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Philip Joens (Reporter)

Phone: 573-761-0251
Philip Joens is a News Tribune staff writer covering businesses large and small in and around Jefferson City. A Sioux City, Iowa native, he has dabbled in business and sports journalism during most of his young career. Previously he covered technology at the Pacific Coast Business Times in Santa Barbara, California, interned at the Los Angeles Business Journal and on the sports desk at KTIV News 4 in Sioux City. During his free time he umpires baseball and officiates basketball locally, and he enjoys writing poetry and riding his road bike. Follow him on Twitter at @Philip_Joens.

BizBeat: KFC returns to Jefferson City

Published Jan. 14 2018

KFC will return to Jefferson City at a new Missouri Boulevard location.

BizBeat: Religious shop moves to smaller location

Published Jan. 14 2018

After 19 years in its current location, Divinity Religious Gift Shop at 108 E. High St. will move to a...

BizBeat: New owner remodeling Wardsville's Pizza Haus

Published Jan. 14 2018

The new owners of Pizza Haus at 6324 Route B in Wardsville began renovating the restaurant shortly after purchasing it...

BizBeat: JCMG opens third Express Care location

Published Jan. 14 2018

At the height of flu season, Jefferson City Medical Group opened a third Express Care location across from Jefferson City's...

State lawmakers, nationwide group speak out against tax plan

Published Jan. 12 2018

A nationwide tour protesting the federal tax plan that passed Congress last month stopped in Jefferson City on Thursday, and...

Central Bancompany gives employees bonuses in wake of tax overhaul

Published Jan. 9 2018

Central Bancompany will give employees bonuses of $1,000 or $500 because of the recent tax overhaul passed by Congress.

Commentary: When life gives you ice, lace up your skates

Published Jan. 8 2018

During my last stop as a reporter at a small publication in Santa Barbara, California, I'd often fall asleep to...

Financial experts: Use cautious optimism when investing

Published Jan. 7 2018

Less than a week into the new year, all three major stock indices set records as strong corporate earnings and...

BizBeat: Linn McDonald's gets high-tech upgrades

Published Jan. 7 2018

The Linn McDonald's location will celebrate its grand re-opening next week after the completion of a $1 million renovation.

BizBeat: Casey's set for April opening in Wardsville

Published Jan. 7 2018

A new Casey's General Store under construction in Wardsville should open in early April.

Airbnb reaches agreement with Missouri Dept. of Revenue

Published Jan. 4 2018

Airbnb announced Wednesday it has reached an agreement with the Missouri Department of Revenue to collect state and local sales...

Frigid temps hard on pipes

Published Jan. 3 2018

With temperatures hovering below freezing for the 10th day in a row, plumbers around the area have reported an increase...

BizBeat: New bar, grill opening under water tower

Published Dec. 31 2017

Next week Barry Parsons hopes to open The Water Tower under a water tower.

BizBeat: Nail salon opens in historic house

Published Dec. 31 2017

The owners of Kim's Nail Salon at 706 Missouri Blvd. opened a second location at 110 Bolivar St. late this...

Cashing in on the new year

Published Dec. 31 2017

As the clock ticks down to midnight, Jefferson City businesses said they feel prepared for busy night ahead on New...

Amid uncertainty, a warm bed awaits

Published Dec. 31 2017

On the edge of her bed at The Salvation Army Center of Hope Shelter, Tammy Collett sat, contemplating what lies...

Plastics company to lay off staff in four waves

Published Dec. 30 2017

In updated filings with the Missouri Department of Economic Development, Amcor Rigid Plastics said layoffs at its Jefferson City factory...

BizBeat: JQ's serving up street grub on High

Published Dec. 24 2017

Recently opened JQ's on High will bring street grub to its 911 E. High St. location.

Santa, bring more small businesses to JC

Published Dec. 24 2017

With the arrival of Dunkin' Donuts in November, Jefferson City residents scratched one item off their Christmas lists from years...

A ringing tribute

Published Dec. 23 2017

As volunteers from the Salvation Army wheeled Elisabeth Long into Schulte's Fresh Foods, a small but boisterous crowd filled her...