Relocating in Columbia Magazine Issue 1, 2024

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r e l o c a t i n g i n c o l u m b i a . c o m Columbia’s
Your Guide TO MAKING THE MOVE TO CoMo Movin’ On Up!
Food Scene Getting Around Town Education in Columbia In Search of Good Health CoMo Neighborhoods & Communities
See how experience meets innovation at Columbia's freshest real estate brokerage. Read more about Billy Dexheimer and Adam Curtis of North Star Real Estate on page 13. See how experience meets innovation at Columbia's freshest real estate brokerage. Read more about Billy Dexheimer and Adam Curtis of North Star Real Estate on page 13.
2 RELOCATING IN COLUMBIA WE’RE MORE THAN HOMES... We build communities. Homes are our foundation. Don’t trust the safety and health of your family to just anyone, working with an HBAC Member ensures the quality and security of your most precious assets. HOME BUILDERS COLUMBIA ASSOCIATION of Visit to explore our network of craftsmen and innovators.

Hello, Neighbor!

As you start to settle in and explore the community, we wanted to take the time to introduce ourselves! We’re MU Health Care — the region’s only academic health system — and we care for the simplest and most complex health care conditions, all while discovering breakthroughs and training the next generation of doctors to do the same We’d

We have over 900 doctors in 80+ specialties

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YOUR DREAM AND KEEP IT LEGAL! At Executive Advantage, Doris and Bob Scribner, your HR experts, have dedicated their lives to serving small business owners by helping them define their dream and walking beside them while they make it a reality!

If you’re an entrepreneur moving to Columbia or have taken a position managing someone else’s organization, there are many things to consider, but here are five major issues to consider.

If you're moving your company or acquiring another business- are you aware of how that is going to impact your organization’s HR & Employment compliance with state and federal laws? If no, talk to Bob and Doris Scribner.

Are you familiar with the di erent employment laws you’ll be subject to from the city, county, and state you’re currently in? (If no, then call Doris & Bob!)

When you re someone, do you have a trusted advisor to help you navigate the next steps? (If no, then call Doris & Bob!)

Do your key sta have the time and knowledge to manage the HR tasks or your company as it grows? (If no, call Doris & Bob!)

Would your company pass an “audit” of your HR process? (If no, call Doris & Bob!)

If any of these questions worry you, it’s time to enlist some training or support from an industry expert. As you may have heard before, you’re better o safe than sorry! Doris and Bob have educated and protected their clients for 30+ years, and they’re in Columbia to help you build your dream and keep it legal. Take our HR Questionnaire:

Reach out to enjoy a cup of co ee with Doris and Bob to discuss your specific results and future ways they can assist you!

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Welcome to Columbia!

Located midway between St. Louis and Kansas City, Columbia is a bustling university town in the heart of the Midwest with a diverse culture and thriving communities. It has a vibrant downtown, excellent school system, top-notch medical facilities, abundant parks, and endless entertainment options. Whether you are a young professional starting your career, a student looking to further your education, or a family looking for the perfect place to put down roots, Columbia has everything you need to ensure a high quality of life. Welcome. We’re glad you’re here.


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8 Columbia at a Glance

facts about your new hometown.

Travel Made

guide to our city’s systems to make settling in easier.

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public or private, mid-Missouri golf is always on

and explore your new environs with these fun daytrips.

INSIDE RELOCATING IN COLUMBIA GIRARD REALTY TEAM (573) 1700 E. Pointe Dr. Suite 202, Columbia, MO We provide home buyers and sellers in Columbia, MO an experience that is unmatched through professional service, knowledgeable & friendly agents, and marketing techniques for all of our listings. We also specialize in new construction by helping people build their dream homes from the ground up. Contact us today! SELL BUILD Inga Kokic, Realtor® (573) 529-0174 Joan Wilkerson, Realtor® (573) 203-5165
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grow. DINING 30 Columbia’s Food Scene Columbia has it all. EDUCATION 32 A Great Start Early education and child care in Columbia. 33 Excellent Schools Public and private education in Columbia 34 School Directory The right fit for your future. HEALTH & WELLNESS 46 In Search of Good Health Cutting-edge health care. 47 Holistically Healthy These small businesses
body, mind
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an emergency. RETIREMENT 48 Senior Living Columbia has a
lifetime care. 49 Retired, Not Tired Columbia is filled
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WHO’S WHO 57 Who’s Who in Columbia Favorite
14 Neighborhoods & Communities
Columbia housing
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24 Art Lives
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Columbia at a Glance

Where Are We?

• 35 minutes to Jefferson City (31 miles)

• Less than 2 hours to Kansas City or St. Louis (125 miles to each)

• 4 hours to Des Moines (225 miles)

• 4½ hours to Omaha (313 miles)

• 6 hours to Chicago (386 miles)

• 9 hours to Dallas (582 miles)

Famous People Who Have Called Columbia Home:

• Jessica Capshaw, actress

• J’den Cox, wrestler, 2016 Summer Olympic medalist and two-time world wrestling champ

• Sophie Cunningham, WBNA player

• Carl Edwards, race car driver

• Jon Hamm, actor

• Brad Pitt, actor

• William Least Heat-Moon, author

• Drew Lock, football player for Denver Broncos

• Sam Walton, co-founder of Walmart

• Norbert Wiener, mathematician and philosopher

• The Widow Von’ Du, drag performer and RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 12 contestant


Average Temperature

January: 40°/23°

February: 45°/26°

March: 56°/36°

April: 67°/46°

May: 76°/56°

June: 85°/65°

July: 89°/69°

August: 88°/68°

September: 81°/59°

October: 68°/48°

November: 56°/37°

December: 43°/27°

Once part of the Mississippian culture and home to the Mound Builders, the area now known as Columbia was first populated by the Osage and Missouri indigenous peoples. The Lewis and Clark Expedition passed by the area on the Missouri River in 1803. In 1806, Nathan and Daniel Morgan Boone discovered a salt lick 40 miles northwest of Columbia. The Booneslick Trail wound from Kentucky through St. Charles, Missouri, to the Boones’ saltworks. In 1818, a group of settlers, incorporated under the Smithton Land Co., established the village of Smithton less than a mile from current-day downtown Columbia with the purchase of more than 2,000 acres. Due to lack of water the settlers moved in 1821 across Flat Branch Creek to the plateau between Flat Branch and Hinkson creeks — in what is now the downtown district. They renamed the settlement Columbia.

POPULATION: 126,254 via

MAYOR: Barbara Buffaloe


Columbia Mayor Barbara Buffaloe
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Travel Made Easy

Columbia is centrally located within the state and two major highwaysInterstate 70 & US 63. Because of these roadways, CoMo is one of the most accessible cities in the state. Furthermore, within the city are plenty of Bus, Taxi, and Limo options. Check out the ways to get around town on our site, here:


Try COU! Scan this QR and experience our local regional airport that flies direct to Illinois, Texas, and beyond.

Whether you walk, bike, take a bus or taxi or even jump on an airplane, Columbia’s got your transportation needs covered.

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Learn more about the trails around the county at this city site, or download the CoMo Parks and Trails app.

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Columbia listens to local radio & loves local TV. Looking for a guide on what to watch or where to tune-in? We’ve got you covered.

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D oe s your house f e el like HOME?

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Psychologist David Krauss says displaying family photos in your home helps boost your children’s self-esteem. It can give them a sense of belonging and security that digital images shared online just cannot.

Psychologist David Krauss says displaying family photos in your home helps boost your children’s self-esteem. It can give them a sense of belonging and security that digital images shared online just cannot.

Psychologist David Krauss says displaing family photos in your home helps boost your children’s self-esteem. It can give them a sense of belonging and security that digital images shared online just cannot.

As you’re settling into your new house, arranging furniture and ��guring out what goes in each kitchen drawer, don’t forget about your walls. One of the fastest ways to add life, energy and (sometimes) color to your room is to add portrait art.

As you ’ re settling into your new house, arranging furni-

As you ’ re settling into your new house, arranging furnidon’t forget about your walls. One of the fastest ways to add life, energ y and (sometimes) color to your room is to add portrait art.

don’t forget about your walls. One of the fastest ways to add life, energ y and (sometimes) color to your room is to add portrait art.

It is over whelming to choose the pose, size & style, let where we come in. It’s our job to plan, design, create,

It is over whelming to choose the pose, size & style, let where we come in. It’s our job to plan, design, create,

It is overwhelming to choose the pose, size & style, let alone actually hang the portraits all on your own! That’s where we come in. It’s our job to plan, design, create, print and install images that ��t your personality & decor. We can really transform your house into a home.

We can really transform your house into a home.

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Your next favorite portrait is just around the corner. Call or email today to set your complimentary planning call to design your session with Sarah.

Your next favorite portrait is just around the corner. Call or email today to set your complimentar y planning call to design your session with Sarah.

Your next favorite portrait is just around the corner. Call or email today to set your complimentar y planning call to design your session with Sarah.

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North Star Real Estate

Building Mid-Missouri’s freshest real estate brokerage was a longtime dream of real estate brokers and business partners, Adam Curtis and Billy Dexheimer, but it didn’t happen overnight. Through intense education, business planning, and purchasing and designing a new space, Billy and Adam’s vision took more than a year to take shape. In January of 2024, North Star Real Estate opened its doors in the heart of Columbia. “We wanted to create something that elevated the real estate sales experience,” Adam said.

“We put our clients at the very center of everything we do. People come before profits; when you go the extra mile, when you show your clients how much you care about them and their dreams, the business grows on its own.”

While their brokerage may be new, Billy and Adam are far from newbies in the world of real estate. With over $100 million in sales and hundreds of happy clients, they know experience is something that many local buyers, sellers and investors are looking for. With an education and background in IT, Billy is excited about how the company’s technology can help clients have a better experience. “We use cutting-edge technology throughout the entire buying and selling process. From client advocacy to advertising our listings, everything we implement is at the forefront of the industry,” Billy added.

North Star Real Estate stands out in its dedication to the mid-Missouri community. One of the company’s core values is supporting other local businesses.

When considering who to trust for your next real estate transaction, consider North Star Real Estate to help guide you home.

"From the company merchandise to the art on our walls, to every bite of food at our launch party, we want to support this community that has generously supported us," Adam said. "We're happy to spend a bit more if it means we're helping other businesses in our community thrive,“ says Billy. “Mid-Missouri is home; I've raised my kids here, and I love this area.”

That’s not all- a portion of all the business’s proceeds goes back to various charity and advocacy organizations in the area. Since its founding, North Star has already planned events and fundraisers for various organizations, including Boys and Girls Club, The Missouri Disability Empowerment Foundation (MoDE), Mareck Dance, and The Trevor Project. Billy is the 2024 President-Elect for the Columbia Board of Realtors, a competitor on this year’s Dancing with Missouri Stars, and hosts an Emmy nominated TV show “American Dream TV” that features North Star Real Estate’s listings and local businesses. Adam serves on the Board of Directors for the MoDE Foundation and was elected to CBOR’s Board of Directors, Finance and MLS committees. “Being involved in all aspects of local real estate helps us serve our clients and better advocate for their needs,” Adam explained.

As North Star Real Estate focused on clients and community, the company quickly found the need to grow and that required finding the perfect REALTORS® who shared the values of the brand. “We want to be very careful and intentional about our growth, and working with dedicated agents who share our vision is a top priority,” Billy said. They appear to be well on their way, as talented local agents Jordan Barnes, Kayla Beasley, Trinity Green, Georgia Aslanidis and Elizabeth Facio joined North Star Real Estate this spring. “We have amazing agents, and together we are excited to bring a fresh perspective to mid-Missouri. We love what we do and we can’t wait for all to see what the future holds for North Star.” 15 PEOPLE YOU SHOULD KNOW

Neighborhoods & Communities

Choosing a neighborhood in a vibrant city like Columbia, Missouri is an intricate art that involves considering more than just the physical structures of houses. It’s about finding a community that resonates with your lifestyle, preferences, and values. It's understanding that the streets outside your doorstep become the pathways to your everyday experiences.

Columbia shelters more than 400 distinct neighborhoods, and the perfect one for you is out there, waiting to be discovered. Whether you're drawn to the charm of a historical district, the fresh canvas of a new development, or the tranquility of serene trails, it’s essential to analyze the tapestry of options to find the patch of fabric that feels most like home. As you wade through the options, here are the key elements to consider in your quest to find the ideal Columbia neighborhood.

Contemporary Developments

Opting for a newly-established neighborhood affords you the opportunity to carve out your haven from the ground up. Customized living spaces, state-of-the-art infrastructure, and planned communities designed for convenience and connection are just a few attractions of Columbia's newest residential enclaves.

Neighborhoods with a Fascinating Past

For some, the greatest comfort lies in the arms of history. Columbia's historic neighborhoods, with their meticulously preserved architecture and stories that line the streets, offer a unique sense of place. For those who appreciate the architectural styles of bygone eras and the culture that underpins them, settling in one of the neighborhoods listed on the National Register of Historic Places is akin to becoming a curator of living history. These areas often come with community regulations aimed at preserving the historical charm, which, for many, is a most welcome commitment to maintain the area's character.

Trailside Living and Urban Access

Columbia is a city that cherishes its natural beauty and makes it accessible in its neighborhoods. Direct access to trail systems such as Cosmo Nature Trail, Hinkson Creek Trail, and MKT Nature and Fitness Trail is a coveted feature for residents who relish the outdoors. Choosing a neighborhood with proximity to these green corridors means integrating the serenity of nature into your daily life. The therapeutic benefits of morning jogs, evening walks, or weekend cycling are right at your doorstep.

Selecting a neighborhood in Columbia is more than a real estate transaction; it's the commencement of a new chapter. The city's patchwork of communities ensures that there's something for everyone, whether you seek the adventurous spirit of trailside living, the pastoral calm of spacious homesteads, or the cultural richness and community heritage found in historic districts.

HOUSING & REAL ESTATE SCAN QR CODE TO SEE CURRENT LISTINGS Inga Kokic, Realtor® (573) 529-0174 Joan Wilkerson, Realtor® (573) 203-5165 We provide home buyers and sellers in Columbia, MO an experience that is unmatched through professional service, knowledgeable & friendly agents, and marketing techniques for all of our listings. We also specialize in new construction by helping people build their dream homes from the ground up. GIRARD REALTY TEAM (573) 412-5294 1700 E. Pointe Dr. Suite 202, Columbia, MO

Movers You Can Trust

What started as a college dream became a company that can assist in moving you into your dorm or from an apartment to your forever home. Levi Alldredge founded Tiger Moving in 2020 and since then, he’s grown into a team of professional packers and movers that tend to commercial and residential logistics - so you don’t have to.

If you’ve ever moved yourself, then you know the pain of sorting everything, trying to pack it correctly so nothing breaks, struggling to lift heavy objects or overfilled boxes, and then taking trip after trip to unload - or worse - to get more supplies from the store, wasting your precious time.

What makes moving more simple, enjoyable, and practical is to hire professional household movers like Tiger Moving. As “Tetris Experts” their team is trained in how to respect your belongings while they pack, ship, or store your items during a move. That’s right. For residents in the middle of a move without a place to put your stuff, Tiger Moving can arrange temporary storage solutions for a day- a week- a month- or longer! From loading the truck to unloading in a unit until they deliver it for you, the Tiger Moving team are your storage specialists, too.

With every move comes a load of new things in life, from turning on utilities to settling in and establishing the feng shui of your home decor. When boxes or broken down furniture pile up, Tiger Moving can even show up to remove the junk for you. Feeling at home in a new town can take a lot of thought and effort.

Tiger Moving encourages you to consider these factors (in the box) when selecting your movers, and use the New Home Checklist (page 17) to ensure a smoother move.

When Interviewing a Moving Company

Are they easy to work with?

Are they insured to replace it?

Do they care about protecting it?

Are they able to move your belongings?

Do they have a team of dependable people?

Is it someone local & someone you can trust?

Are they an a ordable & quality driven company?

Do they embrace technology to make it easy for you?

Do they have the right equiptment & supplies to make the job fast?

Do they give you more information and resources than you expect?

Are they connected and willing to help you connect in your new community?

Y N Y N Y N Y N Y N Y N Y N Y N Y N Y N Y N Check out our New Home Checklist feature to ease your transition into a new home & town.


TIGER MOVING offers top of the line service at an unbeatable price. We are a full-line professional moving service that handles your belongings with the utmost care. At Tiger Moving, we take pride in being Columbia’s #1 professional moving service! Leave your next moving project in the hands of our experienced team at TIGER MOVING (LLC). The Movers You Can Trust For Moving:

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New Home Checklist

Moving into a new home comes with a long to-do list. Follow this checklist to help you stay organized.

Getting Started

❑ Set up utilities (visit to start or transfer service online)

❑ Obtain a Change of Address form from the post office or complete online at

❑ Change your addresses on all your accounts (voter registration, driver’s license, tax forms, bank accounts, post office, etc.)

❑ Update your address for any online purchases you may regularly make, such as those via

❑ Open a new bank account, but don’t close your old one until you move

❑ Notify your doctors and dentists, and request copies of records be sent to your new health care providers

❑ Select a pharmacy in Columbia and transfer your prescriptions

Save moving receipts for tax-deductible expenses

Expenses you incur while moving may be tax deductible. Before you move, create a folder to store receipts of your moving expenses, and check online or with your accountant about what you may deduct. Visit for online help in determining what expenses are eligible.

Make sure your new home is safe and secure with these steps:

• Change locks

• Install or reprogram garage door opener

• Test smoke detectors/carbon monoxide detectors

• Make sure there are fire extinguishers (recommended locations include the kitchen, laundry room, near sources of heat, on each floor or bedroom and the garage)

❑ If you have kids, notify old and new schools, and transfer school records to new schools

If you have pets

• Create emergency plans (fire escape, severe weather plans, intruder plans, etc.)

• Look over the main circuit breaker (aka the electricity shuto )

Choose a new veterinarian in town, and secure a city license for any cats and dogs older than 3 months. You may apply for a City of Columbia animal license at most local veterinarian o ces. You must provide proof of rabies vaccination. Note: Dogs are licensed for periods up to three years. Cats are normally licensed for one year. Take advantage of rebates available for energy e ciency

A valuable step in moving into your new home is to evaluate potential e ciency upgrades. Utility rebates (see list that follows) through Columbia Water & Light and Boone Electric Cooperative encourage customers — both new homeowners and longtime residents — to make their homes more energy e cient. They help you save money when making energy-e cient home improvements by increasing the return on investment and decreasing the payback period. Not only that, but they also increase demand for energy-e cient technologies and products that help protect the environment, so over time, these technologies will decrease in price and become more a ordable. Every rebate program has its own set of qualifications, guidelines and rebate amounts, so be sure to carefully review the procedures of each program, and don’t be afraid to call for an expert’s help if you have questions along the way. Keep in mind that most of the rebates mentioned below require a certified energy audit prior to the improvements to qualify.

Columbia Water & Light

• Rebates available for Home Performance with Energy Star energy-e ciency upgrades

• Rebates available for qualifying air conditioners and heat pumps

• Low-interest loans to help finance e ciency and solar projects

• Rebates for solar pv system Visit for info. Boone Electric Cooperative

• Incentives for Home Performance with Energy Star energy-e ciency upgrades

• $750 per ton for qualifying ground-source heat pumps

• $300 for a qualifying electric dual-fuel system

• Rebates for lighting upgrades to existing buildings for commercial accounts Visit for info. 19 HOUSING & REAL ESTATE

Insuring a Connection to CoMo

Everyone’s “Welcome to Columbia” story is unique. When Columbia Shelter Insurance® agent Krista first came to Columbia to attend college, she chose the big MIZ(ZOU) and relocated from Rolla with her high school sweetheart, Curt Kippenberger. Little did she know that as they continued to fall deeper in love, they’d both fall deeply in love with the town.

Columbia bolsters a reputation as one of the best places to live, work and play in many surveys, yet it’s the people who contribute to that culture.

“Having great schools to raise a family in, seeing a growing business startup support system and enjoying the beautiful balance of parks to urban development, Columbia just immediately felt comfortable — felt like home,” Krista  Kippenberger says. “So we settled in, started a couple of businesses and do our best to contribute to the culture that kept us here after college.”

After making Columbia their home, the couple got involved in the community outside their two local small businesses. Curt spends his time helping the community through his wellness and health care practice, which  Krista also supported while discovering the thrill of being involved in the local Chamber of Commerce.

“As business owners, we want to support business owners because we see the struggles,” Krista says. “We advocate for everyone to be successful, and we love attending fun events. That’s just a couple of reasons why I love being a Chamber member and ambassador.”

Although Chamber events are one way to stay involved,  Krista takes another unique approach to keeping the “culture of Columbia alive” and dedicates her time to putting on the original Magic Tree Festival in Cherry Hill every year.

With her involvement, entrepreneurial spirit and the opportunity arising to take over a Shelter Insurance ® Agency,  Krista  knew she could help others protect their businesses, their families and their lives by getting involved as an insurance agent in June 2021.

Since then,  Krista has catered to the legacy of Shelter clients in her agency while serving more locals who relocate each year and have questions about new or existing coverage. When not involved in work or volunteerism,  Krista finds herself caring for their two girls, doing home remodeling, gardening and enjoying the parks around town.

As a new resident, if you have an interest in the local Chamber of Commerce, ACA Business Club, Women’s Network or supporting events and fundraisers around town, get to know Krista, and she’ll ensure you have all the information you need to know about living in the big little ol’ CoMo! 21 PEOPLE YOU SHOULD KNOW

More Than

Just Cabinets

For over four decades, Dimensions In Wood has stood as a highest example of excellence in custom woodworking and full home renovations. Founded in 1977 by Bob and Gail Hoell, this family-owned business has grown from a small-scale operation in a humble pole barn to a highly-respected business, boasting a skilled team of designers and craftsmen.

Dimensions In Wood's ability to Translate Your Visions into Reality means they can handle the most intricate and complex remodeling projects. Your dream kitchen, luxurious bathroom, or functional home office can be made real with their expertise in design, planning, and execution. Their methodical approach to conceptualizing layouts, selecting design elements, and harmonizing lighting, fixtures, and accessories guarantees a transformation you will love to call home.

Some of the most notable Missouri families have entrusted Dimensions In Wood with their most treasured spaces, knowing that the company upholds integrity, quality, and a finished product that is nothing short of exquisite. When looking for a business that can do everything from custom cabinets to full remodeling, Dimensions In Wood emerges as the undeniable choice for those seeking meticulous attention to detail and expertise. Contact them today.

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Are you tired of wincing every time you open your trash bins? At first glance, the idea of a professional roll cart cleaning service might sound like a luxury. As we peer deeper into the depths of our seemingly innocent waste receptacles, however, we're faced with a stark reality — the roll cart is a hotspot for an unseen, uninvited community of germs, bacteria, and viruses. Each time you discard something in your bin, it's not merely a passive act but an excuse for harmful microorganisms to thrive. E. coli and salmonella, notorious foodborne illness culprits, love to stage their comeback, eagerly waiting for the next family meal prep to strike again.

Take a stand against the stink and germs with CParks Roll Cart Cleaning service. For just $18/month, you no longer have to hold your breath! 23 PEOPLE YOU SHOULD KNOW We Come To You Water Over 200 Degrees Disinfecting Deodorize
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Art Lives Here.

Columbia, MO bursts with a vibrant array of art experiences waiting to be discovered. The city's cosmopolitan skyline is dotted with thriving galleries, while riveting productions and films can be seen around practically every corner. If theater is your thing, you can catch many riveting live productions at places like Columbia Entertainment Co., Maplewood Barn Community Theatre, Talking Horse Productions, TRYPS Children’s Theater, The Warehouse Theatre Company, and Missouri Theatre.

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For those wanting to experience art first hand by creating their own or viewing other artists’ work in one of Columbia’s local galleries, there are many fabulous venues, such as Access Arts, Artlandish Gallery, The Atelier, The Canvas on Broadway, Columbia Art League, Mud Room Studio, Orr Street Studios, Paint the Town, Sager Braudis Gallery, and Wildys World.

Feel the B�A�!

For dancers and those who want to learn, Columbia offers many outlets to enjoy dance, whether as a hobby, for exercise, or a more serious form of development. These include Dancearts of Columbia, Jabberwocky Studios, and Mareck Dance (formerly the Missouri Contemporary Ballet).

For music enthusiasts, the city brims with diverse venues that cater to every musical persuasion. If you're someone who loves to pair music with other experiences, you will find a perfect blend at various spots offering food, nightlife, and concerts. The CoMo art scene also beautifully incorporates dance classes and performances into its tableau, making it a holistic cultural experience for both residents and visitors.

For concertgoers, The Blue Note, Rose Music Hall, and The Missouri Theatre, home of the University Concert Series and many events produced by The Missouri Symphony - MOSY, create a calendar of must-see experiences. Enjoy live music performances in a vibrant atmosphere and immerse yourself in mesmerizing performances.

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Startup City

Columbia is the place where ideas grow.


Regional Economic Development Inc. is a non-profit, public/private partnership working to attract and cultivate businesses in Columbia and Boone County. Serving as the economic development arm of the city, REDI acts as a local point-of-contact for companies requesting information about the area and offers information and support to existing local businesses and entrepreneurs. The downtown offices include meeting rooms, a training center and a business incubator.

500 E. Walnut St., Suite 102; 573-442-8303;

Missouri Women’s Business Center

The Women’s Business Center — serving Audrain, Boone, Callaway, Cole, Cooper, Howard, Moniteau and Osage counties — provides resources, support and networks for women seeking to start or grow their own businesses. Services include classes, workshops, networking opportunities and individualized business counseling.

500 E. Walnut St., Suite 103; 573-818-2980;


Columbia Chamber of Commerce

300 S. Providence Road; 573-874-1132

City of Columbia Business Licenses 701 E. Broadway, 5th floor 573-874-7549 or 573-874-7378

Are you an innovator with an exciting idea for a new business? If so, you’ve chosen the right place to bring your dream to life. Columbia was recognized as one of the Top 20 Best Cities for Entrepreneurs by Entrepreneur magazine. This is no surprise to anyone who is familiar with the vibrant startup scene here. Entrepreneurs in Columbia have access to a diverse and supportive community that provides the resources needed to transform creative ideas into successful businesses.


Opportunity awaits around the coffee carafe. Connect with other businessoriented people at a networking event.


Million Cups

Who knows how many cups of coffee Columbians have downed in search of the Next Great Idea … but they’re always back for more every Wednesday morning. Each week, one or two early-stage startups present their companies to a diverse audience of their peers, mentors, educators and advisers. There’s a six-minute talk and then a 20-minute question-and-answer session with the audience. 9 a.m. Wednesdays, REDI Innovation Hub; 500 E. Walnut St., Suite 105;

ACA Business Club

Want to connect with local professionals, executives, and business owners? Visit ACA Business Club for Tuesday or Friday coffee to learn more about this business and social club. Business development teams, a co-working space, high-tech training room and executive board room are also available. 8:30 am. Tuesdays and Fridays. 204 Peach Way, Suite A ACA

Business Network International (BNI)

There are six Columbia chapters of BNI, the world’s largest referral networking organization. Weekly morning meetings help members sharpen skills, build relationships, and learn from the experiences of others. BNI allows only one member per professional specialty, so referrals complement rather than compete. Check out the chapter directory and visit a meeting to see if you and BNI are a good fit.

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D.W. Cole’s


to Columbia as Cole Properties Realty

In the heart of Missouri, where the rolling hills meet the serene landscape of Columbia, a real estate broker named D.W. Cole has embarked on a remarkable journey. In 2023, he returned to his roots in Columbia, bringing with him a wealth of experience, a passion for real estate, and a commitment to helping residents find their dream homes.

D.W. Cole's story is not just that of a successful real estate broker, but a tale woven with the fabric of family, hard work, and a deep connection to the vibrant communities of Kirksville, St. Louis, and Columbia. Born and raised in the charming city of Kirksville, D.W. Cole relocated to Columbia to raise a family. He worked in advertising and marketing here for over two decades, and spent many years exploring the picturesque neighborhoods and forming an unbreakable bond with this community.

After leaving for brief stints in St. Louis and Kirksville, he discovered his calling in real estate. But his love for Columbia, coupled with his astute business and marketing acumen, fueled his desire to help others find their place in Columbia, just as he had found his own.

Beyond his role as a broker, D.W. Cole is also a seasoned property investor with almost ten years of experience. With multiple properties in his portfolio across mid-Missouri, he understands the investment potential that the region holds. His keen eye for opportunities has not only benefited him but also enriched the local real estate landscape. With a vision to contribute even more to his beloved community, D. W. Cole decided to bring his real estate brokerage- Cole Properties Realty to Columbia.

As a real estate broker, D. W. Cole specializes in guiding residential buyers and sellers through the intricacies of the housing market. His approach is not just about closing deals but ensuring that families find a home that resonates with their dreams and fits their budget. To that end, D. W. Cole stands out among the sea of agents by offering his clients a special 4% commission rate that undercuts the competition. Moreover, he accentuates this deal and makes it better by adding his “90-Day Guarantee” to any home listing. While some exclusions and details apply to his offer, his commitment to honesty and transparency have earned his clients’ trust and admiration. This is not just a business venture for him; it’s a way to give back to the place that has shaped his life and the lives of his sons and now two grandsons.

In an era where real estate sometimes feels impersonal, D. W. Cole stands out as a beacon of warmth and integrity. His story is one of resilience, family values, and a commitment to creating relationships that settle into homes they love, not just houses they can buy. To new or prospective residents of Columbia, D. W. Cole is more than a real estate broker; he is ready to guide his clients through the journey of finding a place where they can build their dreams and make lasting memories. As a passionate advocate for the city’s growth and prosperity, his story is a testament to the enduring spirit of Columbia, and his presence promises a future where more families can call this enchanting city their home. Take time while you’re in town and get to know D.W. Cole and Cole Properties Realty.

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Columbia’s Food Scene

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21 N. Ninth St 573-777-8730

As you make the exciting transition to your new home here, one thing you will quickly discover is that Columbia has an incredible food scene. From local favorites to international cuisines, Columbia has what you’re craving. With over 100 locally owned restaurants, cafes, and bars, in addition to many chains you are familiar with, there is something here for every palette and budget. As you’re getting your lay of the land, make sure you sit down and explore these flavorful hotspots.

House of Chow

Dynamic food and flavors include a fun twist on traditional favorites such as tacos, burgers and sandwiches. The atmosphere is casual and comfortable. Stop by the back bar to sip on a craft cocktail or local craft beer.

44 Tavern

5500 W Van Horn Tavern Rd


44 Tavern is mid-Missouri’s ultimate entertainment bar and restaurant. Situated right next to Midway’s famous attractions, you can now venture inside for a cold & local draft beer, craft cocktail and delicious meal.

Arris’ Pizza

1020 Grn Mdws Rd #102


Arris’ Pizza, founded in 1961 in Jefferson City, is famous for their unique pizza combinations, setting them apart from other pizza places. Now with multiple locations throughout Missouri, Arris’ is a place that people keep coming back to again and again.

Bangkok Gardens

811 Cherry St 573-874-3284

Looking for authentic Thai cuisine? The two-story glass-front restaurant is perfect for lunch or dinner.

El Rancho

1014 E Bdwy 573-875-2121

Fast, authentic Mexican food that is sure to please. Enjoy for lunch or late night. Try their late night nachos after a night out downtownnot everyone is open, but they are!

2101 W Broadway 573-445-8800 (main number) 573-445-5763 (carryout orders)

Traditional Chinese dining with a modern twist since 1981.

Imo’s Pizza

601 Business Loop 70 W #213d 573-886-7373

Get the famous Imo’s St. Louis-style pizza right here in Columbia. Imo’s has been delivering the “crunch you crave” since 1964.

Jina Yoo’s Asian Bistro

2200 Forum Blvd 573-446-5462

Jina Yoo’s specializes in gourmet sushi and Asian fusion entrees. Menu items include sushi rolls, sandwiches and wraps with several unusual choices, including Bibimbap and Seafood Dynamite

Just Love Coffee Cafe

Battle Crossing - 5414 Clark Ln #100 Crossroads - 2101 W Broadway, Suite 104

Now with two locations, Just Love Coffee Cafe is quickly becoming a favorite spot that’s more than just a coffee shop. From artisanal coffee and waffle-ironed breakfast creations, to sandwiches and wraps, they are the perfect place for coffee lovers and food enthusiasts.

Lakota Coffee Company

24 S Ninth: 573-874-2852

South: 3111 Green Meadows Way: 573-499-9901

A third location operates within University of Missouri Hospital: 573-884-4766

Lakota has been serving Columbia coffee aficionados since 1992. Their coffee is hand-roasted in small batches daily. The south location offers more food and drink options, including local beers and coffee cocktails.

Level Up Entertainment

2300 Bernadette Dr, Suite 228 573-615-0443

Fancy a little fun with your meal? Level Up’s bowling, arcade games, ropes course, laser tag, mini golf, and roller skating activities are ready to go and you won’t be disappointed!

Nothing Bundt Cakes

2900 Trimble Rd, Suite 103 573-615-7500

Select from Bundlets, 8", 10" and Tiered Bundt Cakes all crowned with their signature cream cheese frosting and perfect for all types of celebrations –birthdays, holidays, weddings, get togethers, office parties or just because!

Shiloh Bar & Grill

402 E Broadway 573-875-1800

Located in the historic Katy Station depot, Shiloh’s vast menu offers family-friendly items such as pizza, burgers and sandwiches. Enjoy a great outdoor patio with TVs for watching sporting events.


Arcade & Bar

122 S 9th St

Silverball is a bar, arcade and party destination wrapped into one. Their signature alcoholic slushies and nightlife in Columbia.


Deuce Pub & Pit

3700 Monterey Dr 573-443-4350

In addition to extended happy hours with craft, domestic, and import beer from one of their 25 taps, The Deuce also serves delicious appetizers, wings, sandwiches, and 100% Certified Angus Beef burgers.

The Italian Village

711 Vandiver Dr, Suite B 573-442-8821

This popular pizza place is located on the north side of town. See why the locals rave about Cheese Pizza at The Italian Village.

Ocha Thai

510 E Green Meadows Rd 573-801-3459

Authentic & delicious Thai cuisine.




craft beers, cocktails & great

Mark Sulltrop Owner & Head Chef

A Great Start: Parents as Teachers Supports Columbia Families

To help kids reach their full potential, Columbia Public Schools’ Parents as Teachers (PAT) is a free parent education and family support program for families with children from prenatal to age 5. PAT helps parents lay a strong foundation for children’s future success in school and life through: personal visits, which are facilitated by parent educators, specially trained in child development, who engage in discussions about child development and the family’s needs; group connections, which provide opportunities for parents and children to come together to learn more about child development, network with other families and observe their child with other children; annual screenings in health, hearing, vision and overall development, offered to every child; and resource network, through which parent educators can help link families to appropriate community resources whenever appropriate. Visit for more information. For questions and to fill out an online enrollment form. For questions, please call 573-214-3955

Columbia Public Schools offers a developmentally appropriate education through which young children actively build their potential in a positive, nurturing, culturally diverse school family environment. Preschool is a federally funded program providing services to children with developmental needs, ages 3 to 5 (non-kindergarten) years of age. Services are provided at no cost to eligible children. Eligibility is determined through a developmental screening process.

The Columbia Public Schools

Preschool program serves more than 600 children, with 28 classrooms located in elementary and high schools throughout the Columbia Public School District. Half-day and full-day options are available. This program is designed to prepare children for successful school entry. Active family involvement is required to help children achieve this success. An early childhood teacher and instructional assistant plan age- appropriate learning experiences to promote development in literacy, communication skills, decision- making, and problem-solving skills. Teachers follow the High Scope teaching curriculum and a variety of other teaching resources to meet the developmental needs of each child.


Excellent Schools

Columbia Public Schools is the fifth largest district in the state. It includes 21 elementary schools, seven middle schools, four high schools and the Columbia Area Career Center, as well as an early childhood program with an enrollment of 18,800 students.

The school district is accredited by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, citing such educational advantages as:

• Comprehensive curriculum and services at all grade levels, including preschool and adult

• Exceptional programs for at-risk students and students with special needs

• Extensive depth and breadth in middle school and high school course offerings

• Award-winning career education programs designed for all students

• Successful community partnerships and volunteer programs

• Significant emphasis on staff development and school improvement efforts

Columbia Public Schools' students excel in the classroom and in their post-secondary education, careers, and beyond. Seventy percent of Columbia students extend their education beyond high school. Ten percent achieve industry credentials making them ready to enter the workforce in skilled jobs. More than 30 percent of Columbia graduates earn the College Preparatory Studies Certificate.

Student performance on the ACT and SAT exams exceed state and national averages. Additionally, of the 1,100 students taking advanced placement courses, nearly 80 percent earn college credit. Another nearly 40 percent of high students earn dual college credit. Additionally, 48 students graduated from high school with both a high school diploma and an associate’s degree through the district’s Early College program in partnership with Moberly Area Community College.

Our district's teachers represent the primary reason Columbia's schools and students are so successful. The average Columbia teacher holds a master's degree, has 12 years of professional experience, and stays in the district a good many years.

A look inside Columbia’s Public Schools.



Battle High School Colors: Navy Blue and Gold Mascot: Spartans School Spirit Easily identify Columbia High Schools by reading about the colors and mascots below. Hickman High School Colors: Purple and Gold Mascot: Kewpies Douglass High School Colors: Royal Blue and White Mascot: Bulldogs Rock Ridge High School Green and Gold Bruins

School Directory

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We are Columbia’s Premier Preschool for Early Childhood Learning.

Infant/ Toddler Program

We are dedicated to helping each child reach their full potential.

Structured Curriculum

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Family Involvement

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Investing in your child's development is paramount to their future success. For that reason and many more, parents in Columbia prioritize getting the best early childhood education possible by enrolling in Preschool programs with organizations such as Academy of Early Childhood Learning. The Academy team understands the challenges parents face in balancing work and childcare. Therefore, the institution strives to create a nurturing environment resembling a second home for your little ones.

The commitment to providing top-notch care and education for children is emphasized by Executive Director and Owner, Abbie Perry. She states, "At Academy, we prioritize the well-being and growth of each child. Our dedicated staff treats every student with kindness, respect, and love, helping them reach important developmental milestones in a safe and secure environment."

The facility transcends the conventional definition of a preschool, resembling a castle where children are surrounded by caring individuals dedicated to their success. The Academy experience, with experienced teachers, state-of-the-art facilities, and a curriculum focused on social-emotional learning, sets the standard for early childhood education.

Given the high demand for quality childcare, planning ahead is essential. Families are encouraged to inquire about enrollment early and schedule a tour to secure a spot on the waiting list. Whether expecting a new addition to the family or seeking summer care for a school-aged child, Academy aspires to be your child’s home-away-from-home.

For older children in the age group of 5-12, the academy's STEAM-based summer program offers a fun and educational experience centered around Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics. Early registration is recommended due to limited seats available.

Family involvement is integral to Academy's approach, the team welcomes parents to participate in special events and performances to foster a sense of community and connection.

Individuals passionate about working with children, and those possessing childcare experience, are encouraged to apply to join the teaching team. Academy is always on the lookout for exceptional individuals who share the commitment to providing unparallelled education and care.

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Welcome to Columbia!

Restoring Homeostasis and Bringing Balance to the Body

Chiropractic physician and founder of Compass Chiropractic and Wellness LLC, Dr. Ashley Emel, takes pride in the startup and success of her Columbia business.

“We chose Columbia as a business location because it is close to family, and we (my husband and I) were excited about the opportunity Columbia would bring being a ‘big little town,’” Emel says. “We have found the community is very like-minded when it comes to wellness, and we are proud to call it our home.”

Compass Chiropractic offers a variety of services including chiropractic adjustments, interferential electrotherapy, cold laser therapy, massage therapy, acupuncture, decompression therapy and nutritional counseling. Emel, Dr. Jennifer Sutherland and their team focus on providing individualized care to each of their patients by considering their unique needs and goals.

The clinic emphasizes the importance of patient education as Emel and Sutherland work with their patients to develop strategies for improving their overall health and wellness. Compass Chiropractic and Wellness aims to provide a welcoming and comfortable environment for all patients, with an overall goal of wellness. Intervention is always to restore homeostasis, or balance to the body, not to relieve symptoms or treat disease.

Chiropractic care for moms and babies is an integral part of the Compass Chiropractic services. As a charismatic prenatal and women’s health specialist whose passion is helping families enjoy their journey without pain and stress, Emel provides care to babies by giving them proper alignment to reduce colic, reflux, poor sleep, help breastfeeding issues such as proper latch and more.

In addition to women, the team also focuses on men through the treatment of chiropractic care, nutritional health and physiotherapy in order to achieve realignment and nutritional balance so they can perform at their optimal level.

Emel says she loves being a part of the Columbia community.

“There are many connections and familiar faces — no matter where you go, there is someone you know,” she says. “Columbia is the perfect size and has a lot of events, shopping, outdoor trails and small businesses to support. Columbia has a lot to offer when it comes to activities for kids, too. Both of my children participate in local sports and activities here in Columbia.”

Providing a few tips for those relocating to Columbia, first Emel suggests finding small, local businesses to support.  “The locally owned shops and restaurants have the best clothes, food and opportunities,” she says. “All Columbians have their favorites; it is easy to discover — just ask any local to guide you in the right direction.”

Additionally, when making a new city your home, Emel emphasizes the importance of finding the right chiropractor for you.

“Naturally, I would tell you to pick Compass Chiropractic and Wellness,” she says. “We truly have the best doctors and team. But most importantly, decide what you need, and find a chiropractor that supports that need. Look at their websites and see if they adjust with your preferred technique. Make sure they treat the issue you have. We have so many phenomenal chiropractors in Columbia — I am sure you will find the one that fits your needs best.”

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This is the way.

The “Little Bit Different” Jewelry Store

Jewelry is more than decoration. It reflects who you are and what you value. It makes you feel special. A deep understanding of these truths is what makes Tucker’s, The Jewelry Architects, stand out. “We are the last of the folks that actually make jewelry in store, restore jewelry in store and repair jewelry in store,” Robert Tucker says. “We make our jewelry and put it in the cases for sale.

“Instead of walking into a traditional glitzy retail reseller of mass-produced items, they are in the midst of a working shop,” Tucker says. “We are the highest skilled people in our industry that do what we do very well. Clients get to speak with the makers and repairers of the jewelry firsthand.”

“We turned the conventional retail jewelry store inside out by placing us in front of clients to see us work,” he adds. “We have no sales team. All we have are bench jewelers. This way, clients can speak to the folks actually doing the work — and not be sold something  they don’t  need or want.”

“Bench jewelers” might be a bit modest. Although Tucker refers to his team as a “band of weirdos,” they are truly master jewelers, a title that comes only from decades of continual practice to fine-tune every aspect of their craft.

Whether repairing an heirloom, updating a vintage piece or creating a custom item, these masters blend your vision and their imagination into something yours and yours alone. It sounds a little like magic, but it’s actually something seemingly rarer these days — a focus on you.

“I shut up,” Tucker says. “Then I listen to what they want and expect out of the piece of jewelry to be made. I’m not  interested in selling them something pre-made  from a showcase.  I am interested in creating  a new (to them) heirloom piece. The ideas must come from our clients. Sometimes they need a little inspiration, and there I can help spur that along to help get their creative ideas flowing.”

Even the shop itself is designed more for creativity than commerce, with a tiny showroom and 80% of the 2,000-square-foot space dedicated to the fashioning of jewelry.

It may sound cliché, but at Tucker’s, caring is at the center. They care about listening to their clients and making their visions real, and they care about their team and their families and their well-being. And they care about making the best jewelry.

“Occasionally we are not the right fit for some folks that don’t care about their own jewelry, but for those that do care, we are the right place,” Tucker says.   While the team has more than 75 years of combined experience, the air inside Tucker’s remains approachable, casual, yet refined, and driven by experts that “give it to you straight.” Moreover, the friends, families and customers that come through the doors are constant reminders to the team that everyone has a story, everyone has a reason to give a “unique yet affordable” gift and everyone is welcome at Tucker’s, The Jewelry Architects. 43 PEOPLE YOU SHOULD KNOW
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Nevil Patel and Dr. Purvi Patel

Chief Operating Officer: Michael LaFrieda

Opened for medical use: April 2021

Opened for recreational use: February 2023


Columbia SuperStore 1401 Creekwood Parkway

Columbia, MO 65202


Columbia South 3919 Peachtree Drive

Columbia, MO 65203


Jefferson City

2118 Missouri Blvd

Jefferson City, MO 65109


When Michael LaFrieda, chief operating officer for Shangri-La, begins to talk about cannabis, he does so with an encyclopedic knowledge of the industry. He throws out words like terpenes, limonene, THC, CBD, topicals, tinctures and oils at a rapid-fire pace.

The terminology is extensive, and, for many, there are a lot of myths, misconceptions and unknowns where both medical and recreational marijuana are concerned. LaFrieda wants to change that.

“We want to educate the community,” LaFrieda says. “We want to be a community partner, to educate patients and recreational users about marijuana usage, its benefits and uses.”

The information surrounding marijuana, the regulations and the commercial aspects of it are not only immense, but often also confusing. Because the recreational use of marijuana is still new to Missouri — with dispensaries selling their first products for recreation in February 2023 — many are still unfamiliar.

LaFrieda is a former law enforcement official with more than 25 years of experience in security. This background, though unusual for a marijuana dispensary, is beneficial for Shangri-La.

Regulations and safety

There are many legal requirements placed on everyone involved in the marijuana industry. When entering the dispensary, you must check in before entering. All products are behind locked doors, and security is a high priority.

“Beyond safety and security in our locations,” LaFrieda says, “there are checks throughout the manufacturing process. Lab tests occur after cultivation, before manufacturing and again after the manufacturing process but before it’s available in dispensaries.”

Being a community partner

As the owners and staff at Shangri-La continue working to educate the public about the marijuana industry, they know that sometimes the biggest hurdle is getting people to come to the dispensary. At their northeast location, they offer electric vehicle charging stations for public use, have a gathering space and a marijuana museum of sorts that showcases all things cannabis.

“We want to be a gathering place for people,” LaFrieda says. “We are a true community partner, ready to educate Missourians about our industry.”

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In Search of Good Health

Moving to a new area can be an intimidating experience, especially when it comes to finding quality health care. Fortunately, if you're relocating to Columbia, you have a wide array of medical providers and facilities to choose from. Columbia is home to some of the best health care in the state, with state-of-the-art hospitals, newly expanded clinics, and top-notch medical professionals on hand to care for your specific needs. Below are just a few of the main facilities.


1600 E Broadway | 573-815-8000 |

Located on Broadway just east of downtown, Boone Hospital Center is a full-service hospital that serves as a regional referral center for 25 counties in mid-Missouri. Notable: U.S. News & World Report has named Boone Hospital the top hospital in central Missouri for six years in a row.


1 Hospital Drive 573-882-4141 |

As the state’s premier academic health system, MU Health Care has 600-plus doctors in more than 80 specialties to provide completely coordinated care for the simplest and most complex conditions — while also researching breakthroughs and training the next generation of doctors. From routine checkups to the latest innovations in joint replacements, MU Health Care offers a depth of medical expertise.

Cancer Care: As the region’s most advanced and Missouri’s only state-designated cancer center, Ellis Fischel Cancer Center offers patients the latest treatment options with support every step of the way. With access to clinical trials and advancements such as immunotherapy and targeted therapy, patients are paired with a navigator to help guide them through everything from finances to information specific to their type and stage of cancer.

Women’s Health: MU Health Care operates the region’s only women-focused hospital. With modern approaches to obstetrical care, expecting mothers have choices from low-intervention birthing suites and midwives to gentle C-sections designed with baby and mom in mind.


800 Hospital Drive | 573-814-6000 |

Serving 44 counties in Missouri as well as Pike County, Illinois, Truman VA provides a full continuum of inpatient and outpatient care, including primary care, medical and surgical specialties, behavioral health, physical and occupational therapy and pharmacy services. Truman VA is also a referral center for heart care services (including open heart surgery) and offers audiology and speech pathology, social work services, dermatology, dental, neurology, oncology, orthopedic surgery, podiatry, prosthetics, urology and vision care.


604 Old 63 N | 573-499-6600 |

Landmark Hospital is a regional hospital referral center for medically complex patients in need of post-acute care. The Columbia center is one of the now six Landmark Hospital facilities located in three states. Additionally, this hospital features one of the best nurse-to-patient ratios in the industry.


200 Corporate Lake Dr | 573-814-1170 |

Big Tree Medical is a patient-centered medical home that emphasizes team-based care, same-day access, population health management, and responsible care. In turn, this membership model system creates a low-cost healthcare opportunity without sacrificing quality. For a more comprehensive list of healthcare facilities and specialties, go online at or scan this QR code.

At Big Tree Medical, we believe the membership model of direct primar y care better aligns with the needs of patients, providers, and employers. We are able to see patients with or without insurance. Big Tree Medical is the solution to

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Element Cryotherapy

1020 E Green Meadows Road, Suite 112 (next to Kohls in Red Oak Plaza) | 573-214-2616

Connective Health Massage Therapy

3211 S Providence Road, Suite 105 | 573-825-1601

Clarity Float Spa

309 S Providence Road | 573-825-8788 |

Karma Care LLC

1414 Rangeline St, Suite B | 573-777-1615 |

Heart, Body & Soul 1004 W Worley St

Mizzou Quick Care:

(Located in Columbia Hy-Vee grocery stores) 25 Conley Road | 573-884-0169 405 E Nifong Blvd. | 573-884-0146 3100 W Broadway | 573-884-0036

Columbia Urgent Care 619-621 N Providence Road #4355 573-234-1070

Mizzou Urgent Care 3916 S Providence Road | 573-882-1662

For a more comprehensive list of healthcare facilities and specialties, go online at or scan this QR code.

Little Tree Pediatrics & Pediatric Urgent Care

Boone Health Convenient Care-Nifong 900 W Nifong Blvd, Suite 101 573-815-6631

NextCare Urgent Care 202 E Nifong Blvd | 573-874-6824

403 N Stadium Blvd, Suite 104 | 573-818-6500

206 Corporate Lake Drive 573-814-1170

University Hospital Emergency Department 1 Hospital Drive | 573-882-4141

Women’s Emergency Room 404 N Keene St | 573-771-9400

Boone Convenient Care 601 Business Loop 70 West, Parkade Center, Suite 275 | 573-874-0008

Boone Hospital Center Emergency Department 1600 E Broadway. Entrance on South Ann Street 573-815-3501

Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital Emergency Care

800 Hospital Drive, Room E107 573-814-6000, ext. 52301 49 HEALTH & WELLNESS
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Senior Living

Columbians have a variety of options for lifetime care.

Columbia is a good place to live at any age; it’s so good, the college town is rated among the best places in America to retire. Citing the city’s affordability, cultural amenities and excellent medical facilities, The Milken Institute ranks Columbia No. 4 on its list of the best small cities for successful aging.

The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that 15.5% of Columbia’s population is 60 or older, up from 12% in 2010. The increase has led to a spate of developments this past decade, bringing new options to town for senior housing, along with some innovative ideas for aging in place and lifetime care.

Lenoir Woods

Lenoir Woods is a life plan community on a 30-acre neighborhood in southeast Columbia and boasts a wealth of on-site amenities — several dining venues, a movie theater, beauty salon and barbershop, chapel, indoor pool, walking trails, art studio, health and wellness clinic and much more. Residents can match their housing options to their evolving needs, including independent living in patio homes or apartments, assisted-living apartments, memory care assisted-living apartments in a controlled-access neighborhood and long-term care in skilled nursing care rooms with dining and other appropriate amenities.

3710 Lenoir St, 573-876-5800,

Cedarhurst of Columbia

In a quiet residential neighborhood of south Columbia, Cedarhurst offers assisted living and memory care options for seniors. The 11-acre site includes 97 apartments — 63 assisted living and 34 memory care — designed for personalized assistance with daily tasks, round-the-clock caregivers, custom dining, housekeeping and maintenance, plus travel and recreation opportunities. Amenities include resident-centered life-enrichment programs, emergency call system, kitchenettes, a movie theater, a wellness center offering therapy and classes, and a beauty salon and barber shop.

2333 Chapel Hill Road, 573-234-1091,


Solstice Senior Living is independent apartment living with personalized assistance when needed. Partnerships with home-duty, personal care professionals provide therapy and wellness checks. Solstice is located amid the medical services cluster in east Columbia.

109 N Keene St, 573-443-2007

Tiger Place

Designed and developed at the University of Missouri Sinclair School of Nursing, Americare’s Tiger Place is on the forefront of “aging in place.” The 54 full-size independent-living apartments come with a slew of services and amenities. As residents’ needs change, Tiger Place brings the correct care to residents so they can stay in place and continue in their regular routines amid the familiar comforts of home.

2910 Bluff Creek Drive, 573-355-5902

Bedford Walk

The Village of Bedford Walk offers a concierge lifestyle with full-service amenities in an active senior community. Housing options include villa and apartment homes.

415 Bailey Drive, 573-303-7252

The Terrace

The Terrace, an all-inclusive retirement community, features apartment-style homes with full amenities, social opportunities, gourmet restaurant dining and a 24/7 staff. 1408 Business Loop 70 W, 573-875-2538, ●


Retired, Not Tired

Columbia is filled with activities for those in their golden years.

Columbia has become a popular destination for retirees and it’s no wonder why. This beautiful city has a vibrant culture that can be very appealing to those looking for a place to retire. From shopping and dining to recreational activities, Columbia has plenty to offer. With an abundance of antique malls, artisan shops, galleries, and several golf courses in the area, retirement here is a dream come true. What’s more, Columbia offers affordable living and accessible healthcare, making it an ideal place for those looking to retire on a budget.

Get involved with the city’s Parks and Rec 50+ Program, The Columbia Senior Center Activity Center, and Osher@Mizzou lifelong learning classes, to immerse yourself in all that Columbia has to offer for retirees and those planning for retirement.

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Teeing It Up in Columbia.

tees it presents 3,092 yards of golf for a par of 36. Golf ProShop, 5000 Clark Lane, Suite 1 Columbia, MO 65202 | 573-474-4459

Lake of the Woods Golf Course

This 18-hole municipal golf course is owned and operated by Columbia’s Parks and Recreation Department. It features three sets of tees, zoysia fairways, bentgrass greens and a tee-to-green watering system.

6700 E Saint Charles Road, Columbia, MO 65202 | 573-499-4653

A.L. Gustin Jr. Golf Course

Located less than half a mile west of Faurot Field on Stadium Boulevard, A.L. Gustin Jr. Golf Course features 18 holes of golf, a clubhouse, putting green and driving range. The course is owned and operated by the University of Missouri, and though it’s open to the public, its main goal is to serve MU students, faculty, staff and alumni. Recognized for its wildlife habitat management and water conservation, it was the first college course in the country to be certified by Audubon International.

18 E Stadium Blvd, Columbia, MO 65203 | 573-882-6016

L.A. Nickell Golf Course

An 18-hole municipal golf course and driving range, L.A. Nickell is also owned and operated by the city’s Parks and Recreation Department. Open year-round, the course features a driving range, three sets of tees and irrigated zoysia fairways.

1800 Parkside Drive, Columbia, MO 65202 | 573-499-4653

Eagle Knoll

Located on 180 acres approximately 20 minutes from Columbia, this par-72 course was designed by architect Gary Kern and offers four sets of tee boxes and multiple elevation changes while winding through hills, wetlands and wildlife. Membership is through Maxim Golf and includes reciprocal play and traveling membership privileges at all Maxim courses. 5757 E Eagle Knoll Drive Hartsburg, MO 65039 | 573-761-4653

Hail Ridge Golf Course

Twenty minutes west of Columbia in Boonville, Hail Ridge course features 18 holes ideal for all levels of golfers who are ready to test their skills with long fairways, water hazards and sand traps. A pro shop and grill for anyone who wants to grab some golf gear and a bite to eat after their round are also available.

17511 MO-87, Boonville, MO 65233 | 660-882-2223


Country Club of Missouri

The only member-owned and managed country club in Columbia, the Country Club of Missouri provides private membership with access to an award-winning golf course designed by Dr. Marvin Ferguson. 1300 Woodrail Ave, Columbia, MO 65203 | 573-449-7201

Columbia Country Club

Located off of Old Highway 63, Columbia Country Club is a longstanding favorite among serious golfers in Columbia. The private club offers golfers exclusive membership and an 18-hole championship golf course, with heavily wooded fairways and fast greens. 2210 Country Club Drive Columbia, MO 65201 | 573-449-4115

The Club at Old Hawthorne

Located just east of downtown Columbia on Broadway, the Club at Old Hawthorne is a private golf course built in a luxury, master-planned community setting. The course offers five sets of tees for golfers of all levels, rolling terrain, multiple water hazards, fairway bunkers and immaculate greens. The club is home to the MU Tigers golf teams. 6221 E Broadway, Columbia, MO 65201 | 573-442-5280


Faith Walk

If your relocation checklist includes a new home for worship, Columbia offers several avenues for your faith journey. With more than 150 congregations in the area, opportunities abound to meet your spiritual needs.

Columbia is home to more than 30 religious denominations, as well as numerous independent and interdenominational churches.

AME (African Methodist Episcopal)


Assembly of God





Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

Christian Science

Church of Christ

Church of God (Holiness)

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

CME (Christian Methodist Episcopal)

Community of Christ


Compass E-Free Church

Greek Orthodox


Jehovah’s Witness








Religious Society of Friends (Quaker)

Salvation Army

Seventh-day Adventist

Unitarian Universalist

United Church of Christ


Visit the Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau to nd a directory of local places of worship, including contact info. 53 LIFESTYLE & LEISURE

ROCHEPORT (15 miles)

Venture out and explore your new environs with these fun day trips.

You don’t even have to leave Boone County to appreciate this tranquil little town on the Missouri River. Enjoy a spectacular view from the bluff top as you sip award-winning wines and dine on gourmet fare at Les Bourgeois Vineyards, Missouri’s third-largest winery. For the active set, Rocheport is your passport to the Katy Trail, the rails-to-trails state park that traverses the entire width of Missouri along the old Missouri-Kansas-Texas railway. Shoppers will find a bounty of antiques here, along with art galleries, artisan studios and one-of-a-kind boutiques. Enjoy several casual dining options and catch a concert at Rocheport General Store.

BOONVILLE (25 miles)

Just a short hop down Interstate 70 is the inviting town of Boonville. Named for the sons of frontiersman Daniel Boone, the city sits just south of where Nathan and Daniel Morgan Boone operated a saltworks in the 19th century. Today’s Boonville is a history buff’s dream, adorned with architectural gems such as the Hotel Frederick, Thespian Hall and elegant homes of a bygone era. Pick up a map for a walking tour at the River, Rails, and Trails Museum in the Visitors Center at the Katy Trailhead. You’ll find access nearby to the Katy Trail, Katy Bridge and the historic Katy Depot, the only surviving Spanish mission-style depot on the Missouri-Kansas-Texas railroad. Feeling lucky? Try your hand at the Isle of Capri casino for gaming and live entertainment. Rack up some “aww” moments at Warm Springs Ranch, the breeding farm of the Budweiser Clydesdales. Make your reservations to visit these gentle giants, chat with the horses’ handlers, check out the latest crop of baby Clydesdales and snap all the selfies you like.

FULTON (30 miles)

Winston Churchill put Fulton on the map when he delivered his Iron Curtain speech at Westminster College in 1946. The National Churchill Museum on the Westminster campus celebrates the remarkable life of this eloquent statesman. The complex includes a section of the Berlin Wall and the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Aldermanbury, a 17th-century London church designed by Sir Christopher Wren. Fulton is also home to Auto World Museum and its extensive collection of rare and vintage vehicles. Downtown, the Brick District features local independently-owned shops and restaurants, vintage architecture and brick streets. Enjoy locally made wines at nearby Serenity Valley Winery, complete with lakeside sipping, picnic facilities, live entertainment and glorious sunsets.

Columbia is right smack-dab in the middle of Missouri, making the city an ideal base for quick getaways to some fabulous nearby destinations. These day trips can take you through the heart and soul of the Show-Me State and have you back home again by nightfall.


Missouri’s capital city is the seat of political power in the Show-Me State, and it’s just a short drive away on U.S. 63. The imposing Carthage-marble State Capitol sits high atop a bluff overlooking the Missouri River; the grounds include legislative and executive spaces, statuary and art by notable artists, the Missouri State Museum, Law Enforcement Memorial and Veterans Memorial. Explore prison life on the “bloodiest 47 acres in America” in a tour of the old Missouri State Penitentiary, then celebrate the sweet taste of freedom at Central Dairy Ice Cream Parlor. Stroll through Runge Nature Center or across the Missouri River Pedestrian/Bike Bridge for a scenic view and photo-op. Check out unique museums dedicated to military history and veterinary medicine.

MOBERLY (40 miles)

Home to one of three indoor-outdoor theaters in North America, the Moberly 5 & Drive offers year-round shows. Outdoor adventurists will love 465-acre Rothwell Park, including an aquatic center, miniature railroad and war memorial. The Moberly Depot District showcases many historic venues including the oldest vaudeville theater in Mid-Missouri, the 4th Street Theatre, the Train Museum, Randolph County Historical Society, Depot Park and Tannehill Park.

ARROW ROCK (43 miles)

The entire village of Arrow Rock is a National Historic Landmark where you’ll find a treasure trove of historic homes, restored buildings, museums and quaint shops. Download the Friends of Arrow Rock app for a handy walking or driving tour. Saunter down the Lewis & Clark Trail of Discovery or grab a snack at Badger’s Hideaway, an ice-cream shop on the boardwalk. Dine at J. Huston Tavern, the oldest continuously operated restaurant west of the Mississippi, and check out the entertainment at Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre, mid-Missouri’s only professional theater troupe.


With more than 1,150 miles of shoreline, the Lake of the Ozarks offers world-class boating, golfing, shopping and fishing and a wide variety of lodging, restaurants, state parks and other recreational activities to suit any budget and taste. Whether you choose a day trip with girlfriends or a weekend getaway with the family, this mid-Missouri destination has plenty of options.

HERMANN (65 miles)

Find a bit of Bavaria in the Missouri River hills. With scads of wineries in the area, this picturesque German town on the banks of the Missouri River is one of the state’s premier wine regions. A number of microbreweries and distilleries add to the spirited atmosphere. Soak up the Old World ambience at Oktoberfest, Maifest, Wurstfest and other events. Imbibe at the tasting rooms, dine on German cuisine, travel the Hermann Wine Trail and Missouri Spirits Expedition, pack a picnic from the Wurst Haus, and learn the intricacies of winemaking at Stone Hill’s Grapes-to-Glass tour. Browse antiques, art galleries and boutiques. Sample history at Hermann Farm, Deutschheim State Historic Site, the Caboose Museum and the Hermann Fire Company Museum. Wunderbar!

WARRENSBURG (92 miles)

A cool mix of history, arts and culture and outdoor fun, Warrensburg is a small town with a lot to offer. Ride the Spirit Trail through Knob Noster State Park and wet a line in Clearfork Creek. Savor the bounty of dining options at more than 60 restaurants, including national chains and local gems. Stroll through 970 acres of breathtaking plant life at nearby Powell Gardens or tour the University of Central Missouri Gallery of Art and Design.

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