In each issue, multiple on-air talents from Zimmer Communications’ stations take on a seemingly simple challenge to see who comes out on top. In this issue, Scotty from Clear 99 and Brian Hauswirth from 93.9 The Eagle went to Midway Golf & Games to compete in an axe-throwing competition. Make sure to visit to see a video of the whole challenge!


Two DJs went on a journey out of the office to face off in an ae-throwing challenge. The goal was easy; in each of the three rounds each DJ just needed to hit the target. The DJ who hits the target the most in each round will come out victorious.


Scotty came into the game ready to take on the axe-iting game. While Brian was a little nervous at fist, he looked forward to the challenge and was ready to give it everything he had.


The game began with the contenders feeling confident. Both Js felt as if this challenge would be easy. Well, both contestants were humbled quite quickly when it began to take many … many tries to get the axe to hit the target. In round one, after attempting to hit the target several times, both Scotty and Brian were finally able o get points on the board. In round two, once again it felt like more of a challenge between the axe and the board rather than a duel with each other. But again after many attempts, the DJs finally hit the taget. With only one round left, and the score in need of someone to take the lead, both DJs took their time to get more points on the board. Brian went fist. He put the axe behind his head and with one mighty throw, managed to hit the target, scoring three points. While that was one heck of a throw, Scotty came in with the ultimate throw, hitting the bull's-eye and ending the game with fie more points. This put Scotty in the lead, making him the ultimate axethrowing champion.

It’s a lot tougher than it looks. We have video proof that it took us probably 200 throws a piece to get a couple of them, but it is pretty and satisfying once it goes in.


It looks a lot easier on TV, and it’s exhausting. I could probably write 100 news stories and not be as tired as I am right now, without question.


Missouri Girls Town’s Patron’s Breakfast Event

The community gathered for the very first atron’s Breakfast Event at the Elk Park Event Center. The goal was to share the Missouri Girls Town Foundation's message with new supporters and to inspire others. The event was a success, drawing a crowd of approximately 100 attendees.


April 24


Elk Park Event Center

Photos by Nancy Toalson and Wally Pfeffer,

Jami Clevenger, Orie Hemme, Syreta Toson
John Shrum and Cord Harper
Cassie Edwards and Candice Fields
Kip Kendrick Jaclyn Rogers
Lynn Lymbach and Les Borgmeyer
Trent Rash and David Hall
Deanna Barger

Stephanie Boltz’s Retirement Party

The staff of immer Communications celebrated the retirement of Stephanie Boltz and her more than 17 years serving the company as the director of firs impressions. Her dedication and hard work were honored with a night of good food, drinks, laughs and quite a few tears.


April 30


Zimmer Communications

Photos by L.G. Patterson

Zimmer Communications Staff
Carla Leible
Stephanie Boltz, Brian Kirmse, Scotty Cox
Madelyn Jones and Stephanie Boltz
Stephanie Boltz and Branden Rathert
Betsy Nichols and Stephanie Boltz
Robby Lewis, Stephanie Boltz, Kalie Kramel, Tim Taylor, Chris Beyer, Shelly Scrivner, Erin Hart

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1729 W Broadway, Suite 3

Columbia, MO 65203

Columbia, MO 65203



William T Echelmeier

William T Echelmeier

1729 W Broadway, Suite 3

Columbia, MO 65203

1729 W Broadway, Suite 3 Columbia, MO 65203



What goes into a retirement ‘paycheck’?

What goes into a retirement ‘paycheck’?

What goes into a retirement ‘paycheck’?

During your working years, you generally know how much money you’re bringing in, so you can budget accordingly. But once you’re retired, it’s a different story. However, with some diligence, you can put together a “paycheck” that can help you meet your income needs.

During your working years, you generally know how much money you’re bringing in, so you can budget accordingly. But once you’re retired, it’s a different story. However, with some diligence, you can put together a “paycheck” that can help you meet your income needs.

During your working years, you generally know how much money you’re bringing in, so you can budget accordingly. But once you’re retired, it’s a different story. However, with some diligence, you can put together a “paycheck” that can help you meet your income needs.

Where will this paycheck come from? Social Security benefits should replace about 40% of one’s pre-retirement earnings, according to the Social Security Administration, but this figure varies widely based on an individual’s circumstances. Typically, the higher your income before you retire, the lower the percentage will be replaced by Social Security. Private pensions have become much rarer in recent decades, though you might receive one if you worked for a government agency or a large company. But in any case, to fill out your retirement paycheck, you may need to draw heavily on your investment portfolio.

Where will this paycheck come from? Social Security benefits should replace about 40% of one’s pre-retirement earnings, according to the Social Security Administration, but this figure varies widely based on an individual’s circumstances. Typically, the higher your income before you retire, the lower the percentage will be replaced by Social Security. Private pensions have become much rarer in recent decades, though you might receive one if you worked for a government agency or a large company. But in any case, to fill out your retirement paycheck, you may need to draw heavily on your investment portfolio.

Where will this paycheck come from? Social Security benefits should replace about 40% of one’s pre-retirement earnings, according to the Social Security Administration, but this figure varies widely based on an individual’s circumstances. Typically, the higher your income before you retire, the lower the percentage will be replaced by Social Security. Private pensions have become much rarer in recent decades, though you might receive one if you worked for a government agency or a large company. But in any case, to fill out your retirement paycheck, you may need to draw heavily on your investment portfolio.

Your portfolio can provide you with income in these ways:

Your portfolio can provide you with income in these ways:

Your portfolio can provide you with income in these ways:

Dividends – When you were working, and you didn’t have to depend on your portfolio for income to the extent you will when you’re retired, you may have reinvested the dividends you received from stocks and stock-based mutual funds, increasing the number of shares you own in these investments. And that was a good move, because increased share ownership is a great way to help build wealth. But once you’re retired, you may need to start accepting the dividends to boost your cash flow.

Dividends – When you were working, and you didn’t have to depend on your portfolio for income to the extent you will when you’re retired, you may have reinvested the dividends you received from stocks and stock-based mutual funds, increasing the number of shares you own in these investments. And that was a good move, because increased share ownership is a great way to help build wealth. But once you’re retired, you may need to start accepting the dividends to boost your cash flow.

Dividends – When you were working, and you didn’t have to depend on your portfolio for income to the extent you will when you’re retired, you may have reinvested the dividends you received from stocks and stock-based mutual funds, increasing the number of shares you own in these investments. And that was a good move, because increased share ownership is a great way to help build wealth. But once you’re retired, you may need to start accepting the dividends to boost your cash flow.

Interest payments – The interest payments from bonds and other fixed-income investments, such as certificates of deposit (CDs), can also add to your retirement income. In the years immediately preceding their retirement, some investors increase the presence of these interest-paying investments in their portfolio. (But even during retirement, you’ll

Interest payments – The interest payments from bonds and other fixed-income investments, such as certificates of deposit (CDs), can also add to your retirement income. In the years immediately preceding their retirement, some investors increase the presence of these interest-paying investments in their portfolio. (But even during retirement, you’ll

Interest payments – The interest payments from bonds and other fixed-income investments, such as certificates of deposit (CDs), can also add to your retirement income. In the years immediately preceding their retirement, some investors increase the presence of these interest-paying investments in their portfolio. (But even during retirement, you’ll

need some growth potential in your investments to help keep you ahead of inflation.)

need some growth potential in your investments to help keep you ahead of inflation.)

need some growth potential in your investments to help keep you ahead of inflation.)

Proceeds from selling investments – While you will likely need to begin selling investments once you’re retired, you’ll need to be careful not to liquidate your portfolio too quickly. How much can you sell each year? The answer depends on several factors — your age, the size of your portfolio, the amount of income you receive from other sources, your spouse’s income, your retirement lifestyle, and so on. A financial professional can help you determine the amount and type of investment sales that are appropriate for your needs while considering the needs of your portfolio over your lifetime.

Proceeds from selling investments – While you will likely need to begin selling investments once you’re retired, you’ll need to be careful not to liquidate your portfolio too quickly. How much can you sell each year? The answer depends on several factors — your age, the size of your portfolio, the amount of income you receive from other sources, your spouse’s income, your retirement lifestyle, and so on. A financial professional can help you determine the amount and type of investment sales that are appropriate for your needs while considering the needs of your portfolio over your lifetime.

Proceeds from selling investments – While you will likely need to begin selling investments once you’re retired, you’ll need to be careful not to liquidate your portfolio too quickly. How much can you sell each year? The answer depends on several factors — your age, the size of your portfolio, the amount of income you receive from other sources, your spouse’s income, your retirement lifestyle, and so on. A financial professional can help you determine the amount and type of investment sales that are appropriate for your needs while considering the needs of your portfolio over your lifetime.

When tapping into your investments as part of your retirement paycheck, you’ll also want to pay special attention to the amount of cash in your portfolio. It’s a good idea to have enough cash available to cover a year’s worth of your living expenses, even after accounting for other sources of income, such as Social Security or pensions. In addition, you may want to set aside sufficient cash for emergencies. Not only will these cash cushions help you with the cost of living and unexpected costs, but they might also enable you to avoid digging deeper into your long-term investments than you might like.

When tapping into your investments as part of your retirement paycheck, you’ll also want to pay special attention to the amount of cash in your portfolio. It’s a good idea to have enough cash available to cover a year’s worth of your living expenses, even after accounting for other sources of income, such as Social Security or pensions. In addition, you may want to set aside sufficient cash for emergencies. Not only will these cash cushions help you with the cost of living and unexpected costs, but they might also enable you to avoid digging deeper into your long-term investments than you might like.

When tapping into your investments as part of your retirement paycheck, you’ll also want to pay special attention to the amount of cash in your portfolio. It’s a good idea to have enough cash available to cover a year’s worth of your living expenses, even after accounting for other sources of income, such as Social Security or pensions. In addition, you may want to set aside sufficient cash for emergencies. Not only will these cash cushions help you with the cost of living and unexpected costs, but they might also enable you to avoid digging deeper into your long-term investments than you might like.

You may be retired for a long time — so take the steps necessary to build a consistent retirement paycheck.

You may be retired for a long time — so take the steps necessary to build a consistent retirement paycheck.

You may be retired for a long time — so take the steps necessary to build a consistent retirement paycheck.

This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor. Edward Jones, Member SIPC

This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor. Edward Jones, Member SIPC

This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor. Edward Jones, Member SIPC

Big Derby Party

While wearing their finest derb day attire, community members gathered for the Big Derby Party to support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Missouri. Members enjoyed derby food and drinks, seven different live auction items, a raffle for a piece of jewelry from Buchroeders Jewelers and more. In total, the event raised more than $45 ,000 over three hours, with about 150 guests in attendance.

Date May 4

Location Country Club of Missouri

Photos by Nancy Toalson and Wally Pfeffer,

Patrick and Christina Stamos, Anne and Chris Hurst
Beth and Stephen Worsham
Adonica and Demarco Coleman
Ann Merrifield and ayla Jackson-Williams
Dianne Orton and Emily Brady
Melanie Staloch, Jill Newton, Gwen Structemeyer
Demarco Coleman and Charles Bruce

GP M.A.D.E. Golf Tournament

Coach Gary Pinkel’s GP M.A.D.E. Foundation hosted the 6 th Annual Par 3 Golf Tournament at Old Hawthorne where more than 250 people came to support the cause. Hundreds of thousands of dollars were raised to support children battling cancer, breaking disability barriers and overcoming social and economic challenges.


May 20


The Club at Old Hawthorne

Photos by Nancy Toalson and Wally Pfeffer,

Brian Burks, Glen Robertson, Dave Teel, Jason Rode, Tim Paulson
Jeremy Maclin, Sean Witherspoon, D Alexander, Kevin Rutland, Chase Coffman, Matin Rucker
David Townsend, Rick Pierce, Brad Goessling, Jim Van Horn, Bob Clinkenbeard, Drew Lewsi
Steve Vincent, Tom Siebenman, John Keely, Bob Malecek, Charlie Hildebrand, Kirby Greteman
Matt Moore, Drew Smith, Mike Hackmann, Joe Miller, Jason Hoffman, Matt Schwartz
Jeff lenn, Durk Price, John Pfenenger, Craig Simon, John Thomspon, Bob Bynum
Tony Grove, Tom Scheunmeyer, Ron Netemeyer, Jill Harper, Jeff ope, Bobby Atkisson

9th Annual First State Community Bank Chip in Fore the Kids Golf Tournament

Golfers gathered with their clubs to support the Boys & Girls Clubs of Columbia and raise funds to help the youth in the community. The 9th annual golf tournament was at the Columbia Country Club with a tee time of 8 a.m.

Date May 31


Columbia Country Club

Photos by Nancy Toalson and Wally Pfeffer,

Matt Moore, Bud Gardner, Laurence Bowers, JD Vail
Randy Minchew, Dave McDonald, Tyler Peasel, Sean MinorBill Costello, Jay Alexander, John Briscoe, Matt McCormick
Mark Fenner, Patrick Fusik, Bob Mongler, Darin Mongler
Mike Wagner, Jim Horton, A.J. Grathwohl, Josh Santiago
Adam Burger, Ada Cone, Megan Stevens, Jake Vogel
John Findley, Joe Miller, Tristian John, Valerie Livingston

Brunch and Blingo

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mid-Missouri’s Brunch and Blingo event, presented by Fortified Roofing & iding, was held June 8 at the Country Club of Missouri. More than 250 attendees enjoyed brunch, a robust silent auction and games with dazzling prizes. All funds raised at the event support the Ronald McDonald House’s mission of providing a home away from home for families of children being treated at area hospitals and health-related facilities.


June 8


Country Club of Missouri

Photos by

Ronald McDonald House Charities

(Brunch and Blingo Committee) Top row: Rachel Roling, Lindsey Jones, Jessica Caldera, Melissa Cook, Lauren Brengarth Bottom row: Jennifer Backes, Amanda Shahota, Katie Eaton, Stessie Millner
Steffanee ichardson, Kristen Maier
Leslie Shock, Hannah Farmer, Andrea Hanick
Terry Haupt and Jude Henley
Amanda Joy and Alexandra London
Terri Gray and Ashlee Smith
Lindsey Rowe and Shelley Naydyhor

Voices of Columbia Presented by CASA

This annual event helped support the Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children and its mission to train and support volunteers to be exceptional voices for every abused and neglected child in Boone and Callaway Courts. This fundraiser exceeded the goal of $70,000 and raised $87,000 for the cause. This money will directly impact those in foster care by increasing hope for a brighter future.


June 9


Logboat Brewing Co.

Photos by Jet Streak Photography

J. ARTiz and MO Soul Collective
Ashley Arnold
Melinda Grace Beasley, Angela Carson, Kelly Hill
Show-Me Dinosaurs
Ruben Freidman and Adam Mordica
Alex Reinert
Jamie Princivalli, Laura Bragg, Sherri Cawley, Tom Bragg


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A New View



Centennial History Exhibit – 100 Years, 100 Objects

The Location: Boone County History & Culture Center

Comments: I could look at historical photos of Columbia and Boone County all day. I enjoy seeing how things have changed as I study the image to recognize iconic landmarks.

While photographing the Centennial History Exhibit I noticed a mural on the wall of the buildings on 8th and Broadway. I stepped back to try and as I tried to decipher which building was featured in the mural.

As I looked over the hood of Bill Crawford’s 1925 Model T, I briefly traveled

back in time to a world that was all black and white.

The person who took that photo probably had no idea it would become a historical document of life in downtown Columbia and found in an exhibit.

It makes me wonder if anyone will be looking in the future at the photos I take today and get nostalgic.

I’m guessing I will never find out

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TMarking a Milestone


hirty years ago this month, my wife and I published our first magazine in olumbia. So much has changed since 1994, but one constant has been our love for this unique community. We’ve watched and reported as Columbia has blossomed from a sleepy college town into a thriving small metropolis. We’ve done our best to chronicle this metamorphosis, celebrating her moments of sheer brilliance and mourning her darkest moments. Through the good and bad, our city, like this magazine, has been remarkably resilient.

In July of 1994, George Russell was the president of the University of Missouri system. Charles Keisler was the chancellor on the Columbia campus. Marcia Kierscht had just been named president of Stephens College. Don Ruthenberg was the president of Columbia College. The population of Columbia was 75,045 compared to today’s 130,624 inhabitants. You could still buy vinyl at Streetside Records on the southwest corner of Broadway and Providence (where Walgreens is now located) and then head across the street to the MFA Oil station where you could fill up our car at just $1.11 per gallon. And when you really wanted to impress out-of-town visitors, you took them to an elegant dinner on the northern outskirts of town at the incomparable Haden House Restaurant. Life was good, indeed.

Our publishing enterprise got its humble beginnings in the basement of the Tenth and Walnut building where we leased space from attorney Darwin Hindman, who would go on to serve as Columbia’s mayor from 1995 until 2010. By happenstance, no single individual

has been featured more frequently on the cover of Inside Columbia magazine than Hindman, himself. Norm Stewart, who graced the first cover of this magazine comes in at a very close second place.

Over the years, we dipped our toes into a variety of publishing ventures. We published magazines for senior citizens, architects, winemakers, job seekers, Christians, parents and business leaders and created a plethora of titles for many local businesses including Boone Hospital and the University of Missouri. To keep ourselves in business and to build our brands, we hosted the annual Wine and Food Festivals for several years along with beer crawls and CEO Roundtables. We even teamed up with local homebuilders and built seven Inspiration Homes around Columbia. After moving into our snazzy new headquarters at 47 E. Broadway, we opened the Culinary Adventures Cooking School. It goes without saying, we didn’t get much sleep back then.

I’d dare to say that the best franchise we built over these last 30 years was simply a derivative of something that came very natural to us. One of the core values in our business model has been to show the very best of Columbia to her residents and visitors alike. Former Tribune publisher, Hank Waters, once described me as a ‘chubby cheerleader’ for Columbia. At first, I was oended, but as time passed, I embraced the moniker. In 2007, we turned our calling into an editorial feature, and the Best of Columbia awards program was born. Just as it is presented in this edition of Inside Columbia, we’ve been celebrating the very best that Columbia has to offer for the last 18 years. That’s an impressive run

and it has only gotten better with age.

The Best of Columbia captures the true essence of the stories we try to tell in every edition. Editorially speaking, it would be easy to get caught up in the challenges that plague our community. With the advent of social media, there are plenty of opportunities out there for you to read about crime, the perceived shortcomings of our public schools and the myriad things that really tick us off on a daiy basis. I have discovered in the last year that one of the best ways to deal with adversity is to channel your energies toward gratitude. When this magazine lost its publisher last May, it admittedly rocked our world. But just like this amazing community, we were resilient in our resolve to keep bringing you the best that Columbia has to offer, and grateful for the opportunity to do so.

When we joined forces with Zimmer Communications in 2017, we gained a renewed sense of hope for the future and an even stronger connection with this community. Under Zimmer’s ownership, we’ve deepened our bench and gained the strength of an amazing lineup of radio personalities and digital assets that make us better every day. I believe we’re poised for another 30 years of success.

Special thanks to the advertisers and readers who have made it all possible. We couldn’t have done it without you.

Happy reading.

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