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THE MISSION: NUTRITION We all want our pets to live long, healthy lives. But how can you make sure the food you feed is contributing? Knowing about pet food labeling can help ensure that every piece of kibble also brings peace of mind.

1. TWO BE SURE. Pet food labeling is regulated by the FDA. In addition, many states have adopted the model pet food regulations established by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO), which are more specific, covering aspects such as product name, its guaranteed analysis, the nutritional adequacy statement, feeding directions and calorie statements.

2. FLUFF VS. FACTS. Many pet companies use descriptors such as “dinner” and “flavor.” When the label lists “chicken” alone in its product name, that means chicken must make up at least 95% of the total weight of the product (not counting the water used in processing.) But if “chicken” is followed by “dinner,” “entrée” or “platter,” only 10% of the entire product needs to be chicken. Similarly, a product whose name says “with chicken” is required to have only 3% chicken, and “chicken flavor” means very little chicken is used, only to add flavor.

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more protein but may weigh less because the moisture has been taken out.

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25 26 5 THINGS 5 At-Home Habits You Shouldn’t Bring To Work. 28 HOME TOUR Columbia Couple Weathers Terminal Illness And Next Chapter With Respectful Reno.   34 ENCOUNTERS Popular Store Gives Downtown The Boot — To Expand. 36 HEALTH & FITNESS In The Long Run: Tips For A Running Regimen That Lasts. 38 ROBINSON’S RAMBLINGS John Shares An Appetite Adventure.


41 42 FOUGERE'S FAVORITES Food Columnist Sarah Fougere Prepares To Say So Long To Gustatory Gridiron Glory. 


44 DINING OUT Hard Not To Like: Broadway Brewery Gives Hard Seltzers A Go. 47 COCKTAIL A Fall Favorite From Claudia LeSage Of Günter Hans. 48 COOKING WITH BROOK Flat Out Good: Food Editor Brook Harlan Tackles Tortillas.

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155 156 BOOKSHELF Author Laura McHugh Spins Her Fourth Suspenseful Story. 161 WEDDINGS Couple Who Met During Kindergarten Years Rekindle Friendship — And Marry!   165 CALENDAR 169 SPOTLIGHT Short-sighted? Como Shorts Film Fest Is Anything But.






from the editor


Passions and Projects



Olivia DeSmit

Managing Editor | Inside Columbia magazine

’d like to think of myself as a DIY-er, but the reality is I spend more time looking and saving projects on Pinterest than actually DOING them. The last home improvement project I did was painting my front door — a terrible mishap that ended with a grape KoolAid-hued behemoth mistake. Isn’t it funny how paint always looks so different once it’s dried than on the swatch? At least that’s what I’m blaming it on. I’m not color blind, I swear! If this sounds like you, or even if you’re handier than I, then this issue is for you. Check out the Harper home tour on page 28 for some design — and life — inspiration, and our inaugural ADMIRE Awards winners on page 68 for recognition for local architects, builders and interior designers. And, if you’re looking for some home tips and tricks, be sure to read the Help My House advertorial section with advice from industry experts. And speaking of experts, we got to chat with several of the 2020 Olympians for our Tigers in Tokyo story on page 122. It was so amazing to have MU represented this year with several athletes, including of course Karissa Schweizer, who now has a day in Columbia named after her! But if your version of professional training is more … culinary, be sure to read our feature on mitigating meat waste. Ben Parks from Barred Owl Butcher & Table and Brook Harlan from the Culinary Center share their knowledge on how to use every part of the animal, including some classic (and trendy!) charcuterie. And if you haven’t already heard of Veronica’s Vittles — a local charcuterie board company — check out her Facebook or Instagram for some beautiful boards worthy of any event, or even just a night in. Lastly, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention back to school, of course, since it is September (already!). Three local educators model comfy and cute outfits in their schools, putting the fun in functional. Whether you’re excited, a little stressed or perhaps a bit of both about the return of in-person classes, one thing is for sure: Kids are so happy to be able to see their friends and be interactive again. So while we don’t yet know where the semester will take us, let’s revel in their relief and perhaps try out that kid-like sense of optimism. I know I could use a little more joy this fall, too. Happy reading (and renovating?)!








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Longtime Home Gets Reimagined For Family’s Next Chapter.


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Tips For A Running Regimen That Lasts.


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John Shares An Appetite Adventure That Might Be Hard To Stomach.







any of us worked remotely before returning to our respective office spaces. Some of us are still working that way, at least some of the time. Working from home certainly has its perks. And in some ways, reentering a

shared office space can be a challenge. We basically have to remember — even relearn — office etiquette. Unfortunately, not everyone’s successful at it. There are things you shouldn’t do at work. Here are five:



Nasty Nuking. If your office has a microwave, there’s certain smelly stuff you shouldn’t inflict on your coworkers. These include heating up fish and burning popcorn. You also should wipe out the microwave if you accidentally implode your heat ‘n eat entrée or leftovers. Dousing Don’ts. Be mindful of your neighbors’ nostrils and refrain from spraying or slathering your ‘do, neck, wrists or wherever with excessive or super stinky perfume, cologne, product or lotion. Some people are quite sensitive to scents. Do you really need to give the next desk over an Axe to grind with you?


Budding Issues. It’s not fair to others in


Baring Bunions. Sandals are one thing


Sinking Slips. If you brush or adjust your in hair in the bathroom and a strand lands in in the sink, don’t just let it lie. Wipe the distressing tress out of the sink. This is especially vital if you have lengthy locks. Even more so if they’re dark.

a shared area at work to watch a tutorial or webinar on your desktop computer without wearing earbuds or headphones. If you have a laptop, at least take it to a private area. Same goes for taking and making personal phone calls on cell. No one needs to overhear your personal problems or medical maladies.

but going barefoot? Icky. Feet often aren’t people’s best feature. And it’s not hygienic, either. Sport some socks or even slippers.



Feels Like Home Redesign transforms Harper residence. By Olivia DeSmit | Photos by L.G. Patterson


ost people hire an interior designer when they want to freshen up their home, or when they’re designing a new one. But for Deanna and Milt Harper, it was to allow Milt, who had developed mobility problems after becoming ill in 2014, to stay in the home


they had built in 1990 in the Grasslands. Milt, founder of Harper, Evans, Wade & Netemeyer, a former prosecuting attorney and associate circuit judge, wanted to stay in the home where they had raised their family. But the master bedroom’s location upstairs

presented a problem with living in the house — without making some adjustments. Enter Nick Detert of Putnam’s Studio 1012, who was asked to design a suite on the main floor that would allow Milt to continue living at home and enable him to receive the care he required.

Detert designed a suite on the main floor that is both practical — with handicap accessible features — and a peaceful and tranquil space. Practically, the bathroom features a vanity that is high enough for a wheelchair, and the shower has an on/ off on the outside, so that

The unique wallpapers throughout the home complement the overall color scheme including the hardwood flooring, wall and trim finishes and muted area carpets and furnishings.

Deanna could control the water without having to get wet herself. The color palette of not only the guest suite, but the entire home, is light blues, greys and whites — reminiscent of a spa or beach-side getaway. “Nick did an absolutely amazing job,” Deanna says.

After Milt passed away in 2016, Deanna with support from her daughter, Sara, and son, Joe, decided to continue to update the house. As everyone knows in remodeling, one room leads to another, and in this case, it turned into a whole-home remodel. Detert created a

new concept for the home that involved removing walls and gutting other walls down to the studs. During the 9-month remodel, Deanna either lived solely upstairs, surviving with a microwave and bathroom sink for a kitchen, or traveled abroad. According to Detert,

the re-design of the home occurred in three phases. The first being creating a comfortable main living bedroom, the second renovating the master bedroom, bath and guest bath and back deck and the final phase re-configured the kitchen/mud room, INSIDE COLUMBIA SEPTEMBER 2021 29

The custom-made cabinetry, including base and casings, was designed by Detert and Lou Swacker of LJS Woodworking. The island top was also custom made because of its large size, designed by Detert and fabricated by Martellato Marble and Granite. 30 INSIDE COLUMBIA SEPTEMBER 2021

According to Detert, “Opening up the kitchen further to the outdoors with more windows was perhaps the secret to success here.” The lit cabinets above the sink showcase some of Deanna’s heirloom ceramics, including a teapot that was her mother’s. When the deck was in need of repair, rather than rebuild, Detert chose to reconfigure the deck with a new shape. The new furnishings offer both comfort and practicality for Deanna and her grandkids to enjoy.

pantry, living and dining rooms and foyer layout. He worked with Ragland Construction as the remodel contractor. Detert says one of the most notable changes in the remodel was replacing the existing blond natural oak flooring and cabinetry for a more transitional, updated design selection, a style he feels comfortable referring to as transitional. “Deanna was wonderful to work with, she fully understood the design direction and concepts and was 100%

behind the remodel,” he says. “Most importantly, it was an honor to have worked with Milt while he was among us and have him be able to enjoy a portion of the project remodel to his liking. And onwards from there (Phase 1), I truly enjoyed working with Deanna on other areas of the residence. It was gratifying to see her excited, pleased and content with the final results.” Each time Deanna came back from a trip, she says she was blown away INSIDE COLUMBIA SEPTEMBER 2021 31

at how the home — that she had dreamt about building since her college days biking through the neighborhood — had changed. New wide plank hardwood flooring in soft washed white and grey tones flows throughout the home, complementing the white and crème wall finishes. The oversized kitchen island is the perfect spot for her to bake with her grandkids, the large windows above the kitchen allow natural light and beauty to fill the space and custom lighted cabinets showcase personal treasures from family and friends. One large part of the remodel included re-configuring what is now the entryway, pantry and guest bathroom. The large, bright pantry doubles as an office for Deanna, offering the perfect tranquil space for a cup of coffee and laptop work. Unique artwork is on show throughout the home, including works by Paul Jackson and John


Stobart. Milt particularly loved the maritime paintings by John Stobart, and since Milt was from Hannibal, the first print he purchased was of Hannibal, which is hanging over the fireplace. The couple traveled often, and memorabilia from their trips hangs on the walls in an extremely tasteful and elegant way, adding personality to the Grasslands home. Although the remodel has completely changed the feel from a somewhat outdated interior to an updated modern getaway, ultimately the success of the project is reflected in Deanna’s sense of peace and harmony in her home. “For a long time, I didn’t want to be at home,” she says, “And COVID was partially a good thing because it did make me spend more time here. Now I am getting back to enjoying spending time at home.”

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Gone Country



ewly branded Fringe

— but we don’t know anything different.”

location began last year, but because of

Western Wear owners

As a family-owned business, the

Riley Arends, Morgan

team of women decided it was time to

to both Arends’s and Pingel’s families

Pingel and Charlotte Smarr

broaden their brand. “We were looking to

— the expansion got put on the back

are expanding their western-inspired

expand because we wanted more room,

burner, Pingel says. Just before she and

boutique to offer a wider range of apparel

and more parking for our customers,”

her sister had their babies, the possibility

— and boots, of course — at what used to

Pingel says. “Plus, we wanted to own our

of purchasing the old Ruby Tuesday

be the Ruby Tuesday by Bass Pro Shops.

own building that we could build and

location popped up.

Arends, Pingel and Smarr are not only business partners; they’re family.

renovate to our needs.”

high building costs — and new additions

“Although it’s a little out of the way

“We really liked being downtown —

compared to downtown,” Pingel says,

Arends and Pingel are sisters, and Smarr

The District is an amazing community

“it has ample parking and we like that

is their mother. “Our parents own several

— so it was a really hard decision for

it’s next to Bass Pro Shops and Menards.

businesses in Columbia, so we’ve all

us. Our downtown location had great

We’re hoping people out shopping and

worked together in some sense my entire

foot traffic, especially during sorority

working on home improvement projects

life,” Pingel says. “It’s just second nature

moms’ weekends and MU football game

will swing in and see us.

to us to work within our family. There are

weekends,” she says.

crazy times to it — it has its pros and cons


The search for land to build a new

“This location makes us become a little more of a destination. Rather than



This mother-daughters team is expanding Columbia's country apparel options. Pictured: Riley Arends, Charlotte Smarr and Morgan Pingel.

getting the foot traffic of downtown, it will be people coming specifically to shop with us.” But how, one might ask, does a person go about renovating a restaurant into a retail space? Lots of gutting, Pingel says. They replaced the floors, re-painted, removed everything from the commercial kitchen, changed lighting fixtures, and painted the exterior a more neutral mocha color. What was once the kitchen is now Fringe’s boot barn area, and what was the bar is a boot-try-on station. The biggest change from Fringe Boutique to Fringe Western Wear is the expansion of their offerings for children, and the addition of men’s clothing and footwear. “We are still wanting to keep the women’s boutique look because we’ve established a big customer base, but we’re wanting to expand into more Western brands such as Wrangler, Ariat and Cinch. We’re also dipping our toe into kids’ offerings to see how that goes," Pingel says. What’s cuter than a little kid in a pair of boots, though? Fringe Western Wear opened at 3310 Vandiver Drive in late August.


In the Right Direction RUNNING TIPS AND TRICKS.


With 5K season just around the corner

, there will be several folks lacing up their running shoes for the first time. Others are likely preparing to log more miles than they’ve run all summer.

Running is like a lot of sports and activities — it’s a great way to improve health, fitness and performance, but if performed too much or without care, it can also be risky. For both newcomers and seasoned runners, prioritizing health and reducing injury is the best way to ensure a fun and successful running season. I have picked out my top 5 tips for healthy running, and while this isn’t intended to be a complete runner’s guide, the pointers below can help make running as fun and pain-free as possible.

Start Slow Physical activity responds best to gradual progression. Common overtraining

of running at a pace 30-60 seconds slower

a great for way for experienced runners

per mile.

to increase speed or distance without overstressing the body. As intervals

injuries are often the result of too much

Plan Your Progression

stress on the body too soon. The best way

When it comes to creating your own

higher intensity time while decreasing

to start slow is to literally do just that.

running routine, intervals of high then

the recovery time. Some programs I

Spend the first 5 minutes of your run at a

low intensity are the best place to start.

recommend checking out are Couch to

lower intensity. For beginners, that may

Interval ratios of 1 to 3 are ideal. For

5K and anything from Hal Higdon.

look like a brisk walk before breaking

example, beginners can start with a light

into a jog. Even experienced runners will

jog for 30 seconds and pair that with brisk

Gear Up

benefit from starting out with 3-5 minutes

walking for 90 seconds. Intervals are also

One of the appeals of running is the ease


get easier, you can start increasing the



keep you visible in the low light of dawn and dusk.

Cross-Training Now that you’re hitting the roads with a plan and good gear, it’s important to make sure that you’re not putting yourself at risk for overuse issues. Running places challenges on the same muscles in the same way, repeatedly. Eventually this can lead to imbalances where some muscles are getting stronger, while others aren’t strong enough. Additionally, certain tissues may become irritated from repeated use. A great strategy for avoiding all of this is to make sure your body is challenged with a variety of movement. I recommend adding 2-3 days/week of exercises other than running. One to two days of strength training can be the perfect activity to avoid and correct imbalances. Shoot for movements that support and stabilize the running muscles of the hips and thighs. But don’t forget to emphasize the upper body and core. These muscles don’t get the same amount of work as the MASON STEVENS is owner and exercise physiologist at MET-Fitness in Columbia. He has his bachelor’s in nutrition and fitness and has more than 10 years of experience in sports conditioning, coaching and fitness.

legs when you’re running.

Keep it Fun and Varied Cross-training is helpful to reduce the physical overuse injuries, but mental burnout from running is a problem too. As with all things in life, our motivation to keep running is exponentially higher

of getting started. Essentially all you need is a pair of shoes and a place to run. And

best fit and style for your body. Apparel makes a difference, too. While

while that is true, proper running gear

you can get by with a T-shirt and sweats,

makes the experience more enjoyable and

higher quality micro-fibers will be much

safer. Shoes are the most important piece

more comfortable. These materials are

of gear you can buy. An entire article

breathable and wick moisture away from

could be dedicated to picking out the best

the body.

shoes, but instead of getting that specific

Lastly, when picking gear, look for

here, I recommend finding a quality

bright colors like highlighter yellow and

running store. The knowledgeable folks at

blaze orange. A lot of running apparel

a running store can help guide you to the

will even include reflective material to

if we’re having fun. Boredom can set in quickly when running the same lap around the neighborhood, week after week. Mid-Missouri is blessed with a variety of trails and running spaces. The MKT trail offers miles of scenic paths, connecting a majority of Columbia. My personal favorite is to escape into the woods for a trail run. Whatever your interests, try to find ways to enjoy the challenge as much as possible.




ot dogs? Brats? We love ‘em. Your kids love them. They’re the stars of the backyard family barbecue. Just don’t ask what’s in them or watch them being

made. You’ve always heard that. Recently a friend put me to that test. She invited Cheryl and me to her family picnic. Three dozen people gathered at a Cosmo Park pavilion after church, as they do every Sunday. Family members and friends look forward to the camaraderie. And the food. Mama always prepares a lavish feast, crowned by recipes from her native Philippines. I was intrigued and ready for the challenge. On this day a welcome breeze wafted gently through the pavilion, stirring the aromas from a picnic table packed with two dozen dishes, maybe more, lovingly prepared. Some foods were recognizable. Others were a mystery. Cheryl and I each took a plate and started down the line. Every dish looked and smelled wonderful. I spooned a helping of the first dish and asked mama, “I’ll tell you after you eat it.” Next dish. “What’s in it?” “I’ll tell you after you eat it.”



“What’s this?”

them all. The crispy pork leg knuckles with lemon, onions, chiles and Thai “Crispy pork blood stew, with pork belly, offal, ginger and garlic.” I ventured into the next taste test. This

sweet chili sauce. The Paksiw na pata (pig’s feet stew) in vinegar and soy sauce with onion, garlic, peppercorns, bay

one was tougher because I had the sense

leaves, sugar and salt. Tuslob-buwa,

on almost every dish down the line.

it was looking back at me. I ate it fast and

cooked pork brains and livers. Papaitan

Meanwhile Cheryl filled her plate with

was surprised by its robust flavor. “Tastes

soup with goat heart simmered in garlic,

foods she could recognize. Fruit salads.

like chicken. Tell me.”

onions, spices and bile.

We repeated the same conversation

“Helmets. A popular street snack.

I not only survived the taste test,

Marinated chicken heads with combs

I enjoyed the flavors, the blends, the

mysteries, I approached my first bite

and beaks removed, barbecued with salt

textures. Mama was proud of my

cautiously. It was a delicious blend of

and onions.”

adventuresome palate, and happy that at

Corn. Beans. Fried chicken. We sat to eat. With a plate full of

crisp meats stir-fried with vegetables. The dish looked and tasted much like something I might see at my favorite Asian buffet. I wolfed it down, anxious to learn what I just ate. “Okay, what was it?” “Pork sisig, with pig’s cheeks, face

Cheryl didn’t hear. She had turned her head, talking to another guest. Mama and I repeated this Q&A during my entire meal. I’m an adventurous eater. I proudly list haggis — the Scottish national

least for one meal, I was a convert. Cheryl was less enthusiastic. Aside from an occasional platter of fried chicken livers, she’s content to bypass foods with exotic body parts. Just put them in the hot dogs.

and snout, ears and liver mixed with

comestible litmus test — as a conquered

jalapenos and onions, calamansi,

taste. But I would never purposely pick

John Drake Robinson is a former director


pig knuckles. Mama knew this. And she

of the Missouri Division of Tourism and has

Wow. So far, so good.

knew I probably never asked what’s in a

driven every mile of highway in the state.

Next dish was a soup, spicy and

hot dog. She knew I just liked the taste.

His appetite covers a wide range of subjects

intriguing. “What’s in it?”

Every dish she fixed was tasty. I tried




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Football Fuel




n 2012 my son Drew began his

with me in my commercial kitchen, and

these days! I want to invite them all over

high school football career as a

we fed the entire Rock Bridge team. It

and make many casserole dishes full of

Rock Bridge Bruin, and I began my

was raucous, and sometimes stressful, but

Beef Lombardi like we have so many

career as a football mom. For the

it warmed my heart to watch my boys,

times before. I have yet to find a kid

past nine autumns, from Drew through

and their friends, with plates full of pasta

who doesn't love this mash up of sort-

Grant and on to Luke, there has been a

bakes, laughing around communal tables.

of spaghetti, sort-of goulash and even

And now it's almost over. When Luke

sort-of stroganoff. The secret really is

Fougere boy among the “Boys of Fall.” And I have loved every minute of it! I love football. I love the games, the fans, the band, watching my friends' daughters

takes the field this fall it will be his last

the sour creamed noodles, and the spicy

year of high school. It will be my last year

beef which together make for a creamy,

as a football mom.

delicious bowl of all-together goodness.

who cheered or danced, the whole thing.

Although it is true that all my boys

And I really loved feeding the boys. There

come home or stay home often and we

Lombardi is that is freezes beautifully so

were years when the O line ate at our

do have many of their friends for dinner

make two and give yourself a night off in a

house every Thursday night and there

frequently, I can’t help but be struck by

few weeks! Happy football season!

were years when several moms gathered

this passage of time and how I will miss


The second-best thing about Beef


Beef Lombardi 1 pound ground beef, I prefer 90-20 2 tablespoons olive oil 14.5 ounces chopped tomatoes 10 ounces diced tomatoes and green chiles 2 tablespoons sugar 6 ounces tomato paste 1 bay leaf Salt and pepper


Adapted from Southern Living

12 ounce package of egg noodles 1 bunch of chopped green onions 1 ¼ cup sour cream 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese ½ cup shredded parmesan 1 cup shredded mozzarella

Cook ground beef in olive oil in a skillet until brown. Stir in all tomato products, sugar, bay leaf and seasoning. Cook egg noodles according to package directions and drain. Stir green onions and sour cream into egg noodles. Place noodle mixture in greased 9x13 casserole dish. Top with beef mixture and sprinkle with cheeses. Bake covered, at 350 degrees for 35 minutes. Uncover and bake an additional 5 minutes.


Hard Right




hawn Oberle, head brewer at Broadway Brewery, hardly made a beeline for brewing. "I was a business marketing major at Mizzou and had been more on the business operations side for a few years," he explains. "I was

finishing up a job around 2014, and had kind of a blank slate to figure out what I wanted to do.   “I was always tinkering with stuff at home as a kid in the kitchen with my mom. So that kind of culinary side mixed with the creative side kind of led me into brewing.” Oberle had already done some home brewing in college and a little post-college. "Nothing that was super spectacular by any means," he says. "I made some really bad home brews with my old roommates." 

SEIZING A HOPPORTUNITY   He reached out to the former head brewer at Broadway and then apprenticed under him, working his way up to assistant. He then

THE SEGUE INTO SELTZERS “The seltzer was a big project for both of us. It’s a subset of

quickly moved up to head brewer after his mentor left for another

Broadway Brewery but we leaned into it in a way try to separate it

brewery, essentially throwing him into the deep end of the vat.

as kind of a new company in and of itself," he explains.  

Oberle faced a massive learning curve, and a minute timeframe.

They wanted the new seltzers to reflect on the state of

With 12 years of brewing under its belt, Broadway was well-

Missouri in both name and branding, to be clearly from the

established. Oberle was brand new and making beers with

Show-Me state, christening the line "Clear State." They also

expected taste profiles that people had been drinking for years.

wanted the logo, label and packaging to be really colorful and

"Being able to produce something consistently and jumping into

lively. Katz designed the logo.

learning was certainly its own challenge," he says. He still finds ways of using his marketing background, working

Oberle says, "For me personally, as a producer and brewer and a tinkerer in a lot of things, it’s another area I can explore and learn

closely with Harry Katz, director of marketing. "I work closely

about. Seltzer is kind of a blank slate — you can mess around with

with Harry. We do a lot of co-branding to promote beer recipes.”

different flavors and flavor profiles. It’s really kind of endless.”


THE PROCESS Cane sugar and water are combined to make a high-strength, high sugar content liquid. The mix is fermented with a wine yeast to produce a more neutral profile that's as clean as possible — something pretty alcohol tolerant and robust. The mix is then fermented into straight alcohol.   It undergoes a series of filtrations to clear out yeast and everything else, such as sediment. The goal is strip any kind of fermentation flavor and aroma so it's as neutral as possible when the flavoring is introduced.  The result is a base product that’s 10% alcohol by volume (ABV). That's blended with water until it’s 5% ABV. This permits more yields in the process. The carbonation process is started on the beverage.  Citric acid is added to lower the pH and get the beverage a little more “bright” with tartness.   The different flavorings are added. The beverage is canned.


seen drinking seltzer. Those stigmas that have existed in the

"Seltzers are … interesting, " Oberle says. "From their very

market can be challenging for consumers. I do feel like there’s a

beginnings, White Claw was kind of the big one that tipped the

shift in that," he notes. It's largely a non-issue today, Oberle says.

scales. They’ve really grown in their segment and taken a lot of

“Whatever you like drinking, drink that.”

the beer share.


“You had this spike in people who are drinking less soda and drinking more soda water. It kind of follows in tandem with that:

The first offerings from the new company are Key Lime, Passion

'I want something that’s not laden with sugar, carbs and calories

Fruit and Tart Cherry, available in either single flavor six-packs or

but I still want alcohol.’

a 12-pack variety. "We started with some that I think are friendly

“For us, as a brewery, seltzer falls in the camp of what the government tells us we can make and what it’s classified as. Seltzer's classified as a beer, technically,” he explains. He says originally, there was a kind of feminity/masculinity question around seltzers. "Like guys thinking, well, I can’t be

for consumers to at least give them a try. Then we plan to get more creative,” Oberle says. “I really do believe seltzers are here to stay. Not necessarily every brand that’s out there. But there’s no shortage of demand for them, so it makes sense on that level.”


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Autumn Apple



ith the fall season approaching, I thought what could be a better cocktail than one that includes traditional fall flavors? This is where

the Autumn Apple comes into play. If you like Old Fashioneds, this could be the drink for you. The Autumn Apple is very similar to the classic Old Fashioned, however, the addition of apple cider to this cocktail takes it to a whole different level. What makes this drink so good is that there is a perfect balance between sweet and savory. After all, whiskey and apples are such an iconic duo!  If you are looking for a rich, silky and smooth cocktail to get you into the fall spirit, the Autumn Apple might be the drink for you!

Claudia LeSage is a bartender at Günter Hans, a European pub and cafe in Columbia

Autumn Apple Cocktail INGREDIENTS • 2 ounces bourbon or whiskey • 3 dashes Angostura Bitters • 1 tablespoon maple syrup • ½ to ¾ ounce cinnamon simple syrup • ¼ cup apple cider

DIRECTIONS To make the cinnamon simple syrup, add 1 cup of brown sugar and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon to 1 cup of boiling water. Stir and let simmer until thickened. To assemble the cocktail, add bourbon, bitters, simple syrup (1/2 ounce for less sweet, ¾ ounce for more) and maple syrup into a mixing glass. Add warmed apple cider and stir. Pour into a a lowball or traditional rocks glass and garnish with a dash of cinnamon. Cheers!







here is just something about freshly made tortillas. All it takes is masa, water, a little

salt … and maybe a little fat. I know adding fat to corn tortillas is not necessarily traditional, but as you can imagine, it does make them delicious and softer than traditional corn tortillas. You can have the dough whipped in about 3 or 4 minutes, let it rest, and press it out when you are ready to make your tortillas. The tortillas cook up quickly if you toss them underneath a towel to keep warm, fresh, and pliable for when you are ready to make your tacos.

MASA HARINA Masa Harina is flour made from corn. Masa means dough in Spanish, harina means flour. No, this is not like other doughs, and masa harina is not like other flours made from corn. Masa Harina goes through the process of Nixtamalization. The corn kernels are cooked in an alkaline solution, traditionally lime (the mineral not the citrus). This process helps soften the kernel and remove the outer cover of the corn, but also makes the corn much easier for the human body to process and retains more nutrients. The process also changes the aroma and flavor of the flour. / 48 INSIDE COLUMBIA SEPTEMBER 2021

WATER, SALT, AND FAT Once you get the masa, the rest of the ingredients are pretty simple. You can make tortillas with just water and salt, usually about a 1 to 1 ratio, but the addition of fat can make it so much better. I find it easiest to mix the salt, fat and masa before adding any liquid (some recipes like tamales work great with replacing the water with stock).

MIXING After the salt and fat have been mixed into the masa, the water can be added about a half cup at a time, but reserve the last ½ cup just to see if you need it. The humidity can play a large part in making the dough, sometimes it will take more water, sometimes it will take less. You want the masa to soak up enough moisture. The dough should be soft to the touch but not sticky. The dough needs to rest 30 to 60 minutes before making it into tortillas. I always find this a great time to prepare other ingredients.

PRESSING You can find a tortilla press at just about any Hispanic grocer; they make them in aluminum, cast iron, and wood, but you probably have a “tortilla press” at your house. A heavy-bottomed pan, cutting board or casserole dish will all

work to press the masa ball into a tortilla against the counter. Plastic wrap, wax paper or parchment paper will work to prevent the dough from sticking, but anytime I see someone making tortillas they are using a plastic grocery bag. I have used all the above items, and I can’t tell you the science behind it, but the plastic grocery bag works best. The plastic bag is more flexible than the parchment and wax paper, but less sticky than plastic wrap. I like to flatten the bag out then cut down each side parallel to the handles. Then the bottom of the bag still has the seam to fold. Once you have mixed the dough, you can roll it into a sphere. Keep track of the size of the sphere, that way you can scale up for a larger tortilla, or down for a smaller one. The best way is to use a scale (use the grams mode), you can also use a measuring cup or scoop, or just make a mental note of the size (bouncy ball, ping pong ball, golf ball — you probably don’t want to go bigger than that).

USING A TORTILLA PRESS Lay the bag, paper, or plastic wrap over the open tortilla press. Place a sphere in the center of the press on the bag, then close the top of the press making sure it is covered with the bag. Place the handle






not destroy it. Too much pressure usually

section of the bag. You are now ready to

If it has been pressed and cooked properly

results in one side of the tortilla being too

cook the tortilla.

some of the moisture in the center should

thin and tearing when removed.

be turning into steam and make the



Once you are almost ready to start pressing tortillas is when you need to think about warming your pan. If you are mak-

Lay the open bag on the counter, put a sphere in the center of one side of the bag. Cover with the other side of the bag. Press down with one motion, making sure to keep the cutting board/pan level to the counter. It may take a few tries, but you will push down until you feel some resistance. You can check the thickness and press again harder if needed. Once the tortilla has been pressed, you can peel back the bag. Pick the bottom section of the bag up, place the bare tortilla into your palm and pull off the top

tortilla puff. At this point, you are ready to remove the tortilla, place it between some towels and repeat the process.

ing the tortillas (pressing and cooking)


by yourself, a medium to medium-low

When I am making tortillas, I like to have

heat should work to do both tasks. If you

all other items done first. The meat (see

have a helper to cook or press (or you are

braised meat recipe below), the ingredients

quick), you probably want a medium to

(onions, corn, avocados) and the toppings

medium-high heat. You can add just a

(cilantro, limes, cheese, hot sauce). If you

little bit of oil to the pan, spread with a

are making tortillas to order or eating

paper towel, then start cooking. You want

shortly after, you can start assembling

to cook for about 30 to 60 seconds on

tacos or letting people assemble their own.

each side, then flip back to the first side.

Having warm tortillas but nothing to fill

At this point, the dough should cease be-

them with is not the way to go.

ing the dough and turning into a tortilla.


( M A K E S 12 T O 15 C O R N T O R T I L L A S ) INGREDIENTS 2 cups masa 1 teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons bacon fat or lard 1½ to 2 cups warm water


DIRECTIONS Mix the masa, salt and fat in a bowl. Add about ½ cup of water at a time, then a little at a time until you get a dough that is soft to the touch, but not runny or sticky. Cover with a towel or plastic wrap and let rest at room temperature for 30 to 60 minutes. Prepare your tortilla press/cutting board/pan with a plastic bag, wax paper or plastic wrap. Press tortillas and cook in a pan with a small amount of oil. Place the finished tortillas between towels to keep warm. When ready to assemble, fill with meat and accompaniments as desired.




INGREDIENTS 2.5 to 3 pounds of beef chuck, shoulder or round Salt and pepper Oil or fat to sear 1 onion, peeled and quartered 4 to 5 garlic cloves, smashed 3 to 4 dried chiles, seeds removed (more for spicier, less for milder) 2 teaspoons ground cumin

DIRECTIONS Cut beef into 1- inch chunks, season heavily with salt and pepper. Sear over high heat in a pan with oil until crusted on all sides (searing the beef can happen in batches). Transfer to a large pot with lid, reserve. In the same pan you cooked the meat, sauté the onion until the edges start to brown. Add garlic and cook until garlic starts to brown slightly. It is ok, if the onion becomes charred on the edges. Add to the pan with the meat. Add seedless chiles, cumin and stock to the pot, cover and cook over low heat for 1½ to 2 hours, until meat starts to become tender (you can taste it after an hour as it is well past the needed internal temperature for safety). If you desire, you can remove the meat and puree the onion, garlic and seeded chiles into the stock to make the sauce, if not, they can be discarded. Return the meat and cook for just a bit longer, taste and season with more salt, pepper or cumin as desired. At this point the meat is done and it can be served, or placed on a cutting board and chopped up into smaller pieces or shredded. Keep the meat in the liquid until the tacos are ready to be assembled, this will help keep the meat moist. As you assemble the tacos, you can drizzle with a small amount of the sauce in each taco. Add other accompaniments as desired. This recipe is typically made with beef, but could easily be switched to chicken, lamb, pork or duck. You could do a similar method with fish or shrimp, but cook a fraction of the time (20 to 30 minutes), also cutting the amount of stock/water used in half. Since fish is much more naturally tender, it would not need to cook as long and would mostly disintegrate if cooked for the same amount of time.


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C O L U M B I A ' S

Oh, the perks of being a home owner! It seems as if you’re constantly working on and improving your investment, only to have a never ending to-do list. Whether you spend your weekends landscaping or treating for pests, we know it can seem like a big chore. That’s where local businesses in our new Help My House advertising section come in. Six home-related companies, from painters to home inspectors, share tips they’ve learned in their industry. Learn which type of paint is best for your interior walls, how to spruce up your backyard deck and an essential checklist for home inspections. Of course, these businesses don’t only have great tips and tricks from their industries, they also offer home services in Columbia. So, if you already know what paint sheen you need, but don’t want to actually do the painting, or if your backyard deck needs some love you just don’t have the time for, check out these businesses to help your house.



Don’t Fall Flat: Sheen Selection 101 By Austin & Lacie Ilsley W hen it comes to choosing the right paint for your home, you’re probably thinking of hours spent in the paint swatch aisle at your local paint store. But the sheen of the paint can play just as big of a role in the look of your home. Before we dive into the different types of sheens, and what may be best for your home’s needs, let’s go through the basics. The more shine in the paint on your walls, the more reflection of light, rather than absorption. This can cause even the tiniest of imperfections to be undesirably amplified, which is not very aesthetically satisfying. And,

because shiny paints cause light to bounce off of the surface, they can also decrease the color depth. One example of a shiny paint is eggshell. In the past, it was considered the “sheen standard” for interior paint due to its washability, durability and mid-level shine. While it is true that an eggshell sheen can deliver great results in the area of durability, sometimes the shine can be overwhelming. But although eggshell can be too much shine, you definitely don't want a flat finish, which has no shine at all. Although they are great at showing the "trueness" or "depth" of a color, they are very unforgiving when it

comes to wear and tear. They tend to scuff easily and are not washable, which doesn’t suit the lifestyle of most people with kids or pets or just general clumsiness. Ultimately the paint finish that works best for most people is a matte in a high grade product. It has some sheen to it, but not quite as much as an eggshell. It's the perfect middle ground between flat and eggshell and provides the benefits of both: It’s very durable and washable, but not so shiny that it reflects light in a way that is a distraction from the paint's true color.

Austin & Lacie Ilsley



ustin Ilsley founded Ai in 2013 after painting through high school and college. In 2021, Lacie Ilsley joined the company as CEO and is helping to refine the vision and mission. Their motto is “painting joy into people’s homes,” and their goal is to elevate the painting trade. According to the Ilsleys, painters have been stereotyped in the past, but they’re working to change that by creating a work environment people love to work in. Ai places an emphasis on company culture, focusing on attracting employees who align with their core values of accountability, communication, quality, production, growth and teamwork. Placing their values at the forefront makes for a great team experience, and enables the Ai staff to know no matter the project, they’re going to undertake it with a great team around them.

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Choosing the Right Builder B

uilding a new home can be an exciting time, but it also involves a great deal of important decisions. An especially critical one is picking the right builder for your project. When considering potential builders, you should look at past projects they’ve completed, and if possible, talk to clients who have used them. You can also ask local real estate agents, trade contractors and construction material suppliers what builders they would recommend. Once you narrow down your list of potential builders, the most important part of the process is meeting with them. During that initial meeting, you will be able to learn about their character, their organizational systems, general operating procedures, their staff



and how that team operates together, and most importantly, their building and business philosophies. Building a custom home is a unique situation where you will have a very close relationship with the builder and their team for a long period of time. You will also be inviting them, and his or her team, into your most personal space — your future home. Aside from ensuring that the builder is qualified to take on your project, you also want to make sure that you will be able to work with this individual as a partner in the project and that you will have confidence that they are fully committed to your satisfaction. The most important safeguard to the success of all these factors is trust. If you trust your builder, then you can focus on your task of dreaming about your project.

By Scott Powell Finally, you should make sure that the builder will be open to your desired creative process during the build. Everyone is different in how they want to navigate the design and build phases of a project and you need to make sure that your builder is both open to, and compatible with, that process. If you want to be able to be flexible in how the design and build process unfolds, then you need a builder who can work with you to make that happen in the most time — and cost-efficient way. Ultimately, you must determine how you want your dream project to develop, and then find a builder who is capable and willing to make that happen. To have the optimal building experience, find a builder you trust, you like, and feel comfortable partnering with on this meaningful endeavor.

The Team at Alpine Builders


cott Powell founded Alpine Builders in 2001, which specializes in custom home building, remodeling and green building projects. For 20 years, their mission has been to build with integrity, ingenuity and a dedication to client satisfaction and environmental sustainability. The team at Alpine pride themselves on avoiding the

path of least resistance, recognizing that often that path is sought after due to a lack of effort or ingenuity. With a focus on these principles, Alpine looks to protect the reputation they have earned as one of Columbia’s premier building firms, while constantly improving with each new project.

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A Seller’s Guide to Home Inspections By Dan Burke I

f you’re planning to sell your home anytime soon, you probably know that the buyer will likely have your home inspected. A home inspection can help protect buyers from any major issues in homes and can often be used as a contingency in their buying contract. So what can you, as the seller, do to make sure the contract goes through? Actually, there’s a lot you can do at home to make it easier for home inspectors to give the green light on your property. The first? Just make sure your family isn’t in the home during the inspection. That includes your furry family members, too! Home inspections can take anywhere from two to three hours for an average size home, so head to the park, visit with a friend or run some errands while your home is getting a once-over.

One big thing to keep in mind is that the buyer and/or buyer’s agent can be present during all, or any part of, the home inspection. So, if you thought you were done tidying your home for showings, not quite. You’ll want to make sure your home is clean and showready in case the buyer decides to pop by and this includes both the inside AND outside of your home. For exterior areas, you want to make sure all units (such as the air conditioner) are clear of debris and leaves, keys for outbuildings are accessible, the gutters are clean, gates are unlocked and the exterior lightbulbs all work. Inside your house, three areas will get extra attention: your kitchen, bathrooms and attic. Inspectors will be running a lot of water throughout your house to test pipes at all different sources, so kitchens and bathrooms are high on their list. In the kitchen, make sure appliances

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are emptied and pilot lights are on. For both your kitchen and bathroom, remove all personal items from the sink, under the sink and in the tub or shower. If you’re further along in the moving process, be sure that your utilities are still all hooked up and operating. Home inspectors have to reschedule their process if utilities don’t work, or if pilot lights aren’t on. This could potentially delay the closing process for your home — something you definitely do not want to happen. For your attic, ensure that it’s easily accessible. If the access is in a closet, you’ll want to move any clothes or items in the way. Not only does this help the inspector, but insulation is messy and falls out of access areas, leaving a mess on your favorite sweater. Finally, throughout your home, just make sure windows are accessible, at least one wall outlet per room can be accessed and the lighting works well.


an Burke has been working in the construction industry since 1997, when he built his first log home. He continued building custom homes in St. Louis until 2008, when he moved to Columbia and began focusing on remodels and additions. In 2012, he started doing home inspections, moisture investigations and commercial building inspection services. Today, Burke holds many building and inspection certifications including those for moisture, indoor air and radon inspections and

energy efficiency, deck and siding installation/building.



Prevent an Invasion this Fall

By Megan Jacobson and Jared Hotsenpiller


he invasion happens every fall, in every home across America. Creepy crawlers such as wasps, spiders and mice are gathering right now, planning their next move. So, what’s yours? Female spiders are gleefully planning to lay thousands of eggs in your home. Wasps are sharpening their stingers. Mice are patrolling the perimeter to find the tiniest (¼ -inch!) gaps to squeeze through and introduce themselves. To prevent the inevitable fall invasion, you’re going to have to be proactive. Many homeowners create the perfect hiding places and habitats for these pests, purely by accident. As the weather changes, make sure you’re doing what you can to keep the mice and pests from invading your home! First, make sure your home and all access points are sealed tight and kept dry. This includes making sure garage

doors and all home doors are sealed with no light peeking through. Another big part of preventing pests is keeping the exterior of your home maintained and clean, including landscaping, gutters and downspouts, and keeping

any wood (for that cozy wood burning fireplace) away from the house. Of course, having a pest control company spray the exterior and interior of your home on a regular basis is also highly recommended.

Megan Jacobson & Jared Hotsenpiller



egan and Jared have been with Steve’s Pest Control for more than a decade each. As part owners, they love continuing to watch the business grow and provide great customer service to the central Missouri area. Steve’s Pest Control was founded by Steve and Anita Hotsenpiller, their parents, in 1988. After five years, Steve hired the first employee and the rest is history. As your friends in the pest control business, both Megan and Jared pride themselves on hiring high quality professionals to create the best experience for their customers.



All Decked Out

By Drew Kretzschmar


oes your home’s deck make you want to … duck and cover? A deck shouldn’t be a pile of wood just waiting for the next pressure wash and stain — it should be functional AND fun. Take full advantage of your home’s outdoor access with a few revamp tips and tricks. One major way to spruce up your deck and make it easier to enjoy is to add some sort of shade. Whether you want to install a pergola that offers partial shade, or go all in with a large patio umbrella or sunshade, your skin will thank you. Another structural way to change up your deck is to add an outdoor bar. It doesn’t have to be all decked out — just a bar-height counter with storage and cute accessories will have you sipping sangria in no time. And if your deck is already fun-ctional, make it more inviting by adding some

colors and textures with outdoor rugs and pillows. While your deck is already outside, the addition of flowers or other plants in standing and hanging containers can make your space feel more

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rew Kretzschmar began Kretch’s Custom Exteriors back in 2018, in part thanks to his father, who owns a local landscaping company. Kretzschmar was able to take reallife experiences and training from working with his father and combine that with his own welding and construction experience to found and open Kretch’s. Kretzschmar offers a four-step process for any outdoor project you may need. First, a phone consult will help narrow down your


cohesive and peaceful. If you like to enjoy your deck at night, consider adding some lighting, such as outdoor twinkle lights, to create a relaxing, soothing space worthy of a magazine.


needs, then Drew or a member of his team will come to your home for an on-site consultation that will then help them estimate a timeline, finalize design expectations and project out costs. And after Kretch’s completes the project, they like to make sure every detail is perfected, ensuring your home shines. Their motto is true beauty is on the outside.

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Remodeling Do’s and Don’ts

By Ryan Payne

Photo by Mary Click Photography


hen it comes to remodeling your home, there are a lot of pros — the biggest of which is being able to remain in your home and having it customized to fit your family's unique wants and needs. Of course, there are also a lot of things that can go wrong when it comes to undertaking a remodel. To avoid the stereotypical home reno nightmare, there are a few things you should keep in mind. The first: Have an idea of what you would like to do before you contact a remodel company. This can help save time and make the process go more smoothly. Knowing what you want — or at least having an idea — can help the remodeler draft plans that will meet your needs the first time. The easiest way to know what you’d like beforehand? Research. Get online, gather concepts or visuals and bring them with you to your first meeting with the remodel company. One great resource for inspiration and ideas is You can also check out their article on the biggest renovating mistakes for some definite “don'ts.” Next, talk with your friends and family to see if they’ve had any similar work done to their home. Then, gather

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some personal recommendations. You should also check to see if the professional you’re considering is accredited and follows industry standards.



yan Payne recently became the owner of Swift Company after purchasing it from prior owner Terry Alfermann, who founded it in 1999. Payne began working at Swift in 2008, after learning from some of the best residential and commercial construction companies across the U.S. He earned his bachelor’s in Construction Management from Missouri State. Payne loves working directly with each of his clients and takes pride in helping them make their dreams a reality. At Swift, they consider their team members family, and they believe their customers are family too.

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ost people hear the term

It’s true — you can help cut back on

for a longer time when you are cooking

food waste and think of

landfill buildup and fill up your stomach at

tougher parts of meat. Oftentimes, leftover

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the same time.

cuts such as skin and feet are either boiled

tion, or backyard compost

When animals, such as cows and pigs,

down into stock, or ground into sausage.

piles. But what if we told you that you

are butchered, there are parts that don’t

could cut down on food waste by eating

have a high demand, including excess fat,

students smoke leftover bones, meat and

more soup, sausage and salami?

skin, some of the tougher muscles and

skin to make smoked pork stock — the

extremities. To many Americans, pig’s

basis of their famous gumbo.

feet don’t sound too appetizing; but in

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reality, you probably eat them more often than you think if you’re a fan of soups

cuts more appealing is to break them up

and skin if you ever have a hankering for

into smaller pieces. While sausage is one

sausage gravy or a salami sandwich.

ground product, ultimately it can only be 10 to 20% fat, Harlan says, whereas cured

something with nowhere for it to go,”

sausage can have larger chunks of fat, mak-

according to Culinary Center Instruc-

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And of course, one of the trending uses

I try to teach my students. Everything

for cured sausage is as part of a charcuterie board. But, according to Ben Parks, Barred

has to have a use.”

Boiling it down

Owl Butcher & Table’s Owner/Chef/Chief

When it comes to making undesirable

recent Instagram trend. “Charcuterie has

cuts of meat palatable, low heat and time,

always been popular because not only was

along with technique and knowledge go

it a way to use stuff that was considered

a long way. “Muscles that are used a

less desirable, but a lot of the techniques

lot aren’t naturally tender,” Harlan

Maintenance Engineer, it’s not just a

were for preservation,” he says. “Cuts like

says. “You can grill a porkchop, but

loin chops and tenderloins got used right

if you take a shoulder or chuck and

away, but before refrigeration, they had

grill it, you would be gnawing forever. It used to be

to figure out a way to preserve the rest of the animal. A lot of charcuterie processes

that people without

originated from that salting, drying and

a lot of money would

smoking preservation techniques.

purchase the less

“Whether or not people realize it, it’s

tender parts, but now

always been popular in American cuisine.

it’s considered cool to

Smoked meats are charcuterie. Hot dogs

eat those parts because

and bacon are charcuterie. In the 21st

they have more flavor.” In case you don’t want to be


The other option for making unpalatable

and stocks. The same goes for animal fat

“You can’t have an abundance of


At the Culinary Center, Harlan has his

century, there’s been this resurgence of old-world charcuterie in terms of salamis and things like that,” Parks continues. Harlan pinpoints that resurgence of

gnawing forever,

traditional charcuterie in part to the release

Harlan has a few

of a book in 2005. “This book came out

tips. Be sure to

that every chef I knew with a restaurant

use moisture and

bought,” Harlan says. The title? Charcuterie:

a lower temperature

The Craft of Salting, Smoking and Curing by

Putting the PRO in Process SMOKING: Exposing meat or fish to smoke to add flavor, change the appearance or preserve it (cure). CURING: The process of either physically drying meat, seafood or vegetables via smoking, or chemically curing with salt, nitrites, nitrates, sugar and spices. Curing can be dry (dry rubbed) or wet (soaked in a salt and seasoning solution).


Board Basics

LOOKING TO MAKE YOUR OWN FLAWLESS CHARCUTERIE BOARD? Veronica Everly, owner of Veronica’s Vittles, has a few tips.

ARRANGE CATEGORY BY CATEGORY. I like to put my cheeses on first, then any small bowls (empty), then the meats. Once I like the composition, I'll add the sauces, olives, pickles, jams, honey, etc. to the bowls (this way they don't accidentally spill during arranging). Next, I add the fresh fruit and vegetables, then fill any holes with the smaller items like nuts, chocolates and dried fruits. I'll add the herbs last as the finishing touch.

BUYING A SALAMI WHOLE (8oz) is significantly less expensive than pre-sliced. If you know you will want to serve it thinly sliced, you can ask the deli to slice it for you to save time — and your fingers!

SALTY POTATO CHIPS make an unexpected, but delicious cracker!


Brian Polcyn and Michael Ruhlman. “It was so interesting to see how within a couple years, all of these restaurants started doing sausages and more charcuterie.” Of course, charcuterie means more than a slice of salami. In fact, it’s a lot of different things, Harlan says. “It’s the art of curing, smoking and preserving meats but that also goes with the accom-

Some Company

While salami on its own is certainly delicious, what makes a charcuterie board truly enjoyable is the addition of accompaniments. According to Parks and Harlan, mustards, jams, jellies and pickled vegetables are easy accompaniments that anyone can make at home. As a

paniments, mustards, relishes, pickles, things like that you make to go along with the meats. Charcuterie is an experience and I think you can have an array of different things to showcase that you didn’t have to make all that day. Some of those pieces have taken months if not years to get where they are now.” Parks knows firsthand how long curing can take. “It’s directly proportional to how big of a piece of meat you’re doing and what you want the final product to be,” he says. For bacon, it takes a week or two to cure the pork belly,

twist on traditional pickles, Parks recommends pickling

then it gets smoked, sliced and served. Step up to a salami

carrots, cauliflower or green beans for a unique addition.

— essentially a sausage that is dried and cured — and you’re looking at anywhere from a few months to a year.


Of course, an even bigger cut of meat, such as a whole muscle, takes much longer. For example, prosciutto can

½ cup mustard seeds (yellow, brown, or mixed), crushed with the bottom of a pan on a cutting board ½ cup white wine vinegar ¼ cup white wine

take anywhere from one to five years to cure.

Best Practices

Although every animal has parts that aren’t always used,

2 tablespoons sugar

there are a few that lend themselves more to tail-to-snout

¼ cup water and more as needed

cooking than others. Harlan and Parks agree that beef,

Pinch salt

pork and duck are three that make the cut. “Ten years ago, Mike Odette, one of the founders of Syc-

Bring vinegar, wine, water, sugar and salt to a boil. Add

amore, told me that duck was the new pig,” Harlan says.

mustard seeds and bring the mixture back to a boil.

“You can make duck confit with their legs and because all

Adjust with more water as needed. Turn off heat and let

of the meat is red meat, versus with chickens it’s dark ver-

cool for an hour. Place into a container and refrigerate

sus light meat, it’s all very flavorful and has more fat.” In

overnight. Once cool, season with more salt as need and

the past, Harlan says, people would make confit with duck

adjust consistency with water as needed. To sweeten,

legs because it was able to be stored without refrigeration.

add dissolved sugar (in the form of simple syrup, honey,

The fat layer on the top kept the broth and legs under-

agave, corn syrup, molasses, sorghum or maple syrup,

neath from spoiling — plus, it was delicious. “Waterfowl

depending on the desired flavor). This mustard will keep

has a very different meat texture, and ducks are cleaner

in the refrigerator for 1 to 2 weeks.

from the standpoint of how they’re raised.” Parks says that for American and Western European


charcuterie, pork is a must-have. However, he continues,

You can use mustard powder instead of seeds for a

“no matter what region of the world you’re in, you’ll find

smoother end product. Just don’t bring the mixture

people making some sort of charcuterie out of whatever

back to a boil after you add the powder.

meat they have available.” This includes jerkies, smoked

To create pickled mustard seeds, use whole seeds

and salted meats, and in coastal regions, smoked and

instead of crushed.


Introducing the

Admire Awards


MEET THE JUDGES AMY HERMAN, ASID Amy Herman is the president of the American Society of Interior Desingers Missouri East chapter and is currently an interior designer with Design & Detail in St. Louis. Her prior work includes founding Gateway Interior Design, a Chicago based company which won multiple ASID awards in 2014 and 2015, as well as project manager/senior designer with a commercial interior design firm in St. Louis.

FRED L. BRANDSTRADER, AIA Fred L. Brandstrader is the vice president of construction for Hyatt Corporation and is a registered architect with 30 years of professional experience. His past work has included supervising and managing the planning, design, construction, technical services and building due diligence processes for



hotel real estate portfolios and real estate development projects and acquisitions.

lthough Inside Columbia features a local home tour

He is the president of the AIA Illinois

in each issue of our magazine, we couldn’t help

Chapter and AIA Chicago Foundation.

but feeling like the local building, architecture and

interior design community deserved a little more recognition. That’s why this year we launched our ADMIRE — Architectural Design Mastery & Interior Room Excellence — Awards: To recognize design excellence throughout Boone County. That, and to provide some absolutely breathtaking inspiration for your next build, remodel or spruce-up. We received entries from local businesses across three categories: commercial architecture, whole home design and kitchen design. Entries were judged based on a rubric that awarded points for qualities such as thoughtful materialization, innovation, conceptual clarity material selection and craftsmanship. The winners highlighted in this section garnered the most points from our panel of professional judges located throughout the country.

CALEB SPANGENBERGER, AIA Caleb Spangenberger is currently presidentelect of the American Institute of Architects Idaho Chapter and an architect with Williams Partners in Sun Valley, Idaho. His past work has included designing commercial projects at tvsdesign in Atlanta, Georgia and working on the Marriott Marquis project in Washington DC. His current work at Williams Partners includes high-end residential design and construction. INSIDE COLUMBIA SEPTEMBER 2021 69



This home’s country setting is reflected in the remodel of its 289-square-foot kitchen designed by Columbia Showcase Kitchens and Baths. The remodel was a portion of a larger home renovation project completed over the span of five months by Ragland Construction and designed by architect Linda Phillips. The warm tones of the ivory and river rock painted cabinets create a cozy and comfortable space, while the texture of the backsplash tile ties in the rustic elements of the strapped copper hood and the wood beams. A luxury vinyl floor throughout complements the space, done by Betsy Ames with Carpet One. The goal, according to Kristin Caldwell, a designer for Columbia Showcase, was to expand the kitchen into a more functional space for the owners. “By removing a large walkin pantry once behind the old galley kitchen, we were able to create designated work zones and wide aisles for a functional showcase-worthy kitchen,” Caldwell says. INSIDE COLUMBIA SEPTEMBER 2021 71



This modern farmhouse, designed by Anne Tuckley Home, LLC, involved an extensive demo, re-design and remodel. Tuckley worked with Russ Anderson of Anderson Homes on the 3,442-square-foot project, which was completed this July. According to Tuckley, the goal of the project was “to completely demo and remodel a dated home into a modern farmhouse.” The main updates included relocating the master bath and laundry room, replacing flooring, countertops, cabinetry, updating the stairway and enlarging the home’s windows. “The windows were enlarged to allow panoramic views of the garden and to allow natural light into the home,” Tuckley says. White oak was utilized as an accent piece above the bar in the kitchen and carried throughout the home in the powder room ceiling and master bath wall and ceiling. The project took an estimated $100,000 to complete, and is ongoing. Tuckley is currently working on updating the exterior of the home, renovating the front porch and adding a pergola and outdoor fireplace.



Kitchen: The backsplash is made of handmade 4-inch square glossy ceramic tile, and the countertops are Cambria Quartz Brittanica. Custom cabinetry throughout the home complements the neutral farmhouse palette. Living: New European white oak flooring and enlarged windows help to brighten the whole home. Bathroom: White brick porcelain tile and white oak details make the bathroom an inviting and peaceful space. The master bathroom has a custom Smart shower system.


Commercial Architecture (over 10,000 square feet) PHOTOS BY L.G. PATTERSON The Gadbois Professional Office Building, located in south Columbia near Gentry Middle School, is a striking example of commercial architecture emphasizing both function and beauty. Coil Construction selected SOA Architecture, Timberlake Engineering and A Civil Group to design the project. The building was completed in October of 2019. The two-story, 18,000-square-foot commercial office building hosts a 9,000-square-foot professional dental office on the second floor, with future lease and support space on the ground floor. “We balanced an upscale design standard with an aggressive budget to achieve the owner’s project goals of using costeffective materials and holistic building design,” Nick Borgmeyer, associate principal/architect at SOA Architecture, says. “Our goal was to create a professional office building with multiple commercial lease spaces accessed from a single, showcase lobby, while providing a contemporary design aesthetic of strong horizontal lines and multiple exterior materials.” Altogether creating a unique architectural presence and commercial curb appeal. / 76 INSIDE COLUMBIA SEPTEMBER 2021


The all-glass south façade incorporates access to the ground floor lease space and a two-story elevator lobby. The second level dental office evokes a sophisticated yet inviting atmosphere. “Clean, contemporary finishes and creative lighting set the stage for the Owner’s professional office aesthetic,” Borgmeyer says.








Retirement Plans Are A Dime A Dozen.

Which kind will give you the most bang for your buck?


If you’re a business owner, you’ve got a lot on your mind every day – cash flow, competition, marketing and so on. However, you may also want to think about tomorrow — if you don’t already have a retirement plan, you may want to consider establishing one. Beyond helping you and your employees build

This plan, sometimes called a “Solo 401(k)” or “Individual 401(k),” is similar in terms of

options — to determine if this plan makes sense for your needs, or if you’d be better off with one of your own choosing, such as the following:

SIMPLE IRA A SIMPLE IRA, as its name suggests, is easy to set up and maintain, and it can be a good plan if your business has fewer than 10 employees. However, a SIMPLE IRA can be less generous

Member SIPC

separate fee.

Owner-only 401(k)

or will in the future, look at all the plan’s features — contribution limits, potential tax credits, overall cost, and number and type of investment

Retirement Savings Strategies Business & Employer Retirement Plans Estate, Legacy & Wealth Strategies Intergenerational Planning Socially Conscious Investing Education Savings Plans Annuities Protection Strategies (Life, Disability, and Longterm Care Insurance)

third-party administrator (TPA) can assist you with meeting these obligations but will charge a

a good way to attract those employees in the first place – and to keep them. Several states now require business owners

requiring such plans. If your state offers one now,

• • • • • • • •

with administrative obligations and costs. A

assets and have peace of mind, a retirement plan’s

without their own plans to still offer one and will charge significant fines to those who refuse to comply. Some other states are considering

Gina N Mauller-Crane, Financial Advisor 2509 Bernadette Drive Columbia, MO 573.445.7671 | | bd

individual maximum of $58,000, or $64,500 for those 50 or older. This type of plan comes

to you as a business owner in terms of allowable contributions, compared to a 401(k) or SEP. For 2021, your annual contributions are generally limited to $13,500 (or $16,500 if you’re 50 or older.) You must match contributions made by your employees or make contributions to all eligible employees. The amounts differ, depending on which contribution method you elect as the employer.

Safe Harbor 401(k) A Safe Harbor 401(k) plan allows you to defer the annual maximum of $19,500 for yourself (or $26,000 if you’re 50 or older.) You must match employee contributions up to certain limits. You also can reward yourself and your employees with profit-sharing contributions up to the

contribution limits to the Safe Harbor 401(k). The features of an Owner-only 401(k) plan are designed for self-employed individuals and business owners with no eligible employees other than themselves and their spouses.

SEP IRA If you have just a few employees or are selfemployed with no employees, you may want to consider a SEP IRA. You must cover yourself and all eligible employees, but contributions are discretionary and can vary from year to year. This can be an expensive plan for your business because the contribution percentage you select applies to all eligible employees. Contribution limits are the same as those of a 401(k) plan. Contributions to all these plans are tax deductible, and tax credits for establishing them are available. The plans listed above are some of the most common, but you may want to explore other plan types that may be beneficial to your business. Consult with your tax advisor and financial professional, or a third-party administrator with retirement plan expertise, to determine which retirement plan is right for your business. Once in place, your retirement plan can help brighten your financial future and that of your employees. Consider taking action soon. This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones financial advisor. Edward Jones. Member SIPC. Massachusetts, L.L.C



FALL 2021

publisher’s note O

ur goal this month is to make your backyard a haven for you and your grandkids. The weather is becoming cooler, the leaves are turning colors and it’s the perfect time to make your backyard your best

destination for the fall. I recently read a German study that found that the happiest people lived near natural areas that had a wide variety of birds. So, to help boost your family’s happiness, we’ve included a feature article on tips for attracting a variety of birds to your backyard feeders. National birding expert Mel Toellner helped us select the right bird feeder and the right feed to attract birds this fall. What could be better than watching hummingbirds enjoying your backyard feeder with your grandchildren? If your grandkids are more action-packed, we’ve got you covered there as well. Introduce them to lawn games that you remember playing as a child. From croquet to horseshoes, we’ve included an article that gives ideas and prices on vintage games that you’ll likely recall with affection. Many of these games can be found locally at antique or flea markets for a small price. If you’re willing to spend quite a bit more, then we’ve found the travel destination for you. Who wouldn’t love beach hopping on the Hawaiian island of Molokai? It’s home to the world’s tallest sea cliffs and glistening sandy white beaches. Whether you’re looking to swim, snorkel or just get away from the crowds, you’ll love exploring the west and east side beaches of Molokai. Writer Kimberly Blaker also is sharing tips to avoid the fall and winter fitness slump and to keep focused on staying fit. And finally, on page 98, you can read about an amazing local businesswoman who has stayed and excelled at the same local company for 45 years. You’ll find all this and more in this edition of Boom! magazine. I’d love to hear from you about how you’ve made your backyard a sanctuary this fall. Enjoy!

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good stuff 91

News Brief

Read about Christian Fellowship Church’s new location on Chapel Hill Road and Louisville Drive.

features 92

Avoid The Fall Fitness Slump

Do you think twice about exercising when the colder weather sets in? This article will give you tips to staying on track when the temperatures drop.


Colorful Competition


Closing A Chapter

Do you fondly remember playing games in the backyard with your family? Find out how these favorite games evolved and where you might pick them up today.

After 45 years of working at a local company, Cherie Coleman is turning off her calculator. Read how she went from a part-time teenage employee to controller.


good life 100 Seducing Songbirds Do you want to attract a flock of your feathered friends to your feeders this fall? We’ve shared nine different birdfeeders and tips on doing just that. 109 Travel If you’re interested in visiting the most beautiful beaches in the world, look no further than Molokai, Hawaii.



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Christian Fellowship Raises The Roof S

ince July, Christian Fellowship has been hosting Sunday services at its new location at the corner of Chapel Hill Road and Louisville Drive. The

new building comprises of multipurpose rooms, a children’s classroom wing and a large auditorium with capacity for more than 800 individuals. Coil Construction was the general contractor on the 38,000 sq. ft. facility, which sits on 21 acres. According to their website, church members have raised more than $3.4 million towards the first phase of the Chapel Hill location. Christian Fellowship School, which teaches children preschool to grade 12, is staying in same location at 4600 Christian Fellowship Rd.


Fall & Winter

FITNESS Tips For Keeping Fit In The Cooler Weather And Shorter Days Ahead




hen the weather turns colder, days get shorter, and sweaters are pulled back out of the closet, it can be a struggle to keep up healthy habits. During the fall and winter months, health and fitness routines often take a backseat to staying warm and cozy. After a few months of hibernation and holiday indulgences, the pounds, lack of energy and

together, and remind each other of the benefits of keeping fit. While in-person support is helpful, it isn't always easy to find. But social media makes it much easier to join like-minded people in a virtual community. Do a quick search on social media sites, and you'll find fitness groups for all levels and interests. These communities provide various ways to keep you accountable. They're

Finding a partner or a community with similar goals is a great way to keep yourself on track. health consequences set in, reminding us of those long-forgotten fitness goals. It can be frustrating to feel like you're starting back at square one. Instead of falling into this yearly cycle, read on for ways to avoid the fall and winter fitness slump and to keep focused on staying fit. 

Find An Accountability Partner Or Group

This is one of the best ways to stay consistent with your fitness goals. It's much easier to blow off a workout and curl up with a warm drink and blanket if you're only accountable to yourself. Finding a partner or a community with similar goals is a great way to keep yourself on track. You can give and receive support, find ways to stay fit

a safe place to share struggles and successes, provide moral support to one another and share ideas or tips.

Join A Gym Or Class

Another way to increase the odds of staying fit through the colder months is by joining a gym or fitness class. This requires a financial commitment, which may be an excellent external motivator. Gyms offer many amenities to support fitness goals. These include personal training, a variety of equipment, and often classes you can explore for new ways to stay fit. Some fitness centers even have extras like childcare, rock climbing walls, saunas and heated pools. Such perks may help get you out the door on colder days. 


If you like to socialize, fitness classes are also a great way to find a community of people who share the same goals. There are all kinds of fitness classes and studios like dance, yoga and CrossFit. Many offer trial periods. So, if there's a type of activity you've always wanted to try, you can do it with little risk and the potential for a big reward. Even many libraries offer free fitness classes.

Work Out At Home

Maybe braving the cold and dark sounds like too much, or working out with other people isn't your bliss. If so, there are many ways to get in an effective workout at home. Investing in a home gym is one way to stay active through the colder months. If you have space and money, particularly if other family members want an at-home workout too, purchase the appropriate equipment to fit your needs. It doesn't need to be elaborate. Just a set of hand weights or a kettlebell can be enough to get you started if you don't want to commit to large or expensive equipment. However, sizeable used equipment can often be found for practically nothing on Craigslist and elsewhere online.  You can also find thousands of exercise videos and written plans on the internet, DVDs, through your cable


provider, or at your local library. There are also video game systems with fun workouts like the Wii Fit or dancing games. Whatever type of exercise or fitness plan you can think of, there are likely at least a few resources out there so you can do it at home. These include exercises with or without equipment. Many are designed for, or take into consideration, working out in small spaces or with limited time.

Keep It Simple

If you're starting from scratch or lack motivation, find small ways to incorporate healthy fitness habits into your daily routine. For example, take stairs instead of the elevator, park your car farther away in the lot, and go for a walk during lunch. You can also start by taking an extra 15 minutes before your shower to do some quick exercises. A daily routine could include bodyweight moves like squats, pushups and planks. These can have a significant impact on your fitness when done consistently.  Regardless of your fitness goals, you can stay on track throughout the colder months if you find what works best to keep you motivated and consistent. 

a nod to Nostalgia

By Melody Parry Photos By L.G. Patterson

These Backyard Basics Stand The Test Of Time Remember these lawn games when the family spent the fall evening competing in a backyard battle? These favorite games still have plenty of use in them and can often be found inexpensively at your local flea market or antique store.


The earliest form of horseshoes was likely a Roman invention around 400 B.C. U-shaped horse shoes are thrown at the stake and the shoe closest to the stake gets one point. Games are played to 21 points and stakes are placed 40 feet apart. (Ebay, $7.99)


“Anything you can do on your own two feet is lots more fun on the Wibbler!" the product states. This item is a bit like a skateboard and was produced in St. Louis in the 1950s and 60s and requires a bit of balance as both feet are placed on the board. (Artichoke Annie’s Antique Mall, $12.50)

Bocce Ball

The word “bocce” is derived from the Italian word “boccia” which means bowl. Indeed, people would roll balls throughout the streets and was played by people of all ages and castes. It became popular in California in 1989 and is played in teams. Each player throws four bocce balls to the pollino (a specially marked ball). (Reader heirloom)

Kid’s Golf

Many of you may have had your own junior golf set, with beginners’ clubs carried in a charming plaid bag. The object of kid’s golf, of course, is to hit the ball with the club into a hole – and to make sure the club doesn’t hit anyone standing close by! While the origin of golf isn’t confirmed, many believe it to be developed in Scotland in the Middle Ages. (Artichoke Annie’s Antique Mall, $25)

Basket Toss

This game is rumored to be derived from jai alai, which is a handball game that originated in Spain. Jai alia was introduced to America in 1904 at the St. Louis World’s Fair, and players wrap their hands in a leather glove wrapped with reeds. The goal of the simpler basket toss is to both pitch and receive a plastic ball without using your hands, and without letting the ball drop. (Etsy, $20) 96 BOOM MAGAZINE


If you can wack a wooden ball with a mallet, you can play croquet. The object is to hit the balls with a mallet, sending it through hoops aligned around the lawn in the right order. It’s said that croquet arrived in the U.S. in the early 1860s from France. French peasants originally hit the balls through willow branches, which are now made from metal hoops. (Staff heirloom)


Cherie Coleman

Rooted At Riback Supply For 45 Years BY JACK WAX • PHOTOS BY L.G. PATTERSON


n July 30, Cherie Coleman got out

controller for Plumb Supply’s Columbia

from behind her desk at Plumb

branch. From being an insecure

Supply Co. (formerly Riback

teenager from Harrisburg, she grew into

Supply Co.). She made her way to

a confident, trusted professional. Along

her office door, closing it behind her.

the way, she went from high school

In doing so, she closed a chapter of her

dropout to college graduate.

life that had lasted 45 years. There was

Some successful people hide their

nothing in her hands, but she carried

humble beginnings from themselves

with her the memories of friendships

as well as from others. Coleman has a

she’s made and the satisfaction of

well-grounded personality and no desire

having achieved more than she could

to present herself as other than who she

have possibly imagined when the

is. “I grew up in the country, and for us

company opened the door to her future.

to even come to Columbia was a big deal

Starting at Riback as a 17-yearold part-time filing clerk, she left as 98 BOOM MAGAZINE

to me,” she says. “I used to be so shy, it was all I could do to walk through the

front door to talk to somebody about this job.” The somebody she talked to back in 1976 was Carla Smyer, who was Riback’s office manager at the time. Like Coleman, she would eventually advance in the organization, retiring five years ago as chief administrative officer. Smyer remembers that she felt an immediate connection to Coleman when she interviewed her. “She was just a child looking for something to do,” says Smyer. It didn’t take long for Smyer to realize she had made the right decision. “Cherie just found a family here, and she stuck to it. It really was a marriage made in heaven,” she says. Although they started as casual acquaintances, working together, they developed a close, rewarding relationship that has lasted 45 years. “She was not only a co-worker, but a

friend, a daughter — she could talk to

She loves being a grandmother to their

This fall, they’ll be heading to Wyoming,

me about anything,” Smyer says.

nine grandchildren, the oldest being

South Dakota and Colorado.

Coleman feels that an important part of why she was able to work with the

21 and the youngest expected to be born soon.

Another benefit of retiring is that Cherie, who is an avid pro football fan,

same people for 45 years was that she

Living on three acres, just outside

will be able to watch Sunday football

regarded them as family. Ernie Gaeth,

Hallsville, she and her husband Garth

games without worrying about having

executive vice president of Riback’s

share household and business chores.

to get up early the next day for work.

(now deceased) and Marty Riback,

Garth is a building contractor, and

Typically, Cherie gets up at 4:45 a.m.

president and owner of the company,

since 2005 when Cherie became a

and is on the job by 6:30 a.m., getting

played important roles supporting

licensed realtor, Cherie has been his

off at 3 p.m.

Coleman throughout her career. It was Gaeth who encouraged Coleman to take courses at Columbia College in the evenings, while Smyer arranged her hours at work so that she would have time for classes. Coleman is especially appreciative of Gaeth’s confidence in her ability to take on a more important role for the company. “I’ll never forget that in April

I just always thought, ‘Why go someplace else if you’re happy where you are?'

‘92 I was getting ready to graduate, and Ernie called me in and said that the

listing agent while also handling a

controller would be leaving soon and

smattering of other real estate sales.

sun rises all share the same trait — they

he wanted me to take that position. I

She got into real estate with the same

don’t know what it means to be lazy.

was like, ‘I don’t think I can do that

sense of independence and belief in

Smyer describes Cherie as being one of

job.’ And he said ‘You just got your

her abilities that led her to take college

the hardest working, “no ego” people

degree,” says Coleman.

courses while she had two kids and a

she’s ever known. The former owner

full-time job. As might be expected, she

and president of Riback’s, Marty Riback,

and her new position, Coleman hasn’t

also does the accounting for Garth’s

shares a similar opinion of Cherie’s

looked back since. As controller, she

construction company. Both are

contribution to the company. “She’s

was in charge of all audits, keeping

looking forward to her taking a bigger

competent, loyal and always level-

track of the general ledger balance

part in the family’s business.

headed,” he says. Neither he nor Smyer

Accepting both Gaeth’s confidence

sheets, and being part of the top

People who start their day before the

The couple has a long history of

have ever seen her lose her temper.

management team. When the company

getting along at work. They met at

Coleman considers herself lucky

was purchased by Plumb Supply

Riback’s when Garth was a salesman.

for staying at one place 45 years.

Co., she remained in her position

“We worked together for 18 years,”

She brought just the right attitude to

but reported to company officials

says Garth. “I’ve heard horror stories of

the right place where she found an

headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa.

people working with their spouses, but

accepting, enabling environment. “I

we never had any problems.”

just always thought, ‘Why go someplace

There’s much more to Coleman’s history than a succession of ever-

The couple share an enjoyment of

else if you’re happy where you are?’

increasing responsibilities at work. She

camping together, and when they can,

I’m the type of person that if I get in

has led a full life outside the company

they haul a camper throughout Missouri

a comfortable position, I’m probably

that included raising four daughters —

and out west. It’s usually just them, the

going to stay there.” And for 45 years,

two of her own and two stepdaughters.

open road and their two dachshunds.

that’s just what she did.



Tips For Feeding Your Songbirds This Fall


B Y M E LODY PA R RY; P HOTOS B Y L.G. PAT TE RS O N the songbirds near your yard during

he leaves and the tempera-

While right now there is natural food

tures are finally starting to

available for backyard birds, he says, song-

the colder months ahead, it’s important

drop. What can you do to

birds are already starting to shop around for

that you get your feeders up and out now

keep the birds feeding this

the many locations they will need to identify

so you become part of their network of

fall? We consulted with Mel

in order to survive the cold winter ahead.

food sources.”

Toellner, who is the owner of Songbird

“Studies have shown that the average

Don’t know where to start? We’re

Station and affectionately known as “Bird

songbird will go to 20 to 25 different loca-

here to help. Here are a variety of feeders

Man Mel,” to give us the low down on

tions to look for food during any given day,”

and tips to keep them coming to your

keeping birds flocking to backyards.

Toellner says. “If you want to enjoy and help

backyard this fall.


Mesh Feeders

Songbirds Attracted: All the songbirds you love are attracted to sunflower hearts. As a bonus, it’s the only seed bluebirds and robins can and do eat. Feeder Type: Mesh kernel feeder What Goes Inside: Sunflower hearts Songbird Station, $16.99


Nantucket Copper Roof White Feeder

Songbirds Attracted: A wide variety of birds will use this feeder, including chickadees, titmice, nuthatches, gold and purple finches, blue jays and downy woodpeckers. Cardinals also love this feeder. Feeder Type: Hopper What Goes Inside: Use seed mix with black oil sunflower seeds and hearts, nut pieces, small amount of millet, cracked corn and safflower. No milo or wheat! Songbird Station, $42.99


Red Peanut Wreath

Songbirds Attracted: Blue jays, woodpeckers, nuthatches, squirrels Feeder Type: Peanut Feeder What Goes Inside: Whole peanuts Songbird Station, $17.50


Ruby Faceted Hummingbird Feeder

Songbirds Attracted: Ruby throated hummingbirds. They need to double their weight before leaving for migration. Feeder Type: Nectar feeder What Goes Inside: Nectar or water (1-part nectar or sugar to 4-parts water) Songbird Station, $36.99


Red Double Platform

Songbirds Attracted: A wide varieties of birds will use this feeder, including chickadees, titmice, nuthatches, gold and purple finches, blue jays and downy woodpeckers. These feeders are the cardinals’ favorite. Feeder Type: Fly-Through What Goes Inside: Use seed mix with black oil sunflower seeds and hearts, nut pieces, small amount of millet, cracked corn and safflower. No milo or wheat! Songbird Station, $31.99


Copper Roof Multi-Purpose Feeder

Songbirds Attracted: Larger woodpeckers like red headed and red bellied; flickers, chickadees, nuthatches and titmice year around. Almost all birds will use this feeder during winter snows and extreme cold. Feeder Type: Seed cylinder feeder; the solid bottom keeps seed bits off the ground. What Goes Inside: Seed cylinders: the best ones are made of nuts, mealworms and a little bit of corn. Seed cylinders take weeks to consume, which stretches your seed dollars. Songbird Station, $14.99


Yellow Clingers Only Feeder

Songbirds Attracted: Attracts gold, purple and house finches and indigo buntings Feeder Type: Finch What Goes Inside: 50% fine chopped sunflower chips and 50% high quality Nyjer thistle seeds Songbird Station, $16.99


Woodpecker Feeder

Songbirds Attracted: Larger woodpeckers like red headed and red bellied; flickers, chickadees, nuthatches and titmice year around. Almost all birds will use this feeder during winter snows and extreme cold. Feeder Type: Suet feeders

What Goes Inside: They are best used with suet cakes that are made of peanuts, peanut butter and suet. Making homemade suet is fun to do with your grandchildren! Songbird Station, $17



Sands And Surf



o you like to go beach hopping? The Hawaiian island of Molokai is home to the world’s tallest sea cliffs, rising between 3,600 and 3,900 feet above the ocean. And history buffs will be fascinated by fish ponds that date back to ancient times. But if you’re a lover of uncrowded beaches — each one different from the other — then a day or two of beach hopping on Molokai deserves a spot on

your active travel in Hawaii itinerary. I much prefer exploring beaches to baking all day on a lounge by the water’s edge. Blame it on my runins with skin cancer or maybe it’s an overactive curiosity. The first time we visited Molokai, my husband Alan and I explored beaches on both the west and east sides of the island, but we didn’t have time to see all of them. On my latest trip, I

discovered more secluded beaches to add to my list of Molokai favorites. I recommend dividing your Molokai beach hopping into two days of sand and surf. Spend one day exploring the rugged beaches on the west side. The ocean’s rough here, so this adventure is more about exploring the scenery and taking gorgeous photos. On a second day later in your trip, experience the east side’s sandy coves BOOM MAGAZINE 109

and reef-protected waters. This is your opportunity to swim and snorkel. Molokai has dozens of secluded beaches and I can’t claim to have visited every one of them. But these are my favorites based upon my experiences beach hopping on Molokai. And, remember, although all beaches in the state of Hawaii are public, respect private property where marked.

Molokai’s West Side Beaches Are Great For Exploring

Treeless grazing lands seem to stretch to the sea on Molokai’s west side. Large homes are tucked here and there, with a sprinkling of small condo developments, if you know where to look. It’s drier on this side of the island and there is no reef protecting the shoreline. Explorers will find a series of unique beaches, some with camping facilities. Crowds? I’ve never experienced any on these beaches. The surf is rough and there are no lifeguards so be cautious swimming at west side beaches.

Papohaku Beach

On the times that I’ve visited Papohaku Beach, my footprints were the only ones


that decorated the golden sands that stretch for three miles along Molokai’s west side. Many beach aficionados consider Papohaku to be the best beach on Molokai. And this lovely wide stretch of sand has made Dr. Beach’s list of best beaches on more than one occasion. It’s the perfect sandy spot to spend the day walking, relaxing, reading a book and enjoying a picnic lunch. You’ll also find campsites (fee charged) and a public restroom at Papohaku Beach Park at one end of the beach.

Paka’a Beach

On my visit to Paka’a Beach, black lava rocks, wet from the surf, shimmered in the sun. The rocky beach makes an interesting photography shoot. It’s also a good spot for watching whales swimming in the Kaiwi Channel during the winter season. Although I saw a group of locals snorkeling and spearfishing, these waters are not for novices or those unfamiliar with the conditions. Reaching Paka’a Beach is part of the adventure. It’s located between Po’olau Beach and DixieMaru Beach

(Kapukahehu) with access from Pohakuloa Road. There is no sign for Paka’a Beach so take a chance — turn on a road toward the beach (unless it’s marked private) and explore!

Kephui Beach

Most visitors to Kephui Beach arrive at the defunct Kephui Beach Resort to watch the local surf action. But I prefer arriving at the southern end of the beach via Kaiaka Road. Walking down the path to Kephui Beach, the sound of waves crashing against rocks alert me to the fact that this isn’t a swimming beach. But there are many rocky ledges with tide pools that are fun to explore. Aikaka Rock looms at the end of the beach. I could spend hours here exploring and taking photos. If you’re up for a hike, a trail leads from the main section of Kephui Beach across a grassy hillside to cliffside views of the two Pohaku Mauliuli beaches. On my visit, I watched as two boys played behind the large rocks of the first Pohaku beach. They bravely stood up when waves approached, then crouched down to shield themselves


from the water’s force as it crashed over them.

Molokai’s East Side Beaches Are For Snorkeling And Swimming

Palm trees hang over curves of sandy beaches on Molokai’s east side. If you’re a swimmer or snorkeler, here’s your chance to enjoy reef-protected waters. Although I’ve never seen crowds on any Molokai beach, east side beaches are definitely more popular, partly because they are less isolated than the west side and also because of the protective reef.

Kumimi Beach

Standing at the overlook for Kumimi Beach, I can’t imagine a more perfect tropical paradise. You’ll find this lovely slice of sand on Hwy. 450 (Kamehameha Highway), 20 miles from Kunakaikai, Molokai’s major town. Kumimi is also known as Murphy’s Beach or Twenty Mile Beach. Calm waters allow for good snorkeling when the tide is mid to high levels.

Sandy Beach

This small pocket of beach is located about a mile beyond Kumimi Beach.

Alan and I spent a relaxing afternoon at Sandy Beach on our first visit to Molokai. It has a reputation as a safe swimming beach except when there’s a south swell. The beach is protected by a reef and has a relatively rock-free entrance into the water, which your feet will appreciate.

Halawa Beaches: Kama’alaea and Kiwilli

Located at the end of Hwy. 450 (Kamehameha Highway), Kama’alaea and Kiwilli beaches are worth the scenic drive to Halawa Valley where these two beaches are located. Part of Halawa Beach Park, the sandy coves sit at the mouth of the Halawa Valley, a privately-owned piece of paradise, which can be visited on a cultural tour through Halawa Valley Falls Cultural Hike. Kama’alaea offers shallow waters that are mostly safe for swimming. But you may find the water murky as the Halawa stream empties mountain rainwaters into the ocean near this spot. Watch out for a strong rip current if the surf is strong. Black lava rock decorates Kawillli Beach, making it one of my favorite


beach photography locations on Molokai. Although it’s possible to swim here — beware of strong currents if there’s a strong surf — I find that it’s a beach for watching and thinking. Historians believe that the first Polynesians settled in Hawaii on this very spot in 650 A.D. And in 1946, a tremendous tidal wave thundered more than a mile into Halawa Valley, destroying nearly everything in its path. So, bring a beach chair and picnic lunch, then settle in to see if history speaks to you at Kawilli Beach.

Where To Stay On A Molokai Beach Adventure

Molokai offers a laid-back travel approach. You won’t find any resorts, golf courses or high-end dining. Hotel Molokai is the island’s only hotel. Staying there is like going back to the 1950s. Simple, but comfortable, rooms cluster near a pool or the Pacific Ocean. If you’re looking for a day or two of beach hopping on Molokai, these suggestions should keep you busy. I haven’t chronicled every single beach on the island, so there are many more favorites to be found.





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Educator Ensembles OUTFITS FIT FOR FACULTY. Styled by Diahann Bieser • Photos by L.G. Patterson

Ah, back to school. It conjures images of hours spent trying on what seems to be the same pair of ripped jeans or graphic t-shirts for hours in dressing rooms, hurried notebook and pencil shopping through packed aisles at Walmart and rustling through cabinets for (slightly musty) lunchboxes. But for some, back to school isn’t just for the kids. Educators have to get prepped for back to school too, and not just any outfit works when you’re on the go with students all day. Enter what we’re dubbing “educator ensembles” — outfits that have the perfect balance of comfy and cute. Columbia educators Aly Galbreath, assistant principal at Muriel Battle High School, Gemma Shipley, a Spanish teacher at Our Lady of Lourdes Interparish School and Jennifer Payne, a sixth-grade science teacher at John Warner Middle School model these effortless looks. Even if you’re not an educator, these fashion basics (read: must-haves) are perfect for dressing up or down. The most important thing? You’ll be looking good AND feeling good thanks to soft fabrics and forgiving waistlines.


Aly Galbreath

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Gemma Shipley

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ne of the biggest impacts that COVID-19 had on the professional athlete world was the postponement of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. While Tokyo may seem a

long way from Columbia, Missouri, for three athletes — and one former athlete — it felt much closer. Three of the 2020 Olympians have not only been to Columbia, but called it home for several years as Mizzou undergraduates. Karissa Schweizer, Mikel Schreuders and Fabian Schwingenschlögl brought worldwide recognition to our small, but not-so-small-world town during the global competition. The athletes, along with Natasha Brown, an MU alumna, prior Olympian and current MU coach, reminisce about their athletic adventures, times spent on-campus and goals going forward.


ATHLETE TO COACH For Natasha Brown, assistant head coach of sprints, hurdles and relays at MU — and an MU alumna — the Olympics hold very special memories. She competed twice, in 1992 and 1996, but says it wasn’t something she had been pursuing as a childhood dream. “I knew it was the epitome of the highest level as an athlete, and thought it would be cool to get there but I didn’t really think about what it would be like to become an Olympian. When I tried out for the team, it was this unique situation where all the finalists in the 400 meters virtually crossed the finish line at the same time. There was a clear winner, but we weren’t sure who was second or third,” she says. “I was handed a flag and told to take a victory lap, still not knowing for sure that I had made the team. I didn’t think of myself as an Olympian until I ran the first round at the Olympics. “I ran the first leg of the 4x400 meter relay. I spent a lot of time out on the track setting blocks and waiting for the announcement of the participants. People were chanting ‘USA’ and in that moment, you feel so connected to our nation. It’s like wow, we (meaning our relay and the United States) are going to do this. When I look back at the experience, to be representing the U.S. at that level, it’s pretty emotional.” Her second Olympic competition, four years later, brought bigger obstacles. “I had been injured in 1995 with stress fractures in both feet,” she says. “Normally if you’re trying to make an Olympic team, you have a year to hone things, but I was just trying to get back to where I could run. 1996 was toward the end of my career, so when I was selected for the Olympics, I was excited because I knew what that meant.” When Brown was training while attending MU, she didn’t use the same track that athletes do now. In fact, she doesn’t remember MU having a regular track at that point. There were three lanes around the football field with one curve, hidden under the stands. “I like the fact that I made an Olympic team and did not have all the things people clamor about,” she says. "My competitors had stateof-the art facilities, great weather, massage therapists … yes, all those things are nice and definitely make it easier to run fast but the truth is you, the athlete, have to put in the work. I had access to that 3-lane track, to our weight room, to coaches and trainers who knew what they were doing and that worked for me.


“Iowa and Missouri aren’t track meccas of the country and I wasn’t amazing,” she says. “I was a pretty good athlete who just worked hard. That’s kind of the way I coach. I’m not saying everyone I work with will make an Olympic team, but you never know. I try to instill a consistent work ethic in my athletes that could lead them to be champions. My philosophy is there’s so much more to track and field than being the best on the team — can you be the fastest in the nation and can you be the fastest in the world?”

IT RUNS IN THE (MU) FAMILY Brown attended MU for her undergrad, but is from Des Moines, less than 10 minutes away from where Karissa Schweizer, another MU alumnae and Olympian, grew up. Although the 2020 Olympics was the first time Schweizer competed in the Olympics, she has been running across headlines for years. “When I was working at Drake, we tried to recruit her, but she didn’t come,” Brown says. “I’m a little biased and thought, well if she’s not coming here, I can only be so upset seeing that she’s going to my alma mater.” While Schweizer was a student at MU, she was named an NCAA All-American 11 times and has more NCAA National Championship titles than any other MU graduate. She’s also won numerous titles from the US Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association and the SEC. When Brown returned to Columbia to coach at Mizzou in 2016, she says Schweizer was sort of at this turning point where things were starting to click. “Coach Mark Burns had set Karissa on a path of unimaginable success. As a six-time National Champion collegiate record holder … she was understanding what she needed to do to be great,” she says. In the 2020 Olympics, Schweizer placed 11th overall in the women’s 5,000-meter run and placed 12th in the 10,000-meter run. Columbia Mayor Brian Treece recently declared August 7 as Karissa Schweizer day in honor of the athlete. When it comes to her and Schweizer’s relationship, Brown says she tries to stay out of her way. “When you see an athlete doing great things, the last thing they need is someone coming in with their own ideas. I just try to be supportive; there were times when races didn’t go the way she wanted, but my job was to simply offer encouragement.”


Fabian Schwingenschlögl during his time as a student athlete for MU.

Schwingenschlögl graduated from MU and competed in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. Schreuders, a swimmer on Aruba’s team, is no stranger to the Olympics. He competed in the 2016 games in Rio de Janeiro as a sophomore in college (at MU, of course). His professional swimming ambitions began sometime in high school but became more concrete once he was at MU, he says. “Once I realized I was becoming better and better, especially when I went to college, I had a dream to be a professional swimmer. I didn’t think it was possible. During my freshman year of college when I made the Olympic B standard, I realized it may come true.” Since his freshman year, Schreuders has competed in multiple world championships, the Pan American games, NCAA and SEC championships. His two most-swam events are the 100- and

Although the University of Missouri may be one of the most

200-meter freestyle. At MU, he currently holds the record for the

land-locked college campuses in the country, it has no shortage

200-meter freestyle, one of the same events he competed in for

of swimming talent. Both Mikel Schreuders and Fabian

the 2020 Olympics.


Mikel Schreuders

Although he had competed in the

Schreuders competed in both the men’s

and had competed in the NCAA and SEC

Olympics before, his second time was very

200-meter freestyle and men’s 100-meter

championships several times. But, he says,

different. “With all the uncertainty that

freestyle in Tokyo, but did not advance to

the Olympics are on a different level.

there was last year,” he says. “Competing

the final round. His plans for the immedi-

“Competing in the Olympics this time

in the Olympics is a great honor, and a

ate future include finding a new place to

around is definitely something special,” he

relief that it’s happening.” Although con-

train in — he’s been in Aruba since May

says, “but for me, it didn’t really matter if it

cerns of COVID-19 outbreaks made the

— and continuing to swim professionally

was in London, Rio or Tokyo.”

news, Schreuders says the event’s restric-

until 2024.

tions and rules made him feel comfortable and at-peace.

For Schwingenschlögl, a swimmer for

Schwingenschlögl earned his bachelor’s in industrial engineering from MU, and

Germany in this year’s Olympics and an

says his time there helped get him to

MU student from 2013 to 2017, his profes-

where he is today. “My time at Mizzou put

studied engineering. “As a young swim-

sional athlete goals began much earlier

me in the position to fight for a spot on

mer, I had decent times but at Mizzou, I

than Schreuders. He first thought of the

the 2016 Olympic team, and ultimately

really excelled into this professional swim-

Olympics as a goal in 2008.

the experience for Tokyo 2020. Without

During his time at MU, Schreuders

mer,” he says. “That’s where I reached all

“My first possibility to make the

my experience at Mizzou, I wouldn’t be in

of my best times, and I took the experienc-

Olympic team was in 2012, but at that

es and knowledge that the coaches there

time I wasn’t ready, mentally or emotion-

gave me, and it’s something I use every day

ally,” he says. Although being a profession-

the men’s mixed 4 100-meter medley

during practice or competitions.

al athlete became his ultimate goal while

relay and the men’s 100-meter breast-

in high school, he began swim training at

stroke, advancing to the semifinal round

age 8 and first competed in 2004.

for breaststroke. He says he may pursue a

“I really liked my experience at Mizzou academically — it wasn’t all about swimming. I’m really glad I got my degree while

such a comfortable position.” Schwingenschlögl competed in both

By the time he graduated college, he

master of business arts to round out his

I was able to swim, and I will cherish my

was a 12-time All American athlete, held

education, but regardless will “definitely

experience there for the rest of my life.”

Mizzou’s 100-meter breaststroke record

be doing more swimming.”


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Dr. Ashley Emel, DC, BS, MBA, CACCP, Owner Dr. Jennifer Sutherland, DC, FASA


oth chiropractors feel they learned valuable lessons from the pandemic. Dr. Emel says, “I had to learn to be patient and know that a lot of what was going on was out of my hands. I also learned ‘grace’ … that I had to give grace to those who were stressed, hurting, quarantined due to the rapid and ongoing changes.” Dr. Sutherland learned how important it is to not take the people we love for granted. “Not being able to see some family and friends for over a year has been hard,” she says. The two have similar views on being a “Woman to Watch.” Emel says, “To me it means helping those around me accomplish their goals too. Success has led my journey to not only further my career but to reach contacts who can help me change lives for the better.” Her co-practitioner agrees: “To me it means a woman who is doing positive things in her life and for her community,” Dr. Sutherland says. When asked for their proudest moments, Dr. Emel says hers is

Compass Chiropractic and Wellness 2516 Forum Boulevard, Ste. 102, Columbia MO 573-445-4444 •

the growth and success of Compass, after starting with two rooms of rented space in another local office. Although Dr. Sutherland can’t cite one specific moment, she says, “I’m proud of the work I do helping people feel their best. It’s very rewarding.” If the duo could offer their younger selves a piece of advice, Dr. Emel’s would be: “Everything honestly happens for a reason. Sometimes you are forced to take a detour and often, it was the best thing that could’ve happened!” “I would tell myself to take the time to see the world and travel as much as possible,” Dr. Sutherland says. Both pride themselves on their bond with their patients. “To not only make them feel better, but to feel understood and heard — we listen,” they say. “We combine services such as massage, acupuncture and nutrition with chiropractic care to provide the best treatment possible.”



Mary Katherine Welch Gynecologist Sami Turley DPT, Pelvic Floor Physical Therapist


oth of these providers downplay being a “Woman to Watch.” Dr. Turley says, “I’m not sure that I’m a ‘Woman to Watch,” but I view it as a positive thing. I hope it means I’m always striving to learn more, expand my skills, and grow our pelvic health services at Truman VA.” “I for sure would not waste too much time watching me — it’s not very exciting!” demurs Dr. Welch. “I think in terms of the VA, starting the gynecology department here and trying to provide exceptional care within an exceptional system has been and will continue to be an amazing ride!” The two agree Truman VA is an amazing facility. “We’re able to provide complete care for our veterans in one location,” Dr. Welch says. “The ability to see a patient’s medications and discuss issues with their primary care providers means we can make best decisions on how to proceed.” Adds Dr. Turley, “Veterans really have the ability to address mind, body and soul with their health care there.” For each of these medical professionals, making a major career decision was a defining moment: For Dr. Welch, it was deciding to transition from private practice obstetrics and gynecology to being a gynecologist at the VA, while for Dr. Turley, it was choosing pelvic health therapy over other types of therapies. “I absolutely love what I do!” she says. “I’ve been able to help so many people with areas of their life that often

are viewed as embarrassing, or cause significant challenges to their relationships.” The most important lesson they both learned from the COVID 19 crisis revolves around technology. Dr. Welch says it taught her “how lucky we are to have telehealth and other virtual resources to continue providing care to patients without being face-to-face.” Dr. Turley seconds that sentiment: “It taught me to better utilize technology and allow the patient to be more of an active participant in their care.” Dr. Welch’s proudest moment is actually a work in progress — watching her daughter grow into an amazing young woman. ”She’s caring, compassionate, smart and driven,” Dr. Welch says. “She truly is my pride and joy! Second, I love providing care to women. I have taken care of many from young adulthood to becoming parents.” For Dr. Turley, seeing her patients make progress and reach their goals “truly brings me great joy. One of my favorite populations to work with is patients with vaginismus — a condition that makes sex very painful and sometimes impossible. I have had a handful of young women who had never been able to have sex because of this condition, and by the time we were finished with therapy they were able to get pregnant and deliver babies vaginally. This is one of the most rewarding things I have ever experienced!”

Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital 800 Hospital Drive, Columbia MO • 573-814-6000 •


Marla Oglesby,

MO Real Estate Broker & Auction Consultant


or Marla Oglesby, being a “Woman to Watch” means she now has a platform to educate the public about the auction industry. Atterberry Auction & Realty Co., can be of help to anyone faced with relocating, downsizing, settling estates for their family, and so on. “My goal or passion with my career is to help others,” she says. Oglesby says many people have misconceptions about her company. “This business isn’t about standing in the yard for a live auction or selling a home that’s in foreclosure or has major issues. It’s not just about selling grandma and grandpa’s old collection of antiques. We can sell pretty much anything in any price range. We can sell real estate and personal belongings online and reach potential buyers worldwide — in return gaining more return for our sellers.” She says her proudest moment was obtaining her Missouri real estate broker license. It was something she never dreamed would be a career for her. “It was a huge challenge for me but I’m thankful I pushed through and didn’t give up,” she says. She counts her husband Nathan and two children, Kenlee and Jacob, as blessings who are always there to support and encourage her in her career. Post-pandemic, she’s very thankful for technology, saying, “it allowed us to continue business pretty much as normal with the ability to continue working, even if it was from home and being able to still hold online auctions for our clients.” She’d like readers to know about a new service they’re offering, Senior Transition. Senior Transition was developed for elderly homeowners to make a smoother move as they age. These services can include downsizing or making the move to an age-in-place community. If you or someone you know would like to learn more about this service, please reach out to Marla for more information.

Atterberry Auction & Realty Co. 7912 I-70 Dr. SE, Columbia, MO 65201 573-474-9295


Dr. Amanda Akin Haase Pharmacist Dr. Kellie Harvey Pharmacist


or Pharmacist Kellie Harvey, working at Flow’s is literally a dream come true. “It feels so great to say I achieved my childhood goal of becoming a licensed pharmacist,” she says. “Graduating pharmacy school and passing the licensure exams were my proudest moments.” And for Dr. Amanda Haase, her proudest moment is tied to both her pharmacy work as well as just plain hard work. She was able to swing working full time as a retail pharmacist with simultaneously building and growing a short-term rental business. Both Haase and Harvey wish more patients would recognize and take advantage of the relationship they have with pharmacists and pharmacy staff. “We’re possibly the most accessible health care providers and pride ourselves on getting to know you,

Flow’s Pharmacy 1506 East Broadway • 573-449-5366 •

your family and even your pets,” Haase says. “We laugh with you on good days, embrace you with tear-filled eyes on difficult ones and genuinely care for you all the rest.” Harvey echoes the sentiment, saying that they take the time to get to know each and every patient. “I love that Flow’s staff members know so many patients by name,” she says. Being “Women to Watch”, they both say, is an empowering feeling. “We hope to impact the lives of our patients and inspire other women to continue to grow and achieve their goals. Being a ‘Woman to Watch’, for us, means actively looking for challenges, continuously evolving professionally and personally, and partnering with other empowering individuals to strengthen our community.”



Kristyn Lyon System Director, Human Resources Elizabeth Giboney System Director, Health Care Home Jessica Obuchowski System Director, Youth Community Services


ne testified in front of the Missouri legislature for Medicaid expansion, one’s originally from New England, and one was recruited away from a job at Legoland! Now, the three are system-level leaders for Burrell Behavioral Health and based in Columbia. All share a desire to inspire hope in the 25 counties across Missouri and Arkansas where Burrell provides mental health and addiction recovery services. Before joining Burrell in 2019, Kristyn Lyon spent 10 years building her human resources expertise across diverse industries. She was recruited from Legoland in San Diego and has thrived in Missouri. She describes her role as “a professional problem-solver, a magician, a secret agent, and a program architect.” She leads HR initiatives designed to recognize, support and expand Burrell’s growing workforce. “I’m so humbled to represent women who work in business in any capacity. Women are incredibly valuable and important members of any workforce,” she says. Elizabeth Giboney is the system director for Health Care Home and is proud to have testified in front of the Missouri legislature in Jefferson City. She leads a team of nurses and other professionals who provide holistic care, support and advocacy to clients who have, or are at risk for, complex physical health conditions due to their struggles with mental health and/or substance use issues. Originally from Vermont, Jessica Obuchowski is the system director of youth community services. She oversees both the adult and youth community services teams in the company’s Central Region and youth community and residential services in Southwest Missouri. She’s been with Burrell for more than nine years and has provided direct care in residential, juvenile justice, and child advocacy settings. Yet, with all of that expertise and experience in behavioral health, when asked for a defining moment in her life, Obuchowski quickly cites it was becoming a mom. Diversified in their fields and in their lived experiences, all are unified in their focus to serve as role models to others.

Burrell Behavioral Health 3401 Berrywood Dr. Columbia, MO 65201 573-777-8300


Stacey Page Owner


tacey Page’s most important lesson from the pandemic was the importance of a drive-thru window. “A lot of people think our office used to be a bank,” she says, “but the drive-thru was actually added in the late ‘90s when the building was expanded. We used it occasionally in the past for payments and signatures, but never to write a policy start-to-finish until last year. It’s been a lifesaver!” Her proudest professional moment was graduating college. “It took me a few years longer than others, but I did well, graduated without any debt and it opened the door for me to be an underwriter, which was my goal.” When Page purchased the agency from Bill and Shannon Kasmann, it was a defining moment for her. She remembers starting in the industry at 18 and thinking how cool it would be to marry an agent and work in his office someday. Fast forward: “I am that agent, it’s my office and I didn’t marry anyone to get here. (Though I’m happily married and did meet my husband at the agency!)” A version of Kasmann Insurance has been serving mid-Missouri for more than 98 years and has stood on the same corner of Garth and Ash for more than 50. It’s now the only locally female-owned and operated independent insurance agency in the area. Page says it will continue to provide the same honest and ethical customer service it’s always been known for. She’d like you to think of her agency the next time you need auto, home, or small business insurance. Or, if you decide to leave your loved ones the gift of life insurance. “Please get in touch with us and we can help protect what’s important to you. You can call, go online, or even text us at (573)383-2220.”

Kasmann Insurance Agency 116 N. Garth Ave, Columbia, MO 65203 573-442-1105


Kate Faber Licensed Professional Counselor Courtney Perry Licensed Professional Counselor


ate Faber and Courtney Perry first began their professional relationship as teaching partners at a local grade school. But, they say, while they knew they had something special to offer students, “our hearts began to pull us in a bit of a different direction. “Making the decision to transition out of a world in which we felt comfortable and confident was a defining moment for us,” they say. “We understood the hard work, commitment and sacrifice that would be necessary to make a career change, and we believed in ourselves and in each other enough to go for it.” At Luna Therapy Group, Faber and Perry serve children, adolescents and young adults in the community. And as prior teachers, their experience with social and emotional development definitely comes in handy. “Having spent years in both clinical and school settings, we offer a unique perspective and specific skill set that caters to our target population,” they say.

Luna Therapy Group 2011 Corona Road, Suite 315 •

As licensed professional counselors, Faber and Perry know firsthand some of the effects the COVID-19 pandemic has had on our community. “Self and social isolation, along with restrictions on daily living, have led to increased feelings of helplessness, loneliness, grief, anxiety and sadness,” they say. “Now more than ever, we recognize the important of self-care and human connection.” Part of their philosophy as counselors is that true healing and growth can come from a genuine, therapeutic relationship; something they try to accomplish with each and every client. For Faber and Perry, being “Women to Watch” is a reflection of their hard work, perseverance and sacrifice. They both founded their business while juggling their marriages and motherhood — something they feel very proud of. “While the journey hasn’t always been easy, it’s all been worth it,” they say.


Sara Sarno

Lead Designer & Sales Manager


t’s highly appropriate that one of the biggest lessons Sara Sarno learned from COVID-19 involved love. As the lead designer for Buchroeders Jewelers, Sarno helps clients capture love on a regular basis. “I had a unique perspective to watch humanity adapt and evolve through the pandemic,” she says. “It showed me how resilient we are. Watching my kids navigate learning in a virtual world taught me that we can do anything we put our minds to and my couples who still found one another showed me that even a global pandemic can’t stop love.” For Sarno, being a “Woman to Watch” is about being a role model. “I dedicate my life to my clients and my job so my daughters know what hard work and dedication can accomplish.” She admits she stepped completely outside her comfort zone to start a career in sales and was terrified. But her clients inspired her with their ideas and concepts so she expanded on them to create one-of-a-kind pieces. She broke her first record in company history her initial year. “I became fully immersed in the relationships with my clients and started seeing myself as their architect — but our materials were precious metals and diamonds,” she says. “ I found my passion at Buchroeders, through the people I meet and the pieces we create.” She says it’s impossible for her to boil down her proudest moment to a single one. She’s proud of each new milestone, shattered goal, or success at work. She’d like readers to know that it isn’t just beautiful products that make Buchroeders Jewelry special: It’s the people. “Seth, Adam, John, Jesse and myself are committed to a flexible customer-centric culture that empowers our team to do whatever is necessary to exceed your expectations,” she says. “‘No’ isn’t in our vocabulary!” If Sara could share one piece of advice to her younger self, it would be, “You are not the rebel you think you are.”

Buchroeders Jewelers

1021 E. Broadway, Columbia, MO 65201 673-443-1467


Taylor Mountjoy Custom Apparel Sales

Dsport Graphics


ike many of us, the most important lesson Taylor Mountjoy learned during the pandemic is “to roll with the punches. So many things are out of our control, but we still have to come up with creative ways to serve our customers,” she says. Last year, D Sport raised more than $7,000 for local businesses that were impacted by the shutdown and sourced PPE gear so companies could wear their brand and be protected. For Mountjoy, working with local businesses brings her joy and a huge sense of purpose. “We understand that buying branded products with your company name, organization or event is a BIG deal to you, so it is a BIG deal to us,” she says. And D Sport isn’t only locally owned — it’s family owned and operated. “When customers find out I work with my mom and dad, they are always amazed. We’ve learned what each of our strengths are, which allows us to tackle each project as a team.”

Dsports Graphics 1034 E. Walnut • 573-449-8018 •

Lacie Ilsley CEO

Ai Painting Plus


acie Ilsley is helping to radicalize the painting industry. “I’m a female leader in a male-dominated industry,” she says. “I’ve learned that having confidence in my voice in a room full of males is a necessity.” Her goal as CEO of Ai Painting Plus is to attract more females and minorities to the painting trade. Ilsley says she is most proud of her new title as owner of Ai Painting, and has been working hard the past six months to implement new processes and procedures to take the company to the next level. Her advice to her younger self? “Focus on the solutions, not the problems.” “Our mission is ‘painting joy into people’s homes,’” Ilsley says, “And we take that mission with us into every project. We strive to elevate the trade and change people’s minds on how they envision a painter or how a painting company runs.”

Ai Painting Plus • 8450 E. Trade Center Dr. • 573-529-2198 •


Cara Owings Co-Chief Connectors Jennifer Schenck Co-Chief Connectors


eing a “Woman to Watch,” or rather, “Women to Watch,” is something Cara Owings and Jennifer Schenck try to embody every day. For them, these women demonstrate leadership, are willing to mentor, and lift up others along the way. They create positive change in their community and donate their time, talents and treasure without expecting approval or accolades. They’re passionate yet create solutions instead of drama and balance grit with grace for themselves and others. They seek wisdom and truth and are inspired by vision. “We talk about these qualities with our team of Connectors,” they say. “Not only are we looking to positively impact our community by welcoming new businesses and new residents — we seek to cultivate leaders on our team who’ll engage and change our world and community for the better.” The duo says they’re not just providing a fun welcome gift with coupons and swag, they’re connecting for the greater good. “We point these new businesses and residents to the resources, businesses, services and activities they need to thrive. And we serve as


The Connection Exchange 1020 E. Walnut St. • 573.312.0628 •

an ongoing resource for the future.” The business pivoted its service to a virtual welcome visit and contactless welcome gift delivery, knowing people were starving for connection. They’ll continue offering a virtual visit option post-pandemic. One of the proudest moments for Owings and Schenck was being selected as the 2019 City of Columbia Woman Owned Business of the Year. Besides a location in mid-Missouri, they have two in St. Louis and a digital location where they welcome new business owners nationally — even internationally! Their best advice for their younger selves? “Have patience and enjoy the journey. All good things come with time. Work hard, celebrate even the small wins, go with the flow and keep pushing forward.”

Layla Brown, LASIK Coordinator Jayme Hatch, IOL Coordinator


or Layla Brown, a “Woman to Watch” is “someone who not only makes a positive impact on their o ​ wn life, but someone who also works to help better the lives of those around them.” A defining moment in Brown’s life was taking on her role as the LASIK coordinator at Restoration Eye Care (REC). Stepping into the position over five years ago she never expected her job to become a passion. She says, “Being a social person, I thrive on working with others, and am humbled by the number of lives we’ve been able to change during my time here.” As for Hatch? Her proudest moment was being able to excel as a coordinator and single parent. “I’ve realized that I can have it all without sacrificing the needs of my child or myself,” she says. “Neither has to suffer. It’s possible to have something you love and have it all, as long as you are willing to put in the hard work.”

Restoration Eye Care 1410 Forum Katy Pkwy. • 573-441-7070 • Restoration Eyecare offers advanced surgical procedures for the safest, most effective surgeries in mid-Missouri. Both Brown and Hatch feel the REC staff is exceptional and that Owner/Surgeon Dr. Tim McGarity is a master at his craft. For both Brown and Hatch, a big part of being “Women to Watch” is the possibility of being a positive role model for younger girls. They’d also like readers to know REC also supports our community by partnering with many well-deserving local nonprofits including the Central Missouri Humane Society (CMHS), Columbia Public Schools and the Central Missouri Food Bank. Through REC’s FOC program, Dr. McGarity offers free-of-charge cataract surgery. In October, REC will host a Halloween Fair in support of the CMHS. If interested, please visit to learn more about this event.


Jessica Smith



essica Smith is not only a “Woman to Watch” — she’s a women’s health specialist. As a chiropractor at The Wellness Way, Smith enjoys working with women of all ages, from infant to menopause. “What makes my job so special is that I can help women on their path to restoration or wellness,” she says. “I can help women get their hope back and live the life they’ve been wanting. “The Wellness Way is a health restoration clinic that thinks and acts differently to solve health challenges that others can’t,” she says. One big piece of her job recently? Helping those with weakened immune systems during the pandemic. “Now is definitely the right time to work on whole body restoration and increasing our immune responses.” she says. “We need to adapt to all the stressors in the world around us.” As a cancer survivor, Smith is familiar with what it takes, mentally and physically, to defeat illness. She says she is so grateful that she was able to beat cancer and that now she’s able to help other women find restoration, hope and wellness. “I found my path to wellness,” she says. “Now I can help others find theirs.” Smith says her proudest moment by far has been becoming a mother. “My daughter is the best thing that has ever happened to me,” she says. “I continuously strive to become a better person and mother for her.” Part of this goal intertwines with Smith’s status as a minority in her career field. “It’s my goal to show women and girls that they can do or be anything they want to be. The sky is the limit,” she says. Her piece of advice for young women is of a similar note: “Believe in yourself. That you can achieve and do anything — work hard and stay focused, and you will do great things in life.”

The Wellness Way

2401 Bernadette Drive Ste 209, Columbia, MO 573-443-6828


Valerie Ninichuck,

Insurance Agent/owner Valerie Ninichuck – Shelter Insurance®


he pandemic taught Valerie Ninichuck that family’s the most important thing in life and that ‘family’ doesn’t always mean bloodline. “The ones who’ve been there — and who we want to be there for — were my rocks,” she says. Her proudest moment in life so far was related to that lesson. Her stepdaughter Alexa, and son-in-law Luke, told her they wanted to become foster parents. Alexa said a large reason for that was because of Valerie’s unconditional love — she loved and supported Alexa, even though she was her stepdaughter, not flesh and blood. A close second in proudest moments was Ninichuck buying her first home and starting her Airbnb business. Having her own insurance agency gives her more opportunity for community involvement and helping others, such as volunteering at Boone Hospital. “I’m a business owner with strong roots with Shelter and our community,” she says, and is proud to be associated with the insurance stalwart, J.D. Power Award Winner, three of the past four years. 1729 West Broadway, Ste. 8 • 573-615-4090 •

Laura Brownfield

AVP Mortgage Loan Officer First Mid Bank & Trust


aura Brownfield “grew up” in banking, starting as a teller at age 19. She feels fortunate to have begun her career at a family-oriented, relationshipdriven, community bank full of tremendous female role-models. She in no way discounts the men who coached her, but in 1989 women had not historically been in leadership roles in the industry. “I studied how they conducted themselves, their handshakes, eye contact, negotiation skills, conflict resolution and more,” she says. “I learned you can be tough, firm and still feminine. I’m so grateful for that opportunity.” Although Brownfield prides herself on being a true community banker and the rewards it brings when she can help someone else with their financial dreams, she says, “I also beam inside at little personal successes. I take pride in being a wife and a mom — oh and consistently making a perfect pie!”

3855 Forum Blvd • 573-449-2800 • (M) 573-489-4681 • NMLS# 468540


Keri Simon, CPA, MHA

Chief Hospital Operations Officer


or Keri Simon, the greatest lesson from the pandemic was to embrace flexibility. “It impacted every aspect of health care from how we delivered patient care to how we delivered supplies,” she says. “It was, and remains, crucial to be able to pivot and respond to scientific evidence, best practices and lessons learned from others to take the best care of our staff, our patients and our community.” She says it’s a very exciting time for MU Health Care, and that one of the many things underway is construction of a new Children’s Hospital and Birthing Center on the main hospital campus. “Health care’s changing,” Simon says, “and we plan to lead the way with this building and many other initiatives that’re underway. Our new centralized hospital campus is one piece of a larger, reimagined model of care that better prioritizes the needs of patients and our community.” Her proudest moment personally, she says, is “being blessed with and raising three incredible human beings.” Simon says a defining moment for her was one that bridged both her professional and personal worlds 18 years ago: the birth of her son. After two full-term daughters, she had complications midway through her final pregnancy and ended up delivering her son 15 weeks prematurely, at barely over 1½ pounds. Fortunately, he came home just over four months later. Simon says that experience helped her to be a much better hospital leader and helped her remember that “we are in a business where we have the opportunity to save and improve lives — not just those of our patients but also those of all who know and love them.” She hopes that being a “Woman to Watch” means that she’s making a difference by the work that she’s doing. “We give so much of our time to our professional lives and need to make sure we are spending that time making a lasting difference for those we serve,” she says.

University of Missouri Health Care 1 Hospital Drive, Columbia MO


Talissa Altes, MD

Professor and Chair, Department of Radiology


uring the pandemic, Dr. Altes realized how fortunate she was to lead a relatively normal life. “I got to go to work and do something I find meaningful, then I got to go home to my loving husband,” she says. When choosing her proudest moment, she struggles: “It’s hard to pick just one. Every time one of our radiology residents graduates, I’m filled with joy and pride,” she says. “I’m so proud each time one of my faculty’s invited to share their expertise at a national or international meeting or gets research funding.” In her personal life, one of Dr. Altes’ proudest moments occurred in her 20s on an unexpectedly grueling bike tour in Australia. She says, “We climbed through the Snowy Mountains to Canberra on a dirt road in pouring rain and freezing cold — but I made it. I was exhilarated not just for having risen to the challenge of the day, but for doing something that for me was so adventurous!” She says being a “Woman to Watch” is very meaningful to her: “I do what I do because I feel it’s important and will have a lasting impact. One of the great pleasures of working at MU is being surrounded by so many equally committed people — which makes receiving this distinction both a surprise and a great honor.” She looks forward to the NextGen Precision Health building. “It’s far more than just a beautiful new building. It’s a commitment to bring together multidisciplinary teams of basic scientists and clinicians and create an environment where we can not only do fundamental research into diseases, but also develop new treatments and bring those treatments from molecules to patients.”

University of Missouri School of Medicine

1 Hospital Drive, Columbia MO


Arianna Payne

Office Manager/Project Manager


or Arianna Payne, “building” women up is something she takes literally: “I want to raise awareness that women can excel in construction. As a woman, if you’re passionate about this industry, you absolutely have a place. I love what I do. I get to problem solve and help make our client’s dreams become a reality.” During the pandemic Payne says she learned how to be flexible in ever-changing situations. “How we manage customer relations and expectations is very important to us, especially now. We continue to be empathetic and compassionate with everyone we work with on a daily basis.”  One of Payne’s proudest moments involves one of the company’s most recent remodeling projects. She said, “I’m managing The Quarters apartment building remodel. The fact that I’ve been trusted to supervise this large undertaking means a lot to me. It’s going really well, and I’ve received incredibly positive feedback so far.”  For her, being a “Woman to Watch” means being a role model for other women who are inspired to work in building renovation. Her words to other women: “If you love this business, work hard, and follow your dreams, good things will happen.” Being part of the Swift team is extra special for Payne. She says, “We truly appreciate our clients, and the size of the project doesn’t matter. When you come on board with Swift, we value you and treat you like family.”  If Payne could go back in time and give herself one piece of advice, it would be this: “Whatever problems and trials you face — it’s not the end of the world. Every day is a new day to move forward and make the best of every situation.”

Swift Companies

2204 Paris Road, Columbia, MO 573-446-0677


Candace Palmer RN, Founder/Owner/CEO


hen reflecting on her selection as a “Woman to Watch,” Palmer says, “I’m humbled and honored to be included in such a wonderful group of women who are shaping our community.” The most important lesson she took from COVID-19 is that “There is true strength in community, friendships and family. Unity and common goals are the foundation of our relationships, now more than ever.” Palmer says her proudest moment, on a personal level, is watching her children grow and become amazing humans. On a professional level, she says, “I’m always incredibly proud to watch individuals reach goals (no matter how small or large) and become happy, productive and engaged members of the community.” She feels there are many great providers in our state, but that her team has a distinct advantage: “We’re an RN-owned company. Our founding team has well over 60 combined years of experience in this field, and we each bring a passion to Legacy Life Services obtained through having family and friends who are in services,” she says. “This passion fuels our desire to provide exceptional, compassionate care, opportunities for life experiences, and guided supports to maximize each person’s independence. We absolutely love helping others live their best life.” “When I was young, I was blessed with the friendship and love of a person with Down Syndrome,” she says. “This lifelong friendship shaped my view of the world. I also have an amazing nephew with Down Syndrome who has changed my world for the better!” Her advice for her younger self would be: “Follow your heart, believe in your dreams, and remember the power of helping others.”

Legacy Life Services PO Box 10028, Columbia MO 573- 514-0097


Tiffany N. Anderson

Practice Manager


lthough Tiffany Anderson may be somewhat new to the team at Missouri Retina Consultants, she’s seen first-hand the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on health care. But, despite enormous challenges, she says, the entire staff at Missouri Retina’s goal was to continue to provide the best care for patients. “Whether it’s adding a telehealth format, or modifying clinic setups to provide needed safety, everyone worked together toward the common goal,” she says. Anderson says the most important lesson she learned professionally from the pandemic was that people, including herself, are incredibly adaptable to change. “We are flexible, and we are great problem solvers,” she says. “The efforts of all the different communities and professions were inspiring during a very trying time. And watching my three young children adapt to virtual learning while the teachers catered to their need for education was amazing.” For Anderson, there isn’t one moment in her career she can pinpoint as her proudest. Instead, she says, it’s a culmination of her leadership roles over the past 20 years. “I’ve successfully cultivated a team of unique individuals in many different settings,” she says. “I pride myself on being passionate about what I do and always leading with positivity.” However, she continues, when it comes to her home life, watching her children thrive in their daily lives as she fervently pursues her career is something she’s incredibly proud of. Being a “Woman to Watch” is another source of pride, but also an opportunity for Anderson to be shown alongside women with similar professional goals. “There are so many amazing women in the community of Columbia, Missouri, who are doing wonderful things both personally and professionally,” she says. “I see this feature as an excellent resource, and it’s an opportunity to showcase the team at Missouri Retina Consultants, whom I have the honor of representing.” Anderson and her colleagues at Missouri Retina strive to provide the highest level of care to patients with retinal disease, helping patients maintain vision throughout life.

Missouri Retina

105 North Keene Street, Suite 102 Columbia, MO 573-777-8738


Laura Kogut Senior Mortgage Banker Melissa Menard Loan Officer Assistant


or these home mortgage professionals, the pandemic provided a two-fold lesson: “We were reminded of the importance and value of human connection,” they say. “During this unique time, we worked closely with hundreds of customers. The frustrations and fears around the pandemic created a higher level of anxiety. People needed more human connection throughout the process.” Those long phone calls, video chats, emails and texts strengthened the relationships with their customers and referral partners. But it also highlighted the importance of technology in the mortgage process. “Covid-19 caused interest rates to drop significantly during a time of remote work and social distancing.

Flat Branch Home Loans 101 S. Fifth St., Ste. 200 573-239-1999 •

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Acclaimed Author Laura McHugh Spins Her Fourth Suspenseful Story.


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And "fleet" the TV series “Star Trek” certainly was. After debuting Sept. 8, 1966, on NBC, the space saga ran just three seasons before entering its final frontier: cancellation due to low ratings. A cult classic 55 years later, here's a Vulcan salute to the whole enterprise!  

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oftware-developerturned-novelist Laura McHugh released

her fourth mystery book this summer, What’s Done in Darkness, earning national recognition in Oprah Daily’s 2021’s Best Beach Reads, ELLE Magazine’s Best Books of the Summer list and Harlan Coben’s pick for Best Summer Thriller. Staying true to her colors, McHugh details a chilling plot set in a remote rural town in the Ozarks. McHugh introduces her own spin on familial hardship as a young woman confronts her past — involving abduction and an oppressive cult. While this story stems from McHugh’s imagination, the inspiration was derived from real women’s abduction cases and their struggle to be heard and believed. The book broaches the way in which women can be victim-blamed or gaslit after suffering abduction or abuse — something McHugh is passionate about bringing attention to. In our interview with McHugh, she shares her thought process behind 156 INSIDE COLUMBIA SEPTEMBER 2021

What’s Done in Darkness, her

in their teens. The main

and it’s dark and suspenseful

accomplishments as a writer

character, Sarabeth, seeks

and a bit creepy like all of my

and her ambitions

a way out of this life and is

work. It touches on a favorite

in storytelling.

abducted from her family’s

theme of mine. I’m always

Arkansas farm. When she is

writing about family and its

set free, nobody believes her

inherent complications.

Question: What is the main premise for your newest book, What’s Done in Darkness? Answer: It is about a young

woman whose family belongs to a strict, cult-like backwoods

story — until five years later.

Q: How does this novel differentiate from your previous works?

Q: What awards has your newest novel achieved?

A: The book was published this year, so any awards or

church where girls and

A: It’s similar to my previous

women wear long dresses,

novels in some ways. It’s set in

happen until 2022. It has

behave submissively and

the Ozarks like The Weight of

garnered some accolades,

enter arranged marriages

Blood, in a remote rural area,

though. The most exciting

nominations would not


thing was seeing megabestselling author Harlan Coben holding up my book on the Today Show and declaring it the best thriller to read this summer. I’m a huge fan of Coben’s, and it was a thrill to see my book recommended on national television.

Q: Of the awards you have received in your career, which are you most proud of? A: My debut novel, The Weight

of Blood, won the International Thriller Writers Award for Best First Novel and that was a huge honor. When my name was called at the award ceremony, I couldn’t believe it. It was something I hadn’t dared to dream of when I was writing the book.

Q: What challenges do you face writing within the same genre and similar settings for your books? A: Much of my work is inspired by true crimes in the Midwest and the Ozarks, and there’s no shortage of material in that regard. I set each of my books in a different — usually fictional — location in the Heartland. There is a focus on small towns and rural areas, and the stories and characters are different each time, which keeps things fresh for me.

Q: Do you have practices or writing methods that help you keep up with the captivating nature of your books?

Q: What kind of impact do you imagine your books having on your audience?

cover of The Weight of Blood

with a question that I’m dying to

A: I hope to entertain readers,

the most rewarding parts of a

know the answer to, like “What

and if my work can go beyond

writing career.

happened to that missing girl?”

that and resonate with

or “Who killed that person —

someone in a deeper way,

and why?” I do my best to write

that truly makes the work feel

What’s Done in Darkness

the story in such a way that the

meaningful. I’ve had readers

can be purchased locally at

reader is dying to know, too, and

send me songs and artwork

Skylark Bookshop, Plume and

won’t put the book down until

inspired by my books, and one

Barnes & Noble.

the answers are revealed.

reader sent me pictures of the

A: I strive to craft suspenseful mysteries that will keep the pages turning. I usually start

tattooed on her arm. Positive feedback from readers is one of


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ome love stories are just fate. For Shelby Ringdahl and Taylor Cox, theirs began when they were only

5 years old. On June 26 of this year their wedding took place at Missouri United Methodist Church; not only the site of their union, but also a reunion. The couple were wed at the same spot they had first met during Sunday School. After meeting in the Sunday School classroom, the two became friends and bonded over a shared passion for the Iowa Hawkeyes. But as most childhood friendships go, eventually different high schools and colleges intervened, and life took them in different directions: Shelby to pursue her dream of singing on Broadway, Taylor to pursue his dream of pro golf greatness. Cut to March 2019. Taylor’s back in Missouri. Shelby sees a picture on Instagram of Taylor with his dad and younger brother, Carter, from a recent family vacation. She messages Taylor, about how grown-up Carter is and no longer has white-blond hair worn in the distinctive bowl cut she remembers. (Both agree losing that bowl cut was a good thing!) They laugh and continue to message. Suddenly, three hours go by. Taylor knows Shelby’s living in New York City, but even so, asks




if she’d like to have dinner the next time she’s in town. Little does he know she’s doing a show at the Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre! She agrees to dinner the next night. They continue to talk every day. Then Shelby’s Lyceum run comes to an end. After just 15 days of talking, they decide to embark on a long-distance relationship. A little over a year later, Taylor proposes. Which brings us back to their big day. With Pastor Fred Leist officiating, the couple exchanged traditional vows. The church didn’t require much decoration, small hanging arrangements on every fourth pew and two large ones on the altar. With the bride’s background in music and theater, music played a large part. One bridesmaid, Lauren Wright (whom the bride met on tour), started the ceremony walking down the aisle playing two of the couple’s best-loved hymns on the violin. The bride’s college vocal professor and renowned soprano, Angela Turner Wilson, sang a rendition of “This Day” with Craig Datz on the organ. Shelby entered to “Beautiful Savior,” the same hymn her grandparents and parents used at their weddings. She wore a strapless floor-length ivory/nude “Juliette” wedding gown from Elyssee by Enzonami. It featured a plunging neckline and delicate, organic floral laces with hand-embroidered mini paillettes on its elegant, fitted bodice that flared into a dramatic ballgown skirt. She accessorized with her great grandmother’s drop crystal earrings, a handkerchief with her Grandmother Joan’s name on it and a silver and crystal hair comb. Her bridal bouquet was made up of white hydrangeas, Nikita, garden, stock and spray roses, and alstroemeria, with eucalyptus gunnii and ruscus, tied with white ribbon. She attached her late Grandma Joan’s hummingbird pin to it.




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The bridesmaids wore gold, floor-length

Highlight moments included when

Hayley Paige dresses and carried smaller

Shelby and her New York theatre friends

similar bouquets.

surprised Taylor with an arrangement of

Taylor and his groomsmen wore Men’s Warehouse Black Tuxedos with a white rose for a boutonniere. A reception at the Atrium on 10th

“Can’t Help Fallin’ in Love.” It’s a favorite of Taylor’s who’s a huge Elvis fan. Since Taylor played D1 golf at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, his

followed. The newlyweds chose the venue

groom’s cake featured a golf hole complete

because its exposed brick and concrete

with tee box, sand traps, cart path,

floors reminded them of New York City.

and green. Mickey Mouse tee markers

The Big Apple holds a special place in

honored his late Grandpa Crandall, while

their hearts, since Taylor spent a lot of

the flag atop the hole sported an Iowa

weekends visiting Shelby there.

Hawkeye emblem.

They wanted their guests to feel

The four-tiered vanilla wedding cake

romance and elegance, but also fun when

with white buttercream frosting was classic

entering. Uplighting was added around

and simple with small texture and piping

the room with a custom monogram by

details and hydrangeas scaling the layers.

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The new Mr. and Mrs. Cox

A floral instillation hung above it.

honeymooned in Maui and now reside

The bride’s dearest childhood

in St. Louis. The bride’s a professional

friend, talented artist Karis Briscoe of

performer in New York City and owner was unable to attend

of her own pageant, talent and interview

(she was expecting her fourth child) but

coaching business. The groom’s a medical

painted a custom family crest which

sales consultant for Depuy Synthes.

included special elements and places

The bride’s parents are Bruce and Erika

meaningful to the couple, as well as their

Ringdahl of Columbia. The groom’s parents

new monogram. It graced the cocktail

are Art and Jill Cox of Columbia.

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THE EVENTS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THIS MONTH. Dates and events are subject to change. Please visit the event website for the most up-to-date information.

September SEPT. 2 –12 "SINGIN' IN THE RAIN"

ARROW ROCK LYCEUM THEATRE Tap your toes and sing along with this splashy adaptation of the celebrated and beloved film. Each unforgettable scene, song and dance is accounted for, including the show-stopping title number, complete with an onstage rainstorm! Perfect for audiences of all ages. Shows at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m, showtimes vary by date; $17-$45;


FAUROT FIELD Catch the home kick-off to the Tigers 2021 football season. Let's see if they can chip away at the Chippewas in short order and hand them a large loss! 3 p.m.; prices vary;





Katy Trail/Ellis-Porter Park in JEFFERSON CITY Enjoy a slow-paced family bike ride from Columbia to Jefferson City over Labor Day weekend. The event includes two days of biking and live music with stages on the Katy Trail. Prices vary by package choice; depart Flatbranch Park Saturday, Sept. 4 in a.m., return times vary by rider choice;

HOLIDAY INN EXPO CENTER. Hunting and fishing, sports, food, beer and power tools — this event has everything to indulge in the ultimate man day with your buddies! Dozens of booths and activities just for men, prize drawings, wing eating and best beard contests and more. Plus, a swag bag for the first 350 people to arrive. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; tickets $15 online, $20 at door;

TREATS UNLEASHED ON FORUM You'll find all kinds of great giveaways & raffles, free samples, a BIG one-day sale, paw painting, adoptable pets, pet pie eating contest, pet photo contest & more under the big top! All event proceeds benefit Central Missouri Humane Society and The Spay Neuter Project/No Kill Columbia. 11 - 2 p.m.;

LOGBOAT BREWING COMPANY To benefit Welcome Home Veterans. Tickets in person or drive-thru available. Includes COMO Smoke and Fire BBQ, two drinks, goodie bag (over $40 in value) music and online auction access.   5 - 8 p.m.; tickets $30, raffle tickets $20; 



COLUMBIA AGRICULTURE PARK The Harvest Hootenanny is an annual community event that celebrates agriculture and the completion of another successful growing season. Enjoy a large Missouri-grown meal, local beer and wine in the Biergarten, live music, games, informal farm tours, and a raffle. 4 - 9 p.m.;


NIFONG PARK You're invited to attend a festival filled with traditional tradesmen & artisans demonstrating “lost arts,” live entertainment on three stages in a variety of musical genres, plus traditional storytellers and magicians and much more. Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m; free;


COSMO PARK Head to see "Rayq and the Last Dragon" at this month’s Movies in the Park. Long ago, in the fantasy world of Kumandra, humans and dragons lived together in harmony. However, when sinister monsters known as the Druun threatened the land, the dragons sacrificed themselves to save humanity. Now, 500 years later, those same monsters have returned, and it’s up to a lone warrior to track down the last dragon and stop the Druun for good. 7:45  p.m.; free;


COSMO-BETHEL PARK Let the kids show their creative and artistic side. Hands-on kid friendly art activities, musical performances, theater and dance are just some of the fun to be had at the final Family Fun Fest of the summer. From 5 to 8 p.m.; free;

Save The Date SEPT. 23 – 25 COMO SHORTS

NORTH VILLAGE ARTS DISTRICT This annual showcase lets filmmakers screen their most promising short films that were shot or developed in Missouri, or by creators who resided here. Read more on page 169. 6;30 p.m.; free;


HILTON GARDEN INN Attend an amazing evening with an auction, dinner, signature drinks, entertainment and an update on the work and recent accomplishments of the Super Sam Foundation. 5:30 - 10 p.m, doors open 5:30 p.m., dinner begins at 7 p.m; prices vary;



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lthough Columbia’s an artist’s

he says. “While there are many great films

town, and very supportive of

in the world, there are few films made in

its creative community, the

the communities who will watch them. In

founders of CoMo Shorts realized there was one form of creative expression with

our case, Missouri.” He gives an analogy: “Separating the film

no outlet for expresssion: short, Missouri-

production process from audiences is like

connected films.

separating the food production process

Lights, Camera, Action

from consumers: You end up with tasteless tomatoes that were shipped across the

“Local filmmakers, most of the time, just

country green and don’t nourish us. We

put their content online hoping somebody

want our films to be fresh and alive with

sees it,” says the Director of Como Shorts,

local culture.”

Matt Schacht. “Making films is a lot of hard

Details WHAT Como Shorts Film Fest WHEN Sept. 23-25 6 p.m. Doors Open INFO

work. It felt like every artist I could think

The Long And Short Of It

of had a venue: a musician, a painter, a

Now in its third year, the fest screens the

photographer, poets, authors. We wanted

same films on three consecutive days,

an event where films would only be by

with spots for about 75 attendees per day.

Judging By The Numbers

Missouri filmmakers.”  

Some tickets can still be purchased at the

Submissions are curated by volunteer

door. There will be live music from local

judges who have to agree on the

musicians, as well as food and drink from

selected films. Once a film is

Como Shorts is ran by Vidwest, a local

local vendors. Details will be shared

accepted the fest is non-competitive.

media organization founded by Melissa

in September.

“Filmmakers are already a competitive

A Mission To Prevent Omission Lion Lewis in 2018. “Part of our mission is

All genres of films are accepted and no

bunch,” Schacht says. “The event's

to rebalance the film landscape with more

topics that are off limits. “We aim to make

about connecting storytellers with

local indie cinema,” Schacht says. This

the showcase as family-friendly as possible.


includes celebrating minority filmmakers,

We also provide ratings or trigger warnings

such as non-white, non-heterosexual

if we think any of the films might touch on

powered by a love for cinema. We think

or non-male persons. “The films that

adult, sensitive or traumatic experiences.”  

well-told stories make a difference.

The number of films varies fest to fest,

Without an audience, a film is just

stream online and receive distribution in

“Our event’s volunteer-run and

theatres have almost no direct creative,

with roughly a 2-hour block of time for

bright lights and sound. The listener is

professional or economic connection to

the screening. This year there were 63

what makes the story come to life.”

the communities who view those projects,”

registered submissions.


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JOEY AND ANDY GET SAUCY ABOUT BARBECUE. Each issue, two on-air talents from two different Zimmer Radio Group stations will voice their opinions on what you might call a controversial topic. This issue, check out Andy’s and Joey’s takes on the best barbecue in Columbia.





Como Smoke and Fire is the only reason I don’t drive two hours

Nobody touches Lutz’s when it comes to mid-MO barbecue! They’ve

to KC for amazing barbeque. The place is unmercifully tasty! The

got something to fulfill any type of barbecue lover, and they do it well.

second you step out of your car into the parking lot and get that

The way I was raised, any barbecue place needs to have a savory, tasty

first knee-buckling whiff, you know you’re getting the good stuff.

brisket, and Lutz’s hits it out of the park.

If you need an appetizer, their smoked wings or pulled pork/

One of my favorite lunches ever is their brisket sandwich paired

chicken egg rolls will be your rocket boosters before the main

up with the Kansas City-style barbecue sauce (and I always make sure

course blows you out of the galaxy. Deciding between belt-

I bring a bottle of it back for home!). Their mac and cheese is also a

stretching burnt ends, pulled pork, brisket or their unfairly

perfect side for any dish.

amazing mac and cheese sandwiches will be the toughest decision you’ve ever made. Good news is there’s no wrong decision! Might as well get a CoMO Rum Punch, Rocheport Rum Runner,

When it’s dinner time, I like to go with the half rack of ribs. I wish price tag stickers on boxes would come off the same way Lutz’s ribs slide off the meat. But everyone knows what sets Lutz’s apart:

or any other local drink to help you decide. Yeah, Smoke and Fire

the homemade chips! Hand-cut and fried to perfection, you can

has a full bar, because come on. If a barbeque place doesn’t have all

personalize your chips with 13 different types of seasoning. I usually

the sauce (see what I did there?), you can’t call it a barbeque place!

go the parmesan route, but they’re all delicious! Those chips are the

Apparently they have dessert, but I wouldn’t know because I’m

essential sidekick to any of Lutz’s mouth-watering dishes. I probably

usually so full I can’t read anymore. I have the utmost confidence

hog too many of them whenever we get Lutz’s catering here, but who

that it’s the best dessert that any other barbeque joint would offer.

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Boone County Fair Ham Breakfast The annual Boone County Fair Ham Breakfast was held at the Boone County Fairgrounds in Columbia for the first time in five years this July. The grand champion winner this year was Travis Lynn, whose ham was purchased for $1,100.

Ali Hamrah and Ben Hamrah

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Location Boone County Fairgrounds

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Andy Reid, Special Olympics athlete John Ricker and Kevin Sprouse and Amy Sprouse

Special Olympics Missouri (SOMO) held its inaugural “An Evening with Andy Reid” event at Kansas City’s Arrowhead Stadium. Coach Reid has been a champion for SOMO athletes for the past three years. The sold-out event entertained 360 guests and was highlighted by messages from several SOMO athletes, Coach Reid himself and an incredible auction. Coach Reid encouraged everyone to make an impact in the lives of Missourians with intellectual disabilities. The event netted more than $130,000 and was sponsored by Diamond Pet Foods.


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Ronald McDonald House Brunch & Blingo Susan Jones, Rachel Boland, Monica Guidry, Laura Beninate, Daneen Riley, Paula Thomas, Leslie Gash, Chris Beerup, Stacy Cheslock, Evie Ruch-Graham, Marcia Coley, Amy Cable and Lisa Potter

Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Mid-Missouri’s Brunch & Blingo event presented by Fortified Roofing & Siding was held at the Country Club of Missouri in Columbia on June 26, 2021. More than 175 attendees enjoyed brunch, a robust silent auction, games and champagne. Over $55,000 was raised to support our mission of providing a home away from home that serves and sustains families of children being treated at area hospitals and health-related facilities.

Stessie Millne, Rebecca Reid, Katie Eaton, Lindsey Jones, Ashli Eaves and Liz Duncan


June 26, 2021


The Country Club of Missouri


Ronald McDonald House of Mid-Missouri

Photos by Audrey Smith, Stessie Millner, Kalynn Ramsey, Ashley Peterson and Hannah Holzum

Kristi Ruprecht, Rachel Roling and Heidi Thorne

Susan Lambert and Stephanie Smith

Lindsey Jones

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Best of Columbia Gold Celebration The 2021 Best of Columbia Gold winners were celebrated with food, drinks and favors on June 29 at The Roof, thanks to the event sponsor Veterans United. This year was the 15th anniversary of celebrating the best food and drink, people and services in Columbia. Shannon and Scott Schaefer and Fred Parry


June 29, 2021


The Roof at the Broadway Hotel

Photos by

L.G. Patterson

Beth James and Shana Martin

Trish Koetting and Jeff Spencer

Rachel Grant and Rachel Flynn

Jana and Barry Roewe

Molly Sutton and Sam Branham

Jonathan and Jennifer Loganbill and Nancy Jurgensmeyer


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ASSIGNMENT Charcuterie THE LOCATION Barred Owl Butcher & Table I love pigs. The taste of well-prepared pork is one of my favorite flavors. The versatility of what can be created from the animal impresses me. Not only do we get my beloved bacon, but we can get a chop, a loin, a ham or a shoulder and each one is just a mouthful of heaven. My favorite edible is what is made from what is left over after the choice meats are cut from the animal. A lot of people don’t like to think of it, but those pieces make charcuterie a delectable delight. That is why I was excited to jump in and photograph the charcuterie process. It’s good to see an animal not wasted and used snout to tail. I’m not sure what makes swine taste so good, but this carnivore is really thankful for each one I get to eat.

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Inside Columbia

Lizzi & Rocco’s Natural Pet Market ..... 12-13

Ai Painting ................................................ 54-55, 143

Luna Therapy Group ............................... 141

Alpine Builders ......................................... 56-57

Mediacom ................................................. 180

Ammo Alley .............................................. 27

Menard Inc. .............................................. 52

Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre ................. 164

Mercedes-Benz of Columbia ................ 16

Artichoke Annie’s .................................... 33

Mutual of Omaha - Wally Pfeffer ........ 182

Atterberry Auction and Realty Company 136

My Sister’s Circus ................................... 172

Bank of Missouri ...................................... 21

N.H. Scheppers Distributing Co............ 19

BMW of Columbia .................................. 8

Restoration Eye Care .............................. 145

Boone Health ............................................ 14

Rost Landscaping & Superior Gardens.168

Buchroeders Jewelers............................. 3-6,142

Shelter Insurance-Valerie Ninichuck ... 147

Burrell Behavioral Health ....................... 138-139

Simmons Bank ......................................... 24

CC’s City Broiler ....................................... 2

State Farm - Phyllis Nickels ................... 23

CenterPointe Hospital ............................ 46

Steve’s Pest Control ................................ 60

Central Bank of Boone County .............. 158-159

Suites at Concorde .................................. 176

Central Missouri Orthodontics ............ 168

Swift Builders ........................................... 7, 62, 150

Columbia Real Estate ............................. 130-131

SumnerOne .............................................. 178

Commerce Bank ...................................... 9

The Broadway, A Doubletree by Hilton .......................... 172

Compass Chiropractic ............................ 132 Connection Exchange ............................. 144 Convergence Financial ........................... 187 Downtown Appliance ............................. 52 Dryer’s Shoe Store .................................. 168 Dsport Graphics ...................................... 143 Rust ............................................................ 147 First Mid Bank & Trust ............................ 147 First State Community Bank ................. 133 Flat Branch Home Loans ........................ 153 Fleet Feet Sports ...................................... 46 Flow’s Pharmacy ...................................... 137 fuse32 ........................................................ 170 Hawthorn Bank ........................................ 188 Hodges Roofing ....................................... 10-11 Joe Machens Lincoln .............................. 160 Kasmann Insurance Agency Inc. .......... 140 Kretch’s Custom Exteriors ..................... 61 Lee’s Tires ................................................. 174 Las Margarita’s ........................................ 80-81 Legacy Life Services of Missouri .......... 151

The Terrace Retirement Community ... 127 The Wellness Way – Columbia ............. 146 Truman VA ................................................ 134-135 University of Missouri Health Care ..... 128, 148-149 Veterans United Home Loans ............... 40 White Wolf Construction & Home Inspection ................................. 58-59 Woodkirk Properties .............................. 154 Zimmer Radio Group-Meet the Team .22  

boom! CC’s City Broiler ....................................... 95 Commerce Bank ...................................... 90 Designer Kitchens & Baths .................... 85 Edward Jones-Gina Mauller-Crane ..... 84 Hotel Vandivort ....................................... 114-115 Lenoir Woods ........................................... 87 The Terrace Retirement Community ... 89 Westbury Senior Living .......................... 112-113


Zimmer Radio Group-BrandKamp ....... 87







he American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) signed earlier this year by President Biden is providing more than $5 billion in economic relief and stimulus to local governments in the state of Missouri. Of that lump sum, Columbia and Boone County will share approximately $60 million. This once-in-a-generation influx of cash has the real potential of being transformative, depending, of course, on how the funds are ultimately used. As with the CARES Act funding distributed last year, there will be a significant amount of political pressure on the Columbia City Council and the Boone County Commission to divide these funds equally among the dozens of worthy local charities and social service agencies providing services here locally. Every one of these charitable organizations will be able to make a compelling case on how to use these funds for the underprivileged and marginalized segments of our local population. Unfortunately, there’s an insatiable appetite in our community when it comes to feeding, housing, educating, protecting, validating and mainstreaming our most vulnerable citizens. By my way of thinking, using these funds to shore up local social service organizations would be a mistake of epic proportions. When you consider that the United Way gives out nearly $3 million annually on top of the nearly $10 million given out each year by the Boone County’s Children’s Services Fund, you begin to grasp the magnitude of the dependency these various agencies have. There’s a cynical side of me that believes


that in spite of all the money we spent, we’ve actually made very little progress in helping the homeless or leveling the playing field for the marginalized among us. Boone County will receive $35 million in ARPA funds and the City of Columbia will receive an additional $25 million. I think it’s safe to say our community will never see this kind of financial windfall repeated in our lifetimes. Imagine for a moment what might happen if the city of Columbia and Boone County decided to pool their allocations and use the nearly $60 million in funding to create the kind of transformative change that would have the potential to dramatically change the odds for people living in poverty in Boone County. There are, in fact, two things that are typically effective in breaking the cycle of poverty in our society. The first is home ownership and the second is education. What would happen if we used this $60 million to create home ownership for lowincome families, struggling veterans and those with physical limitations? This kind of money could build more than 400 starter homes and the subsequent proceeds could contribute to a perpetual endowment that would build homes for generations to come. Once a family breaks out of the vicious cycle of poverty, the generations that follow have far greater odds of staying out of poverty. Community leaders in the city of Springfield and Greene County are urging elected officials to use ARPA funds to acquire hundreds of acres of land that could be made shovel-ready with utilities and necessary infrastructure, making it easy for companies to expand or relocate to the

area while creating a staggering number of new jobs. Part of their resources will be dedicated to vocational training to make sure workers are trained and ready to work when those new jobs come. These are transformational changes that will affect generations of Missourians. As a progressive community, we give a lot of lip service to the idea of helping our neighbors rise out of poverty, however, we too often fail to take the most basic steps to create permanent change. Of the 183,000 residents living in Boone County, more than 31,000 of us are living at or below the federal poverty level. When you live in poverty, you’re more likely to be overwhelmed by the challenges associated with housing, childcare, transportation and just having access to the most basic needs most of us take for granted. What if our elected officials used these ARPA funds to permanently change the odds? I’m not getting my hopes up. The path of least resistance in a situation such as this is to please as many people as possible, funding the pet projects of the plurality. We need to hold our local leaders to a higher standard and encourage them to look at the larger possibilities that come with this oncein-a-lifetime opportunity.

Fred Parry Founder & Publisher Emeritus




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