Stories by Jessica
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.
The seasonal store, Halloween City, has moved into the former discount furniture store in Jefferson City at 2009 Missouri Blvd.
Jefferson City Chinese restaurant Yen Ching will be closing its dining room for renovations beginning Tuesday.
LeCure & Associates is relocating its Jefferson City office to 3216 N. Ten Mile Drive, Suite A. The new location will be open for business Tuesday.
Big things are happening in downtown Jefferson City. Two High Street buildings were recently sold, a new restaurant is set to open on Madison Street, and existing businesses are making improvements.
Six months after the dust has settled, Carroll-Rehma Motors invites local consumers to check out a new dealership experience. A ribbon-cutting will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday, followed by an open house until 7 p.m.
Renovations are in full force to the Schotthill Woods Drive restaurant that closed earlier this year after a Jan. 30 fire, the owners say. Oscar’s Classic Diner is expected to reopen in early- to mid-October.
Midwest Block & Brick, headquartered in Jefferson City, recently announced the acquisition of Southern Concrete Products Masonry Division in Tennessee and Mississippi.
Frontier Building leased for $39,000 a month
When President Obama declared 28 counties in Missouri a disaster area because of flooding and storms in June, FEMA made arrangements to take up residence in a centralized location; Jefferson City won the ticket.
The I Love This Look Boutique is set to open Sept. 5 at 120 E. High St. in downtown Jefferson City, the current location of Perfect Fit Boutique, which is scheduled to close by the end of August.
Chick-fil-A broke ground last week on its Jefferson City location on the acreage owned by Lowe’s Home Centers near Wildwood Drive.
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Local franchise owner Butch Ruprecht closed his Ten Mile Drive McDonald’s restaurant in Jefferson City at midnight Saturday in preparation for its demolition this Wednesday. “It’s a total rebuild,” he explained.
A Jefferson City tween showed off her entrepreneurial skills earlier this month, winning a youth business pitch competition. Mira Gandhi has been selling sno-cones in front of her home for two years.
It is the end of July, and still no outward signs of Chick-fil-A popping up in the Capital City. Don’t fret; as far as we know, the popular fast-food chain is still planning to open a new location.
The Jefferson City Planning and Zoning Commission approved a preliminary PUD Plan last week for the property located on the corner of Lorenzo Green Drive and Tanner Bridge Place to become a restaurant.
After restoring the outside of a historic downtown Jefferson City building, Central Bank will head indoors this fall. Construction on the 101 W. High St. building will take place from September to December and will essentially restore the inside.
After nearly five years in business in Mid-Missouri, Perfect Fit Boutique is closing its doors. Owners Lisa and Bob Rackers are preparing to begin a “new chapter” of their lives, entering semi-retirement and moving to Florida.