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Jessica Duren

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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.

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Early birds shop earlier

Several shoppers lament store openings on Thanksgiving

Each store has its own system, and each customer his/her own story.

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New bakery among approved JC business licenses

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.

BizBeat: Chick-fil-A sets grand opening

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.

BizBeat: Planet Fitness expands to Jefferson City

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.”

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BizBeat: New retirement community to break ground

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.

BizBeat: Dallmeyer’s Jewelry closes after 100 years

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.

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Downtown JC businesses kick off events Saturday

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.

BizBeat: ‘Up In Smoke’ opens second location

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.

Couple buys building near West School

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.

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BizBeat: Chinese dining now open downtown

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.

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Chamber showcase provides networking, exposure

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.

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Four and Twenty Blackbirds to present ‘Beowulf’

‘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.”

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Wallstreet Group takes “Small Business” award

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.

BizBeat: Old and new eateries slated to open soon

Restaurant roundup

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.

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BizBeat: Coloring for cancer awareness

Local hair salons are putting their everyday skills to work for breast cancer research this October, in celebration of Breast Cancer Awareness month.

BizBeat: New owners to continue fitness center

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.

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New stores, kiosks, events planned at Capital Mall

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.

BizBeat: Hawthorn Bank opens in new Dunklin Street building

Hawthorn Bank has officially moved into its new building on Jefferson City's West Dunklin Street, located adjacent to its old building.

BizBeat: Mexican cuisine gets a new name

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.

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Small Business of the Year nominees narrowed

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.

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BizBeat: Grooving to the sound of a grand opening

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.

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BizBeat: Supporting the Freedom Corner, one square at a time

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.

BizBeat: Confusing façade yields few clues

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 renovation includes solar power

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.

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Local hoteliers say they have a better conference center proposal

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.

Powering down in Chamois

The Chamois Power Plant officially burned its last bit of coal Tuesday, as it prepares to shut off the lights for the last time.

JC enters finals for national contest

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: