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Jessica Duren

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BizBeat: Long-standing JC business gears up for move

Johnson Barber & Beauty Shop, 609 E. Elm St., will be moving in the coming months to a Marshall Street address.

BizBeat: Dollar General opens in Belle

Dollar General opened in Belle at 1005 Missouri Highway 28 with its first 50 shoppers receiving gift cards and other prizes.

BizBeat: Family reopens shop with a vintage twist

J Street Vintage, Gritty & Pretty opened its doors at 615 Jefferson St. on Saturday morning.

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BizBeat: JC man takes car washing to the streets

Boaz Mwamtobe is a Jefferson City man making the most of his situation and taking the car washing business for a drive.

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BizBeat: Gaming classic back in Jefferson City

High Voltage Arcade has officially opened inside the Capital Mall, where Aladdin’s Castle previously entertained gamers of all ages.

BizBeat: Becky’s Cupcakes and More opens Monday

A love of baking spurred by the death of her grandmother has brought Becky Stephenson to the start of a new business venture.

BizBeat: Red Wheel Bike Shop gears up for big move

Currently located along Edgewood Drive, Red Wheel Bike Shop, Jefferson City’s only bike rental, will be heading across town come November.

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BizBeat: Zesto on Broadway to move, rebrand

After 66 years, one of Jefferson City’s classic restaurants will be changing its name and moving locations.

BizBeat: Practice Pitch event on slate Saturday

Entrepreneurs will gather 9-11:30 a.m. Saturday morning at the Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce building to pitch their business ideas to a panel of judges.

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BizBeat: Displaced coworkers rally to open grooming salon

When the dream became a real possibility, Erin Geiser asked the other grooming salon employees if they would be willing to come with her once Petco closed its doors.

BizBeat: Dreams to Reality to host open house

Jefferson City’s Dreams to Reality is hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house on Tuesday to celebrate some big changes to its 512 Jefferson St. building.

BizBeat: Salon at Wardsville sees new owner

Kelley’s Kabana, located in Wardsville, has changed ownership and is touting a new name - Perfect Image.

BizBeat: Jefferson City Young Professionals Summit nears

Jefferson City Young Professionals, formerly known as hYPe, will host the third annual YP Summit.

BizBeat: Practice makes perfect at StartUpJC event

StartUp Jefferson City plans to host its annual “Pitch It & Win It” contest on Oct. 25. To prepare entrepreneurs interested in pitching their business plan, StartUp JC will host an Aug. 16 “Practice Pitch” event.

BizBeat: ULTA Beauty sets grand opening events

Jefferson City’s newest beauty products store will be opening this weekend, including grand opening events Friday. ULTA Beauty, which includes a salon, will be located at 3535 Missouri Blvd.

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BizBeat: Holts Summit business moves to Capital Mall

Show-Me Gold & Silver opened in its new Capital Mall home last week and is settling in nicely.

BizBeat: Yen Ching closing after nearly four decades

Chinese restaurant Yen Ching in Jefferson City closed its doors today after serving up crab rangoons, cashew chicken and the like for nearly four decades.

BizBeat: Summer intern kickoff set for Thursday

Another sure sign of summer in Jefferson City includes the kickoff of Jeff City Start, an intern initiative now in its fourth year.

BizBeat: Restaurant to fill downtown space

Lawyer and entrepreneur Sam Trapp plans to open Trappers Too in Jefferson City. The restaurant will be located at 306 E. High St., the former home of Morgan’s Grill.

BizBeat: ‘Nspiring’ nutrition in the Capital City

Jefferson City area resident Jason Varner opened Nspire Nutrition on May 8. The store, located at 310 Jefferson Street, is inspiring people to “live, breath, and act healthier.”

BizBeat: People’s Choice Wine Competition returns

After a successful first year, the Jefferson City Leadership Class of 2013 is bringing back the Capital City People’s Choice Missouri Wine Competition. The event will be held Thursday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Lincoln University Inman E. Page Library.

BizBeat: Hidden Spaces, Secret Places tour on tap May 18

Jefferson City residents will once again have the opportunity to explore historic buildings — some renovated, others in need or restoration — during the May 18 Hidden Spaces, Secret Places tour.

BizBeat: Garden supply store outgrows its space

In less than a year, Advanced Garden Supply outgrew its space. Don and Heather Willman opened the store last July and moved from its Missouri Boulevard storefront to a new location last week.

BizBeat: 2 Broke Girls clothing now open

A new resale shop has opened in Jefferson City off Ellis Boulevard, featuring women’s and children’s gently used clothing and accessories.

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BizBeat: Bike-it before before you buy it

After several requests on a regular basis, Nick Smith, owner of Red Wheel Bike Shop on W. Edgewood Drive, decided to offer bikes for rent.

BizBeat: New eatery coming to Westside neighborhood

A Jefferson City couple is taking full advantage of a property at 1931 W. Main St., which has been under construction since Charlie and Jessica Christiansen purchased it in late September.

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BizBeat: Rent One opens in Jefferson City

Rent One, 2525 Missouri Blvd., carries a variety of products available for cash sale, 120 days same as cash, rental or rent-to-own.

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BizBeat: Southbank to offer milk paints

Got milk? Southbank does — in paint form. The local shop will soon be selling milk paint by Miss Mustard Seed.

Jefferson City movie theater plans renovation, expansion

Project will cost "millions of dollars"

Capital 8 Theaters in Jefferson City may soon become Capital 9, with plans for a multi-million dollar expansion in the developmental stage.

BizBeat: Kicking the habit with Vapeology

Shop opens on Missouri Boulevard

E-cigarettes are becoming more popular, and the “Now Open” sign of a new shop in Jefferson City reinforces that trend.

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BizBeat: Local business shows power of pillows

Jefferson City already has been named “America’s Most Beautiful Small Town,” but with the help of Debi Leon, she hopes another title will be bestowed upon the Capital City — America’s most well-rested.

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BizBeat: Fresh offerings expanding downtown

River City Florist is expanding its fresh offerings in downtown Jefferson City. To celebrate the new market of food items, owner Mike Moscato and his staff held an open house.

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Scrap tires finding a new home

Researcher teams up with Midwest Block and Brick

Jefferson City’s Midwest Block and Brick gets to be part of research Dr. Mohamed A. ElGawady is performing on new masonry blocks made with ground tires.

BizBeat: Managing chaos, one closet at a time

Two words and a short slogan sum up the whole of Laura Neuner Forbis’s new business. Managed Chaos, LLC — No closet too small! No estate too big!

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BizBeat: Hoping the ‘American dream’ is still alive

Wellness center for sale

When Gloria Baker opened Therapeutic Touch Wellness Center in 2007, she set out to make a few things happen.

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Coca-Cola makes advances in sales, ordering

Jefferson City plant implements updated distribution process

Father/son duo and fourth/fifth generation owners, Carl and Jake Vogel, are moving their Coca-Cola business into a new era of distribution.

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BizBeat: New dance studio for adults opens

Becky Fredrickson and Don Walker set up Steppin’ Out Dance Studio at 2304 E. McCarty St., where they hold lessons on Monday and Tuesday evenings.

BizBeat: G2 Gallery sold to new owner

Jefferson City native Johnny Graham has purchased the downtown catering and events center, G2 Gallery, from Taneá Graves and Kasey Green. The new name, Revel, means celebration.

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BizBeat: Art community hosts grand opening events

At historic Warwick Village Square

In celebration of its new Jefferson City home at 1502 E. High St., The Art Bazaar and Village Art Studio will be hosting grand opening events Friday.

BizBeat: Temporary move brings market to downtown

The Lincoln University Farmer’s Market will temporarily move to Madison Street between High and Capitol in downtown Jefferson City during May.

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Chamber celebrates year with annual Gala

Proud Jefferson City

Celebrating the pride of the Capital City, members of the Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce spent Friday evening toasting to the city’s accomplishments and success.

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Freezing for free food

A city of tents lined the freshly painted parking lot Wednesday, as die-hard fans and those seeking free food waited out in the cold for the grand opening of Chick-fil-A in Jefferson City.

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BizBeat: Jefferson City's Petco set to close

Where will the pets go?

Petco will be closing its Jefferson City store in February, due to losing its lease. The store, which hopes to find a new location, has been in the Wildwood Crossing shopping complex for 11 years

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BizBeat: Resale shop settles into new home

The Copper Tree Exchange resale shop has found its new home in Jefferson City, and is settling in quite nicely at 112 E. High St.

BizBeat: Taste of Jefferson City welcomes legislators

Wednesday marks the first day of the Legislative session in Missouri, and to celebrate, the Chamber of Commerce is hosting its annual Taste of Jefferson City.

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BizBeat: Sales wrap up holiday shopping

The period between Thanksgiving and Christmas was a little shorter this year than usual, but that didn’t stop people from getting out and getting their shopping done.

BizBeat: FFO Home moves for renovations

Jefferson City’s FFO Home is boasting a “Moving Sale.” FFO spokesman David McEntire said the store is closing temporarily, and relocating to Capital Mall for the next few months.

BizBeat: Artists find a new home in Warwick Village

Come January, The Art Bazaar will move from its downtown Jefferson City location to 1502 E. High St. in the Village Square.

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Live Christmas trees making comeback with younger generations

Although some opt for the no-mess, no-smell box-it-up type of Christmas tree, according to the Missouri Christmas Tree Association, there is a resurgence back to the natural product.

BizBeat: Yoga studio coming soon

It has been just over three months since the Wilson’s Fitness Studio in downtown Jefferson City closed its doors with anticipation of an all new yoga only studio. It's still in the works and well on its way.