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Jessica Duren

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An old twist: Braids layer classic, creative for all occasions

Whether headed to the supermarket, the gym, on a date or to a wedding, adding a braid to your hair can add stylish and even sensible flair.

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Organize your home — and life — for the new year

Get it together!

Professional organizer and owner of Managed Chaos, LLC, Laura Forbis recommends a little hard work to get organized, but forming good habits to stay that way.

Bold jumpsuits, statement accessories make holiday outfits sparkle

A chic Christmas

Amidst the hustle and bustle of December, it may be tough to carve out time to look your best. But with parties and family dinners on the schedule, finding the perfect outfit and looking good from head to toe doesn’t have to be a huge undertaking.

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Wreaths offer decorative flair in traditional and evolving shapes, styles

Dating back to ancient Greece and now gracing the doors of homes in the 21st century, wreaths undoubtedly have stood the test of time.

Giving fashion the boot

Young girls, teenagers, moms and grandmothers are pairing boots, both tall and short, with sweaters and scarves, classic plaid, jeans, leggings and even business wear.

BizBeat: Wilson’s Fitness gears up for big move

Wilson’s Fitness has found its Jefferson City home in the Capital Mall for approximately 14 years. It has grown significantly over the years, expanding and making use of the space around it.

BizBeat: Entrepreneurs test their ideas Saturday

The third annual Pitch It & Win It contest will be held Saturday morning. The event, hosted by StartUp JC and the Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce is designed to let entrepreneurs test their ideas for a new business venture to local business professionals.

BizBeat: Displaced stylist opens new chapter in the bar business

Katherine Wakefield, former co-owner of Backstage Barbers, partnered together with Dino Cubilla, owner of Hoxton Tavern and Grill, to open Kat-A-Tonic.

BizBeat: The Cutting Room finds new location

Another displaced Downtown Mall business found its new Jefferson City home just down the street at the end of July.

BizBeat: Capital Mall begins “Trade Days”

Once a month, the Capital Mall in Jefferson City will offer home-based businesses, arts and crafts vendors, and direct sale businesses the opportunity to set up shop.

BizBeat: Village Square gets two new businesses, undergoes construction

While driving down Jefferson City's East McCarty Street, many may have noticed recent construction in Warwick Village.

BizBeat: Halloween City is ready for October

Halloween City, a national costume store, has officially opened for the spooky season at 2509 Missouri Blvd. in Jefferson City.

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.