Stories by Jessica
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.
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!
Wellness center for sale
When Gloria Baker opened Therapeutic Touch Wellness Center in 2007, she set out to make a few things happen.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Lincoln University Farmer’s Market will temporarily move to Madison Street between High and Capitol in downtown Jefferson City during May.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Come January, The Art Bazaar will move from its downtown Jefferson City location to 1502 E. High St. in the Village Square.
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.
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.
Several shoppers lament store openings on Thanksgiving
Each store has its own system, and each customer his/her own story.
Nearly 50 licenses issued in October
Jefferson City consumers will have another option for giving in to their sweet tooth this winter, as a new bakery has opened. Mi Pueblo Bakery, located at 510 Ellis Blvd., Suite F, across from the Firley YMCA, officially opened last week.
Chick-fil-A will host its grand opening in Jefferson City on Jan. 16, a project manager says. The brick building near Lowe's on Missouri Boulevard will feature two drive-thru lanes and an indoor playground.
Planet Fitness, a franchise health club, is opening in Jefferson City at 3239 Missouri Blvd., next to Best Buy. Having recently surpassed more than 700 locations, the fitness center is known for its low prices, and no “gymtimidation.”
A new retirement community is ready to break ground in Jefferson City. A South Dakota-based company will have a ground-breaking ceremony Nov. 26 at 5408 Old Lohman Road.
Sparkle dims on High Street
After a century of business, being there for some of life’s biggest moments, Dallmeyer’s Jewelry Store has closed after 100 years in business. The downtown Jefferson City store has a long history, first opening in 1913.
Now that it’s officially November, holiday shopping and other festivities leading up to Dec. 25 are just on the horizon. Only 52 days until Christmas, and the Downtown Association has big plans when it comes to activities in downtown Jefferson City.
After 21⁄2 years of business in Holts Summit, Up In Smoke owners Debbie and Darrell Libbert are excited to be operating a second location at 711 Madison St. in Jefferson City, which opened Nov. 1.
After a lot of attention early in the summer, the building located at 1931 W. Main St. has new owners and a new plan. New owners Charlie and Jessica Christiansen purchased the building at the end of September.
Sze Chuan Restaurant officially opened its doors last Wednesday. Owner Shantell Xiong said her staff is working every day for now, with dine-in and carry-out options.
Networking and exposure were the name of the game at the “biggest show for business” Thursday during the Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Business Showcase.
‘The man whose name was known for courage’
“First and foremost, it’s a story about a hero fighting monsters — and winning. That’s why it’s lived and been loved for so long,” Melissa Ortega said of the story of Seamus Heaney’s translation of “Beowulf.”
After 26 years in business, Wallstreet Group took home the top award in small business today during the annual Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce Breakfast.
Whether opening their doors for the very first time, or welcoming old customers back after a time of renewal, several restaurants in Jefferson City are soon to be open for business.
Local hair salons are putting their everyday skills to work for breast cancer research this October, in celebration of Breast Cancer Awareness month.
Nick and Ashley Swoboda have added more weight to their shoulders at Jefferson City’s Anytime Fitness location. Maybe not literally, but the couple have taken on new responsibility as the local fitness center’s new owners.
Mall gears up for busy season
Although Christmas is still 80 days away, the Capital Mall in Jefferson City is gearing up for the holidays. Under new ownership this holiday season, some changes will be made.
Hawthorn Bank has officially moved into its new building on Jefferson City's West Dunklin Street, located adjacent to its old building.
The El Jimador restaurant located at 512 Ellis Blvd. is now under new ownership, sold to a cousin by the current Missouri Boulevard restaurant owner. The new name, Mi Degallado, will not affect the menu options.
To final four
The Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce recognized several businesses nominated for Small Business of the Year during its “Takin’ Care of Business” membership meeting.
When Oscar’s Classic Diner reopens next month, one new item inside the renovated space will have customers dancing in their seats. Owners Kurt and Lisa Mankin found themselves a restored jukebox to go in their new building.
Construction on the Freedom Corner, erected on the corner of High and McCarty streets in Jefferson City, has already begun. Already more than 20 businesses have pulled resources to help with the project.
In August, we reported that a new restaurant would be opening in downtown Jefferson City at 219 Madison St. in the near future. As of Friday afternoon, the question isn’t when will it open, but if it will open.
Downtown business River City Florist is getting a facelift. The longtime Jefferson City flower shop, owned by Mike Moscato, is currently under construction, but still open for business as usual.
Local hoteliers Ravi and Vivek Puri announced Wednesday their intent to submit a proposal to the Jefferson City Council for an alternate location for a conference center.
The Chamois Power Plant officially burned its last bit of coal Tuesday, as it prepares to shut off the lights for the last time.
The Capital City is in the running for America’s “Most Beautiful” small town. Jefferson City recently entered the final round of Rand McNally’s Best of the Road small town competition. More info: www.bestoftheroad.com
With diligence, Old Munichburg continues to grow, in both community and business.
‘Living the dream’
Tuffy Gessling performed last night for the first time since his controversial performance at the Missouri State Fair on Aug. 10.
In an effort to create something they love, as well as to engage a fresh audience, a group of like-minded individuals will debut a new production company in Jefferson City this fall. Four and Twenty Blackbirds Productions will take to the stage in a rustic style.
Company adds employees with continued growth as distribution celebrates 45 years
There is something a little magical about cracking open a book and sitting down to read. Whether for those just starting to sound out the words, or those breezing through chapter books, Scholastic Book Company is producing more books than ever before.
Several local restaurants, including Culver’s and McAlister’s, are once again offering fundraiser nights for local not-for-profits. Fundraiser nights involve members of a local organization promoting and working the night of the event.